Eastvale’s Picnic In The Park

Photo By: Valerie Gutierrez Many enjoying their Saturday night with live music at Eastvale's Picnic in the Park.

Photo By: Valerie Gutierrez Many enjoying their Saturday night with live music at Eastvale’s Picnic in the Park.

By Valerie Gutierrez

Eastvale– As June started to wind down for many, local residents were headed to Eastvale’s 12th Annual Picnic in the Park celebration, which is an annual event that draws hundreds of thousands of people.

The 12th Annual Picnic in the Park kicked off its free pre-4th of July celebration with a three-day festival hosted by the Jurupa Community Services District Parks and Recreation Department.

Those who have lived in the City of Eastvale for awhile know that Picnic in the Park is the one event everyone looks forward to every year. Picnic in the Park has become a tradition to kicking off the summer for many residents.

This year, many residents and nearby locals enjoyed live music, inflatable jumpers, picnic games, carnival rides, and shopped at more than 90 booths selling food and merchandise.

On opening day, Friday, June 24, Joshua Tree (U2 Tribute Band) opened the night away with an amazing concert.

On Saturday, June 25, the event was opened to the public at 2 p.m. and was perhaps the most anticipated day of them all. Many residents rushed their way in to save the “perfect spot” in where they anxiously waited for the firework show. The National Anthem was performed by Akilah Ali and was followed by the opening of the firework show that began at 9 p.m. The spectacular firework show illuminated the sky with shimmering lights and colors that left many residents blown away.

The three-day celebration ended on Sunday, June 27, with a firing salsa making contest, where many local residents competed with one another.

This year’s Picnic in the Park welcomed a summer season of non-stop fun for children and adults. And if this wasn’t enough, put on your dancing shoes for the 65th Street Live! Summer Concerts in the Park.

The 65th Street Live! concert is an event for your entire family, friends, and neighbors. This event will be located on the grounds of Harada Heritage Park with all concert performances starting at 7:30 p.m. and ending at 9 p.m.

All concerts are free but there will be a nominal fee for the “fun zone” activities. The event will also have additional parking available on 68th street, and food vendors will be selling a variety of food and drinks.

Gather up your lawn chairs, picnic blankets, and food to celebrate the season with the following bands:

  • July 15- Southern Caliber- Country Band
  • July 22- Queen Nation- Queen Tribute Band
  • July 29- DSB- Journey Tribute Band
  • August 5- Mick Adams and the Stones- Rolling Stones Tribute Band
  • August 12- Elton The Early Years- Elton John Tribute
  • August 19- Led Zepplica- Led Zeppelin Tribute Band
  • August 26- NeON NaTiOn- 80’s Band

Moonlight Cinema continues to offer a night of family fun in watching some of your favorite movies under the stars. Bring your chairs and blankets to watch the following movies that will be shown at Orchard Park.

Future movies include:

  • August 13- Inside Out
  • September 10- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

As the City of Eastvale keeps growing so do the events! For those who attended the 2016 Picnic in the Park, JCSD wants to hear from you. You can go to www.surveymoneky.com/s/JCSDPIP and take the survey that will include about 44 questions to share any comments or recommendations for next year’s Picnic in the Park. For additional information visit www.parks.jcsd.us or call (951) 727-3524.