Date Festival | Here’s how to get discounted tickets


The 2019 Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival runs Friday, February 15 through Sunday, February 24 in Indio. If you are planning on headed out for the live entertainment, the rides, and deep fried everything, here are some ways to save money on tickets.

Tickets to the event normally run $11 for adults, $9 for those 55+, $8 for kids 6-12, and those under 5-years-old are free.  There is also a $30 Season Pass available to attend as many days as you want.

The live entertainment – which this year includes Randy Houser, Ramon Ayala, Salt-n-Pepa, and Kool and the Gang is included free with admission – as is other events like the demolition derby (get there super early), monster trucks, and bull riding.  Rides and some attractions are not included with Date Festival admission.

Now onto the discounts and free passes for the Date Fest:

  • Veterans are admitted to the festival, along with three guests, every day with proper identification.
  • Opening Day, February 15th, is Fantasy $5 Friday with, you guessed it: five dollar tickets – presented by Fantasy Springs Casino.
  • Kids Days are Tuesday, February 19 through Thursday, February 21.  These three days get you a free children’s ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket.
  • Riverside County Department of Waste Resources Day is Wednesday, February 20.  Bring a small used e-waste (electronic devices) for recycling and get into the Fair for free.  Items you can bring include:
    • Cellphones
    • Tablets
    • Telephones
    • Radios
    • DVD Players/recorders
    • Receivers
    • Computer peripherals
    • Ink cartridges

There are also plenty of non-profits selling tickets which, while not at a discount, will help raise money for those organizations.  A full list can be found here.

You can get more info on discounts for the event here.

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