That’s SoCal: Anaheim Event Venues

Last week, we recommended some of our favorite San Diego event venues. This week we’re zeroing in on Anaheim, a frequent destination for corporate travelers from around the world. Undoubtedly, luxury hotels, iconic theme parks, trendy restaurants, and massive stadiums factor into Anaheim’s popularity. While there’s no shortage of Anaheim event venues to choose from, we’ve highlighted some of our recent favs below.

Anaheim Packing District

First let’s explore Anaheim Packing District, the newly renovated downtown gathering place. Highlights include The Packing House, which harbors Cooks Chapel (a community kitchen and event space), and The Backyard outdoor venue. Here, visitors can sample 20+ artisan eateries, wine-taste in a 1920’s railroad boxcar appropriately named The BXCR, or experience out of this world mixology at The Blind Rabbit. In short, these Anaheim event venues truly pack a punch!

Anaheim Event Venues - The Packing District

 

Craft Beer Scene

Like its San Diegan neighbors to the south, Anaheim is “hopping” back on board the craft beer scene. Actually, brewing beer is in Anaheim’s roots (German colonials brewed here as early as 1870). Now, the resurrected Anaheim Brewery, Backstreet Brewery, and Bottle Logic Brewing are just some of the local breweries we recommend. These casual Anaheim event venues provide the perfect respite for groups looking to take a break after a long day of meetings.

Anaheim Event Venues - Anaheim Brewery

Sports Stadiums 

Now a little something for the Sports fans! Here in Orange County, locals cheer for their MLB Angels and NHL Ducks. And where there are major sports teams, there are major stadium venues. Hence, a diverse selection of function space at Angel Stadium and Honda Center. For example, meeting planners can opt for a catered game-day experience for small VIP groups. Or, for large convention groups, we suggest a full venue buyout with private tours and big name entertainment.

Anaheim Event Venues - Honda Center

Anaheim Event Venues – Need More Info?

If you’re planning for an Orange County meeting or convention, contact us today to schedule a site of Anaheim event venues. Besides venue options, we can provide

7 North County San Diego Restaurants You Should Know About

Did you know unique San Diego dining experiences stretch well beyond the streets of centrally-located regions like Little Italy and the Gaslamp District? A small venture to North County will find you in a whole new world of exciting restaurant options. For example, neighborhoods such as Escondido, Carlsbad, and Del Mar are buzzing with creative takes on SoCal’s culinary trends. Here are 7 North County San Diego Restaurants you need to know about:

Cordiano Winery, Escondido

Originally working alongside his father in Italy, Gerardo Cordiano sold his restaurants, moved to San Diego, and started his lifelong dream making his own delicious vino. This hillside winery is a perfect spot to enjoy the San Diego sunset and unwind.north county san diego restaurants cordiano winery

The Wooden Spoon, Escondido

Jesse and Catherine Paul’s in-house creations focus on fresh and sustainable ingredients. Just one visit, and you’ll understand why The Wooden Spoon is scooping up impressive ratings.north county san diego restaurants - the wooden spoon

Campfire, Carlsbad

The much-anticipated opening of this new eatery was well worth the wait. Campfire’s inspiration comes from the simplistic idea of good friends gathered around a fire sharing good food. The restaurant is 6,000 square feet of pure kumbayawesome, featuring a glass-enclosed kitchen, live-fire cooking, and a stellar craft cocktail program.north county san diego restaurants - campfire

Tasting Room, Del Mar

Tasting Room Del Mar focuses everything around their passion for “all things craft, local, and honestly delicious.” Each menu intertwines with beverage and flavor options. You can mix and match  your own pairings, but we recommend embracing the unknown and giving in to the chef’s own “surrender series.”
north county san diego restaurants - tasting room del mar

Barrel Republic, Oceanside

Enjoy the ultimate freedom of choice with your electronic wristband-operated tab and take your pick from over 50 taps. If beer is not your favorite, there is a selection of wines and kombucha also available at this revolutionary bar concept.north county san diego restaurants - barrel republic

