February 25-26, 2023
- University & 11th in front of City Hall, Downtown Riverside,
$, dickensfest.com | Street Festival is Free!
A Victorian parade, concerts, children's tea party, games, vendors, food booths and fun are included on one of Riverside's top cultural events all year long! Street Festival portion is free, dickensfest.com
Founded in 1993 the Riverside Dickens Festival features re-enactments of Charles Dickens works with plays, street performers, food vendors, educational workshops and musical performances. Operating as a non-profit organization, the event is partially funded by the City of Riverside and Riverside Arts Foundation, and exists with the goal of promoting literary works.
The theme changes slightly each year to accompany a select author and novel and though the writings of Charles Dickens are usually selected. The Architecture (a conversation between Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Dickens,) Hans Christian Anderson and Lewis Carroll also have been showcased. Past Dickens works in annual events have included Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, The Pickwick Papers, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby and The Old Curiosity Shop.Book Discussions
Pickwick's Pub Night Fundraiser
The Tavern at the Festival
Meet Mr. Dickens
The Royal Victorian Tea Room & Music Hall
Grand Dickens Parade
Victorian Fashion Show
Mr. Fezziwig's Ball
Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.