Things to do in Anaheim

Experience the Wonder of Local Theater in Anaheim

Orange County is known for many things, one of which is its performing arts scene. While there are more than a handful of great Anaheim theatres, three that stand out from the pack are these local favorites - Chance Theater, Stage Door Repertory Theater and One More Productions.

With a wonderful variety of upcoming shows and events, we just know you're going to see a great performance no matter which one you choose to visit!

Chance Theater

One of the leading ensemble-driven theatre companies in Southern California, Chance Theater is known for its bold and personal storytelling. A constituent member of Theatre Communications Group, OC Theatre Guild, and LA Stage Alliance, Chance has won six Ovation Awards. Upcoming shows include “Skylight” (April 19-May 19), a Tony & Olivier Award Winner, “Tigers Be Still” (May 3-June 2), a regional premiere, and “Ragtime” (June 28-July 28), a Tony & Drama Desk Award-Winning Musical.

Stage Door Repertory Theater

A small, but very popular local theater, Stage Door returns for its eighth season with a variety of laughs, tears, mystery, comedy and drama. This season’s offerings include a collection of familiar and brand new titles, including “Cabaret” (March 2-23), “The 39 Steps” (April 6-27), “Nunsense” (May 10-26) and “Jesus Christ Superstar” (June 8-29).

One More Productions

One More Productions returns for its 15th year at the historic GEM Theater, which started as a vaudeville house in the 1920s, served as a single-screen neighborhood movie theater in the 1930s, then transitioned to a live theatrical performance venue in 1979. One More Productions produces full-scale musicals, wonderful plays, staged readings, and original works. Upcoming performances include “Disaster! The Musical” (March 21-24), “Nine” (April 25-May 19) and “West Side Story” (July 11-August 11).

If you’re checking out any of the local theater in Anaheim, we hope you'll come and stay with us at the Marriott Suites Anaheim. We’re centrally located and offer first-class, all-suite accommodations and unmatched customer service. Orange County has so much to offer, but you don’t want to miss out on the performing arts scene!

Children's Museums in Anaheim

When you visit, don't forget to stop in at one of these fun and interactive children's museums in Anaheim! 

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With a variety of fun attractions for kids and adults, Orange County is one of the top family attractions in the world. That’s not to mention the sunshine and sand! And, some of the most fun and family-friendly attractions in Anaheim are these favorite, local children’s museums... 

Discovery Cube

Discovery Cube Orange County inspires and educates children through engaging science-based programs and exhibits, including the Boeing Rocket Lab, Dino Quest, Helicopter Tour, Mission Control and Planetary Research Station.
Aside from these ongoing exhibits, Discovery Cube also holds special
events such as Night at the Cube (March 9-10), a family night sleepover that includes access to activities and exhibits, a 3D movie and more. BubbleFest Family Night (April 12), a one-night-only experience, allows guests to explore all of the exhibits and enjoy BubbleFest in a crowd-free environment.

The Children’s Museum at La Habra

La Habra’s children’s museum features dozens of hands-on exhibits, including the science station, STEM lab, model train village, carousel room and more. An interactive environment suitable for kids of all ages, the museum has both ongoing and special events, including Fun Art Fridays and Little Picasso’s.

If you’re visiting the Anaheim area with your children, the Marriott Suites Anaheim is conveniently located near many top family-friendly attractions, including Disneyland resort. Aside from our prime location, we offer first-class amenities and accommodations, including heated and outdoor pools, a 24-hour fitness center and a fantastic onsite restaurant. Book your stay with us today to make some family memories in Orange County.

Mark your Calendars for these Upcoming Events at Angel Stadium in Anaheim

The home to the Los Angeles Angels is home to lots of other great events too!

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Spring training has just begun, Los Angeles Angels fans, but if you thought that Angel Stadium was just for baseball, you must go back and take another look. We all love the excitement of the ball hitting the mitt and the sharp crack of the bat, but the stadium also brings us lots of other great events every year. Here's just a few to get you started... 

