Moreno Valley LGBTQ City Guide

Moreno Valley is located in the southern part of California, in an area often referred to as the Inland Empire. It is located approximately 60 miles east of Los Angeles, close enough to enjoy all that the big city has to offer, but also a bustling, vibrant city in its own right. It is known as one of the most diverse cities in the area, with several different ethnic groups represented, and a thriving LGBTQ community. If you’re thinking of finding your next home in Moreno Valley, chances are, you’ll find plenty about it to love!

A Look at Moreno Valley's History

Moreno Valley is fairly young as far as cities go. It was founded in 1984. Despite its relatively recent founding, it grew rapidly and almost right away, quickly becoming one of the largest cities in the area. It is a diverse city, full of much to see and do, and truly, it would be a great place to call home.

A Few Fun Facts About Moreno Valley

  • The city motto of Moreno Valley is, “People, Pride, Progress.”
  • Frank Brown, who was one of the initial founders of the community, declined to have the town named after him, but in his honor, the city was named Moreno, which is Spanish for “brown”.
  • Moreno Valley is the second-largest city in Riverside County.

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Moreno Valley’s LGBTQ Community                                 

Moreno Valley is a city that loves and supports its LGBTQ community with a variety of resources, including:

PFLAG Riverside

PFLAG Riverside is the Moreno Valley area’s local chapter of the national PFLAG organization, which is the largest grassroots organization of its kind in the country. PFLAG is well-known for its mission of supporting LGBTQ people, friends, family, and allies across the country in a wide variety of ways. With 500 chapters and more than 200,000 members in the United States, PFLAG plays a critical role in providing advocacy, support, and resources to the LGBTQ community.

Inland Empire Pride

Inland Empire Pride is a non-profit community organization dedicated to serving the LGBTQ community in the greater Inland Empire area, including the Moreno Valley. The group plans events, offers resources, advocates for the LGBTQ community, and generally provides opportunities to connect and be involved.

What's the Weather Like in Moreno Valley?

The weather in Moreno Valley is pleasant year-round, and there really isn’t a bad time to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. The area receives plenty of sunshine year-round, no snow, and an average of 12 inches of rain each year. Summers can be quite hot with the temperatures reaching an average of 97° in July, and somewhat cold in the winter, with lows in January dropping to around 38°. Generally, however, all times of year are pleasant enough to enjoy all of the outdoor beauty that the Moreno Valley area has to offer.

Can’t-Miss Events in Moreno Valley

Riverside Pride

Riverside Pride is a can’t miss event in Moreno Valley each year. It is only a short drive away and offers parades, parties, family-friendly activities, networking opportunities, and more, all to celebrate the LGBTQ community and all that it adds to the city. Be sure to put it on your calendar – you won’t want to miss your chance to join in the fun!

The Best Neighborhoods in Moreno Valley

If you’re thinking of making a move to Moreno Valley, you will find that the entire city is very welcoming. Unlike some larger cities that tend to have one specific “gayborhood,” and particularly as Moreno Valley is close to other bigger cities, the LGBTQ community in Moreno Valley is sprinkled throughout the city, so truly, anywhere in the city would make a wonderful place to call home. 

There are a wide variety of home styles available in different price ranges. The median list price of homes currently for sale in the Moreno Valley area is around $500,000.

Arts and Entertainment

The Fox Performing Arts Center

The Fox Performing Arts Center, located in Riverside, was famously the site of the very first showing of Gone With the Wind – but since that time, it has been well-known in the greater Moreno Valley area for offering a wide variety of shows and performances year-round to suit all tastes.

Glen Helen Amphitheater

The Glen Helen Amphitheater, located only a short drive away in San Bernardino is one of the largest outdoor music venues in the United States. This 65,000 capacity amphitheater is the perfect spot to enjoy an excellent performance and the beauty of the outdoors at the same time. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy a show – or several – for yourself!

Parks and Recreation

City Parks

If you love enjoying beautiful green spaces, you’ll find plenty of them in Moreno Valley. In fact, the city has 540 acres of parks and trails, and it also hosts multiple programs for youth, adults, and seniors in its five city facilities.

Lake Perris

Lake Perris is a stunningly beautiful lake and hiking area set in the heart of Moreno Valley. In addition to enjoying the lake itself, there is also a wide variety of stunning plantlife and wildlife. Wildflowers are in bloom everywhere, and there are many wonderful hiking trails to take in all of the beautiful views. It’s a wonderful place to spend a beautiful Moreno Valley day!

Moreno Valley Nightlife

The Menagerie

The Menagerie prides itself on being known as one of the hottest gay bars in the Inland Empire, and if you want a night out of dancing, fun, and a festive atmosphere, you won’t be disappointed. The Menagerie is well-known for its excellent DJs, fantastic drag shows, theme nights, karaoke, and more.

The Shark Bar

The Shark Bar is a very popular nightspot in Moreno Valley – and with good reason. The bar offers a lively, fun atmosphere, friendly bartenders and guests, and fun theme nights – including frequent karaoke. It's a great spot to put on your list for a night out in Moreno Valley!

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