Orange County Quarterly News: Summer 2019

Orange County’s Top Tourist Cities Mark the Start of the New Summer Season With Updates on What’s New, What To Do & Where to Go in The OC.

Anaheim 

Itinerary: Ultimate Guide to CTR CITY. Just minutes away from Disneyland® Resort, explore unexpected flavors and fun in the heart of Anaheim’s downtown scene, CTR CITY.  This historical center of commerce for Anaheim has experienced a modern revival filled with creative small businesses and artisan-inspired eateries. Spend a whole afternoon discovering hidden gems and hip hangouts. 

Live Entertainment Takes the Stage in Anaheim. The soundtrack to fun is in Anaheim with a variety of venues for live entertainment. From the up and coming bands to world-renowned headliners, Anaheim is the ticket you need. Say “Howdy” to country music at The Ranch Saloon and enjoy everything from a Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues® to rock royalty at the Honda Center.

Visit Anaheim Press Release: Anaheim Visitors Spent 9 Billion in OC in 2018.  Preliminary Visitation and Spending Report Shows Sixth Record-Breaking Year for Visitation; Highest Tourism Spending to Date for Anaheim Visitors in Orange County

Buena Park 

Summer of Adventures! Your Guide to Summer in Buena Park, CA. We’ve got a lot of adventures for you to explore this summer! From a new ride at Knott’s, a new dinner show, new unique dining options, new waterpark slides and a brand new modern hotel, there’s so much to pack into a vacation to Buena Park, California! This is one summer you won’t want to miss.

Buena Park Itinerary: The Family Friendly Guide to A Summer of Adventures in Buena Park

Buena Park’s summer is chock-full of family friendly adventures! From the playful Ghost Town Alive! at Knott’s Berry Farm and their all-new attraction, Calico River Rapids, to the wild and untamed seas of Pirate’s Dinner Adventure’s new show, you’ll want to pack it up and head out to SoCal for a multiple day adventure this summer. If you’re not sure where to start on planning a summer getaway for your family, don’t worry. We’ve taken the stress off and written up the best itinerary for you to check out and use as a baseline to build your trip.

Buena Park Itinerary: The Adventurer’s Guide to Summer in Buena Park

Buena Park is nothing short of thrilling. From the steepest rollercoasters to the most daring dinner shows on the west coast, there’s a thrill on every block that’s suitable to everyone. Take your summer trip to the next level this year and plan a SoCal overnight adventure in Buena Park, California. Just five miles from Disneyland, you and your friends and family can have a thrilling getaway as you grip the lapbar tight on Hangtime at Knott’s Berry Farm, and then explore all the foodie hot spots and entertainment the city has to offer. We’ve made planning your getaway a breeze with this five-day, four-night itinerary full of all the Buena Park favorites.

Costa Mesa

OC Fair: The 2019 OC Fair is the second largest fair in California! Runs July 12 through Aug. 11 and will feature Acres of Fun! Get your fill of food and entertainment, learn about animals and agriculture, and cheer on your community in competitions and performances. OC Fair also offers live concerts and entertainment at Pacific Amphitheater, The Hanger and Action Sports Arena. OC Fair Entertainment Schedule.

Costa Mesa’s Michelin Star Restaurants: During a special event on June 3, 2019, with MICHELIN Guide representatives and Visit California, two Costa Mesa restaurants and their chefs were awarded a MICHELIN Star and the coveted chef’s coat – Hana Re and Chef Atsushi Yokoyama along with Taco María and Chef Carlos Salgado were selected amongst 90 restaurants in California, and were the only two selected from the 34 cities in Orange County. 

Costa Mesa Live Entertainment: Friday Night Jazz on the Argyros Plaza. Bring your friends and family, pack and picnic or purchase food and drink at George’s Café and enjoy a night of free live jazz music and dancing on Friday’s, all summer long. 

Dana Point

Doheny Surf and Art Festival: Taking place June 22-23, Doheny Surf and Art Festival is a free two-day celebration of the Southern California surfing lifestyle. Guests will enjoy a variety of surf contests, live music, the Kona Beer Garden, Polynesian dancing, a classic Woody car show and more during this weekend event at Doheny State Beach.          

Movies in the Park: Every Friday in June, visitors and locals alike can enjoy an evening under the stars, reminiscent of the old drive-in movies, but on the grass at Lantern Bay Park. The event is free to the public.  Showings include Mary Poppins Returns, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Christopher Robin and Hotel Transylvania 3 Summer Vacation.

Seasonal activities:

  • Dana Point Trolley: Featuring an open-air design to maximize ocean views and breezes, the Dana Point Trolley makes frequent stops across town at local restaurants, resorts and hotels, beach and parks. Just like Dana Point, the trolley is warm, inviting and welcomes visitors and locals alike. Free all summer long, the Dana Point Trolley visits more than two dozen stops, arriving at each stop every 15 minutes. Not just for visitors, local surfers and lovers of watersports can utilize the trolley’s free racks to load up their surfboards and SUP gear on the way to catch some waves or a quiet place to paddle. The Dana Point Trolley is also handicap accessible and pet friendly.

The Original Disneyland Resort 

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open May 31, 2019, at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, and Aug. 29, 2019, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. At 14 acres each, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be Disney’s largest single-themed land expansions ever, transporting guests to live their own Star Wars adventures in Black Spire Outpost, a village on the remote planet of Batuu, full of unique sights, sounds, smells and tastes. Guests can become part of the story as they sample galactic food and beverages, explore an intriguing collection of merchant shops and take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. (Disney Parks)

Disneyland Itinerary: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is now open at Disneyland park. With the ability to join a boarding group when needed, it’s the perfect time to visit the remote planet of Batuu. We’ve pulled together a day-to-night itinerary to help you plan your trip. 

