Don’t miss all the fun — Southwest Riverside is going to be moving and grooving this weekend. From Western Days to some smoking hot chili, there is something for everyone. Check out all the cool stuff going down:
45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula
Funny lady Wanda Sykes is set to storm the stage at Pechanga Resort & Casino’s Showroom Theater. The performance kicks off at 8 p.m. on May 18. Tickets start at $45. Visit pechanga.com to check availability for tickets.
Old Town Temecula
Let your senses follow the great aromas coming from Old Town Temecula when chili cooks spice it up at Temecula’s Western Days Chili Cookoff on May 20. The chili cookoff is both an International Chili Society regional cookoff and a people’s choice event. There are three ICS Categories, Red Chili, Chili Verde and Salsa. People’s Choice is for Red Chili and Chili Verde. Cooking and the cooks meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
500 Diamond Drive, Lake Elsinore
Don’t miss the chance to grab a hot dog and great game as the Lake Elsinore Storm battles it out against the Bakersfield Blaze at 7:05 p.m. on May 18-19. Promotions include fireworks on Friday night and Star Wars mania on Saturday.
38000 Highway 79 South, Temecula
A new kind of race is coming to Temecula this weekend. Yes, it involves mud, beer, and a few crazy obstacles. And the courses were designed by America’s finest Navy SEALs. But the Ethos Festival held Saturday, May 19 at Vail Lake Resort in Temecula offers something for the whole family. To learn more, visit www.vaillakeresort.com or register at active-ethos.com.
42051 Main Street, Temecula
The beautiful ladies of the Southwest Women’s Chorus will lift their voices in a concert filled with fan-favorite tunes. Performances are planned for 7:30 p.m. on May 19 and 2 p.m. on May 20. Be sure to check out www.temeculatheater.org for ticket information.
28721 Old Town Front Street, Temecula
Get those dancing shoes, er, boots ready — the 3rd annual Old Town Hoedown is set to kick off from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 20 at The Stampede. The Hoedown is a country western event that includes line dance lessons, a barbecue dinner, billiards tournament, live music by Tony Suraci and band, a silent auction and raffles. Presale tickets are $40 at www.oldtowntemecula.com or $50 at the door.
Lace up those running shoes! The 13.1-mile half marathon course will begin and end at the Menifee Valley Campus of Mt. San Jacinto College. Participants will run mostly along Antelope, Garbani, Briggs and Holland roads. Runners will see three different sides of Bell Mountain along the way. Registration is on-going and will be taken on the day of the event. Fees for half-marathoners are $85 and five-kilometer runners will pay $35. For more information, visit www.menifeehalf.com or contact the United Way of Menifee at 951-929-9691.
42081 Main Street, Temecula
Kids will have the chance to slap on their sleuthing caps and investigate all things scientific beginning at 5:30 p.m. on May 18 at Temecula Children’s Museum.
42051 Main Street, Temecula
Music is always happening at The Merc in Old Town Temecula. Friday’s feature good old fashioned rock ‘n roll and Saturday’s go country at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. Then, it’s Classics at The Merc at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $11.
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