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Your Weekend in Canyon Lake August 3rd-4th

By Justin Bevins | Canyon Lake Events

Here it is the peak of summer and it won’t be long until kids are back in school.  There are lots of great events in and around Canyon Lake this weekend for kids, adults, and especially music lovers.  Get out and enjoy!

Canyon Lake

Kid’s Fishing Derby| 6:00 am – 2:30 Saturday

Canyon Lake Kids Fishing DerbyIt’s time for the annual Kid’s Fishing Derby again at Holiday Harbor.  Bring the kids out and see who can hook the biggest fish.  There will be awards, food, instruction and a full day of fun for the whole family.  Registration is from 6:00 am – 8:00 am at Holiday Harbor.  Check the Friday Flyer for more details.

2 for $20 Menu’s at the Lighthouse and Country Club | Friday and Saturday Nights

Friday nights at the Country Club and Friday and Saturday nights at the Lighthouse feature great 2 for $20 dollar menus.  You get soup or salad, entrée, and dessert for 2 people – it’s pretty hard to be for a cheap date night.  There’s usually a little bit of on stage entertainment as well including the band “Luv Bucket” tonight at the Country Club.


National Night Out Menifee | Saturday 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

An event designed to promote community involvement and awareness.  Police and firefighters will be on hand to provide information on crime prevention and safety.  There will be a police K-9 demonstration and picnic.  Activities are planned at La Ladera Park 2:00 – 4:00 and Discovery Park 5:00 – 7:00.


311 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre | 7:00 pm Friday

Catch this one-of-a-kind rock band from Omaha perform some of their best hits like “Amber”, “Love Song”, and “Down” among others.  Also hitting the stage tonight with 311 are Cypress Hill and G.Love & Special Sauce.  Should be a rowdy night for all you rockers and rappers out there.  Tickets are available online for $19.50 and up.

San Diego

Del Mar Gourmet Food Truck Festival | Saturday 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Bring your appetite for this 3rd annual event that features over 50 food trucks all in one place.  There will also be over 60 craft beers to enjoy with your food in addition to other beverages offered by vendors.

San Diego Padres vs. New York Yankees | Friday 7:10pm, Saturday 5:40 pm, Sunday 1:10pm

Since you’re going to San Diego to feed your face, why not swing over to Petco Park and catch a ball game?  The Yankees flew a long way for this series so go check ’em out Friaday, Saturday, or Sunday.

Costa Mesa / Orange County

Styx at Orange County Fair | Friday 8:15pm

Styx OC FairThe OC fair has been in full swing at the Costa Mesa Fairgrounds for almost a month and the musical entertainment has been top notch this year.  This weekend you can catch Styx with Tommy Shaw and the boys at the Pacific Amphitheatre.  Since 1999, Styx has been touring almost continuously and have performed live more than all of the previous years.  There are also 3 great tribute band performances this weekend honoring Sublime, Pink Floyd and The Beatles.  Check the Fair website for official times, tickets and info.


*Featured Image Attributed to US Army Corps of Engineers

Weekend Events in Canyon Lake June 15th-16th

By Justin Bevins | Canyon Lake Events

Looking for something fun to do with Dad this weekend?  We’ve got a few good ideas – maybe teach Dad how to wakeboard, catch a movie, or how about a trip to the fair?  Our favorite idea: take your Super Hero Dad to see the Man of Steel which opens in theaters Friday.

Canyon Lake

Family Movie Night at Holiday Harbor | 8:30 pm Friday

Kick off the weekend with a fun family movie outdoors under the stars at Holiday Harbor.  This weekend starts the annual Friday Night event series with How to Train Your Dragon as the first feature film.  Bring blankets or something comfortable to sit on and even some movie snacks.  Admission is free.

