Global Winter Wonderland in San Deigo

Each year, in both Sacramento and San Diego, the Global Winter Wonderland descends upon the city and brings with it a carnival-like appearance with tons of unique light displays, food, and rides. I got a chance to check out the San Diego one in 2017 and here is all the information.

Details

  • Cost: $22 for adults but I found a Groupon online to make it cheaper, $10 to park
  • Dates: 11/19 – 1/7
  • Location: SDCCU Stadium Parking Lot

Getting There

From the 15 Freeway you will get off at Friars Road, and head left if going north, right if going south. The stadium is right next to freeway and there are signs to direct you in. You will need to pay $10 for parking, and you can see all of the lights as you pull into the parking area.

Global Winter Wonderland

During 2017, the theme in San Diego was the world, so most of the light displays were related to popular attractions around the world.

The displays are made of fabric that covers the skeleton of the attraction/animal/building and the lights that sit inside of it. They are elaborate, and it is fun to see them at night. Here are some of the main things you could see in 2017.

Taj Mahal

Christmas Tree

Parliament Building and Big Ben

Great Wall of China

Sphinx and Pyramids

There are also some that are interactive, like two separate mazes, one with a large lion mouth you walk through. These mazes are not hard but fun for kids.

There was also a large peacock that had a light show and was popular with lots of people gathered around.

My favorite was probably the dragon though as it was a good 40 feet in length.

Lastly, there were a bunch of light tunnels set up to walk through as well which were fun for pictures.

On the west end, there is a Midway with attractions like a carousel and Ferris wheel. These all have additional costs, and I didn’t try any.

I spent about 30 minutes walking around and exploring the area. You could easily spend more time though if you had young kids that wanted to explore everything. It is a pricey attraction for a family, so you would need to make a decision based on the photos here whether you think it is worth it or not. Also, don’t forget to check for a Groupon. I enjoyed myself for sure, but I don’t know if I would need to go back again next year. Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments.

Global Winter Wonderland in San Deigo

Each year, in both Sacramento and San Diego, the Global Winter Wonderland descends upon the city and brings with it a carnival-like appearance with tons of unique light displays, food, and rides. I got a chance to check out the San Diego one in 2017 and here is all the information.

Details

  • Cost: $22 for adults but I found a Groupon online to make it cheaper, $10 to park
  • Dates: 11/19 – 1/7
  • Location: SDCCU Stadium Parking Lot

Getting There

From the 15 Freeway you will get off at Friars Road, and head left if going north, right if going south. The stadium is right next to freeway and there are signs to direct you in. You will need to pay $10 for parking, and you can see all of the lights as you pull into the parking area.

Global Winter Wonderland

During 2017, the theme in San Diego was the world, so most of the light displays were related to popular attractions around the world.

The displays are made of fabric that covers the skeleton of the attraction/animal/building and the lights that sit inside of it. They are elaborate, and it is fun to see them at night. Here are some of the main things you could see in 2017.

Taj Mahal

Christmas Tree

Parliament Building and Big Ben

Great Wall of China

Sphinx and Pyramids

There are also some that are interactive, like two separate mazes, one with a large lion mouth you walk through. These mazes are not hard but fun for kids.

There was also a large peacock that had a light show and was popular with lots of people gathered around.

My favorite was probably the dragon though as it was a good 40 feet in length.

Lastly, there were a bunch of light tunnels set up to walk through as well which were fun for pictures.

On the west end, there is a Midway with attractions like a carousel and Ferris wheel. These all have additional costs, and I didn’t try any.

I spent about 30 minutes walking around and exploring the area. You could easily spend more time though if you had young kids that wanted to explore everything. It is a pricey attraction for a family, so you would need to make a decision based on the photos here whether you think it is worth it or not. Also, don’t forget to check for a Groupon. I enjoyed myself for sure, but I don’t know if I would need to go back again next year. Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments.

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco

Every year, from the end of November to the middle of December, the Great Dickens Christmas Fair descends on the Cow Palace Exhibition Hall, south of San Francisco. This event is a ton of fun for the whole family as the hall transforms into mid-1800s London, complete with shops, bars, entertainment, and performers. It’s something you want to experience yourself at least once, here is all the information.

