Public Invited to Celebrate 30th Anniversary of California Citrus State Historic Park

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – California State Parks and its non-profit partner, The Friends of California Citrus Park, invite you to attend a family-friendly concert and program to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of California Citrus State Historic Park that explores the significance of the citrus industry in Southern California.  

WHAT:30th Anniversary Celebration

WHERE:                  California Citrus State Historic Park

                                 9400 Dufferin Avenue
                                 Riverside, CA 92504

WHEN:                    Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023  
                                 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

WHO:                       California State Parks staff
                                 The Friends of California Citrus Park
                                 Riverside Concert Band
                                 Variety of food vendors

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: The event begins with a reception at the visitor center at 5:30 p.m. The program, “Celebrating Citrus History Through Music” begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Concourse Area and features the Riverside Concert Band, who will perform music from different eras to complement historical information that will be shared by State Parks interpretive staff.

A variety of food and drink options will be available to purchase. The food vendors participating include Dad’s BBQ and Catering, Crepes Tree, Esther’s Mexican Taquiza, Nana’s Candied Pecans, and Lulu’s Snoballs.

Limited seating is available. General admission is free with first come, first serve seating. Parking is $7. VIP seating is available for $50, which includes preferred seating, a charcuterie box, beer or wine ticket, and macaroon cookies. Tickets are available at

For more information about the event, visit or contact our office at (951) 780-6222. 

About the historic park:

California Citrus State Historic Park recaptures the complexities of the time when “Citrus was King.” In 1873, the U.S. Department of Agriculture forever changed the history of Southern California when it sent two small naval orange trees to Riverside resident Eliza Tibbets. Those trees, growing in ideal soil and weather conditions, produced an especially sweet and flavorful winter harvest fruit. Word of this far superior orange quickly spread and a great agricultural industry was born. 

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The Friends of California Citrus Park (Non-Profit Management Corp.) is the official non-profit partner supporting the California Citrus State Historic Park. Founded in 1994 to preserve the precious citrus history located on 247 beautiful acres of land located in Riverside, California, The Friends of California Citrus Park aims to support and operate the maintenance of the park’s orange groves, citrus production, the Sunkist Center, amphitheater and group picnic event areas. Learn more at