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The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival

Posted on  December 6, 2017
Winters in Chicago can be mesmerizing at times with the snow fall and the bustling city atmosphere. And even as the holiday season comes to an end, there is an event in the middle of January that manages to bring thousands of people...
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17th Annual Winter Wonderfest

Posted on  December 3, 2017
The snow is beginning to fall, the days are getting shorter and holiday carols are upon us. The holiday season is back, and with it comes the 17th annual Fifth Third Bank Winter...
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Chicago’s 6th Annual Resolution Gala

Posted on  November 20, 2017
New Years Eve can always be a struggle to figure out exactly where you want to spend your last moments of the year, and your first moments of the next. Luckily, for the past six years,


BrewLights at Lincoln Park Zoo

Posted on  November 16, 2017
Lions, tigers and… beer? This December you can experience all of these at once at the Lincoln Park Zoo for one day only! Back by popular demand, the BrewLights at Lincon...
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B96 Pepsi Jingle Bash Returning to Chicago

Posted on  November 6, 2017
The self-proclaimed “concert of the season” is here and in every way is expected to live up to its name! The B96 Pepsi Jingle Bash is returning to Chicago this December 7, with performers like Taylor Swift,...
Santa Barbara Holiday Parade

95th Annual Santa Barbara Holiday Parade

Posted on  November 3, 2017
The holiday season is approaching! This means Christmas tree lightings, holiday music, hot chocolate, and for the 65th year, the Downtown Santa Barbara...

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Chicago’s 84th Annual McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Posted on  October 26, 2017
From carving the turkey to watching football and spending time with family, Thanksgiving is a tradition filled holiday. The city of Chicago is no exception as they kick off their 84th annual 
Chicago Toy and Game Fair

Chicago Toy and Game Fair

Posted on  October 16, 2017
Even as Halloween and Thanksgiving Day are right around the corner, we all know what kids are really excited about, Christmas! And with Christmas comes TOYS! Luckily Chicago has the perfect event in store for you. Make sure not to miss out on the 15th annual
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Margerum Harvest Lunch and Grape Stomp

Posted on  October 10, 2017
You’ve probably seen the “I Love Lucy” episode where Lucy rolls up her pants and stomps grapes! Well if you’re a wine enthusiast who has always wanted the opportunity to follow in Lucy’s footsteps and help in making their...

Halloween Cruise

Midnight Haunted Ghostship Sailing to Chicago

Posted on  September 25, 2017
The air is beginning to chill, the leaves are beginning to fall and football is back. This can only mean one thing- that Halloween is right around the corner! Are you and your friends tired of going to the same crummy bars every year? Then on October 28 check out the third annual
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Chicago Navy Pier’s 3rd Annual Halloween Haunted Ball

Posted on  September 18, 2017
As the night air chills and leaves turn color, the time has come to start searching for the perfect Halloween costume, purchase your tickets and dance the night away in spooky style at “Nightmare” Navy Pier’s third annual
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An Evening with Samantha Bee

Posted on  September 11, 2017
“Unapologetic feminist”, “bitingly funny”, “news junkie” and one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World are just a few ways to describe Arlington...

Oktoberfest Chicago

Oktoberfest Chicago

Posted on  September 4, 2017
Autumn is upon us and with it comes the one holiday when Americans near and far proudly celebrate their 1/16 of German ancestry- Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest Chicago is returning to St....
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Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet

Posted on  August 28, 2017
Do you eat to live or live to eat? The answer to this question will determine just how excited you are for Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet. If you identify with the latter half of the question, then this foodie’s paradise is right up your...
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Chicago Whiskey Festival

Posted on  August 21, 2017
Are you a whiskey, bourbon or scotch aficionado? Then the Chicago Whiskey Fest is the place for you! On Saturday, September 16 from 1pm-4pm, the

Biggest aquarium in the world. Atlanta, Georgia.

Jazzin’ at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium

Posted on  August 17, 2017
This evening of drinks, views and music takes the term ‘party animal’ to the next level. Enjoy the balmy night air in the company of good friends and 32,000 aquatic animals at the
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Bucktown Arts Fest

Posted on  July 31, 2017
From the humble beginnings of four artists gathering to show their work in Holstein Park, Bucktown Arts Fest has grown to 200 artists and a weekend of fun, art, and community engagement. This free, volunteer-run...
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Boisterous Boystown: Northalsted Market Days

Posted on  July 25, 2017
Boystown will come alive for the 2017 Northalsted Market Days. Now in it’s 36th year, this massive outdoor street festival is the largest in the Midwest and promises to be bigger and better than ever!...

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2017 Edgewater Edgefest in Chicago

Posted on  July 12, 2017
Celebrate all things North Side at this weekend full of live music, vendors, and food! On Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6 the historic Edgewater neighborhood will be transformed into Edge Fest. Now in its fifth year, Edge...
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El Mercado Del Norte in Santa Barbara

Posted on  July 7, 2017
The hallmarks of summer are conveniently combined into this one Santa Barbara event. El Mercado Del Norte mixes rides, food, music, and the traditional street festival vibes into one at Mackenzie Park. From carnival rides to adult...
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Taste of Lincoln Ave

Posted on  June 22, 2017

If you’re looking for the ultimate food and music experience all in one weekend, the Taste of Lincoln Avenue is for you. This festival has been going strong since 1984 and will be in full-swing again on Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30.  


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Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk

Posted on  June 14, 2017
Green-thumbed garden enthusiasts and music lovers unite at this unique event in Chicago's Sheffield neighborhood. The 49th annual Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk allows visitors to explore over one hundred of the...

4th of July in Santa Barbara

Posted on  June 7, 2017
O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light—fireworks! While that’s not how Francis Scott Key originally penned “The Star-Spangled Banner”, fireworks are definitely a staple of Independence Day festivities. What could be better than enjoying the bursts of red, white & blue over a darkened sky on a beautiful summer night? How about on a boat or on the beach!  


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Taste of Chicago

Posted on  June 2, 2017
Nearly 70 restaurants and food trucks will converge on Grant Park for the world’s largest food festival. Since 1980, food, music & cultural activities have made this one of the most looked-forward to events of the summer! This 5-day...

Chicago Pride

Chicago Pride

Posted on  May 22, 2017
What does the month of June, 750,000 people and the colors of the rainbow have in common? PRIDE! This June 17-18 and June 25, head to Chicago and celebrate Pride Month by attending one of the largest LGBT gatherings of the year,
Ribfest Chicago

Ribfest Chicago

Posted on  May 8, 2017
Have you ever seen a really amazing event or location on TV and wished that you could go there? Well, now you can! This June 9, visit Chicago for the annual Ribfest. Ranked by USA Today as one of the 10 best fests and featured...
Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group

Posted on  May 1, 2017
This summer, visit the Briar Street Theatre in Chicago to witness one of the most unbelievable theatrical performance groups in the world- The Blue Man Group. The show’s creative blend of modern music and theatrical...

I Madonnari Street Painting Festival

I Madonnari 2017 | Street Painting Festival

Posted on  April 20, 2017
Have you ever witnessed pavement transform into a sea of vibrant colors right before your eyes? From May 27 – May 29 experience exactly that by visiting Santa Barbara for the annual I Madonnari Street Painting Festival, featuring...
Lincoln Park Wine Fest

Lincoln Park Wine Fest

Posted on  April 17, 2017
Inhale the sweet scent of aged grapes and be transported to far away vineyards at this year’s Lincoln Park Wine Fest in
Beer Under Glass

8th Annual Beer Under Glass

Posted on  April 10, 2017
As the breeze in the Windy City starts to warm up, locals and visitors alike know what’s approaching- Craft Beer season. Travel to the Garfield Park Conservatory on May 18 to celebrate the beginning of Craft Beer Week with the...

Chicago Artisan Chocolate Show

Chicago Artisan Chocolate Show

Posted on  April 5, 2017
Creamy sweet and velvety smooth, chocolate of every color and variation is coming to the
Mayfest Chicago


Posted on  April 3, 2017
If you want to experience the ultimate summer kick-off, head to Ashland...
International Quilt Festival

International Quilt Festival

Posted on  March 13, 2017
If you stop what you’re doing, sit still and listen for a second you might be able to hear the faint sound of needles clicking, machines humming and fabric rustling. The International Quilt Festival is on its way...


Baconfest Chicago

Posted on  March 6, 2017
Whether crispy or juicy, lean or greasy, crumbled or whole, everyone loves bacon no matter its shape or size. For generations bacon has been a salty staple in countless dishes, and this year is no exception. On Friday, March 31 through Saturday, April 1 head to the
International Orchid Show

International Orchid Show Coming to Santa Barbara

Posted on  March 3, 2017
April showers bring May flowers, right? Well this isn’t quite the case for Santa Barbara. For the past 71 years, flowers have been arriving a little earlier than usual, as early as March! This March 17 – 19 explore stunning exhibits, plant...
1st Thursday in Santa Barbara

1st Thursday in Santa Barbara

Posted on  February 20, 2017
Have you ever wanted to explore a museum or art gallery, but can never decide on which one to choose? Then you should come to Santa Barbara’s 1st Thursday, on the first Thursday of any...

Walker Stalker Convention

Walker Stalker Convention Coming to Chicago

Posted on  February 13, 2017
If you cringe anytime someone says “zombie” when referring to a walker or if hearing the name Glenn makes you tear up a bit, then you might be interested in going to a convention made just for people like you- the
St. Patrick's Day Parade in Chicago

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Chicago

Posted on  February 6, 2017
As the color green begins to invade the city of Chicago, natives and visitors alike know that St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching. This year, the festivities will kick off with the annual dyeing of the Chicago River, however the most anticipated...
Chinese New Year in Chicago

Chinese New Year Celebration in Chicago

Posted on  February 2, 2017
Chicago is known for its many festivals and celebrations but one of its largest citywide events is the Chinese New Year celebration. With a massive parade full of colorful displays and eclectic performances,

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Explore The Chicago Auto Show

Posted on  January 16, 2017
If you love cars, then you have to get to Chicago this February for the Chicago Auto Show. Taking place February 11th through the 20th this event is the perfect way to spend your day in the Windy City. Just a...
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Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox Coming to Santa Barbara

Posted on  January 12, 2017
No matter your age, there are two issues in February that most people can agree upon: it’s difficult to think of new plans for Valentine’s Day and, despite it being the New Year, the radio still overplays the same five pop...
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Brick by Brick Lego Exhibit

Posted on  January 6, 2017
People young and old have a love for LEGOs. An entire subculture of video games, movies and even theme parks have made their way to mainstream over the decades. It goes as no surprise that the Museum of Science...

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A Look To The Future: 2017 Tech Trends

Posted on  December 30, 2016
As each year comes and goes, new advancements in technology move us forward as a society. The unattainable no longer feels out of reach. Thirty years ago, the idea of a picture-taking, internet-browsing, music-playing communication device...
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The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival

Posted on  December 23, 2016
  Puppet theater has been around since at least 3,000 BC. While it's been overshadowed by other forms of entertainment in today's world, it is still a relevant and unique visual medium that's worth experiencing. A great opportunity to find...
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The Bulls Take On The Heat at The United Center

Posted on  December 19, 2016
There will be Heat in Chicago this January. Well, the Miami Heat. Be in attendance as the Chicago Bulls’s Dwyane Wade squares off with his former team at The United Center on January...

