Explore Riverside

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 drive to beaches, deserts, mountains and metropolitan cities.

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