If you’re looking for free family fun, look no further than Historic Uptown Yucaipa this weekend for its annual Autumn-fest. Rain or shine, the event will go on. The fun starts Friday, Oct. 8, from 6 to 10 p.m. and continues through Saturday, Oct. 9, from 3 to 9 p.m. As always, the city offers free admission and parking to all visitors. “This year’s much-anticipated Autumnfest is filled with activities for everyone,” said Yucaipa Mayor Greg Bogh. “Music, food, the Kids Zone and the always-amazing car show are only a few of the activities for guests to enjoy. We hope to see residents, family and friends there to support the awesome city of Yucaipa and all of its small businesses.” Show N’ Go Car Show The popular Show N’ Go Car Show will be held in Uptown Yucaipa on Friday night. For car enthusiasts, it’s the greatest part of Autumnfest. There is no charge to enter or to watch the car cruise. Where to park: Between Second and California Streets between the two roundabouts, on either side of Yucaipa Boulevard. Car show vehicles will enter at the Second Street roundabout and register with the DJ Mark Barnett at First Street and Yucaipa Boulevard. The famous Rosa Maria dragster, will start the line at 8 p.m. and classic cars will follow and continue the Show N’ Go Car Show between the roundabouts. Awards will go to the top ten and Best of Show at 9 p.m., at the YPAC main stage. Shopping There will be a plethora of shopping opportunities at this year’s Autumnfest. The Yucaipa Valley Chamber of Commerce has secured a variety of vendors for shoppers. Food trucks There will also be plenty of food and dessert choices at Autumnfest. Food trucks will include: The Coaches Pit BBQ, Express Hibachi, Grandpa’s Ice Cream, Jojo’s Grill a Dog and Little Benny’s Funnel Cakes & Kettle Corn. Other food vendors are Spun Delights - flavored cotton candy, Huera’s Tacos, Nana’s Candied Pecans, Senior Loaf’s Churro’s, Treat’s by Tiffany, Wild & Twisted Foods and Mexican Delights. The Pup Shack will be serving up Puppy Spice Latte’s and other fall treats freshly prepared for your pups. After the dog costume contest on Saturday all dogs in costume receive a free treat! Street closures All Autumnfest street closures will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8, and will reopen on Saturday, Oct. 9, by 11:30 p.m. Plan ahead for the street closures: California Street – south of Acacia Avenue California Street – north of Avenue A Yucaipa Boulevard – west of Adams Street Yucaipa Boulevard – east of Second Street (Friday only) Yucaipa Boulevard – east of First Street (Saturday only) Kid’s Zone The action packed Kids Zone will get the energy out of every kid in attendance! Giant slides and crazy cool obstacle courses will fill Yucaipa Boulevard starting at Adams Street. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket booth with cash or card. Each jumper will be one to two tickets per use. Cost of tickets: 1 for $1 6 for $5 15 for $10 Costume Contests Just in time for Halloween, there will be a children’s and pet costume contest on Satur-day, Oct. 9. Yucaipa Valley Rotary will sponsor the event. The pet costume contest will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the main stage at YPAC and Yucaipa Animal Placement Society will be awarding prizes for the best dressed pooch. The children’s costume contest will begin promptly at 3:45 p.m. There will be three age categories, 0-5 years, 6-9 years and 10-12 years. Prizes will be awarded for the winners. All participants will receive a certificate and an opportunity to be photographed for the News Mirror. Following the contest, children can trick-or-treat at vendor booths. Haunted House At a new location this year, inside the YPAC, brave thrill-seekers will find the annual Autumnfest haunted house and anyone who walks through is sure to be spooked all weekend! Get spooked in good fun for a $5 entry fee. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a paying adult. No exceptions. Touch a Truck The Touch-a-Truck event is
is back and begins at 3 p.m. sharp on Saturday, Oct. 9. Touch-a-Truck is a special activity for those who are interested in viewing, touching, and learning more about specialty vehicles from local agencies including Yucaipa Police Department, Yucaipa Fire, Burrtec, Stater Bros., Tesla, military vehicles, and more. This is always a great photo op for the little ones. There is no entry fee and the vehicles will be located on Yucaipa Boulevard, east of the California Street roundabout. Entertainment Live music is back and it’s all free. The main stage is located at the YPAC, 12062 California St. Friday at 6:15 p.m., The Fortunate Son, tribute to CCR, will perform at the main stage. On Saturday, the live music starts with Doublewide at 4:15 p.m. A Yucaipa High School performance will be featured at 5:15 p.m. and at 5:45 p.m. Boogie Knights will rock the crowd. The Spazmatics is the headliner on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. All the awesome sounds, styles, and way cool dance steps from the 1980s decade. Outstanding musicianship combined with creative flair and style makes for an evening of pure energy and entertainment. Beer garden The Knights of Columbus beer garden is back. It will be open for the duration of the festival, Friday, 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, from 3 to 9 p.m. New this year, all beverages are $8. Purchase drink tickets at the location, adjacent to YPAC, in the gravel area. All alcohol must be consumed in the beer garden only. Wristbands will be provided. The beer selection will include Spaten Oktoberfest and Franziskaner Weissbier from Germany. The Knights beer garden will also feature Bud Light and Michelob Ultra, Bud Light seltzers, (lemonade, black cherry, original, strawberry and peach). There will also be a nice selection of wine provided by Uptown Wine Merchant, that will include Pinot Noir, Petite Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, white, and a sweet Moscato.