Inland Empire Events | Weekend Fun Guide 10/31-11/2/2014





Hi Friends and Neighbors -

There are plenty of autumnal adventures to be had all over the Inland Empire this weekend. Start the day with your favorite fall-flavor coffee or pumpkin breakfast treat, then head on out to one of the great weekend events we found and have a great time!

Don’t forget to bring a light sweater or jacket!

p.s. This week’s photo is from the Spanish Patio at the Mission Inn Hotel in Riverside




10/31-11/2, Theater - “The Pillowman” presented by The Gestalt Theatre Project. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 a person, no late seating. Strong language and mature themes.

11/1-8, weekends, Theater – “My Son Pinnochio Jr. performed by Riverside Children’s Theater at Romona High School. Performances are Saturday Nov. 1st at 1 and 7 p.m., Nov. 2nd at 2 p.m., Nov. 8th at 7 p.m., and Nov. 9th at 1 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 pre-purchased online or $15 at the door.

11/1, Fundraiser  - Visiting Nurse Association fundraiser at The Riverside Art Museum from 6-9 p.m. Wine reception and dinner, raffle and silent auction.  Tickets are $125 a person, proceeds benefit VNA California’s community outreach programs.

11/1, Concert - Citizen Cope – Clarence Greenwood Recordings 10th anniversary tour at the Fox Performing Arts Center. First time for full performance of album in its entirety. Tickets are $44-61 for the 8 p.m. performance

11/2, Day of the Dead - Dia de los Muertos celebration in downtown Riverside at White Park from 1-10 p.m. Traditional altars, Aztec dancing, Catrina pageant, food, children’s activities and more.



Now through 11.16, weekends, Theater – Sherlock Holmes and The Hound of The Baskervilles” at Lifehouse Theater. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $14-18 for adults, $7-9 for children ages 3-11.under 3 not admitted. $1 added to ticket cost day of show. Group rates available.

11/1, Seminar - Educational seminar by Jacque Smilie  “The One Command – The Secret Power of Your Rich Mind” at the Casa Loma room of the Ayres Hotel from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are $225 a person.


Check out the best local events

Check out the best local events



10/30-11/29, Art Exhibit - “Catrinas” by Alejandro López Jiménez presented by the Consulate of Mexico in San Bernardino at the National Orange Show Art Gallery Fridays and Saturdays from 12-6 p.m. Opening reception Oct. 30th, please RSVP. Free admission to the gallery.

10/31-11/1, Music Festival  – Escape All Hallow’s Eve by insomniac electronic music festival at the National Orange Show Events Center. VIP Two-day and single day tickets, general admission two-day and Saturday available starting at $99. Parking is $20 cash.



11/1, Facility Tour – Free four-hour tours of the City of Corona Department of Water and Power facilities from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Tours educate how water goes to homes and is reclaimed. Must register on website by Oct. 30th, must be 18 and a DWP customer.

11/1, Concert - Toys For Tots toy drive and concert featuring The Doux Boys at M15 Concert Bar and Grill. Doors open for the all-ages concert beginning at 7 p.m., admission is free with an unwrapped toy.

11/1, Fundraiser -  “Chocolate, Wine and a little bit of rock and roll” fundraiser by Soroptomist International of Corona from 5-9 p.m. at Trilogy Lake Center and Amphitheatre. Live music by Legendary Mustangs. $75 per person, includes wine  tasting, appetizers, desserts, entertainment and a ticket for the drawing. Proceeds benefit club projects.



11/1, Hiking – Guided 5-mile hike at Chino Hills State Park beginning at 8:30 a.m. $15 a person for residents, $25 for non-residents. Must be 10 or older, children must be accompanied by guardian. Must bring water supply and hiking shoes, light snacks provided after hike.


Find out where to grab your perfect pumpkin this Fall

Find out where to grab your perfect pumpkin this Fall



11/1-2, Music Festival -  HARD Day of the Dead dance music festival at the Fairplex beginning at  11 a.m. both days. Two-day and single passes available from $99, parking is $15 each day. See website for concert details.

11/1, Day of the Dead - Display of altars and Aztec scrolls by Rubio Gonzalez at St. Paul’s Episcopilian Church Parish Hall from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The public  is invited to create Day of the Dead altars at St. Paul’s from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. daily until Friday Oct. 31st.

