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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.

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.

 

St. Paddy Day Celebrations

March 3rd, 2017

 

Whether you call it St. Paddy’s or St. Patrick’s Day, the Anaheim area knows how to celebrate the only raucous holiday of the spring. You can always warm up with St. Practice Day one week prior to the big event, with pub crawls scheduled in nearly every nearby beach from Huntington to Newport. That’ll have you ready for the big event March 17th with a full Saint Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl (each beach town hosts their own!).

The Venice Ale House St. Patrick’s Dance Party is a favorite, and you’re required to wear green for entry. The party spans across two venues at the Venice Beach Boardwalk including the Ale House and The Rose Room, with just $10 cover charges.

Get Your Green On

The local Queen Mary hosts the Shamrock ‘n’ Roll with Celtic entertainment in the Queen Salon, Royal Salon and Promenade Deck. Full of traditional Irish grub, drinks and music, you’ll enjoy trivia contests and costume contests at this 21+ event.

Other staples include the annual South Bay St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival, St. Patrick’s Day Hooley in San Pedro, and Rock & Reilly’s St. Patrick’s Day Block Party. No matter how you choose to celebrate, local Irish venues and organizations have you covered.

 

Celebrate Love in LA

February 10th, 2017

 

Whether you’re single or coupled up and on vacation in Anaheim, love is in the air. The Dollface Dames Monthly Magicopolis Burlesque Show features a special Valentine’s Day extravaganza on February 11th. Located in Santa Monica, the theater features stadium seating with incredible bartenders as attendees let fantasy take over.

Shows begin at 9:30 p.m., and magicians behind the bar will amuse you as the dollfaces prepare to entertain. VIP seating starts at 10:30 p.m., and the 80-minute show will amaze with singing, group numbers, and burlesque acts all designed around a red-and-pink, love-fueled holiday. The after party lets you meet and greet. VIP entrance is just $30, or you can upgrade to a party package with autographed swag and priority seating.

In the Mood …

True Pablove is an annual fundraiser designed to give you a night you’ll never forget. It’s another option for February 11th, with tickets for the gala starting at $75. Children are welcome at the Casa Vertigo venue as the Pablove Foundation kicks off the signature family event of the year.

Around 600 attendees of all ages come to the one-of-a-kind event for music, amazing food from local establishments, the silent auction, and the arts and crafts. Design Valentine’s Day cards and crafts, and spread the love knowing that in six years the Foundation has raised $600,000 to fight childhood cancer.

 

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?

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 15th, 2017

 

Mark your calendar for January 16 to celebrate the 32nd Annual Kingdom Day Parade. “Our work is not yet done” is the motto of this parade, which is the biggest in the country. Committed to fighting for equality, a variety of participants show off massive floats. Celebrities are regular sightings at this popular event that travels along MLK Jr. Boulevard, Western Avenue, Crenshaw Boulevard, and Vernon Avenue from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

You can sign up to volunteer or even take part in the parade as an individual or organization. For those traveling to Anaheim for work, rallying together to take part in the parade is a fantastic team-building activity. Hosted by the Congress of Racial Equality of California, this televised event is a must during the holiday weekend.

Celebration Options

At Kiddie City in Leimert Park, the “I Have a Dream” Wall is a favorite activity for little ones. The weekend of MLK Jr. Day, visit the kingdom spilling over with activities for kids. Everyone is welcome to put handprints on the wall as a way to express their dream.

The festival includes songs, readings and stories about Martin Luther King Jr., all designed to inspire visitors of all ages.

 

A Disney Winter Wonderland

December 19th, 2016

 

Disneyland doesn’t “just” have one way to celebrate the winter holidays—there’s a reindeer’s cart full of surprises! Of course, incredible decorations and special attractions are sprinkled around the park. The Christmas Fantasy Parade features Santa, his reindeer crew, and your beloved Disney characters dressed in their holiday best as they start the park’s winter season with a decked hall and salute.

Check out the Jingle Cruise, available only during the winter months, for a twinkle-filled twist on the classic cruise. This traditional voyage is wholly enveloped in the Christmas spirit, complete with special drinks and treats to keep your spirits bright. It’s a great add-on to any park visit.

Holly and Jolly

At the It’s a Small World celebration, you’ll enter a magical world full of happiness, goodwill and peace with an international twist. Of course, if you prefer a little spookiness to go with your Christmas spirit, the Haunted Mansion Holiday is right up your dark alley. Who knew a “takeover makeover” from Tim Burton could be so winter-fully delightful?

At each of the park’s restaurants, you’ll find holiday-themed treats, meals and more that are only available this time of year, and every year there are surprises. Start planning your Disney holiday itinerary today!

 

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?