Fall into fall with these seven not-to-miss events, all happening here in Huntington Beach.
Presented by Visit Huntington Beach and VISSLA, the world’s largest junior surfing event heats up Surf City USA’s shores from Saturday, October 27, to Sunday, November 4. The competition welcomes teams of 12 from countries around the globe, and is set to make history as the first edition to feature gender equality by offering equal slots for males and females. The event will serve as a precursor and a significant step in the road of Olympic hopefuls towards representing their nations when Surfing makes its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020. Last year, Hyuga, Japan, hosted more than 300 of the world’s best junior surfers from 41 nations across all continents. Free and open to the public, the contest kicks off on Saturday with a Parade of Nations and Opening Ceremony. Click here for more details.
A pawfect event for corgis and corgi-lovers alike, this longstanding gathering organized by So Cal Corgi Nation sees thousands of corgis take to Huntington Beach’s shoreline for “the biggest corgi pawty on the planet,” featuring contests—like watermelon eating and Best Butt—darling photo backdrops, vendors, and more. This year’s fall installment takes place on Saturday, October 27, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Huntington Dog Beach, and is free and open to the public. More event details are available here (https://www.surfcityusa.com/events/signature-events/so-cal-corgi-beach-day/).
Here in Surf City USA, even dogs hang 10. Visit on Friday, September 28, and Saturday, September 29, and you’ll catch the 10th Annual Surf City Surf Dog, a multi-heat dog surfing competition that attracts salty dogs from all over the world. Sponsored by McKenna Subaru, the pawesome free event draws an enthusiastic crowd, and donations benefit local animal groups. A two-day celebration kicks off with opening ceremonies on Friday, followed by the official contest and surfur expo on Saturday. Pawabunga! Sniff out more event details here (https://www.surfcityusa.com/events/signature-events/surf-city-surf-dog/).
Join The Red Rocker on Saturday, October 6, at Huntington State Beach for a “drink in your hand, feet in the sand.” This all-day music festival kicks off at noon with a rockin’ lineup featuring Sammy Hagar & The Circle, including Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham, and Vic Johnson, plus REO Speedwagon, Reel Big Fish, Tijuana Dogs, and more. A curated collection of classic cars will show alongside the tunes, and festival-goers can enjoy gourmet food from Hagar’s cookbook and eateries, as well as Huntington Beach’s own SeaLegs. General admission tickets cost $65.50 and are available here (https://www.hightidebeachparty.com/).
Look up in the sky from noon-4 p.m. on Friday, October 19, through Sunday, October 21, and you’ll catch a roaring display in aviation featuring the USAF Thunderbirds. Now in its third year, the free airshow enlivens the sky over Huntington City Beach from Seapoint to Beach Boulevard. This year’s lineup includes Lyon Air Museum’s Douglas C-47, Michael Wiskus of Lucas Oil Aerobatics, FedEx 757, Blackstone Airways, Huntington Beach PD Rescue Demo, and Orange County Sheriff’s Rescue Demo. Center stage sits across from The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel, so take a seat in the sand or at a nearby coastal restaurant, or grab a $25 ticket to watch from the pier. VIP Flight Line Club tickets run $87.25-$149.90 and score you a catered lunch with hosted bar and an exclusive premium view of the spectacle in a private shaded chalet. New this year is $10 VIP Beach Seating, offering show-goers a seat at the water’s edge and access to a no-host bar. More event details are available here (https://www.surfcityusa.com/events/signature-events/breitling-huntington-beach-airshow/).
“Orange County’s biggest party since 1977” returns this year to celebrate its big 4-0 at Old World Huntington Beach from Sunday, September 9, through Sunday, October 28, offering imported German beers, sweet and savory authentic German food, German bands straight from Germany, charming Shot Girls, and more. Plate up for the bratwurst, voted best in California. Admission on Wednesdays and Thursdays is free, with the fest running from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Hours are extended to 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, with admission running $10-$15. On Sundays, family-friendly Kinderfest invites the littles to join the fun—dog races, carnival games, face painting, and a bounce house—for just $3 ages 6-12, free for kids 5 and under, and $10 for Mom and Dad. Don’t miss the Oktoberfest Parade on Sunday, September 30, at 2 p.m., tapping the official start to the fest. More events details are available here (http://www.oldworld.ws/oktoberfest-orange-county.html).
What’s better than a wine tasting? A wine tasting by the sea! On Friday, November 9, and Saturday, November 10, Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach will play host to wine tastings of hundreds of California’s finest vintage wines, samples of gourmet bites, and live music. Touted as “the biggest wine festival under the sun,” the event starts pouring on Friday with a Sunset Reserve & Rare Wine Tasting from 6:30-9 p.m., followed by a Beachside Wine Festival on Saturday from 1-4 p.m. Beneficiaries include the Surfrider Foundation, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, and Golden Rule Charity. Scoop up a two-day pass for $175, or opt for just Friday’s tasting—$110—or just Saturday’s fest—$70-$115. Designated Driver tickets to the fest cost $40. More events details are available here (https://californiawinefestival.com/events/huntington-beach).