3 Must-See Festivals and Events in Redlands, CA


Whether you are into music, theater, art, or food, Redlands, California, has a festival for you. Summers in Redlands are always packed to the brim with events showcasing local artists and performers, and the summer of 2018 is no exception. Several of the festivals hold events throughout the summer season, so it’s best to lock down a hotel room in town early on. Below, we’ve compiled a list of the hottest and most popular festivals in the area.

Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival

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Music fans of all sorts flock to the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival — the concert series truly features something for everyone. These outdoor concerts run from June through August on Tuesdays and Fridays, and the best part is that they are completely free! The concert series has no shortage of variety and includes Broadway performances, jazz, opera, and even ballet.

Performers locked in for the 2018 season include Viva Italia! Redlands Symphony Orchestra, Navy Band Southwest, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and The Sinatra Band, just to name a few. The events are held at 25 Grant St.

Redlands Community Fourth of July

For those looking for an ideal place to celebrate America’s birthday, the Redlands community has got you covered. Every year, the community outdoes itself with a 4th of July celebration so grand, it attracts patrons from far and wide. The day begins with a party in Sylvan Park that will include food, games, and entertainment. Later in the evening, the University of Redlands stadium will be hosting an air show featuring sky divers, a performance by the Connie Roener Band, and of course, a grand fireworks show.

Sylvan Park is located at the corner of Colton Avenue and North University.

Redlands Theater Festival 

The Redlands Theater Festival has a solid lineup booked for the 2018 summer season, and these are productions theater lovers will not want to miss. For a very small price, guests can enjoy a show in this beautiful, open-air theater from mid-July through the third week of August. Shows begin at 8:30 p.m., but guests can come early to enjoy a picnic or simply take in the gorgeous scenery in the grassy knoll around the theater.

This year’s lineup includes performances of Sweeney Todd, Circle Mirror Transformation, Pajama Game, and more. If you’d like to lend a hand, the festival is also seeking volunteers to work behind the scenes. The theater is located at 1170 Cajon St.

The city also offers a handful of other festivals throughout the year and boasts a beautiful landscape that any seasoned traveler would be absolutely delighted to spend time in. The spring and fall bring the Red Dirt Art Festival where art lovers can purchase beautiful pieces that span all mediums. Winter brings a fantastic Christmas parade. Plus, those looking for an athletic event can sign up for Redlands Bicycle Classic or Run Through Redlands. Travelers truly can find the best Southern California has to offer with a trip to Redlands.


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