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Monday, October 2, 2023

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CAMARILLO: Freedom Dog Park Grand Opening 6-8 p.m. Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District's newest community dog park cuts the ribbon to officially open at 6:15 p.m. The Freedom Dog Park is gated, has lights for night, and a water fountain for dogs. Bring your dogs and let them celebrate! Free,

LOS ANGELES: Zoo BOO October 1-31, 2023, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, with special entertainment and activities on the last two weekends in October. Free with paid Zoo admission

SAN FRANCISCO: FLEET WEEK October 2-10, 2023
Blue Angels Air Show October 7-8, 2023
San Francisco, CA San Francisco Fleet Week, see:





Past events

ALAMEDA: Pirates of Emerson Alameda September 30-October 31, 2022. Held at Alameda County Fairgrounds select nights in October, this Halloween attraction includes great costumes and acting.

ANAHEIM: Orange County Auto Show September 29-October 2, 2022.  Anaheim Convention Center. Admission: $12-15,

ANAHEIM: Oktoberfest at The Phoenix Club September 16-October 23, 2022, weekends with Friday and Saturday for the 21+ crowd only and Family Sunday for all ages. Location  Phoenix Club 1240 S. Sanderson Ave. Anaheim, CA Admission: $20, |

APPLE VALLEY: All Saints Lunatic Asylum Haunted Attraction select days through October 31. Location: 23275 Ramona Ave, Apple Valley $admission,

ARCADIA: Tokyo City Cup & Japan Family Day, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Santa Anita Park. Annual event includes a taiko  drum by LA Taiko Ichiza, a cosplay contest with famous cosplayers as judges, and J-pop live performances by Tune in Tokyo. Location: 285 W Huntington Dr, Arcadia, California 91007. FREE Admission,

BELMONT SHORE: Blessing of the Animals October 2, 2022, 5:45 p.m. at Granada Beach, 1 Granada Ave.

BIG BEAR LAKE: Oktoberfest September 10-November 5, 2022 at Big Bear Lake Convention Center. Log Sawing, Stein Holding, German bands, beers & food, dancing, cool merch and more! $,

BLUE LAKE: Medieval Festival of Courage October 1-2, 2022 at Perigot Park and Blue Lake Horse Arena in Blue Lakeoff Hwy 299 - 210 Chartain Road 95525. Full Contact Tournament Jousting.  $10, | Ren

CALABASAS: Nights Of The Jack September 30-October 31, 2022. Advanced ticket purchase is required. King Gillette Ranch 26800 Mulholland Hwy Calabasas, CA 91302 $30-45 pre-purchase required,

CARPINTERIA: California Avocado Festival, October 1-2, 2022.

CLAYTON: Oktoberfest October 1-2, 2022 Main Street, Downtown Clayton, CA Free admission, no ticket required | Oktoberfest

COSTA MESA: Orange County Children's Book Festival, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Featuring guest Kobe Bryant. More than 125 authors are scheduled for the annual book festival at Main Parking Lot, Orange Coast College, 2701 Fairview Rd., Costa Mesa, CA. Free admission & free parking,

DANA POINT: Ohana September 30-October 2, 2022 at Doheny State Beach features rock and acoustic faves such as Stevie Nicks, Eddie Vedder and Pink. Tickets:

DAVIS: International Festival, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. in Central Park. Arts & Craft Vendors, Two entertainment stages, Culture Booths Culture Booths, Food Vendors, Youth Activities Activities, Local Businesses & Nonprofits. Free,

DIXON: Cool Pumpkin Patch boasts World's Largest Corn Maze open through October 31, 2022

DIXON: Lambtown Festival October 1-2, 2022. Classes and workshops, entertainment and all things lamb. Location: Dixon May Fair Grounds, 655 South 1st St., Dixon, CA. Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $10-15 admission,

EL CAJON: Oktoberfest September 30-October 9, 2022. Join The German American Societies of San Diego for an annual celebration featuring the best of Bavarian culture with music, dancing and great food and beverages.

ELK GROVE: Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival October 1-2, 2022, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Elk Grove Regional Park 9950 Elk Grove-Florin Road Elk Grove, CA 95624 Free admission, $10 parking,

FULLERTON: Night of the Living Dead, stage production, September 30-October 30, 2022 (Fri-Sun) at Maverick Theater.  Fridays 8 p.m.; Saturdays 7 & 9 p.m.; Sundays 7 p.m. Location: 110 E. Walnut, Fullerton, CA 92832, across from the Amtrak station in historic Downtown Fullerton.  $30, or  (714) 526-7070

GILROY: Gilroy Gardens Boo Halloween October 1-30, 2022. Attractions include the Boo Show, a Trick or Treat trail and fun entertainment for youngsters especially.

