For those who live in Newport Beach or are visiting and want to know what’s happening in town, discover our editors’ curated list of local food + cocktail experiences, events and more:

Octoberfest Newport Beach

  • When: Every Saturday and Sunday from Sept. 29 – Oct. 21
  • Where: Newport Dunes (1131 Back Bay Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660)

Experience the joys (and beer) of Octoberfest right here in Orange County! Bavarian talent will perform nightly and beer vendors will pour on weekend nights in the festive Biergarten. Learn more:

Beach, Brews & BBQ to Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

  • When: Oct. 20, 2-6 p.m.
  • Where: Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina (1131 Back Bay Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660)

Don’t miss the tastiest and most exciting charity event of the season, complete with unlimited samples of hand-crafted beers, the best BBQ in town, live entertainment and both silent and live auctions with amazing items to win! Invite your friends, family and clients for a day of good eats, good beer and good times for a great cause; all proceeds from this event benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Purchase your tickets and learn more here.

The Great Pacific Airshow

  • When: Oct. 19-21
  • Where: Huntington Beach, CA but really, anywhere you can enjoy unobstructed views of the Huntington Beach/Newport Beach ocean (and of course, the sky above).

The Great Pacific Airshow blends the excitement of extreme sports, high-tech aerial acrobatics, beachside surf nostalgia, and patriotism for an unforgettable experience in the sand and an amazing display of aviation prowess. You can buy tickets to view it at Huntington Beach here.

Sunset Networking Mixer Aboard Hornblower’s Endless Dreams

  • When: Thursday, Oct. 25, 5:15-7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Hornblower Cruises and Events (2431 West Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, CA 92663)

Join the Newport Beach and Costa Mesa Chambers of Commerce for the Annual Mixer Cruise! Hop on board one of the largest ships in Newport Harbor, Endless Dreams, and enjoy what Newport Beach has to offer while making connections with more than 200 business professionals. The event includes a no-host bar, riffle prizes and complimentary small plates.

Fall SoCal Corgi Beach Day in Huntington Beach

  • When: Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Where: Huntington Dog Beach (map)

Yes, we know this isn’t Newport Beach so it’s a little out of our journalistic jurisdiction but who can resists a beach full of adorable Corgis? More information here.

Laguna Art Museum and Newport Beach Film Festival Present Screening of Leaning Into the Wind – Andy Goldsworthy

  • When: Saturday, Nov. 3
  • Where: Laguna Art Museum (307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, CA 92651)

Laguna Art Museum and Newport Beach Film Festival to host a screening of Leaning Into the Wild – Andy Goldsworthy. The film is presented in conjunction with Laguna Art Museum’s Art & Nature festival (November 1-4), an interactive community event featuring special exhibitions, a commissioned outdoor work of art by artist Elizabeth Turk, lectures, panel discussions, films and family activities on the theme of art’s engagement with the natural world. Leaning into the Wind – Andy Goldsworthy follows the artist on his exploration of the layers of his world and the impact of the years on himself and his art. The screening is free with museum admission. Seating is first come, first served. 

Second Installment of Local, Global & Me, A Women’s Empowerment Series

  • When: Wednesday, Nov. 7, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Where: Irvine Improv at Irvine Spectrum Center (527 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618)

Bank of America and Orange County United Way present Local, Global & Me, a Women’s Empowerment Series focused on investing in women to build strong communities. The free, second installment of the three-part series on November 7 will feature a special presentation from Mary Niven, Senior Vice President, Experience Development and Integration for Disneyland Resort about her role at a renowned global brand, and how women in all job capacities and industries can come together to create positive change in their communities. Niven currently provides executive operations leadership on all resort development projects and is responsible for driving functional expertise and integration across the Disneyland Resort. RSVP to attend by contacting Amanda Hastings at or (949) 263-6141.

Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch Hosted by the Newport Beach Film Festival

  • When: Nov. 10, 2018
  • Where: The Resort at Pelican Hill (22701 S Pelican Hill Rd, Newport Coast, CA 92657)

This year’s honorees will be feted in the Nov. 6 issue of Variety, as well as at a reception Nov. 11 at the Resort at Pelican Hill in conjunction with Visit Newport Beach and the Newport Beach Film Festival. In addition to the 10 Actors to Watch, the Newport Beach Film Festival will also bestow industry honors.

Food Network’s Ina Garten at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

  • When: Wednesday, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Segerstrom Center for the Arts (600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626)

Purchase your tickets to see Ina Garten answer questions about her new book, cook like a pro, life in the Hamptons and filming her Emmy-award-winning show, Barefoot Contessa. Tickets available here.

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