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Events

PALM SPRINGS KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW


The Palm Springs Kennel Club Dog Show, a four day event, is the second-largest confirmation show in the country. About 150 + AKC-recognized breeds, some of which are rarely seen by the public, compete for the top honors. Top winning dogs come from all over to compete for championship points, as well as the coveted Group and Best-in-Show awards. There is also an Obedience and Rally Competition.

Venue: Empire Polo Club 81-800 Avenue 51, Indio, CA 92201             

Date: January 6, 7, 8, 9, .

(323) 727-0136

FAMILY MOTOR COACH ASSOCIATION WESTERN AREA RALLY

The Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) is an international organization for families who own and enjoy the recreational use of motorhomes. With approximately 109,000 active member families, FMCA is the world's largest motorhome owners group.

The Family Motor Coach Association's annual Western Region Rally is held in January at the Riverside County Fairgrounds with 2,000 motor coaches converging on Indio for a four-day event.

Venue: Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival Fairgrounds 82-503 Highway 111, Indio, CA 92201

Date: January 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 .

(800) 543-3622        
www.fmca.com

Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival

Sand Storm Lacrosse festival is a two-day event, organized by Synapse Sports and held at the fabulous Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. It has become the preeminent club tournament on the West Coast.   
The tournament will feature a record 65 teams in three girls divisions (Middle School, JV and Varsity) and four boys divisions (Youth/Under-13, Middle School/U15, High School/U17 and Elite/U19).   

teams hail from Arizona, California, Colorado, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington. In addition, many of the best athletes from their region will be competing on one of 6 teams representing XTEAM, a national lacrosse club that works to help girls from non-traditional areas actualize their dream of playing lacrosse in college.  XTEAM girls come from over 20 different states and annually use Sand Storm as their key winter training, recruiting and year-end celebration weekend.        

 

Venue: Empire Polo Club I 81-800 Avenue 51, Indio, CA 92201

Date: January 15, 16 .

(410) 573-1414       
www.synapsesports.com

BOB HOPE CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT

The PGA Tour's annual visit to the desert continues with the 52 nd edition of the Bob Hope Classic. Played at four courses in LA Quinta: SilverRock, La Quinta Country Club and the Arnold Palmer Private and Nicklaus Private at PGA West, the Bob Hope Classic debuted in 1960

Venue: 39000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA. 39000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA.

Date: January 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 .

(888) 672 4673 -672-4673
www.bhcc.com

SOUTHWEST ARTS FESTIVAL
Organized by the Indio Chamber of Commerce, the Southwest Arts Festival features over 270 acclaimed artists showing traditional, contemporary and abstract fine works of art and quality crafts including Southwestern art, bronze sculpture, glass, jewelry, basketry, pottery and wearable art . The 23-year old Festival is a major, internationally recognized cultural Event and has earned a well-deserved reputation as the largest outdoor marketplace in the Coachella Valley area. The Southwest Arts Festival is one of North America's premier art shows and Sunshine Artist, America's Premier Art and Craft Show Magazine, has listed it in their Top 100 “Best Predominately Fine Art & Design Shows.” .

Fans of the festival annually look forward to enjoying the desert's warm winter weather, a scrumptious variety of food, full-service cocktail areas and sounds of Native American flutes and romantic New Age music. The festival's reputation continues to grow due to the caliber of acclaimed artists, such as Jane Seymour, actress and philanthropist, and Santa Fe, New Mexico artist Amado M. Pena, Jr. (internationally renowned for his angular profile images of people of Spanish and Indian heritage). The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians, along with the Chamber, has sponsored the posters since 1995.

Venue: Empire Polo Club

Date: January 28, 29, 30 . 10am – 5pm

(760) 347-0676
www.southwestartsfest.com

HITS (Horse Shows in the Sun)

Thermal is the new west coast home for Horse Shows in the Sun (HITS), which moved from Indio. The new Thermal Desert Circuit Horse Show offers 12 Grand Prix classes, with purses ranging from $30,000 to $150,000. Spectators witness the world's most famous equestrian riders and magnificent horses jump the highest jumps at the fastest speeds. As many as 3,000 horses and their auxiliary staff descend upon the Valley for six to seven weeks for the duration of this famous hunter-jumper event, the economy feels the impact, with bustling hotel rooms and restaurants in the east end of the Valley and booming retail business.

