Archive for the ‘Activities in Anaheim’ Category

48th Annual Costa Mesa Speedway Bonanza

September 5th, 2016


On September 10, head to the Costa Mesa Speedway for the biggest Bonanza of the year! Now in its 48th year, this is the most exciting and adrenaline-packed racing event in the country. With arena-style seating in a grandstand, you get closer to the action than any other venue. Tickets for general admission are just $20, and this family-friendly event spans from 6-10 p.m. Tickets are available online and at the door.

This speedway is where national champions practice and take home the gold. Watch the Juniors battle each other out to determine who’s the fastest and most skilled. Located within the OC Fair & Event Center, you’ll find a variety of vendors and facilities on site while being walkable to the Orange County Marketplace. Come hungry and treat yourself to all-American “fair fare,” the perfect accompaniment to a night of thrills.

Come Early!

All seats give you a bird’s eye view, but if you really want to get close to the action, come early! The speedway is convenient to Anaheim guest rooms, and those wishing to imbibe can easily get a ride share or cab to the event. Whether it’s date night or a family outing, checking out the races is a fantastic addition to any Anaheim trip.

Are you ready to get strapped in for a night of close calls and tight corners?

Visit the Orange International Street Fair

September 1st, 2016


Can’t decide between over a dozen different cuisine options, from Australian to Swiss? Traveling with the whole family, and everybody prefers a different type of music, arts, crafts or entertainment? Are you looking for a Labor Day weekend option that includes beer gardens and local artists offering up their best goods in one spot, or do you simply want to indulge in one of the area’s most established traditions? You’re in luck because the Orange International Street Fair takes places September 2-4!

Street vendor grilling herring fish on stove in outdoor market

Established in the 70s, this massive festival takes over 15 streets, and this year there are over 40 vendors ready to dish up the best cuisine, arts and entertainment from around the world. Every street boasts a different theme, so you can go around the world without going far from your Anaheim guest room.

Planning Your Trip

Alcohol sales are available until 9 p.m. every night, but it’s recommended that attendees get there early. Parking can be difficult, and it’s a great idea to take a ride share or cab (especially for anyone planning to imbibe). Little ones are welcome, and there’s a special street just for them full of activities and entertainment.

Hosted by non-profits, the community booth area is a hot spot to learn more about the charitable foundations in the area. It’ll take all three days to really explore all 15 streets! Where will you travel first?

Anaheim Packing District

August 22nd, 2016


Right in the heart of downtown Anaheim, you’ll find a charming district of historic buildings making up the Packing District. Farmers Park, the Packing House and the Packard Building are just a few of the famously restored destinations that make you feel like a local. At the Packing House, over 20 vendors and artists gather to showcase their goods, offer live music entertainment, and give you a peek into the artisanal community.

Farmers Market Shopping Mature Woman


You’ll also find some of the best Anaheim restaurants in town right here, including Rolling Boil, Kettlebar, Umami Burger, and Georgia’s Restaurant. It’s a top pick for locals who know where the best dishes are, incredible happy hours, and make you feel like a local. Head over to Farmers Park and enjoy a gorgeous two-acre park ideal for picnics, play and strolling along the boardwalk and through the olive grove.

Packing It In

In August, every Friday at 4 p.m., you’ll find the Certified Farmers Market, the perfect place to pick up organic produce, local meats and sweets, and check out even more arts and crafts. However, the Packing District is open daily at 9 a.m. for breakfast from a selection of vendors and restaurants.

Merchants on site include Cooks Chapel, Black Sheep and Hans’ Homemade Ice Cream, to name just a few. What will you find in the middle of Anaheim?

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!