74th annual Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival headliners announced

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INDIO, Calif. — Get ready as the 74th annual Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival makes its way to Indio, Calif., February 14th – 23rd.

Gates are open 10:00 am-10:00 pm from Friday-Monday and noon-10:00 pm Tuesday-Thursday. Purchase your tickets early to take advantage of discounted prices. For more information, call 1.800.811.FAIR or visit www.datefest.org where you can conveniently purchase and print your Fair tickets from home.

For 74 years, families have looked to the Riverside County Fair to give them the best entertainment value – that’s why they keep coming back year after year.  We have an exciting line-up of Headliner entertainment in the Fantasy Springs Concert Pavilion including George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Banda Machos, I Love the 90’s (featuring Vanilla Ice, Coolio, Tone-Loc and Young MC), Chris Janson and more…

Our Star-Studded Performer Lineup For The 2020 Fair

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

Saturday, February 15th, 7:30pm

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic revolutionized music during the 70’s. With inspiration by Motown and James Brown, George created a funky twist, calling it “Funkadelic”. His music became the soundtrack of many popular movies such as “House Party” and “The Night Before” along with doing commercials for Apple, Nike and the Tracey Ullman Show. In 1997, Clinton’s Partliament/Funkadelic was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Clinton has received a Grammy, a Dove (gospel) and an MTV music video awards.

Banda Machos

Sunday, February 16th, 7:00pm

Banda Machos, originally from Jalisco, Mexico have produced more than 20 albums since the ‘90’s. The band sings a combination of Banda music, Quebradita, and Ranchera. The bands hit songs include “La Culebra, Un Indio Quiere Llorar” and “La Novia Coja”. Univisión’s Lo Nuestro awarded them for Revelation of the Year in the Mexican/Regional category, achieving a Furia Musical award for Best Mexican Band. In early 2000, they were nominated for a Best Banda Album Grammy.

“I Love the 90’s”

Friday, February 21st, 7:30pm

Travel back in time with the most loved songs of the 1990’s. “I Love the 90’s” show features Vanilla Ice, Tone Loc, Coolio & Young MC.

Vanilla Ice remains one of the most recognizable icons of the 90’s. Vanilla won the American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock New Artist in 1991 and won the People’s Choice Award for the Best New Song. He currently stars in his own home renovation show, The Vanilla Ice Project.

Coolio grew up in Compton, and discovered his passion for rapping at an early age. His lyrical skills would lead to more than 17 million records sold worldwide. His song, “Gangsters Paradise”, won him a Grammy Award in 1996.

Tone Loc had multiple hit songs s including “Funky Cold Medina” and “Wild Thing”. He was the second rapper to reach number one on Billboard’s album charts in the 1980’s. Tone Loc has also appeared in movies such as Heat, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Blank Check and was a voice actor for the 90’s C bear and Jamal cartoon show.

Young MC aka Marvin Young, is best known for his classic hit, “Bust a Move”. His music helped him become a multi-platinum artist. Young MC was featured in multiple television shows such as NBC’s Scrubs, Knight Rider and HBO’s Entourage.  

Chris Janson

Saturday, February 22nd, 7:30pm

Chris Janson is a breakout country star and platinum-selling recording artist, high-octane entertainer, and award-winning singer/songwriter. Rolling Stones called him a “live legacy in the making.” The three-time CMA nominee has collected prestigious accolades that place him amongst country music greats. He won ACM Video of the Year for his Gold-certified hit song “Drunk Girl,” which also earned the Song of the Year title at the 2018 MusicRow Awards. The song was named one of the “Ten Songs I Wish I’d Written” by NSAI. His chart-topping, double-Platinum smash “Buy Me A Boat” earned the same NSAI honor, making him one in a handful of the industry’s most elite artists to earn the title multiple times, as well as the iHeartRadio Music Awards Country Song of the Year.

Mariachi Sol de Mexico®

Sunday, February 23rd, 3:30pm

Mariachi Sol de Mexico® de Jose Hernandez is a 5th generation Mariachi band from Jalisco, Mexico. They have earned eight Lain Grammy nominations. Their recent release, Leyandas de mi Pueblo (Legends of My Land), is a tribute to mariachi music in the golden era of Mexican cinema. The recording earned Best Ranchera/Mariachi Album Latin GRAMMY nomination. The group is a regular performer at Mariachi festivals throughout the United States.

The Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival is pleased to announce Special Promotions providing fairgoers even more bang for their buck! Don’t miss the special promotions at the fair this year!  

Veterans plus three guests are admitted FREE every day of the Fair (ID required)

Opening Friday, February 14th – First Five Hours FREE!!

Free Admission between 10:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Veterans Appreciation Day – Monday, February 17th 

Join us for the Presidents’ Day Parade at 9:00 am and a special presentation on the Pageant Stage at 5:30 pm dedicated to our veterans. 

Kids’ Day – Tuesday through Thursday (2/18-2/20)

with each paid adult admission, one child (ages 6-12) can get into the fair at no charge from 3:00 pm to close.

NBC Palm Springs Day – Thursday, February 20th

Say the phrase that saves for a discounted $6 admission. Watch NBC Palm Springs News for more info.

Riverside County Department of Waste Resources – Wednesday, February 19th

Bring in small used e-waste (electronic devices) for recycling.  Get into the Fair for FREE

*Acceptable items include:

  • Cellphones
  • Tablets
  • Telephones
  • Radios
  • DVD Players/recorders
  • Receivers
  • Computer peripherals
  • Ink cartridges

*Business Waste, lead acid batteries, automotive batteries, rechargeable and alkaline batteries will not be accepted for this promotion. No other household hazardous waste will be accepted. #WasteWednesday; #RCWaste

The 74th Annual Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival is presented by Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Gates are open 10:00 am-10:00 pm from Friday-Monday and noon-10:00 pm Tuesday-Thursday. Purchase your tickets early to take advantage of discounted prices. For more information, call 1.800.811.FAIR or visit www.datefest.org where you can conveniently purchase and print your Fair tickets from home.

Friday, February 21st – Fantasy $5 Friday

As the presenting sponsor of the Fair, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino is giving back to the community by creating an entire day for all Fairgoers to get into the Fair for only $5.00!

For other Entertainment and Attractions check out the

Calendar of Events for Ten Days of Fabulous Family Fun and Entertainment!

Source: Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival


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