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Disneyland Events

Disneyland Events

NOTE: All event dates/entertainment are subject to change

Major Events at the Disneyland Resort

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May

Star Wars Day

May 4, 2017

Disneyland Park celebrates May the 4th with some special events and merchandise. 


Cinco de Mayo

May 5, 2017

Celebrate Cince de Mayo with special menus at Tortilla Jo's.


Bats Day in the Fun Park

May 5 - 7, 2017

An annual Goolish "Goth" Gathering at Disneyland.


Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend

May 11 - 14, 2017

This half marathon focused on women will take you through the Disneyland Resort and the streets of Anaheim, California. Each finisher receives an exclusive Tinker Bell-inspired medal, long-sleeve tech shirt, goody bag, and more! Other events during the weekend include the Never Land Family Fun Run 5K, the Tinker Bell 10K, kids races and an Expo.


Mother’s Day at the Disneyland Resort

May 14, 2017

Mother’s Day can be a special day that the Disneyland Resort. Along with flowers for all Moms, Disney also offers special Mother’s Day dining options.


Disneyland Grad Nite

May 5, 6, 10, 17, 19, 20, 24, 30, 31, June 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 14, 16 & 17, 2017

Seniors have access to both Parks during the day.  At night, the party moves over to Disney California Advenure with a customized Grad Nite Good Nite water and light show, access to Cars Land and a dance party.


Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
May 26 - 29, 2017

The festival is a parade and carnival celebrating the city's strawberry-growing history. 


Summer of Heroes

May 27 - September 10, 2017

The fun begins May 27th with the opening of Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT. You can also enjoy a Guardians themed dance party and a new meet & greet featuring Groot, plus the Avengers Training Initiative where Black Widow and Hawkeye will see if young recruits have what it takes to be an Avenger.  Black Widow will also have a new "heroic encounter" as she arrives for a photo-op in her armored vehicle.

 

June

 

Summer of Heroes

May 27 - September 10, 2017

The fun begins May 27th with the opening of Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT. You can also enjoy a Guardians themed dance party and a new meet & greet featuring Groot, plus the Avengers Training Initiative where Black Widow and Hawkeye will see if young recruits have what it takes to be an Avenger.  Black Widow will also have a new "heroic encounter" as she arrives for a photo-op in her armored vehicle.


Disneyland Grad Nite

May 5, 6, 10, 17, 19, 20, 24, 30, 31, June 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 14, 16 & 17, 2017

Seniors have access to both Parks during the day.  At night, the party moves over to Disney California Advenure with a customized Grad Nite Good Nite Show and access to Cars Land.

July

Summer of Heroes

May 27 - September 10, 2017

The fun begins May 27th with the opening of Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT. You can also enjoy a Guardians themed dance party and a new meet & greet featuring Groot, plus the Avengers Training Initiative where Black Widow and Hawkeye will see if young recruits have what it takes to be an Avenger.  Black Widow will also have a new "heroic encounter" as she arrives for a photo-op in her armored vehicle.


Sawdust Art & Craft Festival
June 30 - September 3, 2017
See more than 200 Laguna Beach artists exhibit and sell their original artwork including jewelry, ceramics and textiles. See artist's demonstrations; attend complimentary art classes and children's art activities. There are three stages for entertainment, cafes and a saloon.


Independence Day at Disneyland!

July 4, 2017

On the Fourth of July there will be a special patriotic grand finale to the fireworks at Disneyland Park and a special patriotic water display prior to both presentations of World of Color at California Adventure. 


Summer Jazz Series - Hyatt Newport Beach
(All summer through early October)
Hyatt Newport Beach Amphitheater, on the Golf Course
Hosted by The Wave 94.7, this event features the smooth sounds of jazz artists.


Orange County Fair/Costa Mesa
July 14 - August 13, 2017
The annual Orange County Fair is the premier family attraction in Southern California offering a wide variety of exhibits, foods, entertainment, rides and hands-on activities.


D23 Expo

July 14 - 16, 2017

Celebrate all things Disney as the D23 Expo once again takes over the Anaheim Convention Center.  As always, the event will feature the Disney Legend Awards, the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives Exhibit, panels, presentations and celebrity appearances.

Visit our D23 Expo page schedule updates for the 2017 event and coverage of the 2015 event!

August

Summer of Heroes

May 27 - September 10, 2017

The fun begins May 27th with the opening of Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT. You can also enjoy a Guardians themed dance party and a new meet & greet featuring Groot, plus the Avengers Training Initiative where Black Widow and Hawkeye will see if young recruits have what it takes to be an Avenger.  Black Widow will also have a new "heroic encounter" as she arrives for a photo-op in her armored vehicle.

