Now that 2017 has arrived, it’s time to start looking ahead for exciting things to do with the family in the year ahead. The City of Hesperia’s Recreation and Park District will offer plenty of fun activities geared towards people of all ages and interests.

We put together a little sampling of a few coming events. For a complete schedule, visit www.hesperiaparks.com or call 760-244-5488.

Pirate Renaissance Faire (March 18-19)

The second Annual High Desert Pirate Renaissance Faire will be presented March 18 and 19 at Hesperia Lake Park.

On the bill will be jugglers, belly dancers, a tribal beat team, 45 food vendors, musicians, kids activities and more. The event also will include cannon demonstrations, street performers, sword and replica weapon dealers, leather crafters, corset makers and multiple non-food vendors. Guilds from from California, Arizona and Nevada also will be on hand to showcase treasures plundered from shores around the world.

Spring Kid’s Kamp (March 20-24)

The annual Spring Kid’s Kamp, for youngsters ages 5 through 14, is set to take place March 20-24 at Hesperia Lake Park.

A host of outdoor activities are planned, such as games, crafts and more. Camp attendees also will have the opportunity to go on field trips to places like Splash Kingdom in Redlands and the Pirate’s Dinner Adventure in Buena Park.

Movies in the Park (June 10 through August 19)

This free event, which features a diverse lineup of PG-rated films, will begin on June 10 and continue every Saturday through August 19 at Hesperia Civic Park. Children who attend Movies in the Park must be accompanied by an adult. Blankets and lawn chairs are recommended and concessions will be available for purchase.

Cars and Cures/Relay for Life (May 6-7)

Hesperia’s annual “Cars & Cures/Relay for Life” event will begin at 10 a.m. on May 6 at Civic Plaza Park.

It will include a number of family-friendly activities sponsored by Relay for Life and the Apple Valley-based Over the Hill Gang classic car club.

Relay for Life is an international organization that raises money for cancer research and education through community activities and programs.

Funds are raised prior to the relay by team members, who hold bakes sales, carwashes, yard sales and other community activities. Individual participants also can raise funds by soliciting donations from friends and family members.

Hesperia Days (September 16-17)

The City of Hesperia will continue its annual Hesperia Days tradition September 16 through 17 at various locations throughout the city. Along with a parade, the event also will feature a variety of family-friendly activities, as well as a 5K Run/Skate/Walk/Pokéwalk.

After the Saturday morning parade, Hesperia Days will continue at Hesperia Lake Park. Patrons will have the opportunity to enjoy shopping at local vendor booths, a kids' fun zone and live entertainment. The event is set to conclude on Sunday evening with a fireworks display.

Desert Rocks Film Festival (October date TBA)

The annual Desert Rocks Film and Music Festival, which is held at Hesperia’s Cinema West Theater, showcases the work of local and international filmmakers. Its categories include feature films, short films, documentaries, animation, student films and music videos. There also is a category for humorous films, documentaries about comedy or comedians, or reels for stand-up comedians.

On average, about 70 films and documentaries are submitted to the festival from around the world. Out of those, 30-35 are chosen as finalists and shown at the event. Cash prizes for the best film of the festival and best music video are awarded.

Along with all-day film screenings in two theaters, Desert Rocks Film Festival also will present live music by local bands and solo acts, as well as free lectures from movie industry professionals.