ArrowDownFill 1arrow-small-lineFill 1Cooking Light - EasyCooking Light - FastCooking Light - So GoodCooking Light - How-ToCooking Light - Staff FaveCooking Light Badge - Wow!GroupClose IconEmailEmpty Star IconLike Cooking Light on FacebookFull Star IconShapePage 1 Copy 3Page 1 Copy 2Grid IconHalf Star IconFollow Cooking Light on InstagramList IconMenu IconPrintSearch IconSpeech BubbleFollow Cooking Light on SnapchatFollow Cooking Light on TwitterWatch Cooking Light on YouTubeplay-iconWatch Cooking Light on Youtube

National Date Festival

Courtesy of National Date Festival
Indio, California, mid-February (Begins the Friday before Presidents Day)

While the Riverside County Fair offers more traditional fair amusements―monster trucks, '80s pop stars―it also doubles as the National Date Festival. And that means attractions like the Arabian Nights Musical Pageant, camel and ostrich races, and the crowning of Queen Scheherazade.

This celebration of all things Middle Eastern comes by way of the county's date industry. But the festival isn't just all fun and games―there is also the Blessing of the Date Garden, an annual ceremony in which prayers are made for the date palms and the safety of the workers. And at the date booths, you'll be able to find the sweet, fiber- and vitamin-rich fruit in all sorts of combinations, from date shakes to dates stuffed with coconut. Look for more information online at