Community Link Newsletter: Irvine Global Village Festival | Great Park Library Town Halls | Halloween in Irvine


Community Link Newsletter

October 12, 2023 | Edition 143

Welcome to the Community Link Newsletter

Our weekly newsletter aims to keep residents and businesses connected to us and all that is going on in and throughout the City. You can connect with us and learn more about our community, cultural events and celebrations, and news of interest by reading this newsletter, visiting our website at, and following us on our social media channels listed at the bottom of this email. We look forward to connecting with you. 


Irvine Global Village Festival is this Saturday!

Irvine Global Village Festival

Will we see you at the Great Park this weekend for the 22nd annual Irvine Global Village Festival? Join us Saturday, October 14, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. at the Great Park as we celebrate 22 years of fun through food, music, dance, art, and a celebration of Irvine's diverse community.

Irvine Global Village Festival

The festival features:

  • Regional and global food from local restaurants.

  • Culturally diverse live music and performances.

  • Handmade products by local and emerging artists, as well as demonstrations and displays.

  • Kid-friendly activities, including a petting zoo and bubble zone.

  • Free parking and admission.

Irvine Global Village Festival

Plan your day by looking at activities and vendors at


Irvine Global Village Festival is presented by UCI & UCI Health.


Join the Great Park Library Feasibility & Feedback Community Town Halls

Great Park Framework Plan
Great Park
Great Park Carousel
Great Park Playground

The City of Irvine is in the planning phase of a new library at the Great Park as part of the Great Park Framework Plan. Planned for a site adjacent to the Botanical Gardens and the Veteran’s Memorial Park and Gardens, this will be the most versatile library in our City. The Great Park Library will directly serve the Great Park Neighborhoods, the larger northeast Irvine area, and beyond. 


Community engagement and input are crucial as we shape the vision and future of our new facility. Join the City of Irvine at two upcoming community town halls to help shape a space that reflects the needs and aspirations of our vibrant City.  



Community Listening and Feedback Town Hall
Wednesday, October 25, 2023, at 6 p.m.
Portola Springs Community Center 

900 Tomato Springs, Irvine 


Review and Discussion of Design Options Town Hall  
Thursday, November 16, 2023, at 6 p.m.
Lakeview Senior Center
20 Lake Road, Irvine 


Please visit the Project Updates webpage at for more information about the upcoming meetings and the City’s plans for the future library. You can also share your feedback by emailing

Irvine Sports Committee

Be Part of the Irvine Sports Committee

The City of Irvine is looking to fill two volunteer member-at-large vacancies on the Irvine Sports Committee. The committee is composed of representatives from Irvine’s youth sports organizations. It provides the City Council and the Community Services Commission with input and feedback on policies, programs, facilities, and the needs of the Irvine youth sports community.  


Applicants must reside in the City of Irvine and be willing to commit to a two-year term of active service. 

Applications are available online now at Completed applications must be submitted online by 5 p.m. Monday, October 23.   


For additional information, contact Community Services Superintendent Steven Stewart at 949-724-6615 or


Celebrate Halloween in Irvine

Monster Splash
Irvine Nights

Monster Splash

Dress in ghoulishly-inspired costumes and join the City of Irvine for a Halloween celebration at Monster Splash Saturday, October 28, 1–5 p.m., at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center.


Monster Splash features trick-or-treating around the pool decks, a spellbinding, floating pumpkin patch, and stations to decorate pumpkins. Guests can also take a plunge in the pool for recreational swimming or tackle a chilling challenge with an inflatable obstacle course. Photo booths will be set up to snap delightfully spine-tingling memories.

 Bewitchingly-tasty snacks, beverages, and more will be available for purchase.


Registration is $12 for children 12 and younger and includes a pumpkin; adults are free. Register online and learn more at

Irvine Nights

Celebrate Halloween and enjoy food, entertainment, and dancing at the next Irvine Night! Come out to the Great Park October 20, from 5 to 10 p.m., for the last Irvine Nights of the season.


Come in your best Halloween costume or Country outfit and enjoy all that Irvine Nights has to offer:

  • Free entry and parking.

  • Food and Retail vendors.

  • Live entertainment by Scotty Mac Band.

  • Line dancing. 

  • Adult refreshments.

  • Kids Zone: purchase is required for anyone participating in gameplay. 

The event is also dog-friendly. Please RSVP for the event. Learn more at


This Week in DE&I  

There are many cultural and religious holidays celebrated and recognized throughout our community this month. Learn about some of the significant dates being observed in Irvine below and on our DE&I calendar.


October 10: World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day is marked every year on October 10 to raise awareness about mental health around the world and to mobilize efforts to support those experiencing mental health issues. Every year since 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) has organized a global campaign for World Mental Health Day.  


October 11: National Coming Out Day
National Coming Out Day continues to raise awareness for individuals within the LGBTQ+ community, and champion the idea that homophobia thrives in silence. On this day, many people who identify as LGBTQ+ will “come out” to friends or family about their sexuality. It’s also a chance to celebrate the liberation spirit — by waving flags associated with LGBTQ+ groups or donning pins or other items.   


The City of Irvine aims to create a community and support a culture where residents and visitors feel cared for, supported, and represented. 


Visit for a list of resources to assist in these areas.



Upcoming Meetings & Events 

October 16 | 5:30 p.m.

Finance Commission


October 18 |  5:30 p.m.

Community Services Commission

October 19 | 5: 30 p.m.

Planning Commission    

View the City Calendar 

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