COVID-19 UPDATE: Riverside is continually adapting to the COVID-19 situation and cautiously resuming normal operations. We advise anyone exploring Riverside to review city-specific ordinances and safety guidelines at riversideca.gov. Before visiting the attractions mentioned on this page, we also suggest you first contact them for current operating hours and public safety policies. Please stay safe and healthy while exploring Riverside.
Live Your Best Life in Riverside, California!
The City of Riverside is a vibrant college town that welcomes and supports a diverse community. UC Riverside (UCR) shares the city with over 15 other higher education institutes. This makes Riverside home to a mighty collection of college students who are attracted to the city’s perfect balance of small-town friendliness and big-city fun.
We’re talking year-round Main Street festivals that celebrate everything and everyone. Thousands gather each year for our mesmerizing Fourth of July fireworks lit from the peak of our beloved Mount Rubidoux — and month-long wintertime "Festival of Lights," which was voted #1 Best Public Holiday Lights Display in the nation. (USA Today 10 Best, 2018)
For everyday excitement, Riverside has a heavy sprinkling of eclectic eateries, music venues, craft breweries, indie shops, and quaint boba and coffee houses — some owned and operated by UCR alumni.
But what people love the most about Riverside is the location! It’s in the heart of Southern California — only an hour's drive to beaches, deserts, mountains, and metropolitan cities.