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An Anaheim Fourth of July

July 1st, 2017

 

Disneyland is famous for those Fourth of July fireworks, but some Anaheim visitors prefer a more nostalgic celebration. Head to nearby Fullerton for the Annual Community Fireworks Show and Festival starting at 5 p.m. You’ll find live entertainment and music featuring Deke Dickerson and the Eccofonic, as well as family-friendly activities. Located at Fullerton High School Stadium, the 20-minute fireworks display blasts off at 9 p.m.

Fourth of July

Irvine is known for the Celebrate the 4th of July at Pretend City event. The Pretend City Children’s Museum features a parade throughout the grounds along with an Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty fashion show. Don’t miss the star spangled science workshop where little ones create glitzy crafts.

Let Freedom Ring!

There’s also the Concert on the Green and Firework Festival at Irvine High School, with gates opening at 3 p.m. Here, you’ll be treated to a pyro musical sky concert followed by a fireworks show at 9 p.m. Check out the live music featuring Derek Bordeaux, plenty of food vendors, and prizes, games and fun for all. The Color Guard Presentation and big bounce houses are always a hit.

At the Pacific Symphony Concert, it’s all high energy with classics like the best of Michael Jackson. Made up of seven rockers led by James Delisco, the Pacific Symphony is also featured to help celebrate this most festive of holidays. It all opens with patriotic songs and ends with a massive fireworks show.

 

Mexican Eats in Anaheim

June 30th, 2017

 

Foodies come from all over the world just to sample the delicacies of authentic and fusion Mexican cuisine in Anaheim and nearby areas. Start your own gastro journey at La Casa Garcia, a low-key, family-owned establishment hidden in a strip mall that offers mouthwatering homemade delights. Founded in 1973 and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, you’ll want to try the shrimp, cheese and avocado omelet or meatball and vegetable sizzling dish.

La Villa Mexican Food is another Anaheim favorite and local chain. Try the Quesadilla del Mar, which comes with locally sourced shrimp, or the incredible selection of burritos that can be topped with sauce and cheese with pico de gallo on the side. Don’t miss the special Taco Tuesday with 99-cent favorites.

A Cantina for All

Cabos Tacos y Mariscos is known for their chilled pitchers of beer and Mexican staples in a no-frills environment. Located in a strip mall, it’s a destination only locals frequent, but it’s well worth checking out. Go for the platter combinations including tamales, enchiladas and chile rellenos.

Los Cotijas Mexican Grill is a simple counter-service destination that packs a flavorful punch. The carne asada nachos are an excellent dish to share, or you can opt for some American fusion with the carne asada fries. The shrimp cocktail is massive, and homemade desserts demand you save room.

 

City National Grove of Anaheim

June 22nd, 2017

 

A gorgeous and historic venue in Anaheim, City National Grove is the perfect place to catch a performance or rent for your own memorable event. Located at 2200 East Katella Avenue right next to the Angel Stadium, it’s a landmark in the city and offers an instant touch of old Hollywood glamour without the hassle of traveling to Los Angeles.

Premium Seating Program lets frequent visitors (or those who simply want a VIP experience) get the best seats in the house for a full year. Concerts never sell out and there are never any lines for this program, which offers as few as six concerts per year and up to twenty, so it fits into any budget and need.

Upgrade Your Event

Keep an eye on the events calendar to plan your visit, or to catch any last minute additions as top performers pop into town at the last moment. There are also two VIP options to add dinner onto the experience, including the Mercedes Benz Premier Package and Dinner Ticket passes. With the Mercedes option, you get a private entrance, bar and personal flat screens to better enjoy the entertainment.

Dinner is only available at certain events and includes a three-course fixed menu with delicious entrees, a salad starter and dessert. What will you discover at Anaheim’s most beloved venue?

 

Horseback Riding in Anaheim

June 21st, 2017

 

The heart of Orange County is surprisingly full of nature trails, and many of them are designed especially for horseback riding. You’ll find equestrian stables, tours and trails throughout Anaheim, and it’s a beautiful way to discover your favorite Southern California city in a brand new way. Urban Horseman offers options for short rides, full day tours, and is available to riders of any ability and (almost) every age.

