10 Must-Do Fall Activities in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties
Say goodbye to summer and hello to fall this month with these (mostly) family-friendly activities in the Coachella Valley and other Inland Empire communities.
Gathering in the gardens
When: 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Saturday October 30
Or: The Gardens on El Paseo, 73-545 El Paseo Suite 2500, Palm Desert
Cost: $ 10 (all proceeds go to the Desert Family YMCA)
In line: www.thegardensonelpaseo.com/events
Gather in the Gardens brings the community together for an afternoon of fall fun that includes a jumping area, rock climbing, pumpkin painting, crafts, treats and a costume contest. Participants can also dance to live music from Lisa and the Broken Hallelujah’s, and “ooh” and “aah” during a magic show by magician Dean Apple. The culinary division of La Quinta High Schools and La Quinta Brewing Company will be offering snacks and libations.
Oak Canyon Farm Live
When: Throughout the month of October, open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Thursday; 4 pm-10pm Friday; 9 am-10pm Saturday; and 9 am-9pm Sunday
Or: 32-335 Live Oak Canyon Road, Redlands
Cost: $ 15 per child, $ 20 per adult Monday to Thursday and before 2 p.m. on weekends, $ 20 per child and $ 25 per adult after 2 p.m. on weekends
In line: www.liveoakcanyon.com
It’s pumpkin patch season at Live Oak Canyon Pumpkin Farm, the largest self-proclaimed outdoor pumpkin patch in Southern California. The farm will be open until October 31 with attractions such as the classic corn maze, a petting zoo, and a pumpkin-picking area, plus unique additions including mini ATVs, a hay castle, and “Cow roller coaster”. NOTE: The farm only accepts Visa and Mastercard smart card (no magnetic stripe) or Apple Pay credit cards.
Willowbrook Apple Farm
When: Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in October
Or: 12-099 Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen
Cost: $ 5 to $ 25 depending on the activity you choose
In line: www.willowbrookapplefarm.com
Want to get away for a day? Do you dream of relaxing with your family by strolling through an apple orchard that is more than a century old? Head to Willowbrook Farms to see animals, taste u-press cider, and pick apples. Reservations for apple picking are available, but walk-in tours are also accepted. Check online for details on s’mores evenings around a campfire and wine tastings.
Yum! Food festival
When: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, October 16
Or: Westfield Shopping Center, 72-840 Highway 111, Palm Desert
Cost: $ 4 online, $ 5 at the door. Free for children under 5, first responders, veterans and seniors
In line: www.yumfoodfest.com
While this festival isn’t focused on fall, it celebrates something enjoyed throughout the four seasons: great food. This all-inclusive annual night market invites you to enjoy an evening of shows, food trucks, food competitions, artist showcases, a beer garden (for adults, of course) and a playground for children.
Be a hero for kids Halloween Bash
When: 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday October 31
Or: Hilton Palm Springs, 400 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs
Cost: $ 100 for individual tickets, $ 250 for VIP tickets
Join the Boys & Girls Club of Palm Springs by the Hilton Pool for this fall fundraiser. Bring your costumes and enjoy cocktails and culinary delights, all for a good cause. Profits will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Palm Springs.
Madame Hazel’s haunted house
When: 7 pm-10pm Thursday; 7 pm-11pm on Fridays and Saturdays; and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday every week until October 31
Or: Westfield Shopping Center, 72-840 Highway 111, Palm Desert
Cost: $ 15
In line: www.bit.ly/3kZARGh
Celebrate the spooky season the right way: with a trip to this spooky haunted house in Coachella Valley. Visitors peruse a myriad of eerily eerie rooms and are sure to encounter some spooky characters along the way. Produced by Parkwil Manor Productions, Miss Hazel’s haunted house focuses on fear and fun in an innovative atmosphere.
3rd Annual Boo Ball 2021
When: 6 pm-10pm Saturday October 30
Or: Palm Springs Air Museum, 745 N. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs
Cost: $ 125
Put your stuff on the orange carpet for this Halloween themed fundraiser. Master of Ceremonies Bella da Ball will liven up this fun evening with a costume contest (with prizes) and musical performances by Jamie Miller, Musical Theater University, Chris Bennett and Kid Baron. Dinner will be served by Lulu’s California Bistro. All Boo Ball proceeds support Boo 2 Bullying’s anti-bullying programs in schools and online.
When: 12 pm-7pm Saturday October 2
Or: Sylvan Park, 601 N. University St., Redlands
Cost: General admission $ 10, 20 and under free. Beer tickets $ 7 each
This 10th annual Redlands Optimist Club Oktoberfest family event will feature a live performance by a German band, authentic German cuisine and various games and activities for children, such as face painting and bouncy houses. For the adult audience there will be stein outfit competitions, corn hole games, connect oven and Hammerschlage.
The Haunted House of the Tent of Terror
When: 8 pm-11pm 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24 and 29-31 Oct.
Or: 44-134 avenue Acacia, Hemet
Cost: $ 10 for adults / teens, $ 7 for children
Head to this growing garden haunt – if you dare. This eerie experience is full of special effects, spooky lighting, fog, loud noises, and spooky characters including clowns, monsters, and more. This lair was born over ten years ago in Murrieta, where the organizers were known for their huge front yard facilities which drew large crowds.
Ghost walk by the river
When: 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday October 22 and Saturday October 23
Or: White Park, 3936 Chestnut St., Riverside
Cost: $ 15 general admission, $ 21 VIP Fast Pass (to skip the line)
In line: www.crballet.com/site/ghost-walk/
The annual California Riverside Ballet event is back for its 30th edition. The all-new Ghost Walk Riverside: Dark Places features encounters with the ghosts, ghouls, and other spooky inhabitants of Riverside. Enjoy a walking tour along the park’s half-mile loop trail and witness a ‘Thriller’ show before the path ends at a children’s carnival, food / sales area and a beer garden.
When: Pumpkin patch open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in October, and haunted haunted walk and trail open from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on October 13-17, 21-24 and 27-31.
Or: 10-133 Chemin de la parish, Mentone
Cost: Free general admission and parking, admission $ 10 to $ 25 for a hay walk and / or a haunted trail
In line: www.greenspotfarms.com
The people at Greenspot Farms come from five generations of farmers in the Redlands / Mentone area, so they’re no strangers to organizing the perfect fall experience. This hidden treasure includes a pumpkin patch, haunted boardwalk and hay trail, tractor ride, straw maze, and more.