October

    Farmers Market

    A California-certified farmers’ market where genuine farmers sell fruits, nuts and vegetables directly to the public. Every farmer who sells at a certified market is inspected by the county agricultural commissioner. 

    When:  Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

    Where:  OC Fair & Event Center – Lot D

    How much:  Free admission

    More information:  Visit Orange County Farm Bureau

    OC Market Place

    marketplaceAmerica’s most unique swap meet celebrates food, fun, value and the entrepreneurial spirit. 

    Hours:
    Saturday & Sunday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Prices:
    Admission: $2 (Children 11 & younger are free)
    Parking: Free

    More info:
    info@ocmarketplace.com
    Go to www.ocmarketplace.com to sign up for discounts

    Shoppers hotline: (949) 723-6616
    Vendor hotline: (949) 723-6606
    Corporate office: (949) 723-6660

    Backyard Beekeeping Class

    Bees on honeycombLearn the basics of beekeeping! This class will teach you about the role beekeepers play in maintaining the health of their hive, producing honey and in gardening and agriculture.

    Classes are intended for participants 16 years and older unless otherwise noted. (Centennial Farm is open to the public, but we ask that you do not leave your children unattended on the farm.)

    Register/pay for the class using this link: http://ocfair.com/community-programs/centennial-farm/garden-classes/

    Please register/pay by Thursday, October 26.

    About the speaker: Christine Ferrian is the president of the OC Beekeepers Association and is involved with OC Local Honey.

    When: Saturday, Oct. 28, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

    Where: Centennial Farm, Silo Building

    How much: $5, which covers the cost of materials and/or handouts.

    More information: (714) 708-1619; cfgardenclass@ocfair.com

    SoCal VegFest

    socalvegfestnewSoCal VegFest is an annual vegan festival with lots of free samples, entrees and drinks to purchase, marketplace, speakers, food demos, celebrity chefs, social media celebs, famous musicians and DJs, comedians, yogis, games, kids area and more!

    When: Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 28 & 29 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Costa Mesa Building, Park Plaza and Plaza Pacifica

    How much: $5 online, $10 day of, $40 VIP weekend; 12 and under / 65 and over are free. Parking is $8.

    More info: Visit socalvegfest.org 

    November

    Farmers Market

    The weekly Costa Mesa Farmers Market is a California-certified farmers market where genuine farmers sell fruits, nuts and vegetables directly to the public. Every farmer who sells at a certified market is inspected by the county agricultural commissioner. Other vendors include fresh fish, flowers and herbs, kettle corn, hummus and dips, and more. 

    When: Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Lot D

    How much: Free admission and parking

    More information: Visit Orange County Farm Bureau

    OC Market Place

    marketplaceAmerica’s most unique swap meet celebrates food, fun, value and the entrepreneurial spirit. 

    Hours:
    Saturday & Sunday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Prices:
    Admission: $2 (Children 11 & younger are free)
    Parking: Free

    More info:
    info@ocmarketplace.com
    Go to www.ocmarketplace.com to sign up for discounts

    Shoppers hotline: (949) 723-6616
    Vendor hotline: (949) 723-6606
    Corporate office: (949) 723-6660

    StyleCon

    stylecon692x400Beauty and fashion’s favorite convention – StyleCon – celebrates the Beauty of Empowerment. Meet favorite social media stars, enjoy StyleStage entertainment all day, complimentary beauty services, free snacks and everyone gets a StyleTote valued at $100.

    When: Saturday, Nov. 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – The Hangar

    How much: $39 general admission; free for children 5 and under
                        $79 StyleStar, $149 StyleVIP and $199 StylePlatinum 

    More info: Visit stylecon.com or email info@stylecon.com

    Succulent Container Garden Class

    Part Lecture, part workshop, this garden class will first teach general identification, care and propagation techniques of the most popular succulents grown today as well as basic principles of design. Next is a workshop where you will design and create your very own succulent container garden. Tools, terracotta pots and succulents will be provided. Take home a finished succulent garden!

    Register/pay for the class using this link: http://ocfair.com/community-programs/centennial-farm/garden-classes/

    Please register/pay by Thursday, November 2.

    About the Speaker: Centennial Farm’s own Adam Waugh is a long-time succulent enthusiast with both nursery and arboretum experience. With professional and informal experience in container garden design, he has been creating succulent and mixed plant container gardens for six years. 

    When: Saturday, Nov. 4, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

    Where: Centennial Farm, Silo Building

    How much: $30, which covers the cost of materials and/or handouts.

    More information: (714) 708-1619; cfgardenclass@ocfair.com

    Pow Wow & American Indian Cultural Festival

    powow692x400Southern California Indian Center (SCIC)’s 47th annual Pow Wow & American Indian Cultural Festival will feature arts and crafts booths, frybread tacos and a kids crafts area. 