Canyon Lake Wakeboard Club Learn to Ride Day | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday

The folks at Hyperlite and Green House Marine will be joining the Canyon Lake Wakeboard Club in sponsoring an all day Learn to Ride Experience with Hyperlite Pro Jimmy LaRiche.  Signups start at 8:00am at the Ski Pavilion at the North Ski Area / Slalom Lake or you can register online at Hyperlite’s website.


David Spade at Irvine Improv | 8:00 pm Friday

Funny man David Spade brings his sarcastic wise cracking version of comedy to the Irvine Improv for a one night event on Friday.  Tickets are available online for $45

Los Angeles

Playboy Jazz Festival at Hollywood Bowl | Saturday & Sunday

George Lopez hosts this 35th annual jazz event with some top notch headliners like George Dukem Jeffrey Osborne, David Sanborn and others.  Herbie Hancock and Sheila E. will also be making appearances.  Tickets are still available online.

San Diego

San Diego County Fair | June 8th – July 4th

San Diego FairIt’s Fair time again and the San Diego Fair is in full swing at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.  This weekend you can catch the legendary Steve Miler Band Saturday or the Wine Festival.  Check the Fair website for official times, tickets and info.

Weekend Events in Canyon Lake June 1st-2nd

By Justin Bevins | Canyon Lake Events

Temecula balloon and wine festivalNo big events in Canyon Lake this weekend but there are some huge events around So Cal like the Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival just down the road at Lake Skinner. Here’s our guide to what’s happening in and around Canyon Lake this weekend.

Canyon Lake

Art At The Lake by the Canyon Lake Art Association | 11:00 am – 4 pm Sunday

This annual Art Show will feature many local artists at the Holiday Bay Room of The Lodge.  Various types of art will be on display and available for purchase and there will also be a fundraising sale.  Admission is free.

San Diego

Wings Over Gillespie Air Show | Saturday, Sunday

weekend events near canyon lakeIt’s Air Show season and this is one not to be missed!  Expect to see, bombers, fighters, stunts, wingwalking, and a variety of on the ground and in air entertainment.  The Northrup flying wing will also be making a special appearance.  Tickets are available online or at the gates.  Free parking too!


Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival | Friday, Saturday, Sunday

It’s finally here – one of the biggest annual events in Southern California.  This 3 day event features on stage live entertainment, hot air balloon rides, dozens of wineries, and more delicious food than you can eat in 3 days.  Musical headliners include Scotty McCreery, The All-American Rejects and Berlin.   Motocross superstar Jimmy Fitzpatrick will be performing freestyle jump shows with other members of the Metal Mulisha on Sunday at 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm.  Make sure you stay for the evening “Balloon Glow” on Friday and Saturday night and bring your camera.

Dana Point

Dana Point Harbor Boat Show | Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Expect to see some big power and sail boats at the 13th annual Dana Point Harbor Boat Show.  With more than 50 boats in the water you can spend all day dreaming about life on the sea as you hop from one luxury yacht to the next.  dana harbor just a short drive from canyon lakeIf you make it down Friday, you can get in for $1 admission, get a $1 hot dog, $1 soda, and $1 beer.  There will also be marine vendors, so if you’re looking for new upholstery or a big shiny anchor for your Canyon Lake boat, then this is a good place to see it all.

Canyon Laker’s Guide to Fiesta Day

By Justin Bevins | Canyon Lake Events

canyon lake community paradeThe big event is finally here!  The 40th Annual Canyon Lake Fiesta Day is this weekend and this year’s event is sure the be the best ever.  As in year’s past, you can expect a great community parade along with food and other vendors, ski and wakeboard show on the Main Lake, salsa contest, kids fun zone and a petting zoo.  This year will also debut what is hopefully an annual cardboard boat race.

Most of the activities take place from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at or near The Lodge.  Here’s a rundown on the activities of the day and a few tips to help you stay safe and sane among the chaos.


