Summer Fun at the OC Fair

Nothing Says Summer Like the OC Fair

The OC Fair brings you together with one of SoCal’s most entertaining summer traditions. Sure, we have the Ventura County Fair or the LA Fair as well, but there is something special about the OC Fair.

(Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The fair mixes tasty fried food along with every type of carnival attraction you could possibly imagine. And in case you haven’t found yourself in more country-oriented areas, you can check out cute farm animals and the occasional rodeo or demolition derby.

I definitely wouldn’t plan on maintaining any sort of dietary restrictions while at the fair, as evidenced by the picture above. If there was ever a time for a little bit of a cheat day, it would be when attending this fair. I am not entirely sure if I’m seeing whipped cream or ice cream on top of those fries. I am both curious and horrified.

However, I am fully in support of this Flaming Hot Cheeto Pizza. I know what I am ordering when I head down to Costa Mesa this weekend. The OC Fair will conclude in early August so you have a little bit of time to check it out. All the details you could possibly want can be found right here at the event website. Enjoy your summer and the OC Fair.

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A Full Day of New Year’s Eve

Everyone Can Enjoy New Year’s Eve

Whether it’s New Year’s Eve or Noon Year’s Eve, there will be plenty of things to do on Monday. I found a couple of events that are wildly different, but that should cover the bases whether you want to bring the whole family out or not. If you have some kiddos and want them to enjoy some of your typical NYE events at a more appropriate time and location, check out Noon Year’s Eve. This event is brought you by the fine folks at the Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena.

The event aficionados at TimeOut Los Angeles describe it as thus, “This cute kid celebration mimics a grown-up New Year’s Eve fete but counts down to a balloon drop at noon rather than midnight. Little ones can make party hats and noise makers together beforehand, dance to live music and sip on sparkling cider to welcome in the “noon” year.” Now doesn’t that sound equal portions adorable and fun. And let me just say that regardless of age, sparkling cider is a treat for everyone. The event runs from 9:30am to 3pm and you’ll want to get there by 11am if you want to participate in all the countdown festivities.

A Traditional New Year’s Eve Affair

Now if you were lucky enough to find a sitter, you’ll be able to put the kiddos to bed and participate in a more traditional New Year’s Eve. The Queen Mary is holding one of the Southland’s biggest NYE parties. It can get a little pricey at $115 for GA tickets and $215 for VIP tickets; however, it’s well worth it.

You’re going to have the perfect excuse to dress up and channel your inner Hollywood Star or Starlet of yesteryear. Not to mention, you can treat yourself to a fantastic fireworks display, live music, and drunken revelry. You might not be able to buy love or buy friends, but you can buy some New Year’s Eve fun. Check out some tickets right here. 

Happy New Year’s!

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The Hollywood Christmas Parade

Some Post-Thanksgiving Plans

I know what you’re thinking, Hollywood Christmas Parade? Thanksgiving is tomorrow and you’re already talking about Christmas, what gives? Well, I’d imagine we all have our minds firmly set on munching on some delicious turkey and stuffing during dinner tomorrow. Although, obviously the main part of the holiday is the giving thanks part. I want you to enjoy Thanksgiving tomorrow. I want you to be thankful for all that you have, especially in turbulent times such as these. And I want you to enjoy a delicious family dinner if you’re able to have one. However, at this point I am just assuming that you have your holiday plans all set for the next couple of days, and that’s why I’m setting you up for a fun weekend. We all know that December brings with it some specific holiday merriment. Let’s get a head start this weekend shall we?

Santa Comes to Hollywood a Month Early

Wait a second. That’s not Santa, that’s Superman! If you’re looking for some fun times this weekend, you’ll have a chance to bring the kids down to Hollywood. That’s right it’s time for the Hollywood Christmas Parade. 

From Superman to Darth Vader, the Hollywood Christmas Parade puts just as much emphasis on the Hollywood as they do on the Christmas. This Sunday, November 25th, starting at around 5pm make sure you snag a spot to see the parade festivities. You can expect to see numerous floats, celebrities, marching bands, and other types of exciting performances. And luckily if you can’t make it this year in person, you’ll be able to watch the parade on the CW network on December 15th. Head down to Hollywood this Sunday and mix a little bit of Hollywood Stars with your Christmas pregame. Additional information about the event can be found right here at the official parade website.

