Hi friends & neighbors -
This week’s Weekend Fun Guide is chock full of fun events happening across the Inland Empire. I’m starting to notice there are a lot more Oktoberfest and Halloween events popping up, so we’ve definitely included those. Remember to check out our Pumpkin Patch Guide on our new website for a list of the I.E.’s best pumpkin patches! Another great stop for this weekend.
Have a great weekend, Inland Empire!
10/12, Winery at Canyon Crest – Comedians Eddie Jarvis & Friends entertain the audience Friday evening in Riverside. No cover, but a two drink minimum is required. 18 and older only.
10/13, DISCOVER! Riverside – Celebrate the Inland Empire’s architectural heritage with special tours and “open houses” of Downtown Riverside’s historic and significant buildings. Event is free from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
10/13, “Exploring Musical Summits” –The Riverside County Philharmonic with Yuval Yaron on violin, takes on stage at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside. Tickets start at $34.25.
10/13, 28th Annual M*A*S*H Bash – Come relive moments from this 1970s television show at 5 p.m. Saturday at the March Field Air Museum. Advance tickets are $45 and are $55 at the door.
10/14, Chateau Poe – Enjoy a “visit” with author and poet Edgar Allan Poe this Sunday during a special Dickens Festival “Author’s Salon” at the Canyon Crest Winery in Riverside. “Poe” will recite “A Cask of Amontillado” at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and include two drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Reservations are required.
Thru 10/31, Human Roast House – Get ready to get your pants scared off of you! Check out one of our favorite local haunted houses. Tickets start at $10.
Thru 1/10/13, Riverside Art Museum – The museum’s newest exhibit, “Painting in Pixels: An Exhibition of Concept Art” opens Sunday in Riverside. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. General admission is $5; members and children 12 and younger are FREE.
SAN BERNARDINO & REDLANDS
10/13, Family Fun Day at the Museum – Everyone can learn about gardens on Saturday during a Family Fun Day at the San Bernardino County Museum. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., children and their families can join in on crafts, games, story reading and more! The event is included with your museum admission: $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and military, $5 for students, and those 5 and younger are FREE.
10/13, Calimesa Street Faire – Held on Myrtlewood Dr. off of Calimesa Blvd is great for the whole family
SAN JACINTO VALLEY
10/13, 15th Annual Art Walk & Wine Tasting – Head to Idyllwild from 2-5 p.m. to celebrate their 15th year of this celebration held by the Art Alliance of Idyllwild. Tickets are $25 and includes commemorative wine glass.
Thru 10/14, Southern California Fair – The annual fest begins Friday at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. Fair hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekends and Mondays; 4 to 11 p.m. weekdays (closed Wednesdays). Admission is $8; children under 7 are free. Parking is $8.
Thru 10/28, Weekly Film Series – Catch Stephen King’s “The Shining” at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the Dos Lagos Stadium 15 “Oh the Horror,” scary movie month. Admission is only $3.
10/12-10/13, Holiday Boutique – California MENTOR’s Adult Day Programs will host its first ever Holiday Boutique from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at their headquarters in Rancho Cucamonga. The boutique will showcase the craft talents of those involved in the programs.
10/13-10/14, Professional Bull Riders Family Fun Days – Enjoy this free family fun event from noon – 4 p.m.. Activities include stick bull riding, bull roping, make a leather wristband, face painting and a best dressed cowboy or cowgirl (Sunday, 10/14 only starts at 2:30 p.m.). On Saturday, you can met professional bull riding experts from 1-2p.m. plus free bandanas to the first 100 participants on both days.
Thru 10/21 (select dates), “August: Osage County” – Ophelia’s Jump Theatre Company will present its inaugural production starting Friday at The Grove Theatre in Upland. Tickets are $20.
10/13-10/14, Bass Pro Shops - It’s Professional Bull Riders Family Fun Days from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Rancho Cucamonga store. Stick bull riding, bull roping, crafts and entertainment for the whole family. Best-dressed cowboy/cowgirl contest on Sunday only. This event is FREE.
Thru 10/26, Claremont Friday Nights Live! – Free concerts are held at the Village Square Public Plaza (by Laemmle 5 Theatres), in front of the Claremont Chamber, 205 Yale Avenue and at City Hall Plaza, Second St west of Harvard Ave. The Village is bustling with activity so remember to mark your calendars.
10/13, Pomona Art Walk - Visit the American Museum of Ceramic Art and other art venues from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the Downtown Arts Colony. This event is FREE!
10/13, Oktober Fiesta – Local favorite Dale Bros. Brewery is having a grand opening Oktober Fiesta for their new Upland spot. Live music, food trucks and more!
