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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!

Orange Street Fair

September 1st, 2016

 

Spend Labor Day weekend at the Orange International Street Fair, where 15 streets are packed with a variety of cultural activities, food and drink booths, arts and crafts centers, and so much more. Each street is “themed” with a region/country from around the world with local sponsors, vendors and non-profits coming together to celebrate inclusiveness and diversity. Open September 2-4 until 10 p.m. nightly, this family-friendly affair is the perfect place to explore, indulge and bond.

Do keep in mind that parking can be tough around the Plaza Square area, so be ready to walk a few blocks to get to the excitement. Although vendors are still signing up, a few of the participants include Arty Brush and Goals on Children’s Street and Pence Animal Sculpture, Ron’s Wood Design and Soaps by Miss Kitty Girl on Arts and Crafts Street.

A Trip Around the World

Where in the world will you travel first? There’s All-American Street, Asian Street, Australian Street, Danish Street, Dutch Street, English Street, German Street, Ginza Street, Greek Street, Irish Street, Italian Street, Mexican Street, Polynesian Street and Swiss Street to discover. Down each road, you’ll find an eclectic mix of representation.

This popular fair has been taking place annually since 1973, growing every year. With 42 food and alcohol booths this year and eight stages offering live entertainment, it’ll take the whole weekend to see it all!

Fiesta Del Charro

August 1st, 2016

 

Don’t miss this annual festival on Sunday, August 7 at Action Sports Arena in nearby Costa Mesa! It’s where you’ll be treated to the stunning talents of the charro, a Mexican cowboy fantastically dressed and ready to show off years of skill-building in a special event where untamed animals and man go head-to-head. Know that this isn’t an event for everyone, so please use discretion when purchasing tickets to the 7pm show.

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Held as part of the OC Fair, bull riding, a demolition derby and MMA fighting, along with motorcycle stunts, are all part of this adrenaline-packed adventure. For those with reserved seats, you’ll also enjoy complimentary fair admission to check out the rest of the festivities. Otherwise, come early, and stay late, to get the best open seats in the house!

Mexican-Style Showmanship

General admission seating is very limited, so it’s best to go the reserved route for comfort. The fair is open Wednesday-Sunday until midnight, so there’s plenty of time to explore the carnival rides, pie eating contests, and of course delectable “fair fare”.

Tickets are available on Ticketmaster and the OC Fair Box Office located at the Pacific Amphitheater. Hurry, tickets went on sale in March, and there are just a few left. You won’t want to miss this show like no other!

Steak Your Claim in Anaheim!

July 3rd, 2016

Celebrate summer the old fashioned way, with a delectable steak dinner just for dad! There are a number of top steakhouses in the Anaheim area, but consider Morton’s The Steakhouse, a high-end chain that everyone adores, providing a variety of cuts and sides for every craving. There’s also Bari Bari, a local Japanese steakhouse with grilled-to-order meats, and their preparation is a real showstopper.

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Head to Stubrik’s Steakhouse and Bar, an American-style chophouse with some thick Italian influences. It’s a high-end restaurant with innovative dishes and constantly changing specials to keep you on your toes. Call ahead to let the host know about the special occasion, and surprise someone with a special treat!

Delicious Options

Doug’s Downtown Grill is low-key and casual, with cozy booths in a sports bar environment. However, their cuts and how they’re prepared are anything but ordinary. You’ll find delectable, homemade tastes in this intimate environment where dad will feel right at home.

You may also want to check out Fire & Ice Grill & Bar, an all-you-can-eat Mongolian-style buffet hot spot that will satisfy even the biggest of appetites. Latin, Asian, American, and Italian flavors are also featured here!

Register Now for the Star Wars Half Marathon!

June 23rd, 2016

Hurry and pick up the pace, because you only have a few weeks left to register for the epic Star Wars Half Marathon! It’s not until January 2017, but bibs always sell out and it’s critical to register before the end of July. You can register, get course information, and find out details on the swag at the official site. Running in costume is highly encouraged, but not required. Spectators are also urged to show up as their favorite character.

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Registration begins June 14, right in time for you to start training for one of the best half marathons in town. However, it’s not just a half that’s at stake. You can opt to enroll little ones in the Padawans or Jedi Knights runs, suitable for a variety of ages. There’s also a 5k, 10k, and an out of this world running adventure!

There is No Try

Don’t miss out on the runDisney Health and Fitness Expo before the races, taking place January 12-14. It’s HQ for all you’ll need and is required for picking up your bib, shirt and gear packet. You can also check out more merchandise and get an early peek at what’s in store.

A speaker series on-site features a slew of celebrity runners and last minute trainings on nutrition and strategies. Don’t wait—it’s not as far, far away as you think!

 

Welcome Summer in Anaheim

June 15th, 2016

Summer Solstice is almost here, and there’s no better way to celebrate it than in sunny Anaheim. The Los Angeles Summer Solstice celebration harkens back to ancient Egypt, marking the Nile flooding season at this time of year. More daylight, warmer weather, and more available outdoor activities is what we celebrate on June 21! You can find the Summer Solstice Party with headliner Jeremy Sole at the Hammer Museum. There’s also Celebration at the Autry at Griffith Park, suitable for families looking for some cultural festivities.

