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Top 20 things to do in the Inland Empire and Orange County in September

Top 20 things to do in the Inland Empire and Orange County in September!          


If you are like most of us here at Kessler Alair Insurance you work hard to play hard.  For many of us filling our weekends with fun family activities is first priority when we clock out on Friday evening. Having our offices located in Newport Beach, Rancho Cucamonga and Upland California gives us a wide variety of events to choose from.  Of course one of the best things about Southern California is the fact that you can take a hike in the morning and sit on the beach to watch the sunset all in the same day. 

Whether you are in the Inland Empire or in Orange County and you are looking for a great thing to do this month here are a few ideas:

What to do in the Inland Empire?

Every Saturday - Fontana Farmer's Market - 8:00 am every Saturday morning. Residents enjoy locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables available every week at the Market. The Southland Farmer's Market Association (SFMA) has committed to bringing Fontana residents nutritious, in-season produce so residents have even more opportunities to make healthy food choices. The cost is free. Located at Center Stage Parking Lot, 8463 Sierra Blvd. in Fontana. For more information, call 909.429.7469 or visit: 

The Riverside Downtown Farmer's Market. The cost is free, located downtown Riverside - Main St. Riverside between 5th and 6th, in the arts and culture district of downtown Riverside. It provides a unique opportunity to shop for fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, hummus, aged gouda cheese by Winchester Cheese Co., fresh baked bread from Old Towne Baking Co. and other specialty food items. For more info. call 714.345.3087 (Oscar De Leon).

September 1 - Digital Photography, 5:30 - 7:00 pm at the Colony High Branch Library. Local expert Ruben Rodriguez will introduce students to the use of the digital camera as a tool to create art. Free: ages 16 & older. Go to the Colony Meeting Room. More information, call 909.395.2256.

September 4 - Claremont Art Walk (1st Fridays of the month). This is an ongoing event. Location: Claremont Village, 205 Yale Ave. in Claremont. This is an event showcasing art exhibitions, galleries and art spaces throughout the Claremont Village on the 1st Friday of the month. Open and free to the public, 6:00 - 9:00 pm.

September 19 - Broadway at the Gardens presents Celebration Cabaret: The Great American Songbook. Inland Empire's Best and Brightest Sing - Broadway's Favorites. Join us as we celebrate the most influential American popular songs of the 20th Century principally created for Broadway theatre, musical theatre and Hollywood musical film. Seating is limited. At 8:00 pm at the Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga. All seats priced at $22.50 and are available online at or call the Box Office at 909.477.2752.

Claremont Farmer's & Artisans Market, September 6, 13, 20 & 27 from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm. Located on W. 2nd St. between Indian Hill Blvd. and Yale Ave. Voted best farmer's market in the Inland Empire (Los Angeles Times, 2012), the Farmer's & Artisans Market was founded in 1996 to connect California farmers and artisans to the local community, and features over 100 grower and artisan members sharing their goods and services throughout the years. Free Admission. For details, call 909.626.3066 or visit!Market/c2org


Ongoing Monthly Events in the Upland area:

Michael's Kids Club - Every Saturday in September from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Let the kids craft while you shop! Where: Michael's in Upland. When: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Classes start and run every 30 minutes. Who: Ages 3 and up. How: Just show up or sign-up online at Cost: $2 per child, includes supplies. For more info: Call 909.291.8273.

Claremont Farmer's and Artisan's Market - Every Sunday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. A "must see" during weekly strolls on Sunday mornings. Sponsored by The Claremont Forum. Located on Second Street between Indian Hill Blvd. and Yale Ave. Free Admission. Phone -  909.626.3066.!about/c20r9

Farmer's Market Night- Thursdays from April to October. The market starts at 5:00 pm and extends in every direction in Historic Downtown Upland from the corner of 2nd Avenue and 9th Street. You can also shop vendors and local stores, and enjoy live music and other entertainment. The cost is FREE. Bring the entire family! Also see:    

Basic Computer Classes - Mondays at the Brodie Room at the Upland Public Library. Dates every Monday (except if there is a 5th Monday in the month) from 3:00 - 4:00 pm. This class is for adults (18) who are beginners in computer and those who want to learn about computers. The topic of classes are: Week 1: Introduction to the Computer, Week 2: Introduction to Email, Week 3: Browsing the Internet, Week 4: Using the Library's Resources. For more information, call 909.931.4205.