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Abbot Kinney Festival 2018

The 34th Annual Abbot Kinney Festival

If you can make it to 34 years doing anything it’s safe to assume you’re doing something right. Well, let’s just say the folks behind the Abbot Kinney Festival know a thing or two. They know how to put together a fun day of shopping. music, food, and all around fun. The festivities close down the aforementioned Abbot Kinney St. and fills it with goodies for the whole family.

Abbot Kinney is Venice when you try and think of what Venice is. It already has a cool vibe and would be worthy of a visit on it’s own, but this event gives you that plus much more. Admission to the festival is totally free, but if you want access to one of the event’s 3 beer gardens, you’ll need to purchase a wristband. It’ll run you about $5 for the wristband, and $35 for a fast pass if you want to skip all the lines.

The Abbot Kinney Festival will allow local vendors to show off their wares as visitors move from booth to booth down the street. However, if you’re more musically inclined, you’re still in the right place. The festival will have 4 stages with upwards of 20 musicians and bands ready to keep those good vibes going.

Spend your Sunday having fun and exploring all the great offerings that Abbot Kinney has in store.

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Spring Egg Hunt Family Fun

Celebrate Easter and Spring Egg Hunts

 

The headline event would probably be the Spring Egg Hunt at Pershing Square. While the kiddies are enjoying the finding and gathering of the eggs–along with face painting, magic jumpers, music, and prizes–the adults can admire the grand buildings and overall aesthetic of Pershing Square. The banner image below has all the necessary information for you to plan a fun family outing this Saturday.

Next up on the docket is an Egg-Ceptional event. Also on Saturday, March 31th from 9am-12pm the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden will host their special egg-centric celebration for kids 10 and under. Egg scrambles will take place continuously and Easter baskets will be provided. And parents can experience the natural beauty of The Arboretum’s unique 127-acre botanical garden and historical site. The site is located in what was the heart of the historic Rancho Santa Anita in the city of Arcadia.

Finally, the Kidspace Egg Hunt held, fittingly, at the Kidspace Children’s Museum. This event gives kids the chance to pet real bunnies and search for hundreds of  hidden candy-filled eggs. Kids can create spring art, and learn the bunny hop.  The Easter egg hunt will be closed off to regular museum patrons, so make sure to pre-register for a time slot to participate.

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L.A. County Holiday Celebration

 

The holiday season reaches peak prominence over the next few days. The L.A. County Holiday Celebration will help your ears prepare for some holiday spirit. Angelenos of all ages are welcome to attend this seasonal fiesta at the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, located on Grand ave right in Los Angeles. The show is broadcast live on PBS SoCal, live streamed right here and presented live at the venue (obviously).The holiday celebration features more than 20 choirs, music ensembles and dance troupes from all over the city. The free three-hour show opens its doors at 2:30pm on Sunday, and organizers actually encourage people to pop in and out of the show as they please. Everything from an all-female mariachi band to a Korean dance troupe will be there to delight your spirit with some holiday glee. This is also the 58th annual L.A County Holiday Celebration so it is a tradition worth adopting and making a part of your holiday routine.

The holidays are truly the perfect time of the year to open yourself up to some multi-cultural goodness. We have to celebrate the cultural melting pot that is Los Angeles and continue to find strength in our wonderful diversity within the community. Here’s hoping that you all have a wonderful holiday season!

 

 

 

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The Nutcracker at Royce Hall

Picture Cred: Reed Hutchinson

The holidays are really starting to creep up. If you are looking to capitalize on the holiday spirit for the whole family, check out The Nutcracker. It’s basically a holiday / Christmas tradition to see the classic performance. This year, you have the opportunity to see the wonderful LA Ballet perform their version. And the best part is that you can see them perform at the classic Royce Hall venue. Located smack dab within the beautiful UCLA campus, Royce Hall is known for its dazzling architecture and beautiful acoustics.

In the first place, Royce, both inside and out, looks great. However, it goes beyond aesthetics, the ushers and other staff members will make sure you have the best possible environment to watch the performance. Equally important, after a bit of rain Friday morning, the weather forecast looks great. Theater patrons can walk around the beautiful campus, and perhaps check out the Westwood area as a whole. The LA Ballet will offer multiple performance of The Nutcracker this weekend. There will be shows running from Friday night through Sunday evening.

