Each April since 1847, the Spanish denizens of Seville celebrate the tidings of spring with a week-long round-the-clock extravaganza of food, music, bullfighting and the arts. The festivities start midday, led by a circus of carriages and bolero and cowboy-attired riders and women bedecked in long, colorful flowing flamenco style dresses, who make their way down the avenues to the bullring. Young and old, rich and poor, millions pour into the streets, rejoicing with Jerez sherry and tapas until the wee hours of the night.
The Feria de Abril is the ultimate spring break of spring breaks, and Corona has thrown its hat into the ring and brought Spring Fling to the wind-baked climes of the IE, as well as the thousands of bourgeoisie mallrats who troll sale racks and sip frothy cappuccinos at the Promenade Shops at Dos Logos. Like its sister in Seville, this Feria has duende, soul sustenance—and what could be more soul replenishing than tasty tidbits and Art History 101? Unlike its sister, however, the organizers have left bullfighting off the schedule—insurance reasons, we’ll guess.
But Corona’s Feria de Abril will feature the Taste of Dos Lagos tapas spectacular, carriage rides, an open air art show with exhibits and demonstrations by internationally known artists such as impressionist Trevor Mesak, home-grown plein air artist Daryl Millard and mixed media artist Greg Adamson, and a spate of kid-friendly activities. Making special appearances are Elmer Fudd’s alter ego, Chuck Jones, and Benise, a flamenco guitar-playing stud who snagged an Emmy for his PBS special, Nights of Fire. More importantly, you must visit the Sangria Garden and appreciate this fruit-infused spirit. Pretty soon, you’ll see “spring break” and “Inland Empire” ubiquitously joined at the hip. (Nancy Powell)
Feria de Abril at the Promenade Shops at Dos Lagos, 2780 Cabot Dr., Corona, (951) 941-7300; www.promenadeshopsatdoslagos.com. Saturday, 10 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Free.