Feed Your Soul with GOSPEL BRUNCH at House of Blues Anaheim!

(SoCal Locale was invited to attend a Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues in Anaheim for free.)

The new House of Blues Anaheim is pleased to introduce a reimagined Gospel Brunch experience happening every Sunday!

SoCal Locale readers can get $10 off each ticket using this code: CHICKEN

House of Blues’ new Southern-inspired soulful menu features signature brunch dishes like biscuits and gravy, seasoned potatoes, chicken and waffles, smoked brisket, an omelette station, and the best darn collard greens in Orange County! (Seriously, their greens are incredible!) Mimosas are available at the bar, or you can upgrade to bottomless for $15!

The electrifying, uplifting and unprecedented gospel show is unlike any other brunch experience available. Gospel Brunch is perfect for families, visitors and special celebrations. The band gets the whole audience up and out of their seats twirling napkins, dancing, and singing praises.

The non-denominational Gospel Brunch is perfect for anyone, no matter how spiritual they are, or aren’t. The band sings songs like “Oh Happy Day,” and “Lean on Me,” that everyone can sing along to.

Feed your body and your soul with Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues Anaheim, every single Sunday at their new location in the Anaheim Gardenwalk.

Click here to buy tickets, and don’t forget to use code CHICKEN for $10 off each ticket!

The 10 Scariest Haunts in Southern California

If Horror is your thing, Southern California is a great place to get your scare on. With a variety of haunts that go from skipping a beat, to stopping your heart completely, SoCal has something for everyone. We’ve listed our favorite haunts in order of slight fright, to unescapable terror. Do you dare visit one of our Top 10 Scariest Haunts in Southern California?

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Orange County’s First Paella Festival Is Almost Here!

We’re partnering with the Paella Wine & Beer Festival to giveaway two tickets to their OC debut! Read more to find out about the festival and how to enter for a chance to win admission for two – a $200 value.

Orange County’s first ever Paella Wine & Beer Festival is coming to the Orange County Fair and Event Center THIS Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 4-9 p.m.

Photo Courtesy of the Paella Wine & Beer Festival

The Paella Wine & Beer Festival is a series of one-day events celebrating Hispanic culture and Spanish cuisine held in Southern California, with separate events taking place in Los Angeles, San Diego and starting this year, Orange County.

The San Diego and Orange County festivals serve as the semi-final competitions for the 57th annual World Paella Championship, which will take place in Sueca, Valenciana, Spain, on September 10, 2017. Nearly 50 local chefs will compete with their own paella recipes for the chance to represent the United States at the World Paella Championship.

Chef Leo Razo of Villa Roma in Laguna Niguel will attempt to set a record during the event with the largest paella ever made in the United States – enough to feed 3,000 people!

Entry to the 2017 Orange County Paella Wine & Beer Festival includes unlimited wine, beer and paella for the entire event!

Attendees will be able to drink and eat to their heart’s delight and enjoy an experience reflecting what one would find while strolling through a lively outdoor market in Spain. There will be live entertainment including Flamenco performances and Spanish rock, and local vendors will offer tapas, sangrias, cocktails, cultural art, and much more.

For more information on the event visit paellawinefest.com. Enter the giveaway below for a chance to win two tickets to this weekend’s event!

GIVEAWAY

Use the form below to enter for a chance to win two tickets to the 2017 Orange County Paella Wine & Beer Festival.

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Winner will be chosen at 9pm PST, Friday night, August 25th 2017, and will be contacted immediately upon being chosen. Winner will be provided with two promotional codes to be redeemed for their free tickets on the ticketing website. Must be 21 or older to enter and a resident of Southern California. Transportation and lodging are not included.

The World Fabulous Drag Brunch at House of Blues Anaheim

The new House of Blues Anaheim kicked off a new monthly event this summer featuring wild entertainment, mimosas and an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet. The World Fabulous Drag Brunch is held on the first Saturday of each month and is hosted by the always fantastic Willam Belli – actress, author, YouTuber and former RuPaul’s Drag Racer.

(FTC Disclosure: SoCal Locale attended the World Fabulous Drag Brunch with a complimentary ticket to facilitate our post. No other compensation was received.)

The hot and hilarious new show features performances from Willam as well as several other amazing ladies – and the occasional gentlemen. The World Fabulous Drag Brunch brings your favorite drag stars up close and personal while you enjoy the one of the biggest and best brunch food selections in Orange County!

The amazing House of Blues brunch buffet includes tons of Southern-inspired favorites including jambalaya, jalapeno-cheese cornbread, collard greens, a prime rib carving station, and chicken and waffles as well as brunch classics like french toast, smoked bacon, fresh fruit, homemade pastries, and more!

Food and non-alcoholic drinks are included with admission, and you can buy a World Fabulous Mimosa Bucket for just $25, with enough champagne and juice to share with a friend or two if you’re feeling generous!