    Please donate canned food items and unwrapped toys for the food pantry and holiday toy drive. 

    When: Nov. 4-5, 2017
                Saturday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
                Sunday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Los Alamitos building and OC Promenade

    How much: $5 general admission
                        $3 teens (ages 13-17) and seniors (55+)
                        Free for children 12 and under
                        Parking is $8

    More info: Visit www.indiancenter.org

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    Sugar Plum Arts & Crafts Festivals

    sugarplum_692x400A unique shopping adventure with over 150 handcrafted artist, vintage antiques, collectibles, jewelry, clothing, personalized gifts, soaps, candy, ornaments, holiday decorations, garden accessories, beach decor and so much more.

    When: Nov. 9-11, 2017
               Thursday & Friday, Nov. 9-10, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
               Saturday, Nov. 11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Costa Mesa building

    How much: Free admission; parking is $8

    More info: Visit sugarplumfestivals.com, email plumcrazy@sugarplumcrafts.com or call 562-598-0857

    OC Market Place

    America’s most unique swap meet celebrates food, fun, value and the entrepreneurial spirit. 

    Hours:
    Saturday & Sunday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Prices:
    Admission: $2 (Children 11 & younger are free)
    Parking: Free

    More info:
    info@ocmarketplace.com
    Go to www.ocmarketplace.com to sign up for discounts

    Shoppers hotline: (949) 723-6616
    Vendor hotline: (949) 723-6606
    Corporate office: (949) 723-6660

    Salute to Veterans – Free Community Celebration

    Smiling vetThe community is invited to bring nonperishable food items to donate to a food drive which will help veterans in need. Last year 5.6 tons of food was collected at multiple sites.

    “Labor and Veterans – Partners in Service” is a project sponsored by California labor unions that spearheads helping veterans on three fronts: providing volunteer service, opening doors to good jobs and providing this special Veterans Day event to honor our heroes for their service.

    Salute to Veterans will feature:

    • Complimentary lunch
    • 21-gun salute
    • Bounce houses and postcard project for kids
    • Military vehicles and military reenactments
    • 70 booths with information on services for veterans, including free health screenings, job access and resources
    • Food drive for veterans
    • Swing Cats band and swing dancers
    • Pacific Symphony Brass Quintet

    OC Market Place will be open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will offer ice cream treats at 2 p.m, immediately following the Salute to Veterans event.

    Heroes Hall will be open and will feature a new exhibit, Kimberly Millett’s Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as the Veterans Story Booth where vets can record and share their tales of service. Heroes Hall will also present a plaque unveiling in the Medal of Honor Courtyard during the event.

    When: Saturday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (plus OC Market Place, open 7 a.m.-4 p.m.)

    Where: OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa

    How much: Free 

    Coverage of last year’s event: OC Register and Daily Pilot

    Repticon Los Angeles Reptile & Exotic Animal Show

    repticon692x400Repticon Los Angeles is a reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and frequent free raffles for prizes. 

    When: Saturday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
                Sunday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Los Alamitos building

    How much: $10 general admission; $5 children 12 and younger (free for children 4 and younger); $9 military with valid ID. Parking is $8.

    More info: Visit repticon.com/california/los-angeles-costa-mesa/

    Building Industry Show (BIS)

    BIS300Building Industry Show (BIS) is the place for local building industry professionals to promote goods & services, network, participate in educational forums with a vibrant community of builders, associates and suppliers.

    When: Nov. 15-16, 2017
               Wednesday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
               Thursday, Nov. 16, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

    Where: OC Fair & Event Center

    How much: $100 general admission; $180 full conference package (both days)

    More info: Visit buildingindustryshow.com

    Pruning Fruit Trees-The Basics Class

    Learn the best time to prune stone fruit trees, citrus trees and avocado trees in Southern California. Isabel Barkman will cover the basics of pruning and why the pruning season in Southern California is different than the rest of the country. She will also prepare attendees for the Pruning Workshop in late January.

    We offer tool sharpening services, so bring your snippers!

    Register/pay for the class using this link: http://ocfair.com/community-programs/centennial-farm/garden-classes/

    Please register/pay by Thursday, November 16.

    About the speaker: Isabel Barkman has been a UCCE Master Gardener since 1999 and volunteers at the South Coast Research and Extension Center in Irvine working with various fruit tree orchards. A member of California Rare Fruit Growers since 1991, she has served as a group representative and expert for answering questions from the public at numerous plant and gardening events. Isabel also conducts grafting and pruning demonstrations for Master Gardeners and CRFG classes.

    When: Saturday, Nov. 18, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

    Where: Centennial Farm, Silo Building

    How much: $5, which covers the cost of materials and/or handouts.

    More information: (714) 708-1619; cfgardenclass@ocfair.com

     

    Crossroads of the West Gun Show

    gunshowOriginalTwo-day gun and western Americana show with guns, accessories, tactical gear, ammunition, safes, personal protection products and more.