There’s no parking starting at midnight Friday until 10:30 am Saturday on Canyon Club, Lighthouse, Yellow Feather, Mayflower, Spray, Smugglers, and on Canyon Lake Dr. between Sloop and Canyon Club.  There will be frequent shuttle busses from the East Gate, Sierra Park, and Blue Bird Hall from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Canyon Lake Dr. will be closed to all vehicles from Sparkle to Steelhead from 8:30 to 10:30 for the parade.  If you have a golf cart, use it.  It is the best way to get around on Fiesta Day.

Events – Outside

  • 9:00 am – Fiesta Day Parade
  • 10:00 am – Prayer, Presentation of Colors, & National Anthem
  • 10:15 am – Veterans, Sponsor Announcements, Dignitaries
  • 10:30 am – Ed Strong Tribute
  • 11:00 am – The Groove Factory Band
  • 11:30 am – Latin Folkloric Dancers
  • 11:45 am – Zumba Demo
  • 12:00 pm – The Groove Factory Band
  • 12:00 pm – Cardboard Boat Race
  • 1:00 pm – Ski / Wakeboard Show
  • 1:00 pm – The Groove Factory Band
  • 1:30 pm – BBX Fitness Demo
  • 2:00 pm – The Groove Factory Band

Events – Inside

  • 11:00 am – Dynamite Dave
  • 11:50 am – Hollywood Dance Studio
  • 12:10 pm – Canyon Lake Cotillion
  • 12:30 pm – Diana’s Dance Company
  • 12:50 pm – Just Dance It Dance Studio
  • 1:10 pm – Icon Dance Studio
  • 2:00 pm – Homemade Salsa Contest

Weather and Outdoor Tips

  • Bring the sunscreen or some sun protection – weather is forecasted to be sunny and 80 degrees.
  • Wear your walking shoes – parking will be limited during the day so you may need to trek to get to the lodge.
  • If you plan to watch the parade from Canyon Club, you may want to bring lawn chairs and arrive early for the best spot on the parade route.
  • Bring a camera – there is lots to see and do!
  • Have fun!


* Photos attributed to Mark Sardella and AxsDeny via Flickr

Weekend Events in Canyon Lake May 18th-19th

By Justin Bevins | Canyon Lake Events

Summer is getting closer and the fun events just keep coming.  Here’s what’s going on in and around Canyon Lake this weekend.

Canyon Lake

“Nunsense” by the Canyon Lake Community Theatre | 7:30 pm Friday & Saturday & 3:00 pm Sunday

An entertaining evening at The Lodge with the Canyon Lake Community theatre. This is one the Theatre Group has done before and it’s always a great show.  Cost is $15 for VIP seating and $12 for general seating.  Seniors and student tickets are discounted at $10.  Contact the POA for tickets.

Canyon Lake Choraleers Spring Concert | 3:00 pm Saturday

A variety of music will be performed at The Holiday Room of The Lodge.  Tickets are $7.50 at the door.

Lake Elsinore

Duran Duran Tribute Concert | 6:00 pm Saturday Night

An outdoor musical tribute to 80’s hair band Duran Duran at The Links at Summerly.  Tribute band Rio will kick off a live concert at 6:00 pm.  Food and beer available at the event.


Western Days & Chili Cook-off | 11:00 am – 5:00pm Saturday & Sunday

Revisit the Wild Wild West this weekend in Old Town Temecula.  You can see gunfights from cowboys in full costume along with western exhibits, trick ropers, and lots of country/western music.  Chili cook-off is Sunday.

doheny blues festivalDana Point

Doheny Blues Festival | Saturday & Sunday

This annual event dating back to 1998 will feature top artists Ben Harper, Jimmie Vaughan, and George Thorogood among others.  Get there early for the “Blues Breakfast” experience.  Tickets still available.


*Featured image courtesy of Old Town Temecula Western Days

Weekend Events in Canyon Lake May 11th-12th

By Justin Bevins | Canyon Lake Events

It’s Mother’s Day so get Mom out of the house for some fun and a special treat – maybe a Baseball Game,  Sunday Brunch or Wine Tasting.  Here’s what’s happening in and around Canyon Lake this weekend.

