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Anaheim Thanksgiving

November 20th, 2017

 

An Anaheim Thanksgiving means blending tradition with California flare. It never feels like Thanksgiving in sunny southern California—until you walk through the doors of a restaurant known for holiday classics. The Anaheim Whitehouse serves Thanksgiving dinner from noon – 9 p.m. and is known for fresh turkey and sides like mashed potatoes and stuffing. For over three decades, this has been a landmark of holiday feasts.

Tangata restaurant is well-known for its mission-style courtyard and modern décor with soaring skylights. It’s a fine dining pick that serves an early holiday feast from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Don’t miss the Cinderella pumpkin soup with dates and local honey, the five-spice crème fraiche and of course slow roasted turkey, port wine beef ribs and Scottish salmon.

Giving Thanks in California

Book a table at the Anaheim Convention Center’s Mix Restaurant for a Thanksgiving buffet you’ll never forget. The carving station features turkey (of course) along with smoked duck frisee and non-stop side dishes. Start at the salad bar for a taste of California freshness, and leave plenty of room for the dessert table.

You can also opt for a children’s buffet for the little ones, complete with a half-priced menu. Here, service is from 4 – 9 p.m. for night owls, or for those who are starting their morning with one of the local turkey trots.

 

Get Your Run On

November 4th, 2017

 

November in Southern California has the perfect weather for a run, whether you’re challenging yourself to your first 5k or you’re in the midst of marathon season. The Anaheim area is full of race options, like the Pants Off Racing Almost 5k and 10k in famous Calabasas. The fundraiser encourages costumes, meerkats greet you at the finish line and overall the November 4th event is a time to dress crazy and act silly while raising funds for those battling cancer.

The Beach Fiesta half marathon in Malibu November 5th also has a 15k, 10k and 5k option. It’s known for being one of the most affordable fun runs in the area, and half marathoners often use the breezy course as a Boston qualifier. Hosted by A Better World, the finish line comes with plenty of swag as well as delectable locally sourced treats.

Turkey Trots

The Conquer Our Run Turkey Quest at nearby Hermosa Beach is a 5k on November 18th sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Also with a 10k option, the run/walk whisks you along Manhattan Beach on paved paths. The goal? Best your PR! Whether you run, jog, walk or stroll, it’s all about doing better than last time while raising funds for breast cancer and Lupus LA.

You’ll also want to check out the Turkey Tri and Pumpkin Pie Kids Duathlon/Triathlon in San Dimas November 19th. There are courses for both adults and kids, and the whole family can get their pie on at the finish line.

 

 

Anaheim Fall Festival and Halloween Parade

October 25th, 2017

 

One of the oldest Halloween festivals in the country takes place right in Anaheim. Since 1923, the Anaheim Fall Festival and Halloween Parade has drawn several thousand spooky lovers to the city, decked out in their best ghost and goblin costumes to take to the streets and watch this decades-old party unfold. Family-friendly and old-fashioned, it’s the perfect addition to your Anaheim getaway.

While Disneyland celebrates the witching season all month long with special treats and tricks, you don’t want to miss the charm of the festival and parade in downtown. Originally created to celebrate the harvest season, today it’s a mix of Halloween and Dia de los Muertos with pumpkin patches and costume contests, pet promenades and mariachi bands, carnival games, live music, and your favorite fair food.

California Thrills

Always free and full of complimentary entertainment from storytelling to artisan vendor booths, you won’t find a fall festival like this anywhere else. The annual Halloween Parade on October 29th was originally designed to keep teens out of mischief, but it’s become the pinnacle of the events. The 45-minute procession is now the biggest Halloween party in California. There were 150,000 attendees at the biggest gathering!

Today, the parade is also an excuse for artists and entertainers to show off their best costumery. Businesses, individuals, schools and more rally to show off their skills. Don’t miss out on this mid-day adventure down the streets of Anaheim and become a part of history.

 

City National Grove of Anaheim

September 15th, 2017

 

The premier venue for concerts, performances and special events in Orange County is located at 2200 East Katella Avenue right next to Angel Stadium. Regular visitors to Anaheim often opt for a premium seating package ranging from gold (one ticket for 20 concerts) to bronze (one ticket for six concerts). A VIP premium padded reserved seat, priority exit lane, access to the private Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge and the ability to purchase VIP tickets to a number of Nederlander Concerts events are included in all packages.