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The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival

Posted on  December 12, 2016
Chicago gets cold in January. Really cold. There’s no hiding it. So why not come to enjoy the warmth of a good laugh? The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival is back for its 16th year and everyone is invited. After a night of hilarity,...
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New Year’s Eve in Chicago

Posted on  November 23, 2016
New Year’s is time of rejuvenation. As the clock strikes midnight, a whole new year begins as another ends. The holiday brings a sense of accomplishment for the past year and optimism for the future. It is a time for celebration, and cities across the...
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Santa Monica Rep Presents “A Christmas Carol”

Posted on  November 18, 2016
Santa Monica Rep is proud to present A Christmas Carol at the Miles Memorial Playhouse. Spend a weekend by the beach highlighted by the Charles Dickens...

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Santa Barbara Parade of Lights at The Harbor

Posted on  November 16, 2016
The Santa Barbara Parade of Lights is an event like no other, and a must-see this holiday season. Watch as Santa Barbara Harbor is electrified with lights, lasers and fireworks! Located just 2 miles up the coast, Broughton Hotels’...
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ZooLights at Lincoln Park

Posted on  November 7, 2016
Truly a sight to see, ZooLights at Lincoln Park is sure to place you and yours in the Christmas state of mind. Travelers come from around the country to view this...
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The McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade

Posted on  October 26, 2016
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City isn’t the only big parade to take place on the fourth Thursday of November. In Chicago, McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade is proud to be celebrating its...

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Hospitality Night in Cambria

Posted on  October 24, 2016
‘Tis the season for Cambria’s annual Hospitality Night. For this town open house, the streets fill with holiday joy for you and your family. Located just six miles from Cambria city...
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Norah Jones at the Santa Barbara Bowl

Posted on  October 4, 2016
Make your way out to the Santa Barbara Bowl to take in the sounds of Norah Jones and her band! Located just 2-miles from the concert, Broughton’s boutique hotel the Inn at East...

2016 Halloween Gathering Festival and Parade

Posted on  September 19, 2016
October is approaching, and that means that Halloween is right around the corner! Last year, over 200,000 people made their way down to the Chicago Cultural Mile to take in the sights and sounds of the inaugural Halloween Gathering Festival and...

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Wine Riot Chicago 2016

Posted on  September 14, 2016
Learn about and taste over 250 wines from around the world at Wine Riot Chicago 2016! Located just 6-miles form the event, The Willows Hotel is the perfect place to stay for the weekend of October 14th-15th.  

About Wine Riot Chicago 2016

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The 52nd Chicago International Film Festival

Posted on  September 10, 2016
Lights, cameras, action! The 52nd Chicago International Film Festival will bring the Windy City to life October 13th-27th. Located just 5 miles from the heart of the event, Broughton’s City Suites Hotel is the perfect place to stay for a week of pure...

8th Annual Cambria Scarecrow Festival

Posted on  September 3, 2016
Drive along California’s scenic Coast this October and admire the hundreds of beautifully hand-crafted scarecrows at the 8th Annual Cambria Scarecrow Festival! Located just miles from the festivities, The Morgan is the perfect place to stay for your perfect fall...

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2016 Riot Fest and Carnival in Douglas Park

Posted on  August 15, 2016
The 2nd biggest rock and roll event of the Chicago summer is back! Join us for the 2016 Riot Fest and Carnival, coming to Douglas Park September 16th-18th. Book your stay now at Broughton’s...
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XPLORE Chicago- Urban Adventure Race

Posted on  August 11, 2016
XPLORE Chicago is back! Race through the city, solve clues and complete wild challenges in this urban adventure race; coming to the city on Saturday, September 10th. Get in on the action, book your stay at Broughton’s City Suites Hotel now and let the races...
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Santa Barbara Glow in the Park

Posted on  August 10, 2016
Watch in awe as hot air balloons illuminate the night sky at Santa Barbara Glow in the Park on Saturday, September 10th in Elings Park! Located just 5-miles from the event, the Inn at East Beach is the perfect place to stay for your California weekend...

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68th Annual Cambria Lions Pinedorado Labor Day Weekend

Posted on  August 3, 2016
“Celebrate the Past, Serve the Future” at the 68th Annual Cambria Lions Pinedorado Labor Day Weekend! Conveniently located just 4-miles up California’s breathtaking Highway 1 from the Pinedorado Grounds, the...

Transamerica Chicago Triathlon Weekend

Posted on  July 27, 2016
Be a part of one of the largest triathlons in the world! The Transamerica Chicago Triathlon will take place on Sunday, August 28th in downtown Chicago. Conveniently located just 5-miles from the race’s starting point, Broughton’s City Suites Hotel is the perfect place...
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58th Annual Chicago Air & Water Show

Posted on  July 20, 2016
Come to the Windy City and experience the thrill of one of our favorite annual summertime traditions at the 58th Annual Chicago Air & Water Show! Located less than 4-miles from the event, Broughton’s boutique...

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14th Annual Wrigleyville Summerfest

Posted on  July 12, 2016
Indulge in Chicago’s favorite bands, food and fun at the 14th annual Wrigleyville Summerfest! Located less than 2-miles from the festival, Broughton’s boutique Majestic Hotel is the perfect place to stay for the...
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The 40th Annual Festival of Chariots in Los Angeles

Posted on  July 11, 2016
Immerse yourself in Indian culture and celebrate Lord Jagannatha, the Lord of the Universe at the 40th annual Festival of Chariots in Venice Beach! Located less than 3-miles from the festival, Broughton’s boutique Georgian...
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Summer Concerts at the Santa Barbara Bowl

Posted on  July 8, 2016
There’s a lot happening this summer at the Santa Barbara Bowl, and you don’t want to miss it! Located less than 2-miles from the venue, Broughton’s Inn at East Beach is the perfect place to spend your California getaway.  

About the Santa Barbara Bowl


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Saturday Science with the Coastal Discovery Center

Posted on  July 6, 2016
Bring the whole family every Saturday in August for hands-on learning and fun at Saturday Science with the Coastal Discovery Center! Just a 5-minute walk from the Discovery Center, Broughton’s boutique hotel The...
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Lollapalooza at Grant Park

Posted on  June 30, 2016
Throw on your sunglasses and fringe and come to Chicago to experience Lollapalooza! Conveniently located just 5-miles from the music festival, the Willows Hotel is the perfect place to stay for the weekend of July...
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Humana Rock n’ Roll Chicago

Posted on  June 23, 2016
Come to the Windy City and rock out while you run at Humana Rock n’ Roll Chicago! Located only 6-miles from the fun, Broughton’s boutique City Suites hotel is the perfect place to stay for the weekend of July...

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28th Annual Santa Barbara French Festival

Posted on  June 17, 2016
Celebrate Bastille Day and all things French at the 28th Annual Santa Barbara French Festival in Oak Park! Located less than 5-mile from the festival, Broughton’s boutique Inn at East Beach is the perfect place to stay for the weekend of July...
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Fourth of July at the Navy Pier

Posted on  June 16, 2016
Celebrate Independence Day at the historic Navy Pier! Located less than 5-miles from the festivities, Broughton’s boutique Majestic Hotel is the perfect place to stay this Fourth of July weekend.  

Fourth of July at the Navy Pier

Come to Chicago and celebrate your freedom...
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Spend the Fourth of July in Santa Monica

Posted on  June 15, 2016
What better place to celebrate your freedom than in the beautiful city of Santa Monica? Spend your holiday at the Georgian Hotel, conveniently located less than half a mile from the Santa Monica Pier and less than 6...

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What’s Hot in Cambria this July

Posted on  June 8, 2016
The weather’s heating up in Cambria- and so are the activities! Only a 10-minute drive to the city, Broughton’s boutique hotel The Morgan is the perfect place to stay. Book your trip now for July and celebrate summer the right way- under the...
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16th Annual Gene Cerise Country Coast Classic Bike Ride in Cambria

Posted on  May 25, 2016
Hop on your bike and come cycle the beautiful Central Coast of California while supporting the community’s youth at the 16th Annual Gene Cerise Country Coast Classic Bike Ride in Cambria, California! Located less than 5-miles from the race’s starting point, Broughton’s boutique...
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33rd Annual Chicago Blues Festival at Grant Park

Posted on  May 9, 2016
Come to the “Blues Capital of the World” the weekend of June 10th-12th for the 33rd Annual Chicago Blues Festival!   About Chicago Blues Festival The

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Zoo Brew at the Santa Barbara Zoo

Posted on  May 2, 2016
Join the herd and enjoy tastings from 30+ of your favorite breweries at the annual Zoo Brew hosted by the Santa Barbara Zoo! Only a 4-minute walk from the event, Broughton’s boutique Inn at East Beach is the perfect place to stay for the weekend of June 4th.  

About Zoo...

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The Lumineers at the Santa Barbara Bowl

Posted on  April 28, 2016
Enjoy an evening of music with The Lumineers at the Santa Barbara Bowl! Located just 2-miles from the concert, Broughton’s boutique hotel the Inn at East Beach is the perfect place to stay for the...
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Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade

Posted on  April 22, 2016
Pay homage to all of our veterans and fallen heroes at the 2016 Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade on Saturday, May 28th. Book your stay now at Broughton’s boutique Majestic Hotel and celebrate Memorial Day weekend in the Windy...

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Chicago’s Mayfest

Posted on  April 19, 2016
Kick off the summer festival season in the Windy City with a weekend of fun at Chicago’s Mayfest! Located only 1 mile from the event, Broughton’s boutique City Suites hotel is the perfect place to stay for the weekend of May 20th-22nd.  


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The Chardonnay Run: National 5K Wine Racing Series Comes to the Santa Monica Pier

Posted on  April 8, 2016
The Chardonnay Run is returning to Los Angeles! Race then taste at this national 5k wine racing series on Saturday, May 7th at the Santa Monica Pier. Only an 8-minute walk from the Pier, Broughton’s...
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Mother’s Day Weekend Cruises in Chicago

Posted on  April 4, 2016
Spend Mother’s Day on Lake Michigan enjoying the magnificent views of downtown Chicago aboard a Spirit Cruise ship! Book your stay at The Willows Hotel now for the weekend of May 8th and...

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Wanderlust 108 Triathlon at the Santa Monica Pier

Posted on  March 25, 2016
Take a personal day to nurture your mind, body and soul at the “mindful” Wanderlust 108 Triathlon! Only a less than 10-minute walk away from the pier, the Georgian Hotel is the perfect place to stay for the weekend of April...

