Hi friends & neighbors -
It’s getting to look a lot like…Halloween! The region is buzzing with loads of Halloween events, a lot of them free! Check out our Inland Empire Weekend Fun Guide below to find the perfect event for you, your friends and family. Plus, there’s also non-Halloween good times to be had. Use our list to help make your weekend plans.
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10/19, Business School Speaker Series – For all budding entrepreneurs looking for guidance check out this new speaker series from UCR’s School of Business Administration
10/20, Reptile & Bug Appreciation Day – Bring the family to the Hidden Valley Nature Center from 10a.m.-2p.m.. Cost is $3/person. Call ahead for more details: (951) 785-7452
10/20, Riverside Home Tour - The 61st Annual Riverside Panhellenic Home Tour, Tea and Fashion Show will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Four unique homes and a prize-winning garden will be on display. Proceeds will benefit local charities and help provide scholarships for local students. Pre-sale tickets are $25, and $35 at the door.
10/20, March Field Air Museum - The Riverside museum will host “Freight Night” from 6 p.m. Saturday until 7 a.m. Sunday for members only. Parents must chaperone children. Tickets are $35 each or $65 for a family (two adults and one child).
10/20, Riverside Zombie Crawl - For zombies of all ages! This annual event, hosted by the Riverside Downtown Partnership, will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Civic Plaza in Downtown Riverside.
10/21, 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 10/21, Riverside Historical Symposium – 3-day event featuring a historical symposium, panel discussion, booksigning with author Mark Rawitsch, and historic walking tours in downtown Riverside. This 3 day event includes lectures, walking tours, panel discussions and it’s all FREE!
Thru 10/31, Human Roast House – Get ready to get your pants scared off! 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
10/19, Silent Film Event - ”The Rink” starring Charlie Chaplin and “It” starring Clara Bow from the Silent Film era will be screened in the Memorial Chapel of the University of Redlands starting at 7:30 p.m.. Organist Robert “Bob” Salisbury will perform a score to the films, “The Rink” starring Charlie Chaplin and “It” starring Clara Bow, on a Casavant Opus 1230 organ. What a treat ~ and it’s free!
10/20, The Ripe Festival - Join the celebration of local food and those who grow it at Saturday’s Ripe Festival in Redlands. The FREE event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Olive Avenue Market.
10/20, Live Rock Music – Head to B’s Boathouse at 350 Alden Rd. (909-866-5400) and enjoy some live rock music!
10/20, I.E. Food Truck Fest – It’s that time again for I.E. Food Truck Fest! The eating is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. Tickets start at $8.
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.
Thru 10/28, Weekly Film Series – Catch Boris Karloff’s “The Mummy” at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the Dos Lagos Stadium 15 “Oh the Horror,” scary movie month. Admission is only $3.
10/13, Dos Lagos Stadium 15– The FREE Saturday Family Film Series continues this weekend with “Corpse Bride.” The movie starts at noon at the Corona theater.
10/21, 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.
Thru 10/31 (select dates), Coffin Creek - Be very afraid! Coffin Creek is open! Visit one of five different haunted houses for $13 or visit all five for $33. Group tickets are also available online.
10/20-10/21, Pomona Pumpkin Festival – Free event for the kids! Corn maze, horse rides and pumpkin patch! Pumpkins are $5. There’s also an insect fair which is $6 for adults; $4 for students and kids 3-12. 2 and under are free. Make plans to go!
10/19-20, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden – Come on down and meet some owls, spiders, opossums and plants that take over the Claremont garden at night in “Things That Go Bump in the Night!” Friday is a members-only event, while Saturday is open to the public. Tickets start at $4 for members and $8 for non-members. The events starts at 5:30 p.m. each day.
10/20-10/21, Pumpkin Festival - The FREE 20th Annual Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Festival is back this weekend. Choose your own pumpkin, eat some fantastic foods, or take a stroll through Insect Fair. Pumpkins from the patch are $5 each.
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 10/26, 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.
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.
Thru 11/22, Apple picking – Head to Riley’s Farm in Oak Glen 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.
BIG BEAR & LAKE ARROWHEAD
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! ;-)
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, 11/19, Free Gas Card! – Book a two night stay stay in Big Bear and receive a free $50 gas card; three-night stay gets you a $75 gas card and four or more nights stay gets a $100 free gas card. Perfect especially during the last couple weekends of Oktoberfest!
SAN JACINTO VALLEY
10/20-10/21, Art is Life – 7th Annual Festival of the Arts is back in San Jacinto. Festival is from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. at Esplanade Arts Center 2181 W. Esplanade Ave. Enjoy artist performances, Mutts of the Planet (Joni Mitchell tribute band), and film celebrating how art should be part of our everyday lives. Tickets are $25 for one day; $40 for both days. Arts council members may purchase a two-day festival ticket for $30.
TEMECULA & MURRIETA
10/20,”The Voice” – Daniel Rosa, from NBC reality singing competition “The Voice,” will perform at the Moreno Valley Mall from 6:30 p.m. Could be the perfect time to meet this up and coming star. Remember, Britney Spears started performing at malls too. ;-)
10/20, Perfect Pairing Fundraiser – The music of the Spirit Wind Trio will entertain audiences from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Safe Alternatives for Everyone’s annual Perfect Pairing Fundraiser. Tickets are $35 each or $60 per couple.
10/20, De Portola Trail Wine-Up - Come tour 10 wineries this Saturday in Temecula at this wine sampling and paella tasting event. Advance sale tickets are $55 per person ($30 for designated driver). A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
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 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.
10/19-10/21, American Heat Weekend – It’s going to be hot this weekend as the American Heat Palm Springs Motorcycle Weekend gets under way at Palm Canyon Resort.
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.