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The Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival


Save the Date for a fabulous 71st year, February 17-26, 2017! The 70th Anniversary year of the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival, February 12th - 21st 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.


2017 Vendor Applications

Applications for Merchants, Concessions, Market Place Village, Independent Amusements & Suppliers

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2017 Competition Handbook Available - Monday, November 7, 2016

The link to our online system for accepting entries is activated beginning Thursday, December 1, 2016. The last day to submit your entry is Saturday, January 21, 2017. Please do not wait until the last day to enter.

Presented by Supervisor John J. Benoit's Youth Advisory Council

Battle of the Bands  Sponsored by MUSIC DEPOT LA Your One-Stop Shop

DESCRIPTION: Seven local bands will compete for $5,000 worth of equipment at the 2017 Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival on Saturday, February 18. Contestants will be judged on technical performance, originality of songs, professionalism, stage presence, vocals and audience reaction. PRIZES: The winning band will be awarded two guitars, one bass guitar, two amplifiers and a full drum set. Second and third place will receive recognition trophies. ELIGIBILITY: Open to Riverside County residents. All band members must be 26 years old or younger. 

2017 Battle of the Bands Application  The application deadline is Monday, January 23, 2017. 


Community Stage Applications

Group Performances & Vocal Competition

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Extra Value Days

Extra Value Days at the Fair!

The Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival is pleased to announce its extra value days giving fairgoers even more bang for their buck! Click here for more info!


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