Ponsaty’s, Rancho Santa Fe

Master French chef Patrick Ponsaty brings 31 years of culinary expertise at multiple Michelin Star rated restaurants to his elegant namesake here in San Diego. His elevated French and Spanish flavors are sure to excite.

north county san diego restaurants - ponsaty's

WESTROOT Tavern, Carmel Valley

From the makers of barleymash in the Gaslamp, Uptown Tavern and Sandbar in Pacific Beach, comes this posh two-level stunner in Carmel Valley. With floor-to-ceiling windows, 30 beer handles, and a robust menu of SoCal-inspired fare, this sprawling venue is a heavy-hitter in the North County San Diego restaurant scene.

north county san diego restaurants - westroot tavern

North County San Diego Restaurants – Need More Info?

If you are a meeting planner in search of North County San Diego restaurants and offsite venue suggestions, including private dining rooms or culinary cooking classes, please reach out to our team of San Diego corporate event planning experts today. Contact The Event Team destination management company for a complete proposal.

San Diego Headquarters, (for corporate event planning San Diego, corporate event planning Orange County, and corporate event planning Palm Springs):
2635 Camino Del Rio S. #302
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.785.5828

Los Angeles Office, (for corporate event planning Los Angeles and corporate event planning Santa Barbara):
5371 Wilshire Blvd. #215
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: 323.653.5063

Or For US and International companies looking for an incredible Destination Management Company (DMC) in Southern California (servicing corporate events San Diego, corporate events Orange County, and corporate events Los Angeles), please Call us Toll-Free at:
888.Event.88 / 888.383.6888

Los Angeles Spotlight: 5 Healthy Ways to Kick Off 2017

With a turbulent 2016 behind us, it’s time to look forward to the New Year. If you’re planning a trip to Los Angeles in 2017, here are 5 ways to stay physically, mentally, and spiritually healthy.

Malibu Yoga and Mimosas

Malibu Wines continues the tradition of providing yoga and mimosas on select Sunday mornings throughout 2017. Led by Emily Paige, you’ll start with an hour of yoga to build and stretch the body. Afterward, chase your early morning exercise with a mimosa to soothe and calm the mind, of course.

los angeles yoga classes

Live Talks Los Angeles

Ring in the new year by stimulating your mind at Live Talks LA. Consisting of a series of on-stage conversations featuring writers, actors, musicians, humorists, artists, chefs, scientists and thought leaders in business, Live Talks LA provide topics to interest anyone. The next talk, taking place on January 25th, will feature Michael Lewis with Mindy Kaling.

Live Talks Los Angeles

Acai Nation

Energize the body at Açaí Nation with their nutrient dense bowls such as the Rio de Janeiro or Cocoa Fruit. In addition to the countless bowl options, Açaí Nation also serves smoothies for something healthy on the go. Find all this fruity goodness at either their Brentwood or Pacific Palisades location.

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Unplug Meditation

Feeling stressed out? Take the Zen road into the New Year with Unplug Meditation, who have been turning stress to calm since 2014. Since Unplug offers a wide variety of meditation styles and teachers, there is an instructor and class to meet the needs of both the experienced meditator and novice practitioner alike. With lower blood pressure, improved mood, and decreases stress and anxiety on the long list of benefits from meditating, it’s worth giving it a shot!

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Malibu Wellness Retreat

Take the new, health conscious you to unseen heights with a wellness retreat at Tabitha Rose Yoga. Participants begin with a Vinyasa Flow accompanied by calming tunes by a local musician. Up next is a hike through the serene Charmlee Canyon Wilderness Park ending with an assortment of refreshing juices, infused water, and a delicious organic vegetarian feast to nourish and replenish the tired body.

wellness retreat los angeles

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If you’re planning a health and wellness-themed event to accompany your next Los Angeles convention or meeting, contact The Event Team destination management company for more info! Our team of creative event planning professionals can organize one of the above options for your group, complete with round-trip transportation, meal options, branded amenities and more. Reach out today for a custom proposal created specifically for your group.

