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laontario airportPassenger numbers at LA/OntarioInternational Airport (ONT) rose 2.7 percent from January 2014 through July 2014, compared to the same period last year.  ONT airlines served 2,366,198 passengerscompared to 2,303,947 travelers during the same period in 2013.

International traffic continues its upward climb compared to last year.  This year’s activity from January through July reflects a 68.7 percent increase over the same period in 2013.  ONT is currently served by two Mexico-based carriers, Volaris, and AeroMexico.  Both provide nonstop service between ONT and Guadalajara, Mexico.  Volaris plans to add a third flight on September 1st.

“ONT’s numbers continue to be encouraging, and as we’ve said before we’ll keep a close watch on passenger volume for the remaining five months of the year.  The improving economy appears to be encouraging an increase in air travel,” said ONT airport manager, Jess Romo.  “July 2014 reflected an increase of over 7.5 percent compared to July 2013.  Carriers continue to monitor performance of their routes and no doubt work to maximize profitability at ONT.”

ONT is located in the Inland Empire, approximately 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the center of Southern California. It is a medium-hub, full-service airport with direct commercial jet service to 14 major U.S. cities and connecting service to many domestic and international destinations. There are approximately 60 daily flights offered by 8 air carriers. For more information about ONT, please visit, like us on Facebook at, and follow us on Twitter at


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Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest Brings in Two German Bands to Perform Live,

Expands Outdoor Stage, Adds Contests and Even Gets Unplugged for a Night

The 44th Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest celebrates German-style excitement for seven straight weekends with more German flare than ever before. This year, Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest presents not one, but two German bands on the second, third and fourth weekends of the seven-weekend stretch that starts September 13 and ends October 25.

Each band performs traditional polkas and sing-alongs mixed with today’s hottest dance hits. The Goldeizen Band, an eight-piece band that hails from Bavaria, performs September 20, 21 and 27. The Goldeizen Band has gained the attention of its fellow countrymen when it was nominated in 2013 for the Best Oktoberfest Hits CD produced by the world-renowned Munich Oktoberfest. The Aalbachtal Express, also from Southern Germany, performs September 28, October 3, 4 and 5. This 11-piece band has played together for 35 years strong, and has grown a solid reputation throughout Europe for its authenticity and upbeat live shows. The Express Band, Southern California’s premier German band perform the first weekend (Sept. 13-14) and final two and a half weekends (Oct. 11-12, 18-19, and 25). Each band slated to perform at Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest plays a unique blend of traditional German polkas and American pop music.

oktober fest german bands“It’s the bands that really bring a feel-good vibe to our Oktoberfest,” said Monica Marini, director of The Convention Center at Big Bear Lake. “This is the first time that we’ll have two different bands from Germany performing in the same year. It gives our patrons an opportunity to see two different versions of authentic German music. Of course, our local Express band knows a thing or two about traditional German song and dance too, and they always get the dance floor moving!”

In addition to the main stage inside the Convention Center is an outdoor stage in the Spaten Bier Garten called Spaten Rocktoberfest Stage. The stage was added to give festival goers more entertainment and keep a lively atmosphere throughout the festival grounds. Also, it now provides an extra stage for log sawing and stein holding contests.

Fun competitions and contests at Oktoberfest include log sawing, stein carrying, shoot & yodel, a version of beer pong, sausage eating, stein holding, and limbo dancing. Children’s fun and games include pretzel eating contests, kiddy mug holding matches and Midway carnival-style games. The Chicken Dance is the definitive favorite dance at Oktoberfest and always amusing. Every weekend expect to see a huge dance floor filled with hundreds of revelers clucking away to the Chicken Dance.

Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest once again goes “Unplugged” for one Friday night in October. This special event give patrons an inside look at the early days of Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest and its 44-year old history through storytelling and song and dance. The intimate Friday evening event presents a fine dining experience with a five-course German dinner paired with a variety of German beers and spirits. Oktoberfest Unplugged includes traditional German polkas and sing-alongs as well as amusing storytelling by Oktoberfest founder/ Über -Burgermeister Hans Bandows and other Oktoberfest personalities. The Friday evening Oktoberfest Unplugged date is Friday, October 17. The cost is $97 per person, which includes a five-course pairing meal, entertainment, a commemorative one-liter dimple stein, and free admission for the Saturday and Sunday Oktoberfest celebration.

