Indio is the largest of the nine primary cities in the Coachella Valley. Indio hosts numerous festivals and special events annually including the famous “Coachella Fest” and The Date Festival at the County Fairgrounds. The County Fairgrounds hosts additional concerts, rodeos and other special events.
Two major annual festivals are the National Date Festival and the Indio International Tamale Festival. The Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival is held each February at the Riverside County Fairgrounds, located on Highway 111 in the heart of Indio. Since 1947, this festival has celebrated the date fruit crop of the Coachella Valley. The Tamale Festival is held each December on the streets of Old Town.
The Empire Polo Club is home of several events including Polo Matches, The Desert Circuit Horse Showwhich is one of the nation’s largest horse competitions held at the Polo Grounds from January through Marchand the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The Coachella Fest annual festival along with Stage Coach have become two of the largest music festivals in the U.S.
Indio is also the site of the annual Southwest Arts Festival, the Cabazon Indian National Pow Wow, the Palm Springs Kennel Club’s Annual Dog Show and Rhythm, Wine and Brews Festival at the Empire Polo Club, Heritage Festival at the Coachella Valley History Museum and the Family Motor Coach Association’s Annual Western Region RV Rally at the Fairgrounds.