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5 Fab Fall Festivities

By The Modern Luxury Editors


What with the presidential election upon us and all that goes with it, there’s plenty to keep us occupied. Here, a few fun distractions.
A photo by Sandro Santioli on display at Casa Romantica
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1. Gran Ballo Delle Maschere
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The latest Open Casa program unveils all of the revelry and beauty of Italy. Sandro Santioli’s photos capture the energy of the carnival festivities, and Carla Almanza-de Quant’s masks showcase an authentic 17th century style of Venetian art, and it’s all on display now. Tickets $5, Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, San Clemente, 

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2. Anaheim Fall Festival and Halloween Parade
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Head to downtown Anaheim Oct. 29 for a day of spooktacular fun featuring pumpkin patches, a costume contest, carnival games, lots of food, live music and more. Be sure to view the Dia de los Muertos altars and works by local artisans. And then stick around after dark for the Day of the Dead festivities and Halloween parade. Free, Center Street Promenade, Anaheim,

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3. Dia de los Muertos Concert
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Come Nov. 2, the music and dance of Mexico and the Dia de los Muertos will fill the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall with performances by Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Perla Batalla, Chicano rock band Quetzal, Pacifico Dance Company and La Santa Cecilia mariachi band. Que bueno! Tickets $39-$89, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa,

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4. Race to the White House
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Anaheim White House owner Bruno Serato brings some levity to this election season with his Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump prix fixe menus (think Mediterranean sea bass for the Republicans and braised beef for the Democrats, among other delicious dishes) that will be served Nov. 1 through Nov. 8, with complimentary Champagne and televised coverage of all the action on election night. That’s yet another reason to get out and vote! $75, Anaheim White House, Anaheim,

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5. Bayside Anniversary Dinner
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November marks this landmark restaurant’s 17th anniversary. To celebrate, Executive Chef Paul Gstrein has created a special prix fixe menu that will be available to diners throughout the month—and they’ll get a $20 bounce-back card that can be redeemed anytime in January. Here’s a taste: lobster salad, filet mignon, tuna tartare and Chilean sea bass. Hungry yet? $66, Bayside Restaurant, Newport Beach,