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  • International Festivals in Southern California | Experience the World Without the Plane Ticket

    Going abroad isn’t always possible, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on experiencing new foods, exciting music, or on exploring different cultures.

    Living in Southern California, I don’t have to go far to get a taste of what it might be like to visit Greece, Romania, or Lebanon. Various international festivals are held across Southern California throughout the year. This means that if I want to experience la dolce vita Italian-style, try out German beers, or indulge in different street foods, there are plenty of opportunities each month to do just that.

    Here are just a few of my favorite International Festivals in Southern California

    626 Night Market – Arcadia, CA

    A post shared by Shannon Kennedy (@eurolinguiste) on Jul 22, 2017 at 9:03pm PDT


    The 626 Night Market is an Asian-inspired night market. The vendors include a mix of food, crafts, merchandise, art, games, music, and more and the event sees as many as tens of thousands of attendees. It’s held at Santa Anita Park (a racecourse).

    Where: 
    285 W Huntington Dr
    Arcadia, CA 91007

    When: June- September

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    OC Night Market – Costa Mesa, CA

    A post shared by Shannon Kennedy (@eurolinguiste) on May 25, 2017 at 8:57pm PDT


    The OC Night Market is the smaller sibling to the 626 Night Market. It’s held at the OC Fairgrounds and features more than 200 food vendors, activities, and entertainment options.

    Where:
    88 Fair Dr
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626

    When: Spring & Summer

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    OC Greek Fest – Anaheim, CA

    A post shared by Shannon Kennedy (@eurolinguiste) on May 20, 2018 at 5:43pm PDT


    Held at St. John’s church in Anaheim, California is the OC Greek Fest. It’s both your standard pop-up fairgrounds (they have small rides and arcades), but with a Greek flair. The featured foods include everything from Loukoumades to Gyros, Baklava to Feta Fries.

    Where:
    405 N Dale Ave
    Anaheim, CA 92801

    When: May

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    Irvine Korean Festival

    A post shared by Shannon Kennedy (@eurolinguiste) on May 16, 2016 at 1:23pm PDT


    I first stumbled upon the Irvine Korean Festival by chance. A friend and I happened to be in the area when we drove past the event, so we decided to circle back. We were able to explore a variety of Korean arts and crafts, street foods, and music. 

    Where:
    1 Civic Center Plaza
    Irvine, CA 92606

    When: May

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    Little Saigon Night Market – Westminster, CA

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    The Little Saigon Night Market is a Vietnamese-inspired night market held at the Asian Garden Mall in Westminster. The event is small, but the foods and entertainment at the event make it feel much larger. I definitely recommend the cakes and sugarcane drinks!

    Where:
    9200 Bolsa Ave
    Westminster, CA 92683

    When: June – September

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    La Dolce Vita – Laguna Niguel, CA

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    Stomping grapes was on my bucket list until I visited La Dolce Vita and had the chance to cross it off. Hosted near the infamous Ziggurat building in Laguna Niguel, this Italian festival features a collection of Italian vendors, foods, and music. Olive oil taste test anyone?

    Where:
    El Lazo
    Laguna Niguel, CA 92656

    When: Fall

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    Long Beach Greek Festival – Long Beach, CA

    The Long Beach Greek Festival showcases cooking demonstrations, shopping, dancing, live music, and food. Plus, they’re not far from the ocean! 

    Where:
    5761 East Colorado St
    Long Beach, CA 90814

    When: September

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    San Diego International Beer Festival – San Diego, CA

    Choose from over 400+ beers from more than 200 breweries around the world. Plus, they offer drinking games and contests as well as a look behind the scenes at the brewing process.

    Where:
    Del Mar Fairgrounds
    2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
    Del Mar, CA 92014

    When: June

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    California Irish Festival – Perris, CA

    Food trucks, live music and entertainment, and beer gardens are featured at the California Irish Festival in Upland, California. You can indulge in Irish nachos, corned beef boxty, or bangers and mash all while enjoying Irish music.

    Where:
    18700 Lake Perris Dr.
    Perris, CA 92571

    When: March

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    Alpine Village Oktoberfest – Torrance, CA

    Dedicated to German beer, food, and entertainment is the Alpine Village Oktoberfest in Torrance. Hosted at the Alpine Village, a Bavarian-style center with restaurants, shops, and more, the event is said to be the longest-running Oktoberfest in Los Angeles County.

    Where:
    19800 S Vermont Ave
    Torrance, CA 90502

    When: September – October

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    Taste of Greece – Irvine, CA

    Located at St. Paul’s Church in Irvine is the Taste of Greece Festival, a small, local event held each year and a nice way to spend the afternoon. You can enjoy Greek fare, music, and dancing – plus, take a free tour of the church.

    Where:
    4949 Alton Pkwy
    Saint Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church
    Irvine, CA 92604

    When: June

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    Irvine Global Village Festival – Irvine, CA

    The Irvine Global Village Festival features a little bit of everywhere, as true to its name. Across five stages it hosts more than 100 performances. Additionally, you can enjoy a variety of foods, activities, crafts, displays, and shopping.

    Where:
    6950 Marine Way
    Irvine, CA 92618

    When: September

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    Irish Fair & Music Festival – Irvine, CA

    The Orange County Great Park also hosts the Irish Fair & Musical Festival, a celebration of Irish-American culture and heritage. The event hosts a variety of sports, music, and it even has a spotlight on the Irish language.

