Things to do in the Inland Empire – April 2018


There’s plenty of things to do in the Inland Empire — events, family activities and fun weekend happenings! Here are some great options for the month of April — with things to do in Redlands, Yucaipa and throughout the Inland Empire!

Inland Empire events and things to do

April 6 | Arbor Day

For the annual Arbor Day celebration, there will be museum exhibits, entertainment, arts and crafts, and light refreshments. This is an outdoor event; guests are welcome to bring blankets to sit on.

When: Friday, April 6 | 3 – 5pm
Where: Chino Youth Museum | 13191 6th St, Chino
Cost: Free
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April 6 – 8 | Joshua Tree National Park Art Festival

At the Joshua Tree National Park Art Festival, view original paintings, sculptures, photographs, ceramics, jewelry and more by 30 local and regional artists sharing their interpretations of the desert southwest.

When: Friday – Sunday, April 6 – 8 | 9am – 5pm
Where: Oasis Visitor Center | 74485 National Park Dr, Twentynine Palms
Cost: Free
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April 7 | Celebrate Caroline Park

Come celebrate Caroline Park:

  • Plein Air Art Competition @ Caroline Park, 8am-2pm
  • Guided Tour of Caroline Park @ 2:30pm (meet @ Sunset turnout)
  • Public Art Reception @ Redlands Art Association: 5-7pm. Redlands Art Association: 215 E. State Street

When: Saturday, April 7 | 8am – 7pm
Where: Caroline Park, Redlands  | Public Art Reception at Redlands Art Association: 215 E. State Street, Redlands
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April 7 | Crafty & Chic Spring Boutique

There will be over 30 vendors selling items from crafty and handmade to designer and chic. There will also be a Kid Zone with a jumper, crafts, games, soft block area and more!

When: Sunday, April 7 | 10am – 3pm
Where: Christ the King | 1505 Ford St. Redlands, CA. 92373
Cost: Free
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April 8 | Family Fitness Fun 5K and Expo

The fourth annual Family Fitness Fun 5K and Expo is a fundraising event for Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, and features a 5K non-competitive run and walk through a Redlands neighborhood for people of all ages and abilities. Each participant will receive a commemorative T-shirt and medal. Check-in for the 5k begins at 7 a.m.

When: Sunday, April 8 | 8am – 12pm
Where: Burrage Mansion | 1205 W. Crescent Ave., Redlands
Cost: Participation in the 5k and expo: $30 for adults, $10 for students. Expo only:s $10 for adults, $5 for students.
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April 14 | An Appalachian Spring – concert

Experience the ethereal beauty of John Luther Adams’ there is no one, not even the wind— a new work from the Pulitzer- and Grammy-winning composer. This milestone event is a co-commission between the Redlands Symphony, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and other nationally-recognized groups. The concert will conclude with another American masterpiece: Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring.

When: Saturday, April 14 | 8pm
Where: Memorial Chapel | 1200 E. Colton Ave., Redlands
Cost: $15+
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April 14 – 15 | Riverside Flower Show and Home Garden Tour

Enjoy the outdoors while getting fresh ideas for your garden at a self-guided tour of unique and spectacular local gardens. See hundreds of prize-winning plants, flowers and crafts at the show.

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 14 & 15 | 1 – 6pm Sat, 10am – 4pm Sun
Where: Elks Lodge | 6166 Brockton Avenue, Riverside, CA 92506
Cost: $10
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April 17 – 22 | Riverside International Film Festival (RIFF)

Annually since 2002, RIFF has brought the best in contemporary international and independent film to the Inland Empire region of Southern California, the fastest growing area in America. In this, our 16th year, RIFF seeks diverse and challenging films of social upheaval, human conflict, and the boldness of the human spirit.

When: April 17 – 22
Where: The Box Theater | 3635 Market St, Riverside, CA 92501
Cost: $5 – $125
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April 21 | Riverside Tamale Festival

Join for delicious food, entertainment, socializing and shopping. This celebration of family, culture and history will feature two stages of entertainment, a children’s activity center, beer gardens, a local history display, and tamale and other food vendors.

