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January Riverside Events

December 26, 2019


The new year is here and we’re thrilled to kick it off with these events! Gather your friends for a fitness run and prepare your appetite for food festivals – there’s something for everyone in Riverside this month!


Saturday, January 4, 2020

Citrus Heritage Run

The Citrus Heritage Run is a half marathon, 10k, 5K and 1 mile kids race on Saturday, January 4, 2020. This unique and “sweet-smelling” course winds through the historic orange groves of The California Citrus Historic State Park in Riverside, Ca.

As one of the most scenic course routes in Southern California, you will experience breathtaking views of surrounding mountain ranges and skyline as you inhale the smell of sweet citrus and orange blossoms beginning to bloom. This race is truly one-of-a-kind!

This event is a great tune up race for 2020. We offer high quality technical fabric tees in men’s and women’s sizes, finisher medals, and age group awards. Along the course you will find entertainment and several hydration stops. At the finish line, you will be greeted with post-race refreshments to include fresh orange slices, a warm cup of chili and a celebratory beer!

Cost: Varies


Saturday, January 12, 2020

Rose Pruning Demonstration

Every January the public is invited to the UCR Botanic Gardens to attend the annual Rose Pruning Demonstration, which takes place in one of our Rose Gardens. Botanic Gardens staff, volunteers and local experts demonstrate how to prune hybrid tea, floribunda, miniature roses and climbers, and are eager to answer questions and teach guests how to prune roses. This public service event has been ongoing at the UCR Botanic Gardens since 1979 and is always well attended. The demonstration is free, although donations are always gratefully accepted. Come out and learn how to take care of your roses, and you may even win a raffle prize. Rain delay date: 1/19/2020, 1-3pm.

Cost: Free


Sunday, January 12, 2020

Donut Bash Inland Empire

Love Donuts? Who doesn’t? Enjoy beer? Us too — so join us for Inland Empire’s sweetest bash at Thompson Brewing. Donut Bash curates donuts and guests can simply enjoy a Sunday Funday while sampling donuts, enjoying beer, coffee and more with a fun-filled tasty event! We need your help to name Inland Empire’s Favorite Donut too.

Cost: $10 – $25


Monday, January 20, 2020

27th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Walk-A-Thon

Join us on January 20th as we pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.! This year our theme is ‘Celebrating the Pursuit of Unity’. Our 5K walk will start at Stratton Center and end at the RCC Digital Library with a stop at the Martin Luther King Jr. statue on Main Street. Free shuttle services back to Stratton Center will be available every half hour beginning at 11 am.

Cost: Varies


Saturday, January 25, 2020

Start R.I.G.H.T. End Strong

Come join us for the Start RIGHT End Strong Challenge 4th annual kick-off! The health and fitness expo and challenge is hosted by the Riverside Community Health Foundation, in partnership with the City of Riverside. 

The challenge is a year long program to promote healthy lifestyle choices. Participants earn points to win prizes throughout the year by attending approved wellness classes & events. The top three-point earners will win a grand prize at the end of the year.

Register for the challenge now! Registration is open! In addition, you can experience live fitness demo’s, fun activities for the whole family, great health/wellness vendors, and much more! The kick-off will be held on Saturday January 25th, 2020 at Ryan Bonaminio Park. Please come join us as we Start 2020 RIGHT and End Strong!

Cost: Free


Saturday and Sunday, January 25 and 26, 2020

Riverside Lunar Festival

Come join us as we partner with the City of Riverside to bring back the “Riverside Lunar Festival.” Our event will host over 100+ food and merchandise vendors, spectacular live performances, and fun Lunar surprises. Best of all entry is FREE! Be sure to check out the Lion Dancers, Chinese instrument orchestra, and Shaolin Kung Fu. Cosplay Contest will be held on stage, we welcome cosplayers and all costumes to come participate. We will see you there!

Cost: Free


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