2016 CIMMfest: Chicago International Movies & Music Festival

Posted on  March 19, 2016
Experience a 5-day showcase of over 99 films and bands at CIMMfest: Chicago International Movies & Music Festival! Book your stay now for April 13-17th at Broughton’s boutique City Suites Hotel and be right in the middle of the...
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2016 Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival

Posted on  March 18, 2016
What better way to celebrate Earth Day than with food, drinks, and live entertainment under the California sun? Located less than 1 mile from the festival in Alameda Park, Broughton’s boutique

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Cambria’s Annual Chili Cook-Off, Car & Motorcyle Show

Posted on  March 14, 2016
Come to Cambria the weekend of April 16th for hot chili, cool cars, and lots of beer at the Annual Cambria Chili Cook-Off, Car & Motorcycle Show! Located less than 5-miles from the event, Broughton’s boutique hotel The Morgan is the perfect place to stay for a weekend of...
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Grand Opening of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” At Universal Studios Hollywood

Posted on  March 7, 2016
Hogwarts is finally coming to Hollywood on Thursday, April 7th and you definitely don’t want to miss it! Located less than 7-miles from Universal Studios Hollywood, Broughton’s Hotel Normandie is the perfect place to stay for a magical getaway at
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Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8k

Posted on  March 3, 2016
Kick off running season on April 3rd in Chicago at the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8k! Located less than 6 miles from the race’s starting and finishing point in Grant Park, Broughton’s Majestic Hotel is the perfect place to stay...

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Music Academy of the West Presents “Met: Live in HD” Screenings the Month of April

Posted on  March 2, 2016
Come out to Santa Barbara this spring and experience HD screenings of your favorite operas at Music Academy of the West! Located less than 2 miles from the Academy, Broughton’s Inn at East Beach is the perfect place to stay for your California weekend getaway.  

About Music...

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Bunny Rock Chicago 5K & Egg Hunt

Posted on  February 22, 2016
Throw on your bunny ears and running shoes for the 6th Annual Bunny Rock Chicago 5K & Egg Hunt at Montrose Harbor! Located less than 2 miles from race, Broughton’s boutique Majestic Hotel is the perfect place to stay for the weekend...

Improv and Laughter at the M.i Westside Comedy Theatre

Posted on  February 22, 2016
Stop into M.i Westside Comedy Theatre for some improv and laughs in beautiful Santa Monica! Just a 5-minute walk from the theatre, Broughton’s boutique Georgian Hotel is the perfect place to stay for a weekend under the California...

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Easter Egg-Stravaganza at the Lincoln Park Zoo

Posted on  February 20, 2016
Grab the kids and hop on over to the Lincoln Park Zoo for the annual Easter Egg-Stravaganza celebration! Located 1 mile from Broughton’s boutique Willows Hotel, book your stay now for the weekend of March...
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¡Latin Food Fest!

Posted on  February 18, 2016
Celebrate America’s largest and most attended annual Latin food, wine, and spirits celebration in Los Angeles at the ¡Latin Food Fest! Located less than 4 miles from the festival, Broughton’s Hotel Normandie is the perfect place...

Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2016

Posted on  February 13, 2016
This St. Patrick’s Day, drink green beer, eat corned beef, and watch the Chicago River turn green on Saturday, March 12th at the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Book your stay now at Broughton’s boutique City Suites Hotel and...

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Bonjour de France! A French Family Day

Posted on  February 12, 2016
Experience the City of Love right in Santa Barbara at Bonjour de France! A French Family Day. Located only 4 miles from the event, Broughton’s Inn at East Beach is the perfect place to stay for the weekend of...
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71st Annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show: The Wild World of Orchids

Posted on  February 6, 2016
Come to Santa Barbara and admire all things wild and wonderful at the 71st Annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show! Located only 4 miles from the show, Broughton’s Spanish Garden Inn is the perfect place to stay for...
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Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery

Posted on  February 5, 2016
Experience more than 23,000 of the largest seals in the northern hemisphere along a 6-mile stretch of coastline at the Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery! Located just 10 minutes from the rookery,...

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4th Annual Cider Summit Chicago

Posted on  January 24, 2016
The region’s largest cider tasting returns to the historic Navy Pier on Saturday, February 27th for the 4th Annual Cider Summit Chicago. Located just 4 miles from the...
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5th Annual Winter Wine Classic

Posted on  January 20, 2016
Spend a weekend in the capital of Southern California’s wine country for one of the largest gatherings of California’s ultra-elite winemaking masters at the 5th Annual Winter Wine Classic. Located less than 1 mile from the event, Broughton’s
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Cupid’s Undie Run

Posted on  January 16, 2016
This Valentine’s Day weekend, throw on your bedroom-best and help raise money for The Children’s Tumor Foundation at Cupid’s Undie Run! Located less than a mile from the run, Broughton’s Majestic Hotel is the perfect place to stay for...

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind at the Palace Theatre

Posted on  January 15, 2016
This Valentine’s Day weekend, enjoy one of the most unusual love stories of all time at the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind screening in the historic
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2016 Bock Fest Winter Beer Festival

Posted on  January 7, 2016
Send winter off with a bang and a brew at the 2016 Bock Fest Winter Beer festival in Los Angeles! Located less than 5 miles from Bock Fest, Broughton’s boutique Georgian Hotel is the perfect place to stay for the weekend of February 6th.  

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Mardi Gras Crawl at the Navy Pier

Posted on  January 6, 2016
The World’s Largest Indoor Bar Crawl presents Mardi Gras Crawl: Wander the historic Navy Pier with a drink in hand while never stepping foot outside! Located less than 5 miles from the Pier, City Suites Hotel is the perfect place to stay for the weekend of February...

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Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Posted on  January 3, 2016
Discover the best in independent and international cinema at the 31st Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival! Located less than 1 mile from the historic Arlington Theatre, Broughton’s

2nd Annual Blendfest on the Coast in San Simeon

Posted on  January 2, 2016
Come to San Simeon for a weekend of unique wine blends and breath taking views at the 2nd Annual Blendfest on the Coast! Book your stay at Broughton’s boutique hotel The Morgan now for the weekend of February 19th-21st.  

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Granada Theatre

Posted on  December 19, 2015
Enjoy an evening in a world-class performing arts center with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra! Located less than 1 mile from the Granada Theatre, Broughton’s boutique hotel the Spanish Garden...

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31st Annual Cubs Convention

Posted on  December 18, 2015
Spend a weekend up-close and personal with all of your favorite Cubs players at the 31st Annual Cubs Convention! Located less than 5 miles from Broughton’s Majestic Hotel, book your stay now for the weekend of January 15-17th.  


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Mushroom Walk on the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

Posted on  December 12, 2015
Bring your family to the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve for the annual Mushroom Identification Walk! Located 7 miles from Broughton’s boutique hotel The Morgan, book your stay now for the weekend of January 9th.  

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ZooLights at the Lincoln Park Zoo

Posted on  December 10, 2015
Bring the family for a night of luminous displays and holiday cheer at ZooLights in the Lincoln Park Zoo! Located 1 mile from Broughton’s The Willows Hotel, book your stay now and celebrate your holiday in the Windy City.  


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Winter Zoo Camp at the Santa Barbara Zoo

Posted on  December 9, 2015
Give yourself a break this holiday season and your kids four days of fun at Winter Zoo Camp! The Inn at East Beach is only a 4-minute walk (0.2mi) from the Santa Barbara Zoo, making it the perfect place to relax while...

Stanford Cardinal take on the Iowa Hawkeyes in the 2016 Rose Bowl Game

Posted on  December 9, 2015
Throw on your favorite jersey and kick off the New Year with some football as you watch Pac-12 champion Stanford take on Big Ten runner-up Iowa at the 102nd Rose Bowl Game. Located less than 15 miles from the Rose Bowl...
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31st Annual New Year’s Day 5k Run/Walk

Posted on  December 2, 2015
What better way to ring in the New Year than on healthy footing at the 31st Annual New Year’s Day 5k Run/Walk in Chicago? Located less than 2 miles from Broughton’s

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7th Annual Santa Monica Pub Crawl

Posted on  December 1, 2015
Escape the cold and indulge yourself in food and drink specials under the palm trees at the 7th Annual Santa Monica Pub Crawl! Be right in the middle of the action and book your stay at the Georgian Hotel for the weekend of...

Holiday Shows at the Granada Theatre

Posted on  November 13, 2015
Spend an evening at the historic Granada Theatre to celebrate the magic of the holidays! Christmas shows are playing all of December at the theatre; located less than 4 miles from Broughton’s boutique hotel, the Inn at East Beach is the perfect...
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Santa Monica-Venice Christmas Run

Posted on  November 7, 2015
Join thousands of runners at Los Angeles’ largest holiday running event as it celebrates its’ 38th year! The Christmas Run’s starting point is located on Barnard Way, less than 2 miles from Broughton’s Georgian Hotel,...

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PNC Bank Winter Wonderfest

Posted on  November 5, 2015
Join in the holiday tradition at the 15th annual PNC Bank Winter Wonderfest at the historical Navy Pier. Located less than 5 miles from Broughton’s boutique hotels the
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The Hollywood Christmas Parade

Posted on  November 2, 2015
Take part in one of the greatest Hollywood holiday traditions of all time and join us for the 84th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade! The parade will start on Hollywood Boulevard and end on Sunset Boulevard, making
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Christmas in Cambria

Posted on  November 1, 2015
Experience Christmas in the seaside village of Cambria this December. Located less than 6 miles from all of the activities, Broughton’s boutique hotel The Morgan is the perfect location for your travels. Book your stay now and be a part of the holiday...

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4th Annual Cambria Christmas Market

Posted on  October 26, 2015
Get your family in the Christmas spirit at the 4th Annual Cambria Christmas Market!  Located less than 6 miles from Broughton’s boutique hotel, the Morgan is the perfect place to stay this holiday season.  

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Santa Barbara Zoo’s Annual Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash

Posted on  October 20, 2015
Join the animals at the Santa Barbara Zoo this holiday season for the annual Thanksgiving Day pumpkin smash! Only a 4-minute walk from Broughton’s boutique hotel, the Inn at East Beach is the family’s perfect place to stay this...
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The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

Posted on  October 18, 2015
Make memories and form traditions on Saturday, November 21st at the 24th annual BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival! Located 6 miles from three of Broughton’s boutique hotels, book your stay at the

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Santa Monica Rotary Club’s 8th Annual Wine & Jazz Festival

Posted on  October 14, 2015
Enjoy an afternoon of exquisite food and wine with live jazz music at the 8th Annual Wine and Jazz Festival hosted by the Rotary Club of Santa Monica. Located less than 5 miles from the Broughton’s Georgian Hotel, book your stay for...
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Santa Barbara Veterans Day Weekend

Posted on  October 8, 2015
Show your support and salute the Veterans at the 2015 Santa Barbara Veterans Day Weekend. Located only 2 miles from the Military Ball and Veterans Day Parade and concert, the Spanish Garden Inn is the perfect place to stay the weekend of November...
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Halloween Horror Nights 2015: Universal Studios Hollywood

Posted on  October 7, 2015
Experience your favorite horror films come to life at Universal Studios Hollywood this October. Halloween Horror Nights 2015 is offering a...


2015-16 NBA Season: Lakers and Clippers at the STAPLES Center

Posted on  October 2, 2015
It’s finally basketball season in LA! Throw on your favorite Clippers or Lakers jersey and kick off the 2015-16 NBA season at the STAPLES Center this October. Located less than 3...

