Go Little Tokyo for a Weekend of Authentic Food and Drinks at the 2nd Annual Delicious Little Tokyo Over a Dozen Restaurants and Shops Offering Events, Special Menu Items, Demos and Tastings Friday, July 21 – Sunday, July 23

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Go Little Tokyo invites expert foodies and first time explorers alike to the heart of Downtown LA to experience diverse cuisines from the restaurants of Little Tokyo for a scrumptious weekend of authentic food, drinks, and fun at the 2nd Annual DeliciousLittle Tokyo.

From Friday, July 21 to Sunday, July 23, explore the culinary gems of Little Tokyo and all the neighborhood has to offer with friends and family at the 2nd Annual Delicious Little Tokyo. Experience culinary demos, food tours, workshops, tastings, and one-of-kind activities at various Little Tokyo shops and restaurants exclusively available during Delicious Little Tokyo weekend.

Friday, July 21

  • Sake at First Street North with the Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC)7:00 – 10:00 PM — Enjoy sake provided by Mutual Trading Co., Inc. and delicious small plates at First Street North, a block that is critical to the past, present, and future of Little Tokyo. The event will also feature a multimedia installation to inspire guests to re-imagine First Street North. The installation is part of +LAB, LTSC’s creative community development project. $100 General Admission. Must be 21 years or older to attend.

Saturday, July 22

  • Floral Centerpiece Workshop, 10:00 – 11:00 AM — Learn from second-generation florist veteran and owner of Kuragami Little Tokyo Florist how to make a beautiful, effortless floral centerpiece for any special occasion. $10 cash materials fee paid upon entry, pre-registration required. Limited to 15 participants.
  • Poke & Tea Tasting, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM — Join Snociety for a special offering of the freshest proteins seasoned with your choice of six homemade sauces and refreshing iced teas, milk teas and infused lemonades. $10 cash admission due upon entry, pre-registration required. Limited to 15 participants.
  • Kyaraben (Character Bento) Demo, 12:00 – 1:00 PM – Join non-profit organization Anime for Humanity, for a fun, unique food demonstration on creating a beautiful bento box with food designs inspired by your favorite animations! FREE admission, pre-registration required. Limited to 20 participants.
  • Bento Box Demo, 1:00 – 2:00 PM — Join former Mrs. Japan and TABLE FOR TWO, a non-profit organization that promotes healthy eating and helps hungry children around the world, to learn how to pack a lunch that is both deliciousand adorable with kawaii (cute) characters to liven up your bento box! FREE admission. No registration required.
  • Sushi-Making Workshop, 2:00 – 3:00 PM — Learn the history and art, proper form and technique of hand-rolling the perfect sushi from Little Tokyo legacy business owner of Mitsuru Grill and Master Sushi Chef, Mamoru Hanamura. Learn how to make four (4) different, classic rolls. $15 cash materials fee due upon entry, pre-registration required. Limited to 15 participants.
  • Delicious Little Latte Art Workshop3:00 PM & 4:00 PM — Learn from award-winning latte artist and local Cafe Dulce barista, Eugene Lee, in a hands-on lesson on creating the perfect free pour design to top off your latte. All proceeds from this workshop benefit the Little Tokyo Community Council (LTCC)$10 donation per person paid upon entry, pre-registration required. Cash only. Limited to 6 participants
  • Spam Musubi Demo, 3:30 – 4:30 PM — Join Aloha Cafe for a step-by-step tutorial on how to make a classic Spam musubi, composed of a slice of grilled Spam on top of a block of rice, wrapped together with nori (edible seaweed) in the tradition of Japanese omusubi$5 cash materials fee due upon entry, pre-registration required. Limited to 15 participants.
  • Historical Food Walking Tour, 5:00 – 6:00 PM — Join the Little Tokyo Historical Society (LTHS) on a journey through Little Tokyo’s culinary past with a guided walking tour of historical food landmarks found in the neighborhood. $15 cash donation per person paid upon entry, pre-registration required. Limited to 20 participants.
  • Delicious Little Tokyo Latte Art Throwdown5:00 – 7:00 PM – Go Little Tokyo and Cafe Dulce presents the inaugural Delicious Little Tokyo Latte Art Throwdown! Professional baristas from all over Los Angeles will go head to head to compete for the crown in a winner takes all, best freestyle latte art battle. $10 cash registration per participant. Walk up registration only. Limited to 32 participants.

