Disneyland Events

Disneyland Events

NOTE: All event dates/entertainment are subject to change

Major Events at the Disneyland Resort

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May

Disneyland After Dark Star Wars Nite

May 3 & 9, 2018

This hard-ticket event will feature previews of special new Star Wars experiences, plus special merchandise, food and entertainment. Tickets are $99 and are sold out for the first date. Tickets for the second date go on sale May 1st.

 


Star Wars Day - May the 4th

May 4, 2018

Disneyland Park celebrates May the 4th with some special events and merchandise. For 2018, Disneyland will premier several new experiences, including a Rey meet & greet and the March of the First Order. Hyperspace Mountain will also return begining May 4th. 


Artist Showcase - Lorelay Bove, Neysa Bov, & Leilani Joy

May 5, 2018

Lorelay Bove, Neysa Bove, and Leilani Joy will all be greeting guests and debuting new works of art from 11am to 1pm at the WonderGround Gallery.


Bats Day in the Fun Park

May 5 - 6, 2018

An annual Goolish "Goth" Gathering at Disneyland.

The organizers of Bats Day say that 2018 will be the final year of the event.


Mother’s Day at the Disneyland Resort

May 13, 2018

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 4, 5, 11, 12, 15, 16, 18, 19, 22, 23, 29, 30, June 1, 2, 5, 6, 8 & 9, 2018

The party takes place from 9pm to 2 am at Disney California Advenure with a customized Grad Nite Good Nite water and light show, access to Cars Land and a dance party. Grads can also upgrade their tickets to include daytime park access.


Book Signing - Ashley Eckstein

May 25, 2018

Ashley Eckstein, Star Wars: The Clone Wars voice artist & HerUniverse designer, will signing copies of her new book, "It's Your Universe." Eckstein, along with illustrator Ashley Taylor will be at The Disney Dress Shop from 3pm to 5pm and the WonderGround Gallery from 6pm to 8pm.


Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
May 25 - 28, 2018

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


Pixar Fest

April 13 - September 3, 2018

New Pixar fun is happening in both theme parks during Pixar Fest. Disneyland will feature a new fireworks show and the Pixar Play Parade, plus California Adventure will host Paint The Night. The fun continues into the summer with the June 23rd opening of Pixar Pier!

 

 

June

Pixar Fest

April 13 - September 3, 2018

New Pixar fun is happening in both theme parks during Pixar Fest. Disneyland will feature a new fireworks show and the Pixar Play Parade, plus California Adventure will host Paint The Night. The fun continues into the summer with the June 23rd opening of Pixar Pier!


Disneyland Grad Nite

May 4, 5, 11, 12, 15, 16, 18, 19, 22, 23, 29, 30, June 1, 2, 5, 6, 8 & 9, 2018

The party takes place from 9pm to 2 am at Disney California Advenure with a customized Grad Nite Good Nite water and light show, access to Cars Land and a dance party. Grads can also upgrade their tickets to include daytime park access.


Artist Showcase - Dave Perillo, Jerrod Maruyama, Joey Chou, McBiff & Max Grundy

June 9, 2018

Perillo, Maruyama, Chou and Grundy will applear from 11am to 1pm at Ramones House of Body Art previewing Cars inspired work. Later, Perillo, Maruyama, Chou and McBiff will be at the WonderGround Gallery from 2pm to 4pm signing their work.

 

 

July

Pixar Fest

April 13 - September 3, 2018

New Pixar fun is happening in both theme parks during Pixar Fest. Disneyland will feature a new fireworks show and the Pixar Play Parade, plus California Adventure will host Paint The Night. The fun continues into the summer with the June 23rd opening of Pixar Pier!

 


Sawdust Art & Craft Festival
June 29 - September 2, 2018
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, 2018

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. 


Orange County Fair/Costa Mesa
July 13 - August 12, 2018
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.

 

August

 

Pixar Fest

April 13 - September 3, 2018

New Pixar fun is happening in both theme parks during Pixar Fest. Disneyland will feature a new fireworks show and the Pixar Play Parade, plus California Adventure will host Paint The Night. The fun continues into the summer with the June 23rd opening of Pixar Pier!

 


D23 Expo

August 23-25, 2019
Tickets go on sale August 23, 2018 at D23Expo.com!

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 for photos, articles, and information from the 2017 event.

 


CHOC/Disneyland Resort Walk in the Park - 5K Walk
August 26, 2018
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

 

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort
September 7-October 31, 2018

Halloween Time at Disneyland Park features Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, plus holiday decorations throughout the park! At California Adventure, Oogie Boogie rises over the entrance and bats invade Buena Vista Street, plus Hall-O-Ween comes to Cars Land!

