Looking to Have Fun This Summer? Riverside Is the Perfect Place!

Riverside is a beautiful city with gardens, golf courses, farmer’s markets, and plenty more to keep you busy and smiling during the summer. Whether you’re looking for outdoor activities like biking and hiking, opportunities to shop local, or want to take in some live music, Riverside, CA has exactly what you’re looking for. If you’re not sure where to start, take a look at this list of the best summer activities in and around Riverside, CA.

Summer Activities

University of California Riverside Botanic Gardens

The UCR Botanic Gardens is a 40-acre garden with more than 3,500 plant species and thousands of plants from around the world, focusing on plants that do well in dry and arid lands, similar to California and the rest of the Southwestern United States. The botanical gardens are meant for learning, research, and development, but are also open to the public part of the time. If you’re interested in the natural flora and fauna of the Riverside area, the UCR Botanical Gardens are a must-see!

The gardens are open to the public during the summer, Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Thursday, Friday, and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guided tours are also available. It’s the perfect place for an elementary school field trip but can be adapted to fit any need. Tour tickets cost $7.50 per adult. 

Fairmont Golf Course

This 55-acre golf course offers nine holes and a putting green. Unlike other golf courses, Fairmont makes golf affordable for everyone. A nine-hole round of golf at Fairmont Golf Course only costs $13–15, not including all the discounts for seniors and those under 17 years of age. Buckets of balls at the range are also affordable, costing only $5–8. At Fairmont, golfing is accessible to everyone. 

Their hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Check their schedule to see specific hours and various discounted times. Despite its affordable price, Fairmont Golf Course is beautifully kept and makes an awesome place to spend some time golfing.

Mount Rubidoux

Just west of Riverside, Mount Rubidoux is a popular and culturally significant place. Designated as a city park and landmark, Rubidoux draws hundreds of visitors daily to take advantage of the 3.5 miles of paved trails, the dirt pathways, and the excellent views from the top. It’s a popular place for bouldering and hiking. On the Fourth of July, the city launches fireworks from the top, lighting up the city below. 

Mount Rubidoux is open from dawn to dusk. The parking lots are closed at night, and none of the trails are lit, making it unsafe to hike at night. There are restrooms at Ryan Bonaminio Park as well as extra parking. Mount Rubidoux is a landmark you won’t want to miss if you’re in the Riverside area this summer! 



Downtown Riverside Certified Farmers Market

One of the often-overlooked benefits of summer weather is the fact that it ripens up fresh fruit and vegetables. This delicious produce can always be found freshly picked at the local Downtown Riverside Farmers Market. But you’ll find much more than just fruits and vegetables: You’ll find vendors selling freshly baked bread, honey, chocolate, and home-cooked meals ready to eat. Local craftsmen will also be present, selling their handmade goods. 

The farmers market takes place Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Don’t miss out on the chance to get locally grown fresh produce and other products made by local farmers, crafters, and chefs. The market is free to attend!

Reunion Jazz Festival

This multigenerational event aims to reunite local artists, community leaders, and small business owners who share common roots within Eastside Riverside. There will be performances, of course, by some of the top jazz musicians in the area, as well as plenty of vendors selling food, drinks, commemorative clothing, and a variety of other items. 

Tickets start at $40 and move up to $100 depending on seating location relative to the stage. There are VIP options for those looking for a special experience and unlimited access to the bar and VIP bathrooms. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy spectacular jazz performances, food, drinks, and plenty more. 

Summer Fun Concerts in the Park

Put together by the city of Riverside, Summer Fun Concerts in the Park is the perfect opportunity to enjoy live music, fun and games, food, entertainment, and even a beer garden! Between July 6 and August 3, 2022, Fairmont park will host a summer concert series. No matter what genres you prefer, you’ll likely enjoy at least one or two of the concerts in the series. Motown, top 40, and Latin are just a few of the genre themes for the concerts this summer. 

Come to Fairmont Park on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to experience the warm summer evenings with song and the smell of fresh food lingering in the air. Best of all? The event is free!

Shows and Performances

Weird Al Yankovic: Unfortunate Return of the Ill-Advised Vanity Tour

Weird Al is famous for his amazingly funny songs and parodies of modern hits. His concerts are something different than you’ll find anywhere else. Enjoy the beats of your favorite songs, but with new and interesting lyrics you’d never think of. But there’s more to Weird Al than just parody; his own songs are also witty and fun. 

Enjoy a more personal experience with Weird Al, thanks to his tour’s emphasis on smaller venues and less theatrical performances. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy a cultural icon! Buy your tickets now.

Back in the Day: A Tribute to 90s Hip Hop!

Do you miss the good old days of 90s hip hop? Well, you’re in luck! This summer at The Concert Lounge in Riverside, CA, you’ll enjoy an evening solely dedicated to celebrating the great hip hop of the 90s.

Tickets cost $10 if you buy them early and $15 if you pay at the door. Guests can start finding seats at 8 p.m., with the show starting shortly after. If you’re a 90s hip-hop connoisseur, don’t miss this event!

New Found Glory: 20 Years of Sticks and Stones

Are you a fan of New Found Glory? Celebrate at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium the 20-year anniversary of New Found Glory’s most popular album, Sticks and Stones. In addition to standard tickets, VIP packages are also available.

Tickets start at $34 per person and increase in price based on seat location. This will be a spectacular event that you won’t want to miss!


If you’re going to be in Riverside, CA, this summer, be sure to check out some of these great summer activities. If you’re looking for a place to live in Riverside, consider Mission Lofts Apartments. We’ve got great amenities you’re sure to love. Find out more by calling us or scheduling a tour today!

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