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Local Races in June

June 4th, 2017

 

Discover Anaheim in a brand new way at the June 11th Northgate Market Downtown Anaheim 5k. Featuring a shorter kids run, this family-friendly event is a great way to get to know the city and challenge yourself in the California sunshine. It’s the only race in central Anaheim during the month of June, and many consider it a warm-up for the Disney half-marathon at the end of summer.

Head to Long Beach and partake in Rockin’ the Marina on June 10th. Choose from a 5k, 10k, half marathon or full marathon. You’ll race along the coastal streets taking in stunning ocean views. With an early start time to beat the heat, you’ll never experience a California sunrise like this. That cool ocean air is a great motivator, and you’ll have plenty of options for beachfront dining once you cross that finish line.

The Race is On

The Redondo Beach Triathlon on June 11th is another option for those who prefer a side of cycling and swimming with their running. With the option for a sprint or mini-sprint, it’s a much more approachable event than some others. Located along Redondo Beach Pier and in its 13th year, it’s a tradition for many as the unofficial start to summer.

With Run to the Hollywood Sign on June 3rd, you get to experience an iconic landmark in a brand new way. The eight mile run begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Griffith Park Old Zoo. Choose from three levels (including a 5k or 1 mile walk option) so that the whole family can enjoy the trails, pathways and the final view that has made L.A. so legendary.

Cruise the Coastline Race

April 20th, 2017

 

A popular half and full marathon event, Cruise the Coastline takes place April 8 starting in nearby Long Beach. Choose from a full, half, 5k or 10k option along the incredible beach pathways. That ocean breeze, unbelievable view, and sunrise kickoff with a number of drinking stations along the way make for a peaceful race.

Full/half participants start at 6:30am, while the 5k/10kers head out at 7:30. Parking is free on East Ocean Boulevard but limited during this beloved event. Instead, using the pay parking area at $1 per hour can be more convenient. The out-and-back course is doubled for the half marathon and quadrupled for the full marathon.

Beach, Please

As one of the most affordable marathons in the country, the full entry price is just $55. Also, unlike other marathons, it’s not highly competitive to enter. In fact, last minute registrations may be possible (although it’s always a good idea to register as soon as you can). Spectators are encouraged to cheer on the runners.

There’s no better start to a Saturday morning than a sunrise at the beach, a cool breeze, and discovering just what makes running in southern California so special. Register now, or start planning your morning picnic as you root on the runners.

In Town for the Natural Products Expo?

March 7th, 2017

 

Park Place Inn and Mini Suites welcomes attendees of the 2017 Natural Products Expo with spacious rooms, easy access to the event, and the peace and quiet you need to relax in between sessions. From March 9 – 12, attendees are flocking to Anaheim to network, catch up and check out the latest natural products for 2017.

Best Western specializes in big events, offering blocked rooms and premium service during what can be a hectic event. If you’re arriving for the full-day, educational event on March 8 as a precursor to the tradeshow, you can rely on the best customer service, quality bedding and prime amenities to make you feel right at home.

A Day’s Work

Perfect for business travelers, each mini suite has a kitchenette, larger square footage than average hotel guest rooms, and all the comforts of home. Planning to stay a bit longer after the tradeshow for a vacation? Rely on local staff members and services to make your vacation as relaxing as possible.

In between your sessions on the Changing Chinese Consumer, an Introduction to Modern Food Safety, and Climate Day, you deserve a luxury guest room that’s close, convenient and comfortable.

 

She Rocks Awards

January 16th, 2017

 

On January 20th, join some of the most inspiring women in the country at the fifth annual She Rocks Awards. Gold and VIP tables are available, and this is guaranteed to be an evening to remember. Hosted at the Hilton Anaheim, the awards kick off at 7 p.m. and celebrate women in the music industry who are making a big difference.

The NAMM show always starts the new year in style, and this year’s big performance features Lita Ford, founding member of The Runaways. The Grammy-nominated artist sets the mood for the evening with her history of breaking into a male-dominated industry and achieving success for consecutive decades.

What to Expect

Women in the industry who’ve taken on leadership roles and blazed trails for others are honored at this special night. Previous award winners include Karmin, Colbie Caillat, The Bangles, Mary Peavey and Chaka Khan. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages, a silent auction, and giveaways take place throughout the night.

The ultimate networking event for those in the industry (or fans!) takes place just minutes from your Anaheim hotel. Artists, professionals, icons and fans come together for the celebration (and yes, men are welcome, too!).

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?

Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting

December 2nd, 2016

 

Only a “nut” would miss the 21st Annual Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting in downtown Anaheim. On Saturday, December 5, you can watch the inaugural lighting, and get treated to the yearly holiday bazaar where you can stock up on gifts, crafts, decorations and more. With free admission and parking, along with events from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., it’s the perfect way to kick off the holiday season in southern California.

There are free kids craft activities until 5:45, free snow play (in California, it’s made by machines and perfectly fluffy!), and free train rides so you can sit back and enjoy the holiday spirit. Family-friendly musical shows take place throughout the day, and of course, your favorite Christmas treats are on hand.

‘Tis the Season

An International Food Fair takes place throughout the day, with trucks and booths offering unique holiday treats from around the world. Authentic Christmas pudding pairs perfectly with your holiday shopping. At 6 p.m., gather in the square for the lighting of the 50-foot tree, or swing by any day after December 5 to check out the thousands of lights and decorations adorning Anaheim’s community tree.

It all happens at Feldhaus Circle, with plenty of parking and public transportation access.

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!

 

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.

 

Celebrate Oktoberfest at the Phoenix Club

October 10th, 2016

 

Known as one of the best German pubs and restaurants in town, the Phoenix Club puts on an Oktoberfest like no other. With events held throughout September and October, there’s sure to be a festival for every visitor to enjoy. Even better, the restaurant underwent a big reconstruction in the summer, so this year’s Oktoberfest will be the best yet! It’s all leading up to “Karneval” in November, the Mardi Gras of German parties.

Costumes are always encouraged at the Phoenix Club, especially during the Oktoberfest season. Raucous singing and dancing can always be found, along with happy hours Tuesday through Saturday. Dining here during the autumn means more than indulging in the incredible menu. It’s a non-stop party filled with cultural traditions and plenty of imported beers.

Party On!

Try the fried mac and cheese or spicy sweet potato fries to get your appetite revving. It’s a must before those stuffed beet rolls topped with gravy and loaded with bacon arrive. The sauerbraten, or marinated sirloin roast, is a fan favorite complete with homemade ginger snap gravy served alongside red cabbage and spaetzle.

For travelers looking for a special banquet facility for wedding receptions, parties, business meetings and more, you’ll find it all at the Phoenix Club Banquet Room. Throw your own Oktoberfest, or take advantage of the surrounding festivities to create a party atmosphere for the record books.

 

Halloween at Disneyland

October 7th, 2016

 

Spooktacular events at Disneyland span the entire months of September and October, but nothing beats a night of trick or treating on the big night! Discover seasonal attractions like the Haunted Mansion Holiday hosted by Jack Skellington and all the citizens of Halloween Town. Can you get away from the phantoms at Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, and are you up for the thrills waiting at The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror?

Main Street turns into a massive pumpkin festival with hundreds of unique, hand-carved jack-o-lanterns. At Frontierland, celebrate Dia de los Muertos with a classical skeleton showcase. Disney’s Happiest Haunts Tour whisks you through a one-of-a-kind, spooky tour of the park. Kids of all ages adore Mickey’s Halloween Party, where you can trick or treat amidst chilling celebrations, available on special nights throughout the season.

Halloween Magic

During this terror-ific time of year, Disney offers special-occasion experiences like “My First Disney Visit” complete with trick-or-treat bags of surprises. Contact the Disney Floral and Gifts department at 714-781-GIFT to connect with a Dream Maker and make all your “nightmares” come true.

This haunting season, let Disneyland help make your trip to Anaheim one to remember. Where will your autumnal celebration bring you first?


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Grizzly Dance Festival

October 3rd, 2016

 

The second annual Grizzly Dance Festival is sure to be a wild ride! Hosted by the Grizzly Dance Company and Grizzly Hidriago, the Millennium Biltmore Hotel is home to four epic days of dancing from October 13-16. Celebrating 12 years of ferocious dancing, there are four rooms on deck. Salsa, kizomba, bachata, zouk, merengue, punta, reggaeton and hip hop are just a few of the styles that will be taking over this massive event.

If you want to really optimize your dance, sign up for one of the many workshops led by global champion teachers. From beginner to advanced salsa boot camps to choreography, there’s something for everyone. Check out the incredible challenges and competitions, join a choreo crew, and enjoy the many live concerts scheduled during the hottest days of October.

Heat Things Up!

With a pool party always available to help you keep your cool, you’re going to need it—after all, the dancing goes until 5 a.m. every day! There’s also a special Halloween costume party complete with prizes that you won’t want to miss. Day of the Dead costumes are especially popular, but you can come in any incarnation you like.

Select from a variety of ticket packages, with early bird specials available through the beginning of October. For more information including a full schedule, competition entries and ticket sales, visit the official website.