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Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Picking & Last Minute Halloween Costumes in Irvine

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Sunday, Oct 26, 2014


To follow up on Sharlene's post on "Halloween Fun In and Around Irvine", I wanted to share my fun experience at Tanaka Farms in Irvine. There's a little under a week leading up to Halloween and you can still snag your pumpkins in time to carve jack-o-lanterns, DIY decorate/embellish/paint your pumpkins, or simple display them for a festive autumn touch! Tanaka Farms offers a marketplace where you can shop a variety of fresh produce, pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks, and more! Surrounding the marketplace is a petting zoo, carnival games, face painting, food & drinks (yummy corn, shaved iced, hot dogs...oh my!) and a TON of awesome photo ops! I loved seeing the kids all dressed up and taking fun photos. 

In this same area is where you purchase tickets or passes for any of the activities (petting zoo, atv rides & games) as well as for the wagon rides to the u-pick pumpkin patch and veggies!

Tanaka Farms

5380 3/4 University Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612 

949) 653-2100
Farmer Kenny: Ext. 200
CSA: Ext. 201
Stand: Ext. 203
Reservation Line: Ext. 204 



If you're looking for last minute Halloween costumes, here are a few places in Irvine that you can check out, thanks for the info Irvine Company!

at Crossroads

Store Hours:
Monday - Sunday 10:00am - 8:00pm

Click here to visit website
3850F Barranca Parkway Irvine, CA 92606
(949) 431-8237


Store Hours:

Monday - Thursday, Oct. 23 - 30: 9:00am - 10:00pm

Friday, Oct. 3, 10 & 17: 10:00am - 9:00pm

Friday, Oct. 24: 9:00am - 11:00pm

Friday, Oct. 31: 9:00am - 10:00pm

Click here to visit website

6214 Irvine Boulevard Irvine, CA 92620
(949) 397-5098

COSTUME CASTLE at The Market Place

Store Hours:
Monday - Friday 10:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 7:00pm
Sunday 11:00am - 6:00pm

Click here to visit website
13722 Jamboree Irvine, CA 92602
(714) 505-3031

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The Capital Grille Opens New Terrace

Posted by: Ellen Bell
Posted on: Thursday, Oct 23, 2014

The Capital Grille at South Coast Plaza celebrated the opening of its new Terrace with a ribbon cutting reception. The popular South Coast Metro dining establishment is gearing up for the busy holiday party season by expanding its offering of private dining rooms. Capital Grille

The Terrace, which used to have an outdoor, open-air feel, has been redesigned to match the same signature classic dining decor that The Capital Grille is known for. The elegant room now has the same cozy club atmosphere found throughout the restaurant.

Capital Grille

The newly redesigned Terrace will join the collection of private dining spaces at The Capital Grille. All rooms feature state-of-the-art presentation technology and have satellite video conferencing capability. Each room is now equipped with either a 50", 60" or 70" Plasma TV that is PC compatible and has independently zoned audio for presentations.  They are also equipped to host or stream IPTV/Webcast/Video Conferencing. Not only that, but The Capital Grille is the first restaurant group in the country to partner with ESSRX in all locations to offer this technology nation-wide. 

Best of all, these amenities, along with valet parking, are complimentary with a private dining room reservation

Capital Grille

To reserve a private dining room at The Capital Grille, contact

Jami Byer, Sales Manager,


The Capital Grille

3333 Bristol St. 
Costa MesaCA 92626

T: 714.432.1140 

And just in case you needed another excuse to visit The Capital Grille in November.... 

Capital Grille 

Halloween fun in and around Irvine

Posted by: Sharlene Earnshaw
Posted on: Monday, Oct 20, 2014

Fall in Irvine is a wonderful time of year. Though we might not be experiencing sweater weather just yet, we still celebrate the season with festivals, harvest, and plenty of spooky fun.  From picking pumpkins to frightful nights, here is your 2014 guide to Halloween fun around Orange County.

Pumpkin Patches

Pumpkin Patch Irvine

Tanaka Farms U-Pick Pumpkin Patch

Open daily through October 31

9 am - 6 pm

$2.00 entry fee per person 


Tanaka Farms is a 30-acre organic farm in the heart of Irvine, giving locals and visitors the opportunity to experience farm fun no matter the season. During October, the farm features its popular wagon ride tour and u-pick vegetable fields along with a pumpkin patch, corn maze, and petting zoo. Weekday mornings can get busy while hoards of children from Orange County preschools take over the farm but afternoons are quite pleasant. On weekends, game and craft booths join the mix. The biggest event of the season is Pumpkinmania which takes place from 8:30-1:00pm on October 26th, and features $1800 in cash and prizes awarded to local growers in categories such as heaviest giant pumpkin, best color, and funniest shape.

Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch

Open daily, September 21- October 31
10 am - 5 pm weekdays

11:30am - 6 pm Saturday

9 am 6 pm Sunday


Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch's oak-shaded location in the foothills sets an idyllic autumn scene, and it's no wonder a visit to this pumpkin patch has become a fall tradition for many families, including my own. This event seems to feature everything a child could desire- trains, horse rides, hay rides, bounce houses, face-painting, games, gold panning, a haunted house, and plenty of pumpkins. Peddle boats, playgrounds, bike rentals, and pony rides round out the fun. Before you go, be sure to print out an Irvine Park Railroad discount coupon.

Orange County Great Park's Spooktacular Saturdays


 9 am - 1 pm


New for 2014! This event take place on four Saturdays in October and features all sorts of fall festivities such as kids crafts, a petting zoo, Harvest Walk, carnival games, entertainment, and gourmet food trucks. Children are encouraged to come in costume and kids under 12 who bring donated can goods will receive access to the free pumpkin patch and Trick-or-Treat Town. Ticket registration ahead of time is required.

Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland

Select dates in September and October

Mickey's Halloween Party is a special ticketed event that takes place on 14 special nights during the Halloween season. Tickets, which begin at $56, grant guests access to the park 3 hours before the party begins and include free parking. Once the party begins, trick or treating, costume parties with some festively-dressed characters, dance parties with live music, and a "Halloween Screams" firework show make a night at Disneyland extra special. Of course, all your favorite Disneyland rides will be open for business, including the spooktacular Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and Haunted Mansion Holiday decked out by Jack Skellington himself.


Knott's Scary Farm Haunt

Select nights September 26- November 2


If having the daylights scared out of you is your idea of fun, there is no better place to experience a night of fright then the Knott's Scary Farm Haunt is the place for you. This year 11 themed mazes with names such as "The Gunslinger's Grave" and "Dominion of the Damned" will keep your heart racing. Thrill rides, plenty of "atmosfear", and wild shows, including one starring Elvira Mistress of the Dark, round out the experience.

Spooky Science at Discovery Cube

Daily through November 2nd

10 am - 5 pm


Discovering Cube, Orange County's hands-on science museum, gets festive by offering its seasonal Spooky Science exhibit during the Halloween Season. Bugs of all colors and sizes will be explored through oversized hands-on exhibits. On weekends, young visitors can take part is a costume parade, 3D maze, and trick-or-treat stations.

Boot Hill, Irvine 

Select evenings through November 1

7 pm - 10 pm


Orange County's most elaborate Halloween yard display has become the stuff of Irvine legends and is celebrating its 15th year of operation. Best for kids ages 8 and up, this spooky haunted house at 16 Goldenrod transforms into the old church and cemetery said to once occupy these very grounds. Entry is free but donations are appreciated and will go to help fund the Children's Hospital of Orange County.

Stax Cookie Bar Grand Opening 10/18!

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Friday, Oct 17, 2014


stax2Join Stax Cookie Bar tomorrow Saturday 10/18 from 10am-Midnight in Irvine at the University Center across from UC Irvine in celebration of their Grand Opening! Enjoy Stax's delicious in-house and daily fresh baked cookies or  kick it up a notch with ice cream in a variety of Fosselman's Ice Cream flavors; or combine both for a 'Sweet Stax' ice cream sandwich. Stax also offers signature desserts such as the Smookie (a reinvented sundae) and Affogato (a match made in ice cream and espresso heaven). 20% of sales during the grand opening celebration will be donated to the Irvine Public School Foundation; delicious treats and supporting our school community, it doesn't get better than that! 

All cookies are made with certified organic and gluten-free flour, and other premium ingredients; vegan cookies are available as well. I got to experience Stax Cookie Bar last weekend when they had members of the media stop in during a family & friends training day. I was assisted by Denise, and I needed assistance because I just didn't know where to begin with selecting cookies and ice cream flavors. I ended up scarfing down a Maple Bacon Cookie with Espresso Coffee 'Sweet Stax' Ice Cream Sandwich and an absolutely divine Affogato (I chose vanilla ice cream with espresso poured over). Passer-byers were able to taste Stax Cookie Bar's cookie offerings with samples passed out by Brennan and Spenser. Don't they look great in their cookie uniforms? Can you believe that there are 4,000 ice cream sandwich combinations possible? You can even select two different types of cookies to make a sandwich.

Read more about Stax Cookie Bar here and see the flyer below for more details on the grand opening festivities! 

IPSF stax flyer
Images taken by feastfashionfaves, flyer from stax cookie bar

Finding Fall at Irvine Regional Park

Posted by: Ellen Bell
Posted on: Monday, Oct 13, 2014

Who says that we can't find autumn leaves in Orange County?

Irvine Regional Park

Seasonal color is only a fifteen minute drive east on Jamboree Road to Irvine Regional Park, which is home to some of the oldest deciduous trees in the region.