Sunday, July 23

  • Kawaii Sushi Felting Workshop, 10:30 – 11:30 AM — Join local DTLA collaborative co-working space, Opodz, for a beginner’s needle felting workshop! Students will learn the basics of crochet and create adorable, stuffed sushi figures. Ages 10 years and older. $5 cash materials fee due upon entry, pre-registration required. Limited to 30 participants
  • Onigiri Workshop, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM — Join TABLE FOR TWO and Wa-Shokuiku “Learn. Cook. Eat Japanese!” to learn to make Rice Ball Characters, a fun and creative take on onigiri — the most popular Japanese snack! $15 cash materials fee due upon entry, pre-registration required. Limited to 30 participants.
  • Beginner’s ‘Ukulele Class, 1:00 PM2:15 PM, and 3:30 PM — `UKE On with U-Space’s easy, familiar tunes and songs led by `ukulele artist and educator, Jason ArimotoFREE admission. Loaner instruments available on-sitePre-registration required. Limited to 10 participants per time slot.
  •  “Furoshiki” Japanese Cloth Wrapping Workshop, 1:00 – 2:00 PM — Learn the art of “furoshiki” cloth wrapping from master furoshiki wrapper, and Director of Service Programs at the Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC)Mike Murase. Hear about the history of these traditional Japanese wrapping cloths, and try your hand at this eco-friendly, fashionable option to package your lunch boxes, bottles and other gifts. Sponsored by BunkadoFREE admission, pre-registration required. Limited to 20 participants.
  • Cocktail Demo, 2:30 – 3:30 PM — Join Little Tokyo’s neighborhood highball bar, Wolf & Crane, for a lesson in mixology. Learn a few tips and tricks from these Japanese whisky experts on how to concoct a perfect cocktail and have a sip (or two) of their favorites: Grandma Sue’s Gin and Tonic, Tokyo to Manhattan and Yoshi’s Island. FREE admission. Limited to 20 participants. Must be 21 years or older to attend.
  • Japanese Tea Ceremony, 3:30 – 4:00 PM — Experience the beautiful, choreographic ritual of preparing and serving Japanese green tea, called Matcha, in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony led by renowned Tea Master Nishimura of the Edo Senke LA Fuhaku-kai School. Sponsored by Tea Master Little Tokyo$5 cash materials fee due upon entry, pre-registration required. Limited to 30 participants.
  • Pizza-Making Workshop, 4:00 – 5:00 PM — Get with the laissez faire lifestyle with a pizza lesson from the pros at Baldoria! From strawberries to octopus, get inspired by their menu selection and grab a friend to share bites of custom-made pizza creations. $20 cash materials fee due upon entry, pre-registration is required. Limited to 10 participants.

SPECIALS:

Sip and sample special libations and treats only available during the Delicious Little Tokyo weekend. NEW this year is the coffee cocktail collaborations available Saturdayand Sunday from Cafe Dulce + Wolf & Crane and Cafe Dulce + Baldoria. Attendees can keep cool and caffeinated with drinks like “Kyoto in Summer”, a Kyoto Cold Brew inspired cocktail with Kenya Kieni coffee created by Café Dulce and Baldoria. For a list of all special drinks, treats and collaborations offered visitgolittletokyo.com/delicious .

WHEN:
Friday, July 21, 7:00 – 10:00 PM

Saturday, July 22, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Sunday, July 23, 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM

WHERE:
Little Tokyo – Downtown Los Angeles

TICKETS AND REGISTRATION:

Free – $100, depending on the activity. For more information and to register for demos and workshops please visit http://www.golittletokyo.com/d elicious/.

