OC Moms Guide – Orange County Events September 2023

OC Moms Guide - Orange County Events September 2023

Those long hot days of summer may be behind us. But there’s still many equally hot though perhaps not as long days of fall ahead of us here in Orange County. For us here at OCMC, the most exciting Orange County event in September will be our first ever Bump & Beyond Brunch! You can find all the details on that event below, along with other family-friendly and exciting Orange County events September has to offer!


Bump & Beyond Brunch – Coto de Caza

September 17

Get ready for the ultimate Bump & Beyond Brunch, where you’ll find everything you need to prepare for the arrival of your little one & beyond. This mom-centric event is for expectant Orange County area moms or those who are thinking of expanding their families!

Here are just a few of the exciting event details you can expect:

  • Brunch included
  • Mini Workshops: Attend educational sessions on topics like what to pack in your birthing bag and infant CPR taught by top experts in the field.
  • Meet Providers: Meet local perinatal and postpartum providers to support you during and after pregnancy. Meet baby wearing experts and try different slings, carriers and more.
  • Free bump or mommy & me pictures
  • Networking opportunities: Meet other expectant parents, share stories, and make new friends who understand what you’re going through.
  • Swag bags for all attendees: Each attendee will receive a bag filled with free samples, coupons, and other goodies from participating vendors.

OC Mom Collective is known for producing high-quality events for OC area moms, families, and children! We look forward to seeing your family soon and also encourage you to check out the Facebook Event Page for additional fun updates!

We are so excited to partner with The Mommy Center to put on this event. Grab your tickets by clicking here and join us! 


Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort – Anaheim

September 1 – October 31

It’s never too early to scare up some Halloween Time fun right? As in years past, certain rides will be getting limited-time-only Halloween theming and story changes. Entire lands will be revamped in the spirit of the season! Orange you glad I’m telling you about this?? (Sorry, I just can’t help myself with these bad puns!)

I’m partial to Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween at Carsland. It looks like Mater will be back at it this year with Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree, and many more festive, family-friendly touches. And don’t even get me started on all the Halloween-themed menu items and sweet treats! Let’s just say that this mummy is very excited for what is going to be a frightfully fun time at the Disneyland Resort!

One day one park tickets for Disneyland or Disney California Adventure start at $114 for adults and kids ages 3-9. Children 2 and under are free. Advance theme park reservations are required. Tickets to Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party, an after-hours celebration on select evenings starting September 5th, have unfortunately sold out. Check the Disneyland website for more info!


OC Parks Sunset Cinema – Dana Point

September 1+8

Enjoy the last free movies of summer at Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach! September 1 is UNCHARTED and September 8th is MAMMIA MIA! All OC Parks Sunset Cinema events are entirely outdoors.

Attendance is free. Parking is also free beginning at 6pm. Showtime is at approximately 8pm. Bring your own blankets and popcorn!


Muzeo’s Family Art Day – Anaheim

September 2

From their website: “Discover fiber arts and crafts in this enriching and intergenerational workshop hosted by Muzeo and led by Los Angeles based artist Diane Williams. Over the course of approximately 3 hours, participants will make a mixed media fiber artwork exploring the theme of “home” through embroidery, collage,  weaving on a cardboard loom or crochet. This inclusive workshop welcomes participants aged 12 and up to try their hand at various fiber arts techniques while encouraging younger children to enjoy fabric collage, ensuring an enjoyable and inspiring experience for all.”

Included with General Admission which costs: $10 adult, $8 Anaheim resident, $7 child/senior/student/veteran.


Ocean Institute’s Maritime Festival – Dana Point

September 8-10

From their website: “Come celebrate California’s rich maritime history and our connection to the ocean!This is a fun filled weekend with, visiting Tall Ships, Sails ‘n Ales Craft Beer Party, Cannon Battles, Pirate and Mermaid Ball, Beer Garden, Mermaids Swim Shows, Pirate School, Live music, Reenactors and Sailor Camp, Local Vendors, Food Trucks and more!”

Free for ship reenactments, sailor camp, pirate reinactment camp, beer garden entry, live music, and vendor booths. Additional fees for some premium experiences such as Pirate School, Lil Lads Landing, food and refreshments etc. 


Family Hike: Round Canyon – Irvine

September 10

From the website: “Enjoy nature with friends and family in Round Canyon. We hike along a fairly flat trail as we watch for red-tailed hawks and mule deer. This activity originates in the City of Irvine and travels into OC Parks’ Irvine Ranch Open Space. The hike averages 2-3 miles round trip at an easy pace with a medium level of interpretation. This program is for participants who would like a slower-paced and level hike. Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes, and bring water for the hike.”

