Date Festival and Riverside County Fair,
Indio Date Festival & Riverside
County Fair Feb. 15 -24, 2013 datefest.org
Indio Date Festival
and Riverside County Fair includes
Llamas, Dairy Goats, Poultry; Camel &
Ostrich Races; WGAS Motorsports Monster
Trucks, concerts, contests, games, food,
and a carnival with midway action. It's
one of the best fairs in California
because of its location and "date".
Address: Riverside County Fairgrounds,
82-503 Hwy 111, Indio, CA 92201. Tel:
(800) 811-FAIR or (760) 863-8247.
INDIO, CALIF.--It's a festival- no, it's a fair. It's
far and wide as the one event in
California to celebrate distant lands,
the Indio Date Festival is held in honor
of the region's top producer, dates.
Restaurants drive to the desert to
purchase date paste for their shakes
served in Greek restaurants, smoothie
bars, and old-time California drink &
What's special about this
Date Festival event isn't
just the fact that it also is the
Fair (held at the Fairgrounds,) but the
entertainment includes blessing of the
dates, and award-winning Arabian Nights
Musical Pageant each year on the Pageant
Stage. An entertaining show that mingles
contemporary humor with classic
folklore, magic and mystery are at the
heart of "Aladdin and the Heart of Agrabah".
And the queen of the fair-- she is Queen Sheherazade
and she comes with a Court!
The Date Festival and Fair began in
1921 and developed an international
theme that includes annual Camel Races.
In addition to the pageantry, there
is plenty of traditional fair
celebrating in the California desert.
Indio is located in the located in the Colorado Desert
125 miles east of Los Angeles. It is
also east of Palm Springs and for anyone
who's visited Southern California, you
know that the desert regions get smoking
hot in the summer. That's why fairs and
festivals are held in the spring or late
fall & winter.
The Coachella Valley destination of
Southern California known for dates,
enjoys a huge attendance at the fair
event. Beach and mountain dwellers grow
weary of the the cold, and head for the
desert to get a taste of sunshine and
warm shirt sleeve weather during the
finest month ever--February. Indio has over 100 days per year of 100+ degrees Fahrenheit
temperatures but in February the average temperature is around 75