The Riverside Date Festival and Fair are held in February. Fair-goers enjoy camel and ostrich races, a nightly musical pageant, monster trucks, concerts, and entertainment.
Dates were an unknown in the Southern California desert until 1903 when date palms were transplanted there from Algeria. Date groves in the Coachella Valley were and still are such a novelty that they became a tourist attraction.
The Fair was started as a festival to celebrate the end of the annual date harvest in the desert region. With the popularity of the date gardens, the idea was planted for the first Date Festival in 1921 and held in Indio city park.
Today the festival has hundreds of exhibits and competitions related to dates. Highlights include a Date Festival Queen and her court, monster trucks rodeo events and of course dates.
Highlights of the fair include Camel and Ostrich Races, Concerts included with the price of admission, Monster Trucks, Magic Shows, the Worlds Largest Transformer, Bull Riding, and Carnival Rides.
Riverside County Fair & Date Festival offers numerous daily activities for children such as clowns, mimes, puppet shows, and shows.
Riverside Date Festival Fair Hours
February through Sunday- Hours 10 am-10 pm
Carnival hours 11 am-10 pm Tues-Thurs and 10 am-midnight on weekends.
Parking $10 per day
Fair Admission & Discounts
Adults (13 – 54): $10 – Seniors (55+): $9 – Kids(6-12): $8 Age 5 and under FREE
Riverside Date Festival Discounts
All Veterans plus three guests free admission with ID
Special day discounts: Unlimited Carnival Rides
Tuesday – Thursday: $25
Friday – Monday: $28
Where is the Riverside Date Festival and Fair
The Riverside Date Festival and Fair are being held in Indio, California, an oasis situated in the vast California desert, approximately 130 miles east of Los Angeles.
Riverside County Fairgrounds 82-503 Hwy 111 Indio, CA 92201