Venue: HITS Desert Horse Park 85-555 Airport Blvd. | Thermal, CA 92274

Date: January 25 – March 13 .

(760) 775-7731
www.hitsshows.com

RIVERSIDE COUNTY FAIR & NATIONAL DATE FESTIVAL

The "City of Festivals" has been home to the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival for more than 60 years. It is one of the oldest and most unique fairs in the West. The event was held in 1947 to celebrate the successful date crop. The Coachella Valley still ranks as one of the largest producers of dates in the world. The 10-day event always opens on the Friday before Presidents Day and features more than 7,000 fair exhibits and exotic date festivities. A colorful parade is held on Presidents Day, which is always a Monday. The fair attracts more than 270,000 visitors of all ages and interests. Notable features of the event include: the Nightly Arabian Nights Pageant (started in 1948, the first pageant was held on the outdoor Pageant Stage, which is still the centerpiece of the fairgrounds today); ostrich and camel races; Presidents Day Parade; 7,000 exhibits; blessing of the dates ceremony; contests; tasty date treats; top- name entertainment and a carnival.

Come and enjoy Southern California's most exotic winter event with a thousand-and-one sights, a magical experience for the entire family!


Venue: Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival Fairgrounds 82-503 Highway 111, Indio, CA 92201

Date: February 18 - 27,

(760) 863-8247
www.datefest.org

MARCH

BNP Paribas Open

While the desert owes much of its global presence to golf, for two weeks in March tennis reigns supreme. The BNP Paribas Open held at Indian Wells Tennis Garden won this year's Best of the Best Professional Sporting Event in a landslide. Informally known as the West Coast Slam, this prestigious tennis event draws the world's top players to Indian Wells to compete in one of only a handful of tournaments featuring male and female professionals. Last year's attendance of approximately 340,000 made it the first tournament outside of the Grand Slams to pass the 300,000 mark. Tennis lovers came out in droves to watch winners Ivan Ljubicic and Jelena Jankovic battle a field of fierce competitors that included Andy Roddick, Roger Federer, and Caroline Wozniack.

 

 

Venue: Indian Wells Tennis Garden 78200 Miles Ave. Indian Wells, CA 92210 778200DD

Date: March 7 – 20,

(760) 200 8000

www.bnpparibasopen.org

 

 

HERITAGE DAY - CV HISTORICAL MUSEUM & CULTURAL CENTER

This will mark the 5th Annual celebration of Indio's Pioneers. Bring the family and enjoy the sights and sounds that made Indio what it is today. Also come and enjoy live entertainment, quilt making, wood carving and much more exciting activities.

 

Venue:

Date: March 27,


(760) 342-6551
www.coachellavalleymuseum.org

U92.7 BIRTHDAY BASH

U92.7 is having a birthday bash! They will be celebrating in a big way by bringing their listeners a show they will never forget. U92.7 will host an all day/all ages alcohol free, smoke free concert with their hottest artist performing.

Venue: Riverside County Fairgrounds

Date: March 27,


(760) 322-7890
www.927kkuu.com

April

COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is a three-day annual music and arts festival. The event features many genres of music including alternative rock, hip hop, and electronic music as well as large sculptural art. The event has several stages/tents set-up throughout the grounds, each playing live music continuously. The Festival draws more than 150,000 fans and Rolling Stone Magazine's endorsement as "The best American rock festival" and England's NME's enthusiastic nod as "probably the best festival in the world!" Fans from England, France, Italy and other countries come for the music, art and short films.

Venue: Empire Polo Club 81-800 Avenue 51, Indio, CA 92201             

Date: April 15, 16, 17

(760) xxxxxxx
www.coachella.com

COACHELLA VALLEY STAGECOACH COUNTRY FESTIVAL

Coachella Valley Stagecoach Country Country Festival is a two-day annual event featuring a mix of artists from the genres of mainstream country, bluegrass, folk, roots rock and alt-country performing in three distinct performance areas, but it also attracts the biggest names in modern country as headliners. Alongside the wide variety of musical option concert-goers will experience a weekend of fun for the entire family. In just two years, Stagecoach has joined the ranks of top U.S. destination festivals. The Los Angeles Times noted: “Stagecoach brought an impressively wide range of performers together across its three stages: young and old, mainstream and fringe, traditional and experimental…The talent lineup also tested the limits of what defines country music.”

USA Today said Stagecoach has “found a national identity…on the same polo field as the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.”