Canyon Lake

Mother’s Day Brunch at The Lodge | 10:00 am & 2:00 pm Sunday

Treat Mom to a special brunch at The Lodge with 2 seating times.  Cost is $25.95 for adults, $13.95 for kids.  Kids under 7 eat free with an adult.  Call the POA for reservations at 951-244-6841, ext. 771.

Lake Elsinore

Star Wars Night at Storm Stadium | Game starts at 6:05 pm

The storm take on the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.  Tickets available online or at the stadium ticket window.  Be prepared for some out of this world fun.


Honoring Your Mother – Mission Inn | Package Deals all Month Long

In celebration of Mother’s Day, The Inn is pleased to offer this very special package throughout the month of May.  Accommodations, champagne, resort gift card, and valet parking.


Happy Mother’s Day Ballet | 2:00 – 4:00 pm & 5:00 – 7:00 pm Sunday

Presented by the Fine Arts Ballet theatre, this special event pays tribute to Mom’s of all ages. Old Town Temecula Community Theater

San Diego

Gator by the Bay Music Festival | Friday – Sunday

A family oriented 3 day festival with Cajun, Zydeco, and Blues performers along with Louisiana cuisine and culture.  In addition to music, there will dancing, demonstrations, kid’s events and more.

tom jonesLos Angeles

Tom Jones at The Troubadour | 8:00 pm Saturday and Sunday

The one and only Tom Jones performing in a great venue for two notes.  LA Weekly says “The pipes are in great condition and he always carries a breathtakingly tight band”.  Take Mom to see this amazing performer, but don’t hold us responsible for how she behaves when Tom gets up on stage.

Weekend Events in Canyon Lake May 4th-5th

By Justin Bevins | Canyon Lake Events

It seems that summer is here and the temperatures are getting hot and that usually means some great outdoor activities in Canyon Lake.  Here’s a rundown of what’s going on this weekend in and around the community as well as few events in other parts of Southern California.

Canyon Lake

Ski Show on the Lake | 5:00 pm Saturday

Ron Stack celebrates his 50th birthday with his friends on the main lake performing stunts for spectators.  Best vantage point is probably the Sunset Beach, Holiday Harbor or the Swimming Pool at the lodge.  The main lake will be closed to boat traffic during the ski exhibition.

Play Day for Special Needs Kids | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Saturday

The Jr. Womens Club is sponsoring a play day for special needs kids at City Hall with games, DJ entertainment, food and more.

Garage Sales

According to The Friday Flyer, there are 6 garage sales on Friday, 7 on Saturday, and 2 on Sunday this weekend.  There is a special garage sale at 22088 Mustang Ct. to raise money for resident Logan Gallagher’s quest to be on the U.S. Olympic Water Polo Team


Wine and Music Festival | 11:00 am – 6:00 pm Saturday

This all day event at Vail Lake Resort features world renowned jazz artists, 10 different wineries and multiple food vendors.  Tickets are still available and proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest County.

San Diego

Fiesta Old Town Cinco De Mayo | Friday – Sunday

A 3 day fiesta with lots of food, entertainment and festivities in Old Town San Diego

Los Angeles

The Big Photo Show | 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Saturday and Sunday

This massive event for photography enthusiasts will feature new products, technology, and instructional clinics to sharpen your skills


Wine Country Events in May

By Justin Bevins | Canyon Lake Events

It’s that time of the year again when nearby Wine Country comes alive.  One of the great things about living in Canyon Lake is having some of the best wineries in California and the West Coast within a 30 minute drive.  Temecula Wine Country features over 35 wineries with over 35,000 acres of vineyards.  The area is known for several award winning wines and the location creates a growing climate that produces a large variety of wines.  According to the Temecula Valley Wine Growers Association, Temecula growers produce wines varietals ranging from cool-climate grapes such as Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Chardonnay, through the moderate-climate Bordeaux varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc, to the warmer-climate Mediterranean varieties, including Viognier, Syrah, Grenache, Sangiovese, and Tempranillo.

