October is a busy month for community events


Residents will want to mark their calendars for these upcoming activities.

Pet Parade

Bring costumed pets to the Pet Parade and Costume Contest this Sunday, October 9, at noon.  Photo by Donna Kupke

Bring costumed pets to the Pet Parade and Costume Contest this Sunday, October 9, at noon.
Photo by Donna Kupke

The Canyon Lake Farmers Market will hold its annual Pet Parade this Sunday, October 9, at 12 noon in the Towne Center. The categories in the pet costume contest are Cutest, Spookiest, Funniest, Most Original and Pet/Owner Look-Alike. Spokesperson Cyndi Hermanns says, “Dress your pet up and come on out to the Farmers Market and enjoy all the fun. Plenty of prizes and ribbons will be awarded.” The Canyon Lake Royal Court will be judging the contest again this year.


The Canyon Lake Junior Women’s Club (JWC) invites residents and their guests (21 years old and older) to “Rocktoberfest 2016” on October 15, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Holiday Harbor.

The event will feature tasting booths to highlight local craft breweries, along with sales of whiskey, wine, margaritas, cigars and food, and other business vendors. There also will be raffle opportunities and live music.

This is a free event. Stamp cards for tastings at participating microbreweries and moonshine booths are $20. Hangar 24 has been added to the growing list of microbreweries that will be at the event.

Spokesperson Alissa Rackstraw says the club is seeking vendors, raffle items and financial contributions. The proceeds of this fundraising event will help to support the community beautification and philanthropy projects that JWC has planned for the year. For more information, contact Alissa at 951-265-4325. For vendor information, contact Julie Aguirre at 951-265-9722.


Oktoberfest is set for October 15 in the Towne Center. Photo by Donna Kupke

Oktoberfest is set for October 15 in the Towne Center.
Photo by Donna Kupke

The 6th annual Oktoberfest will be held in the Towne Center on Saturday, October 15, from 5 to 9 p.m. This popular event annually draws a crowd of several hundred and offers traditional food, beer and wine, along with music by the American Bavarian Brass Band, a kids zone, contests and vendors.

For non-food vendor or sponsor information, contact Chamber Director Alison Burrafato at 951-244-6124, e-mail canyonlakechamber@outlook.com or visit Pack Wrap and Post in the Towne Center.

Parade of Frights

Kids of all ages are invited to dress up for the 20th annual Parade of Frights on Saturday, October 29, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Trick-or-treat throughout the Towne Center using the Chamber’s treasure map. There will be costumes contests, a kids zone, DJ and more. For event sponsor information, contact the Chamber office at 951-244-6124 or e-mail canyonlakechamber@outlook.com.

Monster Mash

“Monster Mash” will be the theme of a family Halloween extravaganza on Saturday, October 29, at 6:30 p.m. in the Holiday Bay Room at the Lodge. Hosted by Canyon Lake Community Theatre, organizers say the “spooky evening” will include an Italian dinner buffet and a  “wildly entertaining” variety show with singing and dancing, costume contest and a DJ for dancing.

Doors open at 5 p.m. for dinner, which will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. Adult VIP reserved dinner and show tickets are $35. Kid (12 and under) VIP reserved dinner and show tickets are $20. General seating (no dinner) tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students, and $10 for kids 12 and under.

For questions about tickets, performers and benefactors, call Ilene Moore at 909-239-1177.

Halloween Carnival

The 3rd annual Halloween Carnival will be held October 29, from 4 to 9 p.m., at Holiday Harbor, hosted by the Family Matters Club. KidStage is sponsoring the costume contest. “It’s the Great Pumpkin Patch, Charlie Brown” movie will be shown on the big screen immediately following the carnival.