Events

  • Now Open

    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.

  • Now Open

    The LEGO® Movie™ 4D - A New Adventure
    Emmet and Wyldstyle from The LEGO® Movie™ are on a journey at LEGOLAND® California Resort in the new “The LEGO Movie™ 4D A New Adventure”. Written exclusively for LEGOLAND Parks, some of the original voices from “The LEGO Movie,” Emmet, Wyldstyle, Unikitty, MetalBeard and Benny must band together to face an evil plot created by Risky Business, a new villain. Using 4D elements, guests are invited to use their Master Builder skills to help save the heroes. 4D film is included with regular Park admission: Kids 3-12 $87; Adults $93. www.LEGOLAND.com.

  • November 10 – January 16, 2017

    Ice Skate at Holiday Ice Rink
    Get your glide on this holiday season in Downtown LA at Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square outdoor skating rink. The coolest fun gets underway at LA’s top outdoor rink with the smallest admission price of just $9 (skate rental $3). Celebrating its 19th season, this SoCal tradition is a favorite holiday destination and boasts a medley of free events. Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square is easily accessible by car, bus or Metro. Metrolink and Metro riders can take advantage of the convenient stop at Pershing Square Station. Underground discount parking is available with validation. http://www.holidayicerinkdowntownla.com or 213.624.4389.

  • November 25 – January 8, 2017

    Enchanted Forest of Light
    This holiday season, for the first time ever, Descanso Gardens, the iconic L.A.-area botanic garden, will be bathed in gorgeous color when “Enchanted: Forest of Light” debuts. Ten theatrical and environmental lighting experiences will illuminate some of Descanso’s most beloved locations, including the Japanese Garden, the Camellia Forest, and its hallmark oak trees. Visitors will stroll along a one mile walk to see large-scale light displays, three of which will be interactive, allowing visitors to manipulate the lights and sounds. Highlights include “The Pool,” an interactive light sculpture in which people manipulate colors by walking over lighted pads, and the “Symphony of Oaks” which invites visitors to manipulate the sounds and lights in the Oak Grove. Designed to delight all ages! $28 for adults, $24 seniors 65 and older and children 3-17; free for children 2 and under. Tickets and additional information www.descansogardens.org

  • November 10 - January 8

    Every holiday season, the Disneyland Resort is a magical place to make memories with family and friends. This year, those memories will be brimming with Disney music and stories from the new holiday-themed “World of Color - Season of Light,” while the new “Festival of Holidays” will inspire guests to discover holiday celebrations from many cultures, as well as the debut of Princess Elena of Avalor, make this holiday season brighter than ever.

  • January 17 – 29

    MATILDA THE MUSICAL Makes its OC Debut
    TIME Magazine’s #1 Show of the Year, MATILDA THE MUSICAL, arrives in OC as part of Segerstrom Center for the Arts 2016-17 Broadway Series. Winner of 70 international awards, including four Tony Awards® and a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards®, MATILDA THE MUSICAL is based on the beloved novel by best-selling author Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox). It is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her destiny. An experience your whole family will enjoy. www.scfta.org

  • January 27 – 28

    The Illusionists
    On the heels of a highly successful multi-city tour and run on Broadway, the world’s best-selling touring magic show, THE ILLUSIONISTS - LIVE FROM BROADWAY™, will play the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, Calif., for two shows only on Thursday, January 26 at 7:30pm and Friday, January 27 at 8 pm as part of its current North American tour to more than 50 cities. Full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder, THE ILLUSIONISTS has shattered box office records worldwide and thrilled audiences of all ages with a mind-blowing spectacular showcasing the jaw-dropping talents of seven of the most incredible master illusionists on earth. Tickets available at the Fox Performing Arts Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, riversidelive.com, Ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. www.theillusionistslive.com

  • January 28 – May 14

    Very Eric Carle
    Step into the pages of Eric Carle’s colorful picture books at Discovery Cube Orange County. Tumble in the grass. Weave a web. Find a friend. Become a butterfly. Eric Carle’s classic “Very” series, all illustrated in his hand-painted tissue paper collage technique, introduces five special insects who take journeys of discovery. Each story is a testament to the author’s love of nature, his respect for the emotional lives of children, and his recurring themes of friendship creativity, and the power of imagination. www.discoverycubeoc.org

  • January 28 – April 23

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    At Discovery Cube LA experience the first-ever museum exhibit featuring the four heroic ninjas-in-training – Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Leap to the rescue and learn teamwork, collaboration, and problem-solving as you work your way through puzzles, mazes and obstacles. Now you can join the pizza-eating, crime-fighting “Heroes in a Half Shell” to hone your own ninja skills and problem solving intellect while learning the secrets of the sewer! www.discoverycubela.org

