INDIO DATE FESTIVAL & RIVERSIDE COUNTY FAIR
Is it a festival or a fair? It’s both! Known far and wide as the one event in California to celebrate distant lands, the Indio Date Festival is held in honor of the region’s top producer, dates. Join the energetic crowds, play in the expansive midway, shop for unique “must haves” and “must tries” among the festival’s vendors and exhibitors, and admire the entries in the many, renowned, judged shows and competitions. The Fair includes llamas, dairy goats, camel and ostrich races, games, food and a carnival. You’ll come away with fantastic memories, photos, souvenirs and other treasures, as well as a new appreciation for dates! Moderate to extensive walking.
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 22, 8 am-7 pm
FEE: $22 (lunch not included)
REFUND DEADLINE: January 30
MADAME TUSSAUDS AND HOLLYWOOD & HIGHLAND
Explore Madame Tussauds, an interactive wax attraction where you’ll see some famous faces at Hollywood's ultimate celebrity experience. It’s a nonstop parade of sights and sensations, experiences and adventures, all of which offer unique close encounters with Hollywood A-list stars of the past and present. "Celebrity" sightings are guaranteed. There are over 100 incredible lifelike figures, no ropes or barriers and you can take photos with your favorite stars. Afterwards you are free to explore, shop and lunch on your own at Hollywood & Highland or people watch along Hollywood Blvd. Moderate to extensive walking.
DATE & TIME: Sunday, March 9, 9:30 am-5:30 pm
FEE: $30 (lunch not included)
REFUND DEADLINE: February 13
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST WITH THE INLAND PACIFIC BALLET, SHOPPING & DINING AT THE CLAREMONT VILLAGE
You’ll start your evening on the tree-lined streets of Claremont Village. You’re on your own for shopping and dining with unique shops, trendy boutiques, art-filled galleries, sites brimming with international cuisine and tasty treats, and so much more. Next, we’re off to see, Beauty and the Beast, which is the newest production in the Inland Pacific Ballet's family series featuring original ballets adapted from adventure filled stories. With stunning costumes and amazing theatrical effects, Beauty and the Beast is a visual feast that will delight audiences of all ages. Moderate to extensive walking and some prolonged sitting.
DATE & TIME: Saturday, April 26, 3-10:30 pm
FEE: $39 (dinner not included)
REFUND DEADLINE: March 27
YANKS AIR MUSEUM & BARBARA’S VICTORIAN TEA HOUSE
Imagine soaring like a bird through the skies. The overwhelming feeling of power and speed, the wind rushing by as you dip a wing and dive to skim just over the tree tops. Aviators were lured by the majesty of the heavens and the feeling of freedom aircraft symbolize. Take a tour of the largest private collection of American WWII fighter, dive and torpedo bombers in the world at Yanks Air Museum in Chino. Afterwards rediscover the joys of Afternoon Tea in a Historic Etiwanda Victorian Home, Barbara’s Victorian Tea House. Enjoy meticulously arranged platters of luscious sweets and perfectly brewed cups of tea! Moderate to extensive walking.
DATE & TIME: Saturday, May 17, 9:30 am-5 pm
FEE: $48 (tea included)
REFUND DEADLINE: April 18
SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION IN SANTA BARBARA
The Summer Solstice Celebration has evolved into a creative and original display of floats, giant puppets, whimsical costumes and masks of all ethnic and economic backgrounds. There is a grand parade with dancing, music, drumming and drama that enthralls the spectators. There is also a fair where you can enjoy a wonderful eclectic collection of live world music, food booths and arts and crafts vendors. You can also spend time shopping or dining in downtown Santa Barbara. Moderate to extensive walking.
DATE & TIME: Saturday, June 21, 8 am-7 pm
FEE: $22 (lunch not included)
REFUND DEADLINE: May 30