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Riverside County Fair & Date Festival

February 12 - 21

INDIO, Calif – The Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival is pleased to announce larger than life entertainment! All concerts are included with the price of general admission.

The Fair runs February 12-21. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 10:00 p.m. Purchase your tickets early and receive them at a discounted price: $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, $7 for youth, $7 for group tickets or bus tours (minimum of 25), and $22 for Unlimited Carnival Ride Wristbands.

2016 entertainers include:

  • Ezequiel Peña, Saturday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. His hits include: “Yo Vendo Unos Ojos Verdes” and “Orgullo Ranchero.”

  • Trace Adkins, Sunday, February 14 at 7:30 p.m. Trace has sold over 10 million albums, cumulatively. His hit list includes: “You're Gonna Miss This,” “Ladies Love Country Boys,” “Songs About Me,” “Every Light In The House,” “Hillbilly Bone (Blake Shelton & Trace Adkins),” and “Just Fishin.”

  • Morris Day and the Time and Sheila E Friday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m. Morris’ hit tracks such as "Jerk Out" and "Jungle Love.” Sheila E is a singer, world-class drummer, and percussionist Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter behind the seminal hits “The Glamorous Life” and “A Love Bizarre.” She will open for Morris Day and the Time.

  • KC & the Sunshine Band, Saturday, February 20 at 7:30 p.m. Four of their albums have gone Platinum or higher. Hits include: "That's the Way (I Like It)," "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty," "I'm Your Boogie Man," "Keep It Comin' Love," "Get Down Tonight," "Boogie Shoes," "Please Don't Go" and "Give It Up."

  • Super Fiesta, Sunday, February 21 , 3:00 p.m. Featuring: Pedro Rivera with Banda Los Incomparables de Tijuana and Mariachi Alma de Jalisco.

Extra Value Days

The Fair will feature several extra value days giving fairgoers even more bang for their buck! Value Days include:

  • Opening Day – Friday, February 12 – Free admission from 10:00 a.m. - Noon

  • Canada Day – Tuesday, February 16 – Canadian residents will be admitted into the Fair for FREE with proof of residency (valid passport, license or identification card).

  • KMIR Day – Also on Tuesday, February 16 – KMIR viewers will get in to the Fair at a $4 discount with the mention of a key phrase to the ticket sellers. Tune in to KMIR for the money saving details.

  • Kids’ Days – Tuesday through Thursday 3:00 p.m. to close – One child free per paid adult.

  • Waste Resources Wednesday, February 17 – Free admission when you bring in electronic waste items (See a list of devices online).

  • O’Reilly Day – Thursday, February 18 – Visit your local O’Reilly Auto Parts store for more information.

  • Fantasy $5 Friday – Friday, February 19 – All day admission $5, sponsored by Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.

  • JFK Day – Saturday, February 20 – “Keeping You Healthy & Moving” – First 500 Fairgoers will receive a pedometer (limit one per family).

  • Veterans plus three guests are admitted free every day with proper identification.

Included with General Admission

Also included with the price of general admission are fair favorite entertainment including:

  • Camel & Ostrich Races

  • Bull Riding

  • Monster Trucks

  • Demolition Derby

  • Hypnotist Show

  • Marvelous Mutts Show

  • Nightly Musical Pageant

  • Ag Adventure land

  • Butterfly Exhibit

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

For more information, call 800.811.FAIR or visit where you can buy and print your Fair tickets at home.

The 70th Annual Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival is presented by Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, the desert’s leader in gaming and entertainment.

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