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Whale Watching Season Begins!

February 5th, 2017

 

Newport Beach whale watching season begins January 1 with a special $16 entry. The gray whale begins the longest major migration of all marine mammals this season, with several thousand whales migrating along Newport Beach. Returning from the Baja California lagoon through April, it’s common to see at least five whales on an average cruise.

You might also spot humpback whales, finbacks and minke whales along with many types of dolphins. Newport Bay is home to one of the largest protected areas for marine life in southern California, offering a thriving ecosystem. There are more than 15 miles of sanctuary, and marine animals know this is their sanctuary.

Get on Board

From Newport to Laguna Beach, your vessel will whisk you along the popular migration route offering the best opportunities for spotting and photographing whales and dolphins. Plus, it’s one of the most stunning areas in this part of California.

Get your tickets online or by calling 949-675-0551. This is one January tradition you won’t want to miss, especially since February is peak season for the migration back from winter. Where will your Anaheim vacation take you? If it doesn’t include a migration whale-watching tour, you’re not experiencing the real southern California.

 

Celebrate MLK Jr. Day in Anaheim

January 14th, 2017

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day offers a variety of options for celebrating in the Anaheim area. The annual Peace and Unity Parade kicks off at the MLK Jr. Avenue and Anaheim Street intersection at 10:30 a.m. on January 14, and the celebration continues until 6 p.m. Each year, over 25,000 attendees come together for a day of live music, entertainment and honoring brotherhood and peace.

Kids enjoy carnival rides, arts and crafts and are guided towards an understanding of justice and peace. Find out more about local groups that pay homage to the teachings of MLK Jr. Dreamland is a dedicated space where youth can uphold the teachings of Dr. King, and some of the best vendors and food carts in the area will be on site.

Living the Dream

The Cake for King celebration at the California African American Museum takes place each year on the major holiday. From 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., enjoy five full hours of commemorating the works and teachings of Dr. King. Kids have a bevy of free, fun activities like face painting, arts and crafts, and of course, indulging in some delectable birthday cake.

Check out documentaries and artifacts, and make this a day of remembering the vision Dr. King had for all people. How will you be celebrating?

Holiday Light Displays in Anaheim

December 1st, 2016

 

There are many places to enjoy the holiday lights in Anaheim, but having an insider’s guide gives you a major advantage. Beyond Disneyland and the famous Nutcracker tree downtown, you’ll also want to head to Kraemer and Birch in nearby Brea. The so-called “Eagle Hills neighborhood” is known for putting on an incredible show, and this neighborhood gets into the spirit early!

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In Fountain Valley, try the Brookhurst Street and Heil Avenue neighborhood, or plug 16801 Euclid into your GPS. This lit-up neighborhood features plenty of parking nearby, and you can cruise the street or park and walk to take in the twinkling lights and over-sized decorations.

Light it Up!

Long Beach gives you Daisy Avenue, located between the Pacific Coast Highway and Willow Street. Families looking for Griswold-level lights need to come to the beach. Afterwards, swing by the golden coast for some legendary seafood-inspired Christmas fare at one of the many coastal restaurants.

Talega’s Seaside Neighborhood in San Clemente is another local secret, where the neighbors compete for who has the most, brightest and most spirited of decorations. You don’t want to miss out on this display, especially when there are cafes offering up hot cocoa (and something a bit more caffeinated) to keep those spirits shining.

 

Grand Central Art Center

November 30th, 2016

 

CSUF’s Grand Central Art Center is home to Fullerton’s College of the Art’s “open exploration of contemporary art and visual culture.” Here, you’ll find art and exhibits from local and international artists committed to collaboration and community. Located in nearby Santa Ana, the museum is open Tuesday – Sunday, with a First Saturday Art Walk from 7 – 10 p.m. CSUF art students compete to live on site, just ten miles from the primary campus and minutes from the freeway.

In the art center, you’ll find a combination of commercial, residential and educational resources. At over 45,000 square feet, this entire city block offers studio spaces for visiting artists and students, the Grand Central Main Gallery, Education and Teaching Gallery, Hipcooks, Project Room, Gypsy Den Café, and Grand Central Theatre amongst many additional resources.

