Events

  • SeaWorld San Diego

    In addition to its spectacular animal shows, interactive attractions, aquariums, rides and education programs for all ages, this summer the SeaWorld experience promises to be even more exciting than ever before with the opening of three brand new attractions. Ocean Explorer™, a 3-acre realm with aquariums, exciting rides and digital technologies, engages park guests in an experience centered on exploration and adventure. Become an adventurer on a global expedition of scientific exploration on the attraction’s signature ride Submarine Quest, a 3-minute experience including an onboard digital navigation dashboard. Specially-designed aquariums and interactive displays showcase unique and elusive ocean animals like giant Pacific octopuses, dozens of moray eels and Japanese spider crabs. In addition to Submarine Quest, there are four additional family-friendly rides: Tentacle Twirl, a wave swing ride; Aqua Scout, a jump-around ride; OctaRock, a happy swing ride; and Sea Dragon Drop, a family free-fall tower.

  • SeaWorld's Ocean Explorer Now Open

    Ocean Explorer at SeaWorld San Diego
    The launch of Ocean Explorer™ will create an expedition of wonder across the seven seas as this extraordinary new attraction combines multiple aquariums, exciting rides and digital technologies. On the attraction’s signature ride, Submarine Quest, guests will be adventurers on a global expedition of scientific exploration, travelling aboard submarines to see Ocean Explorer’s remarkable undersea animals. The heart and destination of Ocean Explorer will be a series of undersea research bases housing specially-designed aquariums and interactive displays that showcase unique and elusive ocean animals like giant octopuses and dozens of moray eels, as well as Japanese spider crabs and spiny king crabs. The Ocean Explorer realm will feature five new family-friendly rides in total, including an exhilarating wave swing ride where guests will fly through thousands of real bubbles in chairs suspended from the tentacles of a giant jelly.

  • SeaWorld's Orca Encounter Now Open

    Orca Encounter
    Also debuting this summer is the inspiring Orca Encounter™. Based on killer whale behavior in the wild—how they move, hunt and navigate, what they eat, and even how they communicate—this new encounter will be a live documentary-style presentation helping park guests gain a deeper appreciation and respect for the orcas, and empowering them to preserve the future of these majestic animals. Each presentation or encounter will underscore the vital connection we all share as protectors of the planet and how we each play a key role in the future health and vitality of the wildlife and wild places.

  • SeaWorld's Electric Ocean Now Open

    Electric Ocean
    As the sun sets each day this summer, Electric Ocean™ will light up SeaWorld with an ocean of brilliance and vibrant energy that will transform the park into an underwater world of colorful luminescence. This new, nighttime summer spectacular will immerse guests in a glowing sea of wonder with bioluminescent-like lighting, a dance club and pathway entertainment, beginning June 17 and running on select dates through September 4. Updates and more information on these three new attractions can be found at www.seaworldsandiego.com

  • LEGOLAND® Water Park Makes a Splash with Surfers’ Cove

    Get ready for water fun at Surfers’ Cove, a competitive water raceway designed for children to compete against each other by jumping on a mat and racing down one of six water slides in this California beach-themed expansion of LEGOLAND Water Park. Surfers’ Cove includes a new “spray ground” with multiple water jets splashing on and off and plenty of new LEGO models to create a fun place to cool off this summer. Surfers’ Cove is included in the cost of admission to LEGOLAND® Water Park. www.legoland.com

  • Through September 10 - Knott’s Soak City

    SoCal’s summer has arrived just in time for the opening of the newly expanded Knott’s Soak City Waterpark, open through Labor Day weekend, and located just steps away from Knott’s Berry Farm. The water park debuts seven new slides on two new slide towers, along with Shore Break, The Wedge, and a fully remodeled Longboard’s Grill. Additional seating areas and new spacious cabanas are also available for guest relaxation.
    Shore Break takes single riders on an adrenaline-filled water adventure as thrill-seekers board one of four Aqua Launch chambers to await the chamber’s floor dropping from beneath their feet sending them on a high speed free fall down a 60-foot tall slide and through a series of exhilarating drops and daring loops. Shore Break also offers two dueling tube slides that will have riders zipping through adventurous drops and turns as they soak up the warm summer sun.
    The Wedge takes families - up to six riders - on an open-raft ride as they descend down navigating hair-raising twists, turns and unexpected dips. www.soakcityoc.com

  • Star Wars Awakens at the Disneyland Resort

    Exciting Star Wars experiences in Disneyland Park celebrate the Star Wars film saga. Among the elements in this galaxy are Star Wars Launch Bay, an interactive space where guests may encounter Star Wars characters and discover authentic replicas of film props; “Star Wars: Path of the Jedi,” a cinematic overview of the Star Wars saga; a new adventure in Star Tours - The Adventures Continue, and the reimagined attraction, Hyperspace Mountain. Don’t miss “Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple,” with Darth Vader and the Seventh Sister Inquisitor from the Disney XD series Star Wars Rebels.

