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Best Fireworks Near Anaheim

July 1st, 2017

 

Disneyland often takes the cake when it comes to Fourth of July fireworks, but if you’re looking for something a little different, you have plenty of options. Check out the Canyon Hills Community Council celebration taking place all day on July 4th, ending with fireworks at 9 p.m. There’s also a 5k and 10k run, pancake breakfast, ice cream social, food vendors, patriotic concerts and of course a parade. Don’t miss the Yankee Doodle Dog Show, too!

In Balboa, there’s the Balboa Peninsula-Newport Bay fireworks and parade cruises with three cruises scheduled this year. The Firework Spectacular evening cruise is the most popular, but the 2.5 hour day-cruises at 1 and 4 p.m. are fantastic for families with little ones. You’ll want to make reservations by calling 949-673-1489.

Light Up the Night

The Annual Brea Country Fair is a local favorite, with activities starting at the 7 a.m. breakfast. The fair kicks off at 10 a.m. with free music and entertainment until 4 p.m. Enjoy a beautiful baby contest, kiddie parade and bow wow contest. Pie eating contests, hula hoop contests, a car shop and massive market make for a charming traditional celebration. Tour the Brea Museum, take a trolley tour, and check out the petting zoo before the dusk fireworks.

The Cypress Fireworks Celebration starts at 4 p.m. with entertainment, a kids zone and an impressive food court. The Joint Forces Training Base is hosting this event, and guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for a cozy fireworks extravaganza experience.

Father’s Day Outings

June 15th, 2017

 

Treat the dad in your life to a special Father’s Day at one of Anaheim’s many featured options, like the brunch aboard the Queen Mary. Prices are $60 per adult and include a champagne brunch on the famed Queen while you discover over 50 dishes from around the globe from eggs benedict to carne asada tacos. With a carving station and the best view in southern California, it’ll be a day he never forgets.

Some dads prefer a beer brunch, and the Hornblower Cruise has you covered. With a $74 per person price tag, you get both beer and champagne along with a tantalizing spread and an epic dessert station. Set sail from Newport harbor and indulge in handmade glazed doughnuts, mac and cheese, artisanal sausages and poached prawns.

A Wet ‘n’ Wild Father’s Day

Check out the Father’s Day BBQ at the Aquarium of the Pacific where the price is $59 for adults. Dine amongst the fish and treat everyone to farmer’s market produce, flame-grilled chicken and German bratwurst, Mexican-style mac ‘n’ cheese, and legendary brownies.

There’s also the Father’s Day Champagne Brunch at Laguna Cliffs’ Vue at Dana Point, where you just might spot a whale migration! Prices are $70 per adult and come with a fantastic view. Customize omelets, dine on jumbo shrimp and prime rib fresh from the carving station, and pair your favorites with seasonal produce, a variety of potatoes and a massive dessert station.

Where will you treat Dad?

Spring Break in Anaheim

March 12th, 2017

 

March is the month that brings college students, high schoolers, and those who are young at heart flocking to the beaches. A trip to Disneyland is the perfect way to usher in warmer months, or hop on a whale watching cruise ship, and see the massive gray whale migration in full swing. Throughout March, Anaheim and the surrounding areas dish up plenty of options for a week-long escape.

Great Wolf Lodge Garden Grove is a Disney alternative where you have endless picks for water park rides. Keep cool, dine at some of the best restaurants in the theme-park realm, and discover everything the family-friendly getaway has to offer. There’s also Knott’s Soak City and the Atlantis Play Center for more water-full options.

Life’s a Beach

No spring break in southern California is complete without plenty of beach bumming. Check out the top-rated beaches including San Elijo State Beach, South Carlsbad State Beach and Campground and Salt Creek Beach Park. These names might not sound familiar, but they’re highly rated by locals and less busy than more famous coastlines.

Surfing lessons, swimming classes, fishing expeditions and relaxing cruises all give you a new reason to head to the Pacific. How will you be spending your spring break in Anaheim? Start planning today!

 

St. Patrick’s Day Parties

March 12th, 2017

 

Celebrate March 17th in style by ducking into one of the many Irish bars and restaurants close to Anaheim. There’s Branagan’s Irish Pub in Fullerton where you’ll find a laid-back environment, a variety of Irish beer and whiskey, and a unique fusion of Irish and American grub to satisfy all your cravings. Each Irish establishment has their own St. Patrick’s Day festivities, so bar hopping is a must.

The Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery features waiters and waitresses adorned in kilts, and they’re famous for their fish ‘n’ chips. Inspired by genuine UK pubs and eateries, you’ll find authentic flavors here alongside fusion concoctions. You’ll also want to try The Red Leprechaun and Doheny’s Tavern.

A Party for the Ages

The Coach House is famous for their festival with authentic dancing, food and music  featuring the Young Dubliners. The South Bay St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival is free, kicks off at Pier and Valley Drive and is guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit.

San Pedro also has an annual parade complete with a dinner of corned beef hash and cabbage. Don’t miss the St. Paddy’s Day block party at Rock and Reilly’s where you’ll be treated to eight bars, over 100 kegs and numerous DJs. Whether you want to party big or small, Anaheim has you covered.

