Things To Do: Events, Food, Festivals in SoCal in 2022 – NBC Southern California

2022 is around the corner! Here’s a look at some events to look forward to in the new year, including PaleyFest LA, the Los Angeles County Fair, and more.

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From mondo coasters to sunshiny county fairs to indoor encounters with prehistoric beasts, Southern California’s big 2022 is looking major. (photo: Six Flags Magic Mountain/OC Fair/Jurassic Quest)



You may have seen some of the prehistoric wonders of “Jurassic Quest,” a touring spectacular celebrating wayback beasties, at the Rose Bowl drive-thru earlier in 2021. Now the experience is headed to Anaheim at the end of 2021, and beginning of 2022, and Ventura in mid-January 2022, as an up-close indoor event. (photo: Jurassic Quest)


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Artist Yayoi Kusama’s beloved “Infinity Mirror Room — The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away” will reopen at The Broad downtown. The original reopening date of Jan. 5, 2022 was postponed, but stay tuned for a new re-debut date.



The Los Angeles County Fair has long been a late-summer staple, but something new is brewing in 2022: The Pomona party, “the largest county fair in the nation,” will take place fully in the spring, starting on May 5. (photo: LA County Fair)



PaleyFest LA, the TV festival that welcomes stars and showrunners for an evening of in-depth Q&A, returns to the Dolby Theatre as an in-person event. “Better Call Saul” and “Riverdale” are both on the 2022 slate. (photo: PaleyFest LA)


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OC Fair in Costa Mesa will “Feel the Sunshine,” over a full month of shows, fried treats, cute animals, and midway merriment, beginning on July 15, 2022.


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Several productions will visit The Ahmanson at the Music Center, including the acclaimed “Hadestown” in the spring of 2022. (Photo: Kimberly Marable and Company in the ‘Hadestown’ North American Tour. © T Charles Erickson;



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A weekday Disneyland Resort offer made for Southern California residents launches on Jan. 3, 2022. Several celebratory doings will take place during the almost five-month window of the offer, including Lunar New Year festivities at Disney California Adventure. (photo: Disneyland Resort)


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Big changes and big special events are also due at Disneyland Resort. MagicBand+ will come to The Happiest Place on Earth in 2022 (a year that will see a “reimagining” construction phase launch at both the western end of Downtown Disney District and Mickey’s Toontown) and the popular Disneyland After Dark nights (including a few devoted to “Star Wars” in May 2022) (photo: Disneyland Resort/Joshua Suddock)


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“I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli, an exhibition celebrating “how delicatessens became cornerstones of American Jewish food culture during the past century, evolving from specialty stores catering to immigrant populations into the beloved national institutions they are today,” opens at the Skirball Cultural Center in 2022 (opening date to be announced). (photo: ©fitopardo)



The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire remained shuttered in 2020 and 2021, but the ye olde celebration will be back in Irwindale, over several springtime weekends, starting on April 9, 2022. (photo: OC Fair)(photo: J. Wilborn/Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire)



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Several tempting restaurant openings are on the horizon, including the debut of Mom’s Touch Chicken & Sandwiches in Long Beach. The South Korea favorite, which boasts over 1,300 locations in Asia, features a “unique menu of fried chicken favorites.”



The hold-a-pose, don’t-blink Pageant of the Masters will unfurl in Laguna Beach over two summer months, with a start date of July 7, 2022. The 2022 theme? Pack your bags: The venerable happening is celebrating our “Wonderful World.” (photo: Pageant of the Masters)


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The Academy Museum, which opened on the Miracle Mile at the end of September 2021, will have several much-anticipated screenings, special events, and exhibitions in 2022, including “Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898-1971.”



The Rose Garden Tea Room at the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens has been a perennial favorite of visitors for decades. Now, following a lengthy closure for construction, the tea room will reopen in 2022 with more seating, an updated kitchen, and other new features, including a pretty pavilion near the Shakespeare Garden. (Photo: Architectural Resource Group/The Huntington)



WONDER WOMAN Flight of Courage, set to be the “tallest and longest single-rail coaster on the planet,” will open at Six Flags Magic Mountain in the summer of 2022. It will be the Valencia theme park’s 20th coaster, making it the spot with the “most coasters in the world.”



How many Disneyland attractions can you ride in a single day? Prepare to find out as this fan-favorite fun time returns to The Happiest Place on Earth in February 2022. It’s not affiliated with the theme park but rather MiceChat; details start here. (photo: MirageC/MiceChat)



Jackie and Shadow, Big Bear’s obsessed-over bald eagles, spend much of the wintertime at their sky-high nest, which was recently outfitted with a new camera. Also exciting? Egg-laying time is on the horizon, in January usually, and while nothing is certain fans will be keeping watch on the Friends of Big Bear Valley and Big Bear Eagle Nest Cam. (Photo: Friends of Big Bear Valley and Big Bear Eagle Nest Cam)

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