The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest begins Saturday, September 13 and runs for seven consecutive weekends through Saturday, October 25, 2014. The weekend festivities take place at The Convention Center of Big Bear Lake located at 42900 Big Bear Blvd. Big Bear Oktoberfest kicks off with American’s Hero weekend on Saturday, September 13 offering free admission for all past and present military, fire fighters and law enforcement. The first three weekends (Sept. 13-14 to Sept. 27-28) general admission on Saturdays is $14 for adults, $10 for seniors (65+), and $8 for children 12 and under; Sunday admission prices are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors with children 12 and under FREE. The next four weekends (Oct. 4 to Oct. 25) general admission on Saturdays is $18 for adults, $14 for seniors (65+), and $8 for children 12 and under; Sunday admission prices $9 for adults, $5 for seniors with children 12 and under FREE. Oktoberfest Unplugged events on October 17 are $97 per person. For more details regarding online ticket savings, Burgermeister and Über Burgermeister Party Packs, Kindermeister Party Packs (kid’s fun packs) and general information, log on to or call 909-585-3000.

For all there is to see and do in Big Bear, make lodging reservations or request a free Visitors Guide log on to or call 800-424-4232.

San Bernardino Symphony celebrates Virtuosity… in music and public safety

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Roberto CaniC_HighResThe San Bernardino Symphony will open their 86th season October 4 with “Virtuosity” featuring renowned violinist Roberto Cani. Widely known for his role as Concert Master of the Los Angeles Opera, Cani will play Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto.  Also at that concert will be the widely requested Symphony No. 9, From the New World, by Dvorzak.

“This is the ultimate season opener that we believe will inspire both our beloved returning audiences and new attendees to come and be amazed at the quality of symphonic music available right here in the Inland Empire,” said Symphony Maestro Frank Fetta.

The theme of virtuosity was set by the Symphony’s Artistic Committee many months back, but the application of the virtuosic concept – synonymous with skillfulness, mastery, proficiency, ability, and excellence – transcends the musical genre.

“Essentially, we wanted to also recognize the virtuosic efforts of local public safety officers,” said Symphony Board President Judith Valles.

As a result, the Symphony joined forces with local restaurant The Mexico to offer An Evening Out for Officers on Saturday, October 4.  Members of the San Bernardino Police Officer’s Association will be provided with free concert tickets and reduced-priced dinners.

“This has been a difficult year for the people who keep our city safe,” added Valles. “We wanted them to be aware that their work is valued by their community, and we hope people from throughout the community will come out, shake a hero’s hand, and enjoy a wonderful concert together.”

It is particularly fitting that the music to be performed is some of the most beautiful ever written, requiring considerable mastery.

Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto is considered one of the most technically difficult works for the violin.  Written in 1879, the piece was not actually performed until four years later, and to mixed reaction.

“The violin was not played, but beaten black and blue,” wrote critic Eduard Hanslick.

But in 1912, Hungarian violinist and conductor Leopold Auer stated in an interview with the magazine Musical Courier, “The concerto has made its way in the world, and after all, that is the most important thing. It is impossible to please everybody.”

Maestro Fetta believes audiences will be more than pleased with this outstanding work, especially with Cani’s masterful interpretation.

Hailed by critics as “…a violinist of high caliber following the great Italian tradition of the virtuosic violinist, Paganini,”  Cani  launched his concert career when he won the prestigious Paganini International Competition in Genoa at age 21.  In the same year, he also won the Courcillon International Competition in France and the Jeunesses Musicales International Competition in Belgrade.  He also won the national Minetti Prize in Italy, and top honors at the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow.  His remarkable career has taken him throughout the globe, collaborating with many world class artists.

