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Annual Festivals and Events in Brea, CA

While the Embassy Suites Brea - Orange County offers easy access to Disneyland®, the Honda Center, and other amazing Southern California attractions, visitors can really get a grasp of our town's local flavor by attending one of Brea's awesome annual events. Strolling down Brea Blvd. during the Cruisin' Brea Car Show or tasting the local fare at Brea Fest provides insight into the special flair that makes Brea a unique destination. The wide variety of city events throughout the year showcases the welcoming, artistic, and family-friendly nature that gives Brea its distinct personality. So the next time you're in town, check out one of Brea's local events and see what our town is all about.

Upcoming Happenings:


  • Concerts in the Park
  • Brea Fest: A Taste of the Arts
  • Brea Jazz Festival


Annual Events

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Brea 8K

Pack your sneakers and stretch those gams. The Brea 8K Classic is just around the corner. Since 1992, the race has been a cornerstone of Orange County fun and recreation. The event draws thousands of participants from across Southern California and welcomes runners of all age groups and skill levels to race through beautiful Brea, CA. After you cross the finish line, stay for an afternoon of fun-filled festivities, featuring local food vendors and live entertainment. Don't forget to stop back at Embassy Suites by Hilton Brea for the official Masters 8K Awards Ceremony!

When: February 2016
Where: Throughout Brea's neighborhoods, civic center, and retail districts.

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Farmer's Market

With the help of year-round sunshine and a temperate climate, California's farmers produce some of the best fruits and vegetables in the entire country. Enjoy their bounty every Thursday at the Brea Farmer's Market. Purchase farm-fresh produce, sample local meats and cheeses, stock up on jams and preserves, and treat yourself to fresh-baked artisan breads. Bring along your appetite because deliciousness awaits.

When: Every Thursday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Where: Brea Blvd. and Birch Street

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Taste of Brea

Attention Travelers: Don't forget to bring your appetite! Each year, the Taste of Brea brings together the area's very best restaurants for an evening of food, fun, and music. For just twenty dollars, guests enjoy unlimited samples of various culinary offerings. In past years, local favorites such as D'Vine, Summit House, TAPS Fish House and Brewery, Kabuki Japanese Restaurant, and Lomeli's have brought international flair and mouthwatering selections to the festival. Less than a mile from the action, a slow walk back to Embassy Suites by Hilton Brea will help conquer your impending food coma.

When: May 2016
Where: Brea Blvd. and Birch Street

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Crusin' Brea Classic Car Show

Feel the rumble and roar of the 11th Annual Cruisin' Brea Car Show. Every Father's Day, over two hundred of the world's finest automobiles will descend upon beautiful downtown Brea for an afternoon of family fun and excitement. Take a stroll down Brea Blvd., and look on in awe as Model T Fords, 1970's Chargers, and brand-new Mustangs line the picturesque palm-laced street. Honestly, it doesn't get much better than this.

When: Father's Day 2016
Where: Downtown Brea

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July 4th Country Fair

Nothing says the Fourth of July quite like good, clean, old-fashioned, American fun. This Independence Day, head to downtown Brea for an action-packed afternoon of family-friendly fun. Start the day with the patriotic pancake breakfast, and then enjoy live music, pie eating contests, a classic car show, and much more! The festivities are free of charge, and run from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Bust out the sparklers and let freedom ring!

When: July 4, 2016
Where: City Hall Park

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Family Films

It's not officially summertime in Brea until the outdoor family film series begins. On select Friday nights this summer, pack the lawn chairs and blankets and bring the entire family to Arovista Park for screenings of recent favorites and childhood classics. Stake out a spot and enjoy selections such as The Lego Movie and Angels in the Outfield under the Orange County stars. After all, who needs popcorn when you've got the cool California breeze?

When: Friday Night during July and August
Where: Arovista Park Amphitheatre

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Concerts in the Park

Nothing breaks up the mid-week monotony like a picnic in the park. On select Wednesday evenings this summer, Brea's free Concert in the Park series brings everything from symphony to salsa to big band swing to City Hall Park. Pack a picnic basket, unwind, and enjoy the performances in the California sunshine. Dancing is strongly encouraged.

When: Wednesday Evenings during July and August from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Where: City Hall Park

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Brea Fest

Celebrate the diversity and uniqueness of Brea's local restaurants and artists at the 29th Annual Brea Fest: A Taste of the Arts. This free festival features samplings from nearly forty restaurants, live music, theatre performances, children's entertainment, and art galleries. The proceeds of this family-friendly fundraiser support local programs including the Curtis Theatre, City of Brea Gallery, Family Films, and Concerts in the Park.

When: August 21, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Where: Brea Civic and Cultural Center

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Brea Jazz Festival

Close out your summer on the perfect note at the Brea Jazz Festival. Since 2003, the festival has brought soulful be-bop, swing, and blues to beautiful Brea for three nights of music, wine, food, and fun under the California stars. General admission is free, and ticketed pavilion seating is available.

Looking to turn Brea Jazz Fest into a mini music vacation? Check back this summer for exclusive hotel specials during the festival.

When: September 18-20, 2015
Where: Downtown Brea

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Get ready for the most magical charity walk on Earth! Each year, 15,000 people (and our lovely Embassy Suites by Hilton staff) travel to the iconic Disneyland® Resort to raise money for the Children's Hospital of Orange County. See your favorite characters and hear classic Disney songs as the 5K walk weaves through Disneyland® and Disney's California Adventure® Park. Don't forget to register early because this event will sell out.

When: October 11, 2015
Where: Disneyland Resort

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Tree Lighting Ceremony

Get in the holiday spirit at Brea's Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Kick off the season right with carols, cookies, and hot chocolate under the majestic glow of the Brea community tree. While you're there, don't forget to say hello to Santa. He's making his list and checking it twice.

When: December 3, 2015
Where: Civic and Cultural Center



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