8 Things to Do in Orange County This Weekend

By Julianne Foster
Julianne Foster
Julianne Foster
September 8, 2022 Updated: September 8, 2022

Irvine Mid-Autumn Festival

The City of Irvine is hosting a Mid-Autumn Festival at the Great Park. The Mid-Autumn Festival is a community-oriented, cultural festival with thousands of years of history—also known as the Moon or Mooncake Festival. The festival is hosted by the city and the South Coast Chinese Cultural Center, featuring live music, dance performances, and cultural exhibits. This traditional holiday is celebrated by thousands in East and Southeast Asian communities and is considered the second-most important holiday after Lunar New Year.

8000 Great Park Boulevard, Irvine. Friday, 5 to 9 p.m. Free. For more information.

Fountain Valley Moon Festival

In celebration of the same culturally significant holiday, the Orange County 2022 Moon Festival will be held at Mile Square Regional Park on Saturday—the traditional day to hold the festival this year. There will be free moon cakes, free lanterns, live entertainment, food vendors, balloon animals, and face painting. This year’s festival is hosted by OC Parks and CalOptima.

16801 Euclid Street, Fountain Valley. Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free. For more information.

Falun Dafa Meditation

Join a free meditation exercise workshop on the beach. Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, is an advanced Buddhist self-cultivation practice based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. It consists of five slow-moving exercises to increase energy and promote health for the mind and body. Main Beach Park. Broadway Street and Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach. Saturday 8–10 a.m. and Sunday 9–11 a.m. Free. For more information.

TJ Miller at Brea Improv

Comedian T.J. Miller will be in town all weekend performing at the Brea Improv center. The 15-year veteran comedian may be recognized from his work in Hollywood as a voice actor for the Emoji Movie, Big Hero 6, multiple How to Train Your Dragon movies, Deadpool, one of the Ice Age movies, and the sitcom Silicon Valley.

180 South Brea Boulevard, Brea. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Times and prices vary. For more information.

Orange County Wine Fest

The Hangar at OC Fair and Event Center is hosting a wine fest, providing guests with three hours of flavorful wine tasting from over 30 wineries that are pouring over 100 different wines. This huge selection of wines offers diversity in flavors and groupings, from crisp, refreshing whites to deep-flavored reds.

88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. Saturday and Sunday. Times and prices vary. For more information.

Discover Upper Newport Bay Kayak Tour

The Newport Bay Conservancy is hosting group kayak tours guided by certified volunteer naturalists in the ecological reserve of Upper Newport Bay. Each tour can take up to 20 people and is 2 hours long. Newport Aquatic Center, 1 Whitecliffs Drive, Newport Beach. Saturdays 10–12 p.m. Tickets start at $25. For more information visit eventbrite.com.

Huntington Beach Scavenger Hunts

There will be three different scavenger hunt events open for 11 hours in Huntington Beach. These interactive scavenger hunts combine the fun of a race with a sightseeing tour of Huntington Beach. Guided by their smartphones, participants will solve clues and complete challenges while visiting iconic spots. Participants can determine their own pace for the game and start whenever they want during the 11-hour time windows.

There are three separate scavenger hunts:

  1. It’s a Scavenger Hunt! Friday. $25. For more information.
  2. Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure. Friday. $44. For more information.
  3. One Team Scavenger Hunt. Saturday. Prices vary. For more information.

Farmers Markets in OC

Local farmers markets can be an exciting way to enjoy the weekend and explore supporting local farmers through purchasing produce, flowers, and other artisan crafts that may be available. Many cities have farmers markets available, such as Anaheim, Newport Beach, Santa Ana, and Orange. Find your local farmers market and more information here.