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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.

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.

 

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.

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.

 

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.

 

Horseback Riding in Anaheim

June 21st, 2017

 

The heart of Orange County is surprisingly full of nature trails, and many of them are designed especially for horseback riding. You’ll find equestrian stables, tours and trails throughout Anaheim, and it’s a beautiful way to discover your favorite Southern California city in a brand new way. Urban Horseman offers options for short rides, full day tours, and is available to riders of any ability and (almost) every age.

At Yes U Can Ranch, the family-friendly and family-owned establishment focuses on riding for fun and leisure. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or have never been on a horse before, Yes U Can will make your time in Anaheim the best it can be. Select from a variety of packages, and ride easy knowing you’re in the care of skilled, local guides.

Giddy Up!

At Anaheim Equestrian Center, you’ll likely see championship riders training and grooming their horses. However, don’t be intimidated. This center is designed for every rider, whether you’re brand new to the sport or a pro. The environment is fun and safe, and here you can practice the art of horsemanship.

S&D Horseback Riding takes riders along riverbeds, on mountain desert terrains, and everywhere in between. Special rides can be customized for your group, or choose a sunset tour to up the romance. Riders must be at least ten years old, but select trail rides are available seven days per week.

Where will you saddle up?

Flightdeck Simulation Center

June 19th, 2017

 

Have you ever dreamed of piloting your own plane, learning the skills of a fighter pilot, or manning a massive Boeing? You can at Flightdeck! Choose from 30-, 60- or 90-minute flights as well as between a Boeing commercial airliner or fighter jet. Introductory packages let you feel what it’s like controlling a jet airliner from a runway taxi to takeoff and reaching full altitude. You’ll master turns, see your favorite landmarks from the cockpit, and nail that perfect landing.

Go for a longer session and you’ll learn all the pre-flight tasks from configuration to systems initiation and engine start. It’ll give you a better background for what’s happening during your take-off, climb and final descent. Plus, with your extra training, you’ll also be ready to handle some inclement weather that Flightdeck throws at you!

The Big Guns

In 90 minutes, you get the ultimate experience. Discover what it’s like to take off and land at the most famous airports in the world including Kai Tak in Hong Kong. The weather conditions can be rough, and adrenaline is pumping, but you can handle it. You’ll also see what really happens during an in-flight emergency, including diverting to another airport.

Many pilots-to-be fall in love with their experience and up the ante with a Transition to Glass, FMC Introduction, or Airline Pilot Prep adventure. Group rates are available, or come and fly solo during your next getaway to Anaheim. Where will the friendly skies take you?

 

Downtown Anaheim Certified Farmers Market and Craft Fair

June 13th, 2017

 

Every Thursday from 11 – 4, the traditional downtown farmers market and craft fair gives visitors and residents a chance to sample and discover the best produce, meats, pastries and works of art in one festive setting. Located at the Center Street Promenade, scores of farmers, food vendors and artists gather to showcase their best work. It’s the perfect place to dine, discover a treasure for yourself or to give as a gift, and get a glimpse of the real Anaheim.

You’ll often find free musical performances and shows as you shop and sample, featuring top local talent. Two hours free parking is available with validation (at each booth), and special events happen year-round including the Art Crawl Experience (ACE) August 19th.

Art for All

ACE is a smorgasbord of delights, part art walk and part festival, happening from 6 – 10 p.m. You’ll find local artists bringing art and culture to the heart of downtown, highlighting art in a variety of public spaces. With pop-up galleries and street artists putting on quite the show, it’s the biggest independent craft festival in the city.

Nearby shops and galleries also join the fun with tastings and pairings to go with the art in this fun-filled family experience. Stretching all the way from Anaheim Boulevard to Harbor, you’re encouraged to “walk, crawl or climb” this quarterly event.

 

Adventure City

June 9th, 2017

 

Disneyland is far from the only amusement park in Anaheim. Adventure City is the ultimate destination for little ones aged 1 – 9, where parking is always free and admission is just $18.95 per person. The perfect alternative for budget-minded travelers or those with younger kids who aren’t yet ready for the bigger parks, it’s a popular space to reserve a spot for birthday parties and other special events.

Attractions, rides, performances and great food are all part of the Adventure City experience. With a gorgeous carousel, plenty of water rides to keep cool on an August outing, a petting farm, rock climbing and party tree house for the ultimate celebration, there’s no better place than Adventure City for non-stop family fun.

The Ride of a Lifetime

The Drop Zone is one of the biggest thrills in the park, dropping guests 45 feet for a tummy-flipping experience. In the Barnstorm Planes, you’ll soar high and low as you go around this fun and casual favorite ride. Head to the Children’s Theater for performances all day long, or the Arcade to battle it out with your favorite pinball machines and video games.

Rescue 911 is an experience that gives kids a taste of what it’s like to be a fireman or police officer. Whether you’re on the Crazy Bus or the Giggle Wheel, the options and fun are limitless at this destination.