Next month the 2016 Riverside County Fair & National Date festival will roll into the Indio, California. This year marks the 70th annual event which has been one of the longest running premiere events in the southern California area. The festival is in addition to the Riverside county fair that runs alongside the fruit date festival. The scheduled dates for this event is February 12-21, 2016.
New this year will be a Butter Fly encounter exhibit that will get you up close and personal over 200 butterfly's with 6 different species. Trace Adkins and Latino music sensation Ezequiel Peña. Eziquiel Pena will perform on Friday, February 13th and Trace Adkins will be taking the stage on Sunday, February 14th (Valentines Day). Later in the week Morris Day and the Time will be performing their hits on Friday, February 19th. And Floridas own KC and the Sunshine Band will take you back to those groovy tunes of the 70's on Saturday, February 20th. The musical performance wraps up with the ever so popular Super Fiesta on Sunday the 21st.
Not only musical performances, but the date festival has many other venues and events that you will need to see. Events include monster trucks, demolition derby, a meet and great with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a German juggler and even a camel & ostrich race that always is fun to watch. A must see is the miniature train exhibit. This train exhibit is so big and so detailed... it should have it's own zip code. You can walk around this thing for days and never see the same thing twice. The kids will love the train exhibit and highly recommended. They expanded it last year and even made it bigger!
The food vendors at the event always bring their A-game with many date featured entrees to taste. Date Shakes are plentiful followed by fried wrapped bacon medjools and a hotdog that features dates. My go-to treat is the cinnamon rolls that they cover with delicious dates. The sweetest and most delicious cinnamon roll you could imagine.
A full calendar of events for the 2016 Riverside County Date Festival can be viewed HERE<
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