2019 MLB Baseball Season

While spring training has officially begun, the regular season isn’t too far off, either. Although you’ll need to take a trip to Arizona to see the Angels this spring training, the 2019 MLB regular season kicks off on March 28th, and the first Angels home game is just around the corner on April 4th.

Monster Jam

Monster Jam rides in to Angel Stadium on February 23rd and 24th, featuring Grave Digger, Monster Mutt Dalmation, Wolf’s Head and more. The Monster Jam Pit Party includes access to see the trucks up close, take pictures, meet the drivers and get their autographs! It’s an unprecedented experience!

Foam Glow

If you’re searching for a colorful experience, look no further than Foam Glow race on March 23rd. A fun-filled 5 that exposes runners and walkers to glowing foam and blacklights all over the course, the three-mile race is unlike any 5K you’ve ever seen!

Fabulous Fords

The West Coast’s largest all-Ford car show in Anaheim celebrates all Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles, from 1903 to current models. The 34th annual show will take place on April 14th, with free entrance and parking for spectators. With 57 show classes, music, stage interviews, a fantastic Ford display, displays from Shelby and Saleen, celebrities and more, it’s clearly a can’t-miss event for car lovers!

If you’re visiting Angel Stadium for any of these upcoming events, the Marriott Suites Anaheim is conveniently located in the hub of SoCal to be your host. Book your stay with us today to take advantage of our first-class accommodations and amenities!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Anaheim!

If you’re searching for a dream destination for Valentine’s Day, look no further than Anaheim!

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Considering spending this year’s romantic holiday in SoCal? With so much for you and your loved one to see and do, you can’t go wrong with a weekend getaway to Anaheim. With clear skies and sunshine, warm beaches and so much more, there’s something for everyone.

The Marriott Suites Anaheim offers two packages that would be perfect for celebrating your love and bringing the romance to Valentine’s Day in Anaheim.

Weekend Fun Package
A great idea for couples who need a mini-break with a good dose of fun! 

- Accommodations for two nights at our Garden Grove hotel.
- Breakfast for two adults daily.
- Complimentary self parking.
- $20 Disney
 gift card.

Romantic Weekend Package
For the romantic in you both, this will make your weekend even more special!

- One bedroom suite featuring a King accommodation.
- Sparkling wine and dipped strawberries upon arrival.
- Breakfast for two daily at our onsite restaurant, Basil's.

Anaheim is a world-class destination year-round, but especially wonderful for Valentine’s Day. Book your stay with us today for a memorable romantic vacation in sunny Southern California.

Happy New Year! Welcome to January in Anaheim

There's no shortage of fun events in Anaheim this January!

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With its warm weather and exciting attractions, Anaheim is an appealing destination year-round. This is especially the case during the winter, as we welcome a fantastic variety of events this January in Anaheim.


If you love music, the NAMM Show is a must-see event. From January 24th to the 27th, the music, sound and event technology communities come together to promote the music products industry and celebrate the joy that comes from making music. You can check out the latest products from more than 7,000 brands, as well as special events, concerts, experiences and hundreds of invaluable industry education sessions.

Monster Jam Anaheim

If supersized, loud trucks are more of your jam, you’re in luck. Monster Jam Anaheim returns to Angel Stadium January 12th, featuring a star-studded lineup of drivers. There’s even a Pit Party event that offers unprecedented access to the trucks and opportunities to take photos, meet the drivers and get their autographs. It doesn’t get much better than that!

California Comic Convention

CalComicCon is a great opportunity for comic book fans to swap comics, check out vintage comics and meet special guests, including Ron Wilson and Mike Vonsburg. Admission for the next show, which will take place on January 27th, also includes entry to raffles that will have CGC graded comics, original artwork and sketches by guest artists.

If you’re visiting Anaheim for any of these January events, the Marriott Suites Anaheim is the preferred choice for a comfortable and convenient stay. We’re ideally located for attending all three events and provide our guests with an unmatched, first-class experience. Book your stay with us today to have some fun under the sun in Orange County.