    When: 
    Saturday, Nov. 25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Sunday, Nov. 26, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Main Mall, Santa Ana Pavilion, OC Promenade and Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Los Alamitos and Anaheim Buildings

    How much: General admission, $18; parking is $8.
    Children 12 and younger are free when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

    More information: Visit crossroadsgunshows.com, call (801) 544-9125 or email gunshows@crossroadsgunshows.com

    Growing an Herb Garden Class

    Part lecture, part workshop, this garden class will first teach general identification, care and propagation techniques of the most popular herbs grown today. Next is a workshop where you will design and create your very own herb container garden to take home. Tools, pots and herbs will be provided.

    Classes are intended for participants 16 years and older unless otherwise noted. (Centennial Farm is open to the public, but we ask that you do not leave your children unattended on the farm.)

    Register/pay for the class using this link: http://ocfair.com/community-programs/centennial-farm/garden-classes/

    Please register/pay by Thursday, November 23.

    About the speaker: Leah Matsuoka is from the family owned Laguna Hills Nursery in Santa Ana. She works with her parents to produce high quality plants and soils for home gardens.

    When: Saturday, Nov. 25, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

    Where: Centennial Farm, Silo Building

    How much: $15, which covers the cost of materials and/or handouts.

    More information: (714) 708-1619; cfgardenclass@ocfair.com

    December

    Make It, Take It: Food Preservation Class

    Ever wonder how to preserve great produce? UCCE Orange County Master Food Preservers’ hands-on food preservation workshops will teach you the basics of canning and freezing, including how to use pressure canners and water bath steam to preserve fruits and vegetables. Learn from the experts and take home some of your very own product made in class. Fresh produce, equipment and canning jars will be provided. Ages 9 to 99 welcome!

    Register/pay for the class using this link: http://ocfair.com/community-programs/centennial-farm/garden-classes/

    Please register/pay by Thursday, November 30.

    About the speaker: Pam Wnuck is an award-winning UCCE Orange County Master Food Preserver and head of the Culinary Department of the OC Fair.

    When: Saturday, Dec. 4, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

    Where: Centennial Farm, Silo Building

    How much: $35, which covers the cost of materials and/or handouts.

    More information: (714) 708-1619; cfgardenclass@ocfair.com

    Fight Club OC

    fightclub300x250Boxing and MMA together on the same night inside the same ring. Fight Club OC is where your fights and entertainment are guaranteed.

    When: Thursday, December 7, 7-10 p.m. (Happy Hour specials from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.)

    Where: OC Fair & Event Center – The Hangar

    How much: $60 admission (standing-room only tickets are $30 and sold after seats sell out); parking is $8

    More info: Visit fightcluboc.com, call 949-903-8586 or email fightpromotions@gmail.com 

    Fight Night OC Food & Drink Menus:
    Before the action: Baja Blues Happy Hour (5:30-6:30 p.m.)
    During the action: Baja Blues, K.O. Karvery and Neutral Corner Grill in The Hangar

     Tell your friends you’re going!

    Make It, Take It: Winter Wreaths Class

    Learn to make a fresh winter wreath from fresh greens. All tools and materials will be provided.

    Classes are intended for participants 16 years and older unless otherwise noted. (Centennial Farm is open to the public, but we ask that you do not leave your children unattended on the farm.)

    Register/pay for the class using this link: http://ocfair.com/community-programs/centennial-farm/garden-classes/

    Please register/pay by Thursday, December 7.

    About the speaker: Nancy Claxton has volunteered her time and expertise as a UCCE Orange County Master Gardener, Centennial Farm docent and Sherman Gardens volunteer. For 20 years, Nancy has also served as Administrator of the Child Development Program at the Orange County Office of Education. She has taught Early Childhood Care and Education at Saddleback and Orange Coast College as an Associate Faculty member.

    When: Saturday, Dec. 9, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

    Where: Centennial Farm, Silo Building

    How much: $20, which covers the cost of materials and/or handouts.

    More information: (714) 708-1619; cfgardenclass@ocfair.com

    Make It, Take It: Winter Wreaths Class

    Learn to make a fresh winter wreath from fresh greens. All tools and materials will be provided.

    Classes are intended for participants 16 years and older unless otherwise noted. (Centennial Farm is open to the public, but we ask that you do not leave your children unattended on the farm.)

    Register/pay for the class using this link: http://ocfair.com/community-programs/centennial-farm/garden-classes/

    Please register/pay by Thursday, December 14.

    About the speaker: Nancy Claxton has volunteered her time and expertise as a UCCE Orange County Master Gardener, Centennial Farm docent and Sherman Gardens volunteer. For 20 years, Nancy has also served as Administrator of the Child Development Program at the Orange County Office of Education. She has taught Early Childhood Care and Education at Saddleback and Orange Coast College as an Associate Faculty member.

