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Celebrating MLK Jr. Day

January 9th, 2018

 

One of the most popular ways to commemorate the work and life of Martin Luther King Jr. is by exploring the interconnected regional trails of Orange County. Dr. King promoted peace and meditation, and taking to the trails is a fantastic way to reflect on how you can live a life of service. The weather is cooler, and including a few strolls (or challenging scrambles!) around the Anaheim area has never been better. Arrive early to have the scenic beauty to yourself.

Organizations like OneOC promotes the long weekend as “a day on, not off,” and offers a variety of ways you can volunteer in the community. Visit www.oneoc.org for information and to sign up for your unique way to give. Alternatively, if you’re with a group, you can get the project toolkit and have everything you need to create your own project.

The Big Event

Don’t miss the 30th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Peace and Unity Parade and Celebration, which kicks off in Long Beach and welcomes over 25,000 attendees each year. It starts at 10:30 a.m. on the corner of MLK and Atlantic Avenues. Find a spot along the route and you’ll be treated to marching bands, floats, competitive yet friendly contests and much more.

The festival continues until 6 p.m. with entertainment including dancing, live music and more. Take a whirl on one of the carnival rides, and peruse the food trucks and vendors. There are arts and crafts activities for children and local non-profits offering options for giving back. In the spirit of justice, it’s the major holiday weekend event many flock to the OC to attend.

 

An Anaheim New Year

December 28th, 2017

 

There are plenty of options for ringing in 2018 in Anaheim, starting with the decadent Fantasy in the Sky fireworks show at Disneyland. Tickets to spend the full day at the park on New Year’s (8 a.m. – 2 a.m.) start at just $99. Take advantage of a full day of rides and surprises at the park, then stay late for one of a kind entertainment. Fireworks displays happen at 9 p.m. and midnight. It’s a night you’ll never forget.

The Rumba Room Live at the Anaheim GardenWalk is a NYE tradition for many. The fun starts at 9 p.m., and you’re in for a night of great music, dancing and drink specials. The midnight toast, special guest performances and unique party favors are part of what make this party so wild. Prices start at just $50.

Out with the Old

The Medieval Times’ New Year’s Extravaganza starts at 5:30 p.m. and stretches until 1 a.m. You’ll be treated to a grand feast with plenty of medieval-themed antics. The four-course banquet is served as a fantastic display of heroism and jousting takes place before your eyes. At midnight, the champagne toast with Knights of the Realm is the perfect way to welcome 2018.

Get tickets to the party at the Mansion in nearby Costa Mesa, the oldest nightclub party in the area. It’s the official venue for the OC NYE Countdown Party with dancing starting at 9 p.m. Just for the 21+ crowd, there are 10 DJs spinning, a VIP bar open for five hours, and plenty of giveaways and party favors. It’s regularly billed as a top NYE destination.

Where will your midnight kiss take place?

Seascape Kids Fun

November 28th, 2017

 

Whether you’re in the mood for a full-fledged party or just want to play, this three-storied arena features gigantic slides, 13 foam ball air guns, and plenty of spaces for private celebrations. Parents can take advantage of free Wi-Fi while the kids play, and the delicious menu has something for all tastes.

Customize your own pizza or try the Belly Blaster, Chicken Breast and Pesto, BBQ or vegetarian. Pasta with chicken romano, a vegetable ziti, meat lasagna or chicken wings are popular picks for parties. From sandwich trays to salad options, the on-site catering makes planning a get together fun and easy.

Party Time

Choose from six different party packages, each with different themes and participant caps. The Marine is the biggest package with up to 40 kids and 60 adults. It features 90 minutes in the Aquarium Room and Beach Ball play room, 60 minutes in the private dining room, eight large one-topping pizzas, 6 two-liter drinks and 40 juice boxes, up to 40 invitations, one dozen balloons, face painting and a goodie bag.

Open play time is also available every day of the week. Admission is just $10 per child and adults are free. However, weekends can fill up so plan to arrive early. Safe, fun and secure indoor play is the perfect pick for your little ones, and it’s all conveniently located at 4771 E. Hunter Avenue in Anaheim.

 

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.