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What's New: October Events in San Bernardino County
October 13, 2017
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San Bernardino County takes fall to the next level, offering real seasonal changes in Southern California. Like the changing colors of the leaves, annual autumn activities make their return for family fun. Check out these October events for festive fall fun including art walks, art festivals, trick-or-treating events, haunted houses, ski races, evening zoo tours, pumpkins, pinecones, parties and much more!


With Halloween just around the corner, there are many spooky events offering trick-or-treating fun... and a good scare! Now is the perfect time to explore San Bernardino County!


Big Bear Yoga Festival

This one day event brings yoga to the mountains. Focusing on health and wellness, the yoga festival offers a variety of seminars and classes to introduce beginners to the practice and to challenge advanced yogis. It’s a full day of guided meditation, personal health, music and fun in a beautiful outdoor space.

When: October 14, 2017

Where: Performing Arts Center - 39707 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

Cost: FREE

Spartan Race Big Bear at Snow Summit

The Spartan Race is off in Big Bear! During October 28 & 29, athletes compete against themselves in run filled with obstacles to test their endurance and heart. Participants may compete in one or both races during the weekend, The Reebok Spartan Beast or The Reebok Spartan Sprint. Find a spot along the course and cheer on the “spartans” from the sideline.

When: October 28 - 29, 2017

Where: Snow Summit Resort - 880 Summit Blvd. Big Bear, CA 92315

Cost: Spectators | $20

Big Bear Alpine Zoo Flashlight Safari

There is even more to see at the zoo after dark. The Big Bear Alpine Zoo host their annual Flashlight Safari event. Throughout October, the Zoo invites visitors to get a better look at the nocturnal mountain animals. Catch the twinkling eyes of the owls, see the shiny coast of wolves and experience the rest of the creatures of the night while on this special night-time tour.

When: Every Fri. & Sat. in October

Where: Big Bear Alpine Zoo - 43285 Goldmine Dr. Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

Cost: Adults (ages 11-up) | $12;  Seniors (age 60+) | $9; Children (ages 3-10) | $9; Children (2 –under) | Free   

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Boo at The Zoo

Boo at The Zoo is the Big Bear Alpine Zoo’s annual spooktacular event. Throughout the night, haunting tales and dark stories can be heard while children dabble in fun arts and crafts. The famed pumpkin enrichment table is always a hit, but it comes up a tie when compared to the tasty treats offered at the trick-or-treat stations. It’s a festive event celebrating the holiday with a few of your favorite animals. Children are encouraged to come in costume as they spend the day celebrating Halloween a bit early in Big Bear.

When: October 28, 2017

Where: Big Bear Alpine Zoo - 43285 Goldmine Dr. Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

Cost: Adults (ages 11-up) | $12;  Seniors (age 60+) | $9; Children (ages 3-10) | $9; Children (2 –under) | Free

Halloween in The Village

Celebrate Halloween at Big Bear Village. With more than 50 places to trick-or-treat, kids and their families suit up in their costumes and walk through the village to pick up as many goodies as they can.

When: October 31, 2017

Where: The Village of Big Bear Lake at 630 Bartlett Rd.

Cost: FREE


11th Annual Pine Cone Festival

A family-friendly fall event featuring all things pine cones. Play games, make pine cone crafts, enter the biggest and longest pine cone contest, enjoy food and music, and learn about forest wildlife and safety from Smokey the Bear.

When: October 14, 2017

Where: Snow Valley Mountain Resort/Rim Nordic Ski & Bike Park - 35100 Hwy-18, Running Springs, CA

Cost: Free

Pumpkins in The Pines Harvest Festival at Skypark at Santa’s Village

SkyPark at Santa’s Village is celebrating one more holiday before Christmas. The Pumpkins in The Pines Harvest Festival sprinkles in seasonal activities along with their fun attractions for a festive autumn festival in the mountains. Visitors can find their own pumpkin at the Skypark pumpkin patch, tour the apple orchard, and enjoy live music while playing a few harvest games.