When: Saturday, April 21 | 11am – 7pm
Where: White Park | 3885 Market St, Riverside
Cost: $8 – $50
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April 21 | Color-Me-Miles

The Color-Me-Miles event is a color run hosted by the City of Yucaipa Youth Advisory Committee. The event will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at 9:00am. The 5k run circles the Yucaipa Community Park while music is played and color is thrown! Save money and sign-up prior to the event by clicking here!

When: Saturday, April 21 | 9am
Where: Yucaipa Community Park Amphitheater | 34900 Oak Glen Rd, Yucaipa, CA 92399
Cost: $20 – $25
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April 21 & 22 | Apple Blossom Country Festival

Come up to Oak Glen to enjoy the 24th Annual Apple Blossom Country Festival! Free admission, with musical entertainment and activities taking place along Oak Glen’s 5-mile scenic route. Apple Blossom Queen contest and an “Everything Apple” baking contest. There are small fees for some of the activities.

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 21 & 22
Where: Oak Glen’s 5-mile scenic route
Cost: Free; small fees for some activities
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April 27 | Orange Blossom 5K & Senior Health Expo

Join the Redlands Quality of Life Department’s Senior Recreation Division for the Third Annual Redlands Senior Orange Blossom 5K Fun Run/Walk and Senior Health Expo from 8 to 11 a.m. Friday, April 27, at Crafton Park.

The Senior Health Expo features more than 30 community vendors who will provide insight and information about ways to improve healthy living. Free water and lunch boxes will be provided by Thomas Catering while supplies last.

Both events are free. Pre-registration is required to participate in the 5K. Registration forms are available online or by visiting the Joslyn Senior Center at 21 Grant St. or the Redlands Community Senior Center at 111 W. Lugonia Ave.

When: Friday, April 27 | 8 – 11am
Where: Crafton Park |
Cost: Free
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April 28 | Riverside Insect Fair

Hercules Beetles, fuzzy Tarantulas and pencil-thin Walking Sticks are the stars of the 4th Annual Riverside Insect Fair in Downtown Riverside on April 28, 2018. The City of Riverside and the UC Riverside Entomology Graduate Student Association will host the Insect Fair to give the Southern California community an opportunity to learn how insects impact our lives. Guests will experience the world of insects as they count insects through a microscope, learn about pollen as they play games, and get the chance to enter a butterfly tent. With more than 40 booths and countless scientists, guests are encouraged to bring their inquisitive minds and questions.

When: Saturday, April 28 | 10am – 4pm
Where: Mission Inn Avenue, between Orange St and Lemon St
Cost: Free
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April 29 | The Taste of Vintage Redlands

The Taste of Vintage Redlands is a 2.0 version of the event you have enjoyed each year for more than decade — a walking tour that features delicious wines and craft beers. The twist is the taste—a showcase of food specialties prepared by local chefs and paired with wine or beer. Experience what our local culinarians have to offer and personally connect with the chefs at each stop on the tour.

When: Sunday, April 29 | Check in is at 2:30pm the event starts at 3pm and ends at 6pm.
Where: Redlands
Cost: $52 – $78
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Every Thursday | Redlands Market Night

Established in 1988, Redlands Market Night has established itself as one of the most successful certified farmers markets in Southern California! Vendors vie to participate in the event that has attracted thousands of weekly visitors since its inception. Visitors are welcomed into an inviting atmosphere complete with lighted trees, brick sidewalks, historic buildings, and great musical entertainment. Crowds are pleasantly surrounded by over 150 food and merchandise booths, not to mention the downtown shopkeepers, every Thursday night.

When: Ongoing Thursday nights, 6 – 9pm
Where: 1 East State Street,Redlands, CA 92373
Cost: Free entrance
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