10 happenings this October

Enjoy Irvine’s Global Village Festival, concerts and more.

Enjoy Irvine’s Global Village Festival, concerts and more.


1. Taylor Swift

Experience the opening-night celebration of “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” concert film at Irvine’s Regal theaters. Don your favorite Taylor Swift Eras attire and arrive early for pre-show events that include music, photo ops, friendship bracelets and giveaways. Then enjoy the cinematic journey of her history-making tour. Irvine Spectrum Center, 5-8 p.m. Oct. 13, irvinespectrumcenter.com. The Market Place, 3-7 p.m. Oct. 13. shopthemarketplace.com.


2. ‘Think of it as Money!’

Explore Adrià Julià’s captivating installation, “Think of it as Money!” at UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Witness the evolution of money, its societal implications and Julià’s profound commentary on the significance of “outmoded” concepts in our rapidly changing world. University Art Gallery, Oct. 7-Dec. 16, uag.arts.uci.edu.


3. Art exhibit

The “Bohemian of the Arroyo Seco” exhibit spotlights the legacy of the Little Corner of Local Art gallery, opened in 1905 in a bohemian hamlet near Pasadena. It helped put a burgeoning California art movement on the map. UCI Jack and Shanaz Langson Institute and Museum of California Art, Sept. 30-Jan. 13, imca.uci.edu.


4. Pumpkin patch

Enjoy hayrides, face painting, carnival games, John Deere racers and other family-friendly activities at Irvine Park Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch. Irvine Regional Park, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends through Oct. 31, irvineparkrailroad.com.


5. Jazz legend

Dive into an evening of unparalleled jazz artistry as Grammy-winning legend Pat Metheny showcases his iconic playing style that has revolutionized the genre for a new generation. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 8 p.m. Oct. 27, thebarclay.org.


6. Kevin Nealon

Emmy-nominated actor and comedian Kevin Nealon, best known for his nine-year stint as a cast member of “Saturday Night Live,” will make a stop in Irvine. Nealon most recently starred on the CBS comedy series “Man With a Plan.” Irvine Improv, Oct. 13 and 14, improv.com/irvine.


7. Career Day

Let your kids explore the world of professions and vocations at Pretend City Children’s Museum’s Career Day. 29 Hubble, story times at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 18, pretendcity.org.


8. Farmers market

Buy fresh fruits and vegetables grown on the Great Park Farm and other local farms at this certified farmers market. You can also explore the Farm + Food Lab and get home gardening tips from Master Gardeners from the University of California. Great Park parking lot 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sunday, yourgreatpark.org.


9. Global Village

The Irvine Global Village Festival will return to the Great Park for a full day of food, art, music and a celebration of the city’s diverse community. The annual multicultural event features kids activities, local and global cuisine, a global marketplace, music, art and exhibits. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 14, cityofirvine.org/irvine-global-village-festival.


10. Zoo-Tacular

Enjoy a special Halloween tradition at the OC Zoo with a scavenger hunt, trick-or-treating and spooky crafts. The first 100 children in costume will receive a free gift. OC Zoo, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Oct. 28, ocparks.com/events.


Fernand Lungren, “Bastions of the Painted Desert, “ from the “Bohemian of the Arroyo Seco” exhibit

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