Annual and Seasonal Events

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Annual and Seasonal Events

Each year, there are many annual and seasonal events that take place in Redlands that draw visitors (and participants) from throughout the region and beyond. Some of these annual events are so popular that visitors are encouraged to book hotel and dining reservations well in advance in addition to purchasing any individual event tickets. Here are a few annual and seasonal events that offer something for everyone.

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Downtown Holiday Lighting Event

Join the City of Redlands in kicking off the 2019 holiday season from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Ed Hales Park on the corner of Fifth and State streets in Historic Downtown Redlands. This event is a FREE community event.

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Feast of Lights

The University of Redlands annual Feast of Lights is an inspired service of worship that has served as an introduction to the Christmas season to students, faculty, friends, residents and visitors for more than 65 years. This exquisite tapestry of scripture, poetry, music and drama was first presented in 1948 and continues to be an annual community tradition.

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Downtown Redlands Christmas Parade

The annual Downtown Redlands Christmas Parade is a magical evening event in Historic Downtown Redlands, with floats, musical performances and a visit from Santa Claus.

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Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Kimberly Crest House and Gardens

This annual Christmas Tree Lighting event takes place in early December at the beautiful Kimberly Crest House and Gardens. Local choirs perform Christmas carols, cider and ginger cookies are served and there are photo opportunities with Santa. The interior of the home is decorated for the holidays, and immediately following the Tree Lighting ceremony visitors can take tours of the first floor of the home.

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Run Through Redlands

Every year, runners, walkers and riders (wheelchair) take part in these 5K, 10K and Half-Marathon competitions. The courses wind through beautiful Redlands’ tree-lined streets, past historic homes with breathtaking views of the San Bernardino Mountains. Additional event activities typically include a Kid’s Dash, Runner’s Expo and refreshments.

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Redlands Bicycle Classic

The Redlands Bicycle Classic is the longest continuous running stage race in American bike racing. From humble beginnings on a Memorial Day weekend in 1985 hosting future stars for the Olympics, Tour de France, and world championships, the Redlands Bicycle Classic has earned its position in history “Where Legends Are Born”.

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Airfest
2020 date not set, usually occurs in May

The Hangar 24 AirFest & Anniversary Celebration takes place each year at the Redlands Municipal Airport. The event features professional aerial performances, world-class live music, a huge variety of food from the best local food trucks, a family-friendly kid’s zone and a wide selection of Hangar 24 Craft Brewery beers.

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Safe Trick-or-Treat Event

Safe Trick-or-Treat Event
Downtown Redlands

Enjoy a spooktacular evening in Downtown Redlands with your family and friends at the Safe Trick-or-Treat event on October 31st from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. City volunteers and Downtown businesses will be handing out candy to kids while supplies last. After the event stay Downtown to shop and grab a bite to eat before heading out for the night. This is a fun event for all ages and an opportunity for children and families to safely trick-or-treat.

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Red Dirt Art Festival

The Red Dirt Art Festival has been connecting local artists with the Redlands community through outdoor events since 2005. Held each spring and autumn, more than 30 artists gather and share their unique artwork that spans across virtually all mediums. A wide array of attractive art is available for purchase including many types of jewelry, paintings, clothing, sculpture, photography, pottery and mixed media.

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Smiley Park
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Redlands Footlighters Live Theater
Various dates throughout the year

The Redlands Footlighters have provided professional-quality community theater productions in a local, intimate venue since 1980 (the group was formed in 1945). Community performers showcase a number of entertaining productions including comedies, classics & other community theater performances. The theater season typically runs from August through June.

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1810 Barton Road
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Redlands Theatere Festival
Various dates throughout the year

For more than 40 years, the Redlands Theater Festival has earned a reputation for excellence in performance, entertainment and location. The season begins the second week of July and continues through the third week of August. Productions in this open-air environment typically include a major Broadway musical, an Off-Broadway musical, a contemporary drama, a recent Broadway release and a period piece.

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Prospect Park
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​Redlands Symphony
various dates throughout the year

Founded in 1950, the Redlands Symphony has become a vital part of Redlands’ cultural fabric, bringing a high level of artistic excellence to the stage of the University of Redlands Memorial Chapel. Seasonal performances typically run November through April featuring a wide variety of classical music that includes guest performers, musicians and conductors.

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