A Work of Art

The Grand Central Theatre offers ongoing performances throughout the year. Tickets are just $5 for performances and can be purchased at the Clayes Performing Arts Center Box Office until 5 p.m. on the day of each show. Last minute tickets can be secured online. All performances are offered by the CSUF Theatre and Dance Department, a nationally recognized program.

Artist-in-Residence programs welcome the best artists in the world to the Center. Community-engaged projects bring the arts to the local Anaheim area, and you can check out the online calendar to see which exhibits and shows are showcased during your stay.

 

 

Orange Street Fair

September 1st, 2016

 

One of the most anticipated fairs of the year spans the entire Labor Day weekend! Created in 1973, the Orange International Street Fair was founded in Old Town Orange and now features 15 ethnic “streets” complete with 42 food and drink booths. Non-profits man each booth, and the proceeds go directly back to them. There are handmade crafts and artwork showcasing local artisans.

Check out the community booth area to meet the non-profits and find out more about their missions. The commercial section is where you’ll find a slew of companies meeting and greeting attendees. There’s a street solely for kids with plenty of games and crafts. Plus, enjoy eight stages of entertainment with local performers playing an array of international sounds.

Orange You Glad You Came?

2016 is slated to be the biggest and best year yet. Vendors are still signing up, but a few include Casa Teresa on Asian Street, OC HS of the Arts on Australian Street, the Danish American Club on Danish Street, Orange Elks on English Street, and Orange Coast Gakuen on Ginza Street.

From September 2-4, indulge in everything this sprawling fair has to offer. Located at Plaza Square Park, parking can be limited, so be prepared to walk a few blocks to the festivities. Alcohol sales close at 9 p.m. nightly.

Best Thai in Anaheim

August 27th, 2016

 

An eclectic foodie scene near Anaheim means you’ll find some of the best Thai cuisine this side of Bangkok, just minutes from your hotel! Imperial Thai Cuisine offers dine-in, takeout and delivery of their special dishes like the Flipping Tofu sautéed a golden brown and served with a house-made sauce, Thai Chili Basil with assorted fresh veggies, Rad Na with broad rice noodles and Chinese broccoli with a beer oyster sauce, and the Crying Tiger with prime beef marinated in spices with a spicy lemon sauce.

Delicious vegan thai curry

Suthathip Thai Restaurant features classic appetizers like Thai Rangoon, Crispy Tofu, Curry Puffs, and Thai Fish Cakes to get started. The Spicy Eggplant entrée has eggplants and chilies in a spicy sauce with onion and basil, and the Cashew Nut dish has stir-fried cashews with onion and water chestnuts in a secret house sauce.

Thai Lovers Unite

The Win Thai Cuisine Restaurants are known for their Stuffed Chicken Wings with glass noodles and sweet/sour sauce, their Shrimp Tempura, deep fried with a variety of veggies, as well as their BBQ Chicken Satay served with peanut sauce. From their Beef Noodle Soup to the Chow Mein, it’s comfort food done right.

There’s the Spicy Thai Restaurant, Chaba Thai Noodle and Grill, and Thai & Laos Market to try, too!

 

Comedy on the Terrace

August 1st, 2016

 

Head to the Terrace Cafe at 7 Washington Boulevard in nearby Marina del Rey for their brand new comedy show every Thursday night. There’s a fresh lineup weekly, featuring the country’s most in-demand headliners as well as local up-and-comers. The Beach Room is where you’ll find the action as well as an innovative menu from the Cafe. This free show has no drink or food item minimum—but the menu is so tempting, it’ll be tough to resist!

Stand-up comedy stage

Standup comedy is at its finest at this show, where the doors open at 8:30 p.m., and the laughs start at 9. Come early to get a great seat, and pore over the menu, ensuring your drinks and fare are in hand by the opening act. Views of the Pacific Ocean accompany your comedic dining experience, as well as a wide selection of Omaha steaks, Jakes’ Tuna Pokie, roasted orange duck, and too many pizza and salad combinations to detail!