Details

  • Tickets – $30 for adults
  • Hours – 10 AM – 7 PM
  • Only on the weekends  (Nov 18 – Dec 17)
  • Location – 2600 Geneva Ave, Daly City, CA 94014

Getting There

There is a large parking lot for Cow Palace Exhibition Hall, so if you drive a car that is what most people use. It does cost $10 though. You can also take the BART which runs to a stop relatively close and which they shuttle from to the event.

The Fair

Before going, I thought this was going to be a pretty cheesy experience, but from the moment I walked into “London” I had a blast walking the streets, trying new food and just exploring.

It was bustling with life when we were there, including visitors like ourselves, actors dressed to play different parts, and people who wore the Victorian attire on their own to engage with the event.

We got there right when it opened, which was nice as it let us have some time to explore without all the crowds, at about an hour after they opened it was pretty busy.

The event is broken down into two broad areas with shops, restaurants, and performances, then a docks section that separates the two and that has musicians singing old sailor songs. Here are a few of the things we did here.

Play Carnival Games

They have fun carnival games to play such as darts and the one we played, which was a contraption that allowed you to launch a ragdoll towards chimneys. I got one in the chimney and won a prize, which turned out to be a snowman finger puppet. It was fun.

Drink Buttered Rum

All of the bars seem to sell the famous buttered rum, and since I hadn’t drank it before I decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised, both my wife and I enjoyed the drink and are already thinking about making our own.

Check out a Performance

While you walk the streets, you will see musicians, singers, and plays being performed all around you.

We went to a few of them, but my favorite was the musicians playing music in one of the bars we passed by.

Walk the Streets

The best thing to do though is just to walk the streets, stick your head in some of the shops and interact with the people.

Let yourself relax and just fall into the fun of it all; it really is a great way to spend a half day, especially during the Christmas season. Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments.

Christmas in San Francisco: 15 Things to Do for the Holidays

Each year around Christmas I like to go an explore all of the new Christmas related attractions you can find throughout the state. While in the previous years I have focused most of my time on Christmas in Southern California, this year I headed up to San Francisco and tried to find all of the best holiday spots in the city. You can see my list of 15 below and be sure to let me know what I left off that you like doing for Christmas in San Francisco in the comments.

Union Square

Union Square is the heart of all things Christmas in San Francisco. Each year it is covered in lights and all of the stores that surround the square put up extravagant displays in their historic buildings. Here are some of the things to do in Union Square for Christmas.

Ice Skating

Right in the middle of the square, there is a large ice rink that sits in the shadow of the historic Westin St Francis (great place to stay for Christmas). This is an excellent spot for the whole family to ice skate, and it is especially popular at night when all of the lights come on.

Macy’s

Macy’s Department Store is the most popular place to visit in Union Square during the holidays. The exterior is adorned with wreaths and lights, while half of the top floor is dedicated to Christmas related souvenirs. You can even write a letter to Santa or sit on his lap while you walk around the store. I never buy anything, but I always like looking around.

Nieman Marcus

Across the street from Macy’s, Nieman Marcus has a four-story-tall tree that you can see from the road. What’s especially fun about this tree though is that you can see it from multiple floors, so as you go up you get different views of it.

Also, you can get a reservation for the restaurant right next to the top of the tree and sit down for a meal while overlooking it.

Winterwalk SF

Winterwalk SF happens during December, and the street between Macy’s and Nieman Marcus is closed to cars. You can walk along the astroturf they lay down over the road, eat at food trucks, relax on the lighted benches or browse the Macy’s storefront windows where there are animals to adopt.

Westin St. Francis

The Westin St Francis is a historic hotel right in Union Square. This hotel has been here since the early 1900’s, and each year they have elaborate sugar castles that are decorated and on display for Christmas. The sugar castles are right in the main lobby, and you have to check them out as they have to be seen to be believed.

They also have a small sweet shop with cookies, macaroons and other delicious treats on the weekends.

Westfield Mall

While this is technically a little off of Union Square, I am going to put this in the Union Square portion of the post since it is close enough to walk. On the top floor of the Westfield Mall, under the dome, there is a massive LED Christmas tree hanging upside down. It is a really fun spot for photos.

Events

If you are looking for a fun event to visit in San Francisco, here are a few I recommend.

A Christmas Carol

The A.C.T. in downtown San Francisco puts on theater productions of A Christmas Carol each year. Seeing the play is a great way to start a new tradition with your family in the city. Book early though as shows sell out in advance.

