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Facilitating the fan-delighting collision of comic-book universes and intergalactic heroes, Wizard World organizes Comic Cons and pop-culture conventions across the continent. At each event, stars from the silver screen set down roots in booths across the convention floor, wielding markers for autographs and their photo-op-ready smiles. Past guests have run the gamut from William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, and the cast of AMC?s The Walking Dead. Away from the crowds, stars also participate in talks and Q&A panels as part of the event?s programming. Along with beloved actors, Wizard World?s conventions grant guests a chance to interact with writers and artists as well as partake in activities such as gaming tournaments and costume contests.

800 W Katella Ave
Anaheim,
CA
US

Although it takes place at the Orange County Fair and Event Center, the Anatolian Cultures & Food Festival actually exists at the nexus of thousands of years of Anatolian history. That's the way it feels, at least. Upon arrival, guests begin this trek through time at the Gates of Civilizations, whose waypoints honor 14 historic and present-day nations ranging from the mighty Hittite Empire to the modern Turkish Republic. Towering, ornate arches and a staff of highly knowledgeable costumed actors guide them through this journey, sharing the traditional dress and customs of bygone regional residents including the Ottomans, Romans, Phrygians, and Byzantines.

Once inside, guests can extend their explorations within stunning recreations of nine different Anatolian cities, grabbing lifelike views of everything from the Topkapi Palace—once occupied by Ottoman sultans—or the Armenian Cathedral of the Holy Cross, the ancient seat of the Armenian Orthodox patriarch. Along the way, they can stop for souvenirs at the bustling Grand Bazaar, where more than 100 vendor hawk traditional Near Eastern good. A traditional Turkish coffeehouse also occupies part of the festival grounds, tempting guests with cups of rich Turkish coffee that par well with the kebabs, stews, and baked goods prepared by the festival’s food vendors.

88 Fair Dr
Costa Mesa,
CA
US

New Wave LA is a multi-date, multi-venue event that encompasses four original works. Pick up a ticket to each of the performances to experience the whole kit and caboodle. The tickets will be in the D-level seating area of each venue and will be issued in e-ticket fashion prior to the show. The Los Angeles Ballet is a group of two dozen gazelle-esque dancers who fling themselves across genres and around the stage like marionettes controlled by heartstrings. See this renowned company move to the body music of the latest, greatest, and most unexpected choreography from LA's own Josie Walsh, plus Sonya Tayeh, Travis Wall, and Mandy Moore of So You Think You Can Dance fame.

1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Redondo Beach,
CA
US

Taste of Westminster

What does Westminster taste like? If you ask the organizers of Taste of Westminster, the answer will likely make your mouth water and your internal dinner bell clang loudly. Here's a small sampling what you can expect to eat and drink at this year's festival: * Barbecue treats in cocoa-tinged sauce from Chocolate Bar-B-Que * Zesty Mexican snacks from Taco Surf * Delicate crepes from Crepe Corner * Frosty brews from Blue Moon, Sierra Nevada, New Belgium, and Coors Light

Eating and Drinking for Charity

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Westminster, a group dedicated to serving the needs of children in the community, is hosting this year's Taste of Westminster. Proceeds will go to support the Challenger Little League?a branch of the Little League of America designed for kids with developmental disabilities. If enough people show up for the festival's live music, beer, and food, Kiwanis Club of Greater Westminster will be able to build the children of Challenger Little League a baseball field of their very own.

8200 Westminster Boulevard
Westminster,
CA
US

Property Location
When you stay at The Queen Mary in Long Beach, you'll be on the waterfront and minutes from RMS Queen Mary and Long Beach Cruise Terminal. This eco-friendly hotel is within close proximity of Shoreline Village and Aquarium of the Pacific.

Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 314 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring iPod docking stations and flat-screen televisions. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available to keep you connected. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature designer toiletries and complimentary toiletries.

Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. You're sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, including a health club and bicycles to rent. This Art Deco hotel also features wireless Internet access (surcharge), concierge services, and an arcade/game room.

Dining
Grab a bite to eat at one of the hotel's 3 restaurants and 3 coffee shops/cafés, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours).

Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, audiovisual equipment, and express check-in. Event facilities at this hotel consist of a ballroom, banquet facilities, and exhibit space. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.

1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach,
CA
US

In addition to the sense of perseverance and accomplishment that comes with finishing a 5K, the organizers of the Bacon Chase have added another incentive: bacon. During their two races?the 5K Piggy Pilgrimage, which is a traditional 5K, and the 0.05K Blitz to Bacon, which is a 164-foot sprint?runners can munch on unlimited bacon bits before feasting on unlimited amounts of bacon at the finish line. Runners 21 and older can wash down the savory strips of bacon with a bloody mary, and all runners get a Bacon Chase T-shirt and a signature bacon-scented bib. The festival opens at 8 a.m. and features many bacon-themed activities, plus music.

The festive day serves a greater purpose, too. Attendees will be able to register to become a St. Jude Hero, raise money for St. Jude Children?s Research Hospital, or both.

386 East Shoreline Drive
Long Beach,
CA
US