Things to do in Inland Empire – Visit Redlands

Redlands has grown so much since I was young. Once having the nickname of “Deadlands” by young locals, it is now full of great restaurant, live music performances and other entertainments.   One of the oldest cities in California, it offers a lot of options for those interested in learning about the past or just looking for a fun night.  My family loves Redlands and hope you enjoy your stay when you visit our wonderful city!
Thursday nights from 6-9 p.m. downtown Redlands hosts a market night down State Street. Local stores run specials while food vendors, local farms and businesses sell wares. There are musicians and performances throughout the market and a children’s fun zone which includes a bounce house and pony rides.
The downtown stores that line the market, which closes State Street between Orange Street and Ninth Street, extend their usual hours and offer Thursday night deals.
The summer Bowl program is the oldest continually-running free concert series on the United States. Performances from Celtic groups, jazz bands, ballet companies and other genres entertain crowds in an open-air amphitheater twice a week. A yearly musical is also performed with several shows in a week. Come early and pack a picnic- but leave the wine at home.
Local theater
The free Shakespeare Summer Festival, held in the Redlands Bowl and the Redlands Theater Festival, held in Prospect Park both offer a series of plays in the warm evening air. Year round, the Redlands Footlighters and nonprofit Lifehouse Theatre offer performances locally in intimate settings.
Trails and walks
The Redlands Conservancy cares for several trails in the area, including some that go through the nearby San Timoteo Canyon area. The historical trails offer views of the local nature and history, including the zanja (locals say san-kee) built by the local Native American tribes for the settling ranchers.
Similar to bocce, lawn bowling (or bowls) is a game where balls are rolled on a smooth grass surface to get as close as possible to a smaller ball. The Redlands Lawn Bowling Club offers free lessons regularly and game play at the Sylvan Park location, located close to the 10 freeway.
Historic homes and museums
Redlands is one of the oldest cities in California and has several museums and historical homes to explore. Kimberly Crest was owned by the family who helped found Kimberly-Clark and has a mirror image twin architecture to the The Magic Castle.  The Lincoln Shrine is the only one dedicated to President Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War west of the Mississippi. It houses a large collection of artifacts, including weapons, and has a section devoted to the appearance of Lincoln in Star Trek.
Downtown Redlands
The downtown area stretches down Orange Street and up to Ninth Street, and from Redlands Boulevard to Citrus Avenue. The area is full of restaurants, bars, specialty shops and businesses. Try local beer, handmade ice cream, boutiques, coffee and other goods from businesses housed in historic buildings. My family’s favorite is A La Minute, a handmade ice cream shop, and The Frugal Frigate, a children’s bookstore.
The county museum hosts a large collection of preserved land and sea birds and their eggs, most of which are local to the area. Revolving galleries host local history and outside a train and mining equipment lead the way to the Exploration Station. In the basement, a downhill walk past the mineral collection there are a display of animals and reptiles that include a standing polar bear.

You’re Invited To Inland Empire Restaurant Week

Inland Moms attended the kickoff of Inland Empire Restaurant Week hosted by the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau and local restaurants.    The kickoff event featured delicious cuisine from more than 15 different community restaurants in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, including the Mission Inn, Savor Cupcakes and Highland Springs Resorts.   Representatives from participating restaurants were there, along with samples of the various menu items being served between March 21-30 event.


Photo Credit: Inland Empire Restaurant Week

Inland Empire Restaurant Week will showcase a variety of eateries throughout the Inland Empire as well as special menus prepared for the event.  Nearly 60 eateries from 20 communities in Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles Inland Counties will participate in the dining event.

Photo Credit:  Inland Empire Restaurant Week

Photo Credit: Inland Empire Restaurant Week

We’re really excited about the upcoming event, especially the partnership between the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau and Inland Empire restaurants.  


You’re invited to indulge in your inner Foodie and visit the Inland Empire Restaurant Week!  Check the website for details on participating restaurants, price range, directions and special menus.  This event is a great way to enjoy several local restaurants at affordable prices.  We’re looking forward to dining out a couple times this week and celebrating the event with our families.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

Event Details

Inland Empire Restaurant Week




March 21 – March 30


Enter to win gift cards at Inland Empire Week Giveaway

Restaurants Participating in Inland Empire Restaurant Week

Antonino’s Italian Restaurant
Bella Trattoria Italian Bistro
BIN189 at Lake Arrowhead Resort
Blu Bar & Grill
Brio Tuscan Grille
Cafe Sevilla
Cask ‘n Cleaver Steakhouse – Rancho Cucamonga
Citrus West
Cork | Fire Kitchen
Dave & Buster’s
Don Jose Mexican Restaurant
Duane’s Prime Steaks & Seafood Restaurant
Eden Garden Fusion Grill
El Torito – Ontario
Espiau’s Restaurant
Euro Cafe
Gram’s Mission Bar-B-Q
Grand Oak Steakhouse & Bar
Grazies Italian Restarant
Gyu-Kaku – Rancho Cucamonga
Haandi Indian Restaurant
Hickory Ranch Steakhouse
Hotel Casa 425 and Lounge
Jake’s Bistro & Brew
La Unica Cocina Mexicana y Cantina
Landings Restaurant & Bar
Las Campanas Mexican Cuisine & Cantina
Magic Lamp Inn
Market Broiler – Ontario Mills
Market Broiler – Riverside
Mi Ranchito Mexican Food & Cantina – Chino
Mi Ranchito Mexican Food & Cantina – LaVerne
Mi Ranchito Mexican Food & Cantina – Upland
Mission Inn Restaurant & Spanish Patio
Mustazzoli Ristorante Italiano
O’Donovan’s Restaurant & Pub
Organic Roots
Porter’s Prime Steak House
Provecho Grill
Queen Bean Caffe
Rainforest Cafe
RED Restaurant & Bar
Royal Cut Restaurant
Sixty6 Sports Lounge
Slater’s 50/50
Sycamore Inn Prime Steakhouse
TGI Friday’s – Ontario
TGI Fridays – Corona
TGI Fridays – Puente Hills Mall
TGI Fridays – Rancho Cucamonga
TGI Fridays – Riverside
TGI Fridays – San Bernardino
TGI Fridays – West Covina
The Orchard
The Pines Steakhouse
zpizza – Claremont

