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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Get Your Country On This Saturday with the ShipKicker Music Festival!

This Saturday, the Queen Mary will host the ShipKicker Country Music Festival for the third time. It will be held at the Waterfront Events Park on Saturday, July 1st starting at 1 PM.

Headliners include Lee Brice, Jake Parr, Daniel Bonte & the Bona Fide, and more. Take a break between performances in the beer garden, or enjoy outdoor games like cornhole. Come hungry as there will be a great selection of food trucks and vendors waiting for you.

Other Artists Performing:

  • Jerrod Nieman
  • Swon Brothers
  • Honey County
  • James Rensink (Battle of the Bands Winner)
  • Eric Van Houten
  • Carmel Helene
  • Alicia Kelly
  • Alexandria Corn
  • Melissa Farrior

Music fans can delve into the world of line dancing with lessons in the ShipKicker Saloon. The Saloon will also offer a bar, performances from artists like Alicia Kelly, and a bumpin’ dance floor.

Want tickets? Get them at the door for $59 or buy them online in advance fo $49. If you want to skip the line, upgrade to VIP for access to a private bar, front-of-stage access, trailer bathrooms, a shady lounge area, and ship access until 6 PM.

If you get there early, check out Redneck Rodeo and the Morgan Leigh Band at the Parking Lot Party starting at 11:00 AM. If you can’t get enough country after the festival, there’s always the afterparty at Cowboy Country in Long Beach; where you can two-step all night long.

Get your tickets online now to save $10! 

SCHEDULES
PARKING LOT PARTY
11:00am Redneck Rodeo
12:00pm Morgan Leigh Band

SHIPKICKER SALOON
1:00pm Line Dance Lesson
1:15pm Alicia Kelley
2:00pm Line Dance Lesson
2:15pm Alexandria Corn
3:30pm Line Dance Lesson
3:45pm Melissa Farrior
5:00pm Carmel Helene
6:15pm Eric Van Houten

MAIN STAGE
1:00pm Jake Parr
2:00pm James Rensink
3:15pm Honey County
4:30pm Daniel Bonte & The Bona Fide
5:45pm The Swon Brothers
6:00pm Line Dance Lesson
7:00pm Jerrod Niemann
8:30pm Lee Brice

Party on with ShipKicker! We hope to see you this weekend!

Pacific Islander Festival – Ticket Discount and Giveaway!

Aquarium of the Pacific has generously offered to give away a family 4-pack of tickets to the Pacific Islander Festival! Scroll down for more info on the event and giveaway entry!

On June 3rd and 4th, the Aquarium of the Pacific will be celebrating its 14th Annual Pacific Islander Festival. If you’ve never attended one of these celebrations, you must! It’s a fun way to learn about the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands while hanging out with some of your favorite ocean creatures!

Along with all of the usual experiences that the Aquarium of the Pacific offers, the festival will include traditional craft demonstrations, educational programs, and an ocean of entertainment, including music and dance performances such as hula and Tahitian drumming. Various cultures including Hawaiian, Tahitian, Samoan, Fijian, Tongan, Chamoru, Marshallese, Kiribati, and Maori will be featured in the festival.

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(Photos courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific)

The Pacific Islander Festival is included with regular admission to the Aquarium of the Pacific! Ticket prices are $29.95 for adults (12+), and $14.95 for children ages 3-11. Children under 3 and Aquarium members are free. Senior discounts are available too!

Save $10 on adult admission during the festival with this coupon! (Just click on it and print it out!) Click here for a mobile coupon.

Win!

One lucky reader will win a family 4-pack of tickets that are valid only for the Pacific Islander Festival. Tickets will be picked up at Will Call during the event.

To Enter:

Head over to this Facebook post and leave a comment letting me know what your favorite aquarium exhibit is!

I’ll pick a winner on May 25th, 2017 at 9:00pm. Must be 18 or older and live in Southern California or planning to be there during the festival. Parking/travel is not included.

For more info and schedule of events, check out the festival page!

 

ShipKicker Festival Showcases Up & Coming Country Artists

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Over the weekend, we were invited to attend the second annual ShipKicker Music Festival. This 1-day festival took place just outside the Queen Mary in Long Beach, at the Waterfront Event Center.

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Headlined by Easton Corbin, ShipKicker also featured artists like Dylan Scott, Honey County, Dylan Uribe, and Daniel Bonte and the Bona Fide. Other country performers included Clare Dunn, the Scotty Mac Band, and Stephen Wesley.

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Between bands; country lovers played corn hole, learned line dances in the Saloon, checked out the food trucks, and hung out in the Beer Garden. Cowgirls and cowboys of all ages had the chance to wear giant cowboy hats and write on a community chalk wall. The VIP tent offered refuge from the sun and a private bar. Local radio station GoCountry brought hosts Graham and David out to entertain the crowd between sets. There were plenty of activities to keep the whole family busy!

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Where else can you go to get a cowboy hat made entirely of beer cans, learn to line dance like a pro, AND watch top country artists while you lounge under the California sun? The ShipKicker Festival was so much fun and we can’t wait to go back next year.

Find out more information about ShipKicker here.