Great Dickens Fair

Another Charles Dickens related recommendation, the Great Dickens Fair is an annual event that happens during five weekends in November and December. This fair takes over the Cow Palace in Daly City (south of San Francisco), and it includes food vendors, shopping, performances, fair games, and more all set in the backdrop of mid-1800’s London. It is a blast to visit the city and experience the fun culture they create. Don’t leave without trying the buttered rum.

SantaCon

SantaCon is one of the craziest Christmas events in the city (happens in many other cities as well). Basically, thousands of people dressed as Santa descend on the streets of San Francisco for a day of singing, drinking, exploring and just having an overall good time. Even if you don’t want to participate, it is still a pretty fun day to be in the city as everywhere you look you will see someone dressed as Santa.

Deck the Halls Pop Up Holiday Bar

While this is not an annual thing, each year there are many holiday pop-ups, so you can see what is happening this year if you visit the city. When I went, the pop up that was drawing the most attention was Deck the Halls pop up holiday bar in North Beach. This bar was changed entirely for Christmas, complete with penguins and an igloo on the wall, reindeer on the fake roof and a Christmas tree in the back. Even the drinks were inspired by the holiday.

Museums

California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park is a fun spot to visit with your family any time of the year. They have a large dome that houses a rainforest and has butterflies that flutter around you as you walk. During Christmas though, they have an ice skating rink, exhibits dedicated to arctic animals, a snowman theater for children and bands that play Christmas music. Plus, you can often see it snow in the main exhibit as well.

Walt Disney Family Museum

In the Presidio, the Walk Disney Family Museum is a fun, quick stop. They put up a “Home for the Holiday’s” exhibit which features a reproduction of Walt Disney’s home and a railroad track that goes around it. This exhibit is free, but the rest of the museums does cost. I wouldn’t go here just to see the holiday exhibit but you are into Walt Disney at all this is a great museum to visit.

Other Christmas Spots in the City

Fairmont Hotel Gingerbread House

Inside the historic Fairmont Hotel in Nob Hill, they have a two-story gingerbread house made out of real gingerbread. This yearly attraction is always popular, and people come from all over to see it. You can walk through the house and have tea in the large dining room if you are looking to stay longer. Also, don’t miss the big Christmas tree in the lobby.

Tom and Jerry’s House

Tom and Jerry’s House is a privately owned house in the southern part of the city. This house gets decked out every year for the holidays, and people come from all over to see it. This is their 35 year creating this fun Christmas activity for the community to enjoy. Be sure to be respectful if you visit.

Ghirardelli Square

No trip to San Francisco is complete without visiting the historic Ghirardelli Square. During Christmas though, the square is transformed with lights everywhere, holiday decorations and a massive Christmas Tree. It is a great spot to come with your family, get some hot chocolate and just walk around the area.

Fisherman’s Wharf

There is not a lot that happens here for Christmas, but it’s still worth walking around to see the lights on the buildings and the Christmas lights on the Fisherman’s Wharf sign. Plus, Boudin has a place where children can sit on Santa’s lap during specific nights as well.

Video

Here is a video I made spotlighting all of these recommendations.

So there you have it, my recommendations for spending Christmas in San Francisco. Be sure to let me know what I left off in the comments!

Smorgasburg LA: Weekly Food Event in Los Angeles

In LA there is no shortage of great food or fun events to go to on a weekly basis; however, Smorgasburg which happens every Sunday, is one of my favorites. This gathering of food, drink and shopping vendors takes over the five-acre site used for a weekday produce market and provides a fun atmosphere for the whole family that is free to get into and free to park at (up to 2 hours). Here is all the information.

Details

  • Every Sunday from 10 AM – 4 PM, do check the website before going
  • Free parking for 2 hours
  • No cost to enter
  • No pets allowed

Getting There

Smorgasburg is located in what is now called ROW DTLA, which is a big industrial complex on the southeast side of Los Angeles. From 7th St heading towards LA, you will turn on Alameda St and will see signs that direct you to the parking structure. It can get busy during the lunch rush, but I haven’t had trouble getting a parking spot.

The Market

After parking, you will follow the signs until you reach the large open area with all of the vendors set up in the middle.

I would recommend taking the time to make one loop before selecting your food. There are over 30 different vendors here, so check out all of the options.

The most popular places are Shrimp Daddy, who sells fried shrimp in a pineapple boat and Lobsterdamus, which sells lobster dishes.

These are just a few of the places you can choose from though as there is everything from tacos and bbq to French macaroons and pad thai.

