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.
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.
Azure waters lap the shores of Catalina Island, a picturesque setting a mere 22 miles from Los Angeles, but one that feels worlds away. Here, as the lights dim and the curtains retract from the silver screen, cinephiles and the stars of Tinseltown convene to revel in the magic of the movies. Now more than a century old, the Catalina Film Festival invokes this transcendent cinematic experience with dozens and dozens of screenings, ranging from animation and documentaries to student films and features. These stories light up screens across the island, including that of the historic Avalon Theatre, a 1,200-seat art-deco structure remarkable for being the world’s first sound theater and Orson Welles’ favorite place to take a nap.
Like many great movies, the San Pedro International Film Festival began with a little romance. In 2012, the festival's inaugural year, a comedy-drama titled Silver Linings Playbook made its LA festival premiere, screening alongside other inspirational films with unique and global perspectives—reflective of the city's diverse culture. Silver Linings Playbook won Best Feature film, and a few months later, in the same city, went on to take home more than a dozen heavy-weight awards.
SPIFF, as the festival calls itself, shows its commitment to great cinematic works in ways that go beyond honoring excellent movies. The festival dives into the inner workings of the film industry with workshops and speakers slotted between its screenings. And before the festival even begins, a two-day Youth Film Intensive held at San Pedro's Croatian Cultural Center introduces budding Spielbergs to techniques in storytelling and structure, as well as the ins-and-outs of casting, producing, and sneaking subliminal messages into the title credits.
For one day, companies from the beauty, style, and fitness industries share their wares and expertise during a six-hour extravaganza produced by women for women. The Bazaar showcases health, fashion, and beauty products from the latest lines, such as Sally Hansen, Vision Essentail by Kaiser Permanente, Mamamio Skincare, Posh Beauty, Chella, Whole Foods and others. The morning will kickoff with Blueprint mimosas and Whole Foods samples while you enjoy Yoga. In The Activity Area, women can limber up in fitness classes or commemorate the excursion in the photo booth. Pamper Me Fabulous is all about strengthening your mind, body, and spirit.
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.
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.
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.