10 Must-Do Fall Things to Do in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties



This month, say goodbye to summer and welcome fall with these (mostly) family-friendly activities in the Coachella Valley and other communities of the Inland Empire.

Meet in the gardens

When: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, October 30th

Where: The Gardens on El Paseo, 73-545 El Paseo Suite 2500, Palm Desert

Costs: $ 10 (all proceeds will benefit the YMCA of the Desert family)

On-line: www.thegardensonelpaseo.com/events

Gather at the Gardens brings the community together for an afternoon of fall fun that includes a jumping zone, rock climbing, pumpkin painting, crafts, trick or treating, and a costume contest. Participants can also dance to live music by Lisa and the Broken Hallelujahs and to “ooh” and “aah” in a magic show by the magician Dean Apple. The La Quinta High Schools culinary department and La Quinta Brewing Company will offer snacks and libations.

Live Oak Canyon Farm

When: Open all October from Monday to Thursday from 4pm to 9pm; 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. Friday; 9 am-10pm Saturday; and Sunday 9 am-9pm

Where: 32-335 Live Oak Canyon Road, Redlands

Costs: USD 15 per child, USD 20 per adult Monday-Thursday and before 2 p.m. on weekends, USD 20 per child and USD 25 per adult after 2 p.m. on weekends

On-line: www.liveoakcanyon.com

It’s pumpkin season at Live Oak Canyon Pumpkin Farm, the self-proclaimed largest outdoor pumpkin patch in Southern California. The farm is open until October 31 and offers attractions such as the classic corn maze, a petting zoo and a U-Pick pumpkin zone, as well as some unique additions such as mini quads, a hay castle and a “cow coaster”. NOTE: The farm only accepts Smart Chip-enabled Visa and Mastercard credit cards (no magnetic stripe) or Apple Pay.

If your kids want to put on their Halloween costume and go to a pumpkin patch, there are several options in the Inland Empire.

Willowbrook Apple Farm

When: Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday all October

Where: 12-099 Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen

Costs: $ 5 to $ 25 depending on which activity you choose

On-line: www.willowbrookapplefarm.com

Would you like to go away for a day? Do you dream of relaxing with your family on a walk through a centuries-old apple orchard? Visit Willowbrook Farms to see animals, enjoy cider, and pick apples. Reservations for apple picking are possible, but walk-ins are also accepted. Check online for details on nightly campfire events and wine tastings.

Yum! Food festival

When: 4 p.m. – 11 p.m. Saturday, October 16

Where: Westfield Mall, 72-840 Highway 111, Palm Desert

Costs: $ 4 online, $ 5 at the door. Free for children under 5, first responders, veterans and seniors

On-line: www.yumfoodfest.com

Although this festival isn’t geared towards fall, it celebrates something enjoyed all four times of the year: good food. This annual all-inclusive night market invites you to an evening of live entertainment, food trucks, food competitions, artist shows, a beer garden (for adults, of course) and a play area for children.

Be a hero for kids Halloween Bash

When: 16: 30-19: 00 Sunday, October 31st

Where: Hilton Palm Springs, 400 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs

Costs: $ 100 for single tickets, $ 250 for VIP tickets


Join the Boys & Girls Club of Palm Springs poolside at the Hilton in this fall fundraiser. Bring your costumes and enjoy cocktails and culinary delights for a good cause. The proceeds will go to the Boys & Girls Club of Palm Springs.

This year's haunted house options are limited, but when you're ready to head to Hemet you'll find a scary (and cheaper) choice.  Photo by Gerry Maceda, Special for The Desert Sun

Madam Hazel’s haunted house

When: Thursdays 7-10pm; Fridays and Saturdays 7-11pm; and 7 pm-9pm on Sundays every week until October 31st

Where: Westfield Mall, 72-840 Highway 111, Palm Desert

Costs: $ 15

On-line: www.bit.ly/3kZARGh

Celebrate the spooky season the right way: with a trip to this scary haunted house in Coachella Valley. Visitors meander through a multitude of disturbingly eerie rooms and are sure to encounter creepy figures along the way. Miss Hazel’s Haunted House, produced by Parkwil Manor Productions, focuses on fear and fun in an innovative atmosphere.

3rd annual booing ball 2021

When: 6-10 p.m. Saturday, October 30th

Where: Palm Springs Air Museum, 745 N. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs

Costs: $ 125


Show off your belongings on the orange carpet for this Halloween fundraiser. Emcee Bella da Ball will host this fun evening with a costume contest (with prizes) and musical performances from Jamie Miller, Musical Theater University, Chris Bennett and Kid Baron. Dinner is served by Lulus California Bistro. All proceeds from the Boo Ball support Boo 2 Bullying’s anti-bullying programs in schools and online.

The Redlands Oktoberfest

When: 12 noon-7 p.m. Saturday, October 2nd

Where: Sylvan Park, 601 N. University St., Redlands

Costs: General admission $ 10, ages 20 and younger free. Beer tickets $ 7 each


This 10th annual, family-friendly Redlands Optimist Club Oktoberfest event features a live performance by a German band, authentic German food, and various games and activities for kids like face painting and inflatable bouncy castles. For the adult audience there are jug-holding contests, cornhole games, connect four and hammer blows.

The haunted house in the tent of terror

When: 8-11 p.m. 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24 and 29.-31

Where: 44-134 Acacia Ave., Hemet

Costs: $ 10 for adults / teenagers, $ 7 for children


Go to this growing backyard hangout – if you dare. This spooky experience is full of special effects, creepy lighting, fog, loud noises and creepy characters like clowns, monsters and more. This hangout originated over a decade ago in Murrieta, where organizers were known for their huge front yard setups that drew large crowds.

Ghost walk on the riverside

When: 6-9.30 p.m. Friday, October 22nd and Saturday, October 23rd

Where: White Park, 3936 Chestnut St., Riverside

Costs: $ 15 general admission, $ 21 VIP Fast Pass (to skip the line)

On-line: www.crballet.com/site/ghost-walk/

The California Riverside Ballet’s annual event is back for its 30th edition. The brand new Ghost Walk Riverside: Dark Places features encounters with the ghosts, ghouls and other creepy residents of Riverside. Enjoy a tour of the park’s 800-meter loop and watch a performance of “Thriller” before the trail ends at a children’s carnival, a food / sales point, and a beer garden.

Greenspot farms

When: Pumpkin field open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in October, spooky hay bike ride and trail from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. from October 13 to 17, October 21 to 24 and October 27 to 31.

Where: 10-133 Stationsweg, Mentone

Costs: Free general admission and parking, $ 10-25 entry to the Haunted Heuride and / or Trail

On-line: www.greenspotfarms.com

Greenspot Farms’ employees come from five generations of farmers in the Redlands / Mentone area so they are no stranger to creating the ideal autumn experience. This hidden treasure features a pumpkin patch, an enchanted hay ride and path, a tractor ride, a straw maze and much more.


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