Free. Registration required. Family-friendly but must be age 6 to participate. 


Toddler Treks: Homes – Irvine

September 19

From the website: “Animals come in all shapes and sizes, and so do their homes! Some will create their home with sticks, rocks or feathers, and others will borrow a home from another animal. Let’s safely search for animal homes found throughout the park!”

Free but there is a Park Entrance Fee per vehicle of $3 on weekdays. Registration required and geared towards children ages 2-6. 

Coastal Clean Up Day – Multiple Locations Throughout Orange County

September 23

Do your part to keep our beaches and parks clean, and have a fun day of outdoor service with your kids at the same time! Hit our local beaches and inland parks with OC Coastkeeper to pick up trash that will otherwise end up in our oceans. A few years ago, 7,000 volunteers collected a record-breaking 70,485 pounds of trash and recyclable materials during the event. Some of the most obscure findings included wigs, a flute, car parts and more. I challenge you to find something during this event that’s even more random than these items LOL. And if you have a scheduling conflict and can’t do this Orange County events September, follow my lead and do your own mini beach clean up project whenever you have time – every little bit helps!

Free and supplies will be provided. However, participants are encouraged to bring their own clean up supplies if possible. Registration is required and you can select from one of the many different locations in our area. 


Greek Festival – San Juan Capistrano

September 23+24

From their website: “The weekend event evokes the sights, sounds and tastes of Greece. Enjoy the hospitality (philoxenia) of San Juan Capistrano’s Greek community, meet some new friends and experience a glimpse of Greece without leaving Southern California. Lots of traditional Greek dishes to choose from! Try the flavorful lamb chops and souvlakia, a tasty gyro sandwich, or a delicious Greek village salad. Enjoy Greek wine tasting and beers in our sports bar taverna while listening to live Greek music. For your sweet tooth, we have plenty of yiayia’s Greek pastries to compliment your Greek coffee or refreshing iced coffee frappe. …Watch a Greek folk dance performance by our costumed troupe and learn to dance like Zorba! There is plenty of shopping at the Greek bazaar and activities for kids. Enter the raffle for a chance to win great prizes. A fun-filled weekend for the whole family!”

$3 Admission. Free for children 12 and under, active military, and first responders.


Mid-Autumn Festival – Silverado

September 29

From their website: “This month we will focus on a Chinese celebration called Mid-Autumn Festival. This fun night of celebration enjoys the middle of autumn with lanterns and lion dances and moon cakes. Come and enjoy an evening hike in Round Canyon. Discover unique historical tales about the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks as we celebrate different cultures together! Each month, a different culture and celebration will be highlighted, usually with the program presented in multiple languages which allows everyone to fully enjoy the beauty of the land.”

Event and parking are free. Advance registration is required. Minimum age to participate is 6 years old. 


OC Zoo’s Halloween Animal Art – Orange

September 30

The OC Zoo always has fun programming for younger ones, but especially so around the fall as we ramp up to Halloween time when they include the animals in fall fun. The photo included with this particular listing had a goat wearing an elaborate peacock costume, because why not LOL. From their website: “Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts, and meeting zoo creatures up close!”

$5 per child (one parent included). Ages 5-6 only. Advance reservation is required. Weekend parking is $5 per car.


For more Orange County events September inspiration, check out Orange County’s Ultimate Guide To Fall. We hope you have a fun and festive start to the fall season!

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Follow me on Instagram @EcoFriendlyMama, Twitter @EcoFriendlyMa, and Pinterest @EcoFriendlyMama! Though I was born and raised in New York City, I've lived in SoCal for over ten years now and am proud to call this beautiful and diverse place my home. My husband and I have a son and baby daughter (whom I was 9 months pregnant with when this photo was taken!). Prior to becoming a mommy I spent several years in feature film publicity and acquisitions for Miramax and later as the Creative Executive for Hilary Swank Productions before seguing to the music industry where I did Online Communications for the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares. In my ample pre-parenthood free time, I also freelanced as a script analyst and screenwriter. I am fortunate now to be able to devote all my time to my family, but I still love to write so am thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of this blog! I am a foodie, avid traveler, environmentalist, preschool board member, and unabashed Disney nut. I can also be found writing about green parenting and eco-conscious living on my personal website, https://ecofriendlymama.com.