Willam (and friends) will delight and entertain you with music, moves and a dose of comedy. The World Fabulous Drag Brunch is perfect for a wild Saturday morning with friends and special celebrations that call for a dash of glitz.  Get your tickets at houseofblues.com/anaheim!

The World Fabulous Drag Brunch

1st Saturday of the month

The NEW House of Blues Anaheim (at GardenWalk)

400 West Disney Way, Suite 337, Anaheim, CA

Tickets: $45

Parking: 2 hours free with validation

Flowerchild Family Music & Arts Festival Debuts at OC Great Park

Flowerchild Family Arts & Music Festival is making its debut at Orange County Great Park on September 17th, 2017!

The Flowerchild Family Arts & Music Festival, presented by Munchkin, Focuses on pregnancy and family life, blending music, art, and all-ages entertainment and activities. Attendees can discover the newest trends in popular baby brands, participate in a variety of engaging activities for children in the outdoor Munchkin Activity Village, and enjoy an indoor vendor-filled shopping village, as well as live music, and more!

Tickets for the festival are $10 per person (children 12 months and younger are free), and include all of the activities listed below and more!

  • Mommy & Daddy #TreatYourself area with chiropractic, massage, mom mini makeovers, nail color change, boho braids, and more…
  • Live music performances throughout the day, and special performances by princesses and fairies!
  • Facepainting presented by Charles Schwab!
  • Magical sparkling crafts and coloring for children!
  • PhotoBooth tent with custom backdrops and award winning photographers specializing in newborn, child and family photography. Get your photo taken with a princes, mermaid or fairy!
  • Multiple play areas where your children can get a workout learning how to tumble, build, craft and play with MyGym, Munchkin, Pretend City, Imaginarium and more!
  • Princess Story time with classic stories read by Tinker Princess, Mermaid princess, Flower Fairy and more.
  • Family Yoga with Kind Karma Family Yoga.
  • Educational booths with access to some of the region’s best educators and doulas to answer questions about birth, breastfeeding, babywearing, postpartum care, and more.
  • Nursing Lounge to enjoy breastfeeding in private with complimentary water and products from Lansinoh and Milk Makers.
  • Outdoor Explore Area with outdoor crafts and STEM activities for children.

There will be a food truck and concessions available on site, as well as multiple food vendors nearby at the Great Park Farmer’s Market. Attendees are encouraged to pack snacks, a lunch, and drinks and eat picnic style in the beautiful Great Park!

Plus, the first 100 families (with purchase of festival tickets) will receive a free gift bag filled with amazing goodies and freebies valued at over $100! (Gift bag sponsors include Pretend City, Munchkin, Luv2Nosh, MAM, Lansinoh, Lollaland, Wee Likely, Luna Grill, Corner Bakery, Aquarium of the Pacific, Stuck On You, and more!)

Don’t forget to bring it with your best boho style! Prizes will be awarded throughout the day for the best-dressed flower children!

Tickets can be purchased at flowerchildfestival.org, and 10% of proceeds will benefit MOMS Orange County. Parking for the event is free!

Flowerchild Family Arts & Music Festival

Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California

September 17th, 2017

10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Parking: Free

Admission: $10 per person (12 months and under free)


Laguna Playhouse Presents: HAIRSPRAY!

Gooooood Morning Laguna Beach!

Laguna Playhouse announced their first show in their 2017-2018, and it’s a fun one! They’re kicking off their 97th season with the effervescent musical, HAIRSPRAY!

Hairspray is based off of the book by Thomas Meehan and Mark O’Donnell, featuring music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, musical direction by Michael Ferrara and directed and choreographed by Paula Hammons Sloan.

“We are opening our season with just the perfect show for a Laguna Beach Summer,” commented Laguna Playhouse Executive Director Ellen Richard.

It’s 1962 and Hairspray’s big, bold heroine Tracy Turnblad twists, ponys and mashed potatoes her way to Baltimore stardom, while fighting for integration on a local TV dance show. Winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book, Hairspray knocks your bobby socks off with spectacular songs, energetic dancing, and an uplifting story for all ages!    

“We welcome Paula Hammons Sloan and the ‘nicest kids in town’ back to our stage for this nostalgic musical confection. Talent abounds on our stage this Summer!” added Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham.

Hairspray opens on Sunday, July 9 at 5:30pm and will run through Sunday, July 30, 2017 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.

For more information on the cast and creative team, show times and tickets, visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com.

Cars, Country Music, and Craft Beer invade Norco THIS WEEKEND!

Cars, Craft Beers and Country Music – oh my! This weekend, all three come together for an amazing day of unparalleled fun.

MuscleKingz, the world’s most powerful American muscle car brand, is excited to bring their MuscleKingz Car Show, Concert and Craft Beer Festival to Norco!

