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Arts Walk

Arts Walk

Every single month in the city of Riverside is the arts walk. This monthly community event that was designed to celebrate diversity of culture and art in the Inland Empire and within the city of Riverside. There are 22 assigned locations that are located downtown which include studios, museums, galleries and even a large mix of performing and visual arts. Another thing that the event has is that there is a lot of shopping, dining, and entertainment experiences that are offered in downtown Riverside.

The Riverside Arts Walk is held on the first Thursday of the month and it is hosted between 6 p.m and 9 p.m. This monthly event is hosted by the Riverside Arts Council and it is sponsored by Riverside Downtown Partnership and the City of Riverside.

There is an artist vendor lot which is named lot 44 which is located on the corner of Lemon Street and University Avenue and it is ran by the Riverside Arts Council.

Originally, the first Thursday was started in 2002, and now it is a monthly event that is done on the first Thursday of every month to celebrate diversity of culture and art in the Inland Empire. The founders of this event for the community are 2 very well-known artists from the local area. Mark Schooley who is the director of Riverside Community Arts Association and Cosme Cordova who is the director of Division 9 Gallery. As of now, there are well over 20 venues which include the library, museums, studios, and art galleries which participate every single month.

The venues that are regular for the event are the UCR California Museum of Photography, Center for Social Justice & Civil Liberties, Universalist Unitarian Church, T Elliott’s Studio, Riverside Metropolitan Museum, Riverside Community Arts Association, Riverside Art Museum, Pixel’s, The People’s Gallery, Oscar Capelli Salon, Mission Inn Museum, Life Arts Center, Inlandia at the Library, Healthy Heritage Cultural & Wellness Center, GOPA Art Gallery, First Congregational Church, Downtowne Book Store, Division 9 Gallery, Culver Center for the Arts, UCR Sweeny Art Gallery, California Baptist University Art Gallery, Back to the Grind, Urge Palette Art Supplies & Gallery, Art Works Gallery and the Artist Vendor Lot.

While you are going through the multiple venues, you could get hungry and there are many restaurants that you can stop at for a bite to eat. Located in the Marketplace District is Applebee’s. Twelfth Street has Starbucks, Olio Ristorante & Martini’s, El Sarape and the Salted Pig. Then there is also Pacific Cabin Sushi, Subway, Tower of Pizza, Mission Tobacco Lounge, Mariscos Ensenada # 3, Lake Alice Trading Co., Jersey Burgers, Fresh Wok Chinese Express, Farmer Boys, Dona Timo’s Cascada, Back to the Grind, Augie’s Coffee Roasters, Art’s Bar & Grill, Salad Buzz, Mezcal Catina y Cocina, Pacific Stiks, Gram’s Mission BBQ Palace, The Hideaway, ProAbition, Antonious Pizza Café, Bella Trattoria Italian Bistro, 54 Degrees Lounge, Presidential Lounge, Mission Inn Restaurant, Las Campanas, Duane’s Prime Steaks & Seafood, Old Spaghetti Factory, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, and many more.