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Your Thanksgiving Restaurant Guide

November 20th, 2017

 

Anaheim takes food seriously year-round, but restaurants really step up their game for Thanksgiving. Reserve a table at the GardenWalk McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood, open from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and enjoy the regular menu or a three-course turkey dinner. The affordable $25.95 price tag ($9.95 for children) includes all your favorite sides and a dessert selection fit for royalty. Large parties are welcome.

Head to Downtown Disney District and check out Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen for a southern, spicy Cajun touch on traditional fare. You’ll feel like you’ve been swept away to New Orleans and can enjoy the regular menu or the Thanksgiving picks. All menu items are a la carte, and there’s Cajun turkey, Turducken, pecan-crusted mahi mahi and a special kids menu.

Hunger Strikes!

Also in the Disney District is the Catal Restaurant famous for their holiday buffet. From the turkey, salmon and ham to the veggie paella, you’ll have no shortage of decadent options. Sides like stuffing and mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts, chocolate bread pudding and a pie selection ensure that all guests are satisfied. Open from noon – 9 p.m., it’s a tradition for many locals.

Prefer to skip the turkey? Try Morton’s The Steakhouse, open 1 – 9 p.m. and enjoy a steak and seafood-themed holiday. The regular menu is peppered with some seasonal and holiday surprises, and make sure you save room for dessert.

Where will you spend turkey day?

 

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.

 

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?

 

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?

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.