Halloween Family Fun: Boo at the Santa Barbara Zoo

Posted on  September 22, 2015
Celebrate this Halloween with the family at Boo at the Zoo! Have fun trick-or-treating and experience monster-ous thrills and chills when the Santa Barbara Zoo transforms into the most popular family...

2015 West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval

Posted on  September 21, 2015
Put on your best costume and join 500,000 others to celebrate at the world’s largest Halloween street party at the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval on Santa Monica Boulevard. Located less than 2 miles from the Moment Hotel, book your stay for October 31st and get ready to celebrate...


2015 Santa Barbara LOL Comedy Festival

Posted on  September 16, 2015
Laugh out loud at the 2015 Santa Barbara LOL Comedy Festival in the downtown Santa Barbara’s Historic Theatre District. Located less than a mile from Broughton’s luxury boutique hotel, the

Off the Hook: Santa Monica Seafood Festival

Posted on  September 14, 2015
Experience the iconic Santa Monica Pier and the city’s best seafood restaurants at the first ever Off the Hook: Santa Monica Seafood Festival. Located less than 1 mile from the Georgian Hotel, book your stay now and take a bite; it is sure to be off the hook!  

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October Events at LA’s Walt Disney Concert Hall

Posted on  September 10, 2015
From Beethoven and Mozart to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, enjoy classical music and culture at the Walt Disney Concert Hall this October! Located less than 4 miles from Broughton’s Hotel Normandie, plan your trip now to reserve a room.  

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Salute to Scarecrows: A Star-Lit Celebration of Cambria

Posted on  September 9, 2015
Spend an evening under the stars with hundreds of handcrafted scarecrows and celebrate the city of Cambria at the Salute to Scarecrows on October 1 from 5:30-7:30pm. Located less than 6 miles from Broughton’s boutique hotel The Morgan, book your...

15th Annual St. Alphonsus Oktoberfest in Chicago

Posted on  August 31, 2015
Eat bratwursts, drink beer, listen to music and celebrate the German heritage at the fifteenth annual Oktoberfest hosted by St. Alphonsus Church in Chicago, IL. Located less than 2 miles from Broughton’s boutique hotels, book your stay at The Majestic...

The Counting Crows at the Santa Barbara Bowl

Posted on  August 28, 2015
Get lost “Somewhere Under Wonderland” with the Counting Crows at the Santa Barbara Bowl on Wednesday, September 30 at 6pm.   On Wednesday, September 30 the Counting Crows will be playing their Somewhere Under Wonderland tour with Citizen...


Hearst’s Enchanted History Tour in San Simeon

Posted on  August 26, 2015
Enjoy an enchanting evening exploring the 165 rooms and 127 acres of the Hearst Castle, located on The Enchanted Hill- only 4 miles from The Morgan Hotel in San Simeon, CA.   For only $85, spend your day exploring the magical Hearst Castle with...

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea and Bela Fleck Comes to LA

Posted on  August 19, 2015
Music notes will fill the air less than 5 miles from Broughton's
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34th Annual Taste of the Town Santa Barbara

Posted on  August 17, 2015
  Taste of the Town Santa Barbara is the perfect way to experience the best food and drink the city has to offer. Taste of the Town is a culinary event that showcases over 80 restaurants and wineries. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy...

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Get Well at Santa Monica’s Well-Being Buy Local Festival

Posted on  August 11, 2015
Wellness is more than just diet or exercise; it’s an all-encompassing concept that takes into account mental, emotional, social and spiritual health along with physical fitness. If you want more wellness in your life...

College Football and Its Legend’s Lessons

Posted on  August 3, 2015
The end of summer signals back-to-school time for many. As stores inundate our shopping experiences with back-to-school supplies, our area LA college football fans pass by and are reminded of the anticipated upcoming season. Our UCLA Bruins play the Virginia...

Jazz on the Lawn, a Free Event in Santa Monica

Posted on  July 28, 2015
If you're a jazz fan, you know how much better it is live than recorded. Improvisation and artistic flair are so ingrained in jazz that recordings just don't quite do it justice. Get your fill of live jazz music this August with Santa...


Rock This Country! Shania Twain Tour Visits L.A.’s Staples Center!

Posted on  July 24, 2015
"Honey I'm Home," these lyrics from one of Shania Twain's most popular songs has new meaning today as the superstar singer is back! After over a decade away from the road, the best-selling female country musician of all time...

Blues Musician Joe Bonamassa Brings Three Kings Tour to the Santa Barbara Bowl!

Posted on  July 21, 2015
B.B. King, Albert King, and Freddie King were some of the most influential musicians of the electric-blues genre. Not only did these "Three Kings of Blues" share a last name, they also share a lot of credit...

The 2015 Chicago Air and Water Show is Fun for the Whole Family!

Posted on  July 17, 2015
All eyes will be on the skies above Lake Michigan for this year's Chicago Air and Water Show! This exciting Chicago tradition is one of the biggest spectacles of the summer and is an entertaining event for people of all...


Spend a Relaxing Evening at Harmony Cellars Winery

Posted on  July 16, 2015
Live music, an outdoor venue, local food and great wine. What else do you need for a relaxing and enjoyable summer evening? Make this ideal summer night come true with a trip to Harmony Cellars Winery just outside of Cambria,...

2015 Vans US Open of Surfing

Posted on  July 10, 2015
"Surf City USA," it's a pretty loaded title to live up to. But California's Huntington Beach has certainly earned its reputation. For over 50 years this beach town has hosted one of the largest surfing competitions in the world, the U.S. Open of...

Twilight Concerts at the Santa Monica Pier: A Free Summer Concert Series

Posted on  July 7, 2015
  Cool ocean wind on your face, great music in your ears and a cold beverage in your hand, what could be a better way to spend a summer evening that an outdoor concert? One of the best outdoor music venues on the...


Santa Barbara is the Place to be in July!

Posted on  June 30, 2015
Santa Barbara is one happening place during the month of July! If you're looking for something to do, here are some fun July festivals that make great weekend excursions.  

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Enjoy a Family Friendly 4th of July with Cambria’s “Picnic in the Park”

Posted on  June 29, 2015
  There are plenty of places to get a drink and have a nice dinner on the Fourth of July, but if you're looking for a more family friendly all-day event, Cambria's Picnic in the Park is your best option by far!   Picnic in...

Old Spanish Days Fiesta 2015

Posted on  June 29, 2015
At Old Spanish Days Fiesta, "mi casa es su casa!" Santa Barbara is proud to once again welcome one of the most anticipated and beloved cultural festivals to its community August 5th through 9th.   Old Spanish Days is a volunteer run and community...


Celebrate Independence Day at Chicago’s 2nd Annual Freedom Fest

Posted on  June 29, 2015
Nothing says Independence Day like fireworks! Get into the spirit of America with one of Chicago's best 4th of July fireworks displays at Navy Pier overlooking Lake Michigan.   The Navy Pier's fireworks display is a...

Cinespia: Outdoor Movies in Hollywood

Posted on  June 23, 2015
  The decline of drive-in movies is probably one of the saddest things to happen to the American summer. There's just something magical about watching movies outdoors.   While it doesn't quite offer the nostalgia factor of a true...

Summer Nights at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Posted on  June 20, 2015
  The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles offers a great event titled: Summer Nights in the Garden. Taking place a few days in the summer this event is a fun-filled and relaxing way to spend a Friday...


Hollywood Fringe Festival 2015

Posted on  June 5, 2015
Whenever you find an event motivated by passion more than money you know you're in for a good time. Hollywood's annual Fringe Festival is a perfect example. While Fringe does make money, this loosely organized collection of live theater performances is more...

Santa Monica Main Street Summer SOULstice 2015

Posted on  June 4, 2015
"Music, Sun, Dance and Fun." What more could you want from a summer festival? Santa Monica's Summer SOULstice doesn't quite take place during the solstice, but its name ,which reflects the event's...
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San Simeon Landmark to Host Twilight on the Terrace 2015

Posted on  May 28, 2015
Enjoy a relaxing evening of dancing, wine and scenic views at Twilight on the Terrace. Set at the iconic Hearst Castle on the evening of June 6th,  this memorable event lets you experience Hearst Castle the...


Los Angeles to once again Host E3

Posted on  May 19, 2015
June will be an exciting time for video games as the industry's biggest event once again sets up shop at the Los Angeles Convention Center.   E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is the preeminent conference in the electronic entertainment...

The 5 Best Shopping Spots in Los Angeles

Posted on  April 29, 2015
Spring is a time of freshness, change and new beginnings. The whole atmosphere and attitude of the season makes it the perfect time to get some serious shopping done, and one of the best places to do that is Los...
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It’s the Perfect Time of year for a Wine Country Cycling Tour in Santa Barbara!

Posted on  April 27, 2015
  Beautiful views, great food, and amazing wine. What could be better?  How about the addition of breathtaking views and a private cycling tour through the amazing wine valley of Santa Barbara?  Well...

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I Madonnari 2015: An Italian Street Painting Festival

Posted on  April 25, 2015
You might be surprised to learn that the I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival doesn’t actually involve any paint. Despite it's name, the event actually describes a group of artists who use pastel...
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Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett To Perform at the Hollywood Bowl

Posted on  April 24, 2015
What comes to mind when you think of Lady Gaga? We’re guessing “Tony Bennett” is probably not at the top of the list! Surprisingly, Bennett and Gaga are currently on tour together promoting their collaborative jazz album “Cheek to Cheek”...
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Chicago Craft Beer Week 2015

Posted on  April 23, 2015

Craft beer is bigger than ever!  According to Google’s search trends, April 2015 marked the most popular month of all time for number of searches for the term "craft beer." Once only known among hobbyists and beer...


14th Annual Dance Camera West

Posted on  April 9, 2015
  Dance is one of the most ancient forms of communication known to man. At 9,000 years old, it even predates the written word. It's a little surprising that film, a less than 150 year old technology, is such a perfect way to capture this awesome art...

Need a Laugh? Check out the Chicago Improv Festival Starting April 20th

Posted on  April 2, 2015
Where did all the originality go? It seems like every movie or TV show that comes out now is a sequel, spin-off, or based on a book! Despite this onslaught of repetition, hope's not lost for originality lovers. If you want to quench...

The 26th Annual Santa Barbara Fair and Expo

Posted on  March 25, 2015
State fairs are more than just a great place to eat unhealthy food and walk until your feet hurt, they are an American cultural phenomenon! Since the 1840s, fairs of all sizes have been an important way to inform and educate people about our...


MLB Opening Day 2015: the Dodgers and Angels are Back in Action!

Posted on  March 17, 2015
  A clean start, a blank slate, unlimited potential, It's easy to see why baseball fans get so excited about Opening Day! But Opening Day, the official start to Major League Baseball's season, is so much more than...

See a one-of-a-kind Violin Performance in Santa Barbara

Posted on  March 2, 2015
There's a big difference between someone who is just a violinist, and someone who has mastered the instrument. Grammy Award winner Gil Shaham fits into the latter category. Take advantage of your opportunity to see this elite musician in...