When: October 21 - 22 & 28 - 29, 2017 (select dates only)

Where: SkyPark at Santa's Village - 28950 California 18, Skyforest, CA 92385

Cost: Adults | $29; Under 12 | $19; Over 60 | $19

Lake Arrowhead Village - Trick or Treating & Family Fun

A fun-filled Halloween at the famous Lake Arrowhead Village. Children and families roam the village enjoying trick-or-treating & live performances such as Thriller & other dances by the Lake Arrowhead School of Dance at Center Stage. Kids come dressed for the annual costume contest and their pets also have a chance to compete in a costume contest of their own.

When: October 31, 2017

Where: Lake Arrowhead Village - 28200 Highway 189, Lake Arrowhead, California 92352

Cost: Free

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Lake Gregory Merchant’s Trick or Treating

A safe family-friendly celebration inviting children and their families to enjoy Halloween and experience the diverse works of mountain merchants.

When: October 28, 2017

Where: 24171 Lake Dr, Crestline, CA 92325 (On Lake Drive from downtown Crestline to Top) Town

Cost: Free


Fawnskin Fall Festival

The Fawnskin Fall Festival brings together the best things of fall in one place for a fun weekend surrounded by the changing leaves in Fawnskin in the San Bernardino Mountains.

When: October 14 - 15, 2017

Where: Pederson’s Mill at 39115 Rim of the World Drive in Fawnskin

Cost: FREE


Climb Smart 2017

Calling all rock climbers! Joshua Tree National Park is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service with a weekend long rock climbing excursion. For three days, climber will experience the campgrounds of Joshua Tree National Park and venture out on the giant rock formation for hours worth of climbing.

When: October 13 - 15, 2017

Where: Joshua Tree Lake Campground - 2601 Sunfair Road, Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Cost: $149

Desert Daze Music & Art Festival

Festival season is not over in the desert. Desert Daze is a weekend-long festival celebrating music with a mix of psych, dirge and acid rock. The three day event adds to the traditional festival experience based on it’s awesome location a The Institute of Mental Physics. Placed in the desert with all its wonder, Desert Daze is a total experience with great vibes and music that some consider a desert retreat.

When: October 12 - 15

Where: The Institute of Mental Physics - 59700 Twentynine Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Cost: Starting price | $99 (Price dependent on concert admission & accommodation packages)


Babes Ride Out

It’s time to hit the road. The all-female motorcycle event makes it’s way back to Joshua Tree National Park for Babes Ride Out. On 40 acres of beautiful desert landscape, the four day events combines friends, food, music and fun for a special camping experience & an epic desert ride.

When: October 19 - 22, 2017

Where: Joshua Tree Lake Campground - 2601 Sunfair Road, Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Cost: $45 - $150

Discover the Wonderland of Rocks

The guided moderate hike explores the expanse rock structure, The Wonderland of Rocks. Traveling along the nature trail, hikers receive an in-depth look into the dynamic landscape pinpointing unique feature along the route.

When: October 15, 2017

Where: Joshua Tree Visitor Center - 6554 Park Blvd., Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Cost: $35 - $45

Botanical Illustration in Joshua Tree National Park

The art workshop exposes participants to a long standing practice in botany. Participants will learn how to sketch what they see and learn how to give three-dimensional form to their sketches. Participants will also learn how they can turn their sketches into a finished image.

When: October 21, 2017

Where: Black Rock Nature Center - 9800 Black Rock Canyon Rd., Yucca Valley, CA 92284

Cost: $60 - $70

Take a Walk and See the Park Through the Eyes of an Artist

Explore Joshua Tree National Park with a trained eye. This class focuses on art and visual literacy, using perception and interpretation to bring meaning to what you see. Using the stunning visuals of the desert, participants will gain a new perspective on art & the desert that will impact how they view the world.

When: October 28, 2017

Where: Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Center - 6554 Park Boulevard, Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Cost: $60 - $70

Archaeology of Joshua Tree National Park

Venture into Joshua Tree National Park and discover the artifacts of its past. Anthropologist Daniel McCarthy leads the archaeological field workshop, showing off the artifacts of the land while detailing the history of the area and the people who lived there.

