Food, food, and more food.
Bring a full wallet and an empty stomach.

The OC Fair is still in town, but that’s not the only fair in Orange county this fall. You can find plenty of fairs and festivals to visit while the weather’s nice all over Orange county.  Lots of things are happening in September besides the kids heading back to school.  There’s more than enough going on just in the first half of September to keep you and your family busy all weekend.

Coming up quickly this Labor Day weekend is the Orange International Street Fair in downtown old Orange, at the traffic circle.  The festival will be Sept. 3rd to Sept 5th this year.  This festival has been an annual event in Orange for over three decades now, and it’s still worth going every year.  This is also a great fair to attend because all of the proceeds go to non-profit charities.  And honestly, the food is just awesome, and there’s something for everyone, even the pickiest eater.

The “streets” this year include Greek Street, Mexican Street, Italian Street, Swiss Street, and more, and alcohol is available until 9pm every day of the fair. September 3rd visit from 5pm to 10pm, September 4th and 5th from 10am to 10pm.  Why not take things a step further and volunteer?  There’s still time to contribute to a good cause and enjoy the festivities at the same time.  Parking may be an issue; there are lots open but never enough spaces.  Carpool or park away and walk to the fair.  But be careful!  Some neighborhoods surrounding the fair enforce towing of non-residents.

Oktoberfest begins Sunday, September 5th this year, in Old World in Huntington Beach.  If you’re not still stuffed from the great chow at the Orange International Street Fair, then motor over to the HB and take in a little more.  This Oktoberfest is also in it’s third decade, and although its known for lots of beer and the serving girls who wait on the patrons, there’s also Kinderfest for families.  Kinderfest is every Sunday, from 2pm until 7:30pm, and the dachshund races are at 3pm on Sundays.  Kids under 5 are free, young children up to 12 are $2, and adult tickets are $5.  September 26th is the Oktoberfest parade, but festivities last until October 31st, so there’s more than enough time to check it out.

The Tall Ships Festival should be on the list as something different to try.  From September 10th through the 12th, visit the beautiful Dana Point Harbor not just for the breathtaking ships, but also for the live action demonstrations of blacksmithing and scrimshaw that will take you back in time.  The Tall Ships Festival has free admission, and also features live music, artwork, and of course, food.  Some ships will also be available for exploration, and speakers will also talk about life at sea.  The event is sponsored by the Ocean Institute and Toshiba.

If you go back to Huntington Beach September 11th, you’ll get to hear some of the best contemporary jazz in Southern California.  The BB Jazz Festival is held every year with a full lineup of singers, musicians, and local artists.  Proceeds from admission and raffle tickets will benefit local charities and children with autism.  Ticket prices range from $45 for lawn seating, to $205 for VIP seating, meal service, and beverages.  The BB Jazz Festival is in its 8th year at Central Park in Huntington Beach, and the music begins at 10am and lasts all day.

At the Orange County Great Park, check out the Flights and Sounds Summer Festival, every Friday and Saturday night through September 25th.  On Friday night, show up early at 7:30pm for a quick dance lesson, then stay for the live music beginning at 8pm.  Saturday nights feature more live music.  Each night features a different mix of bands and styles.  Seating is limited so visitors are advised to bring their own lawnchairs, and while admission is free, parking is $10, so carpooling is a good idea.  The Orange County Great Park is located in Irvine, near the 5, 405, and 133 freeways.

There’s more going on in the second half of September, so stay tuned!

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