HANFORD: Kings Fair October 1-2, 2022. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Hanford Civic Park 400 N. Douty Street Hanford, CA 93230 Free admission, free parking, | Ren

HOLLISTER: Northern California Renaissance Faire September 17-October 23, 2022, weekends.  Casa de Fruta 

HUNTINGTON BEACH: Great Pacific Airshow  September 30-October 2, 2022

HUNTINGTON BEACH: Oktoberfest September 18-November 6, 2022. Open Wednesdays-Sundays. Wed&Thurs free family nights, Fri-Sat $, adults only, Sunday $ kids/families.

LAKEPORT: Falling Leaves Quilt Show October 1-2, 2022 at Lake County Fairgrounds. Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild 20th Annual Show is a judged event with 150+ quilts, Silent Auction, Country Store, Theme Baskets, Scissor Sharpening, Live Demos, An Opportunity Quilt raffle, and Door Prizes! Meet Hawaiian Quilt Artist Carrie Fondi. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Location: 401 Martin Street, Lakeport, CA 95453.  $10 donation, $2 age 0-11 years,

LA MESA: Oktoberfest in the Village, September 30-October 2, 2022. Free admission, $10-45 Biergarten pass,

LANDERS: Morongo Basin Orchid Festival October 1-2, 2022. 10 a.m. at Gublers Orchids, 2200 Belfield Blvd. Greenhouse Tours, Judged Orchid Show, Orchid Classes, Music, Live Entertainment, Wine and Cheese Tasting, Food and Shopping. Free admission,

LOS ANGELES: Haunted Hayride in Griffith Park offers a lot more than a Halloween horror hayride, thankfully, for those who have asthma. Runs thru Oct.31, 2022

LOS ANGELES: Zoo BOO October 1-31, 2022, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, with special entertainment and activities on weekends. Free with paid Zoo admission

MANTECA: Pumpkin Fair October 1-2, 2022, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in Downtown Manteca.

MILLBRAE: Japanese Cultural Festival. Annual event includes celebration of many customs and unique activities such as taiko, Japanese Classical Dance, a vendor food court and vendors selling arts, crafts and gifts. Free admission. Time: 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Location: Civic Center Plaza, 1 Library Ave., Millbrae, Ca.

MONTEREY: Monterey Outdoor Market October 1-2, 2022  Sat. 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-6pm at Monterey Custom House Plaza includes artisan booths and specialty food. Admission is FREE!

NEWPORT BEACH: Blessing of the Animals 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at nearby Lido Park, Newport Beach, CA. events

OAKLAND:  Oaktoberfest in Dimond October 1-2, 2022 along 7 blocks of streets - MacArthur Blvd. & Fruitvale Ave. Oakland, CA  Free admission, family friendly.

PACIFIC GROVE: Butterfly Parade and Bazaar. The Butterfly Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Robert H. Down School on Pine Avenue. It goes to Fountain Avenue to Lighthouse Avenue, up 17th Street and concludes on Pine Avenue by returning to the school. A Butterfly Bazaar takes place after the parade. 

PALO ALTO: BAGI Glass Pumpkin Patch at the History Park studio of BAGI (Bay Area Glass Institute) October 1-2, 2022 Location: Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd. Palo Alto, CA.

PASADENA: Cat Con October 1-2, 2022, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St., Cat influencers, podcasters,  Meet & Greet. $,

PASADENA: Blessing of the Pets  at All Saints Church. 132 N. Euclid Avenue Pasadena, CA

ROHNERT PARK: St. George Greek & Middle Eastern Festival October 1-2, 2022, 12-9 p.m. Celebrate Greek & Middle Eastern culture with food, music & entertainment, authentic Mediterranean cuisine, traditional dance, arts & more! Kids Corner features art, face painting, cotton candy, snow cones & tons of fun for kids of all ages! Location: 7311 College View Dr., Rohnert Park, CA.  Free Admission & Free Parking.

