When barbecue-chicken sandwiches, teriyaki burgers, and a bunch of beef tacos washed up on Margarita Beach, the clouds began hurling large beerdrops earthward and the breeze blew away the sand to reveal a dance floor. Soon, DJs and bartenders flocked to the site, bringing with them stories of ‘80s-themed parties, beer pong, more beer pong, and Fist-Pumpin’ Fridays that quickly attracted crowds of people hungry for food and entertainment. TVs eventually got wind of all the excitement. So, they packed their vacuum tubes and flew in with visions of UFC fights and college sports. To this day, partiers still take in the open air on a patio that a nameless sailor left behind, feeling the delicious weight of turkey hoagies in their hands, thanking heaven for quesadillas, buying cocktails for pictures of bikini-clad models, and then watching the stars sputter out when Margarita Beach’s clock strikes 2 a.m.
Baseball in San Bernardino dates back to 1899. More than a century's worth of history includes such team names as the Kittens and the Pioneers. It also includes a drought from 1950?1987, during which the city lacked enough dirt to build a baseball field. That drought ended when the San Bernardino Spirit began play as part of the California League.
In 1996, the Spirit became the Stampede, and in 2003, the Stampede became the 66ers, a name chosen in honor of the historic U.S. Route 66 that is famous for its hitchhiking umpires. Over the years, the 66ers organization has spent time as the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Mariners, Dodgers, and most recently, the Angels. The team has brought honor to each of its MLB partners, as it has won six California League championships since 1995.
Eat|See|Hear offers an unparalleled outdoor movie experience by screening new and classic films in HD on an inflatable, wrinkle-free projection screen standing 3.5 stories tall and 52 feet wide. Using a 30,000-watt sound system, each venue is custom-calibrated to ensure a decibel-appropriate listening experience for audiences lounging on blankets or in lawn chairs. Local food trucks remain onsite during events to dish out cuisine, and pre-film performances by up-and-coming bands get audiences pumped up and help loosen any cobwebs built up inside the ears.
A former vaudeville performance space and movie palace built in 1928, the California Theatre of the Performing Arts hearkens back to a bygone era with its majestic Wurlitzer organ, which is played during silent-film programs, and a time portal linked to the childhood home of Alexander Pantages. The theater?s deep-red stage curtains and ornate, vaulted ceilings also steep the senses in a vintage ambiance. Thanks to this comforting nostalgia, as well as the heartfelt scenes that unfold onstage, the space seems much cozier than a 1,718-seat auditorium has any right to.
Snake through the track at over 35 mph in order to experience the dynamic dance of punctual breaking and exhilarating acceleration. Turn by turn, drivers will hone in on the flow of the track, developing a rhythm, edging the inside corner, and shaving precious ticks off previous lap times. Likewise, feel free to skillfully drift off any of the 12–14 fellow racers before grabbing your post-race printout after the checkered flag. For results worthy of a family fridge, consult the trackside experts at San Bernardino, who will happily upload tips and tricks to the main server in your head.
After 30 years in the business, the sandwich-fixing masters at Ray's Downtown Deli still satiate ravenous appetites with custom sandwiches, grilled burgers, and house-made soups and salads. Patrons engineer their ideal sandwich from an extensive list of fresh ingredients, or choose one of the deli's specialty sammies, including the Downtown deli roast beef classic, a generous portion of tender meat tucked beneath a green chili and served on an onion bun bound blissfully together with swiss and cheddar cheeses ($6.25), or the turkey bacon club, which crowns a poultry pile with smoky bacon and provolone cheese ($6.25). On the hot menu, juicy burgers and chicken sandwiches rub delectable elbows with daily specials ($6.42+), including meatloaf and veggies lounging in a pool of gravy on a creamy mashed-potato raft on Thursday, and an italian-sausage grinder that gives Tuesday new meaning alongside a supporting cast of house-made salad, pickle, and a small drink. Evenings after 5 p.m., the sounds of live bands and DJs permeate the bar-like atmosphere at Ray's Downtown Deli, leaving diners free to chew without whistling their own theme music through rye-bread-dusted lips.