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It also marks the beginning of the LA Film Festival, and movie fans can indulge in a number of outdoor screenings with celebrity appearances around Hollywood. Make Music LA also kicks off this time of year, and you’ll discover many mini concerts in the neighborhood.

Foodie Paradise

The LA Street Food Fest during solstice is the perfect way to indulge in some of the city’s best chef creations. There are more than 100 vendors at this all-you-can-eat day-long event. Summer Solstice is the pinnacle of summer in California. How are you planning to celebrate?

From beach hopping to whale watching, surf lessons and more, choose your favorite way to say, “Thank you!” to the sun.

Get the Perfect Grad Gift

June 10th, 2016

Are you heading to Anaheim but don’t want to lug a graduation gift with you? Don’t worry, there are plenty of top notch gift shops near your Anaheim hotel. Try out Castle Gate Gift Shop on Harbor Boulevard for a huge selection, including plenty of graduation gift options for students of all ages. There’s also ABC Market, a popular chain peppered around California offering golden coast twists on grad gift classics.

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You might find the perfect present at Mickey’s Gift, a Disney-themed gift shop for the grad who loves the happiest place on earth. Of course, if you’ll be visiting Disneyland this June, you can always pick up a primo gift from the park itself!

Gift Shopping

A Little Known Shop is a unique gift shop just a few miles from your Anaheim hotel, offering a wide selection for all budgets and tastes. If you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary, this is the shop to check out first. Locally owned and operated, the customer service is also premium.

The Star Trader on Tomorrowland Drive is a phenomenal shop that you can’t get out of without  buying a little (or a big!) something for yourself too. No matter where you go in California for that perfect gift, you’ll find plenty of options!

Dad’s Day Celebrations

June 4th, 2016

Show Dad how much you love him by planning the perfect Father’s Day in Anaheim! The Anaheim Marketplace features a special performance by Don Cheto of La Que Beuna on June 19 along with a full taco bar and mechanical bull. Join the fun from noon until 4pm at the Anaheim Indoor Marketplace located at 1440 South Anaheim Boulevard. Come hungry and ready for an exciting day just for Dad.

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On June 16, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium. The game starts at 3:30, but it’s a good idea to book your tickets in advance. Choose box seats, the reserved section, and treat dad to concession favorites and a beer garden visit. It’s the perfect gift for the sports loving dad in your life.

Holiday Bonanza

The annual Father’s Day Beer Brunch at the Phoenix Club is accepting reservations for the 10:30am or 1pm seating. Brunch features include a carving sation, German and American specialties, omelet station, pork ribs, salads, European breads and pastries, German sausages, and peel and eat shrimp. Bitburger Beer for dads is included in the price.

The Brownstone Café is offering a Father’s Day special of steak and eggs along with their usual, expansive menu. Located in Fullerton, it’s the perfect way to start the morning! Make reservations early whether you’re heading to a feast, game or special event.

Register Now for the Disneyland Half Marathon

May 13th, 2016

The Disneyland Half Marathon, or The Happiest Race on Earth, takes place September 1-4, but registration begins now! This event always sells out, and it’s a bucket list item for a number of runners and spectators alike. Not quite ready for a half? That’s okay—there’s a 5k, 10k, kids run, and it’s a guaranteed blast for spectators, too! Register online now and reserve your space for September. If you frequently travel to LA, or plan to in September, this is one event you can’t miss.

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All Anaheim area hotels are convenient to the race, which takes runners through Main Street, U.S.A. in the Disneyland Park before opening onto the streets of Anaheim. Your hosts are Mickey and Goofy, who kick off the event and cheer you on throughout the course. There’s plenty of live entertainment and Disney magic to motivate you to the finish line.

The Good Stuff

It’s Disney, so there’s also an abundance of decadent treats and sweets before, during and after the race. Nothing keeps you on pace better than some of those famous churros, ice cream vendors, and hearty protein-infused sliders waiting at the finish line.

September might seem far in the distance, but it’ll sneak up on you. Up your training now, register, and we’ll see you in the autumn!

Celebrate Mom in Southern California

May 2nd, 2016

If you’re celebrating Mother’s Day in southern California, you’re in for a real treat! Disneyland goes all out with specials around the park. Check out the Carthay Benedict at Carthay Circle Restaurant with two poached eggs riding on petite filet mignon served alongside corn bread and poblano chili hollandaise. At Blue Bayou Restaurant, a crayfish and crusted sea ball on angel hair pasta is available just for mom, complete with herb tomatoes and fennel sauce.

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At the Anaheim Packing House, a “progressive dining experience” awaits which hearkens back to the days of massive public markets in Europe. The BXCR Underground Wine Society is a fine place to start, then head to the Curry of the Day at Adya. The Chippy fries up the best fish and chips in the region, and finish the day with Ecco’s Georgia peach cobbler.

Treat Mom Right

Little Sparrow Café is a favorite for Mother’s Day brunch with a prix fixe menu featuring classics and innovative dishes from Chef Eric Samaniego. Kimchi fried rice with gochujang grilled pork belly, haricot vert and eggs, and incredible bananas fosters pancakes with maple syrup are a great start to the day.

End the day with a star tour, beach trip, or epic shopping expedition from Rodeo Drive to the famous outlets.