I ended up grabbing a pork belly, pomegranate taco from Little Llama and fried chicken in a waffle cone from Baldoria. I was happy with both of my choices but would still try something else next time.

Amie went with the Shrimp Boat from Shrimp Daddy and liked it but wished there was more food in it for the price.

We also tried an acai bowl from Amaze Bowls which was another popular spot.

Some of the food is gimmicky, and some of it is pretty expensive, I would plan to spend $20 a person if you come and try a couple of things.

Down the middle aisle, there are a half dozen shopping vendors selling everything from art prints to shoes. It was fun to check these out as well, and I picked up a nice LA map for my office.

On the way out we also stopped by Popdup for one of their grapefruit basil teas. This was a pricey drink as well, but it was delicious, and it came in a fun glass jar.

We stayed about an hour and a half here and even though I spent more then I was planning to, it was an enjoyable time. The sheer amount of unique food is hard to beat, and the fact that it doesn’t cost to get in or to park at makes this an easy recommendation in Los Angeles. Check it out and let me know what your favorite thing is that you ate in the comments.

Anette’s Chocolate Tasting & Ice Cream in Downtown Napa

Never one to pass up the opportunity for some chocolate, I jumped at the chance to experience Anette’s Chocolate tasting in downtown Napa. If you have at least four people, you can call and make an appointment to do a 45-minute tasting which I found helped me to understand a ton more about chocolate and the process used to create it, all while eating my way through different kinds. Here is all the info.

Details

  • Cost: ~$20 as of fall 2017
  • Must have at least four people
  • Location: 1321 1st St, Napa, CA 94559

Getting There

From Main St in downtown Napa, you will want to turn left on 1st Street and head past the new Archer Hotel. Anette’s Chocolate is on the left, and there is street parking around. You can also try Anette’s in Oxbox Public Market as they have a small shop there (not for the below chocolate tastings though).

The Chocolate Shop

Of course, if you don’t book a chocolate tasting, you can come into the shop and purchase chocolates or ice cream. They also have Mocha’s made with their chocolate which is pretty stellar as well.

My group spent some time exploring the shop before we were ushered into the back where the chocolate tasting was set up.

Chocolate Tasting

The eight of us all had sheets in front of us with chocolates from different regions and different chocolate consistencies. I had to resist the urge to simply eat all of them at once as we went through the learning process.

Basically, over the course of the next 45 minutes, we got a walkthrough of the process the chocolate goes in from harvest to candy. It was fascinating and something I had never learned much about before.

Along the way, we were shown how to taste the chocolate and what flavor notes to look for as you ate them. It was a blast.

The tasting ended with a sampling of the brittles they make in-house and a little bit of the chocolate port sauce (I bought a full bottle of this to take home).

All in all, it was a great way to spend an hour in downtown Napa. I enjoyed learning more about the chocolate process, and it was awesome to have some great chocolate to go along with it. Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments.

Disclosure: This tasting was provided free of charge, all opinions are my own.

Day of the Dead Festival on Olvera St in Downtown Los Angeles

Every year for nine days, Olvera St transforms for the Day of the Dead festival or Dia De Los Muertos. Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that celebrates life and the loved ones that passed away during the previous year. The festival includes memorials, dancing, face painting, music, and food, all along the famous Olvera St in downtown Los Angeles. I have always wanted to go and finally took the time to check it out this year. It is over for the year (2017), but be sure to go next year if you like what you see here.

Details

  • 9-day festival culminating on Nov 2nd
  • Free
  • Great opportunity to take the train as it is right across from Union Station
  • Location: 10 Olvera St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Getting There

Olvera St is located right off the Alameda / Union Station exit on Highway 101. There is a small paid parking lot right near the corner of Alameda and Arcadia if you can find a spot in it. Also, you can take the train or metro from all over LA to Union Station and just walk across the street as well.

The Festival

During the nine days of the festival, it runs pretty much all day and culminates in the nightly procession that runs from about 7 PM – 8 PM. I recommend getting there a few hours before the parade so you can shop, eat and explore the festival, here are some of the highlights.

Face Painting

Getting your face painted with the traditional sugar skull art style that has become synonymous with Day of the Dead is incredibly popular. The prices range from $20 – $45 depending on whether you want your full face painted or not and be prepared to wait as it can take a while to get through the line.

Shopping

Olvera St is a pedestrian-only walkway of shops that sell everything from small trinkets to clothing. You can walk the aisles and just look at all the options, but do note that there is usually a large crowd so walking can be slow.

