100 Things to Do in Riverside, CA Before You Die

100 Things to Do in Riverside, CA Before You Die

by Larry Burns


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At just under 82 square miles and just over 300,000 residents, Riverside is easy to find. With dozens of parks, hiking trails, and preserved open spaces, it can be hard to leave. The city does not merely boast a vibrant city center, but centers! The western and northern sections capture the rural heritage with its historic greenbelt. The eastern and southern sections are more densely populated and reflect the area's more recent history as an education and economic hub for the Inland Empire. Decades ago, Riverside grew under the shadow of Los Angeles, starting as little more than a pit stop along the road from LA to Palm Springs for Hollywood celebrities. From these humble origins, Riverside is now an arts and innovation corridor. By car, by foot, or bicycle, the city has an eclectic collection of artisan shops, regional foods, and one of a kind things to see. 100 Things to Do in Riverside, CA Before You Die is your local guide that cuts to the chase, saves you time and shows you what's unique, fun, and simply worth doing in Riverside.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681060811
Publisher: Reedy Press, LLC
Publication date: 03/29/2017
Series: 100 Things To Do Before You Die
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,212,633
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Larry Burns is a writer, artist, and teacher who has called Riverside home since 1994. Larry is a community leader and unapologetic booster, raising awareness and money to expand the business and arts communities. Larry is a founding member of the Inlandia Institute, which publishes local writers and promotes the arts through organized events and writing classes across the Inland Empire.

