Things to do in the Inland Empire — Nov. 2017

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 November — with things to do in Redlands, Yucaipa and throughout the Inland Empire!

Inland Empire events and things to do

Nov. 3-5, 10-12 | Beauty and the Beast

Witness a timeless tale of true love and virtue as the beauty Rose discovered the heart within the Beast. This retelling of the well known story emphasizes that it is not only one’s outward appearance but what is inside that counts. Fun for all ages is found in the popular musical adaptation inspired by the classic French fairy tale.

When: November 3, 4 & 5 and November 10, 11 & 12 | Fridays: 7:30pm, Saturdays: 2:15 & 7:30pm, Sundays 2:15pm
Where: 1135 N Church St, Redlands, 92374
Cost: $19 – $25, kids (3-11yr) $9 – $12
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Nov. 4 – 12 | Day Out With Thomas Friendship Tour

Day Out With Thomas 2017 is a fun-filled event that provides children of all ages the opportunity to climb aboard and take a ride with Thomas and Percy as well as participate in tons of Thomas & Friends themed activities.

When: Saturdays & Sundays, November 4 – 12 | 8am – 5pm
Where: 2201 South A Street, Perris, 92570
Cost: $19 – $35
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Nov. 9 | Winter Jam 2017

GRAMMY®, Dove, Billboard Music Award and BET Award-winning hip-hop trailblazer Lecrae is set to lead the lineup of top Christian artists for this year’s Winter Jam West. In addition to Lecrae, Winter Jam West will feature GRAMMY® and American Music Award-winning Third Day frontman Mac Powell (pictured right); best-selling hip-hop recording artist Andy Mineo; GRAMMY®-nominated chart-toppers Building 429; fan favorite rockers Family Force 5; GRAMMY®-nominated Winter Jam founders and hosts, NewSong, and more.

When: Thursday, November 9 | 7pm
Where: Citizens Bank Arena | 4000 East Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764
Cost: $15 Donation at the Door, FREE Entry for Active Military and Veterans, parking $10
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Nov. 10 & 11 | Pilgrim Place Festival

At the 69th annual festival, enjoy shopping, food, music, artists’ work and activities for the kids.

When: Friday & Saturday, November 10 & 11 | 10am – 4pm
Where: Pilgrim Place | 625 Mayflower Rd, Claremont, CA
Cost: Free
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Nov. 11 | Professional Bull Riders REAL TIME PAIN RELIEF VELOCITY TOUR

Professional bull riding at the Citizens Business Bank Arena at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $15, parking is $10.

When: Saturday, November 11 | 7pm
Where: Citizens Bank Arena | 4000 East Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764
Cost: $15 – $125, parking $10
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Nov. 11 | Inland  Opera Inaugural Gala Concert

After five years as a local opera company, Redlands Opera Theatre is becoming Inland Opera (IO), a dynamic new regional opera company serving the Inland Empire and beyond. Join us for an elegant evening of music at our Inaugural Gala Concert, marking Inland Opera’s official launch into the Inland Empire arts community! The event will feature operatic and musical theater highlights with a trio of Southern California’s finest classical vocalists, wine and cheese reception, and opportunity drawing. The Gala will also serve as a fundraiser for future events this season.

When: Saturday, November 11
Where: 168 S. Eureka St. Redlands, CA 92373
Cost: $30
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Nov. 18 | Salute to Veterans

Honor veterans of every stripe while you enjoy a morning of family fun. Start off with a pancake breakfast, followed by a parade with marching bands, fly-overs, equestrian units, floats, and veterans. Then attend an expo with products and services especially for veterans.

When: November 18 | 10am – 1pm
Where: Main Street Mall at 9th St, Riverside, CA
Cost: Free
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Nov. 18 | Downtown Redlands Holiday Kickoff Event

Join the City of Redlands in kicking off the holiday season with some old-fashioned hospitality in Historic Downtown Redlands. The event will feature musical entertainment, complimentary carriage rides, a bounce house for kids, food and merchandise booths, face painting, complimentary hot cocoa and a photo opportunity with Santa.

When: November 18 | 4 – 7pm
Where: Ed Hales Park – At the corner of Fifth St. and State Street in Historic Downtown Redlands, Redlands, CA
Cost: Free
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Nov. 18 | Red Dirt Art Festival

Since 2005, the Red Dirt Art Festival has been connecting local artists with the Redlands community through outdoor events. Held each autumn, more than 50 artists continue to gather and share their unique artwork that spans across virtually all mediums.

