What Is Fun To Do Around Anaheim This Summer
Whether you're a long-time local or a first-time visitor, you can find a lot of things that are fun to do
As the summer approaches, the events blossom, and Anaheim comes alive with music festivals, cook-offs, picnics, arts and crafts, fairgrounds, cultural offerings and even rodeos. If you plan to visit in July, August or September this summer or happen to already live here, each month is a host of activities for those looking for something fun to do.
It's no surprise that the 4th of July takes center stage for this notoriously fiery month. Catch one of the dozens of fireworks displays or parades in the area complete with barbecues, family fun and commemorative music. Fairgrounds also draw in a heavy crowd with hundreds of vendors, rides, fair foods and exhibits including petting zoos and game booths.
For those who prefer fun away from the farm, car shows and oceanside venues offer more adult-themed entertainment along with art galleries and concerts through the later hours of the evening. Of course, no summer would be complete without a pancake breakfast or a chili cook-off, so throw together your best recipe, break out the hot sauce or maple syrup and head over to eat your way through the competition or simply enjoy the fruits of labor from dedicated chefs.
August is when things heat up all over, and that's equally true in Anaheim. If you're looking for something fun to do, the rodeo is rearin' to kick things into high gear. You won't need to don your chaps and practice your swagger to enjoy family-friendly events like watching the real cowboys saddle up and take on bareback riding, roping, bull riding and steer wrestling.
For those who prefer a less country affair, street fairs abound in August full of local food vendors offering curious culinary creations and non-profit organizations on the scene to drum up funding for local causes. If you're still hungry after indulging in the local cuisine, you can always practice your shucking skills during the month local residents pay homage to corn. With a host of contests, vibrant parades and, yes, even corn, you're sure to find something around the venue to satiate your appetite for food and fun.
Around September, the weather begins to cool off, but that doesn't mean the events cool down with it. September is a time for multiculturalism, beginning first with an international fair full of folk dancing, traditional crafts, time-honored music and a variety of culinary delights to sample. While you can certainly shop your way through the world, most come to eat their way through it, and if your goal is to sample as many traditional dishes as possible, you'll be in good company.
Of course, no September would be complete without a tribute to Germany at a local Octoberfest celebration. If your idea of a perfect evening includes a lightly chilled draught and a meaty bratwürst with sauerkraut, you'll find a lot to love here. Drink along to the traditional music as you taste your way through the regions of Old World Germany. Finally, for those looking for something fun to do with the kids, the book festival makes its debut where beloved storybook characters roam the fairgrounds while authors, illustrators and storytellers keep children and adults alike entertained. If the literary life isn't your cup of tea, check out one of the other art festivals instead, many offering a hands-on approach to exploring artistic and cultural traditions along with special exhibits designed for developing, young minds.
Regardless of whether you enjoy a variety of food, browsing through wares or watching a spectacle, you'll find everything you could possibly want in Anaheim this summer.