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ABOUT GO LITTLE TOKYO

Go Little Tokyo is a community-led effort aimed at highlighting the unique cultural programs, community events, and dining and shopping experiences found in Little Tokyo. As one of Los Angeles’ most vibrant cultural hubs, there is an abundance of destinations and landmarks in and around this historic walkable neighborhood, and Go Little Tokyo will help you uncover them. Go Little Tokyo is a Little Tokyo Community Council (LTCC) project developed and produced by Community Arts Resources (CARS) and made possible with support from Metro. For more information, visit: http://www.golittletoky o.com/

ABOUT LITTLE TOKYO COMMUNITY COUNCIL (LTCC)

The Little Tokyo Community Council (LTCC) is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) which has over 90+ member organizations.  LTCC works to ensure that Little Tokyo will continue to be a viable center for the Japanese American community and the Los Angeles Downtown community. For more information, visit: http://www.littletokyola.org/

The Habit Burger Grill Celebrates Summer with the Return of the Delicious Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad Available for a limited time through August! You DON'T want to miss this one!

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The Habit Restaurants, Inc. (Nasdaq: HABT), an Irvine-based restaurant company renowned for its award-winning Charburgers, has announced the return of its Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad, a delicious salad as satisfying as summer itself. The limited time special is available now through summer at participating Habit Burger Grill locations, and is priced at $7.75.

The Habit’s Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad features a refreshing blend of perfectly seasoned chargrilled chicken breast atop a bed of hand-cut garden greens with fresh sliced strawberries, dried blueberries and feta cheese crumbles, tossed in a house-made strawberry balsamic vinaigrette making for a delightful option for any summers day.

“Last year, our guests loved this menu item that reflected the fun and refreshing feeling of summertime,” says chef Adam Baird, The Habit’s vice president of food & beverage and creator of this limited time special. “We decided to bring this salad back because when our guests think of summer foods, they think of delicious ripe strawberries. This salad is the perfect combination of summer’s favorite fruit, fresh greens and a tasty vinaigrette. We are certain that it will be a fan-favorite yet again.”

I had the opportunity to try this delicious salad and I highly recommend! I love the strawberries, feta cheese crumbles, and blueberries together! 

Connect with The Habit on social media at facebook.com/habitburgerinstagram.com/habitburgergrilltwitter.com/habitburger and youtube.com/habittube.

About The Habit Restaurants, Inc. 

The Habit Burger Grill is a burger-centric, fast casual restaurant concept that specializes in preparing fresh, made-to-order chargrilled burgers and sandwiches featuring USDA choice tri-tip steak, grilled chicken and sushi-grade albacore tuna cooked over an open flame. In addition, it features fresh made-to-order salads and an appealing selection of sides, shakes and malts. The Habit was named the “best tasting burger in America” in July 2014 in a comprehensive survey conducted by one of America’s leading consumer magazines. The first Habit opened in Santa Barbara, California in 1969. The Habit has since grown to over 185 restaurants in 10 states throughout California, Arizona, Utah, New Jersey, Florida, Idaho, Virginia, Nevada, Washington and Maryland as well as two international locations. More information is available at www.habitburger.com.

Self Disclosure: I had the opportunity to try this salad courtesy of The Habit. Information and photo also provided.

Yogurtland Shares Summer Joy With Newest Scratch-made Delicious Flavors New Summer Spoons Highlight Watermelon Sorbet and Mud Pie Flavors

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This summer, yogurt lovers can pack up their picnic baskets and head to Yogurtland to enjoy five new scratch-made flavors that are reminiscent of family outings and warm summer nights.

These new promotional flavors, available from June 5 to August 6, explore the tastes of summer and are inspired by summer experiences, and the fresh fruits and desserts that are associated with them. These new flavors join Yogurtland’s more than 200 other handcrafted, gourmet flavors that are made at Yogurtland’s very own dairy with mastery and care, and with one thing in mind – delighting guests to the last spoonful.

 

“Our fans visit Yogurtland to enjoy and celebrate life’s special moments. The personalized experience lets fans craft their ultimate treat and choose the flavors and toppings they are craving. We are especially excited to introduce Watermelon Sorbet, a flavor our fans have been craving for some time,” said Chad Bailey, senior director of marketing and R&D, Yogurtland.

 

Yogurtland is also introducing two new collectible spoons, one featuring a red watermelon wedge and the other a slice of mud pie. Yogurtland is collaborating with the Watermelon Board to highlight the use of the juice of U.S-grown watermelons in this along-awaited flavor. To top off these delicious flavors, Yogurtland is introducing gummi butterflies as the perfect topping.

