The mountains and deserts of Southern California continues to celebrate the fall season with a fresh lineup of events to take us into the holiday season. Check out these last-minute November and early December events for art festivals, new art exhibits, photography workshops, guided nature walks, wellness day trips and more experiences to round out the autumn season in SBC.


Red Dirt Art Festival in Redlands

Showcasing the local art community in Redlands, the Red Art Dirt Festival shares the expansive are of more than 50 artists sharing their talent with the region. Using a wide variety of art media, the Red Dirt Art Festival brings hundreds of viewers to Downtown Redlands to engage with art and the artist themselves in a full day of celebrating exceptional unique artwork.

WhenNovember 17, 2018 | 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where: Smiley Park (Cajon St. & Vine St.)



The 6th Annual Big Bear Turkey Trot

The Big Bear Turkey Trot, presented by Open Air Big Bear is a festive event on the morning of Thanksgiving. The event consists of one main race with a variety of paths for those who want to walk, jog or trot.  It’s a family-friendly event that will definitely work up your appetite. The first 400 Registered Participants are guaranteed an event shirt and event ornament. A portion of the proceeds from this event benefit the Kodiak Kids Trail Runs and Community Church Food Pantry.

WhenNovember 23, 2018 | Start: 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

WhereMeadow Park at 41220 Park Avenue, Big Bear Lake CA 92315

CostRegistration $25 – $50


Sonic Geometry at The Integratron

Delight in a day of cellular rejuvenation. Within the Integratron, the wellness event focuses on energy, frequency and vibration. Using the structure of the sonic dome and all of it’s properties, participants will witness the unique properties of the iconic desert landmark and enjoy a peaceful experience.

WhenDecember 1, 2018 | 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Where2477 Belfield Blvd, Landers, CA 92285



Photographing the Hi-Desert in Joshua Tree National Park

Grab your camera and lace up you hiking boots for an intensive all-day photo shoot in Joshua Tree National Park. The class include early morning light at the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve and a mid-morning instructional program at Black Rock Canyon Visitor Center. The afternoon session will relocate to a special “photographers only” session at Keys Ranch, focusing on how to capture the buildings and historic remnants at this remarkable homestead. Participants are encouraged to bring a tripod with their camera(s). Class size limited to 12 participants, so sign up early! NOTE: Hike Level: Moderate

This class is sponsored by the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve.

WhenSaturday, December 1,  2018 | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Big Morongo Canyon Preserve

Cost$85 JTNPA member, $95 non member


Duo/ Show at The Joshua Tree Art Gallery

The Joshua Tree Art Gallery is showcasing their new exhibition Duo/ Show. Created by local artists Maria Geiger and Paul Morehead, the new exhibition will be an exceptional new collection for the gallery for a limited time.

WhenDecember 8 – December 30, 2018

Where: 61607 29 Palms Hwy., Joshua Tree, CA 92252



Guided Snowshoe Eco Tours in Big Bear

Learn more about the San Bernardino National Forest with a naturalist. Hosted by the Big Bear Discovery Center, participants will be lead on a guided trek through the forest while learning how to snowshoe. It’s a great experience for those who enjoy nature, the mountains and learning about the environment.

WhenDecember 15, 2018 – March 3, 2019 | Saturdays 9 a.m. -12 p.m. & 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Sundays 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

WhereBig Bear Discovery Center | 40971 North Shore Drive/ Hwy 38, Fawnskin CA 92333

CostAdults $30 | Kids (8-12 yrs. old) $20

Photo Credit: Ron Kroetz


Bald Eagle Celebration at the Big Bear Discovery Center

Learn about the life of the National Bird – the Bald Eagle. Forest Service Biologists will provide a presentation on the biology of eagles and its relation to Big Bear Valley. Mark your calendars for this family-friendly event and learn more about this majestic bird.

WhenDecember 15, 2018 | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

WhereBig Bear Discovery Center | 40971 North Shore Drive/ Hwy 38, Fawnskin CA 92333

CostFREE (Donations Welcome)