    Where:
    6950 Marine Way
    Irvine, CA 92618

    When: June

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    Scottish Fest – Costa Mesa, CA

    Enjoy Highland dances, more than 400 pipers and drummers, Scottish sports, shopping, food and more at the Scottish Fest in Costa Mesa. It’s the perfect place to pick up a kilt.

    Where:
    88 Fair Dr
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626

    When: May

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    OC Lebanese Festival – Orange, CA

    Enjoy Lebanese cuisine, music, and even Hookah at the OC Lebanese Festival in Orange.

    Where:
    300 S Flower St
    Orange, CA 92868

    When: June

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    Be Romanian for a Day – Rolling Hills Estates, CA

    Experience Romanian culture, food, and music at this annual festival in Rolling Hills Estates. There are costume exhibitions and opportunities to use the language with the Romanian expat community.

    Where:
    25851 Hawthorne Blvd
    Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

    When: May

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    Lunar New Year Festival – Monterey Park, CA

    Experience Lunar New Year as a part of the Monterey Park Lunar New Year Festival. Enjoy food, entertainment and other activities spread out over five blocks.

    Where:
    1588 Corporate Center Drive
    Monterey Park, CA 91754

    When: January – February

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    Tet Festival – Costa Mesa, CA

    The Tet Festival is a Vietnamese-influenced festival held at the OC Fairgrounds each year to celebrate the lunar new year. With live entertainment, food, rides, and shopping, there’s plenty to see and do.

    Where:
    88 Fair Dr
    Costa Mesa, CA 92686

    When: February

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    International Festival at Soka University – Aliso Viejo, CA

    For nearly two decades, Soka University has hosted its International Festival. Its vendors include a variety of crafts, foods, entertainment, and activities.

    Where:
    1 University Drive
    Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

    When: May

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    Pro Tips for Attending these Events:

    • Many of the venues and vendors are cash only, so come prepared.
    • Be sure to drink lots of water! It’s important to keep cool and hydrated, especially in crowded, warm, and lively areas.
    • Be adventurous. Try foods that might be outside what you’d normally eat, sit down and take in the entertainment, and enjoy the activities offered.

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  • The Riverwalk | Things to Do In San Antonio, Texas

    San Antonio, Texas is known for many things. It’s home to the Alamo, the Natural Bridge Caverns, and historic manners. But one story beneath the streets of the city, you’ll find a lively, bustling scene. It’s here that the San Antonio Riverwalk, a commercial development of a bend in the city’s river protected from flooding by the Olmas Dam.

    The construction was completed in the 1940s and the first restaurant, Casa Rio opened in 1946. Since, the area has been expanded and improved. It now hosts dozens of restaurants, hotels, shops, a museum, and even an outdoor theater. 

    The Riverwalk | Things to do in San Antonio, Texas | Eurolinguiste
    The Riverwalk | Things to do in San Antonio, Texas | Eurolinguiste
    The Riverwalk | Things to do in San Antonio, Texas | Eurolinguiste
    The Riverwalk | Things to do in San Antonio, Texas | Eurolinguiste
    The Riverwalk | Things to do in San Antonio, Texas | Eurolinguiste

    Visitors to the Riverwalk can take a boat tour, stroll along the walkways, or decompress with a margarita at a table by the water. The Riverwalk also features numerous events throughout the year including parades and Fiesta Noche Del Rio. 

    I’ve had the pleasure of visiting the Riverwalk on two occasions – the first for a brief lunch along the water, but the second more extensively. 

    While attending an event at the nearby event center, the Riverwalk was an easy destination for meals and as a relaxing place to stroll while winding down at the end of the day. Many of the restaurants boast discounted drinks and housemade salsa, and there’s no shortage of choice if you’re craving TexMex or BBQ. 

    The Riverwalk | Things to do in San Antonio, Texas | Eurolinguiste
    The Riverwalk | Things to do in San Antonio, Texas | Eurolinguiste
    The Riverwalk | Things to do in San Antonio, Texas | Eurolinguiste
    The Riverwalk | Things to do in San Antonio, Texas | Eurolinguiste
    The Riverwalk | Things to do in San Antonio, Texas | Eurolinguiste

    But there are other options if you’re searching for an “off the tourist track” brunch or even Meditteranean fare. 

    Texas is known for being hot and humid, so I definitely recommend dressing comfortably for the heat, donning a pair of good walking shoes and keeping a bottle (or two) of water with you. 

    The Riverwalk is certainly a “must see” when in San Antonio.

    The Riverwalk | Things to do in San Antonio, Texas | Eurolinguiste
    The Riverwalk | Things to do in San Antonio, Texas | Eurolinguiste
    The Riverwalk | Things to do in San Antonio, Texas | Eurolinguiste
    The Riverwalk | Things to do in San Antonio, Texas | Eurolinguiste
    The Riverwalk | Things to do in San Antonio, Texas | Eurolinguiste
    The Riverwalk | Things to do in San Antonio, Texas | Eurolinguiste

    What about you?

    What are some of the tourist areas you’ve been to that you just couldn’t miss?

    I’d love to hear about them in the comments below. 

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  • Viva Las Vegas

    Las Vegas, Nevada | Eurolinguiste
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    Viva Las Vegas!

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