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Run Anaheim

November 3rd, 2017

 

Get a head start on New Year’s resolution and wobble before you gobble with a variety of Anaheim-area fun runs throughout the month of November. The Peace Love Run on November 5th is located in the heart of Los Angeles and offers a half marathon, 10k and 5k. The festive course is Mardi Gras themed and costumes or masks are encouraged. Cajun-themed goodies await at the finish line.

REVEL Canyon City in Azusa on November 4th is a full marathon, or you can opt for the half marathon option. It’s famous for taking runners downhill almost the entire way, making it one of the fastest races in the country—and a Boston qualifier. If you’re looking for a new kind of challenge, remember that it’s all downhill from here!

Races and Runs

For ultra runners, nothing beats the Chino Hills Trail Run Series event on November 11th with a 50k or 30k trail run. Located in Brea, it’s known for being a gentle introduction to trail races (or as gentle as such a long run can be). All runners start with a 10k, and many stick to that route to get a taste of the trails.

Check out the Muckfest MS Los Angeles on November 11th, a muddy 5k race that’s built for fun and laughs. Sign up as a team or solo and get ready for spills, thrills and a whole lot of mud. A free soda or beer awaits at the finish line, and spectators are welcome at no charge. Kids love the free Lil’ Muckers area.

 

Anaheim’s Day of the Dead

November 1st, 2017

 

Take a day trip to Old Town San Diego for one of the biggest Day of the Dead events in Southern California. It’s a celebration of history, heritage and culture. The rich diversity of the area makes it the perfect destination within the Mercado, where you’ll find food, goods, entertainment and plenty of activities for all ages (such as creating your own sugar skulls).

Prefer to stick closer to Anaheim? The downtown Anaheim Community Center offers an all-day event along the Center Street Promenade. All proceeds benefit a local non-profit, and you don’t want to miss out on the mariachi bands, cultural dances, altars and plenty of authentic fare.

Both events take place October 29th.

November Events

On November 2nd, the Anaheim Cemetery hosts a Ballet Folklorico Donaji featuring the RHYTHMO Mariachi Kids. The free event includes masks for children and a selection of Pan de Muertos and marigolds for offerings. Refreshments and desserts are also included. The family-friendly event is a chance to honor those who have passed in a culturally sensitive environment.

On November 6th, visit the Anaheim Indoor Marketplace from noon – 4 p.m. for a special opportunity to put your loved one’s photo inside a traditional Day of the Dead altar. Folk dancers, mariachi bands and activities for children take place, while giving visitors the opportunity to explore one of the city’s most revered destinations.

 

An Anaheim Halloween

October 20th, 2017

 

With non-stop thrills throughout Anaheim, there are Halloween options for visitors of all ages. Join the Halloween L.A. Pub Crawl and let someone else worry about driving from one spooky destination to the next. Every Friday and Saturday night in October you can snag the VIP pass to gain access to the best spooktacular events at bars and clubs with no lines, no covers and drink specials.

The nearby Zombie Crawl in Santa Monica kicks off at Rusty’s Surf Ranch where you and scores of other zombies crawl, claw and stagger your way to the best Halloween-themed bars in the area. You won’t want to miss the Anaheim Halloween Parade, the biggest celebration in the state that’s been frightening folks since 1924. It’s a day of ghoulish fun for the whole family.

Tricks and Treats

Of course, Disneyland is always a hub for spooky frights during the haunting season with the entire park decked out. Enjoy seasonal treats (with just a few tricks) at the numerous vendors and restaurants along Main Street. If you’re anti-candy corn, you’ve never seen it elevated like this! For many, it’s not Halloween without a Disney getaway.

Check out the Motel 6 Feet Under Thursdays – Sundays in November, dubbed the scariest haunt in Anaheim. Animatronics, live actors, and a little magic help make this fundraiser a hair-raising one. You’ll find it at the Business Expo Center throughout October.

Exodus Escape Room

October 18th, 2017

 

Can you beat the clock to turn the lock? The Exodus Escape Room is Anaheim’s premier escape experience, the perfect group outing or date to spook up some fun this haunting season. At the Anaheim location, choose from three rooms including Sherlock’s Study (2-8 players). You’ll have to tap your detective skills and become Sherlock Holmes to uncover clues and take down a nemesis who’s got the entirety of London in his or her grasp.