Irvine

FivePoint Amphitheatre Brings Live Music Back to Irvine! 2019 Summer Concert Schedule. The new 12,000-seat FivePoint Amphitheatre replaces the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater which closed in October 2016, after 36 years of entertaining music fans. It is the first brand new amphitheater to be built in Orange County since 1983. Upon entry to the venue, guests are ushered into a wide, grassy concessions area featuring an array of craft beer, cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as food from local eateries. The amphitheater has three sets of bleachers with 6,500 individual fold-down seats, including the 280 seats located within the VIP box area.

Huntington Beach

The 2019 Vans US Open of Surfing presented by Swatch returns to the southside of the Huntington Beach Pier to host some of the world’s top action sports talent in surfing, skateboarding and BMX competitions from July 27 through August 4, 2019. One of the largest action sports festivals in the world, the nine-day event also features a full calendar of engaging creative activities for the entire family to enjoy, including customization workshops, on-site surfboard shaping, public skate and BMX sessions, movie premieres, vendor exhibitions, giveaways and art installations. The entire event is free and open to the public. Visit VansUSOpenofSurfing.com for more information.

OC Yoga Festival: Come join the local yoga community for the OC Yoga Festival ‘Summer Edition’ in Huntington Beach. Enjoy yoga classes hosted by the top local yoga studios, 5K fun-run, meditation & sound healing, workshops, talks, live music, concert and over 80 vendors! Your ticket will give you access to yoga classes and workshops. This 2-day event is for all ages and yoga levels; beginners and advanced welcome and free to attend the vendor village.

Huntington Beach Surf Schools: There’s a reason Huntington Beach, CA is known as “Surf City USA,” as this destination is home to year-round surf conditions making it an ideal place for newcomers who wish to learn how to shred, or at least stand up, on their board. There are seven surf breaks with beginner-friendly waves to choose from – all can be found within the area’s ten miles of coastline. Huntington Beach’s multiple schools offer lessons for all ages. A few of these include: Toes on the Nose Adventure, HB Surf School and Banzai Surf School. Read more here. USA Today

Laguna Beach

2019 Annual Sawdust Art Festival is open daily from Friday, June 28 through Sunday, September 1, 2019 from 10am to 10pm. Located outdoors in in a cool three-acre eucalyptus grove in the heart of Laguna Beach, Sawdust Art Festival features a picturesque and eclectic hand-built village featuring the fine art and craft of over 200 local artists and makers. 200 artists, three stages of live music and entertainment, art classes and daily demonstrations, glassblowing, hands-on pottery wheel, craft beer and wine, outdoor eateries and cafes. 

Pageant of the Masters: 2019 Theme Revealed. Marty McFly from “Back to the Future” and Doctor Who owe a debt to Victorian writer H.G. Wells who published his first novel, The Time Machine, in 1895. Wells tapped into a fascination for time travel that continues to inspire artists in every medium. In the 2019 Pageant of the Masters, “The Time Machine” will take audiences around the globe and into the past, present and future in search of great art and amazing stories. Taking its cues from science fiction and steampunk fantasies, “The Time Machine” will be your ticket to thrills, laughter, beautiful music and extraordinary living art under the stars.

Blue Whale Migration Cruise 2019, $20 Special. The annual “Giant Blue Whale Migration” brings hundreds of blue whales each spring & summer to the waters off Laguna & Newport Beach.  Over 1,000 whales were viewed last spring/summer 2018 of which 130 were the giant blue whales.  

Congratulations to The Ranch Laguna Beach for being rated as one of the top 10 Resort Hotels in California! Read more here

Newport Beach

Best Summer Surf & Nature Camps in Newport Beach: For locals and visitors, Newport Beach is nature’s classroom, offering an amazing array of experiences to stimulate children during the summer months.From catching their first wave to learning how to cook, Newport Beach offers the best summer camps to kids who love to learn and play under the sun. Here are five options that will make incredible summer memories.

Hyatt Regency Summer Concert Series, July 12 – Oct 20.  The Bank of the West Summer Concert Series returns July 12th – October 20th for another incredible summer filled with world-class music, fine wine and dining at the intimate Back Bay Amphitheater of the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. The Back Bay Amphitheater, located inside the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, hosts the Summer Concert Series. An intimate venue, the amphitheater allows fans to get up-close and personal with their favorite musicians. Concert Series Schedule. 

Newport Beach Wellness Week returns August 23-29. Take a break from the demands of everyday life and find your self-care sanctuary in Newport Beach during Wellness Week on August 23-29, 2019. Build your own wellness retreat from our menu of city-wide offerings, from holistic hotel packages and energizing active experiences to healthy eats and restoring spa services, Newport Beach invites you to relax, reset and rejuvenate. Click here to see last year’s highlights.

The Lobsterfest at Newport Beach is a celebration of summer designed for fun, entertainment and most importantly to raise funds for deserving charities. Held at the Newport Beach Civic Green, the Lobsterfest is now in its eleventh year! August 11, 2019 from 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, at Newport Beach Civic Center in Newport Beach.

Newport Beach Pacific Food & Wine Classic is pleased to announce an incredible lineup of chefs, restaurants and wineries set to participate in the third annual, two-day sensory experience. Recently named one of USA Today’s 10 Best Food Festivals in the nation for 2019, Pacific Wine & Food Classic invites guests to celebrate the season with summer-inspired bites from the region’s top chefs, exquisite wine pairings and refreshing libations in the picturesque seaside atmosphere provided by Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18, 2019.

2019 Annual Sawdust Art Festival is open daily from Friday, June 28 through Sunday, September 1, 2019 from 10am to 10pm.

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