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The five mouth-watering flavors are:

 

–       Home Grown Watermelon Sorbet – Starting June 5, this delicious sorbet will have Yogurtland lovers quenching summer heat with the season’s favorite fruit. Combining everything there is to love about watermelon, sweet, fresh, and fruity, this flavor offers a refreshing experience on a hot summer day.

 

–       Sun Kissed Strawberry Shortcake – Inspired by summer’s favorite dessert, this flavor blends the deliciousness of real California strawberries with real sweet shortbread cookie and is available starting June 5. In each spoonful, the fruity, juicy strawberry taste is followed by notes of cake and whipped cream for a complete dessert sensation.

–       Sweet n’ Smooth Peaches and Cream Gelato- Available starting June 19, this combination of fruity tartness and creamy gelato makes for the perfect summer treat.  Inspired by some of the delicious treats individuals crave on a summer day, this flavor fills each spoonful with real Freestone peach taste.

 I absolutely love the Sweet n’Smooth Peaches and Cream Gelato! It’s delicious!

–       Larger Than Life Mud Pie – Starting July 3, chocolate fanatics rejoice, this ‘larger than life’ flavor layers rich chocolate, tasty coffee, and delectable chocolate cookies. The perfect balance of each layer comes through to create a decadent mud pie taste for all to enjoy.

 

–       Picnic Favorite Apricot Mango Tart- No picnic is complete without juicy summer fruits. The subtle balance between sweet and tart, this flavor combines two fruit favorites, sweet apricots and juicy mangos. This delicious flavor is available starting July 17.

 

Yogurtland’s flavorologists are continually seeking craveable flavors that keep fans loving their experience. Yogurtland owns its own dairy and by controlling the frozen yogurt making process, the company can deliver the highest quality flavors, setting new standards for millions of fans.

 

All of Yogurtland’s flavors meet the National Yogurt Association Criteria for “live and active culture frozen yogurt” and are produced in a kosher-certified facility. Yogurtland features non-fat and low-fat yogurt flavors as well as non-dairy and no sugar added choices while using milk that does not contain antibiotics or added hormones. Fruit flavors are fortified with Vitamin C for an extra boost.

 

Presently Yogurtland has more than 330 locations across the U.S., Australia, Guam, Singapore, Thailand, Venezuela and Dubai. For more information, visit http://www.yogurt-land.com or http://www.facebook.com/yogurtland.

Credit: Yogurtland provided information and a gift card for me to sample the delicious flavors. I am off to try the Larger Than Life Mud Pie today!

Come relive the ’90s on July 9th at the Santa Monica Pier

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“The Nineties” at the Pier, presented by CNN

Event Date: Sunday, July 9, 2017

 Event Time: 12 PM – 6 PM PST

 Event Venue: Santa Monica Pier 200 Santa Monica Pier A, Santa Monica, CA 90401

On Sunday, July 9, CNN will celebrate the premiere of its new docuseries “The Nineties” at the Santa Monica Pier.  

 “The Nineties” at the Pier, presented by CNN, is a family-friendly event celebrating all things ’90s with fun outdoor screenings of the decade’s most emblematic TV shows, culminating with an advance screening of The Nineties series premiere, “The One About TV.”  Bring your blankets and watch your favorite ‘90s TV characters on the big screen.

 CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin will host the event and there will be numerous photo- and video-friendly opportunities for families, including:

  • Appearances by cast members from hit ‘90s TV shows

  • An outdoor screening room with lounge furniture (don’t forget to bring your blanket)

  • A DJ playing popular ’90s music between screenings

  • Game lounges for playing a variety of fun ’90s board games

  • A selfie tent with GIF booth and backdrop

  • Complimentary soda, popcorn and candy station – everything you’d find at your local movie theater (available on a first come, first serve basis)

 

Cost: FREE

 

The Queen Mary Hosts SoCal’s Top Fireworks Display for All-American 4th of July Celebration Multiple Stages with Live Entertainment, Family-Friendly Activities, Arts & Crafts and Strolling Performers Throughout the Legendary Ship

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Let freedom ring and celebrate Independence Day aboard the majestic Queen Mary with a full day of live entertainment, family-friendly activities, delicious food, spectacular drinks from multiple bars, Ferris wheel ride, and more on Tuesday, July 4 from 2 – 10 p.m. The red, white and blue celebration is a ship-wide event, culminating with one of SoCal’s best 4th of July fireworks display above one of America’s “shining seas.”

