Archive for the ‘Activities in Anaheim’ Category

City National Grove of Anaheim

August 12th, 2016


A popular event venue, the City National Grove of Anaheim, has an exciting August lineup with music, festivals and kid-friendly events galore. With the premium seating program, you can snag the best and toughest-to-get seats year-round if Anaheim is a common destination for you. You can also get the VIP package which couples your event with dinner out via the Mercedes-Benz Package. This package also has Tier One seating, VIP parking, a complementary desserts tray and private bar access (for limited events only).


On August 26 at 8 p.m., YES: The Album Series comes to Anaheim, dubbed the “Drama + Topographic 1 & 4” tour featuring the DRAMA album from 1980 performed entirely for the first time in history. There will also be a performance of four songs from the TALES FROM TOPOGRAPHIC OCEANS album from 1973, and a wide selection of greatest hits.

Yes, Please!

This special tour is part of a series that’s promoting forward-looking albums that still count as a blast from the past. DRAMA was performed many nights at Madison Square Garden in 1980, and now the band is bringing it back and to the west coast for just one special evening (one that definitely offers the Mercedes-Benz Package, so you can make it a very memorable night!).

Tickets are available now, and some last minute cancellations mean you might be able to snag some at the door—or upgrade to VIP status.


Santa Ana Zoo

August 1st, 2016


Not far from your Anaheim hotel is the call of the wild, compliments of the Santa Ana Zoo. The focus is on preservation, conservation, recreation and education in this sprawling park where a passion for nature is a top priority. The founder of the zoo demanded “50 monkeys at all times” in 1952, and that demand has stuck—which is why there are always so many monkeys around! Smaller and more intimate than the San Diego Zoo, there are 80 species of monkeys on the grounds at all times, and new babies “arriving” daily. Check the website to see if any newborns will be making a surprise showing during your visit!


Critters for Conservation is a special, weekend-only show where you can get up close and personal with some of the friendliest animals at the park. You’ll find the shows throughout the day at the Conservation Stage, which is constructed out of 7,800 recycled milk jugs.

Life’s a Zoo

One of the most popular attractions is Amazon’s Edge, where you’ll find shaded seating and a gorgeous waterfall as you look for some of the most stunning inhabitants of the Amazon. Black-necked swans and howler monkeys are just a couple of the species to spot.

The Rainforest Adventure Maze is a fun way to get lost and explore the mysteries of the rainforest, unpeeling layer after layer and meeting a few new friends in the process. August is the perfect time to visit, so don’t be afraid to get a little wild in Anaheim.

Discover Teatro Martini

July 11th, 2016


It all began last autumn as one of the few entertainment venues just for adults. An interactive, fun experience that pushes the envelope combines fine dining with the kind of spicy adult entertainment that toes the line between a little too hot and just the right amount of kick. Part comedy, part dance, featuring acrobatics and magic along with phenomenal choreography, Teatro Martini has redefined the dinner show experience.

Beautiful showgirl backstage. She wears a blue costume with feathers.

The cabaret environment seats 200 people, and the menu is regularly changing to feature gourmet dishes with local, seasonal ingredients. There’s a separate, 18+ section where you’ll find their signature drinks paired with five-course meals for group packages which start at just under $70. Shows begin at 8pm Thursday through Sunday, and seating is very limited.

The Show Must Go On

Their tomato bisque is the perfect starter before choosing from braised sirloin, a salmon filet or roasted chicken. For dessert, their famous cheesecake featuring a graham cracker crust and drizzled with chocolate is the ideal sweetness to balance out the heat of the night.

If you’re celebrating a birthday, the Birthday Upgrade gives you a special announcement and your private party gets a free slice of cake and glass of champagne, or you can choose the Boffo Celebration package with a whole cake, bottles of bubbly and a souvenir photo.


Steakhouses in Anaheim

July 10th, 2016


Sometimes nothing but a prime cut will do, and there are plenty of top steakhouses to explore in the area. Start at Agora Churrascaria, a Brazilian-style all-you-can-eat meat “buffet” where the servers come to your table—and don’t stop until you call it quits! A hot foods and salad bar, separate dessert menu, and extensive cocktail list complement the endless top sirloin, skirt steak, beef wrapped in bacon, beef ribs and so much more.

