New Huntington Beach Happenings
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NEW RESTAURANT OPENINGS
Broad Street Oyster Company – opens summer 2023
Broad Street Oyster Co. established its first restaurant in Malibu during the summer of 2019 and is the ultimate seafood destination. Broad Street Oyster Co. is a surfy seafood destination that’s the perfect road trip pitstop along Pacific Coast Highway. They’re opening a location on the Huntington Beach Pier this summer!
Tacos Los Cholos Huntington Beach – opens 2023
Born out of the love for great tacos, Tacos Los Cholos started as a small pop-up business and made a presence at local events. Fast forward, it’s now a wildly known Orange County taqueria with two brick and mortar locations in Anaheim, Fullerton, and a third location opening in Downtown Huntington Beach.
California Fork and Spoon – opens spring 2024
Local restaurateur Alicia Cox, owner and founder of The Prjkt Restaurant Group, has been changing the coastal landscape in Huntington Beach after she transformed the beach concessions in Bolsa Chica State Beach and Huntington State Beach. Each concession has a distinct concept that’s unique to its location and offer events, live music, comedy shows, and more during the summer months. The following concessions are currently open: SeaLegs at the Beach, SeaSalt Burger, Pacific Kitchen, Beach City Provisions, The Huntington Beach House, Sandbox, and Sahara Sandbar. California Fork & Spoon will be the last to open and will be located on Brookhurst & PCH. Slated to open May 2023, the location will offer elevated California fare to beachgoers.
SHOR – opened July 2023
Located on the bike path directly across from the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, SHOR will open as a concession stand and extension of the Hyatt’s services. Available for resort guests, SHOR will offer beach chairs, umbrellas, and elevated food options for beachgoers. In addition, SHOR will have its full liquor license, allowing guests the option to enjoy beverages on the sand.
The Brant – opened May 2023
Located at Pacific City (level 2, next door to The Bungalow), The Brant Kitchen & Bar will offer elevated California fare with views of the Pacific Ocean and provide guests another late-night option for craft cocktails and nightlife.
Cabo Wabo Beach Club & Bar – opened April 2023
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Sammy Hagar will bring a taste of Cabo San Lucas to Huntington Beach when the first Cabo Wabo Beach Club & Bar debuts at The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel in March 2023. The new location will offer an elevated flavorful menu of coastal Mexican cuisine and span more than 11,000 square feet with indoor and outdoor dining, lounge seating, bars, and a private dining room for meetings and other exclusive gatherings. Designed by Ideation Design Group, Cabo Wabo Beach Club will bring coastal designs with vibrant elements and rock & roll features peppered throughout, including a noteworthy outdoor flaming guitar fire pit. See here for more information.
Cabo Wabo Seafood Brunch – recurring weekly (Saturdays + Sundays 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Sit back, relax and enjoy delicious seafood dishes, killer cocktails and ocean views. Partake in a relaxing weekend getaway by treating yourself to something special this weekend with Cabo Wabo’s Seafood Brunch. Nothing comes close to enjoying the freshest seafood as your soak in the sun and cool breeze rolling off the Pacific Ocean. Sammy’s Tequila Shrimp, bright Seafood Ceviche, and indulgent Lobster Enchiladas are among the dishes guaranteed to transport you to the coast of Mexico.
Kimpton Shorebreak Resort “Chef’s Table” – quarterly in 2023
Returning in 2023 is the Kimpton Shorebreak’s Chef Table concept, a themed food and beverage pairing dinner with limited seating for 25-30 guests. After a successful 2022 season, the event has drawn in locals and offers guests an intimate setting with Executive Chef Gilbert Laurie. Stay tuned for menu and ticket information on Pacific Hideaway’s Instagram.
SURF CITY USA® BARREL TRAIL
The new version of the Surf City USA® Barrel Trail relaunched in March 2023. Highlighting Huntington Beach’s craft breweries, distilleries and tasting rooms, it’s the perfect way to explore the destination.
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25th Anniversary of Surfin’ Sundays – April 2023 – October 2023
This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the iconic Surfin’ Sundays at the Huntington Beach Pier Plaza. Concerts are on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and vendors will be there from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Proceeds support the concert series and museum programs.