The Santa Monica Pier: A Must-See Attraction since 1909

Posted on  February 27, 2015
  Since 1909 Santa Monica's pier has been a key part of the city's landscape. For over a century the pier has been a center of social life, fishing, amusement and great memories for many of the town's inhabitants. In 2015 the pier...


March Madness West Regional Basketball at LA’s Staples Center

Posted on  February 26, 2015
The NCAA's Division I basketball tournament is one of the most compelling events in college sports. The excitement and drama that comes with a 68 team single elimination bracket is tough to beat. And while the Cinderella stories and...

Sunsets and Whale Watching Make a Perfect Combination in San Simeon

Posted on  February 18, 2015
San Simeon, California, is well-known for its scenery and sightseeing opportunities. One of the town’s especially scenic spots is the Piedras Blancas Light Station. This 140-year old lighthouse is an attraction in itself and...

Chicago’s United Center to Host 2015 Big Ten Basketball Tournament

Posted on  February 16, 2015
You've probably heard the term "March Madness" in reference to the NCAA's  annual college basketball tournament, but the month's basketball drama starts before that. Conference tournaments earlier in March help determine who makes it to...

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The 70th Santa Barbara International Orchid Show

Posted on  February 13, 2015
Humans have been cultivating orchids for thousands of years. In fact, this beautiful flower has been used for herbal remedies as early as 2800 BC! Today, you can join thousands of other...

Experience the Best Children’s Theater in Los Angeles!

Posted on  February 4, 2015
  There's nothing quite like experiencing the sights, sounds and story of a live theater production. But it's not exactly a family friendly activity. How can you expect your kids to sit still and quietly watch a play or musical for hours at a...

Los Angeles Boat Show 2015

Posted on  February 2, 2015
The 56th Annual Los Angeles Boat Show, presented by Progressive Insurance,  will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from February 19th – 22nd. The Los Angeles Boat Show is a premier international exhibition of the latest...


Sea Cave Kayak Tours in Santa Barbara

Posted on  January 29, 2015
  Like the outdoors? Enjoy experiencing nature in new and interesting ways? Check out the Santa Barbara Adventure Company's Channel Islands Kayak Tour which will introduce you to the wonderful world of sea caves. This tour is perfect for...

Pacific Coast Wine Trail Passport Weekend!

Posted on  January 28, 2015
  Did you know that having too many choices can make you unhappy? It might sound backwards, but truth is people feel more satisfied with their decisions when they have fewer choices. Think about the stress that goes into evaluating the pros and cons of each option...

30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Posted on  January 22, 2015
Award season is an exciting time of year in Hollywood but at some point it wears out its welcome and it's time for some fresh content. If you’re ready for some silver screen features you haven't seen before, head a little north...


It’s Award Season in Los Angeles!

Posted on  January 9, 2015
Imagine all your favorite celebrities hanging out at the same place at the same time. Now add a degree of sophistication, classiness and elegance that could rival the royal wedding.   That’s pretty much award season in Hollywood, and if you’re a fan of...

Wicked at the Pantages Theatre

Posted on  January 2, 2015
“A cultural phenomenon” - Variety Magazine. “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” – New York Times. Can you guess which musical earned these words of praise? The modern day classic Wicked of course! Be sure to check...

Art Los Angeles Contemporary Art Fair

Posted on  December 31, 2014
You probably know that Los Angles is a cultural hot spot in the world of cinema, television and music, but did you know it's a pretty big deal in the world of modern art as well? Besides being home to dozens of quality galleries Los Angeles hosts one of the...


Enjoy Coastal Discovery Month at San Simeon

Posted on  December 29, 2014
Did you know there are approximately 1000 miles of beaches in California?   California’s coastline is an awesome natural resource that we can  all learn to appreciate a little more. Make a resolution for the new year to take...

The Million Dollar Quartet is coming to Chicago’s Apollo Theater

Posted on  December 19, 2014
Elvis Presley. Jerry Lee Lewis. Johnny Cash. Carl Perkins. On their own each of these artists had a major impact on music, but together they helped define a generation's taste in pop culture.   Though you probably know...

Check out Hollywood’s 6th Annual Taste Awards

Posted on  December 15, 2014
Every wonder why your favorite cooking show or fashion program isn’t getting the recognition it deserves? Maybe it is, and you're just looking in the wrong place! Skip the Emmys and Golden Globes and check out the The Taste Awards this January, an...

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Peking Acrobats coming to the Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara

Posted on  December 12, 2014
Have you ever tried to do a backflip? Then you probably know how tough it is to pull off. Well, doing backflips is one of the easiest parts of the show for the Peking Acrobats!    

Santa Monica Playhouse Presents their Annual One Time Only New Year’s Eve Musical Revue

Posted on  November 26, 2014

If you enjoy theater productions, dancing and of course talented musical performances than what better way to start your New Year's eve than with a performance by the Santa Monica Playhouse! Each year the playhouse puts on their "Annual- One Time Only Musical Revue" which has...

How to Ring in the New Year in Los Angeles

Posted on  November 26, 2014
For a great New Year's Eve and first day of 2015 you can't go wrong with the official Hollywood New Year's Eve Block Party followed by the Tournament of Roses on January 1st. The two events combine perfectly for a memorable celebration of...

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Christmas at Hearst Castle

Posted on  November 26, 2014
Join the likes of Charles Lindbergh, Greta Garbo and Charlie Chaplin as you experience the hottest celebrity gathering place of the 1920s in all its holiday glory!   Starting Thanksgiving weekend, the Illustrious Hearst Castle in San Simeon will be decorated...

David Benoit’s Christmas Tribute to Charlie Brown

Posted on  November 24, 2014
If you grew up watching “A Charlie Brown Christmas” during the holiday season you'll love David Benoit’s Christmas Tribute to Charlie Brown! This smooth jazz dedication to the music of "Peanuts" offers a fresh take on a classic score...
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Discover the Magic of the Holiday Season with The Nutcracker at Santa Barbara’s Arlington Theater

Posted on  November 20, 2014
Nothing will help you believe in the magical quality of the holiday season like a live performance of The Nutcracker ballet. Grab your tickets, settle into your seat and rediscover a childlike...


Calistoga Hosts 19th Annual Holiday Tractor Parade

Posted on  November 19, 2014
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Chicago Christmas Crawl

Chicago Christmas Crawl

Posted on  November 18, 2014
  Chicago has plenty of options when it comes to local cuisine. Really, the only problem with it is figuring out what to try first! For the holiday season, you can get a wonderful sampling of some local restaurants and bars with Chicago’s Christmas...

Get Excited about the Holidays with a trip to Santa Barbara!

Posted on  November 12, 2014
  "There is no question that booking directly with our hotel offers the best room, best service and best rate” - Christine Piper Director of Sales and Marketing at the Spanish Garden Inn.   Okay, so you have the where to...


Go Ice Skating in Santa Monica!

Posted on  October 31, 2014
  You can’t have it both ways. You can’t enjoy the beautiful snow covered trees, snowmen and everything else nice that comes with winter without enduring months of cold weather. Or can you? While you may not be able to enjoy...

Acclaimed Humorist David Sedaris comes to Long Beach

Posted on  October 31, 2014
When he started keeping a diary in 1977 David Sedaris had no idea that it would become his ticket to stardom. It was while reading from that diary years later on a Chicago radio station that NPR host Ira Glass first discovered Sedaris....

The 3 Best Holiday Shopping Spots in Santa Barbara

Posted on  October 29, 2014
How’s your holiday shopping going? Good, not so good... barely started?  Maybe it’s procrastination; maybe you just can’t find the perfect gift for that hard to shop for person, unfortunately whatever the reason, the longer your holiday...

Chicago Thanksgiving Parade

Check out Chicago’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Posted on  October 27, 2014
In 1934, Chicagoan Walter Gregory had a problem.  Like most of the country, the Windy City’s economy was in a rough spot and as President of Chicago’s State Street Council; Gregory was at least partially responsible for fixing it.   One of the...

Visit San Simeon’s Elephant Seal Rookery for a Unique Adventure!

Posted on  October 24, 2014
  In the late 1800s, California’s Northern Elephant Seal was nearly hunted to extinction. It’s sad to think of losing any species, especially one as unique and interesting as the Elephant Seal. Luckily, this amazing...

See the L.A. Philharmonic Orchestra this November!

Posted on  October 22, 2014
Grammy award-winning jazz musician Chick Corea has described the playing of an orchestra as “One of the most magnificent musical sounds that has ever existed.” While he may not have been specifically talking about L.A.’s Philharmonic...

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Napa Valley Film Festival 2014

Posted on  October 15, 2014
  Popcorn, candy and soda are practically essential for watching movies. But what if you could enjoy a film while sipping fine wine and tasting exquisite cuisine? If that sounds too good to be true think again, because it's exactly the kind of...

Country Star Luke Bryan to Perform at the Hollywood Bowl!

Posted on  October 2, 2014

One of today’s most popular country singers is coming to southern California! See Luke Bryan at the Hollywood Bowl on October 25th! The show, a part of Bryan’s “That’s My...

Cambria gets a Whole Lot Scarier! (For Birds)

Posted on  September 30, 2014
  Hodmedod, Murmet, Hay-man, Momment, Mawkin… do you have any idea what these words mean? They’re actually used in the United Kingdom to describe scarecrows! While we may not have such creative names for them here in The States, events...

Halloween in West Hollywood

West Hollywood to host the world’s largest Halloween Street Festival!

Posted on  September 29, 2014

Still don’t have any plans for Halloween?  Are you really content to stay in and pass out candy all night? October...


The Chicago International Film Festival Celebrates its 50th Year!

Posted on  September 25, 2014
Everybody loves movies... Can you really argue with a statement like that? Movies transport, entertain, educate and even touch us emotionally. That's why "Everybody loves movies" makes a perfect tagline for the Chicago International...

Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra begins its 70th Season

Posted on  September 18, 2014
It’s always great to see a group of people do something that they are passionate about. The Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra is a great example. This group of talented musicians provides high quality classical music performances...


Schoolhouse Rock Live! at UCSB’s Campbell Hall

Posted on  September 10, 2014
“Conjunction junction…. what’s your function?” Who doesn’t get a warm and fuzzy feeling of nostalgia when they hear those iconic lyrics?   If you were a kid from 1973 to 1985, chances are you spent some of your time in front of...
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Sunset at Hearst Castle Reception Event

Posted on  August 29, 2014
Though today it's known simply as "Hearst Castle", William Randolph Hearst's estate is formally titled "La Cuesta Encantada" or the Enchanted Hill.  Find out why the castle deserves such a  fairytale-like description with Sunset: Savor the Central...
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Check out the 16th Annual World Music Festival Chicago

Posted on  August 28, 2014
  World Music Festival Chicago is an annual celebration featuring performances by a diverse group of musicians from all over the world.   This year’s festival begins on Thursday September 11th and...


Experience a music-less (sort of) dance party in Santa Monica!

Posted on  August 25, 2014
Imagine a couple hundred people dancing like they’re in a club, except without music. In fact, you hear nothing at all except the noise created by flailing limbs and rhythmically bouncing feet.   Is this some type of mass...