San Diego Headquarters, (for corporate event planning San Diego, corporate event planning Orange County, and corporate event planning Palm Springs):
2635 Camino Del Rio S. #302
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.785.5828

Los Angeles Office, (for corporate event planning Los Angeles and corporate event planning Santa Barbara):
5371 Wilshire Blvd. #215
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: 323.653.5063

Or For US and International companies looking for an incredible Destination Management Company (DMC) in Southern California (servicing corporate events San Diego, corporate events Orange County, and corporate events Los Angeles), please Call us Toll-Free at:
888.Event.88 / 888.383.6888

3 Corporate Event Photography and Videography Trends in Southern California

As Southern California’s corporate event experts, The Event Team DMC always recommends event photography services to our meeting planner clients. With so many affordable and unique event photography options to choose from, why not capture every memorable moment? We’ve taken the liberty of rounding up a few of our favorite photography and videography trends for your perusing pleasure.

1. Drone Cinematography

If your meeting or convention is held in the same location every year, drone cinematography is a great way to engage with current and future attendees. Southern California is beautiful anyway you look at it, but aerial footage of the region is simply stunning. Drone services can offer a wonderful re-cap of your event, while simultaneously providing a marketing tool for next year’s conference. Worried about permitting issues? Leave that to us. Our full service destination management team can do all the research to make sure your drone stays out of  a no-fly zone.

2. GIF Photobooths

GIFs – who knew?! What started as a snarky trend in Meme-ville wound up being an incredible asset to the event community. GIF photobooths are a funky way to incorporate event branding and social media marketing into your theme party. Minimal setup and hours of fun…what’s not to love?

 

3. Vintage VW Photobus

Nothing quite captures the laid-back surf vibe of Southern California like a Vintage VW Photobus. Sometimes we event planners tend to set up bulky photobooths in some leftover corner of the venue that won’t cause a pile-up at the meat-carving station. This beauty, on the other hand, demands attention and may very well deserve front-and-center placement as your entrance piece. When photography poses as decor, we can’t complain.

vw photobus

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Looking for more suggestions for your next Southern California corporate event? Our dynamic roster of event photographers and videographers are the best memory-makers in the business. Be sure to contact The Event Team destination management company today for more information on our discounted event photography rates!

To contact The Event Team:

San Diego Headquarters, (for corporate event planning San Diego, corporate event planning Orange County, and corporate event planning Palm Springs):

2635 Camino Del Rio S. #302
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.785.5828

Los Angeles Office, (for corporate event planning Los Angeles and corporate event planning Santa Barbara):
5371 Wilshire Blvd. #215
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: 323.653.5063

Or For US and International companies looking for an incredible Destination Management Company (DMC) in Southern California (servicing corporate events San Diego, corporate events Orange County, and corporate events Los Angeles), please Call us Toll-Free at:
888.Event.88 / 888.383.6888

 

That’s SoCal – Fall Edition

It’s fall in Southern California! Which basically boils down to failed attempts to wear flannel five minutes at a time until you can’t handle the sweat. Never fear, because we’ve harvested a fine crop of autumn activities to get you in the spirit:

San Diego

San Diego Jazz Fest (November 23-27, 2016)
Listen to some Jazz this Thanksgiving! Jazz bands and musicians from all over the country will perform a variety of traditional jazz genres, from ragtime to swing at the Town & Country Resort in Mission Valley.
500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108 – More info

70th Annual Mother Goose Parade (November 20, 2016)
Join the largest annual holiday festival for its 70th celebration. Enjoy floats, clowns, music, equestrian demonstrations and more!
Main Street, El Cajon, CA 92020 – More info


Skating by the Sea (November 24 – January 2)
The Hotel Del Coronado is setting up its outdoor ice skating rink for its 12th “Skating by the Sea” celebration. Skate alongside the Pacific Ocean and the setting sun without the ice cold temperatures; the perfect way to enjoy a San Diego holiday.
1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118 – More info


