Indio is known as The City of Festivals. The festivals provide entertainment to the local population and attract visitors to our valley. Festival attendance is in excess of a half-million visitors annually.
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"Polo Capital of the West"
The Pacific Coast Polo Center, the world's largest club, is actually a combination of The Empire Polo Club and the Eldorado Polo Club. The club boasts 12 tournament polo fields capable of stabling more than 1,000 horses. Here you will see professional and amateur polo players. The public is invited to enjoy polo matches every Sunday of the season. The facilities host other functions such as music concerts, the Southwest Arts Festival and private functions.
Palm Springs Kennel Club Dog Show
Second largest conformation show in the country. This four-day event is held on the grounds of the Empire Polo Club.
The Southwest Arts Festival®
Empire Polo Forum
This judged and juried North American art showevent is sponsored and managed by the Indio Chamber of Commerce. In September 2003 the festival was recognized by Sunshine Artist magazine, well respected in the world of art. Come to the festival and you will hear music played on the Native American flute, the strains of guitar music and gaiety filling the air.
RED, WHITE, AND BLUE POLO AND BALLOON FESTIVAL
Eldorado Polo Club
This star-studded weekend features celebrities on the polo field and about the greens. Admission is free with a donation to our Service men and women's families.
Indio International Tamale Festival
Old Town Indio
USA Today recognized this festival as one of the top 10 Regional Festivals in the nation. Other recognition has appeared in such magazines as Bon Appétit, Saveur, Sunset, and Readers. The New York Times, Huell Howser show, A&E and the Food Channel have also given it rave revues. Are you hungry?...you better be if you come to the festival! It is reported 300,000 tamales are now sold at the two-day food event. At its inception the festival was a half-day event with attendance of 2,500. Today, somewhere about 175,000 folks attend annually. You will enjoy the entertainment found on several stages. There are pony rides and petting zoo for the kids.
Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival
This festival, premiering in 1942, was original called a fiesta instead of a festival. It is one of the oldest found in the West and spans a full 10 days. The original purpose was to celebrate another successful date crop. It soon took on a life of its own. Visitors thrill to the annual parade held on Presidents' Day. It has been reported that more than 270,000 people attend-get there early!
The Powwows in Indio are sponsored by the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians' Reservation. The wonderful experiences here help to preserve the Indian culture and introduce non-members to the culture. Native American arts and crafts, jewelry, and leather items can be enjoyed while you are among dancers and singers that join the event from U.S., Mexico and Canada. Be sure not to miss this one!
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It is wonderful to meet your neighbors and new friends at this event while enjoying games and activities for the entire family.
Put on your dancing shoes and dance to the music. Enjoy the salsa tasting and contagious fun.
Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
Rolling Stone magazine has declared this as “the best American rock festival” and NME of England even more strongly said “probably the best festival in the world!” More than 55,000 people have attended this two-day alternative rock, European-style event anually. Once there fans can enjoy short films, music and art. Why don’t you join them?
Fourth of July Festival
Come and celebrate America's Birthday with fireworks, food and good old-fashion fun for the entrie family on The Fourth of July!
Family Motor Coach Association Western Area Rally
Eldorado Polo Club
"Polo Capital of the West”
The is purported to be the world’s largest polo club. It is actually a combination of The Empire Polo Club and Eldorado Polo club. The club boasts 12 tournament polo fields capable of stabling more that 1,000 horses. Here you will see professional and amateur polo players. The public is invited to enjoy polo matches every Sunday. The facilities host other functions such as music concerts, Southwest Arts Festival®, and private functions.