Non-Halloween Events Happening in October

San Diego Museum Council

Kids Free October at San Diego Attractions

October 1-31, 2022

All month long, kids 12 and under receive free admission with a paid adult to more than 50 of San Diego County’s favorite museums, historic sites, aquariums, gardens and more. Many are even free for the whole family.

Participating attractions include: SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Safari Park, LEGOLAND, Birch Aquarium, Japanese Friendship Garden, Living Coast Discovery Center, Maritime Museum of San Diego, San Diego Air & Space Museum, USS Midway Museum, and lots more!

 

 

Discovery Cube LA

Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails Exhibit

Discovery Cube LA
Now – January 16, 2023

All aboard! Visitors to the Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails exhibit will find themselves surrounded by everyone’s favorite blue engine Thomas, his engine friends and the Island of Sodor’s iconic locations.

Children help Thomas and his friends solve a variety of challenges, from a simple sorting and shape identification activity to more complex engineering obstacles.

 

 

Friends of San Clemente

Carnival Colossal & Food Truck Festival

San Clemente
October 13-16, 2022

Enjoy rides, live music stage, and an eclectic variety of food and dessert trucks.

 

 

Circus Vargas

Circus Vargas Express

Torrance
October 14 – November 7, 2022

The Circus Vargas Express delivers the ultimate entertainment experience! An amazing adventure guaranteed to thrill and enchant you with moment after fun-filled moment of world-class performers, aerialists, acrobats and comedic characters… all under the big blue top! Use code 20EB22 to save 20% on your tickets.

 

 

Laguna Playhouse

Peter and the Starcatcher

Laguna Playhouse
October 14-16, 2022

Go on a thrilling adventure, as Peter fights to save the treasure, and comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up. Don’t miss this imaginative backstory for Peter Pan and your favorite characters.

 

 

The Big Bounce America

The World’s Biggest Bounce House

La Habra
October 14-16 & 21-23, 2022

The World’s Biggest Bounce House is over 13,000 square feet and is joined by three other inflatable attractions and obstacle courses. Enjoy climbing zones, ball pits, sports arenas, confetti blasts, slides, and more.

 

 

Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce

Taste of Santa Ana

MainPlace Mall, Santa Ana
October 15, 2022

After a 2-year hiatus, Santa Ana’s premier food and drink party is back! Sample unlimited bites and sips from 40+ local restaurants, craft breweries, wineries and distilleries. This is a family-friendly event with live music, a kid’s zone, photo booth, lawn games, charity raffle, and more.

 

 

CoComelon Live! JJ’s Journey

CoComelon Live!

Terrace Theater, Long Beach
October 15, 2022

In CoComelon Live! JJ’s Journey, JJ and his family and friends are putting on a show and they’re all very excited. Join all your favorite characters for a toe-tapping, fun-filled journey through the world of CoComelon.

 

 

TheaterWorksUSA

Dog Man: The Musical

La Mirada Theatre
October 15, 2022

Based on the worldwide bestselling hit series by Dav Pilkey, Dog Man: The Musical is a hilarious and heartwarming new production following the chronicles of Dog Man, who with the head of a dog and the body of a policeman, loves to fight crime and chew on the furniture.

 

 

Spirit Animals (detail), 2022, Denilson Baniwa. Photograph by Cassia Davis. © 2022 J. Paul Getty Trust

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day

The Getty Center
October 15, 2022

To celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Getty is hosting a family event to learn about Southern California’s Native American cultures. Enjoy a hands-on plant dye workshop, discover traditional flavors, take curator-led tours, and enjoy live entertainment.

 

 

Free Miniature Train Rides

Fairview Park, Costa Mesa
October 15-16, 2022

The Orange County Model Engineers offer public ride days every third weekend of each month. To ride the trains, children must be able to walk and be at least 31″ tall. A typical trip takes about 12 minutes and covers two loops of the park.

 

 

City of Lakewood

Family Camp

Monte Verde Park, Lakewood
October 15-16, 2022

Parents and their children ages 3-11 can enjoy an outdoor experience together and spend a night out under the stars at Monte Verde Park. Activities include games, crafts, nature walks, roasting marshmallows and singing around the campfire. Camp guides will be in attendance to assist with camp set up, meals and snacks, so parents can sit back, relax and enjoy nature.

 

 

Travel Town Museum Foundation

Depot Day

Travel Town Museum, Los Angeles
October 16, 2022

Tour around the historic railroad passenger cars and engines, see model train displays, woodcarver and blacksmith demonstrations, vendors and artworks, plus food trucks and live music.

 

 

Brass Rubbing Medieval Arts

Brass Rubbing Medieval Arts

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Long Beach
October 18 – November 12, 2022

Go back to medieval times, conjure up kings in armor, grand ladies, dragons and learn about the interesting history, folklore, and art of monumental brasses. Choose from more than 100 reproduction-engraved plates of brass to do a rubbing. A trained instructor will provide rag paper, metallic waxes, and instructions for you to create your rubbing masterpiece.

 

 

OC Japan Fair

OC Japan Fair

OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
October 21-23, 2022

Celebrate one of the largest Japanese cultural festivals in Southern California. Enjoy shopping, tasting, and learning about Japanese culture. There will also be live performances, games, calligraphy workshop, Kimono models, and more.

 

Ocean Institute

Bioluminescence Night Cruise

Ocean Institute, Dana Point
October 21-22, 2022

Come aboard the R/V Sea Explorer and join us at night off the coast of Dana Point to explore the nocturnal world of marine birds, sea lions, and bioluminescent plankton. Learn about the remarkable ability of some marine animals to glow in the dark and witness this curiously beautiful phenomenon. Note: Please be advised that forces of nature determine the abundance of bioluminescence at any given time.

 

Young Eagles Day

Young Eagles Day – Free Flights for Youth

Pacoima – October 22, 2022
Chino – October 23, 2022

Launched in 1992, the Young Eagles program has dedicated 30 years to giving youth ages 8-17 their first free ride in an airplane. Meet your pilot, learn how airplanes work, look at aeronautical charts, explore the interior of the airplane and instrument panel, and review safety policies. Flights are 15-20 minutes and follow the basic steps in the flight pattern.

 

 

International Printing Museum

Los Angeles Printers Fair

International Printing Museum, Torrance
October 22-23, 202

Celebrate the best of letterpress, book arts, and the paper arts. With the backdrop of the world’s largest collection of working antique presses, the Printers Fair annually brings together 80 artistic vendors and 2000 visitors to experience the creative worlds of beautiful printing and handmade books.

 

 

Leonardo! A Wonderful Show About A Terrible Monster

Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa
October 29-30, 2022

Leonardo! tells the story of a monster who longs to be scary and the big decisions about identity and empathy that we all must make. This live theater production is adapted from the beloved children’s books by Mo Willems, and realized through live actors, 3D puppets, DIY cinema, and immersive sound.

 

 

Long Beach Airport

Festival of Flight

Long Beach Airport
October 29, 2022

Explore aircrafts and enjoy live music, food trucks, activities for kids, and helicopter rides for purchase. This community event is free and open to the public, with an estimated 10,000 people of all ages expected to attend.

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