Los Angeles

LA Turkey Trot (November 24, 2016)
Have a Thanksgiving free of guilt and still be gluttonous! Run off those calories at the LA Turkey Trot, which takes place on Thanksgiving morning. They’ll have a 5K run, 10K run, and a Widdle Wobble (1K) for children, all of which will be treated to a scenic run through historic downtown Los Angeles. With registration you’ll receive a Turkey Trot trucker hat, and upon completion, make sure you grab a Sparkly Finishers Medal!
735 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017 – More info

Harvest Festival (December 2-4, 2016)
In its 44th year, the Harvest Festival returns for 2016. With over 24,000 items (all handmade) including, clothes, artisanal foods, and art, there’s something for everyone! In addition to all the vendors, there will be strolling entertainment as well as stage performances. Look out for the meet and greet with the performers as well. Little ones are welcome; there will be fun zones just for kids!
Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768

Orange County

Holiday Tasting at The Loft (November 26, 2016)
Experience a four course tasting menu at The Loft, which includes your choice of appetizer, entrée, cheese and dessert. This holiday treat is sure to get you out of that post-Thanksgiving turkey overload.
The Loft at Montage Laguna Beach, 30801 Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 – More info

 

Tamale Festival (November 27, 2016)
Enjoy this year’s celebration of the City’s Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony complete with tamales, churros, pupusas, Mexican street corn and more. Live musical entertainment begins at 10am.
Euclid St. between La Habra Blvd. and Lambert Rd, La Habra, CA 90631 – More info

 

Palm Springs

Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival (November 18-20, 2016)
This fun-filled festival offers three days of activities including balloon tether rides, night time balloon glow, romantic dinners, musical entertainment, 35th Anniversary parade, Classic Car Show, West Coast Artists art show, Breakfast and Balloons Community Pancake Breakfast, local food vendors, beer and wine gardens and a Kids Zone.
68600 Avenida Lalo Guerrero, Cathedral City, CA 92234 – More info

The 35th Indio Powwow (November 25-27, 2016)
The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians keeps cultural tradition alive by holding annual powwows. Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend with Native American dance competitions for contestants of all ages. In addition, the event features bird singing, drum contests, peon games, and more.
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84-245 Indio Springs Pkwy, Indio, CA 92203 – More info

Santa Barbara

Small Business Saturday (November 26, 2016)
Forego Black Friday chaos! Instead, trek downtown for Small Business Saturday, featuring promotions from over 40 shops, art galleries, restaurants and more. Don’t forget to visit the SBS Welcome Station for live music, gifts and donation-based gift wrapping courtesy of LifeChronicles. Here, you can also meet local author Tara Jones who will be signing her new book 100 Things to do in Santa Barbara Before You Die.
Downtown Santa Barbara, CA – More info

Santa Barbara - Small Business Saturday

Need More Info?

While you might not be able to survive at any of these events in your flannel, we encourage you to get out and enjoy the best fall activities SoCal has to offer! Contact The Event Team destination management company for more ways to enjoy Southern California!

To contact The Event Team:

San Diego Headquarters, (for corporate event planning San Diego, corporate event planning Orange County, and corporate event planning Palm Springs):

2635 Camino Del Rio S. #302
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.785.5828

Los Angeles Office, (for corporate event planning Los Angeles and corporate event planning Santa Barbara):
5371 Wilshire Blvd. #215
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: 323.653.5063

Or For US and International companies looking for an incredible Destination Management Company (DMC) in Southern California (servicing corporate events San Diego, corporate events Orange County, and corporate events Los Angeles), please Call us Toll-Free at:
888.Event.88 / 888.383.6888

That’s SoCal – Spooky Haunts for Halloween

Double, double, toil and trouble…The Event Team has worked up a recipe for Halloween fun in Southern California! Check out John-Carlo and Taryn’s picks for all the frightening happenings in our hood:

 Los Angeles

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride
Los Angeles Haunted Hayride has revamped its theme to the Secret Society of Samhain (which means Halloween) and is promised to be extra spooky. Upon entering the gates, you are a member. A couple of the new additions include 2 different experiences that “society members” will proceed through and, for the first time ever, will leave the safety of their hay wagon to confront the ghosts and ghouls face to face! This ride is not for the faint of heart!
4730 Crystal Springs Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027 – Schedule and More info