11/2, Art Festival - Padua Hills Art Festival hosted by the Claremont Museum of Art from 11 a.m.-4 p.m at the Padua Hills Theater. Art displays, demonstrations, sculpture, food, vendors and more. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for CMA members, children under 18 are free.



10/30-11/2, Comedy – The Smash Brothers Cory & Chad at the Ontario Improv. Tickets are $17 for the 18 and over show, rated R content  Performances are Oct. 30th at 8 p.m., Friday at 9 p.m., Saturday at 7 and 9:30 p.m., Sunday at 9 p.m.

10/30, Fundraiser - Lefty’s Track Day for Charity at the Auto Club Speedway from 3-5:30 p.m. Drive your car on the track for $10, ride in a pace car for $20 per person. Lefty’s Kids Club members ride pace car for free, but must be at least 8 years old,  4’9” and accompanied by guardian. Cash only, proceeds benefit Auto Club Speedway Foundation.

10-31-11/2, Convention - VapeCon at the Ontario Convention Center Friday from 2-10 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m.-10 p.m.and Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Live performances, giveaways, raffles, vendors and costume competition. Tickets are $15.

10/31- 11/2,  Theater – Mel Brook’s “Young Frankenstein” at Tibbie’s Center Stage Fontana Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 for show only, dinner and show prices $29.95- $49.95.

11/1-2, Conference - 5fold International Enterprises presents Boot Camp 2014 at the Ontario Convention Center. Three sessions, Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and 6:30 -10:30 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration is $60 a person online, $70 at the door.

11/1, Day of the Dead – El Día de Los Muertos Family Discovery Day at the Museum of History and Art from 12-4 p.m. The free family event includes workshops, storytelling and art projects.

11/1, Drag Racing - NHRA: Street Legal Style presented by AAA at the Auto Club Dragway. Gates open at  7 a.m., races start at 9 a.m.$20 to race, $10 to watch. Must have street-legal car, proof of registration and insurance  and a valid license to race.

11/1, Dance -  “Ballroom with a Twist” featuring stars from “dancing With The Stars”, “So You Think You Can Dance”, and “American Idol” at The Lewis Family Playhouse. Tickets are $50 for the 8 p.m. performance.

11/1, Yard Sale  – RC Community Yard Sale at the RC Family Resource Center from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Over 40 vendors including clothes and electronics.

11/1, Women’s Group - Free admission this month to Saturday Morning Sit Out women’s gathering at Water of Life Community Church at 11 a.m. Please bring non-perishable Thanksgiving food donations. Visit website to request required advance ticket.

11/2, Hockey  - Ontario Reign hockey versus the Bakersfield Condors at Citizen’s Bank Arena beginning at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10-55, parking is $5 cash only.



10/29-11/2 and 11/5-9, Horse Show - National Sunshine Series at Desert Horse Park.Features hunter and jumper competitions.  Admission is free to daytime performances Wednesday through Sunday with exemption of Grand Prix events. Otherwise, admission cost is $5 general, kids 5 and under free.

10/30, Zombie Walk  - Zombie Walk Palm Springs through Palm Springs Street Festival beginning at 6 p.m. Bring non-perishable food item or personal hygiene product to benefit Safehouse of the Desert. Makeup booth opens at 6 p.m., zombie walk begins at 7 p.m. See website for participation guidelines.

10/30 and 11/2, Airplanes  - Parade of Planes kick off for the Aviation Summit Thursday from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Planes land at Palm Springs Int’l Airport and taxi along East Alejo Rd. and North Avenida Caballeros and reverse Sunday 2 p.m.-4 p.m Static display of planes Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

10/31-11/2,  Theater  - “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at College of the Desert’s Theater Too. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7 p.m., Sunday performances begin at 3 p.m. Special midnight performance on Halloween night. Tickets are $20-25 student, $25-30 general, $35 for Halloween performance.

10/31,  Zoo  - Howl-O-Ween at The Living Desert. Trick or treating, costumed characters and live music. Spooky Africa tram ride. Paid zoo admission required.

11/1-2, Art Tour –  Hwy 62 self-guided art tours featuring galleries of artists throughout the Morongo Basin, this weekend features the West end. Download catalog online or purchase print copy on web site.

11/1-2, Day of the Dead - Dia de los Muertos USA at Rancho Las Flores Park. Culture, art, altars, musical entertainment and more. Food and drink vendors. Tickets are $20-340 for Saturday or Sunday pass, two-day passes are $36-225. See website for details and hotel information.

