Don't miss all the fall events going on this October 2017 in the Inland Empire. From Palm Springs to Big Bear, festivities are in the air. Check out the Oktoberfest celebrations, harvest festivals and more this October. For even more events in your area, check out our list of events in LA County and Orange County.
Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest
Now – Saturday, October 28th
Oktoberfest at Big Bear Lake rages on. A true German celebration, this year’s Oktoberfest features three bands direct from Germany. Guests are treated to authentic German entertainment; feast on Brats and Knockwursts direct from the German butcher; and enjoy the very same beers poured at Munich’s Oktoberfest for more than 150 years!
The Pumpkin Factory Corona
Friday, September 29th – Tuesday, October 31st
Times vary throughout week
The fall fun is going on all month long at the Pumpkin Factory in Corona. There will be kids carnival rides, inflatable slides, ponies, petting zoos, games, face painting food and more. Share the excitement and anticipation as your kids carefully selects just the right pumpkin, grown on the family farm, for you to take home and carve together.
Big Horse Corn Maze & Harvest Festival
Saturday, September 30th – Monday, October 30th
Events all month long
All month long in Temecula you can enjoy the Harvest Festival and the iconic 12-acre corn maze. Every weekend enjoy the pumpkin patch, pony rides, hayrides, pillow jump, pig races, corn cannon, face painting, rock wall and so much more. Special events throughout the month include the Classic Car Craze on September 30th and more themed fun each weekend like the all American weekend and old fashioned farm days.
Ralph Love Plein Air Festival
Saturday, September 30th – Friday, October 6th
Painting daily 9AM-1PM, Locations vary
Spend six days painting street scenes, wine country and landmarks. Artists will be provided juice, water and snacks each day. At the end of the week there will be a reception and awards Friday, October 6th from 6-7PM at The Gallery at the Merc. Cash prizes will be given for Best of Show, first, second and third place.
Fall Joshua Tree Music Festival
Thursday, October 5th – Sunday, October 8th
The great outdoors plus music equals the Fall Joshua Tree Music Festival. A family friendly global music experience, the fall festival is a four-day all weekend event with dozens of bands and artists filling the intimate outdoor space. There’s camping onsite, Kidsville play area, yoga classes from sunrise to sunset, positive vibration stations, live painting and action, Astronomy Theater and experiences to accompany the great music.
Saturday, October 7th – Sunday, October 8th
Celebrate Oktoberfest with multiple beer gardens, food trucks, Polka and Oompah bands, games, 40+ vendors, and much much more. This years event will take place in historic Downtown Upland and it's totally free to attend. That's right, no entry fee and all ages welcome. So book the date and get your Oktoberfest lederhosen ready for the 2017 BierBuzz Oktoberfest.
Dinner in the Canyons
Saturday, October 7th
5:30PM Sunset Reception; 6:30 Dinner
Enjoy cocktails while overlooking the scenic Coachella Valley, followed by an elegant dinner under the stars, Native performing artists, and a live auction of unique jewelry, art, and other items. Proceeds from the fundraiser event help support the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum exhibitions, education programs, and cultural festivals offered during the 2017-2018 season.
Friday, October 13th – Sunday, October 15th
This bizarro camping festival at the Joshua Tree Institute of Mentalphysics (seriously!) has put together a truly insane lineup, with headliners Spiritualized, Iggy Pop, Kurt Vile, and Courtney Barnett supported by dozens of perfect-for-getting-weird-in-the-desert acts like Eagles of Death Metal and Ty Segall. Purchase a single day ticket or a weekend pass if you plan to camp for this weekend music festival.
Temecula Greek Festival
Saturday, October 14th – Sunday, October 15h
Sat: 10AM-9PM, Sun: 11AM-7PM
Experience the treasures of Greece including authentic foods, live music, and vendors at the Old Town Temecula Civic Center. Order up a la carte, indulge in pastries or chow down on gyros all weekend long. Held at the Old Town Temecula Civic Center, the Greek Festival is only $2 for admission and $1 for kids.
Palm Springs Modernism Week Fall Preview
Thursday, October 19th – Sunday, October 22nd
Modernism Week Fall Preview 2017 will feature a selection of the most popular events from the February festival, including the Palm Springs Modernism Show and Sale, architectural walking and bike tours, festive cocktail parties, home tours, stimulating lectures, the not-to-be-missed Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours, classic cars, tours of Sunnylands, and more.
6K Tram Road Challenge
Saturday, October 28th
The 32nd Annual Palm Springs Tram Road Challenge is a 6K uphill run/walk presented by the Palm Springs Aerial Tram. For 30+ years, runners and walkers from around the world have been taking on the challenge. Participants climb 2000 vertical feet in just over 3.7 miles. All finishers receive a customized finishers medal, shirt and breakfast. This event benefits the United Way of the Desert.
Annual Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade
Sunday, October 29th
When the Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade began in the early 60’s, it was an informal collaboration of residents getting together for some silly fun. The parade has gone through tons of changes (and themes) through the years and now the parade brings 15,000 to 30,000 spectators to El Paseo to experience the fun. The 2017 theme will be Desert Safari!
Howl–O–Ween: A Not-so-Spooky Zoo Adventure
Sunday, October 29th & Tuesday, October 31st
Sun: 9AM-1PM, Mon: 6PM-8:30PM
Visitors are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costumes and enjoy the exciting activities planned. Kids under 12 will receive a candy bag to hit the trick-or-treat trail with a large variety of treat stations. New this year, Howl-O-Ween visitor ghosts, goblins, and super-heroes can visit the park’s African animals– trick or treat with the cheetahs and zebras, say boo to the warthogs, and wander through Village WaTuTu.
Halloween in the Village @ Big Bear Lake
Monday, October 31st
Bring your kids to the safest place to Trick-or-Treat this Halloween in Big Bear. With 50+ places to stop for candy you are sure to fulfill your sweet tooth. Take a walk through the village seeing all the horrors that it has to offer. Don’t forget your costume or you’ll miss out on the trick or treating.