While Southern California is known for major attractions like SeaWorld, Universal Studios Hollywood, Disneyland, and more, we thought it might be cool to showcase some local venue and activity options that you may not read about in the typical meeting planner and travel guides. We asked Taryn and JC to scout out some of hidden gems in Southern California. Check out their findings below:
“Fallen Star” Installation at UCSD
Perched (literally) atop the seventh floor of the Jacobs School of Engineering at University of California, San Diego is artist Do Ho Suh’s “Fallen Star.” The installation is a jaw-dropping visual experience. Fallen Star is a fully furnished 3/4 sized house complete with front yard and garden open to visitors who dare to venture into the seemingly unstable estate.
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:00am-2:00pm, UCSD Campus – More info
Heritage Park’s Victorian Village
This cluster of restored Victorian homes is the perfect backdrop for walk after a lunch in Old Town. The Bushyhead House was once owned by Edward Wilkerson Bushyhead; the first publisher of the San Diego Union Tribune.
Heritage Park, 2454 Heritage Park Row, San Diego, CA 92110 – More info
“One part comedy show, two parts drinking game” perfectly sums up the essence of Brew Haha. Located in an East Hollywood backyard, this makeshift comedy club includes a drinking game for the crowd to go along with during the show. As one would imagine with any drinking game, things get pretty wild, which could be why the venue hosts a good ol’ house party for all the attendees when the acts for the night finish up.
Various Locations – More info
Chicks With Knives
Founded in 2007 by Suzanne Griswold & Rachael Narins, Chicks with Knives was one of the first to dive into the secret supper club model. Consisting of a 5-course meal, a cocktail pairing, and appetizers, you’ll be sure to leave bursting at the seams. With only ten guests served a night and a $98.00 ticket price, this supper club is a steal when compared to similar dining experiences. Follow CWK on Facebook for updates on their next event!
Secret Location Revealed the Night Before Event – More info
La Tour Lighthouse
Take the steep stairs down to Victoria Beach and take a right around a rocky outcrop and you’ll be greeted by one of the most unique sights in Orange County — what appears to be a Middle Ages lighthouse clinging onto the side of the cliff. California State Senator William E. Brown built it in 1926. The tower contained a metal staircase allowing him and his family easy access to the beach below.
2713 Victoria Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 – More info
Capture the retro vibe Palm Springs is so famous for with a throwback film-experience at Camelot Theatres. This historic venue regularly features the best foreign, cult, and independent films and is home to numerous film festivals and community events.
2300 East Baristo Road, Palm Springs, CA – More info
Tucked away in an inconspicuous strip mall in Goleta, this speakeasy style bar/lounge serves up a mean craft cocktail. The Imperial’s dimly lit lights and old-school décor create an atmosphere of a true prohibition bar. Locals recommend the cucumber margarita and the bar’s specialty, the Imperial; a master mix of gin, vermouth and Luxardo liquer.
320 S Kellogg Ave, Goleta, CA 93117 – More info
Hidden Gems in Southern California – Need More Info?
If you’re a meeting planner looking for creative and unique Southern California corporate event options for your “been there, done that” group, contact The Event Team DMC today. Our team will create a “live like a local” proposal that is outside the box and off the beaten path!