 


Toshiba Tall Ships Festival
2018 dates to be announced

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!

September 19, 21, 24, 26, 28, October 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 29, & 31, 2018

This ‘private’ party at Disneyland Park is open only to special ticket holders and features exclusive viewings of Halloween Screams fireworks and the Frightfully Fun Parade, plus a spooky ride through Disneyland by the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow.

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.

 

October

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

September 7-October 31, 2018

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

 

At California Adventure, Oogie Boogie rises over the entrance and bats invade Buena Vista Street, plus Hall-O-Ween comes to Cars Land!


Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland Park!

September 19, 21, 24, 26, 28, October 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 29, & 31, 2018

This ‘private’ party at Disneyland Park is open only to special ticket holders and features exclusive viewings of Halloween Screams fireworks and the Frightfully Fun Parade, plus a spooky ride through Disneyland by the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow.

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.


The Unofficial Gay Days at Disneyland

October 5-7, 2018
The ‘Unofficial’ Gay Days at the Disneyland Resort features meets at both theme parks, plus events at the Grand Californian Hotel's Conference Center. The Disneyland Resort also celebrates with red balloons and t-shirts, plus rainbow Mickey-head merchandise and desserts with rainbow decorations.

 


Anaheim Fall Festival and Halloween Parade

October 27, 2018

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. The festival is held downtown and features old-time carnival games, food, live music, and local artisans, plus the Halloween Parade in the evening.

 

November

Dapper Day - An Evening Affair

November 3 & 4, 2018

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 with classic Christmas parades and fireworks at Disneyland Park, plus a special version of World of Color and a salute to holidays around the world at California Adventure.

 


Disneyland Thanksgiving Day Dining
November 22, 2018
The Disneyland Resort offers a variety of dining on Thanksgiving Day.

December

Christmas at the Disneyland Resort

Mid-November - Early January

Celebrate the Holidays with classic Christmas parades and fireworks at Disneyland Park, plus a special version of World of Color and a salute to holidays around the world at California Adventure.

 


Holiday Gingerbread House Building Workshop

2018 dates to be announced

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen is offering a a buffet brunch and live jazz from 11:00am to 12:15pm, then a chance to decorate your own gingerbread house. Jazz Kitchen is offering grown-ups a chance to enjoy a cocktail as they "sip & create" their gingerbread house during a different event.   Reservations should be made in advance.


TUBACHRISTMAS at Downtown Disney

2018 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, 2018

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 with classic Christmas parades and fireworks at Disneyland Park, plus a special version of World of Color and a salute to holidays around the world at California Adventure.


Three Kings' Day

January 6, 2019

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.


Grand National Roadster Show/Pomona

2019 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.


Lunar New Year

2019 dates to be announced

The 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 comes to life with a live performers, musicians and local artists. You can meet your favorite Disney characters and enjoy foods from various Asian cultures. A pre-show called "Hurry Home" featuring Mulan & Mushu will presented each night in Paradise Bay before World of Color.

For 2018 information, menus, and pictures, visit our Lunar New Year page.

 


Cambria Annual Art & Wine Festival

2019 dates to be announced

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


Knott's Peanuts Celebration

2019 dates to be announced

During this event at Knott's Berry Farm, guests will be able to step into the pages of the comic strip as Peanuts characters take over the entire park.

 

February

Lunar New Year

2019 dates to be announced

The 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 comes to life with a live performers, musicians and local artists. You can meet your favorite Disney characters and enjoy foods from various Asian cultures. A pre-show called "Hurry Home" featuring Mulan & Mushu will presented each night in Paradise Bay before World of Color.

For 2018 information, menus, and pictures, visit our Lunar New Year page.

 


Knott's Peanuts Celebration

2019 dates to be announced

During this event at Knott's Berry Farm, guests will be able to step into the pages of the comic strip as Peanuts characters take over the entire park.


Laguna Beach Music Festival

February 7 - 11, 2018

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, 2019

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

2019 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.

2018 Information


The Queen Mary Scots Festival

2019 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

2019 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

2019 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 and House of Blues at Anaheim GardenWalk.


Festival of the Whales at Dana Point

2019 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

2019 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.


Knott's Boysenberry Festival

2019 dates to be announced

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


Egg-stravaganza

2019 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.


St. Patrick's Day at Downtown Disney

March 17, 2019

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

 

April

California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

2019 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.



Dapper Day

April 13 - 14, 2019

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.


Easter at the Disneyland Resort

April 21, 2019

Disneyland Resort Hotel restaurants offer special Easter dinners