Things To Do This Weekend | Inland Empire Weekend Events 3/14/14-3/16/14

Do you have your green outfit ready?  It’s Saint Patrick’s Day on Monday, but the St Patty’s celebration is going to kick off on Friday!  From  a Victorian celebration at a Railway to the Color Run there is something for everyone in the family to do.  We recommend you wear green to all your festive events to add a little bit of St Patty’s spark to your weekend!

Bricks and mortar make a house, but the laughter of children makes a home. – Irish proverb

Here is a list of our favorite events this weekend:


Photo Credit: Orange Empire Railway Museum

  • Iron Horse – Family Steampunk Carnivale:  March 15-16. The Orange Empire Railway Museum has organized a Victorian era family event at their historical museum.  The Iron Horse/Family Steampunk Carnivale celebrates the Victorian Era, Edwardian science fiction and the Industrial Revolution with a real, live steam-powered locomotive being the perfect backdrop.  Enjoy locomotive and vintage rides, a victorian fashion show, vendors, kid games, food, did we say food! and much much more.


  • Les Miserables Musical: March 14 – March 16.  Cameron Mackintosh’s legendary production of Boublil and Schönberg’s classic sweeps its audience through an epic tale of passion and destruction in 19th century France.   The musical follows the lives and interactions of several characters, focusing on the struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his experience of redemption.  (San Bernardino, CA)
  • Bluegrass Festival evening concert: March 15-16. James King Band, Bluegrass Etc. and Silverado perform at Bluegrass Festival. (Temecula, CA)
  • Chalk Art Festival: March 15.   Join the Palm Springs Rotary Club for their annual Chalk Art Festival.  Artists will be creating beautiful masterpieces on the sidewalk.  Proceeds go toward area nonprofits. (Palm Springs, CA)
  • Sargeant Ysmael Villegas Birthday Celebration: March 15.   Join the City of Riverside  at the Riverside National Cemetery for a 90th birthday celebration honoring Hometown Hero, Sergeant Ysmael R. Villegas.  (Riverside, CA)
  • Circus Vargas –  March 14-16.  Every child needs to experience an event under the Big Top.  Join the Circus Vargas family for a spectacular evening.  Temecula, CA  (Dates:  March 6- March 17).  Circus Vargas will be in Temecula, Ontario & San Bernardino between March – April 2014.  (Temecula, CA)
  • Color Vibe 5K – March 15-16. Gather your friends and head to Lake Skinner for an amazing Color blast event. (Lake Skinner, CA)


Things To Do This Weekend | Inland Empire Weekend Events 3/7/14-3/9/14

There are a lot of exciting things happening in the Inland Empire this weekend.  The biggest event going on this weekend is the Temecula Rod Run Show and Shine.  The event is a family affair and featured many classic cars throughout Southern California as well as out of state car enthusiasts.    Circus Vargas is also in the Inland Empire between March 2014-April 2014 so make sure to make time for some fun under the Big Top!


Photo Credit: Temecula Rod Run

Photo Credit: Temecula Rod Run

  • Finding Images to Tell the Story of Your Ancestors” speaker:  Gena Philibert Ortega: Saturday, March 8, 2014.  (Riverside, CA)
  • Tour de Murrieta: March 7, 8, 9 (Murrieta, CA)
  • Corona Farmers Market: March 8. Main Street Marketplace at the intersection of Main and Rincon Streets from 8:30AM-12:30PM (Corona, CA)
  • Redlands Farmers Market: March 8. Located:  Redlands Blvd. & 5th Street.  Saturdays 8-11 a.m. 909-798-7629. (Redlands, CA)
  • Temecula Rod Run –  Over 700 cars will participate in the Temecula Hot Rod event.  This is an annual family event where classic car owners celebrate and showcase their love of cars.  Take a close look at your favorite cars. There will also be several vendors. Spend the day in Old Town Temecula! Saturday, March 8, 2014. (Temecula, CA)
  • Circus Vargas –  Every child needs to experience an event under the Big Top.  Join the Circus Vargas family for a spectacular evening.  Temecula, CA  (Dates:  March 6- March 17).  Circus Vargas will be in Temecula, Ontario & San Bernardino between March – April 2014.  (Temecula, CA)
  • TVLand Greatest Songs: March 9, 2014. Derrik Lewis performs classic TV Land as The Flintstones, Hill Street Blues, Barney Miller, I Dream of Jeannie,Get Smart, Bonanza, Hawaii Five O, and many more. There will be a large orchestra with full band plus strings. (Temecula, CA)
  • The Sound Of Music:  Join the Riverside Youth Theatre for the Sound Of Musical on March 8. (Riverside, CA)