Furthermore, besides the wonderful venue, the performance itself receives rave reviews year after year. In addition to being known for its entertainment star power, Los Angeles has a great performing arts scene. I have personally seen their rendition of The Nutcracker several times over the last few years, so I can attest to the quality. Enjoy some holiday cheer for the whole family this weekend! Here is a link to the website  for more details.

 

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Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade

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This Saturday, Dec 10th, check out the holiday merriment of the 54th annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade. In addition, you can arrive earlier in the day for some arts & crafts, activities, and snow, at Snow Wonder at Burton Chase Park. However, rightfully so, the focus should be on the over 70 boats that will take part in this years festivities. Approximately 25 thousand people are expected to attend this year, so you better get your spot picked out early. While Snow Wonder runs from 12 to 6pm, the fireworks that kickoff the main event will begin at 5:55pm. The holiday boat parade will run from 6 to 8pm.

Besides attending the event directly, people from around the Marina del Rey area will be able to see the event. Many enjoy the festivities from popular viewing spots like Fisherman’s Village or Burton Chace Park, while others enjoy the view of the parade from a water front restaurant, their balcony at home or from the comfort of their hotel room. This is definitely an event worth seeing. And in a cool bit of national pride, the Grand Marshall of the event is KK Clark. Who is that you may ask? Well, she is a member of the gold medal winning US Olympic water polo team.

Come on down to the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade this Saturday. Here is a link to the website.

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Me Gusta La Fiesta Hermosa

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If you are looking for a last minute Labor Day idea, then you’re in luck. Check out Fiesta Hermosa which concludes this evening in Hermosa Beach. There are plenty of things to do to fill up a few hours this afternoon. You can even go and still have time for a post-fiesta Labor Day BBQ at home. If you want to involve the whole family, the Fiesta Hermosa has carnival rides and a petting zoo for the kiddies. And if you’re a kiddie of a bigger sort, there’s some good times to be had at the beer and wine garden. Not to mention the fine selection of foods that will be on hand. We’re talking caramel apples, cotton candy, AND funnel cakes. I would say that Labor Day is as good a time as any to indulge ourselves, wouldn’t you? To be honest, they had me at funnel cakes.

There are musical guests in case you want your labor day to contain some fat beats and some smooth groove. Another major draw is just the fact that you’ll be in Hermosa Beach itself. The weather seems to be just right, not too hot or cold. Let the palm trees of the beach cool you as you make your way through the festival booths. Forecasts say that we’re looking at the mid 70s for the area today. Perfect weather to check out the over 300 artists– photographers, jewelers, and sculptors–that will be at the event.

Make your way to the beach, Hermosa Beach to be exact, and enjoy your Labor Day! Fiesta Hermosa runs until this evening. I hope everyone’s long weekend has served them well and look forward to seeing what the rest of the week has in store. Until next time.

Check out the event website here for more details. 

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New attractions at Universal Studios

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Universal Studios Hollywood, already buoyed by successful franchises like Jurassic Park, Transformers and The Simpsons, have decided to expand with both The Walking Dead, and Harry Potter. And if you haven’t been to Universal Studios over the last year, there are some substantial new additions to the park.

If you’re anything like me, a staunch supporter and fan of pop culture, you’re probably at least somewhat familiar with The Walking Dead and Harry Potter. The Walking Dead is currently one of the most popular television shows on the planet. Zombies have taken over Hollywood. In this case, literally. Although, on the other hand, Harry Potter is a multi-billion dollar grossing, international phenomenon and pop cultural mainstay. Basically. if you have kids, there is literally no way you could have avoided getting caught up in “Potter Fever.”

The Harry Potter attraction features numerous shops and famous locales from the book series that visitors can explore. Check out some of the sights and sounds of Hogwarts and Hogsmeade.

However, if you want to leave the small children behind, you can wander around the desolate, zombie-infested wasteland of The Walking Dead attraction. Venture forth and escape the zombie hordes in locales made famous by the TV show!

Here are a couple of videos that showcase the new things that Universal Studios has to offer!

Harry Potter

The Walking Dead

Compliments to Press Pass LA for the Walking Dead Video. Check out their blog for more info.

Source: http://www.presspassla.com/walking-dead-attraction-opens-universal-studios-hollywood-july-4th/

 

 

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