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Destination San Dimas offers a variety of activities for residents and visitors to do. Click here to learn more about Destination San Dimas. Destination San Dimas is organized by the Downtown Merchants. Click here to visit the website for the San Dimas Downtown Merchants.

Western Art Show features nationally acclaimed artists who exhibit more than 200 works of art in oil, acrylic, pastel, drawings, and sculptures. Watch the artists at work as they battle against the clock in Saturday's Quick Draw and visit with them at their booths throughout the weekend. The multi-day event begins with the unveiling of artwork at the Premier Opening on Friday and continues through the weekend. The gallery show is free to the public; however, some portions of the event, such as the dinners, require tickets and/or reservations. Sponsored by the Festival of Arts every April. Downtown merchants also hold the Gala Garden Affair the same weekend as the art show. Click here to view the Festival of Arts website.

Western Days celebrates our citywide western spirit the first weekend in October. Hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, this fun event includes cowboy reenactments complete with shootouts, a parade with marching band competition, lots of crafts and tasty food vendors, and the Little Miss San Dimas contest. Grab your cowboy hat and get ready to have a great time at the San Dimas Rodeo held on the same weekend at the Tex Shoemaker Rodeo Arena in Horsethief Canyon Park. This Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association event is entertaining for the whole family. Shuttles are provided from the Historic Downtown to the Rodeo.

Wildlife Art Show is another popular art event sponsored by the Festival of Arts in October. See beautiful wildlife art, including original paintings, sculptures and prints from professional artists. The Wildlife Art Show is free to the public.

City Birthday Barbecue is held every August to celebrate our incorporation as a City in 1960. All San Dimas residents are invited to attend a day of good food and old-fashioned fun.

Family Festival is a fun filled day featuring information booths, craft vendors, a Spring Egg Hunt, a bike rodeo, games and plenty of great company. Held annually in Spring.

Farmers Market typically runs from April through September on Wednesday evenings. The perfect way to get farm fresh produce, baked goods, good food, visit friends and enjoy a pleasant evening in the Civic Center. Have twice the fun during Summer with Music in the Park. Click here to view the Farmers Market website.

Music in the Park brings the sounds of Summer to the Historic Downtown with their popular evening concert series featuring a dynamic lineup of live bands catering to a wide variety of musical tastes. Held in Civic Center Park, adjacent to City Hall.

Downtown Holiday Extravaganza in early December has something for everyone. Stroll through the downtown merchants and purchase the perfect gifts, jump on Santa's Hayride and take a tour of the charming streets of San Dimas, head over to the Walker House and enjoy Santa's Desserts and Pictures with Santa. Santa's Village behind the Walker House will have a snowslide, snow play area, bouncers, entertainment, vendors, community booths and food. The event concludes with the annual San Dimas Tree Lighting at Rhoads Park.

Sheriff Booster Annual Car Show showcases the hottest rides in SoCal to raise money for the needs of auxiliary personnel and volunteers who work at Walnut and San Dimas Sheriff's Stations.

Pacific Railroad Museum and Library is located inside a 1934 depot that anchors the west end of the historic downtown at 210 W. Bonita Ave. Operated by the Pacific Railroad Society who trace their roots to 1936 when six railfans in the Los Angeles area banded together as the "Railroad Boosters." The museum and library are open to the public and free, and group tours are available upon request. For museum hours, click here to view the museum website.

Incycle/Cannondale Old Town Grand Prix Bicycle Race, one of the hardest criteriums in Southern California, is a Grand Prix course that starts on the streets of Historic Downtown. Each March, racers and spectators alike enjoy one of the highest speed bike races in Southern California. The criterium is the third stage of the San Dimas Stage Race, a multi-day bicycle race in and around San Dimas organized by Southern California Velo.

Running Events, including the City's San Dimas 5K Run and 1 Mile Family Fun Run in September to benefit youth programs, and the Jackie Bristow Memorial 5K Run in January, feature several hundred runners each year on the fast course.

San Dimas High School Homecoming Parade is a growing Fall tradition in the Historic Downtown.

Toast of the Town is an evening of food, award winning wine, and music; featuring local restaurants showcasing their special cuisine. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, this elegant cocktail party with enough food and wine to satisfy anyone's taste. The annual event sells out every year with only 400 tickets available and is open to everyone at least 21 years old.

Walker House is perhaps the most beautiful and important historic building in the downtown, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Originally built in 1887 to be a railroad hotel. Recently restored by the City of San Dimas to be a public building, it is now home to the San Dimas Historical Society, Festival of Arts, and an art gallery. The Society also has a museum and gift shop. Located at 121 N. San Dimas Ave. For further information visit these websites:

Click here to view the Festival of Arts website.

Click here to view the 2nd Story Gallery website.

Click here to view the San Dimas Historical Society website.

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