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Road closures for Festival of Lights switch-on in downtown Riverside and other tips

By in Press Enterprise on November 23, 2017

By Timothy Guy

Riverside’s annual Festival of Lights switch-on ceremony can get crowded.

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Last year, the city estimated that 70,000 people packed the area around the Mission Inn. This year, it’s expected to be even more packed — with an estimated crowd of 90,000 people — now that “Footloose” singer Kenny Loggins will be performing.

Before you head out to check out the lights and fireworks Friday, Nov. 24, be aware of a number of road closures in the downtown area.

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These roads will be closed throughout the day Friday until midnight:

  • University Avenue from Market to Orange streets;
  • Mission Inn Avenue from Market to Lime streets;
  • Fifth Street in front of the convention center;
  • Lemon Street between Sixth Street and close to University Avenue;
  • Orange Street from University Avenue to Sixth Street;
  • Sixth Street from Main to Orange streets;
  • Ninth Street in front of City Hall; and
  • Main Street between Fifth and Sixth streets.

The road closures will also cause detours for a number of RTA buses; head over to for more information.

Here are several more travel tips:

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