Masquerade Manor whisks you away to a gala where there are gorgeous masks galore, but something sinister is just below the surface. You’ll need to use teamwork, critical thinking skills and a healthy dose of competition to make it out in time. With 4-8 players being ideal, it’s the ultimate group outing pre-Halloween.

The Great Escape

Exodus is a more intimate experience designed for 2-4 players. The pharaoh has it in for you, but you have just time enough to escape his clutches. Can you work together to figure out a way out of his clutches?

In nearby Rancho Cucamonga, another escape experience awaits with brand new rooms and challenges. From the Quake Escape to a bank heist, there are non-stop thrills and fun awaiting you throughout southern California. Do you have the skills to get out in time?

 

Anaheim Convention Center

October 14th, 2017

 

Watch out—it’s still growing! The Anaheim Convention Center (ACC) is undergoing a massive regrowth in 2017 to add an extra 200,000 square feet of flexi-space to the already hugely impressive venue. It’s earmarked for banquets, exhibits and meetings with brand new docks and a better entrance for vehicles. The ACC is committed to the best in service while offering a one of a kind venue for special events. Will you be checking out the ACC while in Anaheim?

As one of the most popular venues in southern California, capable of being customized for cozy and intimate events as well as the biggest performances and competitions imaginable, a host of floor plans are available. Your on-site event planning team will work with you from start to finish, including catering, A/V and much more.

A Venue Like No Other

It all began in 1967 with a domed arena, and it’s grown to include six expansions for a total of 1.15 million square feet of exhibit space. Easily the biggest venue on the west coast, there are ballrooms and meeting spaces totaling 130,000 square feet on the second and third levels. The main lobby consists of 190-foot ceilings and spires with glass walls to let in that California sunshine.

Pre-function space includes 200,000 square feet, ideal for show decorations and pre-event meetings. There are more meeting rooms than ever with the latest expansion including a dedicated registration space that leads to a balcony overlooking the atrium. Flexible space means this is the ultimate venue for any sized experience—ready to start planning the event of the year?

 

Anaheim Packing District

September 22nd, 2017

 

The historic Packard Building gave the popular Anaheim Packing District its namesake. Part farmers market, cultural hub and hands-on museum, the Packard Building boasts the title as one of just a few historic commercial buildings left in Orange County. It has survived urban development, and what was once a citrus packing house has turned into a landmark of downtown.

Originally built in 1925 as a mission revival building, it’s flooded with light and features an open space. Similar to car showrooms, it’s lived a hearty life as a plethora of auto showcases. However, now restored to its original Art Deco glory, it’s home to the famed Umami Burger (a local chain of escalated pub grub) and the Anaheim Brewery.

Farm On

Adjacent to the Packard Building is Farmers Park, a lush two-acre area with a boardwalk, olive grove, grassy knolls and community gardens. It connects the Packard Building with the Anaheim Packing House, and is a popular spot for special events. The Packing House opens every day at 9 a.m. for breakfast and many stalls stay open until the wee hours.

Check each restaurant for their hours of operation, but expect bars to stay open until midnight. Vendors include Pandor boulangerie and café, the SEED People’s Market, Urbana and many more. The Packing District is a must-see during any Anaheim visit, perfect for families, individual adventures and dates.

 

OC Fest of Ales

September 14th, 2017

OC Fest of Ales

The Fest of Ales returns to Anaheim September 16 with more than 35 craft breweries, live music, food pairings, games and more. Check out the home brew competition and enjoy unlimited craft beer tastings with entry alongside unlimited gourmet cuisine pairings. Only one brewery can claim the Mayor’s Trophy—and you can help decide the winner. Part of all proceeds benefits local non-profits including The Muzeo Museum in Anaheim.

This annual event happens at Center Street Promenade and Lemon Street from noon – 4 p.m. Located right in the heart of Anaheim, it’s the perfect place to welcome autumn with a crisp apple cider, pumpkin-infused IPA or a vanilla stout. Plus, guests are treated to some of the best pub fare in town featuring a variety of chefs, food trucks and restaurants.

Featured Hits

Breweries include Anaheim Brewery, Bottle Logic Brewing, Legends Craft Brewery, Heroes Brewery and scores more. Restaurants like Root Hummus, Out of the Park Pizza, ADYA, Slater’s 50/50 and a host of others are whipping up special pairing menus perfectly complementing the wide range of pints.

