Summers in Murrieta consists of days exploring in the sun and fun nights indulging in restaurants, breweries, wineries and more. During the day, visitors can enjoy hiking around places like Santa Rosa Plateau Trail for a scenic loop or Cole Canyon Trail for an elevation challenge. In addition to hiking, Murrieta offers other outdoor activities such as biking at Sylvan Meadows, horseback riding at Susie Q Ranch, and water sports at Lake Elsinore. At night, Murrieta’s charming city comes to life. To enjoy a night of eats and drinks, visitors should try The Shamrock Irish Pub and Eatery for food and catchy live music, Anthony’s Lounge & Ristorante for a more sophisticated experience, or South Coast Winery Resort & Spa for those looking for a one-stop-shop for a luxurious night out.
Murrieta’s summer events include:
Enjoy a night of free music with Murrieta’s Concerts in the Park presented by Enoble Realty and Rancho Water. On Saturdays from 7-9 p.m., visitors can enjoy the summer concert series at Town Square Park Amphitheater (11 Town Square). The concert dates and lineup is as follows:
July 15 – Toga Party
July 22 – Stairway to Zeppelin
July 29 – Heartache Tonight
After a day of hiking and adventuring, visitors can enjoy a relaxing evening at Murrieta Market Nights in downtown Murrieta every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from 5-9 p.m. Market patrons will experience live music, food trucks, street vendors and local artisans.
Sponsored by Associa Equity Management & Realty Services and Rancho Water, Movies in the Park is the perfect place for visitors to bring family and friends. The event is free and movies begin at dusk. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets to sit on. The movies being shown include:
7/21 (Town Square Park Amphitheater) – Top Gun Maverick
7/28 (Mapleton Park) – The Goonies
Young travelers, ages three to nine, can get involved in Ranger Rap, an interpretive program that educates youth on the importance of our parks, trails, and wildlife, provides them with an understanding of how nature interconnects, and allows them to take an active role toward appreciating habitat conservation. Taking place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and costing $3 per child and $1 per additional sibling, activities are geared toward informing the youth on the role of a Park Ranger, animals and plant life found locally, and why it is critical to care for our environment. The Ranger Rap program dates in the summer are July 19 and August 2.
All Santa Rosa Plateau trails at the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve are now officially open after being closed for almost three years due to the devastating Tenaja Fire. The Plateau includes seasonal vernal pools, walking trails, biking trails, and more. Entry is $4 for adults, $3 for children, and $1 for dogs on a 6-foot leash.
From moderate to adventurous, Murrieta is an accessible, friendly and comfortable destination for everyone looking to have some summer fun. Affordable lodging like Holiday Inn Express & Suites and Residence Inn by Marriott, as well as the Courtyard by Marriott with sweeping views of the area from their rooftop bar, is spread throughout the town. For foodies looking to escape the summer heat, Murrieta offers various culinary delights from steakhouses and BBQ to internationally-inspired restaurants.