  • Universal CityWalk

    Voodoo Doughnut Casts a Spell on Universal CityWalk with the Opening of its first ever California location
    Voodoo Doughnut offers a variety of scrumptious flavored doughnuts like Grape Ape, Mango Tango, the Voodoo Bubble and Bacon Maple Bar as well as their iconic Voodoo Doll. A popular take-out option, Voodoo Doughnuts are served in signature pink boxes or in a custom-made wooden coffin. Voodoo Doughnut also features another Portland specialty; Stumptown coffee, which brews regularly from the first-ever pink Stumptown espresso machine located exclusively at Universal CityWalk’s Voodoo Doughnut.

    More information about Universal CityWalk is available at www.CityWalkHollywood.com. Regular updates also can be found on CityWalk’s Twitter @CityWalkLA, Facebook page Universal CityWalk Hollywood and Instagram @CityWalkLA

  • CityPASS adds San Diego Zoo

    In addition to saving $150 with CityPASS at Disney, SeaWorld and LEGOLAND, save even more by adding on a day at San Diego Zoo, exclusively at citypass.com.

  • Through September 3 - Laguna Art-A-Fair

    Laguna Art-A-Fair, celebrating its 51st year, is one of SoCal's most popular art festivals, featuring an exhibit of fine art and master crafts. The juried art of 125 distinguished artists from around the world, across the US, along with local artists, promises to stir and bring forth passion to all who visit. Walk leisurely among the artists and learn what inspired them. Discover your inner artist at daily art workshops taught by Laguna Art-A-Fair artists. Attend the Art Auction and Wine benefiting Laguna College of Art + Design on July 10. Take time to enjoy the outdoor cuisine at Tivoli Too!, serving both lunch and dinner. Season pass adults $7.50; seniors, military and students $5.50; children 12 and under free with an adult. www.art-a-fair.com

  • Through September 3 - Sawdust Festival, Laguna Beach

    Celebrating the Soul of Art for 51 years, the Sawdust Festival features fine art and craft of more than 200 Laguna Beach artists. Art enthusiasts, collectors, and novice artists have visited since it opened in 1966 for its mix of fine art and craft. Media include hand-blown and fused glass, painting, jewelry, surf art, ceramics, clothing and textiles, wood and metal sculpture, scrimshaw, photography, and much more. Sawdust artists are eager to share their creative process with you, so feel free to ask exhibitors questions, take an art workshop, and enjoy live art demonstrations. Admission $9 adult, senior $7, children 6-12 $4, season pass $18. www.sawdustartfestival.org.

  • Dinosaurs Unearthed

    The awe-inspiring stories of prehistoric earth are unfolding at Discovery Cube LA with an immersive exhibition that features dynamic scenes of life-size, lifelike animatronic dinosaurs. The experience brings to life two stirring tales of large-scale excavation sites from opposite sides of the globe and reveals secrets about life on earth, millions of years ago. "Dinosaurs Unearthed" inspires excitement with realistic animatronic dinosaurs while presenting guests with the science behind each discovery. All exhibits are included with price of admission. For more information, visit www.discoverycube.org

  • July 2 – August 24 - Anaheim Garden Walk Summer Concert Series

    The nights will heat up this summer at Anaheim Garden Walk Mall with Rock the Walk, a live concert series Thursday nights from 5:30 – 7:30pm. On select evenings, enjoy ice cream samples from Mission Escape, product demos by Lush, and DJ entertainment.
    July 6 – Apt. 18 (kids band)
    July 13 – Rob Turrell (rock and blues)
    July 20 – Edwin Alvarez (acoustic rock/pop)
    July 27 – Hoity Toity (pop/rock)
    August 3 – Katelyn Marie (country)
    August 10, 17, 24 acts not available at press time
    Check www.anaheimgardenwalk.com for updates

  • July 4th

    Dana Point Fireworks Extravaganza
    The City of Dana Point, The Dana Point Harbor Association and its sponsors present the 2017 July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza. One of the largest annual celebrations in the OC, it can be viewed from virtually anywhere in Dana Point Harbor. Two of the most popular locations are Heritage Park and Lantern Bay Park, both located on the cliffs above the Harbor. Dana Point restaurants also offer a spectacular view. Dana Wharf Sportfishing offers harbor excursions (call 949.496.5794 for ticket prices and departure information). Fireworks Extravaganza information available at www.danapointharbor.com.

  • July 4th - San Clemente Pier Fireworks Spectacular

    From 9-10pm, San Clemente invites you and your family to celebrate the 4th at the city’s annual spectacular fireworks display on the San Clemente Pier. Best of all, admission is free. 949.492.1131, www.scchamber.com

  • July 5 – August 31

    Festival of the Arts & Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach
    Open daily from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., the Festival of the Arts in Laguna Beach celebrates more than 80 years as the longest running outdoor fine art exhibition in California. Every art medium is an original and available for purchase. Guided tours, demonstrations, and visual and performing arts entertainment are offered. Enjoy blues and jazz festivals, wine tasting, culinary arts demonstrations, and more. $7 for general admission, $4 for seniors and students, children under 12 are free.

