The Ontario Museum of History and Art aims to expand the community's knowledge of local culture through educational programs, exhibits and special events. The museum exhibits in detail, the life and people of the Inland Empire and the docents organize various outreach programs and field trips throughout the year. One of the highlights during Autumn is the Dia de los Muertos festival, when local artists showcase the macabre through painting, sculpture and crafts. Every year the event draws in thousands over the Halloween season.
Located on Euclid Avenue in downtown Ontario, the town square serves as a gathering spot for picnics, concerts and other outdoor events. As a backdrop, the grand outdoor amphitheater/stage presents concerts, plays, workshops, festivals and many other happenings throughout the year. Additionally, there is a slew of food trucks that convene on certain nights which makes it a one-stop shop in terms of combining fun, food and festivity,
This small winery with its original location in Los Angeles has been a pioneer in the history of Southern California wine production. After leaving his native Lombardy in 1910, the Riboli family patriarch, Stefano, arrived in New York only to travel across the U.S. to sunny L.A. The business started out in 1917, when Stefano and his family began raising grapes and subsequently selling wine. The winery survived prohibition by selling 'altar' wine in the Catholic diocese, then the Great Depression and World War II until finally moving the vineyards into Northern California in the 60's. Since then, the Riboli family opened two other shops (this one in Ontario and another in Paso Robles), and some of the brands the family produces include San Simeon, Stella Rosa, Maddalena, and Mariella among many others.
K1 Speed is a nationwide go-kart provider that brings four-wheeled fun to all ages on the track. The race prices differ depending on the amount of laps you choose; be aware that some people are on the track goofing around while others are quite serious about their lap time. K1 tries to enforce a no-bumper policy, however riders may do it harmlessly depending on your speed. K1 also has a refreshment stand where they serve nachos, soft drinks and other finger foods. The track is also a good place to host birthday parties and other events.
This anachronistic drive-in theater opened in 1956 and since then it has entertained legions of Inland Empire denizens over the decades. In your car, you can revisit another era while enjoying the modern comfort of upgraded technology. At the concession stand, they serve burgers, pizzas, hot dogs, french fries and other treats. Moreover, on weekends the entire drive-in area becomes a huge swap meet; it has since become one of the oldest and largest open-air markets in Southern California.
Located in Upland, the Grove Theater is a mid-century modern venue that was built in 1947 to screen Hollywood films. Today, it functions as a live event theater for stage performances which range from dance musicals to plays and one-man shows. Every season has a theme and the shows fit accordingly, so expect plenty of holiday spectaculars during winter. The theater also offers workshops and classes to all age groups in order to better appreciate performance art in the community. On a side note, the stage director is Sherry Kinison, brother-in-law to the late, great comedian Sam Kinison.
Since 1894 the Graber family has been growing, harvesting, and selling olives and olive-based foodstuffs to locals as well as visitors who serendipitously find it. Here, visitors can see olives in their native environment- with tours offered all day, every day. The Graber Olive House is busy all year, but visitors will see the most activity from mid-October to December when the olives are harvested. Along with observing how olives are grown, guests can browse a small museum on-site, buy tasty treats at the gift shop, or grab a bite to eat and have a picnic lunch on the scenic grounds.
John Galvin Park is the place to go for baseball. The park has the Jay Littleton Ball Park, which is a baseball field where 2,500 people can watch a game. If you want to play a different sport, the park has basketball, tennis, volleyball and a Little League Baseball field. For lunch there are picnic tables and a barbecue area, and you can find plenty of parking.
The Office Bar is a South Ontario watering hole with cold beers, strong cocktails and mostly local clientele. The bar has weekly specials like Taco Tuesdays, Karaoke, country nights, etc. and the drink prices are always friendly to the wallet. The selection of both well cocktails and craft beer are also quite diverse considering the bar's low key atmosphere.
One of the largest convention centers in San Bernardino County, the Ontario Convention Center is a prime gathering place for a multitude of events and conferences. The center has more than 225,000-square feet of space and each nook and cranny is equipped with state-of-the-art technology. So whether it's a conference, trade-show, workshop or small-business meeting, the SMG property management group will take care of everything, from vendor stands to catering.