Also on the playbill is Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World.  Commissioned by the New York Philharmonic in 1893 while the composer was the director of the National Conservatory of Music of America, it is one of the most popular of all symphonies.  Dvorak wrote it was inspired in part by his travels in the “wide open spaces” of America (the New World) and by the melodies of spirituals which he referred to as “the foundation of a series and original school of composition” with “beautiful and varied themes.”

The four-movement Symphony premiered to significant acclaim and remained an audience favorite.  So much so, that astronaut Neil Armstrong took a recording of the New World Symphony to the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, and several themes from the symphony have been used widely in television, films, and even in commercials.

Up-Coming Concerts

“We believe this will be an outstanding season full of beautiful music and many exciting surprises,” said Fetta, “and we invite the community to come and enjoy all their San Bernardino Symphony has to offer.”

December 20 will begin what the Symphony hopes is the start of a new tradition for many Inland Empire families. “Home for the Holidays” will include selections from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Handel’s Messiah, and Anderson’s A Festival of Carols. Maestro Fetta has a few additional surprises planned, including the addition of a chorus of angelic voices to uplift the spirits of all present.  A family music faire will be held prior to the concert where young and old alike can hear local school principals read iconic holiday pieces, including The Night Before Christmas, and The Story of the Dreidel.

On February 7, the Symphony will bring more popular favorites to the southland with “Musical Genius in America.” The line-up includes Ragtime selections from Scott Joplin, a medley of tunes from Duke Ellington, William Grant Still’s Afro-American Symphony, and Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue interpreted by pianist Yana Reznik. February 6, this concert will also be performed for students in the San Bernardino City Unified School District as part of the Symphony’s student enrichment program.

April 11, two Symphony musicians – Concert Master Todor Pelev and First Chair Cellist Ana Maria Maldonado – will team up to play Brahms’ Concerto for Violin and Violincello. The evening’s concert, “Beethoven, Brahms & Bartholdy” will also include Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s Symphony No. 3, The Scottish Symphony.  This performance will be a multi-media event, featuring a juried art show including interpretive works by local student artists.

Wrapping an amazing year will be the “Triumphant Season Finale” on May 23.  The concert will include Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, and Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 1 featuring talented horn soloist Joseph Ognibene. An internationally-known recording artist, Ognibene hails from Claremont and has been principal horn of the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra since 1981.

Concert Information

All regular season concerts will be performed at the historic California Theatre, 562 W. 4th Street, San Bernardino.  Both season and individual tickets may be purchased by calling (909) 381-5388 or visiting the Symphony box office at 198 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino. General admission tickets are also available on line at, and with limited availability at the theater box office the evening of each event. In addition to the regular concert season, this year, the San Bernardino Symphony will also be featured in concerts in Lake Arrowhead, Loma Linda, Fontana, and other locations throughout the region. Visit their website for more information.

Judge & Sheriff Needed to Tame the Fierce Frontier

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You’ll have the Rustlers and Outlaws quaking in their boots when you and your pardner take on the roll of this year’s Pioneer Days Judge & Sheriff.  Believe your business, club, or organization has what it takes to be branded the ones in charge of this year’s festivities?    The only way to prove it is by selling the most commemorative buttons and you’ll be honored with this prestigious title and a ride in the Pioneer Days Parade.  A quick-draw title like “Red”, “Shorty”, “Slim”, or “Snake Eyes” next to your name let’s people know that you mean business and adds to the fun .   Wrangle your buddies, co-workers, family, or enemies, and issue a challenge.  Even the kids are welcome to join.  The more persuaders participating, the bigger the ransom.  Get on the stick and ride on down to the Twentynine Palms Chamber to get sworn in today!  For more information give the Chamber a holler at 760-367-3445.


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Director Lucy Walker and Composer Heitor Pereira to Receive Achievement Awards at 15th Annual Big Bear Lake Film Festival 

The Big Bear Lake International Film Festival is pleased to announce director Lucy Walker and composer Heitor Pereira as recipients for the festival’s 2014 Achievement Awards.  The Achievement in Directing Award will be presented to Ms. Walker and the Achievement in Film Music Award will be presented to Mr. Pereira at the 15th Annual Big Bear Lake International Film Festival (BBLIFF) during the Opening Night Party & Honoree Awards on Friday, September 19, 2014.