The beautiful venue is an homage to the golden age of Hollywood, a true piece of nostalgia in the heart of Anaheim. Visitors can also upgrade per event with the Mercedes-Benz Premier Package or by adding dinner tickets. The former includes lounge access, VIP parking and an incredible selection of desserts. Enjoy a private bar, entrance and massive flat screen monitors for your special night out.

Dinner and a Show

Some events offer a dinner addition upgrade. A three-course fixed menu includes a locally sourced salad, selection of three entrées and a decadent dessert. “The Grove” is also a popular venue for your special event with professional staff and catering working wonders just for you. State of the art equipment and space with the iconic palms as the backdrop is sure to wow guests.

Featuring a proscenium-style stage, plenty of seating options and hi-def screens, the Grove is suitable for up to 4,000 guests. Wi-Fi throughout the building, a pro in-house production team, 40-foot ceilings and plenty of parking, including curbside grand entrance features, makes this the ultimate venue for any occasion.

 

August Races Near Anaheim

August 1st, 2017

 

It’s peak summer season, but gorgeous early morning runs and races are a great way to see the Anaheim area from a fresh perspective. The Hansen Dam Superhero Run in Lake View Terrace is a popular triathlon that gives you a chance to cool off during the swimming portion of the event. Stick around to splash in the lake after the race (or root on the contenders!).

The Tiki Beach 5k and 10k on August 13th at Huntington Beach gives you the option of two distances so you can pick your challenge. Huntington Beach is one of the closest golden coasts to Anaheim, just a short drive away and boasting a charming coastal town. You’ll want to linger afterwards for some fresh seafare and boutique shopping.

A Race to Remember

On August 5, you can Rock the Bayshore with a 5k, 10k, half marathon or full marathon at nearby Long Beach or check out the Conquer Our Run 5k or 10k at Manhattan Beach. The coastal breeze and Pacific waters make for the perfect race environment. Run the Marina takes place on August 6th in Long Beach, ranging from a 5k to full marathon.

There’s the Blast the Marina on August 12th at Long Beach, featuring a variety of distances up to a marathon. The Griffith Luau is a family-friendly favorite in Los Angeles with a 5k, 10k and kids 1 mile fun run. Join a southern California tradition and strap on your running shoes for an early morning event like no other.

 

Independence Day in Anaheim

July 1st, 2017

 

Disneyland isn’t the only Anaheim area destination known for a fantastic fireworks display. Head to the City of Laguna Hills Fourth of July Celebration from 4 – 9:30 p.m. for carnival rides, non-stop live music, face painting and patriotic craft making. It all culminates in a huge fireworks show, and there’s plenty of food, drinks and ride tickets available. Located at Laguna Hills Community Center, it’s a charming low key option.

Fourth of July

There’s also the Laguna Niguel 4th of July All Day Celebration starting at 7:30 a.m. with a 5k run/walk. The pancake breakfast is from 7:30 – 11 a.m. and costs only $5, and the evening concert begins at 6 p.m. featuring Undercover Live at the Crown Valley Community Park. Stroll along the park trails to take in the fireworks display at 9 p.m. for a picture perfect holiday.

A Star Spangled Success

In La Palma, the Annual Run for Fun Event takes place July 4th featuring a quaint hometown vibe. Kids are welcome to the Yankee Doodle Dash at 8:30 a.m. just for little ones ages 2 – 12. Non-competitive with a variety of distances, everyone gets a bib and medal. Next is the Family Fun Zone starting at 8:30 a.m. with obstacle courses, potato sack races, tug of war and more. From the pancake breakfast to the evening fireworks, it’s a show to remember.

La Habra’s Annual 4th of July Spectacular features live music, food and drinks, a free kids’ zone with a giant slide, obstacle course, balloon artist and more. Pick up pre-sale wristbands early or at the gate. Where will you be celebrating?

LA Beer Fest

April 5th, 2017

 

April 8th marks the 9th annual LA Beer Festival. Buy your tickets soon! Last year’s event sold out, and this year is slated to be even bigger and better. Enjoy dozens of domestic and international beers, more than a dozen food trucks, and live entertainment throughout the festivities. Located at the LA Center Studios, this short and lively festival goes only from 12 – 3p.m., so come early to imbibe.

