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Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival

May 12th, 2016

Now in its 58th year, the annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival takes place every Memorial Day weekend. From May 27-30, 2016, you can enjoy live entertainment and, of course, the best strawberries California produces. Friday hours are from 1pm-10pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10am-10pm, and Monday 10am-9pm. Veterans are honored at the festival, which is held at the Village Green between Euclid Avenue and Main Street in Garden Grove.

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Admission is free, and unlimited all-day rides are just $25. You’ll pore over historical photos, check out the Strawberry Cake Cutting Ceremony and Tiny Tots King & Queen Contest, and partake in the Strawberry Stomp 5K run. On Saturday, a VIP breakfast is held followed by the parade, celebrity autograph signings, listen to blues and rock bands, and check out the Strawberry Idol Karaoke Contest in the evening.

A Sweet Escape

The Berry, Berry Beautiful Baby Contest is held on Sunday, followed by more live bands, dance groups and a performance by Miss Garden Grove and Friends. The Redhead Roundup Contest kicks off on Monday, followed by musical groups and The Colony of the Performing Arts.

Don’t miss out on the sweetest event in southern California. Come hungry, armed with your camera, and ready to have a blast!

Grapes for Grads

April 28th, 2016

On May 1, head to the biggest wine festival in Anaheim to celebrate the graduates of the season! Music is provided by Magnolia Memoir, food by the Wine Gallery, and a silent auction and raffle drawing causes quite a stir each year. The biggest prize of 2016 is a one night’s stay at the Pacific Edge Hotel & Resort. Tickets are $40 per person with an advance purchase of $50 at the door.

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Located at Tivoli Too! in Laguna Beach, the event kicks off at noon and culminates at 4pm with the exciting raffle drawing. The biggest wine tasting event in the area features wines from local vineyards as well as around the world. This year representing countries include: Argentina, France, New Zealand and more!

Art and Culture

Art demos by students at the Laguna College of Art + Design will also be featured, with some pieces available for purchase. Get your tickets early, bearing in mind that at-the-door tickets are never guaranteed. You must be 21+ to attend, and planning for transportation in advance is highly recommended.

Nothing compares to wine tasting in California—especially at this biggest wine tasting extravaganza of all. Some vendors ship their wines to your door, but it’s still a good idea to leave a little extra room in your suitcase.

 

 

Take an LA Tour

April 8th, 2016

Whether you want an official Disney tour, winery tour, tour of stars’ homes, or a whale watching expedition, an LA-area tour is a must for anyone visiting Anaheim! A Day in LA Tours offers an eclectic mix of options, and you can choose which area of Southern California to discover or customize a private tour, seeing only what you like. The tar pits, food truck tours, and classic Hollywood are all up for grabs.

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Sunseeker Tours specializes in tours of beaches, whisking you from one golden destination to another. Learn about the thriving cultural history of each beach, be taken directly to the best food joints at each one, and spend your day sunbathing, gazing at the ocean, and never worrying about parking.

A Tour de Force

Bike Tours Hollywood ensures you get a great workout while also discovering gorgeous California. Choose from a variety of levels and time frames, so you can make sure the tour is ideal for your needs. From beginners to competitive cyclists, there’s something for everyone.

Spirit Cruises offers unforgettable boating excursions spanning from a couple of hours to an entire day. Head to Catalina, or simply cruise along the coastline to see LA from a new perspective.

Top Anaheim Picks for April

April 1st, 2016

Anaheim is spilling over with events, like the Velvet Lounge: Dinner and Drag hosted by female impersonator Shannel. Previously featured on RuPaul’s “Drag Race,” this is the ultimate outing for anyone looking for wining, dining, and an entertainment show like no other. Shannel is hosting throughout 2016, and it’s an event you can’t miss.

Family Relaxing At Outdoor Summer Event

The Downtown Anaheim Certified Farmers Market and Craft Fair is open in April, offering a chance to indulge in some seriously fresh produce and patisserie items—as well as pick up a locally made craft or two. A family-friendly outing, it’s a must while in Anaheim.