Orange County Beaches near Anaheim: Simply Paradise

It’s no secret why Southern California beaches are visited by travelers from all over the world - they’re among the most beautiful on the planet. 

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Whether you enjoy playing in the ocean, exploring local towns and taking in the spectacular views, or simply soaking up the sun and sinking your feet in the sand, the top beaches near Anaheim are pure paradise for everyone who visits. Here's a quick look at some of our favorites. 

Huntington Beach
Huntington Beach is known as Surf City USA for good reason. The beach town’s surf culture is second to none, so whether you’re a die-hard surfer or first-timer looking to jump in with a lesson, it’s the place to be. Laying back and watching the surfers on their endless quest to find the perfect wave isn’t a bad way to spend the day, either!

Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach is picturesque, to say the least. The community, which was discovered by a group of landscape painters in the 1920s, is a top choice today for its shopping, stunning mansions and fantastic views.

San Clemente
With its Spanish-style architecture, visiting San Clemente feels like a trip to another country. 20 acres of beaches, a 1,200-foot-long fishing pier, quaint sidewalk cafes and unique shops make San Clemente one of the most charming, family-friendly beach communities in the OC.

Seal Beach
If you’re searching for a quieter spot to escape to, Seal Beach offers that hometown appeal. It’s a great place for kitesurfing and windsurfing, too!

Whether you’re visiting Orange County for a long beach vacation with the family, or taking a short trip with your partner, there’s no better starting point than the Marriott Suites Anaheim. Our first-class amenities and accommodations invoke a home-away-from-home atmosphere and we’re conveniently located near so many of these favorite California beaches. 

Capture the Magic of the Holiday Season at Winter Fest OC

Southern California’s top winter festival is perfect for family fun and date night.

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It might not snow anytime soon this holiday season in Southern California, but that doesn’t mean you can’t soak up the magic of a winter wonderland.
Winter Fest is back for another season of fun, offering an experience you won’t find anywhere else in SoCal.

With fresh snow blown in daily, kids can play in a massive snow area, ice tube down an 8 lane, 150 foot mountain and ice skate under the stars on SoCal’s largest outdoor ice rink. Each night, the celebration will feature a brilliant Christmas tree lighting, flurries of fresh snowfall, fireworks and a holiday parade, ensuring your evening will be magical no matter which day you stop by.

The 18-day festival, which runs from December 20th to January 6th at the OC Fair and Event Center, also features meet-and-greet opportunities with Santa and strolling characters like Ice Princess, Mayor Frost and Toy Soldiers, over a dozen carnival rides and games, a petting zoo,  train rides, winter bounce houses, craft tents, face painting and a snowboard simulator. You can even walk through the world’s largest ornament and take a ride on the world’s largest rocking horse!

There’s plenty of fun for adults too, making Winter Fest OC the perfect destination for work parties, date night in Anaheim and outings with friends. The SoCal Dickens experience offers a taste of the holidays in Victorian England, featuring over a dozen unique shops, traditional English foods, ballroom dancing and high tea. You can also take a stroll through the illuminated festival of lights maze and satisfy your cravings for holiday foods with candies, treats, seasonal foods, cocktails, craft beers and wines. When you need a break, there’s even a ski lodge with comfortable seating to catch one of the bowl games.

If you’re visiting Southern California this holiday season for Winter Fest, there’s no better place to stay than the Marriott Suites Anaheim. We’re conveniently located in the hub of the Orange County attractions and our staff goes out of their way to ensure every guest feels at home during their visit. Book your stay today for an unforgettable winter wonderland experience in Orange County.

Experience the always spectacular Tree Lighting in Downtown Anaheim

One of the top family events of the year is just around the corner!