Movie Night for Grown-ups. You are invited to see a featured movie at the Upland Public Library. This event will be taking place every Wednesday of the month at 6:00 pm located in The Brodie Room. Popcorn will be provided. This is a free event. For details, please call the Reference Desk at 909.931.4205.

Upland Flea Market - 4th Sunday of each month from 9 am - 3 pm. Antique and collectible vendors. For more info., call 951.751.7235 or 714.883.7051.

Ongoing Events in Rancho Cucamonga:

September 5 - Home Depot's Free Kid's Workshop. Attend the FREE Kid's Workshops on the first Saturday of every month! Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement. Where: Home Depot - All locations! When: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Who: Kids 5 to 12. How: Register at Cost: FREE!

September 8 - Chick-fil-A Family Night. Take the kids to Chick-fil-A for Kid's Night every Tuesday for a complimentary craft! Where: Chick-fil-A Rancho Cucamonga, just west of Day Creek and Foothill Blvd. When: 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Who: Kids & Families! How: Just show up! Cost: FREE crafts for the kids! More info: Call 909.899.4707 or log onto: then click: "Community".

Mother Goose on the Loose. Mondays and Wednesdays at 12:00 noon at the Archibald Library Story Theater in Rancho Cucamonga. This is a fun, fast-paced storytime geared for children ages 0-3 years and is filled with rhymes, songs, lap-bouncers, movement, and of course classic Mother Goose rhymes. Walk-ins welcome. Limited seating - all walk in storytimes require buttons for each family member attending storytime and will be available at the Children's Information Desk 30 minutes before the program. Questions - 909.477.2720 Ext. 5025.

5 on 5 Basketball League - Men & Women - Sunday and Monday evening leagues are available for both recreational and competitive players of all ability levels. All games are played at the RC Family Sports Center. Registration is taken as a team. Call 909.477.2785.

Free Computer Classes - Archibald and Biane Libraries offering free classes covering a variety of computer-related topics such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, E-Bay, Google and basic computer skills. Classes at Archibald are on Tuesdays at 6 pm and at Biane Library on Wednesdays at 6 pm and 1st Saturday of the month at 10 am.

Farmer’s Market Terra Vista Town Center - Every Thursday Rain or Shine! Come see the fresh fruits, vegetables and more on Thursdays and soon Saturdays at Terra Vista Town Center. 3 pm to 7 pm in the Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour and Restaurant.

Victoria Garden’s Farmers Market- Every Friday 10am to 2pm- Held on South Main Street there will be vendors with specialty food and craft items.

Complimentary Yoga - Every Saturday- Join Lululemon Athletica every Saturday for Yoga, perfect for all levels. Mats are available. 9:30am – 10:30am. 7369 Day Creek Blvd #F-102, Rancho Cucamonga. (909) 463-2308, ranchocucamonga-showroom [at] lululemon [dot] com.

Storytimes at the Paul Biane Library in Rancho Cucamonga

The Bookmobile - Tuesday, September 29 through Friday, October 2. The Bookmobile, a mobile library inside a small bus, offers children's books at various stops throughout the community. Each Tuesday through Friday during the school year, the Bookmobile stops at 2 schools and one park to offer books for children. Where: call the Children's Room for schedule at 909.477.2720, ext. 5025. When: 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm. Who: Children of all ages. How: Just show up!


What to do in Newport Beach?


September 5 - Drop-In Crafts - Presented by Newport Beach Public Library. Join us for an afternoon of crafting fun. No registration required. Event will be held in the Children's Storytime Room. For ages 3-8. Funded by generous contributions from the Friends of the Library. Admission: FREE. From 12 pm - 3 pm (Saturday). Phone: 949.717.3830. 1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach.

September 14 - Crafts & Games - Presented by Newport Beach Library. Stop by the library and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of crafting and gaming. We will have a variety of crafts and board games available. Make and play at your own pace. Event will be in the Children's Storytime Room. No registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Funding for this event is provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Admission: FREE. From 3 pm - 5:00 pm (Monday). Call 949.717.3830.