Grilled Steak on a Fork

Mastro’s Steakhouse is an upscale establishment with plenty of steaks, chops, seafood and sides to choose from. The New York pepper steak, filets, porterhouse, herb-rubbed options and bone-in Kansas style cut are all favorites. However, their one-pound baked potato is a challenge many come to Mastro’s to take down.

Treat Yourself

Trabuco Oaks Steakhouse is a local favorite that features the famous two-pound cowboy steak. Their BBQ is delectable, with the cowpoke top sirloin and 16 oz. porterhouse always making the “cut.” The 8 oz. “tenderfoot” filet mignon melts instantly in your mouth, and the dessert menu with their Hot Cherry Gizmo—a cherry filling wrapped in a fried tortilla, deep fried then dressed with ice cream and cherry sauce—is a real work of art.


Fourth of July Picks

July 1st, 2016

Disneyland is famous for their fireworks, and they really go all out for the Fourth of July, but what if you want a more intimate, small-town vibe this Independence Day? Anaheim has you covered, starting with Knott’s Berry Farm’s Fourth of July festivities in Buena Park. Here, you’ll enjoy marching bands and other live performances, fireworks and, of course, all the thrills of the amusement park just minutes away.


Brea also hosts a fireworks extravaganza starting at dusk at City Hall Park. This family-friendly event is free and features a reptile show, petting zoo and kiddie parade, so little ones are guaranteed to have a blast. There are also contests, live music and plenty of patriotism to pass around!

Options for Independence Day

Dana Point’s Doheny State Beach is usually beloved for some of the best whale watching in the world, but come July it’s the go-to spot for fireworks lovers. The lengthy and stunning show kicks off at dusk, and the gorgeous backdrop of the ocean—perhaps with a whale sighting—makes this a romantic choice.

The OC Block Party at Angel Stadium is where revelers gather for food vendors, live entertainment and fireworks. No matter where you go in Anaheim, you’re in for a real treat as southern California celebrates the Fourth in style.

Your July Event Cheat Sheet

July 1st, 2016


Anaheim has a full calendar in July, including the Certified Farmers Market every Saturday from 9am-2pm at the Old World Village in Huntington Beach. It’s only been open since last summer and offers an expansive list of vendors, local farmers, artisans and live entertainment. This free event is family-friendly and the perfect place to taste, explore and discover some of Anaheim’s best local fare.

Fourth of July Firework Display with Spectators Vertical


The Discover Laguna Art-A-Fair Fine Art Festival takes place June 24 through August 28 at 777 Laguna Canyon Road. Open seven days per week, as late as 10pm on weekend nights, admission is $7.50 for adults, and children under 12 are free. This festival is celebrating 50 years of the arts in Laguna, and it’s where you’ll find some of the most stunning artwork—or maybe pick up a piece for yourself!

Check Your Calendar

At the JoAnne Artman Gallery in Laguna Beach, “Semiotics” featuring James Verbicky is on exhibit until August 31. Free admission to this daily exhibit, from 11am-5pm, featuring Verbicky’s unique style that makes you question what you see (and what you don’t).

Whale watching cruises, Hollywood tours, Disneyland and other famous destinations are a must, but when you want a more authentic, local experience, Anaheim is rich with options every day in July.

Ring in Summer During Solstice!

June 10th, 2016

Summer officially arrives in June (even though it always feels like summer in Anaheim!). Still, if you want to ring in the best season in style, book your tickets for The Summer Solstice Garden Gala at the Fullerton Arboretum on June 18 with a cocktail reception starting at 5:30pm. Dinner, a live auction and dancing start at 7pm on the lawn and go into the wee hours. It’s the perfect soiree and excuse to dress up Hollywood glam during your Anaheim getaway.


A more intimate option is packing a picnic and heading to the beach where you can watch the sun rise or set during the longest day of the year. Ask the front desk staff for recommendations on goodies to pack, or head to Cortina’s Italian Market where you’ll get set up with delicious deli treats. There’s also Tony’s Original Deli and Bottle Shop, as well as Granny’s Deli, for all your picnic goodness.