 


CHOC/Disneyland Resort Walk in the Park - 5K Walk
August 27, 2017
The annual CHOC (Children’s Hospital of Orange County) 5K walk to raise money for CHOC will give walkers unique opportunity to walk through Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure before they officially open for the day. After the Walk, festivities will be underway in Downtown Disney District, where shops, restaurants and booths will offer more fun for everyone! In addition, the Disneyland Resort will offer to walkers with wristbands a specially priced 1-day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper ticket to return to Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure.

September

Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend
August 31 - September 2, 2017

Be a part of the Happiest Races on Earth at the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend, including the Disneyland Half Marathon, Disneyland 10K and Family Fun Run 5K.  Participants may also combine the Half Marathon and 10K and receive a Dumbo Double Dare medal.


Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort
2017 dates to be announced

Halloween Time features Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, plus holiday decorations throughout the parks!

 


Toshiba Tall Ships Festival
September 8 - 10, 2017

The Tall Ships Festival is the largest annual gathering of tall ships on the West Coast. The festival will feature a spectacular array of family fun activities including live music, art & craft shows, exciting living-history demonstrations plus a variety of tasty food options on Saturday and Sunday, following the evening parade of ships on Friday night.


Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland Park!

2017 dates to be announced

This ‘private’ party at Disneyland Park is open only to special ticket holders and features exclusive viewings of Halloween Screams fireworks, but the great part is anyone can purchase tickets. 

Familiar attractions, live music, treat stations for the little ones and creepy crafts are just a few activities available during the party. You never know who you’ll run into on these special nights.

New for 2016, the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow from "The Adventure of Ichabod and Mr. Toad" will make a spooky ride through Disneyland during the party.

October

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

Mid-september - Halloween

Halloween Time features Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, plus holiday decorations throughout the parks!

Disneyland Halloween


Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland Park!

2017 dates to be announced

This ‘private’ party at Disneyland Park is open only to special ticket holders and features exclusive viewings of Halloween Screams fireworks, but the great part is anyone can purchase tickets. 

Familiar attractions, live music, treat stations for the little ones and creepy crafts are just a few activities available during the party. You never know who you’ll run into on these special nights.

 

New for 2016, the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow from "The Adventure of Ichabod and Mr. Toad" will make a spooky ride through Disneyland during the party.


The Unofficial Gay Days at Disneyland

October 6-8, 2017
The ‘Unofficial’ Gay Days at the Disneyland Resort.


Anaheim Fall Festival and Halloween Parade

October 28, 2017 [tentative date]

An annual community-wide event that recognizes the harvest season and brings children and families together to educate and celebrate the history and cultural diversity of Anaheim and the surrounding cities.

 

November

Dapper Day - An Evening Affair

November 4 & 5, 2017

This annual unofficial event is a time for guests to wear their Sunday-best to Disneyland.  According to organizers, Dapper Day is about experiencing the upscale escape of Disneyland filled with fashionable guests ready for fun.  There is also an event held in the Spring.


Christmas at the Disneyland Resort

Mid-November - Early January

Celebrate the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort from mid-November through the New Year.


Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend

November 9 - 12, 2017

This Marvel themed race feature a half marathon, 5K, 10K and kids races.


Disneyland Thanksgiving Day Dining
The Disneyland Resort offers a variety of dining on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2017.

December

Christmas at the Disneyland Resort

Mid-November - Early January

Celebrate the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort from mid-November through the New Year.


Holiday Gingerbread House Building Workshop

2017 dates and pricing to be announced

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen chefs lead an interactive gingberbread house building demonstration followed by guided assembly and decorating. The workshop starts at noon and the cost (for two guests) is $TBA and includes house, candy decor and unlimited sodas.  Reservations should be made in advance.


TUBACHRISTMAS at Downtown Disney

2017 date to be announced

Hundreds of tuba and euphonium players will gather to perform holiday music in this annual event.  A performance is scheduled to take place near ESPN Zone at Noon.


New Year's Eve at the Disneyland Resort

December 31, 2017

New Year's Eve celebrations take place at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure with extended hours and extra entertainment.

January

Christmas at the Disneyland Resort

Mid-November - Early January

Celebrate the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort from mid-November through the New Year.

Christmas at the Disneyland Resort


Three Kings' Day

January 6, 2018

The Disneyland Resort celebrates Three Kings' Day with special decor and entertainment showcasing Western and Mexican heritage

The event is held in Paradise Gardens at Disney California Adventure as part of Viva Navidad.


Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend

January 11 - 14, 2018

This new race weekend will feature a half marathon, 10K, 5K, kids races, Wookiee Welcome Party, an Expo, plus the Rebel Challenge for racers of both the Half Marathon and 10K.