Out and About

The famous Sunday Brunch at Tustin Ranch is the only destination for a lazy Sunday indulgence. The buffet comes with complimentary mimosas for adults and a chocolate bar for the little ones. The menu changes slightly as seasonal ingredients shift, so you’re always in for the freshest fare.

For hockey fans, watch the Anaheim Ducks take on the Vancouver Canucks April 2 at this epic home game. They battle the Dallas Stars April 3 and the Winnipeg Jets April 5. Plan accordingly, including choosing the right hotel, and your Anaheim trip is sure to be a blast!

Check Out the Universe Multicultural Film Festival

March 31st, 2016

 

This mega film festival takes place April 1-3 at the Promenade on the Peninsula at Rolling Hills Estates. Located at both the RHCC Community Center and Peninsula City Public Library, a number of panels and keynote speakers will be on hand to discuss the current global film industry. Special panels include “Pitch and Catch,” “Multicultural Screenplay,” “Produce Global Film,” and “Work with China Funded Movies.”

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Cultural events pepper the festival, an homage to the dedication to diversity. A Screenplay Showcase play takes place as well as a Cross-cultural for Filmmakers reception. A Cultural Fashion Competition goes hand in hand with the Red Carpet Fashion Show, offering a serious showcase for designers and fashionistas alike.

Embrace the Film Industry

You’re in LA, which means you can’t escape the siren’s call of the film industry. At this festival, find out who the winners are for Best Feature, Best Short, Cultural Heritage Film Award, Screenplay Contests, Best Actors, and more.

Winners from last year include films like “The Guide” from the Ukraine, “Letterbox” from the UK, “Number 7” from China, and “Tell Me” from Slovenia. A great experience for all ages, this is one event that can’t be missed.

Great Pizza Joints

March 18th, 2016

Grab a slice of California pizza while in Anaheim—or any other pie style that strikes your fancy! Marri’s Pizza and Pasta features fried zucchini, sausage and spinach bread, and famous clam chowder to go along with their slices. Choose from homemade meatballs, hand-shredded mozzarella, fresh veggies and more to top off your homemade, all-Italian pie.

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Pizza Boy is a local chain that offers a casual environment and plenty of complementary treats. Create your own pizza, or go with their BBQ Chicken, Garlic Chicken Delight, Vegetarian or the Hawaiian. Meatball sandwiches, cheesy bread sticks and cinnamon stix are a great addition to your decadent outing.

A Slice of California

The Pizza Press is beloved by locals, where you can get craft beers alongside their Gazette Pizza with vegan cheese, roasted garlic cloves, and chimichurri sauce. Try The Press Cheese with red sauce, mozzarella, ricotta, and aged parmesan. Add on a fresh baked cookie, ice cream scoop, tiramisu, or chocolate mousse to sweeten the deal.

Italian Pizza Rosa offers a simple pizzeria option with classic pies. Get up to five toppings (The Works) and choose thick crust, if that’s how you roll. There’s an Anaheim pie out there for everyone—get yours!

Discover the Dana Point Festival of Whales

March 2nd, 2016

Every March, the Dana Point Festival of Whales gives you the opportunity to get a close look at the annual migration. On March 5th and 6th as well as the 12th and 13th, Anaheim is celebrating the 45th year of whale watching festivities with an epic two-weekend event. It’s the best time of year for whale watching in California, and tour boats are booking up fast. Schedule a two-hour tour, 8am trip special, 4pm sunset whale watch trip, 2.5 hour catamaran cruise, Ocean Institute whale watching cruise, or Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching adventure today!

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Free shuttle services are available on festival days from 10am to 4pm, with extended hours on March 5th—the day of the family-friendly parade that kicks off the celebration. Park and ride all day for free, including the water taxi service that has you migrating right along with the whales.

A Whale of a Tale

The California Gray Whale migrates to and from Mexico and Alaska, with 40-50 whales passing through Dana Point during the festival days. At the headland, 200-foot cliffs allow for a real bird’s eye view of the migration. A public trail system to the docks spans just over three miles, offering a leisurely hike for families.

