A Ride at the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival
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FEBRUARY

Riverside County Fair & Date Festival

Want a date? You’re guaranteed to get one at this Coachella Valley extravaganza honouring the sweet, sticky fruits of local date palms. Sip creamy date shakes (said to be one of the best ways to chill out in the desert), cheer on your favourite teams at the camel and ostrich races, and get pumped up at monster truck and demolition derby contests. There’s plenty of local entertainment under the desert sun and stars, too. And, if you want to know more about dates, there are plenty of experts on hand to tell you about this remarkable food.