Step Aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train for a Night of Murder Mystery

Posted on  August 21, 2014
Who doesn’t like a good mystery? If you’re a fan of crime novels or mystery movies, imagine being part of the story itself! The Napa Valley Wine Train’s Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre is an...
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CityRace Urban Adventure Hunts are a Great Way to Explore LA!

Posted on  August 18, 2014
Do you have what it takes to excel in a competition that will test your creativity, teamwork and navigation skills? Then check out California’s CityRace!   CityRace Urban Adventure Hunts are city-wide...


Sunset Strip Music Festival 2014

Posted on  August 15, 2014
Hollywood's Sunset Strip is an iconic part of American music culture, what better way to experience it than a music festival?   The 2014 Sunset Strip Music Festival is a two-day extravaganza featuring 70 bands including headliners:...
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Discover a new side of Santa Barbara with Santa Barbara Fitness Tours

Posted on  August 14, 2014

Coming in the form of 283 sunny days a year, it’s no secret that Santa Barbara has some of the most pleasant weather in the world.


Get your Tickets Today for the First Ever Santa Barbara LOL Comedy Festival

Posted on  August 8, 2014
In its first year in a new location the Santa...


Get Ready for Football Season with a Tour of the Rose Bowl!

Posted on  July 24, 2014
  The summer months can be hard on football fans. Once the NFL Combine and Draft finish in late spring you just have to wait patiently for teams to start training camp. With not nearly as many offseason...

John Legend is Coming to the Greek

Posted on  July 22, 2014
Grammy award winning musical artist John Legend is coming to the Greek Theatre on August 18. The show, which features special guest Mapei starts at 7:30. The Greek is a small venue so be sure to
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The Santa Monica Pier is hosting a FREE concert series!

Posted on  July 18, 2014
What’s your favorite way to spend a summer evening in Southern California? If you can’t think of a go-to activity we have a suggestion: Twilight Concerts at the Santa Monica Pier!   Taking place every Thursday night...

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2 More Reasons to Visit Chicago this Summer!

Posted on  July 11, 2014
If you’ve read the  Innformer before, you probably know there is no shortage of things to do in Chicago. However, if you’re still not convinced, here are...

Enjoy the best of Santa Barbara with Old Spanish Days Fiesta!

Posted on  July 8, 2014
At Old Spanish Days Fiesta, mi casa es su casa! Santa Barbara is proud to once again welcome one of the most proclaimed and beloved cultural festivals to its community July 30th through August...
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Concerts in the Park 2014: A free summer concert series in Calistoga

Posted on  July 7, 2014
The only thing better than enjoying a summer concert in Calistoga is enjoying a free summer concert in Calistoga!   The Calistoga Beverage Company is to...


Have a Laugh and Learn to Love Awkwardness at this Santa Monica Exhibit

Posted on  June 27, 2014
Americans are expected to take 105 billion pictures in the year 2015. Let's face it, they all can’t be perfect. In fact, a huge number of those...
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4 Great Reasons to Visit San Simeon’s Coastal Discovery Center!

Posted on  June 25, 2014
“Ocean in View! O! The Joy!”   These were the words William Clark used to describe seeing the Pacific Ocean for the first time after he and Meriwether Lewis finished their yearlong journey across the...

National Ballet of Canada is Coming to LA

Posted on  June 20, 2014
Join the celebration of the National Ballet of Canada’s 60th anniversary in 2014, with Artistic Director, Karen Kain and internationally known choreographer, Alexei Ratmansky.  Kain and...


Come see the “Starrs” in Santa Barbara!

Posted on  June 18, 2014
Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band have kicked off their summer tour schedule for 2014.  The All Starr Band will be performing a show at the

Take a Bite out of the World’s Largest Food Festival!

Posted on  June 17, 2014
Taste of Chicago 2014 is so much more than just a food festival. It's a party, concert event, and all out celebration of everything great about the city of Chicago!    

What is Taste of Chicago?...


Visit the Hollywood Bowl this Summer!

Posted on  June 17, 2014
No, it’s not a late-December college football game; actually The Hollywood Bowl is an iconic Los Angeles entertainment venue!   The 92-year-old amphitheater is a great place to see your favorite performers. The Bowl features a scenic view of...


6 Great Santa Barbara Festivals to check out in July!

Posted on  June 11, 2014
As one local hotel's director of sales and marketing put it "July is THE month for festivals in Santa Barbara", and that certainly is no exaggeration.   The amazing thing about these festivals is the sheer...

Experience the best of Hearst Castle at Twilight on the Terrace

Posted on  May 29, 2014
Enjoy a  relaxing evening of dancing, wine and scenic views at Twilight on the Terrace. Set at the iconic Hearst Castle on the evening of June 14th, Twilight on the Terrace is a great way to experience this national...

Chicago’s 45th Annual Pride Celebration

Posted on  May 28, 2014
  The 45th Annual Pride Celebration showcases the diversity, culture, and vibrancy of the LGBT community right in the heart of Chicago.  The Celebration encompasses cheering crowds and parades of participants, which...


Ray Romano and Friends: Stand Up Comedy Show

Posted on  May 27, 2014
Join Ray Romano and Friends for a one night only comedy event, at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center on June 21st, hosted by the Harvest Home.  It will truly be an evening full of laughs...

Plenty is happening at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art this Summer!

Posted on  May 23, 2014
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is the perfect destination for a summer day trip, a weekend stop or a great place to stop by on a longer Santa Barbara Trip. Stop by and enjoy some of the many...

Enjoy Chicago’s Summer Festivals!

Posted on  May 19, 2014
Chicago is a great summertime city, with plenty to do. One of the best ways to get the most out of a summer trip to the windy city is to experience one of the many summer festivals the city has to offer. The following four  festivals are great...


E3 Expo is Coming to LA on June 10th

Posted on  May 13, 2014
The Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3 as it’s more commonly known is the video game industry’s biggest trade show and it’s coming to LA on June 10th.   Though the show is only open to industry professionals and...

Raul di Blasio at the Greek Theater in LA

Posted on  May 2, 2014
World-renowned jazz pianist Raul Di Blasio has announced the city of Los Angeles as one of his 2014 tour destinations! The Argentine music legend will be performing his early classics as well as recent work at the Greek Theatre in Griffith Park on May...

Purchase Tickets for BottleRock Napa 2014 Today!

Posted on  May 1, 2014
One of the best parts about holding a music festival in Napa Valley is the access to great wine and food. BottleRock Napa, like the name suggests,is the perfect way to enjoy the exclusive wines and cuisine of...


Steve Martin’s “The Underpants” Comes to Santa Monica

Posted on  April 23, 2014
Steve Martin has plenty of talents. Besides being a comedian, television and movie star, did you now he’s an

Billy Joel to Perform at the Hollywood Bowl

Posted on  April 21, 2014
Sing us a song you’re the piano man! Those classic lyrics are sure to fill the air on May 17th as the “Piano Man” Billy Joel comes to the Hollywood Bowl. Don’t miss your chance to see this 6-time Grammy Award winner as he...

Shop antiques for a great cause in Santa Barbara

Posted on  April 11, 2014
With your spring-cleaning complete, it’s now time to start thinking about redecorating! Whether your style is Victorian or art deco, vintage or modern, you can discover beautifully crafted pieces for your home while supporting a great cause...


Amgen Tour of California will be making a stop in Cambria

Posted on  April 11, 2014
The Amgen Tour of California is no Tour de France, but it’s about as close as you’ll get in the United States. This 8-day professional bike race is one of only two in the country with a 2.HC rating, the highest classification...

“The Consul” Makes its Opera Santa Barbara Debut

Posted on  March 31, 2014
The Pulitzer Prize winning opera The Consul will be making its Opera Santa Barbara premiere at the Granada Theatre on April 25th.   The Consul, a three-act English language opera, takes place in a European...

Take A Spring Break in Santa Barbara

Posted on  March 31, 2014
Spring break season is upon us, but college kids shouldn’t be the only ones to get to take advantage of this exciting time of year. Why not take a mini spring-vacation to the beach town of Santa Barbara? It’s a great place to get some sun and there is...


Take a Guided Tour at Cambria’s Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

Posted on  March 14, 2014
Take advantage of one of Cambria’s best natural resources, the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. Located in the center of Cambria, The preserve is perfect for anyone who loves the outdoors. From birds, animals and sea-life to geology and...

Opening Day at Dodger Stadium is just around the Corner

Posted on  March 7, 2014
The entire city of Los Angeles is eager for their beloved Dodgers baseball team to wrap up Spring Training and return to Dodger Stadium for regular season games. Friday April 4th marks the homecoming of the Dodgers to LA to...
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Visit Hearst Memorial State Beach

Posted on  February 28, 2014
This charming location is a great getaway for a day of fun in the sun. Classified as one of California’s best beaches, this State Park is a popular spot for travelers looking to enjoy the coast of San Simeon.   William R. Hearst Memorial State...


There’s Plenty to do in Napa Valley this Time of Year

Posted on  February 28, 2014
It’s release party season in Napa Valley! The time of year when wineries show off new wines and host wine barrel tastings. Take a trip to Napa Valley, try some new wines and be sure to check out some of these other great events as...

Enjoy Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade!

Posted on  February 23, 2014
There’s always something to do at the Third Street Promenade in Downtown Santa Monica! Located just minutes from the beautiful coast of the Pacific Ocean, this first-rate complex has an abundant amount of stores, multiple movie theaters,...
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Spanish Garden Inn Spring Special!

Posted on  February 21, 2014
A southern California boutique hotel is offering a unique promotion this spring. Guests of Santa Barbara’s Spanish Garden Inn will be rewarded for simply enjoying local cultural attractions!   Now through April...


What is Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone?

Posted on  February 20, 2014
The Funk Zone is a unique section of Santa Barbara that has become a must visit for anyone who plans a trip to the city. Part art community, part neighborhood and part business district, the Funk...
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Go for a Run: 2014 ASICS LA Marathon

Posted on  February 13, 2014
The Marathon is the rock-star of the distance running world. Part badge of courage, part way of life completing the 26.2 mile race is a major milestone in any runner's career.   If you're looking for a great marathon on the West-Coast,...

Take a Tour of Downtown Santa Monica!

Posted on  January 29, 2014
Come out and take a tour of Santa Monica! The Santa Monica Conservancy hosts weekly walks around the downtown area on Saturday mornings to experience the architectural beauty and heritage of the area! This...


Shark Exhibit at Ty Warner Sea Center

Posted on  January 29, 2014
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is hosting a thrilling exhibit called Sharks…. Bite size that showcases smaller sharks found in the Santa Barbara Channel....

The Book of Mormon is coming to Hollywood!

Posted on  January 17, 2014
The Book of Mormon is coming to Los Angeles this January and is sure to be an outrageous time! The show starts January 21st and will run until May 11th at Pantages Theater....

Take your Valentine to Napa Valley!

Posted on  January 16, 2014
What could be more romantic than spending Valentine’s Day with the one you love in Napa Valley? This picturesque region not only provides beautiful scenery but many events that include wine, food and even trains. Here is a list of romantic events...

