POLO SEASON IN INDIO
Indio transforms into an international destination for Polo beginning in January and continuing through the start of April. You can experience the “Sport of Kings” at two internationally recognized venues locally, Empire Polo Club and Eldorado Polo Club. Tickets available for purchase.
Begins in January
KENNEL CLUB OF PALM SPRINGS DOG SHOW
The Kennel Club of Palm Springs annually hosts one of the most prestigious dog shows in the world and is considered the opening event of the dog show year in the west coast. The Bradshaw Family tradition of superintending dog shows started in 1898 with Jack Bradshaw, and continues through four generations of their family. The tradition continues at Empire Polo Club with the acclaimed Palm Springs Kennel Club Dog Show. Tickets available for purchase.
FAMILY MOTOR COACH ASSOCIATION WESTERN AREA RALLY IN INDIO
The Family Motor Coach Association’s Annual Western Rally is held in January at the Riverside County Fairgrounds. This 5-day event brings nearly 20,000 visitors to Indio. With approximately 109,000 members, the FMCA is the world’s largest motor-home owners group. Participants gather to socialize, view exhbits, attend seminars, and enjoy quality entertainment.
SAND STORM LACROSSE FESTIVAL IN INDIO
The Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival is the premier co-ed lacrosse event. This is a three-day Lacrosse Competition and is a co-ed lacrosse event power packed with competitive club teams from across North America. Teams are comprised of middle and high school players and are slated to compete on 60 fields in the 2019 event. The event is free and open to the public, and is held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio.
SOUTHWEST ARTS FESTIVAL INDIO
The Southwest Arts Festival is held every year at the Empire Polo Club. The art festival continues to evolve and attract high caliber artists each year. With over 240 artists, visitors will see a variety of traditional, contemporary, and abstract works of fine art. Tickets available for purchase.
RIVERSIDE COUNTY FAIR & NATIONAL DATE FESTIVAL
The Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival started as a festival to celebrate the end of the annual date harvest in the desert region, the major commercial date-producing area in the Western Hemisphere. With the popularity of the date gardens, the idea was planted for the first Date Festival in 1921 to be held in Indio’s city park. In 1940, Riverside County purchased the present fairgrounds it now calls home. For over 70 years, the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival has thrilled people with family fun that includes rides, parades, and shows. Today the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival is focused on providing amazing entertainment and affordable fun to area residents. The annual Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival occurs every February. Tickets available for purchase.
RHYTHM, WINE & BREWS EXPERIENCE IN INDIO
Rhythm, Wine & Brews Experience has a vibe you can feel, transforming the Coachella Valley into an oasis for those in search of a good time, music, beer and wine. Music is only part of the experience, boasting craft beers and unique wine blends. Guests are offered a chance to sip on the classics and find a new favorite during the tasting portion of the event. RWB Experience is truly a unique event. Tickets available for purchase.
This annual event at the world famous Coachella Valley History Museum celebrates Indio’s pioneers and highlights the history of the Coachella Valley that started in Indio. Families gather to enjoy live entertainment, quilt making, woodcarving, and much more! Admission is free.
COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL
MTV recently declared what has been known for some time now – “Coachella has secured its place among the most well-known festivals in the world.” Held annually at the 330-acre Empire Polo Club in the beautiful Southern California desert, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is one of the most critically acclaimed music festivals in the world, six times selected by Pollstar as the “Festival of the Year” and has made Indio the No. 1 City in the United States for Live Music by Matador Network. Coachella mixes some of the most groundbreaking artists from all genres of music along with a substantial selection of art installations from all over the world. Artists have included: Rage Against the Machine, Radiohead, Daft punk, Coldplay, Tool, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Cure, Beastie Boys, Oasis, The Pixies, Madonna, Roger Waters, Prince, Kendrick Lamar, Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga and Beyoncé. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is held on two weekends every April at the Empire Polo Club in Indio.
STAGECOACH CALIFORNIA’S COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Stagecoach California’s Country Music Festival takes place over three days every April at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. The annual country celebration draws the biggest names in country music. Known not only for showcasing big stars, the festival has drawn acclaim for staying true to its country roots as well. Billboard recently applauded the festival for not being “limited to the groups that have a heavy radio presence: it makes an effort to show country’s breadth and depth. A number of prominent figures from previous generations are playing.”
TASTE OF INDIO
Don’t miss one of the best Taste events in the Valley! Taste of Indio will take place at Jackalope Ranch. This is one of the Coachella Valley’s finest culinary experiences giving attendees the opportunity to taste food and drinks from Indio and across the East Valley as well as enjoy live entertainment. Local restaurants are on hand serving ample portions to those fortunate to attend. After sampling, libations and live music cap off a beautiful evening in the gardens. Tickets available for purchase.
CAR, STARS & ROCK ‘N’ ROLL & BBQ FESTIVAL
Cars, Stars & Rock ‘n’ Roll offers a unique festival concept that combines both music concerts and food, which Indio is already known for, with a classic car show and auction. World Champion auctioneer Rod Burnett will host the live auction along with emcee Brett Wagner who has appeared on the Speed Channel and Monster Garage. The event will also host Indio’s annual California BBQ State Championship & Festival previously held at the Lights at Indio Golf Course. The BBQ State Championships & Festival is a sanctioned championship event, judged by certified KCBS (Kansas City Barbeque Society) judges with points awarded towards a coveted California State Title. The event annually draws professional Pitmasters from across the United States to compete for more than $10,000 in prize money. The event will be held at the Big Rock Pub/Indian Springs Golf Course in Indio. Tickets available for purchase.
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
Celebrate Mexican American heritage and experience this long-standing tradition of honoring loved ones at the Coachella Valley History Museum. Imagine that once a year heaven’s gate opens up to reunite the spirits of the deceased with those of the living. This wonderful holiday is joyful, colorful and is meant to celebrate and honor people who have died. During the celebration at the History Museum enjoy dinner, silent auction, art, tequila tasting and live entertainment. Tickets available for purchase.
The Cabazon Indio Powwow is held at the Fantasy Springs Special Events Center in Indio. Visitors can join dancers in the arena during selected times to participate in a non-competitive inter-tribal dance. Those visiting the Indio Powwow will have an opportunity to taste Native American foods such as fry bread and shop among vendors for jewelry, weavings and other types of Native American arts. Tickets available for purchase.
INDIO INTERNATIONAL TAMALE FESTIVAL
Created in 1992, the Indio International Tamale Festival has become an annual celebration for foodies across Southern California and beyond. The rich heritage of the tamale, consistent community support and hardworking tamale makers have created a tremendous festival. Recently, the Food Network-TV ranked the Indio International Tamale Festival in the top 10 “All-American Food Festivals” in the nation! Held annually in December, the festival is free to attend. The event is held in downtown Indio right in the heart of the city.