Hi friends & neighbors -
Are you ready for the weekend? Temperatures are starting to dip and it feels a tiny bit more like Autumn. I definitely sense that change is coming ~ which is always exciting. The seasonal shift reminds me to look forward to the oncoming change and also to try something new. Embrace something new and different this weekend with our Inland Empire Weekend Fun Guide: our curated list of local events happening across the region.
Carpe diem, Inland Empire!
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.
10/5, Winery at Canyon Crest – Singer and entertainer Lizann Warner entertains the audience Friday evening in Riverside. No cover, but a two drink minimum is required. 18 and older only.
10/5, Dwight Yoakam – Catch this legendary country crooner on stage at 8 p.m. Friday at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside. Tickets start at $49.
10/6, Safety Fair - The 15th Annual Safety Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Castle Park in Riverside. The event is free and there are many giveaways and events available to teach children about staying safe.
10/7, Piano Extravaganza – La Sierra University presents “Bach’s Concerto in A Minor” at 6 p.m. at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside. Tickets start at $11.
10/7, First Sundays Season Kick Off – Every first Sunday children and teens can check out free programs like create a crafty pumpkin at the Riverside Art Museum or weave a Native American basket. Programs start this Sunday through May.
SAN BERNARDINO & REDLANDS
10/5, Free Arts Festival – Arroyo Valley High School in San Bernardino will host the “2012 VAPA Fest: A Celebration of the Arts” from 2:45 to 5:30 p.m. Friday. Music, drama performances and free art activities for children.
10/6, DisAbility Sports Festival – The FREE DisAbility Sports Festival is Saturday, Oct. 6 at Cal State San Bernardino (5500 University Parkway, HP-120, San Bernardino, CA 92407) from 9:00 a.m. (check-in and day-of registration starts at 8:00) to 3:30 p.m. It is free for people with ANY disability and ANY age
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 the original, “The Exorist” at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the Dos Lagos Stadium 15 “Oh the Horror,” scary movie month. Admission is only $3.
10/5, Marquee 15 – Jumpin’ Jack Flash, a tribute to the Rolling Stones, takes the stage Friday night at the Corona entertainment venue. Tickets are $15.
10/6, Mayor’s Jazz Jam – Dance the night away to the sounds of the Reggie Vision Jazz Band from 6-11 p.m. Tickets are $50 and proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Fontana
POMONA & CHINO VALLEY
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.
10/5, First Friday Art Walk – Claremont’s FREE monthly art walk through the Village offers musicians, street performers, children’s activities and various visual artists.
10/6, Ink’d Tattos for the Cure – Artists from Ink’d Chronicles, Pinky Star and Cartel Ink will be tattooing pink ribbons (other colors, upon request), with all proceeds going to the Breast Health Program at the Lewis Family Cancer Care Center.
10/6, California Beer Festival - Tickets are still available for Saturday’s event in San Dimas. The beer fest will be held from 12:30 to 5 p.m. at Frank G. Bonelli Park. General tickets are $45 and Designated Driver tickets are $25.
10/6-10/7, San Dimas Western Days – 45th Annual San Dimas Western Days is also happening in San Dimas this weekend. Join the fun with music, entertainment, rides, games and vendors. You can also take a shuttle to the San Dimas Western Days Rodeo happening all weekend long!
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.
10/5-10/31 (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 kicks off Friday with a performance by the Santiago High School band.
10/6, Dos Lagos Stadium 15 – The FREE Saturday Family Film Series continues this weekend with “IGOR.” The movie starts at noon at the Corona theater.
10/7, Olive & Wine Faire - Come to the Highland Springs Resort from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Live music, wine tasting, children’s games and more!
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.
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! ;-)
10/6, Outdoor Quilt Show – This 14th annual show is sponsored by the Valley of the Mist Quilters. It will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Old Town Temecula. Admission is FREE. A boutique will be set up and an quilt auction will take place.
10/6, Pechanga Food Truck Festival – The annual festival starts at 11 a.m. at Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula. Tickets are $10.
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 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.