And the Orange County Register added, “Stagecoach…should be considered a smashing success. Indeed, years from now this second outing may be viewed as the turning point for the budding Americana monolith…The achievement of this year's three-day and more rock-embracing Stagecoach, however, is much more significant. It has proven that a refined, downscaled (yet in other ways expanded) version of that concept can become every bit as much an eagerly anticipated cornucopia as its sister festival has been for years.”

This country festival, a two-day event in April, hopes to draw more than 110,000 fans.

 

 

 

 

Venue: Empire Polo Club 81-800 Avenue 51, Indio, CA 92201             

Date: April 30 – May 1,


(866) YEE-HAW8
www.stagecoachfestival.com

May

Joshua Tree Music Festival

The Joshua Tree Music event features an eclectic mix of indie bands, world music, electronic acts, acoustic performers and jam bands on two stages around a small lake.

 

 

 

Venue: Joshua Tree Lake Campground, Sunburst Road, Joshua Tree

Date: May 13, 14, 15

(877) 327 6265
www.joshuatreemusicfestival.com

 

October

Joshua Tree Roots Festival

The Joshua Tree Roots event features an eclectic mix of indie bands, world music, electronic acts, acoustic performers and jam bands on two stages around a small lake.

 

Venue: Joshua Tree Lake Campground, Sunburst Road, Joshua Tree

Date: October 8, 9

(877) 327 6265
www.joshuatreemusicfestival.com

 

NOVEMBER

RIVERSIDE COUNTY SQUARE & ROUND DANCE FESTIVAL

This year will be the 15th anniversary of the festival held at the county fairgrounds in Indio. Over 1,000 Square and Round Dancers from 7 states converge on the fairgrounds in Indio, CA, to dance at RIVCO, the Riverside County Square & Round Dance Festival each November, making it one of the largest festivals in the world.

Square dancing was offered at the Plus, A1, A2, and C1 levels.  Rounds were available at Phase II thru V.  The square dance callers were Tony Oxendine (NC), Wade Driver (TX), Marshall Flippo (AZ), Mike Sikorsky (AZ), Johnny Preston (CA), Gary Shoemake (TN), and Ken Bower (CA).  The round dance cuers were Chuck & Sandi Weiss (AZ), and Bob & Eileen Silvia (CA).

 

 

Venue: National Date Festival Fairgrounds, 6350 Arabia Street, Indio, CA

Date: November 10 – 13,

(865) 453 9382
www.rivcosquaredance.com

 

POLO

Horse lovers are thrilled by the speed, power and grace of the magnificent horses at the Empire Polo Club and Eldorado Polo Club, two of the finest polo clubs in the country. From November through April, world-class polo draws top riders and horses from all over the globe for a winter season of championship events amid a spectacular backdrop of desert and mountain beauty.

Because it is home to two of America's finest polo facilities, Indio is known as the Polo Capital of the West. The Empire Polo Club secured a spot in polo history when it hosted the first 40-goal tournament played in the United States. Eldorado Polo Club, described as “An Oasis of Polo”, dates back more than 50 years and has hosted virtually every major U.S. tournament. The club has attracted international players including Prince Phillip and Prince Charles., horses, and enthusiasts to the region to experience the “Sport of Kings” against the backdrop of desert palms and the Santa Rosa mountains.

After playing separately for several years, the two facilities have now combined to form the Pacific Coast Polo Center, the world's largest club, with 12 tournament polo fields and stabling for more than 1,000 horses.

 

 

 

2 VENUES:

Eldorado Polo Club
50-950 Madison St. 760-342-2223. www.eldoradopoloclub.com

Empire Polo Club
81-800 Ave. 51. 760-342-2762. www.empirepolo.com

DATE: November – April 2012

 

 

 

 

INDIO POWWOW

The annual Indio Powwow, held during Thanksgiving weekend each November, is a gathering in which Native Americans from many tribes come together to dance, sing and visit friends and family. See the beauty, pageantry and tradition in a colorful kaleidoscope of Native American dances. Hundreds of dancers and singers representing tribes from throughout the United States and Canada perform in front of thousands of spectators. Browse the many Native American arts and crafts booths and enjoy Native foods. The Indio Powwow is an event that should be experienced through all the senses—so come and immerse yourself in the experience.

 

 

Venue: FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT & CASINO 84-245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio, CA.