There are two events in May that kick off wine season and provide a perfect opportunity to sample some of the local wines:

Temecula Wine and Music Festival | May 4th

temecula wine and music festivalThis 9th annual event features 14 different jazz artists performing all throughout the day.  Grammy nominated artist Brenda Russell will be performing along with several other well known musicians such as Warren Hill, Grammy winner Patrice Rushen, jazz pianist Gregg Karukas, and English guitarist Chris Standring.  This all day event with showcase wines from 10 different wineries including locals Lorimar, Monte De Oro, South Coast, and Wilson Creek.  Lawn seating, reserved seating, and table seating up close to the stage is all available for this one of a kind event.  Tickets can be purchased in advance online at Temecula Wine and Music Festival’s website.  The event takes place at beautiful Vail Lake Resort and runs from 11am to 6pm.

Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival | May 31st-June 2nd

temecula balloon and wine festivalThe 3 day Balloon and Wine Festival truly is a unique event.  For 30 years the community has come together for amazing entertainment, musical artists, and exceptional wines in the Temecula Valley.  Expect to taste amazing wines and beers while you catch artists like Scotty McCreery, All American Rejects, and Berlin.  And of course, the hot air balloons every morning and every night are breathtaking.  In the evening, they tether the balloons but light ’em up and the entire festival grounds glow with dozens of balloons.  If you want to take a morning ride in a balloon and watch the sun come up in the most spectacular fashion, prices start as low as $200 per person.   There is also an amazing selection of food vendors and food trucks every year so you won’t go hungry.   There’s so much to do at the festival and the best place to get all the details is the Balloon and Wine Festival’s website.  The  best advice we have for you is to bring walking shoes and comfortable clothes and probably a sweater or jacket if you plan on staying for the evening festivities.

If you’re planning a trip to wine country soon, here’s a map courtesy of the Temecula Wine Growers Association to help guide you on your tasting tour.  Please remember to taste responsibly.  🙂

* Photos courtesy of Temecula Valley Wine Growers Association, Balloon and Wine Festival, and Wine and Music Festival

Get Rid of Your Junk on Citywide Clean-up Day 4/27

By Justin Bevins | Canyon Lake Events

It’s often been said that America is the only country where people keep their $40,000 cars outside and keep all their junk in the garage.  If that’s you, then maybe it’s time to do a cleanout on Canyon Lake’s Citywide Clean-up Day April 27th.  Drop off your items at the Canyon Lake Community Church parking lot from 8am to 2pm.  CR&R Disposal is sponsoring the event and here’s a list of acceptable items:

  • Furniture
  • Mattresses
  • Concrete / Asphalt
  • Lumber / Tree Trimmings (cut and bundled in 4′ lengths)
  • Normal trash
  • E-waste (electronics)

e-waste photoAlthough e-waste is not considered a hazardous material, it does become toxic to the environment as it degrades in our landfills.  Here are a few interesting facts about e-waste:

  • Approximately 80% of electronics are discarded in landfills where they leach off toxic materials like lead.
  • Electronics represent only 2% of America’s trash in landfills, but equals over 70% of overall toxic waste.
  • E-waste is the fastest growing municipal waste stream in America and only 12.5% of e-waste is currently recycled.
  • Cell phones and other electronic items contain high amounts of precious metals like gold or silver. Americans dump phones containing over $60 million in gold/silver every year.
  • 20 to 50 million metric tons of e-waste are disposed worldwide every year.*

CR&R is not accepting any hazardous materials such as motor oil, batteries, anti-freeze, paints, solvents, light bulbs, cleaning products, chemicals, or pesticides.  These items can be disposed of on the first Saturday of every month from 9am-2pm at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility in Lake Elsinore (800) 755-8112


*E-waste facts and photo courtesy of

Junk Tower photo attributed to Sigma via Flickr

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