    When: Saturday, Dec. 16, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

    Where: Centennial Farm, Silo Building

    How much: $20, which covers the cost of materials and/or handouts.

    More information: (714) 708-1619; cfgardenclass@ocfair.com

    Winter Fest OC

    winterfest692x400Winter Fest OC – SoCal’s Ultimate Winter Experience – is coming back to town, blowing in tons of family fun and date night charm. The fest will feature a Winter Wonderland of attractions including a 150-foot ice tubing slide, snow play, ice skating, rides, nightly fireworks, snow flurries and so much more!

    When: Dec. 21, 2017-Jan. 7, 2018

    Hours:

    Thursday Dec. 21 5-11 p.m.
    Friday Dec. 22 2-11 p.m.
    Saturday Dec. 23 Noon-11 p.m.
    Sunday Dec. 24 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
    Monday Dec. 25 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
    Tuesday Dec. 26 2-10 p.m.
    Wednesday Dec. 27 2-10 p.m.
    Thursday Dec. 28 2-10 p.m.
    Friday Dec. 29 2-11 p.m.
    Saturday Dec. 30 Noon-11 p.m.
    Sunday Dec. 31 Noon-1 a.m.
    Monday Jan. 1 Noon-10 p.m.
    Tuesday Jan. 2 2-10 p.m.
    Wednesday Jan. 3 2-10 p.m.
    Thursday Jan. 4 2-10 p.m.
    Friday Jan. 5 2-11 p.m.
    Saturday Jan. 6 Noon-11 p.m.
    Sunday Jan. 7 Noon-10 p.m.

    How much: $15 general admission (online pricing only); $10 children 12 and younger (ages 3 and under are free)
    $10 Snowflake Summit Fast Pass, $10 Ice Skating, $15 Unlimited Ride Wristband; value packs and other pricing options are available at winterfestoc.com/tickets

    More info: Visit winterfestoc.com

    January

    Winter Fest OC

    winterfest692x400Winter Fest OC – SoCal’s Ultimate Winter Experience – is coming back to town, blowing in tons of family fun and date night charm. The fest will feature a Winter Wonderland of attractions including a 150-foot ice tubing slide, snow play, ice skating, rides, nightly fireworks, snow flurries and so much more!

    When: Dec. 21, 2017-Jan. 7, 2018

    Hours:

    Thursday Dec. 21 5-11 p.m.
    Friday Dec. 22 2-11 p.m.
    Saturday Dec. 23 Noon-11 p.m.
    Sunday Dec. 24 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
    Monday Dec. 25 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
    Tuesday Dec. 26 2-10 p.m.
    Wednesday Dec. 27 2-10 p.m.
    Thursday Dec. 28 2-10 p.m.
    Friday Dec. 29 2-11 p.m.
    Saturday Dec. 30 Noon-11 p.m.
    Sunday Dec. 31 Noon-1 a.m.
    Monday Jan. 1 Noon-10 p.m.
    Tuesday Jan. 2 2-10 p.m.
    Wednesday Jan. 3 2-10 p.m.
    Thursday Jan. 4 2-10 p.m.
    Friday Jan. 5 2-11 p.m.
    Saturday Jan. 6 Noon-11 p.m.
    Sunday Jan. 7 Noon-10 p.m.

    How much: $15 general admission (online pricing only); $10 children 12 and younger (ages 3 and under are free)
    $10 Snowflake Summit Fast Pass, $10 Ice Skating, $15 Unlimited Ride Wristband; value packs and other pricing options are available at winterfestoc.com/tickets

    More info: Visit winterfestoc.com

    Pruning Fruit Trees Class

    Learn the art of pruning in this hands-on, how-to learning experience. This class will cover the basics of pruning, from why we prune to how to successfully begin pruning. Leave with the knowledge you need to begin pruning at home.

    Classes are intended for participants 16 years and older unless otherwise noted. (Centennial Farm is open to the public, but we ask that you do not leave your children unattended on the farm.)

    Register/pay for the class using this link: http://ocfair.com/community-programs/centennial-farm/garden-classes/

    Please register/pay by Thursday, January 4.

    About the speaker: Isabel Barkman has been a UCCE Master Gardener since 1999 and volunteers at the South Coast Research and Extension Center in Irvine working with various fruit tree orchards. A member of California Rare Fruit Growers since 1991, she has served as a group representative and expert for answering questions from the public at numerous plant and gardening events. Isabel also conducts grafting and pruning demonstrations for Master Gardeners and CRFG classes.

    When: Saturday, Jan. 6, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

    Where: Centennial Farm, Silo Building

    How much: $5, which covers the cost of materials and/or handouts.

    More information: (714) 708-1619; cfgardenclass@ocfair.com