Lunar New Year

2018 dates to be announced

The Happy Lunar New Year Celebration in Disney California Adventure is a tribute to the time-honored traditions, festivities and ceremonies of this multi-cultural occasion.  The Paradise Gardens area will come to life with a live performers, musicians and local artists. You'll be able to meet your favorite Disney characters, including Mickey, Minnie, Chip 'n' Dale, Mulan and Mushu.


Grand National Roadster Show/Pomona

2018 dates to be announced

This annual event held at the Fairplex in Pomona features over 500 show vehicles competing for awards, plus several hundred more "hobby" cars.


Cambria Annual Art & Wine Festival

2018 dates to be announced

Wine tastings featuring over 30 local wineries plus an art show and silent auction highlight this annual event. 

February

Lunar New Year

2018 dates to be announced

The Happy Lunar New Year Celebration in Disney California Adventure is a tribute to the time-honored traditions, festivities and ceremonies of this multi-cultural occasion.  The Paradise Gardens area will come to life with a live performers, musicians and local artists. You'll be able to meet your favorite Disney characters, including Mickey, Minnie, Chip 'n' Dale, Mulan and Mushu.

New this year, a pre-show called "Hurry Home" featuring Mulan & Mushu will presented each night before World of Color and special food booths will be available highlighting foods from various Asian cultures.

Article: 2017 Lunar New Year Marketplace Menus

Article: My favorite foods from Lunar New Year


Laguna Beach Music Festival

2018 dates to be announced

This yearly event in scenic Laguna Beach, showcases prominent and promising musicians.  Mainstage concerts are held at the Laguna Playhouse. Informal concerts and other music-based activities are held at hotels, museums and restaurants throughout the city.


Valentine's Day

February 14, 2018

Restaurants around the Disneyland Resort will offer special menus for Valentine's Day and throughout the Parks, special Valentine's Day cotton candy will be available.


Celebrate Gospel

2018 date to be announced

The Disneyland Resort welcomes local gospel choirs from around Southern California in this annual concert.  Performances will be held throughout the day in Hollywood Land.


The Queen Mary Scots Festival

2018 dates to be announced

Celebrate the Scottish heritage of the Queen Mary at this unique Long Beach event.  Entertainment includes piping and dancing competitions, Highland games, sheep herding demonstrations and parades, plus merchandise, food and spirits.


Disneyana Collectible Show and Sale

2018 date to be announced

The Disneyana Fan Club hosts their Collectible Show and Sale at theWyndham Anaheim in Garden Grove featuring collectibles and products, old and new. The event will be held from 10:30am to 5:00pm and costs $6 to attend.  Discounted admisison coupons are available on their website.

March

Orange County Restaurant Week

2018 dates to be announced

More than 100 restaurants in Orange County will participate in this annual event, inlcuding several in the Anaheim area.

Look for a special menu at Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel.


Festival of the Whales at Dana Point

2018 dates to be announced

It's the time of the year that the whales make their annual trip down south. Don't miss the Annual Street Fair, which is part of the Whale Festival with a weekend of fun, food, entertainment.


California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

2018 dates to be announced

Experience the best of California cuisine at the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival.

At the Festival Marketplace, guests will be able to sip and savor food from throughout the Golden State.

The Festival also features culinary demonstrations, celebrity chef appearances and special seminars, plus premium experiences .

For schedules and more information, visit our Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival page.


St. Patrick's Day at Downtown Disney

March 17, 2018

Several of the restaurants in Downtown Disney will have special items for St. Patrick's Day!

April

California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

2018 dates to be announced

Experience the best of California cuisine at the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival.

At the Festival Marketplace, guests will be able to sip and savor food from throughout the Golden State.

The Festival also features culinary demonstrations, celebrity chef appearances and special seminars, plus premium experiences .

For schedules and more information, visit our Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival page.



Egg-stravaganza

2018 dates to be announced

Purchase a special map & stickers for at various stores throughout the Disneyland Resort, then search for hidden "eggs" themed to Disney characters and record them on the map.  One you're done with your hunt, return to a redemption location for a special suprise.


Easter at the Disneyland Resort

April 1, 2018

Disneyland Resort Hotel restaurants offer special Easter dinners


Knott's Boysenberry Festival

2018 dates to be announced

The Boysenberry Festival features boysenberry inspired products and games, plus a recreation of Knott's original roadside boysenberry stand.


Dapper Day

April 21 - 22, 2018

This annual unofficial event is a day for guests to wear their Sunday-best to Disneyland.  According to organizers, Dapper Day is about experiencing the upscale escape of Disneyland filled with fashionable guests ready for fun.  There is also an event held in the Fall.