At Yes U Can Ranch, the family-friendly and family-owned establishment focuses on riding for fun and leisure. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or have never been on a horse before, Yes U Can will make your time in Anaheim the best it can be. Select from a variety of packages, and ride easy knowing you’re in the care of skilled, local guides.

Giddy Up!

At Anaheim Equestrian Center, you’ll likely see championship riders training and grooming their horses. However, don’t be intimidated. This center is designed for every rider, whether you’re brand new to the sport or a pro. The environment is fun and safe, and here you can practice the art of horsemanship.

S&D Horseback Riding takes riders along riverbeds, on mountain desert terrains, and everywhere in between. Special rides can be customized for your group, or choose a sunset tour to up the romance. Riders must be at least ten years old, but select trail rides are available seven days per week.

Where will you saddle up?

Flightdeck Simulation Center

June 19th, 2017

 

Have you ever dreamed of piloting your own plane, learning the skills of a fighter pilot, or manning a massive Boeing? You can at Flightdeck! Choose from 30-, 60- or 90-minute flights as well as between a Boeing commercial airliner or fighter jet. Introductory packages let you feel what it’s like controlling a jet airliner from a runway taxi to takeoff and reaching full altitude. You’ll master turns, see your favorite landmarks from the cockpit, and nail that perfect landing.

Go for a longer session and you’ll learn all the pre-flight tasks from configuration to systems initiation and engine start. It’ll give you a better background for what’s happening during your take-off, climb and final descent. Plus, with your extra training, you’ll also be ready to handle some inclement weather that Flightdeck throws at you!

The Big Guns

In 90 minutes, you get the ultimate experience. Discover what it’s like to take off and land at the most famous airports in the world including Kai Tak in Hong Kong. The weather conditions can be rough, and adrenaline is pumping, but you can handle it. You’ll also see what really happens during an in-flight emergency, including diverting to another airport.

Many pilots-to-be fall in love with their experience and up the ante with a Transition to Glass, FMC Introduction, or Airline Pilot Prep adventure. Group rates are available, or come and fly solo during your next getaway to Anaheim. Where will the friendly skies take you?

 

Downtown Anaheim Certified Farmers Market and Craft Fair

June 13th, 2017

 

Every Thursday from 11 – 4, the traditional downtown farmers market and craft fair gives visitors and residents a chance to sample and discover the best produce, meats, pastries and works of art in one festive setting. Located at the Center Street Promenade, scores of farmers, food vendors and artists gather to showcase their best work. It’s the perfect place to dine, discover a treasure for yourself or to give as a gift, and get a glimpse of the real Anaheim.

You’ll often find free musical performances and shows as you shop and sample, featuring top local talent. Two hours free parking is available with validation (at each booth), and special events happen year-round including the Art Crawl Experience (ACE) August 19th.

Art for All

ACE is a smorgasbord of delights, part art walk and part festival, happening from 6 – 10 p.m. You’ll find local artists bringing art and culture to the heart of downtown, highlighting art in a variety of public spaces. With pop-up galleries and street artists putting on quite the show, it’s the biggest independent craft festival in the city.

Nearby shops and galleries also join the fun with tastings and pairings to go with the art in this fun-filled family experience. Stretching all the way from Anaheim Boulevard to Harbor, you’re encouraged to “walk, crawl or climb” this quarterly event.

 

A Taste of New Orleans in Anaheim

June 11th, 2017

 

Craving mint juleps, beignets and jazz? You’ll feel instantly whisked to New Orleans when you enter the Mint Julep Bar. This charming, old-fashioned destination is known for strong espressos, authentic beignets, and a variety of non-alcoholic, southern cocktails for those who wish to imbibe without completely indulging. It’s a favorite spot for day dates and business meetings.

At Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Disneyland, you’ll experience an entirely new kind of magical, small world! Here, it’s all Creole fare and live jazz while still staying family friendly. Satisfy your cravings for jambalaya, gumbo and of course bananas foster while being treated to the best jazz in Anaheim.

There’s also the Jazz Kitchen Express where you can get your piping-hot, smothered-in-powdered-sugar beignets on the go. They’re messy, as they should be, and the perfect fun snack for little ones energizing up for the next Disney adventures.