The park was originally part of the great Irvine Ranch and was one of James H. Irvine's most favorite places to relax with his family. In fact, people have been enjoying the "Picnic Grounds"  since the mid 1800's when the first German settlers of the Anaheim Colony gathered there. 

Irvine Regional Park

The area was so popular that James Irvine began to worry about the protection of a grove of ancient California Oak trees, some that dated back before the American Revolution. In order to preserve the trees, he gave the 160 acres that surrounded them to the County of Orange to form a regional park. 

      Jase and Kathryn Helena Irvine

Irvine had several conditions attached to his gift. He wanted the entrance road moved further from the trees and a fence constructed that would keep out sheepherders and woodchoppers. There would be absolutely no harvesting of trees and a full-time caretaker would be on hand to keep them in good care. He also wanted the park to be free and accessible to the public.

 Irvine RegionalParkIn 1897, Orange County Park, as it was first named, officially opened to area residents. It became an important gathering place for locals wanting to escape the heat in the shade of James Irvine's favorite trees.

On June 1st, 1926, the Orange County supervisors passed a resolution changing the name to Irvine Park.  

Irvine Regional ParkToday, a statue of James H. Irvine stands near the same grove of trees that he intended to save and Irvine Regional Park remains a local treasure, remarkably unchanged for over a century.

Fall is one of the best times to visit Irvine Regional Park. The summer heat has subsided and the massive shade trees are covered in golden leaves.

Irvine Regional Park 

The Irvine Park Railroad celebrates the season with its annual Pumpkin Patch and train rides for "leaf-peepers" of all ages. 

Irvine Park Railroad

 Irvine Regional Park

 1 Irvine Park Road

Orange, CA 92869 

Irvine Regionl Park 

Groundbreaking Celebration: Turning Runways to Greenways

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Friday, Oct 10, 2014



The Irvine community inaugurated (by Mayor Steven Choi) the start to the demolition of the historic runways of the El Toro MarineCorps Air Station at the Orange County Great Park this past Tuesday October 7th; putting in motion for the $250-million improvement program which will expand the OC Great Park another 688 acres bringing a variety of new sports, recreational, and environmental amenities to Orange County.

Attendees of the groundbreak ceremony celebrated with complimentary food and desserts from food trucks and an awesome concert by Kenny Loggins. The kids were able to dance, run around and play soccer on the massive laid out green turf rugs. 

"When fully implemented, the park improvements will include a 176-acre sports park, a 41-acre wooded Bosque area, a 185-acre public golf course with practice facility and clubhouse, a 36-acre upper Bee Canyon as well as a 178-acre wildlife corridor. All of the amenities will be provided at no public expense by FivePoint. In addition, FivePoint is providing funding necessary to study additional park amenities. "

 Info Source / Images Courtesy of FFF




Style Week OC Wraps Up at the Irvine Spectrum Center

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Tuesday, Oct 07, 2014

SWOC Orange County's premier Fall fashion event, Style Week OC returned for it's sixth year, bringing an array of runway shows, and in-store fashion parties and events to the OC community between the three Irvine Company shopping centers: Fashion Island®, Irvine Spectrum Center®, and The Market Place. This year, festivities took place for 10 days and ended with a huge finale show at the Irvine Spectrum's Giant Ferris Wheel; the runway show line up consisted of the Nikolaki Spring 2015 Collection designed by Style Week OC & Red Carpet host and Project Runway star Nick Verreos along with his design parter David Paul, a variety of casual street to dressy fall looks from stores within the center (MaxStudio, Francesca's Collections, KAITLYN, Bebe, Tommy Bahama, White House | Black Market, Windsor, and Nordstrom), and a Celebrity Cruises Design Competition showcasing four FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising) designers with resortwear looks inspired by the cruise line's many exotic destinations (the Caribbean, Galapagos Islands, Alaska, & Europe). The winning design was designer Leetal Platt's two-piece look, quite reminiscent of the striking blue waters and tropical vibes of the Galapagos Islands. 

Style Week OC may be over until next September, but there will be an exciting schedule of holiday festivities, shopping extravaganzas and such for you to take part in these coming months at the Irvine Spectrum Center®. What are these festivities you may ask? To name a few, the center recently opened their ever so popular Ice Rink which will stay open through February 16; the center will also host 'Black Friday Frenzy' , a holiday shopping event featuring complimentary ice skating, Giant Wheel and Carousel rides, and valet from midnight through 8:00am for attendees and shoppers; and 'Selfies with Santa' in which Santa will be dressed in a Hawaiian Shirt and board shorts ready to hang loose holiday style for two complimentary selfie photos with you! Check out more of the holiday events here, and hope to see you around the Irvine Spectrum this season!


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