Several different art mediums will be featured: oil paintings, ceramics, jewelry, photography, leather works, metal sculptures, pottery, mixed media, watercolors, pastels, acrylic, and much more!

When: November 18 | 10am – 4:30pm
Where: Smiley Park at Cajon St & Vine St, Redlands, CA
Cost: Free
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Nov. 19 | Fall Family Festival

Bring the whole family for an amazing day filled with fun, entertainment, resources, and prizes. About Families, Inc. will host over 50 family-focused organizations and businesses, an entertainment stage, pony rides, petting zoo, raffles, kid activities, and more.

When: November 19 | 10am – 4pm
Where: 700 E. Tamarisk Rd, Palm Springs
Cost: Free
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Nov. 23 | Big Bear Turkey Trot

Start off Thanksgiving Day with a 3-, 6- or 9-mile fun run in the fresh mountain air. There will be a costume contest with a “turkey” prize.

When: November 23
Where: Meadow Park | 41220 Park Ave, Big Bear Lake, CA
Cost: Free
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Nov. 24 | Festival of Lights

The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa – Southern California’s historic AAA-Four Diamond hotel will kick off the holiday season on November 24, 2017 with our 25th Annual Festival of Lights celebration a free, six-week-long holiday extravaganza featuring one of the nation’s largest holiday light collections of its kind.

The beloved Southern California tradition recently named “Best Public Lights Display in the Nation” by USA Today creates a magical, Disneyland-like experience in the heart of Riverside and attracts more than 500,000 visitors from all over the world each year, commencing with the famous “Switch-On” Ceremony, a spectacular event in which the castle-like hotel is instantly illuminated with 5 million holiday lights followed by a full fireworks display.

When: Starting November 24 for six weeks
Where: The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa | 3649 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501
Cost: Free
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Nov. 24 – 26 | Apple Butter Festival

Pioneer families made a custom of gathering together in late fall to cook up apple butter from the last apples of the season.

The annual Thanksgiving weekend Apple Butter Festival celebrates this fine old tradition. There will be a hands-on demonstration of apple butter making the old-time (slow!) way – outdoors in a big copper kettle. Come learn how to “start the snitz” and “add the money”, plus enjoy pioneer crafts and games, music, carriage rides, and lots more!

When: Nov. 24 – 26
Where: Oak Glen, CA
Cost: Free; small fees for some activities
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Nov. 25 | Yucaipa Winterfest

The annual Winterfest and Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place in November. The Historic Uptown Yucaipa is the centerpiece of a joyous winter wonderland as the streetscape is transformed into a festival of holiday spirit and lights. Similar to last year, Winter Fest will have plenty of activities for all with a snow play area, kid’s fun zone, roving carolers, holiday shopping and craft fair, food vendors, a holiday concert and a tree lighting ceremony. The event is free to the public with some fees for select event attractions.

When: November 25 | 3 – 9pm
Where: Historic Uptown, Yucaipa, CA
Cost: Free
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Nov. 25 | Rockabilly Extravaganza

Have a fun-filled day with the family! The Rockabilly Extravaganza will have over 500 classic cars, carnival-style food, shopping, live performances of classic ’50s and ’60s music, a pineup contest, a pompadour contest, WWII plane rides, and more! Proceeds will go toward the City of Hope Cancer research.

When: November 25 | 9am – 6pm
Where: Riverside Airport | 6951 Flight Rd., Riverside, CA
Cost: $10, kids under 12 are free
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Nov. 25 – Dec. 23 | Scrooge!

Dickens’ classic tale “A Christmas Carol” comes to life in this powerful family production enjoyed by thousands throughout Southern California. Music, comedy, and the powerful redemption of Ebenezer Scrooge combine with the sights and sounds of the season for an unforgettable presentation of the true Christmas Spirit.

When: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, November 25 – December 23 | Fridays: 7:30pm, Saturdays: 2:15pm (except opening night) and 7:30pm, Sundays: 2:15pm
Where: 1125 N Church St, Redlands, CA 92374
Cost: $19 – $25, kids (3-11yr) $9 – $12
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