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Live to Film with Danny Elfman
Calling all Burton buffs! The Hollywood Bowl will be putting on 3 live performances of The Nightmare before Christmas over Halloween weekend featuring Jack Skellington’s voice, Danny Elfman, as well as other original cast members Ken Page, Paul Reubens, and Catherine O’Hara. There will also be a live orchestra providing spooky music for the duration of the film. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see the Pumpkin King co voiced by the same actors who brought them to life on the big screen!
2301 Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90068 – Schedule and More Info

Photo from https://lacitytours.com

San Diego

Haunted Tales aboard the Star of India
On October 29, enjoy the intriguing tales of the Star of India’s past. It is time again for all aspiring ghosts, goblins, pirates, and princesses to gather on the Star of India for some ghostly tales of enormous proportions.
1492 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 – More info

San Diego Zombie Crawl Gaslamp Takeover
If you love Halloween, dining and the nightlife, do not miss San Diego’s #1 Halloween Celebration on Ocotber 28 and 29! The annual San Diego Zombie Crawl is the ultimate Downtown celebration complete with dancing, food, beverage and costume fun.
Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, CA 92101 – More info

Tequila, Tacos & Tombstones Tour
Take a tour of America’s Most Haunted House, San Diego style. The Tequila, Tacos, and Tombstones tour takes you on a journey through San Diego’s haunted Whaley House with an authentic Old Town taco in one hand and a margarita in the other.
2461 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110 – More info

Orange County

Viva La Vida 2016 – Amor Eterno Dia de Los Muertos Festival
Held in the heart of Orange County on October 22, Santa Ana’s Dia De Los Muertos Festival “Viva La Vida” captures the very essence of cultural and artistic spirit. Organized by community members, the purpose of the celebration is to honor ancient traditions of the festival through art, culture, and compassion. Viva La Vida is a free, family friendly festival.
1000 E Santa Ana Blvd, Santa Ana, CA 92701 – More info

Palm Springs

Escape Room Palm Springs
What better way to spend Halloween than a first-hand escape room experience? Escape a real-life horror scene with vampires, haunted toys, Titanic and mystery puzzles.
560 S. Williams Rd., Palm Springs, CA, 92264 – More info

Palm Springs Canyon Theater presents Jekyll & Hyde
If you love horror flicks during Halloween season, we suggest an evening at the theater to experience a live-action take on a classic creepy tale, where a devoted man of science accidentally unleashes his inner demons.
538 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA, 92264 – Schedule and More info

Santa Barbara

Boo at the Zoo
Get an early start on Halloween and visit the Santa Barbara Zoo for “Boo at the Zoo”! The Zoo invites you to the most popular Halloween festival for families in the tri-counties area. October 21-23 the zoo will shut its doors at 3:30pm to set up the night’s activities including, but not limited to, Trick-or-Treat Trail, Boo-Choo-Choo train rides, Creepy Crawly encounters, Spooky Storytelling, Goblin Games, and for older children there is a scare zone with zombies.
500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103 – Schedule and More Info

Need More Info?

Interesting in planning a spooktacular Southern California event for your corporate group? Contact The Event Team today for more corporate event entertainment and activity ideas – we’ll spook your socks off!

To contact The Event Team:

San Diego Headquarters, (for corporate event planning San Diego, corporate event planning Orange County, and corporate event planning Palm Springs):

2635 Camino Del Rio S. #302
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.785.5828

Los Angeles Office, (for corporate event planning Los Angeles and corporate event planning Santa Barbara):
5371 Wilshire Blvd. #215
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: 323.653.5063

Or For US and International companies looking for an incredible Destination Management Company (DMC) in Southern California (servicing corporate events San Diego, corporate events Orange County, and corporate events Los Angeles), please Call us Toll-Free at:
888.Event.88 / 888.383.6888