The New Hot Spot

For years, the Terrace Cafe has been a favorite for celebrations from breakfast through late night. Open from 8 a.m. until 2 a.m., adding comedic relief to this non-stop dining favorite is a natural fit. Kids are welcome during the day, with a special children’s menu dishing up the most delectable options.

However, if you prefer something sweet to go with the sometimes saltiness of the headliners, the expansive dessert menu is sure to please. Try their 3 chocolate mousse cake, carrot cake with strawberry sauce, or traditional tiramisu. To keep up with their headliners, follow them on Facebook.

GamesBeat 2016

July 25th, 2016

 

Get your tickets now for the August 1 GamesBeat 2016, where more than 500 developers, entrepreneurs, executives and investors in the gaming world come together to check out the latest trends and releases. This is the eighth year for this massive festival, where the biggest and trendiest companies come together to check out where the gaming world is headed—including globally—and discover new growth opportunities. This year, the focus is on sustainability, how to best reach gamers, and the increasing global industry.

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The event takes place at Terranea Resort in nearby Rancho Palos Verdes. Spanning three days, from August 1-3, it’s where you’ll find and learn from the best gamers and leaders around. A one-day pass is $295, and the VIP pass is $595 with an advanced purchase. However, tickets are also available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. Remember that if you’re in the industry, this may even be a write-off!

Game On

GamesBeat is hosted by VentureBeat, a tech media leader that covers “disruptive technology” and reminds us why it plays a big role in all of our lives. VentureBeat covers the latest tech and has a knack for bringing communities together at executive-level conferences. However, GamesBeat is their only games-only festival and conference, growing every year with gamers coming from all corners of the world.

 

Where to Watch the Fireworks in Anaheim

July 1st, 2016

Independence Day is taken seriously in Anaheim, with numerous restaurants offering specials for active-duty service members and veterans, but the fireworks are the real showstoppers. There’s Disneyland, which streams their show live at 8:50pm, but the party gets started well before the night falls! In Disney’s Hollywood Studios, a DJ begins setting the mood at 5:30 and the adults-only Rockin’ Fourth of July Party kicks off at 10:30. You’ll also be treated to seeing your favorite Disney characters in patriotic costumes throughout the day.

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The annual OC Block Party stretches from 3-11pm, with the fireworks spectacular show at 9:45. It’s a food lover’s paradise where local vendors whip up special patriotic dishes to tempt you. Carnival games, merchandise vendors, live art installations and more can be found at this family-friendly event at the Angels Stadium.

Light Up the Night

Balboa Peninsula-Newport Bay’s July 4 fireworks and parade cruises are a fantastic way to celebrate the holiday. Boat parades take place at 1pm and 4pm, and you can take a tour along Newport Beach to enjoy the California sunshine. The fireworks begin at 7pm.

Enjoy a quaint fireworks show at the annual Community Fireworks Show and Festival of Fullerton. Entertainment, food and live music are on hand to keep you entertained. Most activities are free, and the fireworks begin at 9pm, lasting 20 minutes!

Raise the Steaks!

June 20th, 2016

Don’t think that all of California is healthy eating and seafood (although there’s plenty of it!). It’s also a fabulous spot for some of the best steakhouses in the country. Check out The Ranch Restaurant, which has a Wild West saloon attached in case you’re craving happy hour steak bites instead of the whole enchilada, or rib eye in this case! There’s over 53,000 square feet to explore, with ingredients and cuts coming from several California farms.

Beef steak on black stone table

Prime Cut Café is another popular pick, open for lunch and dinner with an expansive wine bar. Try their happy hour menu where the steak frites are perfectly seasoned and complement the hanger steak, which is always flawlessly prepared. A separate dessert menu featuring seasonally changing treats is the rich ending to an idyllic outing.

Good Eats

Manhattan Steak and Seafood offers a touch of the Big Apple in southern California. Go back in time to the era of supper clubs in a classy environment, where the drinks are poured strong and the dishes are on point. However, the menu is always changing, so you need to check it out every time you’re in Anaheim to see what’s new!

From the Steer Inn where you get generous portions of locally farmed cuts to the countless Japanese infusion steak houses, there are plenty of choices to find just the right cut for you.