Inland Empire Spring & Easter Fun Guide

03.28.12

Mike Coulson Photography capturing Spring in San Dimas

Hi neighbors –

Spring is in full bloom!  Seems like it was just yesterday we were ringing in the New Year and now we’re in full force allergy season ;-)  The great thing is (other than the longer days) we’re that much closer to summer and there are tons of outdoor activities happening all around us.  We’ve  gathered as many Spring and Easter events as we could find and we’ll definitely be adding more as we go along.

We’ll also let you know if there are any updates to the list so that you’re in the loop for all the Spring Good Times in the IE!  Wherever you’re celebrating Easter weekend we’ve got something for you.  Stretch those legs, go outside, get some sun, and nom on some delectable festival goodies…Enjoy the season!

Also, please take a look at our list below and let us know if we missed any crucial events.  You can leave us a comment below or give us a shout on Facebook and Twitter. Or if you have another opinion you want to share, please don’t be shy and let us know.  For example, do you prefer when the list is organized by date or by region?  I’ve listed it by region this time but let me know what you prefer.  Remember, I’m here for you… (did anyone else hear the motherly guilt trip tone?  *shiver*).

 

RIVERSIDE

Downtown Riverside’s Easter Egg-stravaganza starts on 3/31 from noon-4 p.m..  There will lots of activities for all the kiddies like Easter Bunny photo ops, face painting, balloon artists and the list goes on.  One highlight that sounds fun is the ‘Peep Show’ with those delicious marshmallow treats happening at DragonMarsh. [EVENT OVER]

3/31, bring your baskets to the Eastside Community Fair at the Cesar Chavez Community Center.  Egg hunt, free entertainment and more starting at 10 a.m.  [EVENT OVER]

Sew Funky Marketplace is taking their fantastic event to Riverside.  Browse through dozens of local vendors with handmade crafts and wares.  Grab your girls, your guy, your kids, your parents – there’s a gift for everyone here.  If you love vintage and handmade (think Etsy) then you’re gonna love this event!  I went to the last one in Ontario and I only wished I brought a bigger bag. [EVENT OVER]

Is it a car show or is it a pet adoption event?  That’s up to you!  Head on over to the 3rd Annual Park n’ Bark Car Show on 3/31 from 10-3 p.m. at the Riverside County Animal Shelter. [EVENT OVER]

4/7, Easter Egg Hunt at Wayen Makin Sports Complex in Norco.  They ‘hop’ to see you there!  (Sorry, it’s on their flier ~ had to add =D).

4/7, Helicopter Drop – ’nuff said!  Orangecrest Community Church will have a helicopter unload eggs for the kiddies to collect.  Event is free and helicopter drop will occur after each worship service.

4/14, Come down to International Day Spa and meet a puppy in training for Guide Dogs of the Desert! You will be able to learn more about the organization, interact with a very well trained and get your picture taken with a puppy!  More details here.

4/14, Heritage House Garden is holding a children’s tea party etiquette and presentation.  Kids get to learn about modern and Victorian era manners while enjoying tea, juice, and cookies.

4/17, The Salted Pig is hosting a new dinner series called “Brewery Dinners.”  For $30 you get a 3-course beer paired menu with the company of guest speaker Evan Weinberg, brewmaster/owner of Cismontane Brewing Co..  Strangely thirsty now…

4/21, check out the Arts and Crafts Spring Boutique in Redlands.  The event offers a wide variety of products from local vendors.  Have a birthday coming up for a hard-to-buy for person in your life?  This could be the answer you’ve been waiting for!

4/21-4/22, 100th Annual flower Show and Garden Tour hosted by the Redlands Horticultural & Improvement Society.  One hundred shows?!  Wowsas!  If you want to see some beautiful award winning blooms check out this event!

