The Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival
The 70th anniversary year of the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival, Feb 12, 21, was a tremendous success. Presented by Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, the 70th Year, had clear skies and great weather.
As always, included with the price of Fair admission, was the headliner entertainment on the weekends at the Fantasy Springs Concert Pavilion. Starting off the Fair, Latino music superstar Ezequiel Peña took the stage on Saturday, February 13th. Country artist Trace Adkins performed on Valentine’s Day. His trademark baritone has powered countless hits to the top of the charts and sold over 10 million albums, cumulatively. Morris Day and the Time wowed the crowds with hits like “Jungle Love” and “The Bird” on Friday, February 19th. KC and the Sunshine Band rocked the house with disco favorites like “That's the Way (I Like It)", on Saturday, February 20th. And of course, we had the always popular Super Fiesta on closing Sunday, February 21st.
Daily on the fairgrounds, entertainment was scheduled from open to close. Live magic acts, hypnotist shows, cooking shows, comedians, performers, and interactive exhibits are available every day. New in 2016, and crowd pleasers, were the Butterfly Encounter and meet and greet with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Other favorites were Hilby the German Juggle Boy, Karaoke with Freddie Prez, the Marvelous Mutts, and the Nightly Musical Pageant. Let’s not forget about the ever-popular Camel & Ostrich races, you never know what will happen at this hilarious and unpredictable event!
Fair goers enjoyed date shakes, cinnamon rolls topped with dates, deep fried dates wrapped in bacon and let’s not forget Pink’s delicious and very unique Indio Date Dog.
Hope you’ll come join us for a fabulous 71st year, February 17-26!
2017 Vendor Applications Coming Soon!
Applications for Merchants, Concessions, Market Place Village, Independent Amusements & Suppliers
2017 Competition Handbook available October 31st 2016
Every year, our spectacular Fair has drawn some of the best agriculture, livestock, homemade goods, and art exhibits that our Riverside County residents have to offer.