  • Movie Mondays at Segerstrom for the Arts

    July 10 - Breakfast at Tiffany’s
    July 17 - The Wiz
    July 24 - Stand and Deliver
    July 31 - Edward Scissorhands
    August 7 - School of Rock
    Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa kicks off its 2017 Movie Mondays series with beloved movies spanning five decades. The showings are free, and for the first time, the Center will provide closed captioning. Movie Mondays is one of Orange County’s most popular summertime events, with its fun-filled activities, picnic dinners, popular food trucks and the five fan-favorite films on consecutive Mondays. www.scfta.org

  • July 14 – 16

    D23 Expo
    The Ultimate Disney Fan Event, D23 Expo, brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three days packed with presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping and more. Fans are provided unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks and celebrities. For those unfamiliar with D23, the name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walk Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing the them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three, a rich website at www.D23.com with members-only content/member-exclusive discounts, and special events for D23 members throughout the year. For the latest D23 Expo 2017 news, visit www.D23expo.com.

  • July 14 – August 13

    Orange County Fair
    Celebrating the OC’s rich relationship with agriculture, the 127th Orange County Fair, themed “Farm Fresh Fun,” brings together the animals and crops of Centennial Farm with iconic Fair treats to entice visitors to step outside their daily lives and enjoy a special, and very anticipated, slice of summer.

    Go for the blue ribbon – enter your prize tomatoes, photography, woodworking project, floral design, cupcakes or hobby display and earn bragging rights. Enjoy the sound of music from day to night. Watch the antics of adorable baby goats and pigs. Get your thrills in the Action Sports Arena.

    During the run of the Fair, the Toyota Summer Pacific Amphitheatre Summer Concert Series features headliners such as Pepe Aguilar, Colbie Caillat, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Jake Owen with Orange County’s own Honey County.

    For more information, schedules, ticket sales and Super Passes, visit www.ocfair.com.

  • July 15 - 16 - San Clemente Ocean Fest

    San Clemente's Ocean Festival is an annual festival with its roots in the Lifeguard community. We provide a unique opportunity for participants – young & old – to enjoy all that San Clemente’s beaches & pier have to offer. Attracting over 50,000 visitors, Ocean Fest is must for anyone who loves the beach and beach lifestyle.

    https://www.oceanfestival.org

  • August 19

    Chula Vista HarborFest
    Chula Vista knows how to celebrate summertime right! HarborFest, the summer’s highlight on the waterfront, brings on the fun at this free, family-friendly celebration from 10am – 6pm in Bayside Park, near the Chula Vista Marina. Set against breathtaking ocean views, visitors can leisurely stroll through exotic automobile displays and a vibrant art exhibition. Harborfest welcomes everyone to enjoy live entertainment, water activities, tours of wartime boats, and new this year, the Chula Vista Craft Beer Uprising. The Discovery Zone will keep the young and young at heart entertained all day with interactive activities, arts and crafts, and complimentary kayaking and paddle board lessons. Enjoy crisp ocean air and sweet summer fun in the sun. www.CVharborfest.com

  • September

    Iconic Horror Film THE SHINING will make its haunting debut at Universal Studios Hollywood “Halloween Horror Nights”

    For the first time ever, the psychological horror film, The Shining, will bring unspeakable terror to “Halloween Horror Nights” in terrifying new mazes opening at Universal Studios Hollywood this September.

  • September 23 & 24

    Baja Splash Cultural Festival
    9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month and Mexican Independence Day, the Aquarium of the Pacific will host its 16th annual Baja Splash Cultural Festival, featuring live entertainment, crafts, educational programs, ethnic cuisine, and special activities. The weekend festival celebrates the beauty and diversity of Hispanic cultures through song, dance, art, and cultural displays. Mariachi music, Mexican folkloric and Aztec dance troupes, interactive mural painting, Salvadoran dance, Guatemalan performances, and other special programs are featured. Guests can also learn more about the amazing animals of Baja, Mexico, and how to help protect them. www.aquariumofpacific.org

  • September 23 & 24

    Wet & Wonderful: Celebrating Our Precious Water
    The start of autumn is the perfect time to plan your water-wise garden, and Descanso Gardens in LaCanada-Flintridge is the perfect spot to learn how. Get inspired at this day of fun and educational programming for the whole family from 9am – 3pm. Enjoy a musical theatre-style performance of “H20, Where Did You Go?,” pick up a rain barrel (advance purchase recommended: http://www.rainbarrelsintl.com), and get tips from experts on how to make your garden beautifully climate appropriate. Activities free with admission except where noted. www.descansogardens.org