The event will descend upon SilverLakes, a world class venue, this Saturday, July 1st, for what is sure to be the largest single entertainment event in the city’s history. Thousands are expected to attend the massive, family-friendly festival, making SilverLakes THE place to be this weekend.

Presented by K-FROG and SilverLakes, and headlined by Platinum-selling duo Dan + Shay (who currently have the #1 country single in the country) and country radio staple Rodney Atkins, with special guests, former Bachelorette contestant and rising country star Luke Pell, and up and comer Jackie Lee.



A new announcement came out that there will be additional attractions, including The Brandin’ Iron Line Dance Tent, featuring line dancing instruction and more, plus an appearance by the Shocker Motorsports Monster Truck. The event also features a Kids Zone, and a Vendor Village in addition to everything else going on! (Kids 5 and under are FREE. 6-12 discount with paid adult admission.)

The list of esteemed craft brewers offering pours for attendees 21+ has also been announced and includes: Alpine, Ballast Point, Belching Beaver, Desert Barn Brewing, Fireman’s Brewing, Green Flash, Hangar 24, Lagunitas, Oak Hills Brewing, Pabst, Peroni, Pilsner Urquell, Samuel Adams, Sons Of Liberty, Saint Archer, Wyders Cider, and more!

Tickets are on sale NOW at musclekingz.com

 

Marvel Universe Live! Returns to SoCal with 3 Stops!


Super hero thrills return to Southern California arenas with the debut of the all-new action-packed adventure Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes. Iconic Marvel Super Heroes such as Spider-Man and The Avengers are joined by the Guardians of the Galaxy, including Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot, Rocket and Drax, in a legendary battle to defend the universe from evil. The newest production from Feld Entertainment, the world’s leading producer of live touring family entertainment, will make it’s world premiere in Los Angeles at STAPLES Center on July 7, 2017.

Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes will be playing throughout Los Angeles from July 7–23, 2017:

STAPLES Center in Los Angeles: July 7th through July 9th

Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario: July 13th through July 16th

Honda Center in Anaheim: July 20th through July 23rd

Tickets are on sale now for all SoCal shows – starting at just $25! To purchase tickets, visit MarvelUniverseLive.com

Use offer code MOM20 to get up to 20% off!

More about this year’s exciting show:

“Called on by Doctor Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy join Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes on a momentous crusade against the scheming Nebula who teams up with the conniving and loathsome villains Loki and Green Goblin. The incredible superhuman forces of Iron Man, Thor, Black Panther, Hulk and Black Widow will unite in clashes that pit student against mentor, sister against sister and brother against brother.”

AMG Opens Their First U.S. All-You-Can-Eat Location in Lynwood!

Disclosure: We were invited to a complimentary media tasting in order to try out a variety of offerings from this restaurant. No other compensation was given in exchange for this post.

AMG recently opened their very first All-You-Can-Eat location in the United States. Located in Plaza Mexico in Lynwood, the new restaurant boasts a huge selection of 45 AYCE items. And their prices are affordable – $20.99 for an adult dinner, and $15.99 for an adult lunch.

AMG serves nothing but prime fresh meat, ready to be grilled right at your table. And if you’ve never had Korean BBQ before, just let the staff know and they’ll help get you started. Their unique in-table grills include a spot on the side to rest your cooked meat, and a reservoir to cook eggs as well.

AMG Korean BBQ also offers an amazing selection of beers and soju. Their beers range from $4.25 to $7.00, but most of them are $5.00. Bottles of Soju are only $10.

A few other notable mentions – they have a great banchan selection, and yes it includes rice paper. Their volcano (kimchi) fried rice is delicious and fun to watch them make, and don’t forget to save room for dessert!

AMG’s newest location is the perfect place to bring your friends and enjoy great service and a delicious meal. With so much variety and such amazing service, you won’t be disappointed!

 

The Summer Movie Express is Back at Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo!

Most South County schools are out for the summer, and many parents are looking for ways to keep their kids busy, stay cool, and save money. Thankfully, the annual Summer Movie Express at Kaleidoscope’s Edwards Stadium 10 in Mission Viejo is back!

The summer-long series features second-run family movies, rated G or PG, for only $1 admission per person. Movies are shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am from June 20 through August 16.

This year’s featured movies include:

  • Kung Fu Panda 3
  • Ice Age: Collision Course
  • Trolls
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
  • Monster Trucks
  • Penguins of Madagascar
  • Rio 2
  • The Boxtrolls
  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • Sing
  • Happy Feet 2
  • Cats & Dogs 2: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
  • The Lego Batman Movie
  • and more!

Tickets are available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10am. Each week, two movies will be shown on both days. A portion of the proceeds from the Summer Movie Express goes to the Will Rogers Institute.

For a full list of featured movies, and info on other participating theaters, click here!