When: October 28 - 29, 2017

Where: Oasis Visitor Center - National Park Dr., Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

Cost: $110 - $120


Night of The Living Bread

Theatre 29's Improvisational Troupe, THE BAKERS DOZEN takes the stage for a special one-night only performance of Night of The Living Bread. The special Halloween improv performance is a combination of spooky and kooky and features top improvisers and special guest. The hauntingly hilarious will surely get a rise out of you.

When: October 28, 2017

Where: Theatre 29 - 73637 Sullivan Road, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

Cost: Adults | $10; Students | $7

Pioneer Days

It is time for the annual Western celebration of Twentynine Palms. The 81st Annual Pioneer Days event narrates the history of the desert town. The four days are filled with friends, family, music, food, history and culture. The annual parade is always a showstopping highlight of the celebration. The traditional activities such as the Old Timer’s Gathering and Art Gallery Chili Dinner return as a growing tradition of these fun festive days.

When: October 19 - 22, 2017

Cost: FREE

Picture the Park in Black and White

The extensive workshop dives into the world of black and white photography and how it relates to the desert as a form of documentation and expression. Guided by expert Jim Smart, participants will explore the zone system, black and white visualization and techniques to boost creativity while capturing black and white images.

When: October 22, 2017

Where: Oasis Visitor Center - 74485 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

Cost: $60 - $70


HWY 62 Open Studio Art Tours  

The 16th Annual HWY 62 Open Studio Art Tours are back as one of the top art events in the desert. The unique art events shows the mixed medium art created in the desert for the world to see. Provided with a map, art-lovers plan their own tours adventuring through Morongo Basin exploring the 82 art studios in the area. With more than 140 artist exhibiting work, patrons will have the chance to experience a range of emotion on their tour and speak to the artists themselves!

When: October 14 - 15 & 21 - 22, 2017

Where: Communities along Hwy 62 in the Morongo Basin, California

Cost: FREE


Monster Mayhem - Ghost Haunt

Calico Ghost Town is getting a bit more spooky this season. Their Ghost Haunt event makes a return as a Halloween celebration. Visitors come dressed in their costumes to enjoy the haunted attractions, carve pumpkins, and dive into all the sweet treats while trick-or-treating throughout the town.

When: October 20 - 22 & 27 - 29

Where: Calico Ghost Town - 36600 Ghost Town Rd., Yermo, California 92398

Cost: Adults | $15 ; Child (4-11) | $10; Ages 3 and under | Free


The Haunted Green House

The iconic Green House on K Street opens its doors for the season as the local favorite haunted house. The annual Haunted House Nightmare experience is back! Visitors can tour the haunted house for a chance to see a glimpse of paranormal activity.

When: October 27 - 28, 2017

Where: 517 N K St, Needles, CA 92363


Art, for Heaven’s Sake Festival

As a premiere art festival in the Inland Empire, the Art for Heaven’s Sake Festival features more than 60 artists and their unique works. From pottery to photography, the festival is filled with different styles of work to admire and purchase.

When: October 13 -15, 2017

Where: Redlands United Church of Christ - 168 Bellevue Ave., Redlands, CA 92373

Cost: Free

Halloween Downtown

For the upcoming fall holiday, the entire city of Redlands is getting into the spirit of Halloween. From now until the end of the month, you can find Halloween themed events and spooky activities happening throughout the city.  It is everything from costume contest, movie nights, live performances, trick-or-treating with more festive fun added to the calendar everyday.

When: Now - October 31, 2017

Where: Throughout Redlands

Cost: Varies


Escape: Psycho Circus

The epic EDC music festival returns for a weekend of frightful excitement. One of the best Halloween festivals, celebrate the holiday and vibe to the tunes of some top DJs, bands and artists.

When: October 27 - 28, 2017

Where: NOS Events Center - 689 S. E St., San Bernardino, CA 92408

Cost: $119 - $398 (excluding taxes & fees. Price dependent on admissions packages)

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