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Santa…and the 109th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade – are coming to town!

Watch decorated boats, yachts, kayaks and canoes sail along Newport Harbor every night through the weekend in the 109th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.  The parade, which begins Wednesday, Dec. 13, brings out a million viewers.  And we were two of the million last year!

When: 6:15-9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13 to Sunday, Dec. 17.
***Closing Night Fireworks: 9:05 pm Fireworks @ Balboa Pier (just after parade concludes)

Cost: Free           More Information: christmasboatparade.com.

Where: The route starts and ends at Lido Isle. The parade can be viewed from multiple spots on the shore. Marina Park is a popular area to watch the parade.  Arrive early for the best viewing spot.  Here’s the Parade Route & Schedule:

Parade Route and Schedule

Get ready. Get set. Go out and EAT!

It’s coming… Newport Beach Restaurant Week: January 15-28, 2 whole weeks to try some of Newport’s finest restaurants.  I know I can’t wait!   https://www.dinenb.com/restaurant-week-2018

Surf City Nights Street Fair and Farmers Market in Huntington Beach – EVERY TUESDAY NITE


Surf City Nights: Every Tuesday, 5-9 p.m. 

Location: Main Street between Orange & PCH
Events: Farmers Market, Food Vendors, Street Performers
Age: All ages, family-friendly! 

The warmer weather is here and it’s time to enjoy SURF CITY NIGHTS again! This weekly special event closes Main Street for a funky street fair with musical acts ranging from Spanish guitar to hip-hop dancers, tribute bands and other musical artists.

Take a stroll down Main Street from PCH for 4 or 5 blocks with locals and visiting families alike.  Cool breezes blow from the beach (which is just across the street), and enjoy a couple hours getting fresh air, listening and watching the entertainment, buying gifts, jewelry, art, clothing and food.
– HBDOWNTOWN.com is the official web site.
– Free admission, Free entertainment
– Fruits, vegetables, cut flowers, plants sold
– Street vendors sell everything from funnel cakes to kettle corn, roasted corn, tacos and hot dogs!
– Held every Tuesday evening from 5 to 9 p.m.

Balboa Island annual ART WALK was great!









Yesterday was a gorgeous day! Perfect to do the annual art walk stroll along Balboa Island’s South Bayfront.  Lots of vendors – and about six bands playing along the art walk. Couldn’t have asked for better weather…Summer is just about here!

And of course the day wouldn’t be complete without taking the car ferry across the bay from the Balboa Peninsula to Balboa Island.  And check out the sand sculpture commemorating the day – at least temporarily!

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Discounted Entertainment/Events In Newport Beach

GoldStarWeekendPlanning a trip to Newport Beach with your family or friends?

Wondering what there is to do while you’re here? Let me share a TIP with you: There’s many sites that can give you a list of events, but here’s a link to a list of DISCOUNTED Entertainment events in the area. There’s discounts to live theatre, music, comedy clubs, sports events. There’s no cost for you to look, no cost for you to sign up and get a weekly email recap of upcoming events. They do charge a small fee when you’re purchasing a ticket, but hey, you’ve already saved a bunch!

Some listings are up to a month out, to help you in your planing. Some get listed the very same week. You don’t need a referral; Just check out www.goldstar.com/orange-county/events and see what’s hot – and cheap – during your upcoming visit to the “Sandcastle” in Newport Beach!

Our upgraded/redesigned Master Bathroom Shower

We’re so excited about our new Master Bath Shower!  It’s recently been redone!  Check out the great tile/stone work, and we really love the soap and shampoo area too!  There’s a seat for your convenience as well.  Come and enjoy it for yourself!


Laguna Beach’s Sawdust Festival celebrates it’s 50th anniversary!





It’s my favorite summer arts/crafts festival by a long shot – and it’s only open 3 more weeks!  The Sawdust Festival features the fine art and craft of over 200 Laguna Beach resident artists. Enjoy live entertainment, art demonstrations, classes, and an outdoor cafe set in a cool eucalyptus grove.  It’s got great ambiance!  I always make a purchase – or three, as the arts and crafts are reasonably priced one-of-a-kind items.  I love to bring out-of-town guests, and even as a “local”, it’s pure enjoyment, and lots of unique creativity!  Don’t miss it!

“Art enthusiasts, collectors, and novice artists have come to the Sawdust since our beginning in 1966 for our mix of fine art and craft. Medias include hand-blown and fused glass, painting, jewelry, surf art, ceramics, clothing and textiles, wood and metal sculpture, scrimshaw, photography, and so much more.”  Friday, June 24 through Sunday, August 28, 2016; open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651.

Upcoming Local Events in Newport Beach


sand & starfishPlanning a trip to Newport Beach in the next several months?  There’s always so much to do while visiting our local area, and here are some great local events – from April through August – that you should know about…

Danny Kusz, Saxophonist Extraordinaire


Had the opportunity to have Danny Kusz and his family stay at our “Sandcastle” recently, while out here from Minneapolis to play at Spaghettini Grill and Jazz Club in Seal Beach.  Not only is he the nicest guy, but boy, he plays a mean saxophone! We actually went to see him in concert there, and the show was fantastic!  He owned that room like nobody’s business! Who is Danny Kusz?  Check out this link and read about him yourself!  If you’re into high energy, dynamic, funk-infused jazz, check out Danny’s website. You should know about him and his music!

Don’t just take my word for it.  Here’s one of many reviews of Danny music: If “Reanimation,” the energetic lead single from saxophonist Danny Kusz’s upcoming album ERUPTION, is any indication of how the rest of the album will stack up, Smooth Jazz fans are in for a wild ride. Featuring the electric guitar crackle of Nils, it’s a high octane blast of funk, sizzle and glorious horn fire – showcasing a fresh, youthful approach to urban jazz/funk. Named “one of the hippest cats in Minneapolis” by Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine, Kusz – whose versatility has led him to perform with Eric Leeds, Joey DeFrancesco, Root City and Marcus Miller’s saxman Alex Han – creates an explosive hybrid of his major alto influence, David Sanborn and favorite funk-rocker, fellow Minneapolis native Prince. Now that we’ve kicked off the year with some “Reanimation,” Smooth Jazz better get ready for the big ERUPTION!     – Smoothjazz.com

Doheny Blues Festival – May 21 & 22





Home to the Best Blues Festival in Southern California, the Doheny Blues Festival has welcomed numerous legends of the genre including: B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Etta James, Charlie Musselwhite, Derek Trucks, Dr. John, Little Richard, John Lee Hocker and many more. Hosted on the iconic Orange County landmark of Doheny State Beach every May, the festival boasts an eclectic food court, the intimate Backporch stage with microbrew tastings, and a stellar line up year after year.  Plus you can’t beat the ocean air, being right there!

This year, headliners include Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Edgar Winter Band, Aaron Neville, Brian Setzer & Walter Trout.

We’ve been ourselves in past years – and it’s alway’s a great day (or two) of music!  This coming year marks the 19th anniversary of the celebrated Doheny Blues Festival! The 2016 Doheny Blues Festival will take place May 21 & 22 at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point.Here’s a link to a great site (Eventbrite.com) that will answer all your questions about the festival: Hours, Ticket Prices, Ticket & Event FAQs.