SAN CLEMENTE: Family Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens.  Enjoy free admission to the Casa with creative activities at D. Yoder Family Sundays. Additional dates include Nov.6 and Dec.4, 2022. Location: 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, CA. Free,

SAN JOSE: 5th Annual Little Italy San Jose Street Festival, October 1-2, 2022 at Little Italy on West Saint John St. Times: 11am - 9pm (Sat) and 10am - 7pm (Sun) Authentic Italian Cuisine from Little Italy Businesses and Italian Restaurants located throughout Santa Clara County. ~ Fantastic Entertainment lineup including Pasquale Esposito, Vanessa Raci (New York , Anthony Nino Lane Band, and other authentic Italian musicians. In addition there will be a wine garden pouring both Italian and Cal-Italia wines, Artisan Italian Craft vendors and Children's Activities. Free Festival and plenty of onsite parking. San Jose Diridon Station is also walking distance for Public Transportation options by Caltrain or VTA Lightrail. Location: 323 West Saint John Street, San Jose, CA

SANTA CLARA: California's Great America Tricks & Treats Tickets  September 23 - October 30, 2022, Fridays 4-10 p.m.; Saturdays & Sundays 12-10 p.m. California's Great America Tricks & Treats, a Family Fun Halloween Adventure $45 approx., 4701 Great America Pkwy Santa Clara, CA 95054   Tickets

SANTA MONICA: 626 Night Market Mini October 1-2, 2022, 1-10 p.m. at 1324 5th Street (near the Third Street Promenade.) Three dozen food, merch and craft vendors + an alcohol garden for attendees 21 years and older. The market is open to all ages and free to attend with advanced ticket reservations,

SAN DIEGO: SeaWorld HOWL-O-SCREAM September 16-October 31, 2022 (select nights) night time scare attraction with 3 haunted house, 6 scare zones and 4 roaming haunts goes from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. 

SAN FRANCISCO: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, September 30-October 2, 2022  Free music festival in Golden Gate Park this year features Bela Fleck, The Brothers Comatose, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Jesse Colin Young, Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, and approx. 80 bands over three days!

SAN FRANCISCO: Blessing of the Animals October 2, 2022, 8:30-9:15 p.m. at Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St.

SANTA MONICA: Blessing of the Animals First Sunday in October, 10:30 a.m. service at Saint Augustine by-the-Sea Episcopal Church Santa Monica, CA.

SANTA ROSA: Blessing of the Animals October 2, 2022, 2-5 p.m. at St. Francis Winery Visitors Center, 100 Pythian Road. Free,

SOUTH PASADENA: City Open House, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at City Hall. Mission Street between Fair Oaks & Fremont. Free admission,

THOUSAND OAKS: Blessing of the Animals October 2, 2022, 6 p.m. in Ascension Lutheran Church parking lot, 1600 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA,

TOPANGA: Shakespeare in the Park, Merry Wives of Windsor, June 11-October 2, 2022. Theatricum Outdoor Shakespeare Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum, A Repertory Theatre Company   $tickets,

TRES PINOS: San Benito County Fair September 30-October 2, 2022. Motocross, Truck Pulls, Carnival, Ranch Rodeo, Concerts. Location: Bolado Park, $10 + $5 parking, 

TURLOCK: Turlock Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze September 23-October 31, 2022 at RAM Farms Free,

TUSTIN: Tustin Tiller Days September 30-October 2, 2022. Celebrate Tustin  at the Saturday 10 a.m. parade, a main highlight of the three-day celebration of Tustin's farming heritage. Parade route: Main Street from Pacific to Prospect, left on Prospect to Beneta. Carnival & fest location: Columbus Tustin Park, 14712 Prospect Avenue. Backyard Brewfest Oct.2, 1-5p, $30-35. Festival Hours: Friday 4-11 p.m. | Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. | Sunday 12-8 p.m. and Carnival open till 10 p.m.  Free admission,

UNIVERSAL CITY: Halloween Horror Nights. Universal Studios annual scare opens at 7 p.m. on select nights and runs through Oct.31, 2022 with new haunted houses and the Terror Tram. Awesomely scary entertainment where some of your favorite horror flicks come to life!


VENTURA: Harvest Festival September 30-October 2, 2022. | Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm. Original Art & Craft Show features thousands of handmade American arts & crafts including jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, hand-turned wood, ceramics and unique home décor. Location: Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., General Admission $9 + $10 parking,

VISTA: Vista Fiber Arts Fiesta October 1-2, 2022, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Gem & Mineral Show Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Do some holiday shopping and get truly unique hand crafted treasures. Lots of items: beads, books, gems, jewelry, rocks, demonstrations, food and lots of family fun! Fiber Arts Fiesta 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A gathering of artists and guilds representing the Fiber Arts: weavers, basket makers, spinners, felters, knitters, and gourd artists. Location: Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum (AGSEM) 2040 N Santa Fe Avenue Free admission, parking,

WOODSIDE: Filoli Orchard Days Weekends, September 24-October 30, 2022 in Filoli Meadow, 86 Canada Road
$25 approx.,


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