Things to Do in Riverside

Things to Do in Riverside CA

Riverside is known for its commitment to arts and cultural affairs. There are many opportunities for residents, visitors, artists and organizations to share in the city’s cultural expression through the arts. You are invited to experience the various art museums, galleries, live performances and other cultural happenings that take place all throughout the year in Riverside.

UCR/California Museum of Photography provides a cultural presence, an educational resource, a community center and an intellectual meeting ground for the university and the general public. The museum is located in downtown Riverside at 3824 Main St., Riverside, CA 92501.

Since its founding in 1969, California Riverside Ballet has been presenting exciting programs to delight audiences and dance critics alike. The California Riverside Ballet has been home in the historically landmarked building Aurea Vista Hotel since 1969, which is located at 3840 Lemon St., Riverside, CA 92501

Art Galleries and Museums

• Brandstater Gallery La Sierra University: 951-785-2959
• Division 9 Gallery 3485 University Ave.: 951-965-4392
• March Field Museum 23020 Atlantic Circle, Moreno Valley: 951-697-6600
• The Historic Mission Inn Museum 3649 Mission Inn Ave.: 951-788-9556
• Orange Empire Railway Museum Perris: 951-657-2605
• Riverside Art Museum 3425 Mission Inn Ave.: 951-684-7111
• Riverside Community Arts Association Gallery 3870 Lemon St.: 951-682-6737
• Riverside Metropolitan Museum 3580 Mission Inn Ave.: 951-782-5273
• Shades of Art Gallery 3557 Main St.: 951-683-1576
• Sherman Indian School – Indian Museum 9010 Magnolia Ave.: 951-276-6332
• The People’s Gallery 3643 University Ave.: 951-682-3173
• UCR/California Museum of Photography 3824 Main St.: 951-787-4787
• World Museum of Natural History La Sierra University: 951-785-2307

Live Performances

• Performance Riverside 4800 Magnolia Ave.: 951-222-8100
• Riverside Children’s Theater 2900 Adams: 951-689-5660
• Riverside Community Players 4026 14th St.: 951-686-4030
• California’s Riverside Ballet 3840 Lemon St.: 951-787-7850
• Inland Empire/Riverside County Philharmonic 4091 10th St.: 951-787-0251
• Riverside Community College Civic Light Opera 4800 Magnolia Ave.: 951-684-9337
• Riverside Municipal Auditorium 3485 Mission Inn Ave.: 951-787-7678
• UCR Performing Arts/Cultural Events: 951-787-4331 or 951-787-4629
• Riverside Master Chorale: 951-686-3746
• Ballet Folklorico de Arlanza: 951-360-3830

Things To Do in Riverside

For information about events or activities in Riverside, contact the following places, which can help you get the information you need:

• The Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce: 951-683-7100
• The Riverside Convention and Visitors Bureau: 951-684-INFO or the city’s Web site at
• Riverside Arts Council: 951-680-1345 or visit
• Heritage House: 951-689-1333
• Tours of the Town, Inc.: 951-351-8687

Annual Events


Riverside Community Players Season Opener
4026 14th St., Contact: 951-369-1200


Black History Parade & Expo Downtown Riverside
Contact: 951-682-4782

Dickens Festival Downtown Riverside
Contact: 800-430-4140

Riverside Raincross 5k Run/Walk Fairmount Park
Contact: Riverside Parks & Recreation, 951-826-2000


Spring Gala Performances Repertoire Riverside Ballet Theatre
Contact: 951-787-7850

Airshow Riverside Airport
Contact: 951-351-6113


A Salute to Veterans Parade Downtown Riverside
Contact: 951-687-1175

Indian POW WOW Sherman Indian High School
Contact: 951-276-6337


Vintage Home Tour Various Locations
Contact: Old Riverside Foundation, 951-683-2725


Concert for Heroes Riverside National Cemetery
Contact: 951-787-0251

Fireworks Aerial Show Mt. Rubidoux
Contact: 951-826-2000


Annual Mayor’s Ball for the Arts White Park
Contact: Riverside Arts Council, 951-680-1345


Order of the Suns of Italy White Park
Contact: 951-737-0373

Ghostwalk Riverside Downtown Riverside
Contact: California Riverside Ballet, 951-787-7850

Panhellenic Home Tour Various Locations
Contact: 951-684-6308 or 951-686-9627


Riverside Festival of Lights
Contact: Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce
951-683-7100, ext. 227

Festival of Trees Riverside Convention Center
Contact: 951-358-7950

Mission Inn 5k/10k Run Mission Inn Hotel & Spa
Contact: 951-781-8241


Christmas Open House Heritage House
Contact: 951-826-5273

California Riverside Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Contact: 951-787-7850