Mission Inn Avenue, Downtown Riverside,
Day pass $5, special events separate tickets
Founded in 1993 the Riverside Dickens Festival is usually held in January and 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. Pas 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.