May 2018
Mt. San Antonio from Rancho Cucamonga: photo by Amanda Walker
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An Inside Look at Summer Events

The season of outdoor fun has something for everyone.

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Rancho Cucamonga strives to provide families with fun-filled summer nights, and this summer will not disappoint! The community favorite, 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, kicks off the fun, and is a family tradition for many. The Summer Concerts and Movies series packs several weeks of free family-friendly entertainment featuring a popular entertainment lineup. We are excited to share some of the details that go in to bringing this summer fun to our community.

Concerts and Movies in the Park

Concerts and Movies in the Park is produced annually in July and early August. Every year, the Special Events Staff do their best to plan a series that the community will enjoy.

Summer 2018 Movies Series Lineup:

July 9 - August 3
Mondays: Los Amigos Park, 8625 Madrone Avenue
Tuesdays: Victoria Gardens, Chaffey Town Square
Fridays: Red Hill Community Park Amphitheater

Lego Batman (PG), Week of July 9th
Despicable Me 3 (PG), Week of July 16th
Coco (PG), Week of July 23rd
Sherlock Gnomes (PG), Week of July 30th

Summer 2018 Concert Series Lineup:

Red Hill Park
Pop Gun Rerun (80s Tribute) July 12th
Cold Duck (Dance Band) July 19th
The Answer (Classic Rock) July 26th
Rockstars of Tomorrow (Variety) August 2nd
Mark Easterday Band (Country) August 9th

Beginning in early winter, staff review attendee surveys from the previous summer to make sure movie and band selections meet community interests. Staff also attend an annual band expo to meet potential entertainers for the series. Many hours go in to listening to music samples and sorting through well over 100 bands before selecting the lineup. Popular movies are strongly considered for Movies in the Park, but there are sometimes distributor restrictions on availability and when certain movies can be shown. Careful planning is critical to obtaining the required permissions to publicly show each movie. Even with these challenges, staff remain committed to making the best possible selections. Pre-show activities and raffle opportunities are also crowd favorites, and staff work hard to plan themes that correlate with each movie. We extend a special thanks to our event sponsors for their support. Their commitment helps the City provide quality entertainment at no or low cost.

4th of July Fireworks Spectacular

The 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular is a highly anticipated event and planning begins in late winter each year. Planning efforts include contracting with a pyrotechnics company, pre-event meetings with the fire and police departments, securing performers, and organizing the on-field games. Last year, attendees experienced parking challenges due to construction of the Goals Soccer Center and the new RC Sports Center at the Epicenter Sports Complex. We want to once again thank those who were inconvenienced and shuttled to the event for their patience. This year we are excited to provide options for additional on-site parking in an effort to improve on last year's experience. As July 4th draws closer, be on the lookout for event details. Tickets go on sale May 29th, and will be available for purchase online at www.RCpark.com, in person at the Lewis Family Playhouse Box Office, or over the phone at (909) 477-2752. For information on these and other City events be sure to visit www.RCpark.com.

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