Inland Empire Weekend Events | Weekend Fun Guide 2/28-3/2/14




Hi Friends & Neighbors!

Looks like winter has finally come to the Inland Empire. Make sure to grab your umbrellas and rain jackets if you are heading out this weekend because there are many indoor events you will want to attend including the Open House and Grand Reopening of the Riverside Convention Center and the Pomona Concert Band’s annual Winter Concert.

Word of caution: Many of these great weekend events take place outdoors. Because of the forecasted rain, double check with the venue or its website before heading out to make sure the event is still going on.

As always, have a great weekend!


p.s. This week’s photo is from the 2013 Riverside Tamale Festival.




3/1, Action Sports Event – A BMX Pros Trick Team performs at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday at The Crossings at Corona in the parking lot near Jerome’s Furniture. FREE.

2/28, Pub Crawl – Community Connects sponsors its annual Pub Crawl from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday starting at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside.

2/28, Craft Supply Swap – Switch out your old craft supplies for some new ones from 6 to 9 p.m Friday at Vocademy’s Makerspace in Riverside.

3/1, Beer and Food Fest – RAIN or SHINE! The Inland Empire Brewing Company Beer and Food Truck Festival from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Tickets start at $10.

3/1, Open House and Grand Opening – RAIN or SHINE! Tour the newly renovated and expanded Riverside Convention Center at a special open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.  We’re really excited about the opening because our Second Annual Inland Empire Cupcake Fair “Cupcakes for a Cause” will be held there on Sunday, May 4th.

3/1, Led Zepplin Tribute Concert – Led Zepagain, a Led Zepplin tribute band, takes the stage at 10 p.m. Saturday at Romano’s Concert Lounge in Riverside. Tickets are $15.

3/2, First Sundays – Riverside’s First Sundays for 2014 at 1 p.m. Sunday. Enjoy a variety of FREE family activities at six of the city’s downtown locations: Riverside Metropolitan Museum, Mission Inn Museum, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside Public Library, UCR ArtsBlock, and Riverside Fox Theater Foundation. This week, take part in the special Animal Olympics!





3/1, 5K Fun Run – The 4th Annual Chino Youth Museum DairyAire 5K Fun Run steps off at 8 a.m. Saturday at Ruben S. Ayala Park in Chino. Registration information is online.



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3/1, Film Festival – The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is from  6-9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Fox Event Center in Redlands. Sponsored by the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association. Tickets are $15.

3/1, Comedy Show – Enjoy “Laph-A-Latte” at 7 p.m. Saturday at Augie’s Coffee in Redlands. FREE. Hosted by Chrystine Julian.

3/1, Benefit Concert – The Pulse Benefit Concert begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at The Grove School of Redlands. Tickets are $10 presale or $12 at the door.


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2/28, Winter Concert – The Pomona Concert Band presents its Annual Winter Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Palomares Park Community Center in Pomona. Admission is FREE.

3/1-3/2, Yard Sale – The Friends of Upland Animal Shelter Yard Sale runs from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Downtown Upland.

3/2, Swap Meet – The Pomona Swap Meet and Classic Car Show takes place from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Fairplex in Pomona. General admission is $10, children 12 and younger are FREE. Parking is $10.




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3/1, Spring Railroadiana Swap Meet – SoCal’s largest outdoor railroadiana swap meet runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris. Admission is $7 for ages 12 and older and $5 for kids 5-11 or included in an all-day ride pass $12 for ages 12 and older and $8 for kids ages 5-11. Children under 4 are FREE.



2/28, Hearts for Arts – The Lewis Family Playhouse’s annual giving campaign kicks off at noon Friday in Rancho Cucamonga. Find out how to donate by checking out the website.

3/1, Community Yard Sale – The Rancho Cucamonga Community Yard Sale runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Rancho Cucamonga Resource Center. NOTE: Event may be cancelled in inclement weather. Call (909) 477-2781.

Thru 3/9, El Caballo ExhibitThe History of Museum & Art in Ontario’s exhibit “El Caballo: The Horse in Mexican Folk Art” runs through March. Admission is FREE and exhibits are open noon to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday


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3/1, Big Bear Discovery Center – Guided nature walks are from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Big Bear Discovery Center – the place to start your Big Bear vacation. 40971 North Shore Drive, Highway 38 Fawnskin, California.

3/1, Alien Ant Farm – Get your tickets for this amazing show that starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Cave in Big Bear Lake. Tickets start at $20. Doors open at 6 p.m.

2/28-3/1, Night Ski Sessions – Take in a little evening skiing from 3 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday through the beginning of March at Snow Summit Ski Resort in Big Bear. Check out website for conditions and fee schedule.



2/28, Star Trek Science – Boldly go where no one has gone before during a special “Star Trek” science workshop from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Pennypickles Workshop at the Temecula Children’s Museum. Admission is $5 for children 2 and older.

3/1, BODYTRAFFIC – Temecula Presents hosts the contemporary dance company BODY TRAFFIC from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater. Tickets start at $15.

3/1, Art ClassesWine Country Art Gallery hosts art classes from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Each class is $55.

3/1-3/2, World of Wine 2014 – Temecula Valley’s World of Wine 2014, which includes a self-guided tour of more than 30 wineries, is from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for the two-day event are $99.

Thru 3/2, “The Secret Garden” – The Christian Youth Theater Riverside County presents “The Secret Garden” thru Sunday at the Theater in the Round at Linfield Black Box at Linfield Christian High School in Temecula. Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s 7 p.m. show and Sunday’s 2 p.m. are sold out. Tickets are $12.



Thru 3/7, The Living Desert: Park After Dark! – Enjoy some of The Living Desert’s nocturnal friends in this special program, which runs on from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays to March 7. Members: $30 adults, $15 children non-members: $40 adults, $25 children. Registration recommended.

Thru 3/25, Traveling Exhibit – The traveling exhibit “Cold War Crisis: The U2 Incident” is at the Palm Springs Air Museum through March. Admission starts at $8.

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