• What we’ll do
Come check the festival out and you are more than welcome to dress up for the occasion. You can come and leave as early or late as you want. The times posted are just for information on when the festival begins and ends. This is a family friendly event with lots of things for children to see and do. It is a great opportunity to provide a fun hands-on learning environment for children.
The festival itself is FREE but there are special events that do cost money.
Please see the official website for additional details and to buy tickets for special events. http://dickensfest.com/
The Riverside Dickens Festival was established in 1992 when Carolyn Grant and Joan Patton convinced the Friends of the Riverside Library that the city needed a literary event. By sheer will and endless hours of hard work these two women and their committee made the first festival happen on a very warm weekend in September. Since then, the Riverside Dickens Festival has established its own board of directors, which raises funds and runs the event entirely with voluntary help. In 1994, the festival was moved to the first weekend in February to coincide with Charles Dickens’ birthday, February 7 (1812). The festival has grown over the years in stature and significance to become a greatly anticipated family event. The major emphasis is on Charles Dickens and his writings, but Victorian era culture is also broadly embraced. A strong expansion of historical perspectives for the festival includes California and Riverside timelines paralleling Dickens’ life.
• What to bring
An appreciation for Charles Dickens and/or the Era. Maybe a hat depending on the weather as it is a mostly outdoor event.
• Important to know