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Spooktacular Saturdays
Dates: Every Saturday in October
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Ticketed Event - Registration Required

Each Saturday in October, families can enjoy traditional fall festivities at the Orange County Great Park. Enjoy the festivities including: kids crafts, petting zoo, carnival games, Harvest Walk, entertainment and gourmet food trucks.

Support hunger relief by having each child bring a bag of canned goods or non-perishable food items to benefit local Orange County food banks.  Each pre-registered child (12 and under) bringing a donation will have access to the free Pumpkin Patch and Trick-or-Treat Town, while supplies last. 

Each week, registration will close on Friday at noon prior to the actual Saturday event date or sooner if capacity is reached. Any remaining available tickets for that particular Saturday will be made available on-site on a first-come, first-serve basis only, beginning at 9:30 a.m. If online registration has reached capacity, no walk-up tickets will be available on-site.  There is no guarantee of tickets for walk-ups, therefore, registration is strongly recommended.

To register for tickets, and for additional information please go to the ocgp.org website.

For additional information about the Orange County Great Park, please visit www.ocgp.org or call 866-829-3829.

The Orange County Great Park is located off the 405 or 5 Freeways at Sand Canyon and Marine Way in Irvine. Admission to most park events is free; parking for special events is $10. For more information call (866) 829.3829.


Sneak Peak at Solar Decathlon 2015 – Zero-Emission Vehicles

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 will highlight sustainable transportation with the addition of a new contest category – Commuting – which is designed to demonstrate how clean energy can power not only houses but also lifestyles.

“For Solar Decathlon 2015, we want to challenge teams further by requiring them to power not only their energy-efficient house but also their transportation,” said Richard King, Solar Decathlon director. “The addition of the Commuting Contest expands the competition from a house to a household and demonstrates the power of clean energy lifestyles in and beyond the home.”

Vehicles used in the 2015 Commuting Contest must be fully electric—representing zero-emission transportation to complement the net-zero houses. All vehicles used by the teams must be commercially available; have four wheels; seat at least two individuals side by side; and be licensed, registered, and insured. Vehicle-to-building integration solutions must be aesthetically pleasing, functional, and convenient.

U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015

We are pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon will return to the Orange County Great Park in 2015. This award-winning program challenges collegiate teams from across the nation and around the world to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive.

Solar Decathlon 2015 will be held October 8 – 18, 2015 with competition houses open to visitors from 11am – 7pm daily on eight days over two weekends:

  • Thursday, October 8 – Sunday, October 11, 2015
  • Thursday, October 15 – Sunday, October 18, 2015

This is your opportunity to tour the highly efficient, solar-powered houses designed, built, and operated by the Solar Decathlon collegiate teams.  Talk to the students, gather ideas, and learn about energy-saving features that can help you save money.  (During the remaining dates the Solar Decathlon village will be closed for competition activities.) 

The 18 collegiate teams selected to participate in Solar Decathlon 2015 include:

  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • California State University, Sacramento
  • Clemson University
  • Crowder College and Drury University
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • New York City College of Technology
  • Stanford University
  • State University of New York at Alfred College of Technology and Alfred University
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • University of Florida, National University of Singapore, and Santa Fe College
  • The University of Texas at Austin and Technische Universitaet Muenchen
  • University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Irvine; Saddleback College; Chapman University; and Irvine Valley College
  • Vanderbilt University and Middle Tennessee State University
  • West Virginia University and University of Roma Tor Vergata
  • Western New England University, Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá, and Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana
  • Yale University

Solar Decathlon 2015 teams have begun a two-year process to design, test and build solar-powered, highly energy-efficient houses that combine affordability, innovation, and design excellence.  This time, teams will be challenged further by requiring them to power not only their energy-efficient house but also their transportation.  We will follow their progress from now until the fall of 2015 when the teams reassemble their houses on the competition site at the Orange County Great Park.  Mark your calendar now and plan to attend! 

For more information, please visit their website.

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