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Anaheim is a wonderful destination spot year-round, but the holiday season is undoubtedly one of the best times to visit. The 24th Annual Nutcracker Tree Lighting and Holiday Village (which runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday December 8th) is an experience you won’t want to miss if you’re visiting with your family. Everyone in Anaheim looks forward to this day, as the downtown area lights up and sparkles with holiday magic.

The tree lighting ceremony features performances by the Anaheim Ballet, Anaheim Union High School Combined Choir and Loara High School Marching Band, as well as a family music show.

Kids can enjoy free craft activities, play in a snow area, go on train rides and take free photos with Santa and Mrs. Clause, while parents can shop for unique gifts and sample the selection at the International Food Fair. Santa himself makes quite the entrance as well, from what we hear!

If you’re visiting for the tree lighting in downtown Anaheim and other holiday festivities, the Marriott Suites Anaheim we'd love to see you! As the premier and largest Marriott all suites full service hotel, we provide first-class accommodations and amenities with a convenient location near many of Orange County’s best fun and leisure activities. Book your stay with us today for a family holiday experience you’ll look back fondly on for years to come.

Spend your Halloween in Anaheim!

There’s plenty of fun for kids at Halloween in Anaheim

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Halloween in Anaheim is a unique experience. With a mix of traditional fun, like the Anaheim Fall Festival & Halloween Parade (which has been rolling through town since 1923) and new thrills, like scary haunted houses, there’s something here for everyone.

Fall Festival and Parade

Anaheim’s Fall Festival & Halloween Parade which takes place on October 27th, is one of the top family-friendly events of the year. Led by a headless horseman, the 1.5-mile parade features an assortment of pumpkins, moons, witches, cats, spacemen and other creatures. It’s a celebration that the community takes great pride in, and it shows! The festival also includes a costume contest for kids and a Halloween pooch parade featuring the best-dressed dogs. If you’re a dog-lover, you should also consider checking out the Happy Halloweiner Doggy Dress Up the following day at Huntington Beach.

Boo at the Zoo

The Santa Ana Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo event offers a safe and fun environment for kids to trick-or-treat from ten stations spread across the Trick-or-Treat Trail. Children can also check out animal presentations, storytime, ride the “Boofari” express train, Ferris wheel and a carousel. There’s even a “Teen Scream” haunted house for older kids.

With nearly a hundred Orange County events worth checking out, including haunted houses, tours and Mickey’s Halloween party, there’s a great assortment of fun for kids at this time of year. If you’re looking for a place to stay, the Marriott Suites Anaheim is your ideal spooky host - we’re conveniently located near Disneyland and close to many of the top Anaheim Halloween events and attractions.

Anaheim Marketplace

The Marketplace’s Fall Carnival is one of the Top Reasons to Visit Anaheim in the Fall

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With over 200 specialty shops and market vendors, the Anaheim Marketplace is one of the top shopping destinations in California. In fact, the Marketplace is the largest indoor swap-meet in Orange County. With live entertainment, weekly events and a fantastic carnival, you don’t need to be a big shopper to have a lot of fun, either.

Fall Carnival

The Marketplace’s Annual Carnival, which runs from October 18th through the 21st, is one of the top fall events in the OC. It’s the ultimate family getaway, with international food booths, carnival rides and live music providing thrills for all.


If you love a great deal, the Marketplace is your one-stop shop for great discounts. You can find unique items in nearly every category, including jewelry, electronics, cosmetics, menswear, sporting goods, shoes and much more. It’s like having all the selection of online shopping, but in-person.

Other Events

If you can’t make it for the carnival, there are plenty of other great events worth checking out this fall at Anaheim’s Marketplace. Stop in for fantastic weekly events including salsa and merengue classes, bingo, karaoke and great live entertainment from many of our local groups.

Whether you’re taking a trip to the Marketplace with the family for the carnival or simply checking it out for some good deals, the Marriott Suites Anaheim South is conveniently located and ideally suited to be your host. We’re just a couple miles away and provide our guests with first-rate accommodations and amenities. Don’t miss out on a unique fall experience in Anaheim. Book your stay with us today.