BBLIFF__2014_LUCY_WALKER_(C) LUCY WALKER“We choose our honorees based on significant contributions to the films they’ve been involved with, and we look at the impact of their work,” said Big Bear Lake International Film Festival Executive Director Erica Tennyson. “Both of our recipients have impressive film resumes, and we’re truly honored to have them as our award recipients.”

Academy Award Nominee Director Lucy Walker has garnered high praise for her films, which includes feature documentaries “The Crash Reel” (2013), “Waste Land” (2010), “Countdown to Zero” (2010), and “Blindside” (2006). She has produced a number of short films, most recently “The Lion’s Mouth Opens” (2014), as well as “The Tsunami and Cherry Blossom” (2011), and has also directed over a dozen episodes of Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues. She has been nominated for seven Emmys, an Independent Spirit Award, a DGA award, and a Gotham Award, and has won over eighty other awards for her body of work. A native of London, England, Walker graduated from Oxford University and later went on to receive a Fulbright scholarship to attend the Graduate Film Program at New York University.

Brazilian-born composer Heitor Pereira has contributed his unique sensibilities in music to a vast array of critically acclaimed and commercially successful motion pictures. One of his earliest breaks, being a songwriter for the Oscar-winning film “As Good as it Gets” (1997), led to Pereira becoming a co-composer for ‘Riding in Cars with Boys” (2001). Since then, Pereira has collaborated with veteran composer Hans Zimmer on a number of films, and has composed memorable scores for films that include “The Smurfs” (2011), “Despicable Me” (2010), “It’s Complicated” (2009), “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” (2008), and more recently “If I Stay” (2014). Pereira is recipient of three ASCAP awards, and he won a Grammy in 2005 for “Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist” for his collaboration with Sting and Chris Bottie.

BBLIFF_2014_HEITER_PER_(C) GETTY IMAGESThe awards ceremonies are just a fragment of what takes place at The Big Bear Lake International Film Festival September 19-21. The festival showcases over 100 films, which include independent feature-length films, student films, short films, documentaries, family films, animation films, and digital films. There is a screenwriting competition with cash prizes. Also, workshops and seminars for filmmakers including the craft of storytelling, film development and current industry trends.

The screenings take place at the Village Theater North, located at 602 Pine Knot Ave. and Northwoods Resort, located at 40650 Village Dr. A full day individual movie pass good for both venues is $35 on Friday and Saturday and $15 on Sunday. An unlimited weekend movie pass for Friday through Sunday is $70. Both passes give viewers admission to unlimited films, and includes panels and seminars for that day. General film screening admission is $7 per screening, which can be purchased at the door. An all-events weekend pass, with admission to all films and all events including the Opening Night Party & Honorees Awards, Centerpiece Film & Desert Reception, and Sunday’s Wrap Party & Filmmaker Awards ceremony, are $135. Friday night’s Opening Night Party, which includes the honorary awards ceremony and reception, is $35. The Centerpiece Film & Desert Reception is $35. A Wrap Party Luncheon & Filmmaker Awards Ceremony on Sunday, which includes filmmaker and screenwriting competition awards ceremony, is $25. For more details about the film festival or to download an events schedule visit To purchase advance tickets visit or call 800-424-4232.


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With fall quickly approaching, the Claremont Chamber of Commerce is hard at work for the preparation of the Inland Valley’s largest Arts & Crafts Faire: Village Venture. Village Venture will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 5p.m. sponsored by Claremont Toyota and Claremont Volkswagen.

With an estimated 15,000 people in attendance each year, the streets of the Claremont Village will be filled with 450+ booths selling unique art, original crafts, apparel, business and organization information, international food and entertainment.

Festivities will include a children’s pre-carved pumpkin competition sponsored by Claremont Sunrise Rotary. Pre-carved pumpkins should be dropped off between 8:30 a.m.- 9:30 a.m. at Shelton Park located at the corner of Harvard Ave. and Bonita Ave. Judging will take place at 2 p.m.

