Spring brings tons of things to do and events to the Inland Empire. From art and film to food and wine festivals, there's something for everyone to enjoy across Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. If you need even more ideas for how to fill your social calendar, check out events in Los Angeles County and Orange County.
La Quinta Arts Festival
Thursday, March 2nd – Sunday, March 5th
The annual La Quinta Arts Festival will return to the La Quinta Civic Center Campus. The award-winning event brings in art patrons and tourists alike for live entertainment, food, wine and beer to accompany the amazing art. Tickets are $17 for a single day entry or $22 for the multi day pass.
2017 Native Film Fest
Thursday, March 2nd – Saturday, March 4th
The 2017 Native Film Fest will be held at Camelot Theaters in central Palm Springs this May. Admission is free once again for the festival featuring the best in films by, about, and starring Native Americans and other Indigenous peoples from around the world. The feature films, short films and documentaries will be followed by Q&A sessions. Check out the schedule of films to choose.
Old Town Temecula Rod Run
Friday, March 3rd – Saturday, March 4th
Cruise Friday 5-8PM; Show & Shine Saturday 9AM-4PM
The Rod Run is Southern California’s premiere car show and it kicks off with the “Friday Night Cruse” as hundreds of classic vehicles cruise down Old Town Front Street. On Saturday, over 600 cars, including classics, special interest vehicles, hot rods and custom cars will be on display. The vehicles are freshly detailed and polished and you’ve got the chance to take a peek under the hood, inspect and enjoy. Best of all, the event is totally free.
Polar Plunge in Big Bear
Saturday, March 4th
Activities begin 10AM
Brave the cold waters of Big Bear Lake to help raise funds for the Special Olympics at the annual Polar Plunge. Here’s how it works: Participants race into the frigid waters, decide how deep they’ll go and how long they stay in the water. Dive deep or just dip your toes it, it all goes towards a great cause. And don’t forget to dress up in costume so you don’t mess out on any of the festive fun.
Rhythm, Wine & Brews
Saturday, March 4h
The Annual Rhythm, Wine & Brews Experience will transform the Empire Polo into a musical oasis featuring Snoop Dog, Pepper, The Expendables and more. Guests can also enjoy a selection of over 50 hand-crafted beers and wines, while soaking in the live music festival. General admission tickets are $85 and include 3 hours of free tastings and a souvenir tasting glass. For more details on the wineries and breweries featured as well as more ticket info, check out the site.
The Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival
Saturday, March 4th
The desert will soon come alive with the vibrancy of spring as the wildflowers bloom and transform the Coachella Valley into a colorful canvas. In addition to great wildflower viewing and beautiful art, the festival will feature sand sculpting, a Kids’ Zone, a 5K trail run, mountain biking, and interpretive hikes. There will be raffles, vendors, exhibitors, and live music in the beer and wine garden, as well as food and beverages available for purchase.
BNP Paribas Open
Monday, March 6th – Sunday, March 19th
The BNP Paribas Open is a two-week combined ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and WTA Tour Premier event featuring the top men and women professional tennis players. Enjoy on and off-court entertainment including Kids Day, player autograph signings, and more themed days with giveaways and special opportunities.
2017 California Irish Festival
Saturday, March 11th – Sunday, March 12th
This will be the second annual Irish Festival closing down 4 city blocks in Downtown Upland to celebrate everything Celtic with food trucks, vendors, live music, a full beer garden and more. The event is family friendly and a portion of the proceeds will go to help the Historic “Downtown Upland Merchants Association” revitalize downtown Upland and "Dive Warriors" a 501(c)3 charity.
Iron Horse | Family Steampunk Carnivale
Saturday, March 18th – Sunday, March 19th
Grab your goggles and parasols, and head over to the Orange Empire Railway Museum for an extraordinary, two-day festival celebrating the fantasy, history and ingenuity behind Steampunk. Weekend festivities include steam locomotive and vintage trolley rides, a Victoria Tea, workshops and panels, fashion show, live entertainment and so much more! Admission is $15 for ages 12 and up.
Spring Fling Poker Run
Saturday, March 18th
Come join Veteran Suicide Awareness Project's first ever Poker Run. For this event, participants, usually using motorcycles, visit at least five checkpoints, drawing a playing card at each. At the end, the results will the tallied and the player with the best poker hand at then end of the run wins. Funds raised will go to supporting a few surviving family members with college expenses. Bring your bike or car to participate! Winners include 1st place: $300, 2nd place: $200 and 3rd place: $100.
Friday, March 24th – Saturday, March 25th
An electronic dance festival organized by Insomniac Events, Beyond Wonderland is a vibrant environment featuring multiple stages of music, modern art sculptures and various forms of performance art inspired by the world of Alice in Wonderland. Themed stages include Queen’s Domain, The Outer Realm, Cheshire Cove, The Aquarium and more.
Palm Desert Food & Wine
Friday, March 24th – Sunday, March 26th
Fri: 11:30AM-2PM | Sat: 10AM-3:30PM | Sun: 11AM-3:30PM
The seventh annual Palm Desert Food & Wine™ presented by Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, will feature events with some of the world’s best chefs, vintners, and craft brewers from across the country. Experience three extraordinary days of culinary and wine and craft beer tastings in the heart of the famed El Paseo shopping district. Friday is a gourmet, four-course luncheon prepared by celebrity chefs, followed by two days of Grand Tastings with food from 40+ local restaurants and 60+ premium wines and champagnes to pair.
LPGA ANA Inspiration Championship
Monday, March 27th – Sunday, April 2nd
The best women golfers in the world are coming to compete in Golf's First Major tournament at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage. There’s plenty to enjoy at the event including a food court complete with the best food trucks from LA, free 10-minute swing lesson, player autographs, merchandise and more.
American Documentary Film Festival
Friday, March 31st – Wednesday, April 5th
The American Documentary Film Festival (AMDOCS) is an annual showcase of films that tell real stories behind the real issues and people making an impact on the world today. The weeklong festival will kick off with a red carpet opening night event at Camelot Theaters. For a full list of films and a schedule of events, check out the website.
Indian Wells Arts Festival
Friday, March 31st – Sunday, April 2nd
The Indian Wells Arts Festival features hundreds of pieces of one-of-a-kind artwork available for purchase, offering paintings, drawings, ceramics, glass, photography, sculpture, and more. The artisan village environment includes a Gourmet Market Place with gourmet specialties, while sidewalk chalk drawing, children’s activities, wine tasting, live musical entertainment and refreshment add to the festive activities that are ongoing throughout the day. A special “Eggs + Champagne in the Garden” brunch menu is available until noon on Saturday and Sunday.
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