Away from bustling downtown, Huntington Harbour provides a quaint seaside feel and picturesque scenery. Built-in the 1960s and located on the northwest corner of Huntington Beach bordering Seal and Sunset Beach, the harbor is home to five man-made islands which feature more than 500 bayfront homes of all shapes and sizes. It also serves as the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors. Explore the harbor by renting a private charter from Prince Charters, an electric boat, a stand-up paddleboard, or a kayak.
Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
A haven for birdwatchers and nature lovers, Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is the largest saltwater marsh along the coast of California. The 1,300-acre wetlands with five miles of trails, provide visitors a chance to spot nearly 200 resident and transient bird species that use the wetlands as a critical stopover while migrating along the Pacific Flyway. Nature lovers can also enjoy seeing nearly over 100 plants and trees found in the wetlands.
Huntington Beach Central Park Equestrian Center
The Huntington Beach Equestrian Center is a 25-acre facility that offers boarding for 400+ horses, a full-time operating riding school, and a therapeutic riding center that provides Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) programs for humans. Located four kilometers from the beach in Huntington Beach’s Central Park, guests can now experience Free Rein Tours - a safe, outdoor activity for those with a heart for horses, humans, and wildlife. During the 90-minute guided tour, guests meet rescued and adopted horses and mustangs, learn about the equine therapy program, and explore Huntington Beach’s Urban Forest. Tickets start at $35/adult with reservations available online. Proceeds go towards the care and feeding of the foundation’s rescued horses.
Huntington Beach Art Center
Opened to the public in 1995, the Art Center is the creative heart of downtown HB. A community arts and culture center, the Art Center provides space for creative expression, offering low cost, high-quality art, music, and movement classes in its studios and dynamic exhibitions and event programming in its galleries. The Huntington Beach Art Center hosts six exhibitions a year, often providing valuable opportunities for regional artists to share their art with residents and visitors in the Huntington Beach community. Special community events are also held at the Art Center and can be found on the Art Center's website.
Guided Walking Tours
Huntington Beach is a town filled with history that ranges from an oil boom in the 1920s to over 100 years of surfing. Learn about it firsthand through three guided walking tours:
- Historical Downtown Walking Tour – led by Visit Huntington Beach Visitor Experience Specialists
- Surf City USA Uncovered (Live!) - led by local historian, Chris Epting
- Surf History Downtown Walking Tour – led by Visitor Experience Specialists
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Read more about beach accessibility in Surf City USA here.
- Adaptive Surf Program. McKinnon Surf & SUP Lessons provides premium surf and stand-up paddle board lessons utilizing professional surfing and paddling experience with quality equipment to ensure success. As a longtime Huntington Beach local, Rocky McKinnon and his team understand the best surf conditions for all levels and prioritizes safety. With a custom built 14-foot chair board for adaptive surfing, his goal is for everyone to receive a successful, enjoyable experience fit for any body type and skill level. Adaptive Surfing (1 hour) – Tandem with safety escort ($225); Chair board with safety team ($300)
- Huntington Beach Therapeutic Riding Center. The Therapeutic Riding Center of Huntington Beach was founded in 1990 by a group of community volunteers who wanted to provide services to individuals with disabilities in Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT). Therapeutic riding, horseback riding combined with physical therapy, is one form of EAAT and is a beautiful way to enjoy the great outdoors while visiting Huntington Beach.
- Huntington Beach All-Inclusive Playground. Huntington Beach's 4,660-square-foot all-inclusive beach playground can be accessed from existing pathways from parking areas and the beach path. The playground concept, created by Dave Bang Associates, Inc., was designed to be all-inclusive, with the play units designed to provide accessibility and promote interactive play among children of all abilities. The entire playground is surfaced with rubber surfacing as approved by the Americans with Disabilities Act, allowing complete accessibility. It is equipped with features that allow wheelchair access on special swing sets.
- Able Coffee Roasters. Enjoy a delicious cup of coffee while supporting the autism community. Able Roasters is the first coffee shop employing individuals with autism and other disabilities while roasting fresh organic coffee. They serve quality organic beans imported directly from small farmers across the globe and roasted daily.
- Huntington Beach Mobi-Mat. The City of Huntington Beach unveiled its first Mobi-Mat in 2021, a new beach pathway that allows easier access for visitors to the shore. Made from recycled polyester, it keeps devices such as wheelchairs from sinking into the sand.
- Hyatt Regency HB - Accessible Bonfires. The Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa have partnered with Access Trax to offer accessible bonfires for groups. Reservations can be made through the Hyatt’s concierge team.