  • January 12 – 15

    Cirque du Soleil – Toruk The First Flight
    Recognized all over the world, Cirque du Soleil has constantly sought to evoke imagination, invoke senses, and provoke emotions. Now you can discover the newest, highly creative and artistic show from Cirque du Soleil right here in SoCal at the Inglewood Forum. Inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar, Cirque du Soleil’s TORUK – The First Flight will transport you to the world of Pandora in a visually stunning live setting. Experience a storytelling odyssey through a new world of imagination, discovery and possibility as TORUK – The First Flight envisions a world beyond imagination. Ticket and schedule information available at www.cirquedusoleil.com

  • March 17

    shamROCK San Diego
    It’s time to shamROCK-out like the Irish at San Diego’s biggest Saint Patrick’s Day bash from 5:00pm–midnight in the popular Gaslamp Quarter and East Village. Celebrating its 23 anniversary, you’ll find a block party that boasts three stages, non-stop music, and of course, plenty of green Bud Light beer. New for 2017, the shamROCK Custom Clover Crawl invites you to build your own pub crawl package, offering the option to purchase tickets for three or six drinks at over 20 participating locations (including inside the shamROCK venue!) Whether you’re looking for Irish rock or bass heavy beats, the diverse lineup is guaranteed to make you shake your clovers with nationally recognized Irish rock and Celtic bands and top DJs. Top it off with plaid-clad go-go dancers and traditional Irish steppers, and you have the perfect Saint Patrick's Day celebration. Grab your friends, don your green attire, and experience firsthand the Emerald Isle of the West Coast! Tickets start at $35 for General Admission or shake your shamROCKs in style and go VIP for just $80. www.sandiegoshamrock.com

  • January 14 & 15

    Jack Hanna Comes to SeaWorld
    Internationally known animal expert and TV personality Jack Hanna will share animals and his travel tales during two days of special appearances at SeaWorld.
    January 28-29
    February 4-5
    February 11-13
    February 18-20
    Lunar New Year
    In keeping with the Chinese tradition of wishing good fortune and happiness to family and friends, SeaWorld® will commemorate Lunar New Year at SeaWorld. This celebration will feature Asian-inspired culinary offerings, traditional community performing groups and dynamic performances by the Chinese Acrobats of Hebei.

    Magic Weekends in March
    Internationally headlining magicians will be featured each weekend in March, as they bring their mystical and astounding shows to the Mission Bay Theater during Magic Weekends at SeaWorld. www.seaworldsandiego.com

  • January 14-15

    SEAWORLD GETS WILD AND UP CLOSE WITH JACK HANNA: It's a wild world out there and SeaWorld® San Diego is the place to celebrate amazing animals and the wonder of nature at the park’s Jack Hanna Weekend event, January 14-15! Guests can join world-renowned animal expert Jack Hanna—also referred to as Jungle Jack—to meet some astounding animals and hear about their compelling stories. The star of two nationally broadcast TV shows detailing his international animal adventures, Hanna will also share his personal experiences about his travels around the world to raise awareness of animals and the challenges they face in the wild. Guests can meet incredible animals and learn firsthand how they can make a difference for wildlife and wild places with their own everyday actions. They can in turn share that message by using #JungleJackisBack when posting images on social media. For more information visit www.SeaWorldSanDiego.com

  • February 12 – 19

    Harlem Globetrotters 2017 World Tour
    Multiple SoCal Venues
    The world famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring some of the most electrifying athletes on the planet, will bring their spectacular show to SoCal on their 2017 World Tour. New this season, for the first time ever, the Globetrotters will debut basketball’s first 4-point line. The 4-point line will be located 30 feet from the basket – 6 feet, 3 inches beyond the top of the NBA’s current 3-point line. The Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind show has been unrivaled in the world of family entertainment for more than 90 years. Every game will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction. After the game, Globetrotter stars will sign autographs and take photos with fans. Locations and schedule:
    February 11, 2pm, 7pm, Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario
    February 12, 2pm, Honda Center, Anaheim
    February 18, 1pm and 7pm, Honda Center, Anaheim
    February 13, 7pm, Saddleback College Gym, Mission Viejo
    February 15, 7pm, UCSB Events Center, Santa Barbara
    February 17, 7pm, Valley View Casino Center, San Diego

  • Through February 12

    Anamalia/A Group Show
    Sparks Gallery, a fine art gallery in San Diego’s Gaslamp District, features its latest exhibition, “Animalia / A Group Show,” which showcases 32 local artists, each presenting a work of art depicting animals, both real and imaginary. The elegance of nature in the animal kingdom is celebrated through local artists' eyes including oil paintings, watercolor, iron and marble works, photography, archival prints and more. All ages who have a mutual passion for supporting animals in their own way are sure to enjoy this exhibition. www.sparksgallery.com