Food

All around the festival, there is fruit and drinks you can buy as well as Mexican food at many of the restaurants.

My favorite is Cielito Lindo at the end of Olvera St which has been selling famous taquitos with avocado sauce for over 80 years. Cielito Lindo is another spot you should be prepared to wait at, but it is worth the wait.

Memorials

All around the center pavilion in Los Angeles Plaza Park, you will see the memorials set up to honor those that passed away.

These are beautifully crafted with lots of flowers, photos and other things the person enjoyed in life.

These memorials are one of the most popular parts of the festival, and there are always a lot of people checking them out.

The Procession

The last thing you will want to see on your visit is the nightly procession that starts at 7 PM.

This parade is a celebration of life and features musicians, people dressed up and a lot of incense.

It is a visual experience that you do not want to miss, and it ends with dancing and presentations right in the central pavilion.

After the procession, my wife and I left the festival and headed back to the car. It was a fun experience and one that I am sure I will do again in the next few years. Check out this video to see more of the highlights.

Let me know what you thought if you went in the comments.

Day of the Dead Festival on Olvera St in Downtown Los Angeles

Every year for nine days, Olvera St transforms for the Day of the Dead festival or Dia De Los Muertos. Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that celebrates life and the loved ones that passed away during the previous year. The festival includes memorials, dancing, face painting, music, and food, all along the famous Olvera St in downtown Los Angeles. I have always wanted to go and finally took the time to check it out this year. It is over for the year (2017), but be sure to go next year if you like what you see here.

Details

  • 9-day festival culminating on Nov 2nd
  • Free
  • Great opportunity to take the train as it is right across from Union Station
  • Location: 10 Olvera St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Getting There

Olvera St is located right off the Alameda / Union Station exit on Highway 101. There is a small paid parking lot right near the corner of Alameda and Arcadia if you can find a spot in it. Also, you can take the train or metro from all over LA to Union Station and just walk across the street as well.

The Festival

During the nine days of the festival, it runs pretty much all day and culminates in the nightly procession that runs from about 7 PM – 8 PM. I recommend getting there a few hours before the parade so you can shop, eat and explore the festival, here are some of the highlights.

Face Painting

Getting your face painted with the traditional sugar skull art style that has become synonymous with Day of the Dead is incredibly popular. The prices range from $20 – $45 depending on whether you want your full face painted or not and be prepared to wait as it can take a while to get through the line.

Shopping

Olvera St is a pedestrian-only walkway of shops that sell everything from small trinkets to clothing. You can walk the aisles and just look at all the options, but do note that there is usually a large crowd so walking can be slow.

Food

All around the festival, there is fruit and drinks you can buy as well as Mexican food at many of the restaurants.

My favorite is Cielito Lindo at the end of Olvera St which has been selling famous taquitos with avocado sauce for over 80 years. Cielito Lindo is another spot you should be prepared to wait at, but it is worth the wait.

Memorials

All around the center pavilion in Los Angeles Plaza Park, you will see the memorials set up to honor those that passed away.

These are beautifully crafted with lots of flowers, photos and other things the person enjoyed in life.

These memorials are one of the most popular parts of the festival, and there are always a lot of people checking them out.

The Procession

The last thing you will want to see on your visit is the nightly procession that starts at 7 PM.

This parade is a celebration of life and features musicians, people dressed up and a lot of incense.

It is a visual experience that you do not want to miss, and it ends with dancing and presentations right in the central pavilion.

After the procession, my wife and I left the festival and headed back to the car. It was a fun experience and one that I am sure I will do again in the next few years. Check out this video to see more of the highlights.

Let me know what you thought if you went in the comments.

San Manuel Pow Wow in San Bernardino

The San Manuel Pow Wow is the largest of its kind in California, with hundreds of dancers descending on Cal State San Bernardino for a weekend celebrating Native American culture. Before being invited to the event, I had no idea how big it was and how much fun it is to attend. All of the music, dancing, and colors are overwhelming but in a good way, one that encourages you just to sit back and enjoy the event. We went on Friday, which was the opening night, but it went all weekend with each day having a grand entry which is the most fun part to watch. Here is all the information so you can check it out next year when it comes back to San Manuel or so that you can find one near you.

