Riverside’s Orange Blossom Festival

This weekend, Riverside — and Inland Southern California in general — celebrates its heralded citrus heritage with the annual “Orange Blossom Festival.”

You can thank Eliza Tibbets for the 11th Orange Blossom Festival that will transform 30 square blocks of downtown Riverside this weekend into a happenin’ place. Organizers expect more than 200,000 visitors.

Riverside Press-Enterprise – April 20, 2005

The 2-day event harkens back to Riverside’s “Orange Day” celebrations circa 1900, a time when orange groves ruled the local landscape and fragrant orange blossoms ruled the air, all in the name of the world’s sweetest navel orange — the Washington-Riverside navel.

So, put on a pair of shorts, grab those hats and sunglasses and head on down to historic downtown Riverside for a weekend of music, food, history, and fun.


  • Orange Blossom Festival
  • Los Angeles Times – Know Your Citrus? Not so Fast
  • Riverside Press-Enterprise – Enhancing the festival’s artistic appeal (May 19) | Free festival parking limited in Riverside (May 19) | Festival boasts a wide variety of music attractions (May 20) | Citrus history cause for fun (May 21)

Sources: Riverside Press-Enterprise (PE-20050519, PE-20050520, PE-20050521), Los Angeles Times (LAT-20050520)

2024 PAGE UPDATE: Added newspaper citation/insert; removed event logo; removed outdated links to event website and newspaper articles.

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