  • February 25

    Jazz Kitchen Celebrates Mardi Gras / Fat Tuesday
    New Orleans Mardi Gras is coming to Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney from 4:00-10:00pm. Enjoy fun for the whole family when you come dressed in your favorite Mardi Gras outfit and take home free beads for the kids. Dine on Executive Chef Darrin Finkel’s New Orleans entrees, including gumbo, jambalaya, BBQ shrimp and grits, and of course Jazz Kitchen’s famous beignets. Groove to live music on both floors, as you sip Abita Draft Beer and Hurricanes. www.rbjazzkitchen.com

  • February 25 & 26

    African-American Festival
    Join the Aquarium of the Pacific as it hosts its 15th annual African-American Festival, celebrating the rich diversity of African-American and African cultures. The weekend will feature live entertainment, arts and crafts, and ethnic food. Captivating performers include Mardi Gras second line dancers, hip hop and break dancers, tap dancers, jazz musicians, interactive drum circles, West African dancers, and storytellers. Information and tickets available at 562-590-3100 or www.aquariumofpacific.org.

  • House of Blues Anaheim Opens Feb 28

    HOUSE OF BLUES NEW ANAHEIM VENUE UNVEILS UNPRECEDENTED OPENING LINE-UP

    House of Blues Anaheim, Southern California’s newest and ultimate entertainment destination, announced its first schedule of shows to run through 2017. The venue is set to open February 28 and will offer four unique and immersive entertainment environments all under one roof, making it the most advanced House of Blues built to date and the only venue of its kind on the west coast.

    For more information and to purchase tickets, stay connected to http://houseofblues.com/anaheim.

  • March 2017

    LEGO® Star Wars™: The Force Awakens Miniland Model Display Opens
    The Miniland Model Display will be in the center of LEGO Star Wars Miniland and will include these scenes: Kylo Ren’s capture of Poe at planet Jakku; Rey’s rescue of BB-8; Poe and Finn’s escape from the Star Destroyer Finalizer; the wreck of Finn and Poe’s TIE Fighter; Rey, Finn and BB-8’s escape from Niima Outpost; and the escape from the Starship Graveyard.
    Lights, sound effects and animation will further bring the scenes and characters to life. Included in the cost of admission to LEGOLAND California Resort. www.LEGOLAND.com.

  • March 4 & 5, 11 & 12

    Dana Point Festival of Whales
    Celebrating its 46th anniversary, the Dana Point Festival of Whales will be held over two weekends, March 4 and 5 and March 11 and 12, in celebration of the migration of the California Gray Whale. Community members and visitors commemorate the migration with ocean themed events and activities that emphasize education and environmental responsibility. Today’s whale watchers hunt with cameras and binoculars, not harpoons. Dana Point is “The Whale Capital of the West,” because experts believe the town’s 200-foot cliffs that jut out into the sea serve as a landmark for the migrating whales. About 25% of the migrating whale population follows the coastline throughout their migration, coming especially close to shore at Dana Point. During peak season, (December through March), nearly 50 whales a day pass by Dana Point, making it a great viewing spot. Whale watch on a guided tour or charter a boat for a guided cruise. www.festivalofwhales.com

  • Opening March 2017

    LEGOLAND® California Resort Unveils New LEGO® NINJAGO Rooms
    Immersing hotel guests in the popular LEGO NINJAGO universe, LEGOLAND® Hotel guests will be able to sleep in the company of Cole, Nya, Kai and Lloyd and other cool LEGO ninjas throughout 18 premium themed rooms and two premium themed suites. For more information on booking rooms, visit www.LEGOLAND.com.

  • March 15 – 19

    Whipped Cream
    Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents the world premiere of American Ballet Theatre’s new production of Whipped Cream, sure to be an enchanting family experience. A dollop of delightful whimsy, this inventive full-length premiere tells the story of a young boy who overindulges at a Viennese pastry shop and falls into a delirium. To help him escape from his attending physician, the boy dreams of his triumphant rescue by Princess Praline and her court, Princess Tea Flower, Prince Coffee as well as marching Marzipan, concluding in a festive celebration! As light as meringue, Richard Strauss' score is the perfect inspiration for this all-new production destined to delight fans of all ages. www.scfta.org

  • March 24

    Noche de Estrellas / Latin-Themed Night
    Party with the sea stars and enjoy live Latin music, dancing, food, and more at Aquarium of the Pacific’s Latin-themed Noche de Estrellas. The Aquarium will remain open until 10:30pm so you can dance under the sea stars to the sounds of cumbia, rock en español, salsa, and other Latin rhythms. Noche de Estrellas (Night of the Stars) will feature live bands, DJs, underwater dive shows, scavenger hunts with prizes, and ocean activities. Mexican cuisine, beers, and drinks will be available for purchase. Journey through the Pacific Ocean to meet over 11,000 animals, including more than 150 sharks they can touch. www.aquariumofpacific.org