Date: November 24 – 27,

(760) 238 5770
www.cabazonindians-nsn. gov

 

DECEMBER

INTERNATIONAL TAMALE FESTIVAL

The Annual Indio International Tamale Festival is held the first weekend of December on the streets of Downtown Indio. It has grown from a half-day event that drew 2,500 people, to an event that now attracts over 125,000 over the two-day event. Approximately 70 tamale vendors selling all types of tamales (traditional, gourmet, dessert such as strawberry, chocolate, date and raisin) will collectively sell over 250,000 tamales during the festival, making Indio the Tamale Capital of the Nation!

Activities and entertainment include a carnival, rides, games, inflatable bouncers, rock climbing, a best tamales competition with trophies in several categories and a tamale-eating contest with awards for those who eat the most. There is continuous music and dance throughout the festival on four different stages. A variety of acts are featured that include local and professional dancers, singers and musicians.

The festival provides free parking, admission and entertainment for everyone. Parking is available on the streets around the downtown area, various lots in the area and also at the Larson Justice Center, where a free shuttle is available.

Come and spend some time with us during the first weekend in December in our warm, winter sunshine. There is plenty of excitement and tamales, tamales, tamales! For more information, call the City of Indio Events Office at 760-391-4175.

Venue: Downtown Indio . between Highway 111 and Indio Boulevard and fills-in the streets of Miles, Towne, Smurr & Requa

Date: December 3, 4


(760) 391-4175
www.tamalefestival.net

City of Festivals: Indio California

RECREATION:

Outdoor Fun and Recreation:
Polo Capital of the World

The sky's the limit for local recreational opportunities. Whether it's indoor, outdoor or outback, there's a wealth of activities for all ages.

Located within the golf capital of the world, Indio offers both private and public championship courses. The world-renowned Landmark Golf Club, now the Golf Club at Terra Logo, hosted The Skins Game for several years.

Explore the spectacle of nature's desert beauty on guided jeep tours. You can follow a more personal route cycling and walking along ancient trails. Or simply float above it all on a hot air balloon adventure and gaze down on the emerald courses, topaz pools and terra cotta rooftops.

The equestrian lifestyle abounds in the private ranches and polo fields. Whatever your pleasure, you're sure to find it under the eternal sunshine or soft moonlit nights in Indio.

Top Eight Attractions in Indio

1. Festivals and Events
2. Casinos
3. Authentic Mexican Restaurants
4. Golf Clubs and Resorts
5. Coachella Valley Museum and Cultural Center
6. Polo and other Equestrian Events
7. Agricultural and other Educational and Scenic Tours
8. Historic Murals

Public Tennis Courts

Indio High School
Six lighted courts. 760-775-3550.

Indian Wells Tennis Garden
20 hard courts; six lighted and two clay courts. 760-200-8200.

The Polo Capital of the West

Horse lovers are thrilled by the speed, power and grace of the magnificent horses at the Empire Polo Club and Eldorado Polo Club, two of the finest polo clubs in the country. From November through April, world-class polo draws top riders and horses from all over the globe for a winter season of championship events amid a spectacular backdrop of desert and mountain beauty.

Because it is home to two of America's finest polo facilities, Indio is known as the Polo Capital of the West. The Empire Polo Club, located at Avenue 50 and Monroe Street, secured a spot in polo history when it hosted the first 40-goal tournament played in the United States. Eldorado Polo Club, located at Avenue 50 and Madison Street, dates back more than 50 years and has hosted virtually every major U.S. tournament.

After playing separately for several years, the two facilities have now combined to form the Pacific Coast Polo Center, the world's largest club, with 12 tournament polo fields and stabling for more than 1,000 horses.

 

Today, although both facilities remain separately owned, polo is played under the Eldorado name. High-goal polo dominates the winter season, but the sharing of fields also enables an expanded schedule to accommodate both professional and amateur players. The public is invited to enjoy polo matches every Sunday.

In addition to polo, the fields of both facilities are used for other major events, ranging from elaborate corporate entertainment extravaganzas to musical concerts that draw crowds of more than 50,000. Since 2001, it has been the home of the Southwest Arts Festival®.

Eldorado Polo Club
50-950 Madison St. 760-342-2223. Local/international, amateur/professional players compete in matches November–April. 14 fields.

Empire Polo Club
81-800 Ave. 51. 760-342-2762. Top-level polo, rodeos, balloon festivals, concerts and more. On-site catering and restaurant.

 




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