A second session is available from 5 – 8p.m., and many beer lovers reserve both tickets. Admission includes bottomless tastings, but food is sold separately. Opt for a Connoisseur’s Ticket for $80 to take advantage of a reserved indoor/outdoor deck, one-off beers not available for general admission, and luxury restrooms.

Bottoms Up

All proceeds benefit Noah’s B-ark, Inc., an organization that rescues dogs from kill shelters to place them in loving homes. Proceeds specifically help with funding food, veterinary bills and shelter for the rescued pets.

Reserve your tickets now, and make sure to coordinate with friends so everyone is at the same session. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to try out a variety of gourmet beers and cuisine from some of the area’s top-ranked establishments.

 

Anaheim Spring Break Guide

March 20th, 2017

 

With more than 15,000 schools letting out for a full week throughout March and April, Anaheim is, and has always been, a popular spring break destination. Of course, the weather is perfect for a trip to Disneyland where you’ll find the park decked out for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations as well as spring break revelers. However, what if you want a cooler option this time around?

Visit the many water parks the Anaheim area has to offer, like Great Wolf Lodge—perfect for families, singles and couples! Get a daily pass for their slides and pools, and there are many dining and shopping options. The Howlin’ Tornado twister of a ride, slick Coyote Cannon and Totem Towers await.

Wet Escapades

At Knott’s Soak City, just a few miles from your guest room, you can see what the 2017 expansion has ushered in. The biggest water park in Orange County boasts a brand new Shore Break, an almost vertical fall featuring S-curves that only the bravest should dare attempt.

Hopping on a whale-watching excursion is a leisurely and romantic spring break option. With migration season in full swing and the Anaheim area a sanctuary, it’s nearly guaranteed that you will spot gray and blue whales, dolphins and more marine life.

Go Green This St. Patrick’s Day

March 14th, 2017

 

Irish pubs and southern California might not sound like a common pairing, but the Anaheim area is home to some of the best St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the country. Check out the top Irish bars in the area, like Tom Bergin’s, a tavern where you’ll be treated to Celtic music, authentic grub, and plenty of imported beer including the famous Guinness. (Green beer is also available on the big day!)

South Bay’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities include a family-friendly parade and festival at the Pier Plaza. Located close to Hermosa Beach, it’s the perfect way to kick off the holiday before heading to the Pacific for a surf lesson, sun bathing session, or hopping on a whale-watching expedition.

Luck of the Irish

Wear your green when going to the Hooley in San Pedro. Hosted by the Knights of Columbus, a “good old-fashioned Irish hooley” is just what your next vacation in Anaheim needs. A dinner of corned beef and cabbage, a full dessert bar, and all the Celtic entertainment you can handle is yours at this annual 18+ fundraiser.

Of course, you can always loop back to Tom Bergin’s and take part in their annual marathon where the course is full of Guinness trucks, beer pong tables and Irish entertainment. The “Shamrock Hour” is where many go for low-cost beer, fare, and a little debauchery.

Make Mickey Your Man This Valentine’s Day

February 12th, 2017

 

Disneyland knows how to do every holiday right, including Valentine’s Day! The decorations are stunning with the entire park decked out in pink, red and hearts galore. If you’re looking for a truly magical day with your special someone (or family!), head to Disneyland, and take in the festive, outlandish decorations that only Disney can pull off.

The walkway near the It’s a Small World ride is always one of the most romantic areas in the park, with a tree-lined street and lanterns along with twinkle lights surrounding you. Surprisingly, the Storybook Land ride is incredibly romantic, whisking you under the light-covered rose arches on an intimate boat ride.

Sweet Things

Many sweethearts come just for the special Valentine’s Day food and desserts, and Disney doesn’t disappoint. In the morning, get the strawberry and chocolate chip pancakes at Carnation Café, and at Café Orleans you can get the “Bouchee of Love,” a puff pastry with savory delights.

Check all your favorite restaurants for surprise treats and special dishes throughout the month of February. Disneyland is one of the most romantic places in Anaheim and southern California if you plan your trip right. Where will your first romantic stop be?