Disneyland Events

Disneyland Events

NOTE: All event dates/entertainment are subject to change

Major Events at the Disneyland Resort

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December

Christmas at the Disneyland Resort

November 10, 2016 - January 8, 2017

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


Artist Showcase with Ashley Eckstein and Ashley Taylor

December 2, 2016

Voice artist Ashley Eckstein (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and designer Ashely Taylor will be on hand at the WonderGround Gallery from 6pm to 8pm to celebrate the latest offerings from Eckstein's Her Universe Disney Parks Collection.


Artist Showcase with Linda Rick

December 2-4 & 16-18, 2016

Doll maker Linda Rick will appear at the World of Disney to celebrate her 2016 Holiday Collection from Noon to 10pm each day.


Artist Showcase with Noah

December 2 & 3, 2016

Disney artist Noah will be at Off The Page in California Adventure to celebrate the release of his newest piece, "It's Better To Give Than Receive."  Noah will be available 5pm to 9pm on Friday, December 2 and 12pm to 4pm on Saturday, December 3.


Artist in Residence Jackie Huang

December 3, 4, 9, 10, 16, 17 & 30, 2016

Paper artist Jackie Huang is the WonderGround Gallery Artist in Residence for December.  Visit and watch her work from 5pm to 9pm each day.


Artist Showcase with Jim Shore

December 3 & 4, 2016

American folk artist Jim Shore will be on hand to celebrate the sesonal releases from his Disney Traditions collection.  On Saturday, December 3, Shore will appear from 11am to 1pm as part of Festival of Holidays at California Adventure and on Sunday, December 4, he will be at the World of Disney from 10am to 12pm.


Olive Oil Tasting

December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18, 2016

The Temecula Olive Oil Company will be hosting a tasting of their unique assortment of olive oils from 2pm to 5pm each day at the WonderGround Gallery.


Gingerbread House Pin Release & Signing

December 10, 2016

Celebrate the release of limited edition pins inspired by the gingerbread houses found at the Disneyland Resort with Art Director & Concept Architect Bo Bolanos and Executive Pastry Chefs Jorge Sotelo and Jean-Marc Viallet.  The trio will be on hand at Acorn Gifts in the Grand Californian Hotel from 9am to 11am.


Artist Showcase with Dave Avanzino

December 10 & 11, 2016

Disney artist Dave Avanzino wll be on hand at the Disneyana shop at Disneyland Park from 11am to 7pm each day with his custom art, plus a new Haunted Mansion piece entitled, "When Hinges Creak."


Holiday Gingerbread House Building Workshop

December 10 & 17, 2016

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen chefs will 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 $48 and includes house, candy decor and unlimited sodas.  Reservations for the event can be made on the Jazz Kitchen Facebook page beginning 11/07/16


TUBACHRISTMAS at Downtown Disney

December 17, 2016

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, 2016

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

Christmas at the Disneyland Resort

January

Christmas at the Disneyland Resort

November 10, 2016 - January 8, 2017

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


Three Kings' Day

2017 dates to be announced

The Disneyland Resort celebrates Three Kings' Day with special decor and entertainment showcasing Western and Mexican heritage.  Highlights include characters in their fiesta finest, plus performances by the Mariachi Divas and the Ballet Folklorico Dancers.

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


Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend

January 12 - 15, 2017

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.


Grand National Roadster Show/Pomona

January 27 - 29, 2017

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

January 27 - 29, 2017

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

February

Lunar New Year

2017 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.


Laguna Beach Music Festival

February 8 - 12, 2017

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.


Celebrate Gospel

2017 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.

 


Valentine's Day

February 14, 2017

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.


The Queen Mary Scots Festival

February 18 & 19, 2017

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 Expo

February 19, 2017

The Disneyana Fan Club hosts their Collectible Expo 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

Egg-stravaganza

2017 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.


Orange County Restaurant Week

March 5 -11, 2017

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

March 4, 5, 11 & 12, 2017

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.


St. Patrick's Day at Downtown Disney

March 17, 2017

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


Knott's Boysenberry Festival

2017 dates to be announced

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

 


Easter at the Disneyland Resort

April 16, 2017

Disneyland Resort Hotel restaurants offer special Easter dinners

April

California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

2017 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

2017 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 22 - 23, 2017

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 evening-only event held in the Fall.

May

 

Bats Day in the Fun Park

2017 dates to be announced

An annual Goolish "Goth" Gathering at Disneyland.


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
2017 dates to be announced

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

June

 

Summer at the Disneyland Resort

May through September

The fun begins in May and continues all summer long.


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 at the Disneyland Resort

May through September

The fun begins in May and continues all summer long.


Sawdust Art Festival
2017 dates to be announced
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
2017 dates to be announced
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 for coverage of the 2015 event!

August

Summer at the Disneyland Resort

The fun begins in May and continues all summer long.

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
2017 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!

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.


Haunted House Building Workshop

2017 dates to be announced

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen chefs will lead an interactive (gingerbread) Haunted House building demonstration followed by guided assembly and decorating. The workshop starts at noon and the cost (for two guests) is $48 and includes house, candy decor and unlimited sodas.  Reservations for the event can be made on the Jazz Kitchen Facebook page.

DIS Unplugged Blog by Nancy Johnson

Disneyland Halloween


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.


CHOC/Disneyland Resort Walk in the Park - 5K Walk
2017 date to be announced
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.

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.  The Fall event is held from 6:00pm until Midnight.  There is also an full-day 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.