October O.C. Events: Outdoor Concerts, Halloween Fun, and More

This month’s outdoor and virtual happenings.
October O.C. Events: Outdoor Concerts, Halloween Fun, and More
Blcknoise; Photograph courtesy of Casa Romantica

Note: Restrictions for gatherings can change suddenly, so please check before making plans to ensure your in-person event is happening.

In-Person Events

OCT. 1
BLCKNOISE
Donovan Brown and Victor Ujadughele make up this indie soul music duo from Long Beach, known for creative arrangements and thought-provoking lyrics. Together, they’ve released three albums independently, along with two singles: “King on the Run” and “Wishes for Fishes.” They’ll perform on Casa Romantica’s Ocean Terrace, which features sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949-498-2139, casaromantica.org

THROUGHOUT OCTOBER
LIVE MUSIC AT THE WHARF
Free outdoor concerts presented as part of the “You, Me + Vitamin Sea” series will take place every Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. Artists will represent many genres and will play in the Wharf Courtyard, near Frisby Cellars and Jon’s Fish Market. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, danapointharbor.com/events

THROUGHOUT OCTOBER
TANAKA FARMS PUMPKIN PATCH
The local farm will adapt its annual pumpkin extravaganza to allow for social distancing. Visitors will still be able to enjoy wagon rides, the vegetable patch, and acres of pumpkins growing on the vine. Fruits and veggies grown on the farm will be available to buy at the farm’s drive-thru produce stand. 5380 University Drive, Irvine, 949-653-2100, tanakafarms.com

OCT. 1 THROUGH NOV. 1
URBAN LEGENDS DRIVE-THRU HAUNT
Scary scenes, ghost stories, and monsters lurk around every corner at this immersive Halloween-themed experience in which guests drive through and take in the frights from their vehicles. Live performances and light, sound, and special effects round out the 45-minute show. Recommended for ages 10 and up. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-1500, urbanlegendshaunt.com

THROUGH OCT. 9
“NESTLE INTO NATURE: MOVEMENTS SEEKING BALANCE”
Nature-themed paintings and sculptures from eight Korean artists attempt to show the connection between the earth and identity in this exhibit. The work of Ji Oh, Jin Sil Kim, Peggy Lee, Yoon Chung Kim, Koojah Kim, Young Shin Kim, Young Ku Park, and Soojung Park were chosen by guest curator Sunook Park, a professor at Cal State Long Beach’s School of Art. Groups of four people or fewer will be admitted for private 15-minute viewings; face masks and reservations are required. Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714-738-6595, themuck.org

OPENS OCT. 11
“OUR OCEAN’S EDGE”
The black-and-white photography on display in this exhibit, by Los Angeles-based artist Jasmine Swope, explores California’s 124 marine protected areas—almost like national parks in the ocean—scattered along the length of the state’s 1,100-mile coastline. The project aims to document the fragility of the ocean parks while raising awareness about marine conservation efforts. Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949-494-8971, lagunaartmuseum.org

RUNS DEC. 6 through APR. 4
“WAYNE THIEBAUD: CLOWNS”
To mark Thiebaud’s 100th birthday on Dec. 6th, this exhibit will show about 40 paintings, drawings, and etchings of clowns the acclaimed artist has made over the past five years. Thiebaud has been fascinated by clowns since childhood, when he saw them in a traveling circus and was mesmerized by their costumes, makeup, and movements. The exhibit is a version of the one that opened in December 2019 in Paul Thiebaud’s San Francisco gallery. Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949-494-8971, lagunaartmuseum.org

OCT. 15
LA FOLLIES: ALL THAT JAZZ
The LA Follies—a Los Angeles-based performance group that includes dancers, acrobats, aerialists, and even fire dancers—is known for taking inspiration from golden age Hollywood movies. This performance will include nods to famous musicals “Sweet Charity,” “Chicago,” and “42nd Street.” Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949-498-2139, casaromantica.org

