Experience Summer Fun in Anaheim, CA

Featuring Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farms, and Angels Stadium, Anaheim, CA, is an exciting place to be during the summer! There’s nothing quite like riding a thrilling roller coaster or entering the stadium of your favorite baseball team. And the fun doesn’t end there either! Besides its theme parks and sports attractions, Anaheim also hosts a wide variety of lesser-known activities. 

Check out this list of our favorite summer activities, events, and shows in Anaheim, CA, courtesy of The Jackson!

Summer Activities

Fourth of July Celebrations

Anaheim is the place to be on the Fourth of July! The city hosts a full day of activities, including a 5K and 10K, pancake breakfast, dog show, and parade. Food vendors and live entertainment will also be available! Then, after a full, fun day of festivities, sit back and enjoy Anaheim’s firework show, or head over to Disneyland to see their magical display!

Most of the city’s events are free, but you do have to pay to register for the run or to enter the dog show. The festivities kick off at 7:00 a.m. with the Firecracker Run and end at 9:00 p.m. with the fireworks show. The full schedule can be found online, with times and pricing information for all events. Attend them all, or choose your favorite ones!

Disneyland After Dark

We all know about Disneyland! But how much do you know about Disneyland After Dark? Disneyland After Dark is a collection of festive evening events featuring after-hours park access, themed entertainment, characters, attractions, and more! These events are fun for the whole family and a great way to add a little magic to your summer!

Disneyland After Dark events require park tickets and reservations. View Disney’s complete list of parades, events, and shows on their Daily Events page, and check out the Parks and Tickets pages to find the tickets that are right for you!

Anaheim Packing District

Do you have a hard time finding a dinner destination that pleases everyone? Look no further! Featuring dozens of different restaurants serving cuisine from all around the world, the Anaheim Packing District will be sure to have something for everyone. Whether you’re a health food addict or possess a sweet tooth, this complex is sure to please everyone!

Not only does Anaheim Packing District host a wide variety of foods, but the beautiful, historic setting also hosts live entertainment! Be sure to check out the calendar to see who is performing when and schedule your visits around your favorite performers!

The Adventure Lagoon 

Want a break from the summer heat? There is no better way to cool off than a trip to The Adventure Lagoon waterpark! Featuring a sandy beach on a crystal-clear lake, this is a beautiful destination and wonderful way to enjoy the summer! The park includes a floating obstacle course, paddle boarding, bumper boats, kayaks, and water volleyball. Whether you want to venture through the obstacle course, relax on the beach, or do something in between, this park is fun for everyone!

Located in Anaheim, the park is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Beach-only admission is $30, while beach access plus one obstacle course session is $40. Kids five and under get in for only $5 each. Don’t forget to bring your ID, a signed waiver, a bathing suit, and a towel!


Reptile Super Show

Do you love reptiles? You’re in luck! Anaheim will be hosting the Reptile Super Show this year, where reptile lovers will gather to see and purchase exotic reptiles. Visitors will also have the option to attend educational workshops or buy supplies for their own reptiles. Featuring lizards, snakes, amphibians, and tortoises, this is a one-of-a-kind event to dive into the world of reptiles! 

This two-day event will occur at the Anaheim Convention Center on Saturday, July 9, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, July 10, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets start at $10 for kids and $16 for adults and range up to $50 if you purchase the VIP two-day pass. Visit the website to reserve your tickets now!


Want to give your kids the experience of a lifetime? KIDZCON is the ultimate convention for kids. This event, designed for kids to enjoy a world of fun and discovery, features shopping, food, and entertainment. Fun for the whole family, kids and adults alike are sure to enjoy this experience.

The event runs July 15–17 in Anaheim, and tickets can be reserved in three-hour time slots on whichever day you choose. Attendance for children (ages eight to 17) costs $20, and attendance for adults (18 and up) costs $25. A VIP family package is also available for $175. Parking is $26 for the day, and a portion of all proceeds from this event will benefit the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. Tickets sell out fast, so you will want to purchase yours quick!

Angels Games

Nothing can put you in the summer mood quite like a baseball game. The sound of the ball being hit, the rush of watching your favorite player hit a home run, and the smell of gameday hot dogs just can’t be found anywhere else! Anaheim is lucky to be home to Angel Stadium, the home field of the Los Angeles Angels. These baseball games are the perfect way to spend a summer day!

There are plenty of opportunities to attend a game throughout the summer. Here is a list of upcoming home games:

  • June 27–29: Chicago White Sox
  • July 12–14: Houston Astros
  • July 15–16: Los Angeles Dodgers

View the full schedule, complete with times here. Tickets can range from $4 to $150, depending on how close you want to be to the action. 

Shows and Performances

Totally 80s Live

Want a taste of the 80s? Check out Totally 80s Live at the House of Blues! Enjoy classic Southern dishes while listening to popular 80s artists, including The Untouchables, Gene Loves Jezebel, The Motels, When In Rome II, and Bow Wow Wow.

The event will occur on July 1 at the House of Blues, and doors will open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are general admission standing only. The event is open to all ages, but there is a cocktail party for those ages 21 and up before the show in the Foundation Room.

Sad Summer Festival

Presented by Journeys, Sad Summer Festival is returning for its third year! Occurring on July 9 in Anaheim, this alternative and indie music festival will feature artists including Waterpark, Mayday Parade, Neck Deep, State Champs, Against the Current, Hot Mulligan, Magnolia Park, and the Summer Set.

The event begins at 2:30 p.m. Premiering at The Lot At City National Grove of Anaheim, tickets range from $49 to $120 and can be purchased online.


Summers in Anaheim are hard to beat! If you’re looking to relocate to be closer to the action, consider The Jackson apartments located in Anaheim, CA. Visit our website to learn more today!

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