5th Annual West Coast BBQ Classic Returns to The Queen Mary

On May 14th, 2016 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, the Queen Mary will be ripe with the smell of delicious barbecue. The 5th Annual West Coast BBQ Classic (WCBC) is returning to Long Beach and bringing some of California’s most accomplished Champion Pitmasters together to compete for a $10,500 cash prize and the coveted title of West Coast BBQ Pitmaster Champion.

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In addition to an exciting BBQ Battle, the WCBC will feature BBQ styles from across the country including slow-cooked hickory barbeque from Texas and southern Memphis-style barbeque. Attendees can taste delicious BBQ samples for only $2 each while enjoying a beautiful ocean view.

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The festival offers something for everyone! Join in the fun and participate in the watermelon or cobbler eating contests. Live entertainment will be provided by country music sensation, Scotty Mac Band. Children will love hanging out in Kids Country, which will offer games, a bounce house, face painters and potato sack races just for little BBQ fans. With the live music, backyard games, contests, and a merchant market, there will be more to do than just eat – although that will be a big part of it!

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The West Coast BBQ Classic is a one day only event, not to be missed. General value pack tickets are $20 each through April 30 and include event admission plus five tasting tickets and access to the Queen Mary ship. After April 30 tickets increase to $25. VIP value pack tickets are $35 through May and include one-hour early event admission plus five tasting tickets and access to the Queen Mary ship. After May 1 tickets increase to $40. Event parking is $15.

Ready for some great BBQ? Get your tickets here!

The 14th Annual Aquarium of the Pacific African-American Festival

The African-American Festival at Aquarium of the Pacific is back for it’s 14th year running. The weekend-long event celebrates the richness and diversity of African-American and African cultures. Guests will get to experience the sights and sounds of amazing African-American dance groups, musicians, drummers, and more.

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Aside from the live performances, the festival will also feature cultural displays, handmade crafts, ethnic foods and storytelling. All the activities are included with festival admission. In between performances, take a stroll around the aquarium and enjoy the wonders of the Pacific Ocean.

Save on festival admission by using the coupon found on the flyer below! Or click here to show it from your phone!
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For program times, head over to the Aquarium of the Pacific website.

The 14th Annual African-American Festival is open Saturday through Sunday, February 27-28, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and is included in regular admission prices. Admission is $28.95 for adults (12+), $25.95 for seniors (62+), and $14.95 for children (3-11). Admission is free for children under 3 and aquarium members.

Don’t forget to show THIS FLYER for $10 off regular adult admission!

For more information, directions, and tickets, visit the Aquarium of the Pacific website.

(All photos courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific)

$10 off Tickets for Autumn Festival at Aquarium of the Pacific

Aquarium of the Pacific has yet another great event coming up this weekend, November 7th and 8th! The Autumn Festival celebrates the arts, cuisines, and cultures of China, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines.

The public is invited to delve into the cultures, arts, and cuisines of Asia during the Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual Autumn Festival on Saturday and Sunday, November 7-8, 2015.

The fourteenth annual Aquarium of the Pacific Autumn Festival is a combination of traditional harvest ceremonies such as China’s Moon Festival, Korea’s Chuseok, and Japan’s Matsuri. All of these cultural traditions come together at the Aquarium for a fun and educational combination of Fall celebrations.

The public is invited to delve into the cultures, arts, and cuisines of Asia during the Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual Autumn Festival on Saturday and Sunday, November 7-8, 2015.

The Autumn Festival will feature live music and dance performances, cultural arts exhibits, and crafts. Throughout the weekend artisans and other vendors will be displaying and selling their works. Various ethnic entrees will also be available for purchase.

The public is invited to delve into the cultures, arts, and cuisines of Asia during the Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual Autumn Festival on Saturday and Sunday, November 7-8, 2015.

The event is included in regular Aquarium of the Pacific Admission, but even better when you show this flyer, you’ll get $10 off of adult admission! You can either print it or show it from your mobile device! If you want to show it straight from your phone, click here.

The Autumn Festival is open Saturday through Sunday, November 7th and 8th, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is $28.95 for adults (12+), $25.95 for seniors (62+), and $14.95 for children (3-11). Admission is free for children under 3 and aquarium members.

For more information, directions, and tickets, visit the Aquarium of the Pacific website.

(All photos courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific)

Buy One Get One Free Adult Admission at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Awesome deal alert! For a limited time only, you can get Buy One Get One Free adult admission to the Aquarium of the Pacific! Just click here to print out the coupon page, and bring it with you when you purchase tickets. You can also save some paper and redeem it straight from your mobile device! You can get up to 8 tickets (4 discounts) with one coupon. This great offer ends September 30th, 2015!

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New at the Aquarium of the Pacific:

A new Magellanic Penguin chick was hatched on June 5th and made its public debut in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat this past week on August 18th. This is the 3rd generation of Magellanic Penguins born at the Aquarium of the Pacific!

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Photo Credit: Robin Riggs

The Aquarium of the Pacific is a non-profit dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature’s services by building the interactions between and among peoples. Home to more than 11,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, Ocean Science Center, Molina Animal Care Center, the interactive Shark Lagoon and Lorikeet Forest exhibits, and the new Jellies exhibits. For more information, visit www.aquariumofpacific.org or call 562-590-3100.