Details

  • Free
  • Friday Night through Sunday
  • Food and vendors on site

Location

The pow wow is usually held on the Cal State San Bernardino campus. Most often it is outside in the large grass area, but if there is too much wind, then it can get moved into the arena like it was for us.

The Food & Vendors

Before even watching the dancers, there are loads of vendors and food carts that you can visit. Most of the food carts were selling fry bread or “Indian Tacos.” I was told that fry bread is a very traditional dish, so it was fun to try it here.

Amie and I split a traditional Indian Taco and a dessert one. The taco is much like a tostada would be with loads of toppings on a fried, spongy bread. Amie and I both enjoyed it.

After eating we made our way into the vendor’s area to see what they had for sale. The booths had everything from arrowheads and jewelry to art and clothing. Many of them sold the same things but I was surprised that the prices were better then I expected them to be.

The Grand Entrance

After exploring the food and shopping options, we headed into the arena to wait for the grand entrance. The grand entrance is a 10-15 minute event where all of the dancers come into the arena and dance together.

It is one of the most popular events at the pow wow, and it is when the area is the most packed.

We went down to where all of the people were entering and waited as it was a great spot for photos.

After that, we walked all around the arena, heading upstairs and down to get different shots of the grand entrance. It’s loud and full of color which makes it fun for photos and video.

When the grand entrance was done, they started to have competitions, which are primarily based on age and gender. It was interesting to see even though I didn’t fully understand what was going on.

They also had an intertribal dance where all the tribes could dance together, and people from the audience could even join as well.

All of these songs are performed by the drummers and singers which sit around the central dancing area.

Watching them was one of my favorite things as they can make both the drums and their voices carry incredibly well.

We stayed for about 3 hours taking it all in, and I can easily say that it was a great, free experience in California. If you are looking for an exciting night out, then consider visiting a pow wow in your area, you can get a complete list of the pow wows around the state here.

Video

Here is a video I made of my time at the event.

Let me know if you have been in the comments and what you think.

San Manuel Pow Wow in San Bernardino

The San Manuel Pow Wow is the largest of its kind in California, with hundreds of dancers descending on Cal State San Bernardino for a weekend celebrating Native American culture. Before being invited to the event, I had no idea how big it was and how much fun it is to attend. All of the music, dancing, and colors are overwhelming but in a good way, one that encourages you just to sit back and enjoy the event. We went on Friday, which was the opening night, but it went all weekend with each day having a grand entry which is the most fun part to watch. Here is all the information so you can check it out next year when it comes back to San Manuel or so that you can find one near you.

Details

  • Free
  • Friday Night through Sunday
  • Food and vendors on site

Location

The pow wow is usually held on the Cal State San Bernardino campus. Most often it is outside in the large grass area, but if there is too much wind, then it can get moved into the arena like it was for us.

The Food & Vendors

Before even watching the dancers, there are loads of vendors and food carts that you can visit. Most of the food carts were selling fry bread or “Indian Tacos.” I was told that fry bread is a very traditional dish, so it was fun to try it here.

Amie and I split a traditional Indian Taco and a dessert one. The taco is much like a tostada would be with loads of toppings on a fried, spongy bread. Amie and I both enjoyed it.

After eating we made our way into the vendor’s area to see what they had for sale. The booths had everything from arrowheads and jewelry to art and clothing. Many of them sold the same things but I was surprised that the prices were better then I expected them to be.

The Grand Entrance

After exploring the food and shopping options, we headed into the arena to wait for the grand entrance. The grand entrance is a 10-15 minute event where all of the dancers come into the arena and dance together.

It is one of the most popular events at the pow wow, and it is when the area is the most packed.

We went down to where all of the people were entering and waited as it was a great spot for photos.

After that, we walked all around the arena, heading upstairs and down to get different shots of the grand entrance. It’s loud and full of color which makes it fun for photos and video.

When the grand entrance was done, they started to have competitions, which are primarily based on age and gender. It was interesting to see even though I didn’t fully understand what was going on.

They also had an intertribal dance where all the tribes could dance together, and people from the audience could even join as well.

All of these songs are performed by the drummers and singers which sit around the central dancing area.

Watching them was one of my favorite things as they can make both the drums and their voices carry incredibly well.

We stayed for about 3 hours taking it all in, and I can easily say that it was a great, free experience in California. If you are looking for an exciting night out, then consider visiting a pow wow in your area, you can get a complete list of the pow wows around the state here.

Video

Here is a video I made of my time at the event.

Let me know if you have been in the comments and what you think.