Stop in to the Nature Interpretive Center to learn more about the whales, Dana Point, and local activities. It’s the best time to visit Anaheim, where you won’t be the only traveler passing through!

Top Vegetarian Restaurants in Anaheim

March 1st, 2016

Vegetarian and vegan foodies love how prevalent kind-eating establishments are in Anaheim. You have a bevy of veg-friendly dining options at your feet, starting with Healthy Junk! Here, you’ll find burgers, Tex-Mex, pizza, sweets, and more! Try their Anaheim Chili-Pepper “burger,” fish tacos made from the company’s secret veg blend, or a chez pizza slice.

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Thuyen Vien is an all-vegetarian option for those who can’t get enough Vietnamese food. Enjoy egg rolls, jicama rolls, an energy bowl, and pho with soy chicken, soy beef, or mixed veggies. At the Gypsy Den Cafe and Bar you’ll be surrounded by a bohemian vibe while dining on gypsy nachos, a vegan quesadilla, mac and cheese, or house fries.

Veg is Easy in SoCal

Kareem’s Restaurant is a laidback eatery known for having some of the best falafel in town. At Vegan Pizza you know exactly what you’re getting but will be shocked by the unique toppings and decadent crusts. Pizza, pasta, calzones, and sides are all available. Try the Mexican pizza, Veggie Delight, Greek pizza or Classic Margherita. Indian pizza, Mediterranean pizza and the Spicy Thai are also sure to delight. Where’s your next slice coming from?

Spend Valentine’s Day at Disney

February 4th, 2016

Romance is all around, and there’s nothing like celebrating Valentine’s Day at Disneyland. Historically, there are shorter lines in February than any other month of the year, so you can count on an intimate outing with your loved ones. The Downtown Disney District has different special events, all love-themed of course, throughout the month and especially on the big day itself. However, this V-Day is right before President’s Day, so many travelers will be making the most of their three-day weekend.

Nothing pairs with the adrenaline rush of a thrill ride like some fine dining. Luckily, Disneyland has gourmet fare down to an art. Go to the Alfresco Tasting Terrace, one of the few bars in the park where the views are phenomenal and the setting is romantic. The Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue is a favorite for couples and families who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty.

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The Perfect Evening

Carnation Cafe is a sweet spot for a snack, brunch, or to indulge in desserts. Try Carthay Circle Lounge, another restaurant serving adult beverages, for light bites in a cozy setting. Cove Bar is another prime choice, where romance blossoms and the cocktails are divine.

Fantasmic! dining packages are always a great idea so you can enjoy dinner and a show in one fell swoop. When you think romance this year, think Disney—it’s where fairytales come true!

 

 

Heavenly Holiday Desserts that are Sinfully Good

December 9th, 2015

Cookies and pies and cakes, oh my! By far, one of the best parts of the holidays is all those heavenly desserts—and that’s exactly what the Heavenly Holiday Desserts festival brings to Anaheim by the pie crust-full! From November 22 through November 23, you can learn baking techniques and try the most decadent of desserts featuring seasonal flavors. Chocolate, pumpkin, peppermint, cloves, cinnamon, and more come together thanks to the Cooking Schools of America located at 3309 Hyland Avenue in Costa Mesa.

The Chef Instructor is on hand to walk you through making your own sinfully good treats. From homemade ganache to cupcakes to die for, all the secrets for a wicked dessert will be revealed. Of course, there’s plenty of time for tasting from the experts, too. Indulge in chocolate peppermint bars, pumpkin gingerbread cupcakes, and brandied pear galette.

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Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

For just $65, you’ll learn how to make the flakiest of pie crusts, and sample some of the most extraordinary pies imaginable. It’s the ultimate way to kick off Thanksgiving week, and you’re sure to get a few ideas for your own holiday gathering.

On both days, the event takes place from noon until 3pm. Make reservations online, or by calling 714-453-2665. Your friendly Park Place Inn & Mini Suites can help with reservations and directions.