Aquarium of the Pacific: Pacific Islander Festival Ticket Discount and Giveaway!

Aquarium of the Pacific has generously offered to give away a family 4-pack of tickets to the Pacific Islander Festival! SoCal Locale was not compensated for this post. Just sharing some fun info and deals!

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On June 6th and 7th, the Aquarium of the Pacific will be celebrating its 12th Annual Pacific Islander Festival. If you’ve never attended one of these celebrations, it’s a fun way to learn about the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands.

Along with all of the usual experiences that the Aquarium of the Pacific offers, the festival includes traditional craft demonstrations, educational programs, and an ocean of entertainment, including music and dance performances such as hula and Tahitian drumming. Various cultures including Hawaiian, Maori, Tahitian, Samoan, Fijian, Marshallese, Chamoru, Tokelauan, and Tongan will be featured in the festival.

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(Photos courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific)

In anticipation of World Ocean Day on June 8, the festival will also include special presentations and educational programming focused on global ocean issues that affect all people, but of course particularly those living on Pacific Islands. ScholarShare is a proud sponsor of the Pacific Islander Festival, and is partnering with the Aquarium to celebrate the diversity of our planet and to inspire the pursuit of a better future.

The Pacific Islander Festival is included with regular admission to the Aquarium of the Pacific! Ticket prices are $28.95 for adults (12+), and $14.95 for children ages 3-11. Children under 3 and Aquarium members are free. Senior discounts are available too!

Save $10 on adult admission during the festival with this coupon! (Just click on it and print it out!)Pacific Islander 2015 couponWin!

One lucky reader will win a family 4-pack of tickets that are valid only for the Pacific Islander Festival. Tickets will be picked up at Will Call during the event.

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Good Luck!

 

For more info, check out the Pacific Islander 2015 Flyer, (you can print the coupon on there as well), or the schedule of events below:

Pacific Islander Festival Schedule of Events

SATURDAY, June 6 Entertainment Schedule / Honda Blue Cavern Performance Area

10:00 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 11:45 a.m. – Hitia O Te Ra – Tahitian performances

12:20 p.m. – Heritage Award Ceremony honoring Lincoln & Sissy Kaio, with opening Hawaiian dance by Halau O Lilinoe

12:55 p.m., 1:40 p.m. – Halau O Lilinoe – Hawaiian performance

2:30 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 4:00 p.m.– Nualani’s Polynesia – Tokelauan, Tahitian, Maori, and Tongan performances

 

SUNDAY, June 7 Entertainment Schedule / Honda Blue Cavern Performance Area

10:00 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 11:45 a.m. –  Tupua Productions – Samoan, Maori, Marshallese, and Tahitian performances

12:20 p.m., 12:55 p.m., 1:40 p.m. – Na Hoa O Ka Hale Kanu – Maori, Hawaiian, and Tahitian performances

2:30 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 4:00 p.m. – Kutturan Chamoru Foundation – Chamoru performances

 

Cultural Demonstrations / Shark Lagoon

Saturday:

3:30 p.m. – Nualani’s Polynesia – Maori Poi Balls demonstration

Sunday:

10:30 a.m. – Tupua Productions – Samoan Sasa Dance

12:30 p.m. – Na Hoa O ka Hale Kanu – Hula Implements

3:30 p.m. – Kutturan Chamoru Foundation – Pelito and Acho: Chamoru Sticks and Rocks Implements

 

Cultural Displays and Activities / Great Hall

Hawaiian Lei Making – E Hula Mau / Na Mamo

Fijian Cultural Artifacts – Colin & Zelda King

Hawaiian Pandanus / Ti-Leaf Weaver (Ka Ulana Lauhala / Ulanana Lau Ki)*

Hawaiian Tattoo (Na Kakau) and Hawaiian games (Na Pa’ani Hawai’i)*

Samoan Cultural Artifacts – Marlena Vaifale*

Tongan Cultural Artifacts – Famili Pe Taha*

Marshallese Coconut/Pandanus Weavers* – See how this traditional woven craftwork is made and purchase selected items.

*Presented by Pacific Islander Health Partnership (PIHP):

 

Heritage Award Presentation / Honda Blue Cavern Performance Area – Saturday, June 6 at 12:20 p.m.

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In recognition of dedicated service to the Pacific Islander communities of Southern California

Disney on Ice Tickets on Sale Now

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Disney on Ice is coming back to Southern California with their new show, Disney on Ice presents Let’s Celebrate!

Join your favorite mice, Mickey and Minnie. as they celebrate a Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains; a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; a marvelous Mardi Gras with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen; a Valentine’s Day Royal Ball with the Disney Princesses; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz; traveling to far-off exotic places including China for the Chinese New Year, Brazil for Carnival and Japan for the beautiful Cherry Blossom festival Sakura.

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Tickets are on sale now and there’s a great MOM discount to help families save a little money. Check out the flyer below or use discount code MOM14 to get a family four pack of tickets for $80!

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To get your tickets head over to http://www.disneyonice.com/lets-celebrate!