Table of Contents

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xvii

Food and Drink

1 Ditch the Tie to Dine at Tuxie's 2

2 Get Your Eats Underground at Hideaway Café 4

3 Achieve Bakery Bliss at Simple Simon's 5

4 Challenge Your Pizza Palate at Jafang's 6

5 Meet the Keeper of the Dive Bar Crown 7

6 Discover Post-College Ramen on Zen Street 8

7 Taste a Life-Changing Tortilla 9

8 Relax at Backstreet Café's Urban Garden 10

9 Meet the Millennium's New Burger Boss 12

10 You Always Drink with Friends at ProAbition 13

11 Taste American-Asian Fusion Foods at Your Uncle Chuang's Bakery 14

12 Make Your Payday a Salted Pig Day 15

13 Cocktail with Citrus Pioneer W. Wolfskill 16

14 Craft a Brew Just for You at Wick's 17

15 See a Glockenspiel with Your Meal at Mission Inn Restaurant 18

16 Brunch with the Lancers at California Baptist University 20

17 Learn to "Cup" at Lift Coffee Roasters 21

18 Go Organic in Health's Kitchen 22

19 Eat Like the Innkeeper at Duane's Prime Steak and Seafood 23

20 Discover Creola's Southern Charm 24

21 Have a Fish Fry Friday at Gram's 25

22 Refresh Yourself at Oasis Vegetarian Cafe 26

23 Travel to Sevilla without Leaving Riverside 27

Music and Entertainment

24 Rule the Red Carpet at Riverside International Film Festival 30

25 Ready Player One at Pixels 31

26 Drink a Beer, Watch a Barrel Roll at Packinghouse Brewery 32

27 Dance in Aurea Vista's Speakeasy 33

28 Become a Pinball Wizard at Lake Alice Trading Company 34

29 Get Behind the Velvet Rope at Sevilla Nightclub 36

30 Rock Out at Riverside Municipal Auditorium 38

31 Avoid Blockbusters at the Culver Center of the Arts 39

32 Try to Conquer Castle Park 40

33 Touch All the Art at September's Art and Music Festival 42

34 Ring In the Week at the Carillon Bell Tower 43

35 It's a Bright Christmas at Festival of Lights 44

36 See Modern Entertainment at Historic Fox Theater 45

37 Get Seriously Spooked at Ghost Walk 46

38 Step to the Tunes at Mariachi Festival 47

39 Get Up Close to the Show at The Box 48

40 Marinate in DIY Art Sauce at Saturation Fest 49

41 Cut a Rug with a Cover Band at Romano's Concert Lounge 50

42 Dress Up for the Drag Races at The Menagerie 51

Sports and Recreation

43 Drive and Drift at Adams Motorsports Park 54

44 Discover a Kids' Space Away from Your Space 55

45 Bike, Walk, or Drive Victoria Avenue 56

46 Will You Escape the Curiosity Shop? 57

47 Try Your Hand at Foot Golf 58

48 Hike to the "C" at Box Springs Mountain Reserve 59

49 Behold Botanic Bliss at UC Riverside 60

50 Discover Nature at Hidden Valley Nature Center 62

51 Hitch a Ride on a Steam Train at Hunter Hobby Park 63

52 Ascend Mount Rubidoux 64

53 Go into the Wild at Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park 66

54 Putt a Mini Golf That's Like the Real Thing at Rancho Jurupa Park 67

55 Spot a Water Buffalo at Fairmount Park 68

56 Play along the Banks of the Santa Ana River Trail 69

57 Visit the Outlaw Artists of Graffiti Falls 70

Culture and History

58 Learn about Standing Tall at the Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties 74

59 Discover the Secrets of the Historic Mission Inn Hotel and Spa 75

60 Feast Upon Folk Art with a Side of Chilaquiles 76

61 Travel to Lunar Fest 77

62 Touch Down at March Field Air Museum 78

63 Stride along the Path of the Just 79

64 Check In to the Life Arts Center 80

65 Party Like It's 1889 at Jensen Alvarado Ranch and Museum 81

66 Drink from the Art-Caffeinated Source 82

67 Revel in Native American History at Riverside's Metropolitan Museum 84

68 Smashing Good Times, Not Plates, at Greek Fest 85

69 Picture Yourself at California Museum of Photography (CMP) 86

70 Brush Up with the Artist in Residence at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa 87

71 Walk through History at Evergreen Memorial Historic Cemetery 88

72 Embrace Life at Día de los Muertos 90

73 Smell the Flowers at California Citrus State Historic Park 92

74 Free Family Fun Days are on First Sundays 93

75 Hail Your Chief at the Presidential Lounge 94

76 Celebrate Freedom with Your American Heroes at Riverside National Cemetery 96

77 Experience Living History at Heritage House 98

78 See Art Go Everywhere at Artswalk on First Thursdays 99

79 Be Inspired by Riverside Art Museum 100

80 Dig up the Past at the Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center 101

81 World History Meets Riverside History on Main Street 102

82 Join the Conversation at Riverside Community Arts Association (RCAA) 103

83 Celebrate the Life and Times of Charles Dickens at Dickens Festival 104

84 Get a Daily Art Fix at Riverside County Artscape Exhibition 105

85 Stay Up All Night for the Long Night of Arts and Innovation 106

86 Meet Sports Legends at Riverside Sport Hall of Fame 107

Shopping and Fashion

87 Pick Up Life-Energizing Olive Oil at Migliore's Gourmet Foods 110

88 Make It Yourself at Vocademy 112

89 Celebrate Every Holiday at Wendie Monrroy on Main 113

90 Round Out Your Art Collection at Division 9 Gallery 114

91 Cast a Spell at DragonMarsh 115

92 Share Cigars and Song at Mission Tobacco Lounge 116

93 Make Your Own Art at Weathered Feather 117

94 Grab Life by the Citrus at Gless Ranch 118

95 Browse the Mission Galleria on Main 120

96 Shop with a Friend at Mrs. Tiggy Winkle's 121

97 Get Blown Away by Rodeo Glass 122

98 Buy Art from the Artist at Made 123

99 Experience Peace, Love, and Fair Trade Chocolate at the Alternative Gift Fair 124

100 Shop the Exclusive Lines at The Parrott 125

Suggested Itineraries 127

Activities by Season 133

Index 136

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