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2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Posted on  January 15, 2014
The 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival will return to the area this January! The film festival begins Thursday, January 30th and will run through Sunday, February 9th with an amazing line up of films...

Chateau Montelena House Party

Posted on  December 31, 2013
Chateau Montelena will be hosting its 3rd Annual House Party on January 25th. This event allows guests the complete Napa Valley experience at the Chateau, including full reign of the grounds and delicious local cuisine options....

Experience the best of Hollywood with the Hollywood and Highland Center

Posted on  December 27, 2013
Looking for a spot that has it all to give you a true Hollywood experience? Look no further than the Hollywood and Highland Center for all of your shopping, entertainment and dining needs.   The...


Celebrate 100 years of Wrigley Field at the 2014 Cubs Convention!

Posted on  December 26, 2013
The Cubs Convention is the perfect way to get ready for another season of baseball and should be considered an essential event for any true Cubs fan....

Cirque Du Soleil: TOTEM in Santa Monica

Posted on  December 23, 2013
“A fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind.” This tagline for Cirque Du Soleil: TOTEM accurately describes the content of the show, but it barely scratches the surface of what a Cirque Du Soleil...

Enjoy one of California’s Hidden wonders on Underwater Parks Day 2014!

Posted on  December 17, 2013
Take a day to appreciate California’s undersea beauty on Underwater Parks Day! California is home to plenty of natural wonders including wildlife you see on land every day. The Golden State also contains a fascinating showcase of...


Mamma Mia! is Coming to Southern California

Posted on  December 16, 2013
The 10th longest running musical of all time is coming to Southern California in January. Based on music by Swedish pop music sensation, ABBA, Mamma Mia! has become an instant classic. Mamma Mia! is the tale of a young woman...

The Best Holiday Tech Gifts of 2013

Posted on  November 27, 2013
The holidays are upon us and so is the mad dash to buy gifts for loved ones and friends. There are so many options in personal electronics it's hard to sort through the best ones. Here are some great tech-gift ideas that both teenagers and adults...

Rock Star Trolley of Lights Tour!

Posted on  November 27, 2013
Plenty of cities put on a special look for the holidays and Santa Barbara is no exception. If you want to see the most beautiful parts of the holiday edition of Santa Barbara, taking a trolley tour is definitely your  most enjoyable...

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Julefest in Solvang

Posted on  November 27, 2013
Solvang has been ranked as one of the top ten "Most Christmas-y towns in America" by TIME magazine. This picturesque town certainly lives up to that ranking each year with its Julefest celebration.   Julefest is a celebration of the holiday season that runs...

Southport Corridor: The Best Shopping Destination in Chicago!

Posted on  November 27, 2013
Look no further than the Southport Corridor in Chicago for all of your shopping needs this holiday season!   Though the Windy City has plenty of great shopping spots, Southport...

Go Ice-skating in Santa Monica this Holiday Season

Posted on  November 26, 2013
Get into the holiday season by ice-skating in Santa Monica. No, that wasn’t a typo, the southern California beach town will once again be hosting their unique outdoor ice-skating event known simply as ICE.   If you’re...


The Grove: LA’s best Shopping Destination

Posted on  November 21, 2013
The Grove in LA makes a great argument for being the best shopping center in California. Featuring a wide variety of shops, great dining establishments, a movie theatre and even a trolley, a trip to The Grove  is the perfect way...
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What to do over the Holidays in Chicago

Posted on  November 18, 2013
The holiday season is upon us and the Windy city is abuzz with holiday events and cheer! From lights at the zoo to a traditional German holiday market, don’t miss out on any of Chicago’s great holiday events.   Zoo Lights (November...

Holiday Happenings in Calistoga

Posted on  November 15, 2013
The holidays are upon us and Calistoga will be hosting many different events to celebrate the season ranging from a tractor parade (you heard us right) to arts and crafts. Mark December 7th on your calendar for all of the best holiday festivities Calistoga...


Start the Holiday Season Right with the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade

Posted on  November 14, 2013
Be part of an annual Thanksgiving tradition many see on television in Chicago at the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade. Help kick-off the holiday...

See the Lion King Musical in Los Angeles

Posted on  November 3, 2013
  The Lion King: The Landmark Musical Event is coming to Los Angeles starting November 20th and running through January 12
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Wicked in Chicago

Posted on  November 1, 2013
Arguably the most popular musical of the last ten years has come to Chicago. Wicked, a fantastic story set in The Wizard of Oz universehas delighted audiences and critics alike for years. The touring...


Blue Man Group Comes to Chicago

Posted on  October 30, 2013
  Three bald guys covered in blue paint walk onto a stage... No, this isn't the introduction to a joke it's one of the most interesting musical shows in the world! Get ready Chicago, the Blue Man Group is here!   Founded in 1987,...
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Calm at Heart-Healing through Music

Posted on  October 29, 2013
Discover the healing power of music with the Calm at Heart - Healing through Music event. This new fundraising event benefits the Santa Barbara based non-profit organization CALM. CALM at heart combines great food, engaging musical...

Napa Valley Film Festival

Posted on  October 28, 2013
If you're looking for things to do in Napa Valley this time of year, The Napa Valley Film Festival is a great choice. The event combines great wine, food and film with the unique backdrop...


Ballroom Dance Competition at UCSB

Posted on  October 12, 2013
Thanks in part to shows like Dancing with the Stars. Ballroom dancing has reached a surprising level of popularity in the U.S. Non-star dancers however don't have the luxury of being called to dance with a...
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San Simeon included in this year’s Cambria Scarecrow Festival!

Posted on  October 8, 2013
“If I only had a brain”… like the scarecrow from the Wizard of OZ the multitude of scarecrows featured in the Cambria Scarecrow Festival don’t have any gray matter, but the people putting them together are undoubtedly creative...
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2013 Chicago Marathon

Posted on  October 7, 2013
On Sunday morning October 13th Over 35,000 runners will gather at the starting line for the 2013 Chicago Marathon. This year marks the 36th anniversary of the race, which began as the Mayor Daley Marathon in 1977.  Today its size and scope...

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How to Enjoy Halloween in Santa Monica

Posted on  October 7, 2013
There is always plenty to do in Santa Monica and Halloween is certainly no exception! Here is a collection of some great events to check out if you are planning an end of the month visit!  
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Whale Watching in Santa Barbara

Posted on  September 30, 2013
You can’t see whales just anywhere. Take advantage of one of southern California’s unique natural attractions and go on a whale-watching tour! Whale-watching is a fun activity almost anyone can enjoy. You don’t have to be a nature buff or consider...

Breugala Buellton

Posted on  September 27, 2013
All the beer you can drink, traditional German food, and an atmosphere that can only be described as merry! If this sounds like a good time to you, mark you calendar for Bruegala Buellton.   Beer Lovers...

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Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show

Posted on  September 20, 2013
The Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show is a fun way to see some great original pieces of art as well as have a great shopping experience. This year over 24,000 pieces handcrafted by artists and artisans will fill the Anaheim...
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The Laugh Factory Comedy Club: A Can’t Miss Attraction for Comedy Fans

Posted on  September 13, 2013
All comedy clubs are not created equal. According to USA Today, the ranking of #1 comedy club in the country belongs to The Laugh Factory. Located on the iconic Sunset Strip in Hollywood, The Laugh Factory has...
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Lakeview East Festival of the Arts 2013

Posted on  September 11, 2013
If you are looking for a great art show in Chicago, look no further than the Lakeview East Festival of the Arts. This annual festival features a great mix of high quality local artists and is expected to once again impress in its ninth...

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Riot Fest Chicago 2013

Posted on  September 10, 2013
Riot Fest is a rock music festival that puts fans first. The show’s organizers describe themselves as “Fans first” with the simple goal of trying to “Throw unforgettable shows.” Riot Fest prides itself on personality and creating a great...
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Chicago Bears Begin the 2013 Season

Posted on  September 5, 2013

Fall is bittersweet. On one hand summer and everything great about it is over, but on the other hand autumn marks the beginning of football season! With its great fans and history Chicago is the perfect place to celebrate the first...

Concerts in the Park

Posted on  August 27, 2013
The scenic ambience of Calistoga’s Pioneer Park provides the perfect venue for outdoor concerts. So, grab your family, a few lawn chairs and your picnic basket and head out to the last Concerts in the Park event of the year.   Concerts in the Park...

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7th Annual MixMatch Dance Festival

Posted on  August 21, 2013
From a small start six years ago, the MixMatch Dance Festival has grown to become the largest event of its kind in the Los Angeles area. MixMatch, organized by Hart Pulse Dance Company, is a celebration of dance that packs 5 shows, 50 choreographers, 70...
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Architectural Walking Tours of Santa Barbara

Posted on  August 20, 2013
Santa Barbara’s unique architecture is a can’t miss attraction for anyone visiting the city. One of the best ways to enjoy the historic buildings of Santa Barbara is through the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara’s Walking...
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“Zoovies” at Lincoln Park Zoo

Posted on  August 9, 2013
Zoovies, free outdoor movies at the Lincoln Park Zoo, are the perfect way to spend a Chicago summer evening. Lincoln Park Zoo is a great backdrop to enjoy the summer weather while getting the entertainment of a night at the movies.   The Lincoln...


Los Olivos Quick Draw and Art Festival

Posted on  August 9, 2013
Featured artists put their talents on display at the 27th Los Olivos Quick Draw.“Create art in 60 minutes or less.” That is the challenge issued to participants of the annual Los Olivos Quick Draw. This year’s event will mark the...

Chicago Botanic Garden Kite Festival 2013

Posted on  August 6, 2013
The Chicago Botanic Garden will be hosting a kite festival August 10th and 11th.  The Festival is a great family event that will feature kite demonstrations, interactive workshops and performances by stunt kite...
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2013 Sunset Strip Music Festival

Posted on  August 1, 2013
    The Sunset Strip Music Festival is a three-day music extravaganza, celebrating and perpetuating the musical tradition of the Sunset Strip. Performers like Sad Robot, Uprooted and...

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Chicago Match Cup & Tall Ships Chicago 2013

Posted on  July 29, 2013
  It’s a Nautical Celebration at Navy Pier!     The sport of sailing will take over Navy Pier this month, and whether you’re interested in maritime history or want to watch modern match racing, there’s...
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Old Spanish Days Fiesta 2013

Posted on  July 24, 2013
  Santa Barbara celebrates its Spanish heritage at Old Spanish Days Fiesta.     At the first Old Spanish Days Fiesta, mayor Charles M. Andrea declared, “The spirit of old Santa Barbara shall be lived again and again and the new Santa...

Taste of Lincoln Avenue 2013

Posted on  July 23, 2013
  Taste of Lincoln Avenue is back for its 30th anniversary.     Since 1984, the Taste of Lincoln Avenue has given guests much more than a “taste,”—it’s actually a full-featured entertainment event. This year there are four...