Old School Entertainment

Café Orleans is another Disney favorite, and it’s considered a veteran of the famed park. In casual surroundings with a sprawling patio, you and your family can enjoy Cajun and Creole favorites in between wild rides and the best entertainment in California.

Where will your jazz leanings lead you?

Adventure City

June 9th, 2017

 

Disneyland is far from the only amusement park in Anaheim. Adventure City is the ultimate destination for little ones aged 1 – 9, where parking is always free and admission is just $18.95 per person. The perfect alternative for budget-minded travelers or those with younger kids who aren’t yet ready for the bigger parks, it’s a popular space to reserve a spot for birthday parties and other special events.

Attractions, rides, performances and great food are all part of the Adventure City experience. With a gorgeous carousel, plenty of water rides to keep cool on an August outing, a petting farm, rock climbing and party tree house for the ultimate celebration, there’s no better place than Adventure City for non-stop family fun.

The Ride of a Lifetime

The Drop Zone is one of the biggest thrills in the park, dropping guests 45 feet for a tummy-flipping experience. In the Barnstorm Planes, you’ll soar high and low as you go around this fun and casual favorite ride. Head to the Children’s Theater for performances all day long, or the Arcade to battle it out with your favorite pinball machines and video games.

Rescue 911 is an experience that gives kids a taste of what it’s like to be a fireman or police officer. Whether you’re on the Crazy Bus or the Giggle Wheel, the options and fun are limitless at this destination.

 

 

 

LA Angels vs. Minnesota Twins

June 1st, 2017

 

Head to Angel Stadium June 2nd and see the local LA Angels of Anaheim take on the Minnesota Twins in the hallmark of summer sports. “Take me out to the ballgame” has an entirely different meaning in Los Angeles when you’re at a famous stadium where the amenities, snacks and beverages are all A-list status.

Located at 2000 Gene Autry Way in the heart of Anaheim, you can get tickets at Ticketmaster (or at the gate if you’re lucky). MLB Baseball is the perfect highlight of any Anaheim trip, whether you’re here on business or on vacation and taking a Disney break. In addition to an exciting game, enjoying all the amenities of Angel Stadium is reason enough to book your seats!

What to Expect

Forget peanuts and cracker jacks (unless you love them, because Angel Stadium has those, too!). Come hungry, because you won’t want to miss out on Angel wings with garlic fries and chicken tenders. At Battered Up, you’ll find hand-dipped corn dogs, funnel cakes and other carnival favorites. Try the goodies at The Big Cheese where grilled cheese classics, with bacon or with short ribs, go gourmet (served with tomato soup, of course).

Burger Bites is known for their sliders on Hawaiian rolls, while the Broken Bat Club is where you’ll find the staple hot dogs in two sizes and packs of peanuts. At Chili Cheese Fries, get classics along with sweet potato fries and even funnel cake fries! From Crafty Dogs to Chronic Tacos, Angel Stadium is a foodie delight.

 

Visit LACMA

May 22nd, 2017

 

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is a brief drive from Anaheim, and the standout building has been an L.A. landmark since opening in 1965. Featuring works that span geography and history while showcasing the diversity of the region, it’s the biggest art museum in the western half of the country. Here, you’ll find more than 130,000 objects from several centuries and around the world. Visit the Latin American art, pre-Columbian relics, Asian art, Islamic art and contemporary showcases to discover incredible gems at this must-see attraction.

Most of LACMA’s galleries and exhibits come from public programs and research institutes. Millions visit each year, and the digital programs with online collections and interactive options are a fantastic way to keep in touch with LACMA when not in the L.A. area. You’ll find LACMA on 20 acres at Hancock Park right in the heart of L.A. Conservation, interpretation and exhibition are at the center of LACMA’s mission.

Art with Heart

Special exhibitions available in May include Moholy-Nagy: Future Present, Unexpected Light: Works by Young Il Ahn, and The Inner Eye: Vision and Transcendence in African Arts. You won’t want to miss Tony Smith: Smoke, the Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery 1959-71, or any of the art programs available for all ages.

Adult art classes include Drawing from Sculpture, Focus on the Figure, Dreams: Exploration of Surrealism, Drawing and Painting, and several one-day, special workshops. Kids’ workshops are also available, and the LACMA film series highlights a variety of pieces throughout the year. Find out more and reserve your tickets in advance at the official site.