15 Fun Things To Do In Orange County In November (2023)

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Want to know all the best things to do in Orange County in November? We’ve got you covered with everything you need to know!

Orange County is among the most scenic and breathtaking regions in the United States in November.

While that may be a biased (yet accurate) statement, Orange County reaches its peak allure in the colder winter months.

While much of the country is shoveling snow off driveways and entering “why does my face hurt when I go outside” territory, Orange County still has plenty of sun and outdoor activities to keep residents and visitors wondering why they would ever consider going or living elsewhere.

November is no exception.

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15 Fun Things To Do In Orange County In November

November is a great month to be in the OC.

There are always many indoor and outdoor activities to keep you occupied during the mild, sunny days and cooler evenings.

Dressing in layers is recommended to adapt to temperature changes.

Carry a light jacket or sweater for evenings and sunscreen for sun protection.

Fall is also a great time to wear your dark and rich colors that match the changing landscape.

Whether at a farmer’s market, on a hike, or during a boat ride, layering keeps you comfortable for November adventures in Orange County.

Orange County is known for its fun-filled tourist attractions, lively music scene, and unparalleled beach views.

From Costa Mesa’s beaches to Anaheim, there is always something going on for families, music lovers, and locals.

Whether you’re an OC native looking for activities in November or visiting for the holidays, we’re here to help you stay busy throughout November.

Here are 15 events in Orange County you won’t want to miss this November.

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1. Huntington Beach Retro Fest November 4

If you love music from the 80s or 90s, stop by the Huntington Beach Retro Fest on Saturday, November 4!

This event will have a next-level selection of craft beer, delicious food, and live music all night.

Go all-out and get dressed up with your friends and family with 90s-inspired outfits with trendy fall blank apparel colors, or choose a neon retro outfit to complement the 80s vibes. 

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2. The Music of Star Wars, November 3-4

Can’t get enough of Star Wars?

Get ready for an epic night filled with music from the Star Wars film saga performed by the Pacific Symphony and conducted by Enrico Lopez-Yañez.

There are two showings on November 3 and 4, but tickets are limited.

Reserve your spot today!

3. Cars & Coffee, November 5

Are you obsessed with vintage cars and great coffee?

Stop by the Cars & Coffee event at Cervantes Mexican Kitchen in Anaheim, California.

The event runs from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and is the ultimate vintage car meetup in the area.

Cars & Coffee is the perfect hangout for vintage car enthusiasts looking to make friends in their community.

4. Rock For Babies, November 5

Miracle Babies is a local organization that raises money for perinatal mothers and their families.

On November 5, they’ll be hosting a Rock For Babies Event in Costa Mesa, California, with food trucks, cocktails, and local performances from 7 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Make sure you stop by and show your support!

5. Doja Cat at the Honda Center, November 6

Doja Cat is coming to Orange County!

Her show at the Honda Center is her last stop in California on The Scarlet Tour.

If you didn’t catch her earlier that week in Los Angeles or San Diego, now is your last chance.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are going quickly.

6. California Wine Festival: Beachside Wine Festival, November 10-11

You can’t beat great wine, beach views, and delicious food.

If you’re in Huntington Beach looking to expand your tasting palette, add the California Wine Festival to your calendar.

America’s Best & Top Ten voted this event one of the top ten wine events in the United States.

Tickets sell out quickly, so make sure you reserve your spot before it’s too late!

7. Anaheim Ballet’s Nutcracker, November 25

Get ready for the festive season with tickets to Anaheim Ballet’s The Nutcracker.

This family-friendly event includes the full-length version of The Nutcracker with the Symphony Irvine.

It’s a heartwarming rendition you won’t want to miss.

Tickets start at $30, and there are two viewing times at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

8. Kaiser Permanente Farmer’s Market, Every Friday at 9 A.M.

Did you know that Kaiser Permanente in Anaheim has a weekly farmer’s market on Fridays?

The farmer’s market occurs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Anaheim Medical Center.

This year-round farmer’s market features local fruits, vegetables, and other homegrown favorites.

Make sure you stop by to find delicious organic foods to use for your Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving feasts.

9. Anaheim Ducks Vs. Flyers at the Honda Center, November 10

Hockey season is back!

If you’re in Anahiem, you must attend an Anahiem Ducks game.

Hockey games at the Hondon Center are action-packed and sure to keep you on the edge of your seat all night long!

If you can’t make the game on November 10, check out their website for other games in November.

10. Long Beach Family Artisan Market, November 12

Are you tired of Black Friday sales and deals?

Want to support local this holiday season?

Long Beach is hosting a Family Artisan Market on Sunday, November 12, from 11 a.m. to  4 p.m.

There will be over 35+ local makers to shop with and free face painting for the little ones!

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11. Sunday Musicale: Elixir Piano Trio, November 12

Balboa Park in Newport Beach will host a free, monthly, hour-long Sunday Musicales in the Meeting Room at the Central Library.

On November 13, the Elixir Piano Trio will perform a blend of traditional and modern repertoire.

If you’re a classic music enthusiast, this is an event you won’t want to miss.

12. A Feast of Fall Crafts, November 15

On Wednesday, November 15, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Balboa Park is hosting a Feast of Fall Crafts event in Newport Beach, California.

Individuals can create charming fall-inspired crafts with other members of their community.

Feast of Fall Crafts is the perfect family-friendly activity to get your little ones in the holiday spirit.

13. Darker Waves Music Festival, November 18

Tears for Fears is a classic 80s rock band known for their hit singles Head over Heels and Everybody Wants to Rule The World.

On November 18, they’ll be headlining the Darker Waves Music Festival in Huntington Beach alongside New Order, The B-52s, Devo, and more.

14. A Christmas Carol, November 25-30

It’s never too early to start experiencing the magic of Christmas.

The South Coast Repertory will host preview nights for their A Christmas Carol play from November 25-30.

Tickets range from $36-$94.

Kids must be six or older for entry.

15. New World Symphony, November 30

On November 30, join the Pacific Symphony and Alexander Shelley for a night you’ll never forget as they take the stage to perform New World Symphony at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California.

Tickets are still available and start at $95.

More Fun Things To Do In Southern California In November

All of Southern California is a hotspot for Fall travel and weekend getaways.

From the major cities like Anaheim and San Diego, to the historic small town of Julian, we’ve compiled a list of even more fun things to do in November.

? Fun Things To Do In Anaheim In November

While some of the festivities are listed in this post already, there are even more in our Anaheim post!

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? Fun Things To Do In San Diego In November

San Diego hosts a variety of annual events in November that make it a great time of year to visit in the off-season.

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? Best Things To Do In Julian In The Fall

Julian is a small mountain town outside of San Diego that’s known for it’s apples and old gold mining days.

Fall is apple picking season, making a visit to Julian perfect this time of year.

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? Best Things To Do In The Fall In Southern California This Year

For an all-inclusive look at all the best things to do throughout Southern California the entire Fall season, be sure to check out this post!

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Conclusion: Fun Things To Do In Orange County In November

Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a history buff, or a fun seeker, Orange County offers a vibrant tapestry of experiences to make your November unforgettable!