Things to do in the Inland Empire – May 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 May– with things to do in Redlands, Yucaipa and throughout the Inland Empire!

Inland Empire events and things to do

May 2 – 6 | Redlands Bicycle Classic

The Redlands Bicycle Classic is the longest continuous running invitational, professional stage race in American bike racing. Each year, the City of Redlands and surrounding communities open their homes, their hearts and their streets to world-class athletes. From humble beginnings on a Memorial Day weekend in 1985, the event, featuring 350 elite racers, has hosted future stars of the Olympics, Tour de France, and World Championships. The Redlands Bicycle Classic’s long heritage of attracting future stars has earned its position in history: “Where Legends Are Born!”

When: May 2 – 6
Where: Redlands and surrounding communities
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May 4 – 6 | Yucaipa Music and Arts Festival

Yucaipa’s Music and Arts Festival is coming up! Come up to Yucaipa to explore the festival anytime over the three days, with seven live bands and 100 artists, beer garden, kids zone, gem and mineral show, flower show, and more fun!

When: Friday – Sunday, May 4 – 6
Where: Yucaipa Historic Uptown | 35100 Yucaipa Boulevard, Yucaipa, CA 92399
Cost: Free; certain activities cost money
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May 5 | Spring Garden Tour- RUHS

RUHS Foundation’s Spring Garden Tour features five beautiful and unique private Riverside gardens. This special event supports RUHS’s response to children who have been abused and neglected. RUHS is dedicated to providing extraordinary care to heal the physical and emotional needs of our region’s kids.
Now in its 22nd year, this tour has become an event favorite for local gardening enthusiasts. The tour includes a delicious lunch served in one of the featured gardens. UC Master Gardeners will be available in each garden to guide and inform you.

When: Saturday, May 5 | 9am – 3pm
Where: Five private gardens in Riverside (locations printed on the tickets)
Cost: Contact the RUHS Foundation office at 951-486-4213
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May 5 | Heritage Day

Celebrating the 167th anniversary of the arrival of the Mormon and Black Pioneers in June of 1851, who built the prosperous San Bernardino Colony. It is also honoring other valley settlers including the Native Americans, Spanish Rancho families, Jewish pioneers, and Polynesians who helped contribute to the True Spirit of Community the pioneers established. Wagon rides for everyone! Rope making, doll making, quilting, gold panning, pioneer games & toys, Dutch oven cooking, pioneer music and dancing. Multi-cultural displays & presentations for everyone.

When: Saturday, May 5 | 9am – 2pm
Where: Live Oak Canyon Pumpkin Patch | 32335 Live Oak Canyon Rd, Yucaipa, CA 92399
Cost: Free, but must pre-register – click to register for the free tickets
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May 5 & 6 | 111th Annual Cinco de Mayo Parade and Fiesta

The 111th Annual Cinco de Mayo Parade and Fiesta is a free two day celebration that consists of entertainment, food and info vendors, game booths, live Mariachi and Ballet Folklorico performances.

When: Saturday & Sunday, May 5 & 6 | May 5 – 10am to 8pm, May 6 – 12pm – 8pm | Parade will be held on May 4, at 10am
Where: Villegas Park | 3091 Esperanza St, Riverside CA
Cost: Free
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May 6 | Herbivore Festival

The Herbivore Festival is a non-profit celebration of plant-based living brought to you by Crafton Hills College’s Department of Kinesiology and Health.  There will be tons life-changing lectures, cooking demos, fitness activities, musical and art performances, activities for the kiddos and of course loads of plant-based and cruelty free vendors.

When: Sunday, May 6 | 11am – 5pm
Where: Crafton Hills College | 11711 Sand Canyon Rd, Yucaipa, CA 92399
Cost: Free
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May 12 or 13 | Mothers Day Tea

Celebrate the matriarch in your life with a delightful afternoon tea.

Faire includes:
*A host of assorted tea cakes and afternoon sweets
*A selection of loose leaf teas
*Wildflower bouquet making
*Classical music entertainment
*Formal banquet seating

12:45: check-in
1:00: Seating
1:00: Food service
2:00-3:00: Bouquet making

When: Saturday or Sunday, May 12 or 13 | 12:45pm
Where: Los Rios Rancho | 39611 Oak Glen Rd, Yucaipa, CA 92399
Cost: $39, $28 for children
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May 19 | A Fond Farewell

An evening of French masterpieces brings our season to a spellbinding finale. After the mischief of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and The Swan’s tragic elegance, we conclude with the musical fireworks of Saint-Saëns’ majestic “Organ” Symphony, featuring the farewell performance of our dear friend Frederick Swann.

When: Saturday, May 19 | 8pm
Where: Memorial Chapel | 1200 E. Colton Ave., RedlandsCA 92373
Cost: $15+
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May 19 | Old Riverside Foundation 27th Annual Vintage Home Tour

Old Riverside Foundation presents it’s Twenty-seventh Annual Vintage Home Tour. Self guided, docent led interior tour of 5 privately owned vintage homes (c.1892-1939) and their yards, Restoration Faire and Vintage Mercantile.

When: Saturday, May 19 | 10am – 4pm
Where: Pickup online ticket sales at Peter J. Weber House | 1510 University Avenue, Riverside, CA
Cost: $20.00 pre-sale; $22.00 if purchased on the day of the tour
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May 20 | IE Desserts and Coffee Competition Expo

The Dessert and Coffee Competition Expo is a Community Dessert and Coffee Bar comprised of uniquely sweet creations and perfectly brewed coffee by local Pastry Chefs and Baristas. The public participation is welcome to taste and vote for their favorite dessert and coffee.

When: Sunday, May 20 | 12 – 4pm
Where: Riverside Convention Center | 3637 5th St, Riverside, CA 92501
Cost: $25 adults, $15 kids ages 4-11 yrs, FREE-kids ages 3yrs and under
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May 20 | 25th Annual Ice Cream Social

Free ice cream, lemonade, kids crafts,entertainment.Learn how Riverside lived and celebrated in the 1890’s.

Riverside Metropolitan Museum’s Heritage House invites you to enjoy a special afternoon at its 25th Annual Ice Cream Social. This is not your ordinary Ice Cream Social! All ages will enjoy this free community event, which features ice cream, lemonade, and musical entertainment as one may have celebrated in Victorian Riverside during the 1890s.

Guests will have the opportunity to tour the house, play authentic Victorian games, and watch a special patriotic program by the Sons of the American Revolution that will include: musket firing, cotillion dance, and a parade through the grounds. Musical entertainment will include a dulcimer, piano, vocal performances, and of course, a barbershop quartet! Event is free!

When: Sunday, May 20 | 12 – 4pm
Where: Heritage House | 8193 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, CA 92504
Cost: Free
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May 19 & 20 | Hanger 24 AirFest

Hanger 24 AirFest will be happening May 19 and 20 here in Redlands. Kids Zone, musical entertainment, beer festival, and of course the air show!

When: Saturday & Sunday, May 19 & 20
Where: Redlands Municipal Airport | 1755 Sessums Dr, Redlands, CA 92374
Cost: Varies; see website
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May 26 & 27 | Redlands Festival of Arts

Welcome to the Redlands Festival of Arts, May 26-27, 2018, in Smiley Park, Redlands, California. Come see 100 talented artists, enjoy live entertainment, visit the kid’s fun zone and explore the Smiley Library and Lincoln Shrine. Top it all off with a glass of local craft beer or wine paired with our tempting Inland Empire cuisine favorites.

When: Saturday & Sunday, May 26 & 27 | 10am – 5pm
Where: Smiley Park, Redlands, CA
Cost: Free; donation appreciated
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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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