A traditional children’s Halloween costume parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. All participants must assemble at the corner of Harvard Ave. and Bonita Ave. by 9:15 a.m. (No motorized vehicles will be allowed in the parade.) All participants will receive a goodie bag at the end of the parade, sponsored by Moultrie Academy of Music Voice and Dance.

No need to worry about parking. A complementary off site shuttle service will be provided. Shuttle locations: Claremont University Facilities on First St. and Mills Ave. Cahuilla Park parking lot on Scripps Ave. and Indian Hill Blvd. and St. Ambrose Episcopal Church on Bonita Ave. and Mountain Ave.

Don’t miss out on this fun-filled family event.

For more information contact the Claremont Chamber of Commerce at (909) 624-1681 or visit


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Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol gets the full Broadway treatment by Alan Menken, Lynn Ahrens and Mike Ockrent.  A Christmas Carol retains its emotional power and pure joy thanks to the marvelously told story and beautiful score. Miser Ebenezer Scrooge is awakened on Christmas Eve by spirits who reveal to him his own miserable existence, the opportunities he wasted in his youth, his current cruelties, and the dire fate that awaits him if he does not change his ways. Scrooge is faced with his own story of growing bitterness and meanness, and must decide what his future will hold: death or redemption.

christmas carolEvent Dates:

December 4,6,7,10,11,12,13 & 14

Event Times:

December 4, 10, 11, 12, 13, 2014 at 7:30 PM

December 7, 2014 at 6:00 PM

December 6 & 14, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Event Location:

42051 Main Street, Temecula, CA 92590


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Presented by The Ballet Studio and Fine Arts Network Theatre Company.  The Ballet Studio, having starred in the award-winning feature documentary film, “The Making of The Nutcracker” at the Temecula Valley International Film Festival, brings you its version of the most-performed ballet in the world. The enchanting tale of a girl’s first love, a Magician, a Rat King, a Nutcracker, and a Prince, set to Tchaikovsky’s classic score. The perfect holiday outing for the whole family.

NutcrackerFAN2014__1_Event Dates:

December 18-23, 2014

Event Times:

Dec. 18, 19, 22& 23 @ 7:30 pm

Dec. 20 & 21 @ 3 pm

Dec.20 & 21 @ 7 pm

Event Location:

42051 Main Street, Temecula, CA 92590


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44th Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest

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The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest celebrates 44 years of German style family fun and good times this year. Rated Southern California’s #1 Oktoberfest, this Fall’s festival offers authentic German entertainment, food and beer!  The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest runs for seven consecutive weekends, September 13 through October 25 at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center, located at 42900 Big Bear Boulevard in Big Bear Lake. The times are Saturdays 12 noon to 12 midnight and Sundays 12 noon to 5:30 p.m.

Opening Day at the Big Bear Ocktoberfest 9-15-07Event Dates:

Sept 13-14, 20-21, 27-28  Oct 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25

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Saturdays – Midnight

Sundays – 5:30 pm

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Big Bear Lake Convention Center Location Address: 42900 Big Bear Blvd

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DiscoverIE Visits Perris, CA!

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Written by: Kenny Langwasser, DiscoverIE

Recently, DiscoverIE had the opportunity to spend the day touring the City of Perris! This hidden gem is a must visit for anyone who lives in, or plans to visit, the Southern California area. It is conveniently located in the heart of Southern California, just a short drive from the beach, mountain, or desert areas. The city is filled with rich, fascinating history, which can be experienced throughout. Anyone interested in getting away from the hustle and bustle of daily life would be in hog heaven in Perris. There is so much fun to be had for folks of all ages that one day simply will not be enough. DiscoverIE encourages everyone to plan a few days to roam the city experiencing all it has to offer. The following are just some of the great locations to be seen in the City of Perris.