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Starline Tours Gives Travelers Options

Posted on  July 17, 2013
Let Starline be your guide.   Figuring out the best way to experience a big city, let alone the cultural epicenter of Los Angeles can be a daunting task. Starline Tours, the oldest sightseeing tour company in Los Angeles, should be on the...
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2nd Annual Santa Ynez Valley Polo Classic

Posted on  July 17, 2013
Pull out your fanciest hat, and enjoy the unmatched thrill of polo!     Helping, horses and hats—what’s there not to love? The 2nd Annual Santa Ynez Valley Polo Classic returns this Saturday,...
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Chinatown Summer Fair

Posted on  July 10, 2013
A colorful celebration of Chinese culture.     Want to experience authentic Chinese culture? You don’t have to hop on a 14-hour flight around the world to do so. The Chinatown Summer Fair, held next Sunday in Chicago’s...


Destination Food Tour Presents Taste of Santa Monica

Posted on  July 9, 2013
  Explore Los Angeles’ favorite beach town!     Destination Food Tours’ Taste of Santa Monica invites guests to “Come hungry and ready for a fun time”, as they experience the best beach town in Los...


Posted on  July 8, 2013
Known as the nation's premier outdoor food festival showcasing Chicago's diverse dining community, Taste of Chicago is springing back into action July 10 through 14.   Taste of Chicago returns to Grant Park this week and is setting the scene with local...
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Santa Barbara’s 51st Annual 4th of July Parade

Posted on  July 2, 2013
Celebrate the Fourth of July in Santa Barbara at the 51st Annual Parade!     The non-profit, all-volunteer Spirit of ’76 Association has coordinated its 51st Annual Fourth of July...


Celebrate! Napa Valley at the Napa County Fair & Fireworks

Posted on  July 2, 2013
An opportunity to sample the culture of the wine country in a casual festival setting.     Have you ever wondered what it’s like to experience the wine country with the entire family? Celebrate! Napa Valley, taking place...

Summer on Southport Festival

Posted on  June 26, 2013
  Enjoy a great Chicago summer weekend summer in one of the city’s finest shopping and nightlife districts!     Chicago is filled with fun, local street festivals in the summer—and Summer on Southport is no exception! Located near Wrigley...
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Lincoln Park Arts & Music Festival

Posted on  June 25, 2013
Experience local eats, drinks, music and art from the surrounding Lincoln Park community!     In the spirit of Chicago summer street festivals, the Lincoln Park Arts & Music Festival has returned for the...


Summer Solstice Parade and Festival 2013

Posted on  June 19, 2013
Celebrate summer at this annual event with creative and original display of floats, giant puppets, whimsical costumes and masks of all ethnic and economic backgrounds     Our favorite season is officially here—summer! And what’s a...

Midsommer Musik Festival

Posted on  June 18, 2013
Celebrate summer in true ancient traditional Danish fashion!     The 2nd Annual Midsommer Musik Festival is returning to Solvang Third Wednesday tomorrow, June 19th, to celebrate the coming of summer!   Both...
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Santa Barbara Ocean Festival

Posted on  June 4, 2013
It’s a fun-filled day at the beach to celebrate the ocean!     On Saturday, June 8th, communities across the globe will be celebrating International World Oceans Day, giving those an opportunity to learn more...

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22nd Annual Santa Monica Festival

Posted on  May 30, 2013
Experience a festival filled with an eclectic mix of music, dance, visual arts, food, information and shopping.     The Santa Monica Festival has returned for its 22nd consecutive year! According to its official website, “The Festival is a...
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Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Corporate Night (featuring Janelle Monáe)

Posted on  May 15, 2013
Come listen to Janelle Monáe perform with the members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.     Enjoy a night of beautiful music at Corporate Night, a special concert fundraiser...
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Friends of Hearst Castle’s Twilight on the Terrace

Posted on  May 14, 2013
Hearst Castle’s evening soiree returns!     Take a step back in time. Experience what it would have been like to be a party guest of Mr. William Randolph Hearst at his legendary estate. Relax among the...

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One More Night Expo

Posted on  May 7, 2013
Enjoy all the things that make the Santa Ynez Valley a unique nighttime experience!     To continue its education program and community outreach, the Santa Ynez Valley Hotel Association (SYVHA) is inviting the public to attend the One More Night...
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Chicago’s Cinco de Mayo Festival

Posted on  May 1, 2013
Enjoy a festive celebration of South-of-the-Border culture that’s enjoyed worldwide—Cinco de Mayo!     Come celebrate one of the biggest Mexican festivals in the Midwest with tons of food, music dancing and more at the...
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After Hours at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House

Posted on  April 23, 2013
Plenty of music, refreshments and fun at one of Chicago’s iconic architectural buildings     The Robie House may be open until 4 p.m. to the public, but Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece truly...

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1st Thursday

Posted on  April 3, 2013
An award-winning program highlighting local arts, culture and entertainment.     Downtown Santa Barbara always loves the start of a new month. With a local event like 1st Thursday, who wouldn’t?   Held on the first...
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Top 5 Game Day Traditions at Wrigley Field

Posted on  April 2, 2013
The best day of the year is almost here—the Chicago Cubs’ 2013 Home Opener is Monday, April 8th! And even though the team has gone 104 years without a World Series championship, there is a rich history and a number of...
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Santa Barbara International Orchid Show 2013

Posted on  March 5, 2013
Come enjoy the beautiful world of orchids in Santa Barbara!     Become captivated by the beauty of orchids at the 68th Santa Barbara International Orchid Show. “A step into [the show] is a step into...

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Chicago’s 176th Birthday Celebration

Posted on  March 1, 2013
What’s a better way to celebrate Chicago’s birthday than going its the official birthday party?   Chicago may be turning 176 this year, but it still looks better than ever! Help celebrate the Windy City’s birthday at the...
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Howie Day Concert at City Winery

Posted on  February 27, 2013
Come see Howie Day perform in Chicago as he promotes his new album, Sound the Alarm.     Years after releasing his breakthrough album Stop All The World Now, singer/songwriter Howie Day has broken his silence...
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Chicago Auto Show 2013

Posted on  February 10, 2013
See what’s in store at the largest auto show in North America.     Whether you’re looking for a new car this year or just want to be in the same vicinity as your dream car, the Chicago Auto Show does not disappoint. From new models...

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Vintage Fashion Expo

Posted on  February 1, 2013
Smart vintage shoppers will find bargains at this fashion filled two-day event!   “Wrap yourself in fur and chiffon or slip on velvety cloaks and costume jewelry at the Vintage Fashion Expo returning this weekend to the Santa Monica Civic...
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Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Posted on  January 23, 2013
Experience the 28th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival presented by lynda.com     This week, tons of movie fanatics and film connoisseurs are heading to Park City, Utah to attend...
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Bugs Bunny at the Symphony

Posted on  January 23, 2013
Celebrate 20 years of Bugs Bunny on the concert stage!     Forget the cartoons of today—show your kids the classics (along with listening to some amazing scores by a live symphony orchestra)! Head to the Chicago Symphony Center...

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Chicago Cubs Convention

Posted on  January 16, 2013
This isn’t your average Cubs Convention. With a new location, new look, new players and new activities, the 28th Annual Cubs Convention is definitely a must-visit.   It’s almost as exciting as opening day! The Cubs Convention is...
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The Fourth Annual Rink at Wrigley

Posted on  January 2, 2013
Come skate at the fourth annual Rink at Wrigley!   Take me out to the … ice rink? You read right! The fourth annual Rink at Wrigley is bringing winter fun for locals and visitors alike in the Lake View...
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Santa Barbara Symphony Presents: New Year’s Eve Pops Concert

Posted on  December 27, 2012
Ring in the New Year with festive music!   Celebrate 2013 with the classics at the New Year’s Eve Pops Concert!   Back by popular demand, guest conductor, Bob Bernhardt will...

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New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Navy Pier

Posted on  December 27, 2012
“Welcome in 2013 with Chicago’s only lakefront fireworks show on New Year’s Eve!” -Navy Pier   Ring in 2013 Windy City style—on the Chicago lakefront!   Celebrate New Year’s at Navy Pier with their two...
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ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo

Posted on  December 19, 2012
Enjoy luminous holiday light displays and seasonal activities throughout Lincoln Park Zoo   Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo isn’t just for the spring and summer. Come the holiday season, it transforms into a winter wonderland for its...

Botanic Garden Wonderland Express

Posted on  December 12, 2012
The Chicago Botanic Garden has transformed into a winter wonderland!   Take the whole family on a magical adventure to a winter wonderland of lights and holiday fun at the Chicago Botanic Garden!   Wonderland...


Posted on  December 12, 2012
Concert will feature 40+ brass players from all over Southern California   Celebrating its 38th anniversary nationwide, the TubaChristmas concert at Stork Placita will be one of the hundreds of concerts being presented in...

ICE at Santa Monica

Posted on  December 6, 2012
Enjoy a little winter at Southern California’s most popular skating rink!   Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) it doesn’t get cold enough in Southern California for the ocean to freeze into a sheet of ice—for ice skaters’ sake,...

2012 Julefest Celebration in Solvang

Posted on  December 5, 2012
See 100+ live Christmas trees and participate in tons of holiday events at the 2012 Julefest in Solvang!   “Share the holiday cheer” in Solvang—named by Time magazine as one of “The 9 Most Christmassy Towns in...

Christmas at the Castle

Posted on  November 29, 2012
Experience Hearst Castle as it might have been in the 1920s or 1930s   Ever wonder what it would have been like to celebrate Christmas in the golden era of the 1920s and 1930s? Well, now you can.   Every year, during the holiday...

18th Annual La Arcada Christmas Walk

Posted on  November 28, 2012
Join in the holiday cheer at La Arcada!   What a wonderful way to begin the 2012 holiday season! The 18th Annual Christmas Walk will return tonight, Wednesday, November 28, to La Arcada!   As always, the...

Streetlight Manifesto Performs at House of Blues – Chicago

Posted on  November 21, 2012
Streetlight Manifesto performed in Chicago last night as part of their headlining North American fall tour   House of Blues – Chicago was the place to be last night, November 20th....

Behind Closed Doors

Posted on  November 2, 2012


A glimpse into a Palm Springs mid-century modern home fit for a king—and his bride


By Kevin Wierzbicki




If there’s any...



Posted on  November 2, 2012


Brash. Ruthless. Supremely confident. Donald Trump pulls no punches and makes no apologies for his business success. Here, the entrepreneurial powerhouse speaks candidly about family, fame, and a Hollywood Establishment that keeps him at arm’s-length.



Exclusive Interview – Richard Branson

Posted on  October 9, 2012

With two feet firmly planted on the earth and a vision for the future, Richard Branson is revolutionizing the travel industry—and saving the planet to boot.


By Jesse Nash


“I think some of the...


Chicago Touring With a Twist

Posted on  October 9, 2012

From bikes to boats, gangsters to greeters, writer ROBERTA SOTONOFF offers an insider’s rundown of unique ways to explore the Windy City


You are not the average tourist. Sure you like to eat at some nice...


Darkness Falls on the Desert

Posted on  October 9, 2012


Spring is in the air. Flowers are blooming, snow is melting, and in the perpetually sunny arts haven of Palm Springs, film noir returns to cast its eerie shadow. 


By Sharon McDonnell


“The Cliff...