 

SAN BERNARDINO

Now that Spring is here looking at some DIY home improvement projects?  Head down to Inland Empire Home & Garden Show happening 3/30-4/1 for inspiration, how-to’s, consultants, vendors and more! [EVENT OVER]

The 16th Annual Citrus Harvest Festival will be on 3/31 from 10-3:30 p.m. and celebrating our rich citrus heritage.  Enjoy some history, entertainment, a pie eating contest and more!  Get your knowledge and fun on in Highland! [EVENT OVER]

4/7, Fiesta Village is having an Easter Eggstravaganza – complete with Easter Bunny, face painting, giveaways and more.  Don’t forget your Easter basket!

4/7 Free Easter Egg Hunt event in Corona with free rides, games, petting zoo and more at the Lee Pollard High School.

San Bernardino Railroad Days is back 4/21-4/22.  Free admission to food, music and fun with trains!  The kiddies are gonna love this!

4/22, can’t get enough food trucks?!  Don’t you worry!  Food trucks are rolling in to San Bernardino for the Route 66 Food Truck Festival.  Personally, I think the highlight is going to be checking out the new San Manuel stadium.

POMONA VALLEY

Grab the family and go to the San Dimas Annual Family Festival on 3/31 from 10-3 p.m..  Kids 2-10 can participate in the Spring Egg Hunt starting at 10 a.m. sharp.  Stay for prizes and pictures with the Easter Bunny!  There’s a lot more so check it out.  [EVENT OVER]

Not looking forward to Easter and want to do something more cultural?  On 3/31, enjoy the final day of the huge SoCal art initiative – Pacific Standard Time – by getting free admission to 20 art exhibits across Southern California including Americam Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA), Pomona College Museum of Art and Scripps College, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery. [EVENT OVER]

3/31, Rockabilly Festival is back at Pitzer College.  Classic car exhibition, live music, dancing and more!  I went a couple years ago and it’s a good ol’ time! [EVENT OVER]

4/9, Join the Pomona Chamber of Commerce and the Mayor of Pomona at the 8th Annual Taste of the Pomona Valley event.  The Mayor will be giving the State of the City Address and there will be some great food, entertainment and drawings for gift packages.  Sounds like a great way to spend a Monday.

4/14, 34th Annual Claremont International Festival happening at Claremont McKenna.  One of the Claremont Colleges most anticipated event of the year is a great place to expose the kiddies to different cultures and food from around the world.

4/28, The Packing House in Claremont is hosting the “Phestival of the Arts.”  This free family arts event promises live performances, mini-classes, workshops, exhibits and more!  Love the poster art also.  Check it out!

CUCAMONGA VALLEY

3/31, Easter at Bass Pro Shops?!  Yup – get a free photo with the Easter Bunny, crafts for kids and egg hunting. [EVENT OVER]

4/7, Easter Eggstravaganza at Precision Gymnastics in Rancho Cucamonga. 

4/7, Visit the Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario for their Spring Festival and Egg Hunt

4/7, Spring Egg Hunt at Memorial Park in Upland.  The site doesn’t provide the location of Memorial Park, so here you go.  ;P  1200 East Foothill Blvd, Upland, CA.  Map it!

4/8, one of my very favorite places to eat is having a special Easter brunch menu.  Ra Pour in Rancho is offering an eggs-travagent Easter brunch.  This 3-course brunch is only $39 and it includes a lot of choices!  Crispy pork belly, rhubarb-onion pickle, maple, strawberry reduction appetizer option … need I say more?  Ok – and live jazz.  Book your reservations because I anticipate it’s going to be packed!

4/21 Inland Empire Chocolate Festival is here to smother us in chocolately goodness.  Includes tastings, demos, and more!  Portion of the proceeds benefit the Back to School JAM – an annual event where backpacks filled with school supplies are given to under privileged children in local communities.  *Hint to those that are really paying attention – Expect a giveaway very soon!*

4/21 Choices Wellbeing Center for Women and Families with Children is hosting a Spring Shopping Soiree from 6-10 p.m.  Ticket purchase enters you for a chance to win a free 7-day Caribbean vacation.  This sounds like fun!

In the IE we like to do it big!  One chocolate event is not enough for us so it’s getting doubly chocolate-y on 4/28 at the Rancho Cucamonga Chocolate and Wine Festival benefiting the RC Community & Arts Foundation.