Valentine’s Day in Anaheim

February 10th, 2017

 

There are many ways to spread the love this Valentine’s Day in Anaheim, whether you’re single or coupled up. Singles flock to Relish’s annual speed dating event at Tinhorn Flats Saloon and Grill where it’s all about finding someone (or a few someones!) to relish for the day. On February 14th at 8pm, if you’re single and 24-38 years old, you can have a slew of dates in one fell swoop with no name tags, no games—just speed.

On February 11th, head to the Fish Interfaith Center at Chapman University for a night of dinner theater featuring a five-star menu. Rave reviews are touted by this show, as well as the food, with jazz artist Ilya Serov setting the mood along with his quartet. It’s the perfect complement to a four-course meal with singers between courses including Mezzo Maria Lazarova and Terasa Mai.

Love is in the Air

In the mood for something a little more seductive? Reserve your tickets for the Endless Night: Los Angeles Vampire Ball on February 19th at the Globe Theater in celebration of the anti-Valentine’s Day. Mystery, magic, romance and sensuality are at the core of this favorite event, with DJs spinning in multiple rooms and a cirque performance at 11pm. There’s also costume contests and absinthe bloodbath drink specials.

A Valentine’s Day Cabaret Dinner Theatre kicks off at the Ellery Room Sports Bar and Grill February 10th. It often sells out, so book early for the hilarious “All’s Lehrer in Love and War.” You’ll get great food and laughs, and it’s the kind of event where you can come solo, with a date or in a group. Come see Sarah Raines in her one-night-only performance!

 

An Anaheim Lunar New Year

January 14th, 2017

 

January 28th marks the Year of the Rooster, and Lunar New Year celebrations take place throughout Anaheim. Of course, Disneyland is a must with the beautiful lanterns and Chinese decorations covering Main Street U.S.A. You can also catch performances by traditional dancers, and snap photos of your beloved Disney characters in their own Chinese inspired costumes.

The San Gabriel Valley is a haven for authentic Chinese cuisine from all regions and is a great place to celebrate the Lunar New Year. From whole fish and rice cakes to your favorite mochi ice cream balls, check out a new restaurant or take a cooking lesson to learn how to whip up a delicacy at home (or your guest room!).

The Festivities Go On

The parties don’t stop with Christmas, Hanukkah and the western New Year. The tail end of January is also prime party season. The Los Angeles Saturday Dance Parade for the New Year is a big one, over 100 years old and featuring the famed lion dance. It’s a way to scare off bad spirits for the coming year, and you don’t want to miss it.

A midnight ceremony with firecrackers on January 28th at the temple in Chinatown is a major tradition, but if you missed it, you can visit the temple anytime during open hours. Light a lamp or candle, and enjoy some peace and quiet amidst your hectic travels.

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?

Your Disney Christmas

December 10th, 2016

 

The most magical place on earth becomes even more magical during the holiday season. The season runs November 10 – January 8, giving you plenty of time to explore the park, special events, and surrounding festivals. The Festival of Holidays is a food bazaar and taster event with wine pairings (and sparkling cider pairings for the kids). Don’t miss the World of Color – Season of Light, which lights up the park in a new and wondrous way.

Christmas decorations cover the park, with thousands of lights creating a glowing wonderland. Garlands have been added to Main Street this year, and even more lights decorate the castle, making this the most festive Disney Christmas bonanza yet.

Light It Up

Somehow, Disney has outdone itself and replaced the famous Believe … in Holiday Magic fireworks show with the stunning Disneyland Forever show. A new gingerbread addition joins the fun, and you’ll find your favorite characters in the park with their uber-festive gear.

Make sure to visit each of the park’s restaurants for special, seasonal treats like eggnog, Christmas pudding, Christmas cookies and more. Help put out treats for Santa and his reindeer, and don’t forget to tackle seasonally-decorated rides.

When Christmas is at Disneyland, you can bet it will be one of the best holidays yet!

 

Come See Santa!

December 5th, 2016

 

Santa, along with his doppelganger helpers, are all over Anaheim, because they know the nicest boys and girls are treated to Disneyland vacations. Visit Santa at Anaheim Town Square throughout the month of December where you’ll enjoy a real snow play area, plenty of holiday crafts including face painting, train rides and a balloon artist on hand who specializes in reindeer.

 

Get your photo with Santa at 2180 East Lincoln Avenue in Anaheim, and don’t forget to come with your wish list and in your best holiday attire. Can’t make it to Anaheim Town Square? Don’t worry. You can drop your child’s wish list at any USPS box, simply addressed to Santa at the North Pole, and the letter will arrive swifter than a reindeer’s gallop.

More Santa Sightings

Santa loves malls because it’s where he picks up so many of his goodies! Head to the Anaheim GardenWalk for another chance to meet Santa and his elves. The outdoor shopping experience means even more decorations and bright lights, but, as always, Santa is the main attraction. Visit during the weekdays for shorter lines and more time on the big guy’s lap.

Natalie Mall and nearby Brea Mall also feature Santa as their resident celebrity of the month. At shopping destinations, special holiday events and bazaars around Anaheim, you’ll have plenty of photo opps with Santa and memories to be made.

 

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.