OCT. 16
ILIZA SHLESINGER
The comedian performs her signature standup at this drive-in performance. Known for her five Netflix comedy specials, she won “Last Comic Standing” in 2008 and launched a sketch comedy show, “The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show,” on Netflix this past April. City National Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714-712-2700, citynationalgroveofanaheim.com

OCT. 17
PUMPKIN PAINTORAMA
Kids can team with their favorite adult for this fun exploration of squash. Activities will include dissecting pumpkins and other squash, carving them into stamps, and painting a pumpkin that the artist will get to take home. Registration is required, and class size is limited to ensure physical distancing. Sherman Library and Gardens, 2647 East Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, 949-673-2261, thesherman.org

OCT. 17
ROAD RALLY SCAVENGER HUNT
The Muckenthaler’s annual gala hits the road this year. Attendees will be given a series of clues taking them to spots around Fullerton, all leading back to the cultural center, where they’ll pick up a gourmet dinner provided by Colette’s Catering and attend a drive-in performance. Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714-738-6595, themuck.org

THROUGH OCT. 29
“THE FMC AND ME”
Orange County residents created art panels in everything from charcoal, pen and ink, and marker to paint and pastels for this exhibit celebrating the Fullerton Museum Center and its contributions to the community. Artwork created for the exhibit will be available for purchase, with the proceeds benefiting the museum. Fullerton Museum Center, 301 N. Pomona Ave., Fullerton, 714-738-6545, cityoffullerton.com


Ongoing Virtual

Bowers Museum
bowers.org
The speaker series continues with talks about aspects of the Walt Disney Archives, including a presentation on the collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Dalí (Oct. 3) and a cooking demo of dishes served at Disneyland’s Tahitian Terrace (Oct. 24). Other lectures include a discussion of tattooing in ancient Egypt (Oct. 10) with Anne Austin, assistant professor of anthropology and archaeology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and a talk about the history of chocolate (Oct. 11).

Chance Theater
chancetheater.com
In “Chance Cyber Chats,” actors, directors, producers, and dramaturgs who’ve worked with the theater lead discussions about Broadway shows streaming online. Oct. 2 is “Funny Girl,” and the Oct. 16 chat will focus on “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill.”

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center
themuck.org
The center’s free poetry workshops on Zoom draw on the work of Mary Oliver and Robin Coste Lewis’s poem “On the Road to Sri Bhavaneshwari.”


Virtual Events in October

OCT. 3 THROUGH 11
2020 LAGUNA BEACH PLEIN AIR PAINTING INVITATIONAL
The annual festival honoring the Laguna Beach tradition of painting outdoors moves to a virtual environment this year. Twenty-five of the best plein-air painters in the country will paint the city’s coastline, canyons, and other landscapes, either in-person or in their home studios, and will then submit their four favorite paintings of the week for the art show sale and auction. Events will be livestreamed, and the gallery sales and auctions will be online. 949-376-3635, lpapa.org

OCT. 10
IRVINE GLOBAL VILLAGE FESTIVAL
Irvine’s annual multicultural celebration takes the party online this year, with video presentations about the event’s history and impact on the community. Favorite past performances and multicultural heritage presentations will be available to watch. cityofirvine.gov

OCT. 17
THE HAND BEHIND THE MOUSE: THE UB IWERKS STORY FILM STREAMING + CONVERSATION
This online event will start with a screening of “The Hand Behind the Mouse: The Ub Iwerks Story,” followed by a conversation with director, Leslie Iwerks, and Don Iwerks, author of “Walt Disney’s Ultimate Inventor: The Genius of Ub Iwerks.” The father and daughter duo—son and granddaughter of Ub Iwerks—will discuss the animator’s creations, which include Mickey and Minnie Mouse. bowers.org

OCT. 25
VIRTUAL FESTIVAL OF DAY OF THE DEAD
Bowers Museum’s Dia de los Muertos festival will be livestreamed on Facebook starting at 11 a.m. Hosts will teach participants how to create an ofrenda, a memorial altar for a family member, friend, or pet with their favorite foods and other mementos of their time on Earth. bowers.org

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