 

The patriotic festival kicks-off at 2 p.m. with the sound of the historical Queen Mary horn. Upon entering The Village, guests will be greeted with a petting zoo, kids’ activities, inflatables, and more. Attendees will enjoy carnival games, strolling performers, delicious eats, All American Xpress Train, Ferris wheel ride, and live entertainment including a performance by popular 80s R&B singing group The Pointer Sisters at 8 p.m.

 

The festivities run all day long with live entertainment on multiple stages aboard the Queen Mary with comedy and magic shows in the Royal Salon and dance performances in the Grand Salon. The Straytones featuring the Lindy Sisters, Satin Dollz and Hollywood HotShots will perform in the Queen’s Salon, while DJ Mikey O. spins on the Sports Deck and DJ Rod Epic and HT Boombox light up the Verandah Deck. VIP ticket holders will have the opportunity to experience even-more holiday fun with access to the crowd-favorite dueling pianos in the Britannia Salon and James Rensink and strolling performers on the Capstan & Britannia Deck.

 

In addition to the one-of-a-kind entertainment and 4th of July activities, ticket holders are invited to experience all the wonders of The Queen Mary with access to the Diana: Legacy of a Princess Exhibition, Queen Mary Story, All American Tour, 4D Theater screenings and Haunted Encounters Tours.

 

The Queen Mary’s All-American 4th of July extravaganza is a patriotic celebration for all ages. The 15-minute-long firework show plays in-sync to patriotic music and paints the night sky with spectacular colors.

 

In honor of the holiday, The Queen Mary offers free admission to active duty military and military in uniform, at the door only. Tickets are $24 online for children, $29 day-of and $44 online per adult, and $49 day-of. The VIP-patriot pass is $99 for ages 4+ and includes additional access to Cap & Brit Decks, Britannia Salon, and premium firework viewing. Hotel and cabana packages are also available. For more information, schedule of activities and to purchase tickets visit queenmary.com/events/july-fourth/

 

Credit:  The Queen Mary
Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary’s signature restaurants include Chelsea Chowder House, Observatory Bar, as well as, a weekly Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the ship’s Grand Salon. History buffs enjoy the ship’s museum with various daily tours, and currently the ship is featuring the renowned Diana: Legacy of a Princess exhibit. The Queen Mary features 80,000 square feet of event space in 17 remarkable Art Deco salons as well as a tri-level, 45,000-square- foot Exhibit Hall. The Queen Mary boasts 346 staterooms including nine full suites. For more information or for reservations, see www.queenmary.com or call (800) 437-2934. The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach.

 

Release Your Inner Child in Carlsbad, CA

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Catching a wave off the Carlsbad Coast (Photo Credit: Visit Carlsbad)

Home to the blocky amusement park and SeaLife, the sunny SoCal city Carlsbad, CA is often thought as a wonderland for kids. However, with Omni La Costa’s new Edge Day Club, bike-friendly roads throughout the city, seven miles of pristine beaches, ample watersports activities, and more this city isn’t just a playground for kids, it’s also a playground for adults looking to release their inner child.

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Photo: Biking along one of the many bike paths that follow the coastline.(Photo Credit: Visit Carlsbad)

For those looking to find their younger self during their summer getaway, here are 15 ways to summer like a kid in Carlsbad, CA:

 