Red Lion Inn & Suite

We started off our day of activities by meeting at the Red Lion Inn & Suites. This hotel is perfect for anyone traveling in the area for both business and pleasure. Their guestrooms are equipped with all essential amenities for any type of traveler. We were greeted by the friendly staff members and enjoyed a nice cup of complimentary coffee in preparation for our busy day. What a nice way to start our tour!

Drive by City Of Perris

As we made our way to our first stop, we took the scenic route through the City of Perris. It was great to see much of the rich architectural history that the city had to offer. The city is truly beautiful, and it was really nice to spend some time sightseeing. The buildings were awe-inspiring and made us feel like we had gone back in time a hundred years. Anyone interesting in fascinating architecture would be right at home exploring the City of Perris.

Perris Valley Historical Museum Perris Historical MuseumNext, we stopped at the Perris Valley Historical Museum. This site was full of all sorts of great artifacts that told the story of the city. The location was originally built in 1892, as the Perris Santa Fe Depot. In more recent years it has been converted into museum where the City of Perris can share its rich history. Many great exhibits contribute to the collection and make this a must-see for any visitors to the area. Our tour only stopped here briefly, but we will surely be back to visit again! The origins of the city are very interesting, and this museum is packed with great things to experience.

Orange Empire Railway Museum

The Orange Empire Railway Museum was a really interesting and fun stop on our tour. We had the chance to take a ride on one of the trains and it was like going back in time. This is truly something that everyone must experience in their lifetime. People of all ages would have a blast experiencing this amazing piece of history. The museum also holds several events throughout the year that would be great for people of all ages to come check out! Make sure to include this stop in your to-do list when coming to visit the City of Perris.

Skydive Perris/ Bombshelter Bar & Grill

For those people looking for a little more excitement in their lives, Skydive Perris is the place to go. It was incredible watching thrill-seekers floating gently back to Earth after jumping out of perfectly good airplanes! The Facility as a whole is huge and includes something for everyone. Military personnel from all over the world can be seen training, experienced skydivers can have their fun, first-timers can complete tandem jumps with the experts to hone their skills, and those of us who are not so keen on exiting perfectly good airplanes can replicate the experience in the indoor freefall simulator. During the busy day of flying, don’t forget to refuel at the Bombshelter Bar & Grill! The Bombshelter Bar & Grill offers tons of food and drink options for folks of all ages. In addition to the regular dining facility, there is a great outdoor pool area where events of any kind can be held.

Motte Historical Museum

Motte Car MuseumOur next stop on the tour was the Motte Historical Museum. This was one of our favorite stops of the entire tour. Seeing all the different classic cars separated by decade was like walking through a time machine. The cars were incredible and in beautiful condition. Car enthusiasts would be in awe to see this amazing collection of automotive history. Anyone visiting the area should make this stop one of their top priorities. The Motte Historical Museum left the DiscoverIE speechless, it was simply amazing.

Dropzone Waterpark

The Dropzone Waterpark was a great stop for families looking to cool off for a few hours and escape the scorching California heat. The theme of the park is airplanes and skydiving, which is a really fun idea because it connects directly to the theme of Skydive Perris. Parents can relax by floating around the lazy river while the kids can have a blast on the waterslides and other attractions. The park has many friendly staff members and lifeguards on duty to ensure a fun, safe environment for all visitors. This location is a must for any families visiting the area.

Lake Perris Fairgrounds

The Lake Perris Fairgrounds is another great spot in the area. This location is home to the annual Southern California Fair which attracts folks from all over the area. The fair is held every October and is a great place for people of all ages to come spend the day. With such a wide variety of activities including concerts, motorized events, exhibits, rides, games and of course delicious food, there is something for everybody! DiscoverIE encourages everyone to bring the family out and enjoy this really fun event.

Perris Auto Speedway

Last but not least we visited the Perris Auto Speedway. The speedway is located at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. This was a really cool stop because they let us take our limo around the half mile clay track and let us take a group picture on the winner’s podium. It was so much fun to experience the track from the point of view of a driver. The track hosts races of all different types all year around, and is a ton of fun for race enthusiasts and those just looking for a fun evening out with the family.