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Enjoy Concerts Under the Stars at Verizon Amphitheater

Posted by: Terry Winkler
Posted on: Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013

Nestled against foothills near the Irvine Spectrum Center, the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater is an OC favorite for enjoying concerts under the stars in an intimate outdoor setting.  A local landmark for concert enthusiasts since the 80's, many longtime locals saw Ozzy, Michael Jackson, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page perform back when the venue was Irvine Meadows.

verizon amphiteaterIt's always reminded me of a more casual version of the Hollywood Bowl, with a much more intimate vibe. There's plenty of outdoor seating and the general-admission grass lawn above the reserved seating gives lawn ticketholders freedom to move around, dance, picnic and bundle up in blankets.

The amphitheater has a wide range of concerts for everyone's music tastes.  It's the summertime home to Pacific Symphony Orchestra and is the annual site of KROQ's Weenie Roast and Christian music event Fish Fest.   Lots of family friendly fun is to be had at the Verizon Amphitheater during events such as the recent Pixar Pacific Symphony. Concert goers brought all kinds of family picnics: drinks, foods, blankets, lawn chairs, etc. But be warned - some events will have strict enforcement, not allowing outside items to be brought into the venue.  For example, at the recent John Mayer concert restricts were tight:  one water bottle per person, no chairs, food or blankets.


Insider Tips:

  • Arrive early and park near the parking lot exit if you want to get out quickly, although you'll have to do some walking to get to the theater.
  • Check the website to see what items are allowable, then call to verify.
  • Bring a jacket. It can get chilly, even in the summer months.
  • Use the restroom facility early to avoid long lines.
  • Ladies, wear comfy shoes. There's a small hike from the parking lot to your seats, so don't wear heels for this date night. Definitely, break out those cute flats. It's a half mile from the entrance gates of the Amphitheater to the seating area. Trams are available for those who have difficulties walking, but make sure to allow additional time for tram lines.

Upcoming schedule:

Black Sabbath

Wednesday, Aug 28 7:30 PM    

Pacific Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky Spectacular

Saturday, Aug 31 8:00 PM          

America's Most Wanted Festival: Lil Wayne, T.I. & Future

Sunday, Sep 1  7:00 PM   

Backstreet Boys, Jesse McCartney & DJ Pauly D

Friday, Sep 6  7:30 PM      

Dave Matthews Band

Saturday, Sep 7  7:00 PM

Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival: Alice In Chains, Janes Addiction, & Coheed And Cambria

Friday, Sep 13  2:00 PM    

Rascal Flatts & The Band Perry

Saturday, Sep 14 7:00 PM

The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival: Dave Chappelle & Flight Of The Conchords

Sunday, Sep 15  5:00 PM

Epicenter Festival

Saturday, Sep 21  12:00 PM        

Honda Civic Tour: Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson & Rozzi Crane

Friday, Oct 4   7:00 PM                                   

How The West Was Won: Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube & The Game

Saturday, Oct 12   5:30 PM         

 Address and Contact Information

 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

8808 Irvine Center Drive

Irvine, CA 92618

Recorded Info:  (949) 855-6111

Box Office:  (714) 755-5799

Terry Winkler is an OC native, who loves sharing all the great things Irvine and Orange County has to offer and is the founder of Enter Stage Write an OC theater blog.

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Hyatt Regency Irvine Women's Experience

Posted by: Ellen Bell
Posted on: Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013

OK, ladies. Has this ever happened to you?

Hyatt Irvine Women's Experience 


You’re traveling alone and find that your hotel room is at the far end of a dimly lit hallway, right next to the exit stairwell.

You try to get a light bite to eat but the hotel restaurant specializes in super-sized steaks with heavily-loaded baked potatoes.

You spend the next hour unpacking all of your gear which includes your laptop, blow dryer, and exercize weights only to realize that your cell phone is dead because you’ve forgotten the charger.

Finally, you decide to cash it in for the day only to drown in an oversized robe which appears to be made for Shaquille O’Neal.

Hyatt Women's Experience

In order to meet the unique requirements of their female guests, Hyatt Regency Irvine has begun to look at travel from a woman’s point of view.



“For Hyatt to become a better brand for women, we realized we needed to become part of the overarching travel experience and remove the barriers that women experience when they travel.” said Sara Kearney, senior vice president of brands for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts.


The result is the Hyatt Women’s Experience Program, a multi-faceted service approach to meeting the unique needs of the female guest.


 A Sense of Security:

Women who check in to the Hyatt Regency Irvine are offered rooms that are in the safest parts of the hotel; away from elevators and emergency exit stairwells.

Hyatt Women's Experience 

Cleanliness and Communication:

Hand written cards in the room will show personal confirmation that the room has been cleaned. Guests are also encouraged to give feedback and specific requests during their stay.

hyatt women's Experience 

Hyatt Has It:

Guests have the opportunity to borrow or buy a wide range of travel conveniences. Everything from chargers and curling irons to humidifiers and yoga mats are available.

Simply fill out the in-room request card and items will be left in a bag outside the door. 