11/1, Music Festival - 111 Music Festival along the 111 Hwy on the 111 SunLine bus route. Over 20 local musicians perform on the buses along the route. Check in at stops to win a prize. Bus ride is $1, times are from 2:55 p.m.-7:05 p.m. Check lwebsite for bus schedule  and artist set times.

11/2, Food Trucks - First Sunday Gourmet Food Truck Fare from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. downtown in front of city hall. Live entertainment provided by Coachella Valley Art Scene.


Plan your trip to Oak Glen with our Guide

Plan your trip to Oak Glen with our Guide



0/31, Trick or Treating  - Safe trick or treating through The Village in Big Bear Lake from 5-7:30 p.m.

11/1, Performance – American Parlor Songbook taping at the Tudor House at 7 p.m. Music, comedic sketches and guest performers. Tickets are $20 for admission and performance, food service offered beginning at 6 p.m.



Now Through 11/9,weekends, Theater  - Noel Coward’s “Blythe Spirit performed by Catch a Star Theatrical Players at the Beaumont Women’s Club Community Center. Performances are Friday and Saturdays at 7:30, Sundays at 3 p.m. tickets are $12 for general admission, students with ID are $8. Opening night dinner and show is $30.

11/1, Day of the Dead - Moreno Valley Cultural Arts Association’s Moval Dia de los Muertos Fiesta at Stoneridge Towne Center beginning at 12 p.m. Car show, family altar competition, artists, vendors, live entertainment and costume competitions. Car Show entry fee is $15, Family memorial contest entry fee is $10, memorials must be completed by 11 a.m. and removed by 9 p.m.

11/1, Water Conservation - City of Perris Water Conservation Fair at Mercado Park from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Water conservation tips and education, vendors, giveaways and more.

11/1, Workout - Live Well Perris free workout and mobile produce bus at Mercado Park from 9-10 a.m. Instructor is Laura Sosa.



11/1, Boutique -  Hand-Craft Boutique  at Calvary Chapel Bible Fellowship from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. KDSW 88.9 FM music and booth. Crafts, artisan food, clothing, jewelry and more. Food and beverages available for purchase from vendors. Free admission.

11/1, Day of the Dead - Day of the Dead celebration in historic downtown Lake Elsinore from 1-6 p.m. Costume parade, folklorico dancers, sugar skulls, food trucks, celebration of life  altars and more.

11/1-2, Wine Tasting – Temecula Valley Wines Harvest Celebration tasting weekend. Food and wine samples at over 30 wineries, including samples usually not available to the public. Self-guided tours from 10 a.m.-4:40 p.m. each day, tickets are $79-99 for single or two-day passes. Designated driver pass is $69.

11/2, Concert – Def Leppard at Pechanga Resort and Casino theater. $150 tickets available, show starts at 7 p.m.

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Thomas the Train Giveaway [DONE]




It’s that time of year again. Beloved children’s choo-choo train Thomas and his railway friend Percy are chugging into the Orange Empire Railway Museum to greet fans of all ages Nov. 8, 9, 11, 15 and 16.

Day Out With Thomas™: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014 offers aspiring engineers and their families the opportunity to take a 25-minute ride with the famous #1 engine. This year, for the first time, Percy, the locomotive, will be at the Orange Empire Railway Museum. Children can also meet Sir Topham Hatt®, the Superintendent of the Railroad.

AND for the very first time, Thomas the Tank Engine will TALK to his fans! You won’t believe your eyes and ears!

Spend the day enjoying a wide range of activities perfect for children. Stop by the Thomas & Friends Imagination Station with train tables and building activities. There will be Thomas-themed stamps, temporary tattoos, arts and crafts, storytelling and videos. There will also be games, coloring, live children’s music, a petting zoo, bounce houses, sing-alongs and a Thomas gift store.

There will be street car and trolley rides and an entire museum to explore. A visit to the Orange Empire Railway Museum is a trip back in time to when trains, conductors, whistles, bells and steam were a part of the way we traveled.   Also,  A Day Out With Thomas will keep adults who love trains, and children who love Thomas, happily chugging along the tracks. Families should arrive no later than one hour prior to scheduled departure. Tickets start at $19 for ages two and older.

For ticket purchases and information, call the Orange Empire Railway Museum office at 951-943-3020 or visit

Or you can enter our giveaway for a chance to win a Family 4-pack of  tickets now through Thursday, October 30, 2014.  The winner will be announced in the comments below on Friday morning and on the IEShineOn Facebook page.  You must email to claim your tickets, so remember to check back to see if you won.  We can’t tell you how many times prizes go unclaimed!