September 19 - Green on the Green, Newport Beach ECO Expo from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Located at the Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive. Local businesses and organizations showcasing "Green" Practices, Innovation, Products, Education and more. Exhibit Booths, Free to the Public, Free Electronics Recycling and Document Shredding. Call 949.729.4400 or visit:

September 26 - Juggler David Cousin. From 3 - 4 pm at the Mariner's Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. Join us for a very special event! Juggler David Cousin has 5 world records and has performed for thousands. His shows are entertaining and amazing, sure to delight all ages. No registration required. Attendance will be limited by room capacity. All ages. Funding for this event is provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library.

September 27 - Concerts on the Green featuring Britain's Finest - Beatles Tribute Band. Starting at 6:00 pm at 100 Civic Center Drive in Newport Beach. The complete Beatles experience rocks Newport Beach! Experience the Beatles as if they were live in concert with tribute renditions by Britain's Finest. Spend a memorable evening on the Civic Center Green listening to those oh-so-familiar Beatles classics.

Ongoing Events in Newport Beach

Family Storytime - Every Saturday starting September 5 from 10:30 am - 11 am at the Central Library , 1000 Avocado Ave. in Newport Beach. Enjoy family time with stories, songs and a craft especially for children from 3-7, along with their favorite grownups!

September 5 - Every Saturday and Sunday morning beginning September 5 and continues year round. One of the best ways to appreciate Upper Newport Bay is to get out on the water, experience the tranquility and see pelicans, terns and egrets flying by you. Kayaking is fun and easy. The Newport Bay Conservancy offers a 2-hour guided kayak tour of the Back Bay in the heart of Newport Beach. This is great for novice and the experienced. They will make several stops on the way. Rain cancels the event. Where: Meet at the Newport Aquatic Center. When: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm every Saturday and Sunday. Who: Ages 8 and older. How: RSVP to 949.923.2269. Cost: $25 per person. 

$20 Blue Whale Watching Cruise Special Spring/Summer - Offer valid until October 31, 2015. $20 coupon offer requires reservations to be valid reservations - Call 949.675.0551. Whale watching special is valid coupon for all 2 - 2.5 hour whale watching cruises offered daily during the spring and summer months. Whale watching cruises are offered multiple times daily from Newport. View giant blue whales, gray whales, finback whales, humpback whales, and even killer whales along with dolphin and sea lions. Normal prices are: Under 2 yrs - $2.50, 3 - 12 yrs old - $33/weekends, $28.50/weekdays, age 12 to adult - $39/weekends, $34/weekdays. $20 coupon is good for each member of your group, so it takes the price down from the trip. Beverages and munchies are available for purchase. Great experience for families with a universal appeal for all ages. Call the number above for more information or visit:

Sunset Cruise - Newport Beach, Every night. Choose from 1 of 2 cruises. The Fiesta Newport Beach Cruise includes live Latin Music, complimentary chips and salsa and an unlimited drink special of $15. The Newport Beach Sunset Cruise will also include the beautiful sunsets of Newport Beach. Each cruise is 1 1/2 hours. You will tour Newport Bay as well as the famous Newport Beach coastline. Upstairs sundeck, indoor salon and many other comforts are offered. Price $25. Location: Newport Landing/Newport Bay, 309 Palm St. Suite A. For more info call 949.675.0551.     

Saturday Fun Roll- Come join us every Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. We meet just north of the Huntington Beach Pier at the amphitheater and skate approximately 16 miles round trip.  The pace is nice and easy and all ages and levels are welcome.  We make several rest stops at various points to let everyone catch up.  If you miss us at the beginning, just skate south on the beach path, we retrace the route back, so we'll eventually meet.  We highly recommend that you wear all protective gear - at least wrist guards and a helmet.  Afterwards you can join us for lunch in or around downtown Huntington Beach.


If you know of some family fun that should be added to this list for the IE to the OC then please let us know with a note! Send us a picture of you at these events to share with us to share on FB.  Have a great time making memories with your Family!



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