Riverside Festivals & Shows

Riverside Festivals & ShowsRiverside is the kind of California city that offers the best of both worlds. On the one hand, the city is close to some of the state's biggest and most popular attractions like Hollywood and Disneyland; add to that the fact that Riverside's small-town charm and down-home warmth make it one of the country's biggest little towns. The city's small-town appeal is one of the many reasons why there are plenty of notable festivals and annual events here. From the wintry holiday observances to the many celebrations that are set for the warmer months of the year, Riverside is most definitely a city that has much to celebrate.

Festival Of Lights
One of the most popular events in Riverside around Christmas and New Years is the Annual Festival of Lights. This seasonal event offers good clean family fun in the form of an outdoor skating rink, visits and photos with Santa Claus, various holiday entertainment, reindeer, carriage rides and much more!

Address: Riverside, CA
Phone: (951) 826-5273
Web: riversidefestivaloflights.com

Love In Riverside
Love is most definitely in the air every Valentine's Day in Riverside with Love in Riverside. This annual festival of love is a unique and interactive one. Participants record special Valentine's Day messages for their sweetheart which will be played on the large digital LED screen in front of the Culver Center of the Arts. Messages can be recorded between February 7th and the 11th. The videos are then broadcast on the big screen three days before the 14th. Recording the message is free, but all who participate are qualified for a romantic weekend that includes a “Passport of Love” to several downtown locations.

Address: Culver Center for the Arts, Riverside, CA - MAP
Phone: (951) 826-5311
Web: www.loveriverside.org

Mardi Gras Pub Crawl
Even though New Orleans is a good distance from Riverside, this charming California city does a more than admirable job of capturing that Cajun spirit with its annual Mardi Gras Pub Crawl. Typically held the weekend before Fat Tuesday, this highly entertaining festival is put on by Community Connect. Get ready to treat your senses, as the crawl features a jazz musician leading the way through the bars that all offer discounted specialty drinks and appetizers. There are also drawings, beads and masks, and coffee and plenty of entertainment included with the purchase of your ticket.

Address: Riverside, CA
Phone: (951) 328-8284
Web: riversideca.gov

Easter Eggstravaganza!
Just as the Easter Bunny hops down the bunny trail, so does Downtown Riverside's Easter Eggstravaganza! This festival is held every year to the delight of local kids who come out to fill their Easter baskets with lots of sweet goodies. In addition to candy-filled eggs, the event features photo ops with the Easter Bunny, face painting, balloon artists, arts and crafts, shopping and dining and lots more. This is not only an memorable community event celebrating Easter, it is also excellent fun for the entire family.

Address: Riverside, CA
Phone: (951) 826-2000
Web: riversideca.gov

Riverside Arts Walk
The first Thursday of every month is a day that creativity and artistic talent is celebrated with the Riverside Arts Walk. Diversity in arts and culture are in abundant supply at this popular event that is presented with the help of 20 local art galleries, studios and museums. See various exhibits in different mediums, special presentations, poetry readings, theatrical performances and more. Enjoy hands-on art activities, refreshments and all the sights and sounds that make up the Riverside Art Walk!

Address: Downtown Riverside, Riverside, CA - MAP
Phone: (951) 680-1345
Web: riversideartswalk.com