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The Orange Empire Railway Museum is an volunteer-run organization that has been preserving Southern California’s railway history since 1956. The museum’s mission is to educate the public on the technology, history, and impact of the rail transportation industry in the West. Over 200 rail cars and locomotives, ranging from Los Angeles street cars to modern diesel locomotives, are preserved at the museum’s 90-acre site in Perris, California, which is open 363 days of the year. 



Inland Empire Events | Weekly Date Night Guide 10/27-10/31/14



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Hi Friends & Neighbors –

Everywhere you look, there are goblins, ghosts, ghouls and jack-o-lanterns reminding us that Halloween is finally here! Rest assured, not every date this week requires you to come dressed in your favorite costume, however there is one event in particular that will appeal to the vampires out there . . . Ever heard of a pre-Halloween blood drive? We’ve outlined one-of-a-kind outings that will do the trick, and also serve as a treat, whether or not you have caught onto the holiday’s spooky spirit.

For more local Halloween events remember to check out our Inland Empire Halloween Fun Guide.

Have a great week!




10/27, Karaoke Night – Dream Karaoke with KJ Stacia at Lake Alice Trading Co. Saloon & Eatery in Riverside at 9p.m. Singing is the best thing to do on a Monday night, especially when the week is just getting started. Eat, drink, and be merry as KJ Stacia hosts this lovely night. So sing, and get up out of your chair like you just don’t care.



10/28, Blood Drive– Donate blood at Pechanga RV Resort in Temecula from 1p.m. to 6p.m. Donors will be given a free t-shirt and a raffle ticket. Complete your Halloween costume by losing some actual blood for a benevolent cause. Who else on Halloween can legitimately say they had blood sucked out of them for a chance to win great prizes?



10/29, Movie Night – Together We Read: Selena at Pomona Public Library at 4p.m. Come and watch the movie around people who foster an appreciation for reading. Selena shined as bright as a star and touched many people’s lives with her singing and songwriting. This is a great movie that is a memoir of the life of this wonderful performer.

10/27, Boat Tour – Miss Liberty Paddlewheel Tour at Pine Knot Marine in Big Bear Lake at 2p.m. Admission is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and military, $13 for children 5-12, and admission is free for children under four. A 90-minute boat ride is just what the doctor ordered for a lazy Wednesday afternoon. Learn about the rich history of this beautiful mountain town while floating atop Big Bear Lake. Sit back, and order some light snacks and beer or wine as the day moves on.



10/30, Farmer’s Market – Redlands Market Night on State St. between Orange St. and Ninth St. from 6p.m. to 9p.m. Drop by to take advantage of quality shopping from local growers and farmers, while being entertained. Listen to great music, and bring along the kids to watch in amazement at the magicians. There is so much more fun to be had, and it is a perfect outing for a Thursday night.

10/30, Freak Show – Pre-Halloween Freakshow at the Proabition Whiskey Lounge & Kitchen in Riverside. Door opens at 7 p.m., and show starts at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $37. Includes a three-course dinner meal. Restricted to 18 and over. A good pre-Halloween freak-show is a great place to get your wits about you for the actual day. Get spooked while having a decadent meal. Stick around for the jaw-dropping performances and see who has guts and who is soft.



10/31, Stand-up Comedy – Jerry Rocha from Stand Up Revolution at Flapper’s Comedy Club in Claremont at 9:30p.m. Tickets are $20. Jerry has a diverse range of comedy and will leave you in bits and pieces. After all the trick or treating is done, end the day with some food and drinks off their menu. Jerry is an experienced comic, so prepare for a good night full of laughter.


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10/31, Halloween Family Fair – Scary-A-Faire in Downtown Upland from 5p.m. to 8p.m. This event is perfect for all the trick-or-treaters in your life. The streets of downtown Upland are closed off and filled with fun, games, activities and of course . . . lots of candy! Bring your Halloween costume, and see if you have what it takes to win Most Creative, Scariest, Cutest and more in the costume contest.

10/31, Concert – Blasphemous Rumours tribute to Depeche Mode and special guest DJ Richard Blade at Romano’s Concert Lounge in Riverside. Doors open at 8p.m. and show starts at 9p.m. General admission is $20. Another great ending to the night of Halloween so come listen to live music and dance the night away. This tribute band is known for delivering nothing but the best live performances, don’t miss out!


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