10/14, Claremont Heritage Home Tour - Visit six homes on Indian Hill Boulevard from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for the tour are $30 and reception is $20.
Thru 10/28 (select dates) , 2012 Fairplex Oktoberfest – Everyone is a little German when they taste the food and beer at Los Angeles’ popular Oktoberfest. Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m. to midnight, 21 and older only. Sunday, noon to 6 p.m., 20 and younger admitted with paying guest 21 and older. Under 12 is free with paying guest 21 and older. Tickets are $5.
10/13, Oktoberfest – Norco non-profit organization American Legion Norco Post 328 is holding an Oktoberfest celebration from 1-5 p.m and its FREE! This is a family friendly event.
10/14, Sunday Night ComedI.E. – Every Sunday M15 in Corona is making the IE laugh with a very funny line up. Plus 1/2 off all appetizers, $3 domestic drafts. Events are 18+ only and doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15.
10/12, M15 Concert Bar & Grill – It’s “Oktobeerfest” Friday at M15 (formerly known at Marquee 15) in Corona. $3 German beers and $4 bratwurst dogs. No cover. The 80s mash up band Pop Gun Rerun will perform.
10/13, Dos Lagos Stadium 15 – The FREE Saturday Family Film Series continues this weekend with “Casper.” The movie starts at noon at the Corona theater.
Thru 10/21, Tibbies Center Stage Theatre - Tickets are still available for this weekend’s performance of “The Producers.” Dinner packages start at $39.95; show only tickets start at $18.
Thru 10/31 (select dates), Coffin Creek - Be very afraid! Coffin Creek is open this Friday! Visit one of five different haunted houses for $13 or visit all five for $33. Group tickets are also available online.
Thru 10/31, Dos Lagos “Not So Scary Halloween” - This month-long spooky event continues this weekend with Life Stream Blood Mobile from 2 to 7 p.m. on Friday and a Halloween costume exchange and the “Little Pumpkin Baby and Toddler Races” from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Thru 11/22, Apple picking – It’s apple picking season. Head to Riley’s Farm with a group of friends or family and pick fresh apples right off the tree! Come up from 10am to 4pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays. U-pick apples is $2.50/pound. They also have raspberries and blackberries at $5/pint.
10/13, Victor Valley Museum – Bring the young ones to “Miss Kathy’s Story Time” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The event is included with your museum admission: $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and military, $2.50 for students, and those 5 and younger are FREE.
BIG BEAR & LAKE ARROWHEAD
Thru 11/10, Flashlight Safaris – Big Bear Alpine Zoo (formerly Moonridge Animal Park) opens its doors after dark every Saturday in October and the first two Saturdays in November to reveal its nocturnal animals to the public. Gates open 6:15 PM and close at 6:30 PM to start the tour. Bring your flashlight and ware warm clothes. Regular Admission: Under 3 years old free, for ages 3-10 $6, and over 10 years old $9.
Thru 10/27, Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest - Head to Southern California’s #1 Oktoberfest offering authentic German entertainment, food and beer. If you’re an Oktoberfest fan and haven’t been to this event you do not want to miss it! I’ve been and the contests, shows, activities and dancing alone are totally worth it. Oh, and there’s beer! ;-)
10/13, Miss Big Bear Scholarship Pageant – See the contestants of this year’s pageant compete at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $25.
10/13, Harvest Clam Bake – Harvest Clam Bake promises celebrating fine wines paired with traditional clambake seafoods while served outdoors. Tickets start at $75 for non-wine club members. Ticket includes four glasses of wine or beer, food and entertainment. Reservations are required.
Thru 10/28, Field of Screams: The Haunted Stadium – Diamond Stadium in Lake Elsinore is transformed into a haunted stadium every Thursday through Sunday until October 28. Hours of operation are 7-10 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays and 7-11 p.m. Fridays and Sundays. General admission tickets are $15 or $20 for VIP passes.
Thru 10/27 (select dates), Vampire Vail Halloween Festival - Vail Lake in Temecula turns into the “Apocalypse Party at the Lake” on Fridays and Saturdays through the end of the month. Prices for general admission, the Spooky Haunted Hayride and Vampire Vail’s Haunted House is each $10 per person, and children under $12 are $5.
Thru 11/30, Palm Desert Community Gallery – A new exhibit, “THREE,” opens this weekend and showcases the work of three artists. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
10/13, Oktoberfest Palm Springs – More than 40 beer, wine and food-tasting booths will be available from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way. There will also be two stages with various bands and live entertainment. 21 and older only. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door and includes a tasting ticket and souvenir glass.