2011 Spring Festivals and Events: Temecula-Murrieta-Hemet

Spring Festivals Temecula-Menifee-Hemet

Spring is here! The sun does not set till 8 o’clock and weather is warming up (hopefully it will not be too hot this year) and there are many local festivals for you and your family to attend.

APRIL

Ramona Pageant Since 1923 the City of San Jacinto and Hemet have hosted the Ramona Pageant in the natural “no-stage” setting of the Ramona bowl. Over 400 volunteers put on the play portraying the love story of Ramona and Alessandro, as well as the lives of mission-era Indians and Hispanics in the late 1800’s. Performances are from 3:00pm-5:30pm on April 16 &17, April 30, May 1 & May 7, 2011. Tickets range from $34 to $49 and $28 for groups of 20 or more. For more information, call 951-658-3111. Ramona Bowl Amphitheatre, 27400 Ramona Bowl Road, Hemet CA. 92544.

Murrieta Fire Department’s 64th Annual Barbeque Bring the family out on Saturday, April 17, 2011 from 11:30am-4:30pm for a fun filled afternoon of food, arts and crafts booths and party jumpers for the kids. You can also take the kids on a tour of the fire station, as well as many antique fire trucks. More than 2,500 people are expected to attend the event, and the fire department is prepared with more than 2,000 pounds of meet to barbeque. Attending the event is free, however, meal tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children. For more information, contact the Murrieta Fire Department at 951-304-3473. The barbeque is held at Station 1, 41825 Juniper Street, Murrieta, Ca.

The month of April is also home to Easter and Earth Day. For a list of Easter Egg Hunts in the Temecula, Murrieta and Menifee area check out, “Easter Egg Hunts 2011: Temecula-Murrieta-Menifee”. For a list of Earth Day festivals and activities please see, “Earth Day 2011: Events and Things-To-Do in Southern California” or if you would rather volunteer, please see, ” Volunteer Opportunities in Southern California”.

MAY

Family Fun Kite Night – Moms and dads bring the kids and their kites to Ronald Reagan Sports Park on Friday, May 13, 2011 from 6:30-8:00pm for a kite-flying contest. Kids can win prizes, enjoy snacks or make crafts. If you do not have a kite their will be plenty for sale by local vendors. For more information contact the City of Temecula Community Services Department at 951-694-6480. Ronald Reagan Sports Park is located at 30875 Rancho Vista Rd, Temecula, CA 92592.

JUNE

Beaumont Cherry Festival This four day family event has been going on the last 90 years and features carnival rides, a parade, vendor booths, food, live music and of course lots of cherries! The event takes place June 2, through June 5, 2011. Also, there is a car and motorcycle show on Saturday, May 28th from 10:00am-2:00pm. This event attracts more than 70,000 people, but don’t worry about parking, the City of Beaumont is offering free shuttle service to and from alternate parking locations. The Cherry Festival is located at Stewart Park near Beaumont Ave, and East 8th Street. For more information, please contact 951-769-7114.

Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival Since 1984, the Balloon and Wine Festival has welcomed patrons to view over 60 hot air balloons, live music, a country fair and wine and food tasting. The three-day event, June 3-5, 2011, is held at Lake Skinner in Temecula and attracts nearly 45,000 people. The most popular attractions are: the hot air balloon launch in the early mornings, International Wine and Cheese Garden– an array of the finest premium wines, cheese and specialty foods– and of course the live music. Tickets range from $17 to $25 and can be purchased online or at Vons and CVS. There is an additional $5 charge for parking. For more information, please contact 951) 676-6713 . Lake Skinner is located at 37701 Warren Road, Winchester CA 92596, (951) 926-1541. (Camping for the event is sold out)

41st Annual Father’s Day Car Show Take dad or grandpa out on Sunday, June 19, 2011 from 6:30am-2:00pm at Cal Oaks Sports Park to view over 350 pre-1980 cars. There will be plenty of food, vendors, music and awards. For more information, please contact the Murrieta Services Department at (951) 304-7275. C alifornia Oaks Sports Park is located at 40600 California Oaks Road, Murrieta, Ca.

City of Murrieta Birthday Bash The City of Murrieta is turning 20 and celebrating with live music, rides and fireworks show! The birthday bash will be held at California Sports Park on June 25, 2011 from 2:00pm-9:00pm. Plan to get wet at 4:00pm during the Fireman’s hosedown-the fire department will spray the crowd from the top of the engines rescue ladder. This is a family friendly event so smoking and alcohol will not be permitted. Also, since there is a fireworks show pets will not be able to join in on the festivities. For more information, please contact the Murrieta Services Department at (951) 304-7275. C alifornia Oaks Sports Park is located at 40600 California Oaks Road, Murrieta, Ca.

Looking for places to take your kids in the summer? Check out, “Field Trips and Things-To-Do With Your Kids in Temecula-Murrieta-Menifee”