  1. Stop by Edge Day Club for perfectly poured crafted cocktails, bottle service options, and tempting culinary creations in a musically drenched outdoor venue atOmni La Costa Resort & Spa
  2. Take an electric bike tour through the village with Pedego Electric Bike Rental
  3. Beat your own best time racing at the K1 Speed Go Kart Track
  4. Go with the skate boarding flow at the Alga Norte Skate Park
  5. Go VIP with Cape Rey’s premium poolside cabana rentals, with personal service, an assortment of fruit and non-alcoholic drinks, complimentary WiFi, television, privacy drapes and VIP amenities
  6. Take in the amazing aerial views in an Icon Helicopter Tour
  7. Take a bite out of Carlsbad’s culinary best on a Food Tour
  8. Learn to swing like a pro at the Aviara Golf Club
  9. Surf with the pro’s with So Cal Surf Lessons
  10. Practice your sun salutes in a Stand Up Paddleboard yoga class
  11. Escape the heat with some figure skating at Icetown Carlsbad
  12. Test your kayak skills with Carlsbad Lagoon
  13. Surf while standing up with Two Guys Stand Up Paddleboard
  14. Taste Carlsbad’s best pizza at the Intergalactic Headquarters for the Pizza Port Empire
  15. Dance like nobody is watching during the 14th Annual Carlsbad Music Festival on August 25-27, 2017

Credit: Visit Carlsbad. 

Celebrate Independence Day at Dana Point Harbor

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OC Parks invites the community to spend Independence Day at Dana Point Harbor. Enjoy waterfront dining, ocean activities, boating, sailing, and experience south Orange County’s best aerial fireworks display, the July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza.

The July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza will light up Dana Point Harbor. Visitors can enjoy fantastic views from the harbor, Baby Beach, the Island, and the many waterfront eateries located within the harbor. The display begins at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4 and early arrival is recommended. Visitors are encouraged to bring a personal FM radio to tune into KSBR 88.5FM and listen to the patriotic music accompanying the fireworks display.

Spend the week of Independence Day enjoying Dana Point Harbor’s many waterfront restaurants and ocean activities, or take a cruise in the harbor on July 4th to view the fireworks display. The Ocean Institute, Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, and Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari are all offering 4th of July Fireworks cruises.

Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the free shuttle services on July 4th to avoid traffic jams. The shuttles will make round trips from Dana Hills High School to Dana Point Harbor from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Shuttle service will suspend at 9 p.m. until after the fireworks and will resume until 11 p.m.

The Dana Point Trolley will drop off and pick up at stop #6 on July 4th in the Harbor from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and the inter Harbor shuttle will pick up and drop off at the restaurants and retail area, Baby Beach, the Island, and Ocean Institute from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Streets within Dana Point Harbor will have restricted left hand turn lanes and cars will be detoured to go right only (Dana Point Harbor Drive, Puerto Place & Island Way). Cove Road will be closed during the fireworks and re-opened after the fireworks.

Celebrate Independence Day at Dana Point Harbor and experience the spectacular July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza. For more information visit www.DanaPointHarbor.com.

Credit: OC Parks. Info and Image was provided.

Universal Studios Hollywood Casts a Dazzling Spell on “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” with an All-New Summertime Enhancement, “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle.” Inviting Guests to Experience the Immersive Land in a Whole New Light, Beginning June 23rd!

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“The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood.

I have to admit that I was in awe of this amazing light show! As night falls on the Hogsmeade village, “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” will shine brightly with an awe-inspiring spectacle that showcases the four houses of Hogwarts: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin (Which one is your favorite? I have to admit that Gryffindor is mine!) that culminates with awesome beams of lights that fan into the night sky.

The colorful state-of-the-art light display and special effects projection, designed to dance across the stunning Hogwarts castle, will be accompanied by a special musical arrangement created by Academy Award-winning composer John Williams based on his original scores composed for the film series. The musical arrangement that will emanate in a surround sound environment was conducted by prolific arranger William Ross and recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra in London.

"The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle" at "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" at Universal Studios Hollywood.

“The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood.

This new summertime feature will take place multiple times a night during its run. I had the opportunity to experience it earlier this week and was really impressed! It was also my first time seeing the whimsical world of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. I truly felt like I was in the world of Harry Potter. It is a wonderful recreation and I loved seeing people of all ages dressed in theme clothes and running around with magical wands. You also have to try the Butterbeer! It is simply delicious!

More information is available at http://www.universalstudioshollywood.com

Also, Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook will host a Facebook Live event to stream the all-new “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” experience at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” on Friday, June 23 at 8:45 pm PST! Don’t miss it!

 

Self Disclosure: I had a Media invite to facilitate this post. Information was also provided and images were provided. Photo Credit: Universal Studios.