OC Fair & Event Center’s September events

♦ Sept. 1-3 ♦ 35th Anniversary Great Labor Day Cruise

One of the largest and longest running events in the nation, offering a 1.25-mile cruise route and featuring more than 1,200 classics, street rods and muscle cars, plus food and family fun.

Hours: Friday, noon-6 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
How much: General admission $15 / 3-day pass $30 / Children 11 and younger are free. Parking is $8.
Information: thelabordaycruise.org, info@occa-inc.com or (702) 534-0294

♦ Sept. 8 ♦ Falguni Pathak – Garba & Dandiya Night

The fun and memorable Garba and Dandiya night will feature Falguni Pathak.

Hours: 8-11:45 p.m.
How much: General admission $35 / Senior (60+) $28 / Children 5 and under are free.
Information: sulekha.com/lafalguni

♦ Sept. 9 ♦ 26th Annual OC Black Chamber Banquet

Honoring the USO’s 76th anniversary, Cal State Fullerton’s 60th anniversary and PBS SoCal’s 45th anniversary at Heroes Hall and the Hangar.

Hours: 6-11 p.m. (Early VIP check-in at 5:30 p.m.)
How much: $150 per person. Parking is $8.
Information: banquetocblackchamber.com

♦ Sept. 9 ♦ Pacific Symphony’s Tchaikovsky Spectacular

End the summer with a bang! You’ll enjoy this famous romantic composer’s greatest hits along with Rachmaninoff’s lush Second Piano Concerto performed by the freshly minted Gold Medal winner of this year’s Van Cliburn Competition. And to cap off the evening, the electrifying “1812 Overture” – complete with cannon sounds and brilliant fireworks – will have hearts racing and spirits soaring.

Hours: 8-10 p.m.
How much: Tickets $25-$199
Information: pacificsymphony.org/summerfest

♦ Sept. 9, 23 & 30 ♦ Costa Mesa Speedway

The most exciting, colorful and unpredictable live action racing event in the nation puts fans right on top of all the action from the comfort of arena-style grandstand seating.

Sept. 9: RSD and the Super Hooligan National Championship Series
Sept. 23: John Matherson Cup / Sidecars / Juniors
Sept. 30: 49th U.S. National Speedway Championship

Hours: 6-10 p.m.
How much: General admission $20 / Senior (65+) $15 / Junior (13-17) $15 / Child (3-12) $10 / Military with ID $15 / Children 2 and under are free. Parking is $8.
Information: CostaMesaSpeedway.net; cmspeedway@sbcglobal.net; (949) 492-9933

♦ Sept. 15-17 ♦ Sand Sports Super Show

This year’s event will feature more than 300 vendors and exhibits with the latest and greatest of what the sand and off-road industry has to offer. Many of these great companies will be launching brand new products at the event.

Hours: Friday, 4-10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
How much: General admission $20 / Children 12 and under are free.
Information: sandsportssupershow.com

♦ Sept. 23 ♦ Cruisin’ For a Cure

The world’s largest one-day charity car show will feature more than 3,500 vehicles on display and more than 200 vendors and exhibitors. Be assured that your participation in the event and any donations go directly to prostate cancer research.

Hours: 6 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Participant entry 4:30-11:30 a.m.)
How much: General admission $15 (save $2 with your AAA card) / Children 2 and under are free. Parking is $8. To participate, day-of car registration is $45.
Information: cruisinforacure.com, dbaker52@aol.com; (949) 492-9933

♦ Sept. 28-30 ♦ Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival

Featuring a wide variety of supplies, notions, patterns and techniques in the areas of quilting, sewing, needle-arts, stenciling, embossing, crystals, fabric crafts and more.

Hours: Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-
4 p.m.
How much: General admission $10 (or free with coupon). Parking is $8.
Information: quiltcraftsew.com

♦ Sept. 30-Oct. 1 ♦ 40th Annual Ultimate Home & Outdoor Living Expo

Everything for your home improvement projects with more than 100 home improvement experts in one place on one great weekend. PLUS: more than 25 free hands-on activities and workshops for the entire family! Hourly prizes, free pumpkin painting, DIY and more!

Hours: Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
How much: General admission $10 / Senior (+60) & Military $8 / Child (8-12) $5 / Children 7 and under are free. One admission ticket is good for both days. Parking is $8.
Information: thebestofhomeshow.com

Ongoing Events

Certified Farmers Market – Thursdays
Hours: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Free admission and parking

Orange County Market Place – Saturdays and Sundays
Hours: 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
$2 admission; free parking in designated lots

Centennial Farm – daily
Hours: Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Free admission and parking

Heroes Hall – daily
Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Free admission and parking

Visit ocfair.com/events for more info