Enjoy the music of Apollo Bebop all afternoon as you dine, sip, taste and take in the thriving brew scene of Anaheim. What better way to welcome autumn?

Christ Cathedral

September 2nd, 2017

 

Both a historical landmark and an active place of worship, Christ Cathedral is open for daily tours that let guests discover the incredible beauty of this Anaheim institution. Famous for those of all faiths, Christ Cathedral was once known for Rev. Robert Schuller’s “Hour of Power” evangelized television show. However, the Diocese of Orange bought the church along with all 34 acres a few years ago and turned the cathedral into an open, welcoming destination for residents and tourists alike.

Cathedral Ceiling

Totaling nearly 320,000 square feet, buildings on the campus include the towering Christ Cathedral, an arboretum, the Tower of Hope, Diocese of Orange Pastoral Center, Crean Tower, large and small Galleries, and the Cathedral Cultural Center. There’s a cemetery on site as well as the Cathedral Memorial Gardens. With natural landscaping, sculptures, fountains and more, it’s become a peaceful retreat for many.

A Real Beauty

The campus’ history, beauty, scale and significance has made it a favorite destination for all visitors to Anaheim. Arts and cultural events take place year-round, and exhibit hours (tours) take place Monday – Saturday. Whether visitors are interested in meditation or prayer, education or architecture, Christ Cathedral can’t be missed.

Join a docent-led tour or pick up a guide for a peaceful self-guided tour. It all starts at the Cathedral Cultural Center with the “Becoming Christ Cathedral: Faith and Transformation” exhibit. With 55 volunteer docents representing 30 parishes, tours last about 40 minutes. Private tours can be scheduled for 15+ guests.

Honda Center

July 25th, 2017

 

One of the most famous event venues in southern California is just minutes from your Anaheim guest room. It’s home to the Anaheim Ducks, the Wooden Legacy Basketball Tournament and the biggest concerts in the country. Hosting Stars on Ice and the Harlem Globetrotters, as well as entertainers ranging from The Rolling Stones to Fleetwood Mac, over 3,500 events (and counting!) have happened here and over 35 million guests have been amazed. Are you in Anaheim for a Honda Center event?

The venue is owned by the Anaheim city, and in 2005 it was reimagined as the ultimate events venue when Henry and Susan Samueli bought the Mighty Ducks team and took over venue management. Continuously upgraded, most recently with the addition of a 15,000 square foot Grand Terrace with a 250-seat restaurant, no visit to the Honda Center is ever the same.

State of the Art Entertainment

Two years ago, a new 27 x 47 foot scoreboard was added to the Honda Center. It’s the highest definition and clearest scoreboard available anywhere in North America. With 80 suites and up to 18,900 seats (depending on the event), the 25-year-old venue cost $123 million and continues to be one of the biggest draws in Anaheim.

On-site restaurants include the Jack Daniels Old No. 7 Club, Standing ‘O’ and Shock Top Terrace. You’ll find gastropub burgers, delectable fries and a gourmet dinner menu at Shock Top (reservations highly recommended).

Visit Santiago Oaks Regional Park

July 12th, 2017

 

Nestled just a few miles away in Orange, the Santiago Oaks Regional Park is open from 7 a.m. to dusk year-round. Parking is $3 on weekdays and $5 per day on weekends. It’s the ultimate getaway for residents and visitors alike, hugging the Santiago Creek and offering 1,269 acres of sheer paradise. Secluded and brimming with trails, it’s a favorite for bikers, hikers and equestrians who want to experience the beauty of southern California’s mountains and orange groves first-hand.

Stroll beside a gorgeous creek and discover what the forest has to share with you. You’ll see an impressive number of native plants and trees along with resident animals and birds. Find the lookout that offers an incredible view of the foothills and city of Orange, or pack a picnic and dine in the true Anaheim way, al fresco style.

Plan Your Trip

Five years ago, almost 200 coastal live oaks were planted as part of a restoration project. The trees have provided a fantastic background to the visitors exploring the interconnecting trails. Linking to the Anaheim Hills Trail System, there’s also a nature system where programs and exhibits take place throughout the year.

Join a nature walk, interpretive activity or connect with a local equestrian club to schedule a ride. The park is the perfect complement to an otherwise busy trip of beaches, Disneyland and legendary shopping.