CHERRY VALLEY

3/30, Beaumont-Cherry Valley Rec & Park District and Beaumont Youth Baseball commemorate the 3rd annual Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.  More info here. [EVENT OVER]

4/7, Beaumont’s 19th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Noble Creek Regional Park

4/14, Beaumont-Cherry Valley 5th Annual Fishing Derby.  $10 entry fee includes fishing, prizes and lunch.  Bring your fishing pole!

BELOW THE 60

3/31, Head to Chino Spectrum marketplace & Towne Center and join the Radio Disney Road Crew and DJ for their Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt. [EVENT OVER]

3/31, Chick-fil A, Chino Hills is hosting their 3rd Annual Easter Breakfast Party from 8-10 a.m..  Free activities, bounce house, contests and more! [EVENT OVER]

4/7, Easter Egg-Citement at Chino Hills Community Park

4/21, Make it a Play Date at the Chino Valley YMCA on Healthy Kids Day.  YMCA’s across the country will be promoting healthy living on Healthy Kids Day with fun and more!

Did you know that there is a living and working permanent Renaissance Village in Corona?!  Will wonders never cease?  From 5/12-6/17 the 15th annual Koroneburg Old World Festival will be in full swing with themed weekends, entertainment and loads much more.  As the day draws closer – trust me – there will be more announcements because my interest is seriously piqued.

Way down the 15 near San Diego

Are you near Wildomar?  If not this may be the reason to head down there on Saturday, 4/7.  The Ultimate BBQ Showdown East vs. West III is happening and just from the list of participating teams I know this is going to be one impressive event!  We have a lot of IE teams headed to this one  (one team is Big Poppa Smokers from Coachella participated in the ‘Pitmasters’ TV show on TLC ~ ya I watched it. haha)  Real questions is, how do I become a judge? HA!  Get more info here.

4/7, Lake Elsinore Children’s Fair and Egg Hunt

4/7, Murrieta is holding their annual spring EGGstravaganza and Recreation Expo at the Townn Square Park, starting at 9 a.m..  Here are some more details.

4/7, Pechanga Food Truck Festival is on!  So far over they have 35 food trucks lined up.  Festival is from 10 – 5 p.m. at the Pechanga Resorta and Casino.  Nom nom, folks!  **DEAL ALERT!** Groupon has a daily deal on tickets.  Two tickets for $10 (that’s one ticket for free!) and two VIP tickets for $40 (again, that’s one ticket for free!).  Check out the deal!

 Temecula has you covered.  Easter Egg Hunt celebrations at three different parks on 4/7.  Follow the bunny!

Temecula wineries are also participating in the Easter festivities like Wilson Creek Winery.  Their buffet style brunch and animal petting zoo might entice you.  The unlimited champagne for $59.95 seems intriguing to me *wink wink*

4/12-4/15 Lake Elsinore Frontier Days are back!  Make a weekend of it and check out activities like blacksmith demos, adobe brick making, panning for gold and other fair festivities like game booths, carnival rides, live music and more!  Coupon is at the bottom of the page so remember to scroll down – you get $2 off admission.  Yee-ha!

COACHELLA VALLEY

 4/7, Earth Day Eggs-travaganza at The Living Desert.  Celebrating both Earth Day and Easter, they have a lot of fun activities planned and if you bring a recyclable itemyou can exchange it for a free desert plant at their Garden Booth.

 

Mentioned it earlier but gonna say it again, head to the final day of Pacific Standard Time free admission day to multiple museums including Palm Springs Art Museum. [EVENT OVER]

 

BIG BEAR

– 4/7,  Old Miners Eggstravaganza from 10-2 p.m. at the Big Bear Fun Plex.  Check out the details here.

 

OK, we’re gonna stop right here.  Whoa this has become an overwhelmingly long list!  As we move along through Spring we’ll definitely be adding more events.  If you know of any Spring events and want to share with us, please leave us a comment below.

Till next time…

 

 

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