A Solstice to Remember

In Santa Barbara, the annual Summer Solstice Celebration is one for the record books, with revelry as the whole town rallies for a massive parade in the streets. Live music, food vendors, artists and more come together to celebrate sunshine, fun and togetherness. No matter how you celebrate summer, you’re already on the right track by having a guest room in Anaheim!

Top Thai Food

June 9th, 2016

If it’s Thai you’re craving, you’re in luck because the Anaheim area has some delicious and authentic restaurants. Fasai Thai Restaurant is a little nook that’s open until 10pm and is renowned for authenticity and spice levels you can customize—but be careful about going “hot!” Specials are constantly changing, but one consistency is the fresh flavors, incredible spices and the sheer passion that’s evident in each dish.

Pad Nor Mai (Thai food)

You might also want to try You & I Thai Cuisine, serving classic Thai dishes until 9pm each night. The adorable name makes it a favorite for date nights and holidays, too. There’s some fusion on the menu, and the owners are quick to make dishes palatable for kids. Customize your spice levels to suit your heat tolerance.

Thai Adore You

At Thai Lingo Restaurant, beer and wine pair perfectly with both traditional and innovative dishes. Open just until 8:30, it’s the ideal happy-hour spot and a popular takeout option for locals. You can also start your night here before heading out to a beach party, night club or night cap at a local rooftop bar.

Spicy Thai Restaurant perfectly blends the chic atmosphere of an LA nightclub with very authentic dishes. It’s a favorite spot for a special celebration or for anyone looking for an excuse to dress up and dine on amazing fare.


Get Your Star Wars Half Registration In

June 6th, 2016

It’s true that the Star Wars Half Marathon at Disneyland Park isn’t until January 12, but registration kicks off in June, and these bibs are always a hot seller. Not feeling a 13.1 miler right after the New Year? There are also kids’ races, 5k and 10k options as well as special themed runs that come with their own in-demand medals and swag. Plus, the long race weekend is stuffed with celebrity appearances, seminars and giveaways.

Lightsaber in space environment, ready for comp of your characte

For many, running a chipped, timed race through Disneyland is a big bucket list item, and January is prime time to do it. Not only will the weather be cool (by California standards) for those who prefer a breezier run, but you can also double down on Disney and enjoy the park during the off season. It’s a blast for runners and spectators alike!

Don’t Delay

The earlier you secure your bib, the sooner you can start planning your next Anaheim getaway. With a hotel minutes from the park, you can sleep-in a little on race day and not worry about the bustle of getting to the starting line. Sign up the little ones for their own run, and remember that themed participants are encouraged.

Go Outdoors with Dad this Father’s Day

June 2nd, 2016

Father’s Day in Anaheim means two things: The great outdoors and fantastic food! Take advantage of the summer sun and schedule a horseback ride along the beach, a mountain trail, or pick a specialty ride that caters to dad’s unique interests. Some of the best outfitters include Urban Horseman and Yes U Can Ranch. Yes U Can Ranch specializes in getting riders of nearly every age and ability on horseback—which means little ones and those with special needs can ride off into the sunset.


Ziplining is phenomenal in southern California and a great way to see the famous landscape from a new angle. Surprisingly, ziplining is safe and accessible to almost every age, weight and ability. Try out Skull Canyon Zipline or Action Zipline Tours. Get an adrenaline rush before brunch, and really work up an appetite!

Outdoor Fun

Stand up paddle boarding, or SUP, is very easy to catch onto. However, if you’d prefer a lesson or group outing, connect with SUP Fitness Laguna, one of the best reviewed outfitters in the area. There are also options to rent paddle board gear at nearly every surf shop, so you can hop from beach to beach.

Pack a picnic, perhaps with local goodies, and head to Yorba National Park, Oak Canyon Nature Center or Fullerton Arboretum to celebrate dad in the heart of Mother Nature. Hiking and biking trails abound, and birders are in paradise with unique species all around. How are you celebrating dad this year?