About Riverside, CA

Within steps of the Riverside Convention Center and downtown hotels, guests will enjoy Main Street Riverside and its unique boutiques, restaurants & pubs, and specialty dessert shops. LIVE NATION manages two historic performing arts venues – The Fox Performing Arts Theater and the Riverside Municipal Auditorium & Events Center. It’s no wonder the nation’s most prominent business magazine named Riverside the #8 Coolest City.


Downtown Riverside offers a variety of award-winning restaurants, including a AAA Five Diamond steak house, some of Southern California’s best Mexican food, fine French cuisine, specialty Italian, full-fledged American, and specialty boutique sandwich shops.


Downtown Riverside offers the finest in boutique shops, all right outside the doors of the convention center and convention hotels.

Nightlife & Entertainment

Downtown Riverside offers the best in nightlife and entertainment, all within steps of the Riverside Convention Center and downtown hotels. A lively restaurant, bar/pub and nightclub scene is a constant in downtown Riverside, with numerous annual festivals, including the famed six-week Festival of Lights (the Top Holiday Lighting event in the United States), the Lunar Fest, and Dicken’s Festival regularly enlivening downtown.

Arts & Culture

Riverside is the cultural, entertainment and retail center of Inland Southern California, featuring a legendary collection of cultural landmarks, including Main Street’s pedestrian mall’s statues of great leaders. Downtown’s buildings are attractions in and of themselves, with even more inspiration waiting inside at spots like the Fox Performing Arts Center and the Riverside Municipal Auditorium and Events Center; the Riverside Art Museum; the National Historic Landmark Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, the Mission Inn Museum, Riverside Metropolitan Museum, and the most beautiful courthouse in America, the famed Riverside County Courthouse.


With a variety of activities to keep every visitor busy and satisfied, Riverside offers foodies an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars, pubs and local coffee houses. Shoppers enjoy Riverside’s boutique shops and national retailers, like Nordstrom. Outdoor enthusiasts bike Riverside’s historic trails, and hikers climb its famous mountains, while those looking to rest and relax do so at one of Riverside’s many specialty spas. And being the hub of Southern California, the beaches, deserts, Disneyland, and even the snow-covered mountains are only a short drive away.

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Volunteer Opportunities

As a conference volunteer, not only will you help to make the AHSIE 11th Annual Best Practices Conference a success, volunteering will help you meet new people, get recognition for yourself and your institution, as well as provide a service to the higher education community. Our opportunities are designed for a variety of interests, skills, and time commitments. Whether you’re interested in getting involved before, during, or after the conference, the opportunities below are a great way to make your mark on the 11th Annual Best Practices Conference.

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