Little Things Mean a Lot:

Carolyn Pearson, founder of travel website Maiden Voyage, states that “one thing that differentiates women from men is we react with our senses, and we’re wired to pay much more attention to cleanliness, smells, aesthetics, fabrics, tastes and sounds,” she says. “It’s the details that we notice.”

Hyatt Irvine Women's Experience

Hyatt is addressing this with new Healthy Balance Menu that includes fresh juices and smoothies, balanced portions and “create your own” options.

6ix Park Grill continues its tradition of offering California Coastal Cuisine, thoughtfully sourced and carefully served. A variety of portion sizes allows the diner to create the perfect plate that is individually suited to their dietary needs.


Guests will also receive upgraded bath amenities from KenetMD Skin Care, Le Labo, June Jacobs and Aromapothecary, after the hotel chain listened to women express their desire for high quality toiletries that help them look and feel their best. Even the bathrobes are smaller to better suit the female guest.

hyatt Irvine Women's Experience

The Hyatt Regency-Irvine may not turn a business trip into a spa vacation...

 ....but the Women’s Experience program goes a long way to recreate the comforts of home.


Hyatt Irvine Women's Experience  







                   17900 Jamboree Rd,

               Irvine, CA 92614

                  (949) 975-1234









Flights & Sounds Summer Festival @the OC Great Park!

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Monday, Aug 12, 2013

Enjoy a diverse array of music artists for the month of August! Each Saturday evening starts at 6pm with food trucks serving up yummy gourmet grub (sold throughout the evening), and music starts at 7pm. The concert series is FREE, and it's $10 parking so carpooling is encouraged! This event series is great for family, friends, and everyone of all ages to enjoy. Grab blankets, chairs, (and I even saw some portable tables for a makeshift dinner setting) and be serenaded as the sun sets.

I personally would have liked to have a larger variety of food trucks available (maybe 3-4 more), not only for selection but also to cut down on wait time. Although I must say I was quite excited to see a Front Porch Pop Cart stationed next to the stage. From the Piaggio on Wheels truck, I got the Pork Sliders (which I have also eaten 2 times prior), chimichurri fries, and a bottled Coca-Cola! There was also a Tornado Potato truck! Don't want to purchase food? Pack a picnic! It gets quite chilly so wear warm clothes or pack extra blankets to bundle up. When I attended the concert on August 10th, Chase Brokaw of Simple Green and The Aggrolites played; I love reggae so it was a chill night jammin' to their sounds! It really is a sight to watch the sunset and backdrop of the OC Great Park's iconic orange helium balloon as the live music feels the air! 

Check out the line up HERE!


View a list of other summer events on DI's event calendar

Have Fun!


Dance the Magic Holiday Spectacular Parade at Disneyland

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Friday, Aug 02, 2013

Calling all dancers ages 7-18, who love to perform and love Disneyland:

The City of Irvine's Community & Recreation Services has an amazing performance opportunity for dancers; taught and facilitated by Irvine-based community dance instruction company OC Dance Productions, the ‘Dance the Magic Parade Performer Class' is a 10-week course, meeting once a week to learn parade performer technique and Dance the Magic choreography to be performed down Disneyland's Main St, U.S.A. in Dance the Magic's Holiday Spectacular Parade on December 14th, 2013.

Two classes will take place at Irvine's University Community Park dance room starting this upcoming Fall Session: September 2013, but enrollment opens August 5th (yes in 3 days! The classes are available for online viewing NOW) This City of Irvine dance class is open to both Irvine and non-Irvine Residents, but if you don't live in or near Irvine there will also be a City of Newport Beach and a City of Fountain Valley Class.


*Pre-approval is required to enroll into the class, please submit this form for your dancer to be considered for placement onto the pre-approved dancer list. If approved you will be able to enroll your dancer into the class!

Every class has an orientation meeting the week prior to class starting (class tuition & additional parade performer fees apply). 

Irvine Classes:
Ages 7-10: Tuesday 5:10-6:10pm

Ages 11-17: Tuesday 6:15-7:15pm
Location- University Community Center

1 Beech Tree Ln, Irvine CA 92612

City of Irvine's Registration Site

Newport Beach Class:

Ages 7-18: Thursday 5:00-6:00pm
Location- West Newport Community Center

883 W 15th St Newport Beach, CA 92663 ‎

City of Newport Beach's Registration Site

Fountain Valley Class:

Ages 7-18: Monday 4:50-5:50PM
Location- Fountain Valley Recreation Center & Sports Park

16400 Brookhurst Street, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

City of Fountain Valley's Registration Site

Class Details are available on each cities' registration site.

Past photos on OC Dance Productions Facebook Page


Why is there a pre-approval application for prospective dancers?
To ensure that participants are aware and prepared for the level of commitment that is needed from both the dancer and parents, the choreography and technique, and the Disney and Dance the Magic parade performer expectations and requirements. This is a phenomenal performance experience that OC Dance Productions is excited to share with dancers! 


*Photos via OCDP Facebook, Dance the Magic Instagram-from OCDP's Irvine & Newport Beach Dancers at the Dance the Magic's Summer Dance Classic at the Disneyland Resort on July 12, 2013.
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