Don’t worry, you’ll get your fill of pumpkins, witches and Snickers later this month. Stir up some fall fun with these 10 outstanding October events that don’t have a thing to do with Halloween.
1. Gourmet Kids Cook Off at Children’s Museum at La Habra
October 8: Kick off the museum’s “Gourmet Guys Raise Bread for Kids” with its 1st annual kids cook-off! Kid chefs (along with their adult sous chefs) will compete against other adult/kid teams to create a dish with a variety of healthy ingredients. Kids’ concoctions will be judged by museum visitors, and one team will be crowned the victorious grand prize winner! Saturday, 11:30 a.m. $8 per kid/adult team. Call to reserve your spot.
301 S. Euclid St., La Habra
2. Industry Hills Charity Pro Rodeo
October 8-9: This charity event benefiting children in need features rodeo events, live music and entertainment, dancing, food and kids’ activities. Saturday, gates open at 4 p.m., rodeo at 6 p.m.; Sunday, gates open at noon; rodeo at 2 p.m. Adults $18, kids (3-11) $8. Industry Hills Expo Center.
16200 Temple Ave., Industry
3. Battle Reenactment at Dominguez Rancho Adobe in Compton
October 8-9: Join Dominguez Rancho Adobe and celebrate the 170th anniversary of the Battle of Dominguez Hills, also know as the Battle of the Old Woman’s Gun. In this free two-day event you’ll experience the reenactment of the battle, as well as the many aspects of life during the 1800’s. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free.
18127 S. Alameda St., Rancho Dominguez
4. Silverado Days in Buena Park
October 14-16: Bring the family and join the fun with carnival rides, games, contest, food, entertainment and raffles. Contests include the Baby Classic (Saturday, noon); Mutt Show (Sunday, noon); Pie Eating Contest, (Saturday, 1 p.m.,); and Hog Calling (Sunday, 3 p.m.). Register at least 30 minutes before contest; free, except the Pie Eating Contest, which is 50 cents per participant. Friday, 5 p.m. – midnight; Saturday, 10 a.m. – midnight; and Sunday, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Carnival hours: Friday, 5 p.m. Midnight; Saturday, 1 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 10 p.m. Peek Park.
7225 El Dorado Drive, Buena Park
5. Autumn Sea Fair at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
October 16: Enjoy ocean-related activities throughout the day, including face-painting, origami lessons and gyotaku, the Japanese art of fish printing. Plus, join in the search for a buried treasure, learn how to cast a fishing rod, and use recycled materials to compete in the Ocean Monster costume contest. Dozens of local marine-related organizations share their information and activities. Enjoy live music, including the unique jazz stylings of Harold Greene on the Chapman Stick, the Japanese drum troupe Kokoro Taiko and the smooth sounds of Stucco Rainbow. Watch for “Eagle-eye” Greg, birder extraordinaire, the spectacular display by the Los Angeles City Fireboat and “Scuba Mike” demonstrating equipment used by scuba divers. Sunday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free.
3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro
6. CicLAvia in Los Angeles
October 16: CicLAvia shuts down streets to traffic, making them safe for people to walk, skate, play, ride a bike and take part in fun activities along the route. Shop owners and restaurants are encouraged to open their doors to visitors. See a map of street closures on their website. Sunday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free.
7. Japan America Kite Festival in Santa Monica
October 16: Soaring into its new home in Santa Monica, this is the largest Japan related kite festival in Southern California and one of the most “family friendly” kite festivals in the world. Enjoy Japanese and international kites of all sizes and colors, plus kids’ kite workshops and games, Japanese food and cultural booths, giant show kites, Taiko drum performance, kite candy drops for kids, sport kite demonstrations and much more! Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
8. Breitling Huntington Beach Airshow
October 21-23: All eyes will be looking up to the sky to witness the spectacular stunts of the United States Air Force Thunderbirds and the Breitling Jet Team at the inaugural Breitling Huntington Beach Airshow. This family-friendly, free community event is the only beachfront airshow scheduled on the West Coast and the first to take place in Huntington Beach since the 1990s. Friday-Sunday, flying begins at noon. Free for spectators. Upgraded seating and beach club packages available: adults (13+), $49-199; kids (4-12), $49-100. Parking ($35+) and free shuttles at Ellis Avenue and Goldenwest Street.
21601 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach
9. Kids’ Free Month at San Diego Zoo and Safari Park
October 1-31: Throughout the month of October, children 11 years old and younger receive free admission. Kids Free is designed to give children an opportunity to visit the Zoo and Safari Park and learn about the Earths creatures and conservation efforts underway to save them. Daily. Free for kids (11 and younger). You can upgrade your child’s experience with an optional 1-Day Pass Child Upgrade for $12, which includes the Guided Bus Tour, Kangaroo Bus, and Skyfari aerial tram.
15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, San Diego
10. SoCal VegFest 2016 at Orange Coast College
October 29-30: Celebrate healthy eating and conscious living with a lineup of guest speakers, musical entertainment, cooking demos, a cruelty-free marketplace, food vendors and a Kids’ Village with fun and engaging activities. Saturday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free admission and parking.
2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa
And here’s a bonus!
11. Children’s Fall Harvest Festival at Rancho Los Alamitos
October 30: Celebrate the traditions of Halloween while enjoying a memorable afternoon filled with lively performances, games, crafts, a costume parade and fall harvest fun. Craft a drum from giant timber bamboo and join the costume parade at 2 p.m. making music along the way with the “Free To Be Me Drum Circle” leaders.
Continuous Main Stage entertainment featuring performances by Jumbo Shrimp Circus, Free to Be Me Drum Circle, Center Stage Dance Academy and magic acts by The Amazing Hito and Rob Rasner Magical Comedy. Meet the magicians as they mystify visitors with close-up tricks. Be spellbound by master storyteller David Lewis as he brings to life the magic of nature.
Create a canvas collage depicting the music of nature and plant a magic bean all hosted by Rancho Garden Volunteers. Color is Magic art projects: rainbows, bubbles, finger-painted fall trees, magic ink Jack-O-Lantern greeting cards and mini-pumpkin decorating. Generate fireworks in a jar by experimenting with water, oil and liquid colors. Join the action on the South Lawn by playing games and competing in the Great Pumpkin Race.
Sunday, noon – 4 p.m. Free admission. Refreshments will be available at a reasonable price. Free parking is at CSULB Lot 11A on Palo Verde Ave and Rendina, with continuous shuttle service to the Rancho. Shuttle buses are handicapped accessible.