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While it's winter in Australia, Huntington Beach, California - also known as Surf City USA ® - has enough activity and festivity to keep the summer party kicking on for any and all visitors. Here are the top events we’re looking forward to this winter and the rest of the year that will make 2018 the year of endless summer!
Chili at the Beach (16 June)
All along Huntington Beach’s Main Street, this annual chili cook-off features chili and salsa tastings from around 25 stalls. To wash down the delicious samplings, sample local craft brews. Top off the entire experience with live music and embrace the block-party atmosphere of this family-friendly event.
Vans US Open of Surfing (23 – 31 July)
The Vans US Open is a 9-day celebration of all things surf. Be a part of the largest surf competition and lifestyle festival and watch world-class skateboarding and BMX competitions, movie premieres and art exhibitions, and demonstrations from action sport brand. Plus, get the chance to sample products from event sponsor, Vans. This year, more than 300 athletes will compete on the waves at this World Surf League qualifier with an expected 500,000 visitors descending upon Surf City USA® to enjoy the festivities.
Surf City Surf Dog Competition (29 September)
The 10th annual Surf City Surf Dog competition brings together surFURS, the community, dog lovers and families for a weekend of fun. SurFURS from all over the world (yes, there are international comPETitors) gather at the Huntington Dog Beach for a multi-heat competition. But the fun doesn’t stop there - join in on the stand up paddleboard with your pup event, a canine play zone, and food trucks to keep the energy up all weekend long.
Turkey Trot (22 November)
Visitors can go full-on Americana and join Thanksgiving celebrations this month! Balance out all of the delicious turkey and stuffing you’ll eat by running or walking the annual Turkey Trot. This family-friendly event offers pre-Thanksgiving dinner exercise as ‘Turkey Trotters’ pass under the iconic Huntington Beach Pier, past the International Surfing Museum and on to Huntington Beach’s Main Street with 1k, 5k and 10k courses.
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