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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).

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.

 

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?

 

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.

 

Earth Day Los Angeles

April 10th, 2017

 

This annual event takes place April 22nd at Exposition Park in Los Angeles from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Earth-friendly fun is on deck for the second year in a row. Local sanitation trucks will be available for kids to discover and explore, plus there’s a plethora of fun, educational exhibits scheduled. Sustainability is at the heart of this festival.

During the inaugural year in 2016, over 50 exhibitors rallied at the park, and more are expected for 2017. Enjoy plentiful giveaways, live entertainment and free food. Plus, admission is always free, making this one of the most family-friendly and exciting events of the season.

The Host with the Most

This event is hosted by L.A. Sanitation, whose mission is “collect, clean and recycle.” The agency includes nearly 3,000 professionals. Events happen year-round, although Earth Day is certainly the pinnacle. Check out their social media site to stay updated on free composting and smart gardening workshops, open houses on discovering recycling and more.

As a green-leaning city, protectors of the earth are abundant (both as residents and visitors). Take the whole family to this sustainable event and learn more about recycling efforts in southern California. It’s also a fantastic way to network, sample the local cuisine, and find inspiration.

 

Lunar New Year Celebrations

January 16th, 2017

 

For many in the Anaheim area, the Lunar New Year on January 28th has to be celebrated at Disneyland. Much like recent holidays including New Year’s Eve and Christmas, Disney goes all out for this end-of-the-month celebration. Surprises are always in store, but you can also count on the gorgeous ornamental lanterns woven throughout the walls and pathways. Banners and signs that reach for the sky celebrate the holiday in English, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean.

Entertainment for all ages is on grand display with authentic performers peppering the streets. Disney characters get in on the fun, too, dressed up in their own homage to the Lunar New Year. Swing by on January 28th, and get treated to some New Year fun Disney-style.

The Holidays Aren’t Over Yet

Unlike western NYE traditions, the Lunar calendar shifts each year. However, having the Lunar New Year fall on a Saturday is a real treat. You can also head to Los Angeles China Town for specials, celebrations and parades throughout late January and early February.

The LA Golden Dragon Parade is the biggest in southern California, a family-friendly event where you can enjoy the sights and sounds of China as a new year begins. Where will the Lunar New Year find you?

Anaheim Plaza Holiday Celebration

December 10th, 2016

 

Mark your calendars for December 12th when the annual Anaheim Plaza Holiday Celebration helps you kick off the season! From 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., you and the family can enjoy giveaways, a balloon artist, face painting, airbrush tattoos, and a DJ spinning the latest hits with just a sprinkling of your seasonal favorites. Located at N. Euclid St. and the Santa Ana Freeway intersection, the Anaheim Plaza is your destination for shopping, dining and entertainment.

Shops and restaurants are teeming with December deals and specials. With 33 stores and restaurants, over 20 brand name stores and 7 on-site dining options, you can finish up your holiday shopping in one fell swoop. Check out Fashion Q, Ulta, T.J. Maxx and Carter’s for last minute shopping.

‘Tis the Season

Dining options include treats like Baskin Robbins, Kelly’s Coffee and Fudge Factory, and Marie Callender’s. Head to Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill, Subway or Wendy’s for more options, or slide into Happy Dragon to heat things up.

In between shopping and dining, explore the plaza’s holiday décor, or head to Party City to get everything you need for your own winter extravaganza. Avoid the big crowds and hectic seasonal shopping, and stick with where the locals shop for plenty of cheer and end-of-year specials.

 

Your Anaheim Disney Thanksgiving Guide

November 17th, 2016

 

Dine in or get a feast to go; choose traditional or select an innovative spin. Thanksgiving in Anaheim has something for everyone, starting with Disneyland! The Grand Ballroom at the Disneyland Hotel hosts a massive buffet with ham, turkey, roast beef, a myriad of sides and too many desserts for any one guest to handle. Children have their own buffet stations, and of course your fellow guests will include favorite characters.

Head over to The Storytellers Café for an impressive dinner buffet with hand-carved beef and turkey, a variety of stuffings and dressings, candied yams and all your favorite Thanksgiving desserts. For those who prefer an upscale prix fixe, Steakhouse 55 is offering a three-course meal with roasted turkey and brioche stuffing, Swiss chard with mushroom gravy, delectable cranberry sauce and special desserts.

A Feast for All

At Carnation Café, you’ll find a slow roasted turkey smothered in bourbon gravy, cranberry and apple stuffing, roasted veggies, and mashed sweet potatoes. Harbour Galley is dishing up their famous turkey tortilla soup featuring south of the border spices. The French Market is famous for their Thanksgiving turkey breast and Andouille sausage stuffing, artisan bread with house cranberry sauce, and market potatoes.

Try the Carthay Circle Restaurant for free-range turkey served alongside poblano chiles and mushroom tamales. Their creamed corn dipped in turkey jus can’t be missed. The Pacific Wharf Café is crafting their annual turkey pot pie soup served in a bread bowl with pumpkin spice bread pudding for dessert.

Where will your Thanksgiving begin?

Are You Tough (Mudder) Enough?

October 9th, 2016

 

Ready for the ultimate Anaheim challenge? Tough Mudder comes to town October 15, and this is the craziest, muddiest, and truly the toughest event yet! Located at nearby Vail Lake, you can sign up as an individual or a team. Corporate packages are available for business travelers who want to take on the challenge as a team—and you may want that camaraderie for 2016!

There are some brand new obstacles waiting.The Block Ness Monster is the latest addition to the notorious mud run. You’ll have to roll, push and pull through 60 feet of muddy, slippery rotating barriers. Teamwork is great here, letting you rock and roll en masse through this monstrous feat. However, the most hardcore of mudders can beat the beast solo!

Ready, Steady …

King of the Swingers is also a big feature, offering the kind of rope swing challenge you wished was at the lake when you were a kid. Only a few will have what it takes to ring the bell, but many will try. Will you be one of the elite to succeed?

Choose from a variety of course options including the original Tough Mudder, Tough Mudder Half, and even the World’s Toughest Mudder Challenge. Engineers are always working to come up with even more creative and intense challenges, but safety remains a priority. Completing a Tough Mudder calls for some serious bragging rights, and it’s the perfect way to liven up your Anaheim getaway.

Are you up for it?

OC Brew Ha Ha Craft Brew Festival

September 15th, 2016

 

Beer lovers unite in Orange County for the seventh annual craft beer festival on Saturday, September 24 at Oak Canyon in nearby Silverado, California. You get unlimited tastings (seriously!) of over 200 craft and import beers compliments of more than 90 top-ranked breweries. Your commemorative festival glass goes perfectly with those craft beer seminars hosted by industry experts.

Live entertainment is peppered around the festival, or you can slip away to the Gray Cloud Cigar Lounge where beers are paired with cigars by the pros. Games, exhibitions and more are yours for the taking. Just make sure to set up transportation in advance, and your front desk agent can help with that.

Beer + Food

Some regular attendees come just as much for the food as the beer! Indulge in a variety of vendors and food trucks as you take in the view of Irvine Lake. Admission is $45 to attend from 1-4p.m., or you can upgrade to VIP admission and get in at noon for $60. For designated drivers, tickets are just $20.

Please keep kids and pets home, and remember to drink responsibly. Taking a cab or ride sharing/pickup service is highly recommended. This rain-or-shine event is guaranteed to be one of the liveliest festivals in early autumn, so get your tickets now!