What are the Hours of Operation?
Friday - Monday: 10 am -10 pm
Tuesday - Thursday: Noon - 10 pm
What are the Carnival Hours of Operation?
Tuesday - Thursday: Noon - 10 pm
Weekends: 10 am – Midnight
What are the 2021 Fair Dates?
February 12 – 21, 2021
How much are tickets? (Prices subject to change)
Adults (13 - 54): $11
Seniors (55+): $10
Youth (6 - 12): $9
Children (5 & under): FREE
Veterans plus three guests are admitted FREE everyday with proper identification
Season Pass: $30 for daily admission for the duration of the Fair (Carnival Rides must be purchased separately)
Bringing a group of students – Free Admission for Field Trips on select days – Click Here for Field Trip Reservation Form - Fall 2021
(25) or more people get a discounted group rate of $8
Click here for Bus Tour Order Form - Fall 2021
Click here for Advance Sale Group Order Form - Fall 2021
How much are carnival tickets? (Prices subject to change)
Unlimited Carnival Rides are for One Time Use
$25 (Tue – Thurs) & $28 (Fri - Mon)
Where can I buy my tickets?
There are several ways to buy tickets.
We sell tickets online that you can print at home - Click Here to Purchase
If you want to purchase at the gate the day of your visit, we sell them from ticket booths at Gate 1 and Gate 6.
Rather purchase your tickets in person:
Support your local non-profit. Advance ticket sales begin (dates to come) January 6th – February 7th Click Here for Locations
Visit the Fair Administration Office every day from 9 am to 4 pm beginning Monday February 1st – Thursday February 11th.
We accept cash or credit cards.
Are there any special promotional days that offer either a discount or free admission?
Yes to be announced. Click Here Before You Purchase
Do I need to buy a ticket for the concert?
No, the star-studded line-up at the Fantasy Springs Concert Pavilion is included with your fair admission ticket. Seating will be first-come, first-served basis, so arrive early.
How can I get more information about show, concert and event time for the Fair?
Yes to be announced. Click Here for our 2020 Entertainment
Where is will call?
Will Call is located at our south Gate 6 entrance off Dr. Carreon Blvd. You must have tickets reserved under your name.
Is there a parking fee for the Fair? (Prices subject to change)
General Parking: $10 Per Day (handicapped parking available)
Located between Dr. Carreon & Ave. 48 off of Arabia Street
Preferred Parking: $15 Per Day (handicapped parking available)
Located on the corner where Dr. Carreon & Arabia Street meet. Closest parking lot to Gate 6.
Bus Tours Parking: FREE with ticket purchase
What services are available for guests with disabilities?
Shuttle services are provided for handicap from our general parking lot on Arabia Street to Gate 6 on Dr. Carreon.
Are pets allowed inside the Fair?
No pets are allowed in the fairgrounds, but we love service animals. Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Service animals are working animals, not pets.
Do you have RV Parking during the Fair? (Prices subject to change)
RV Overnight Parking: $15 Per Day - Check Out By Noon
Where is the nearest bust stop?
Are my bags going to be searched?
At all entry gates the Fair reserves the right to search all bags, backpacks, coolers, purses, containers etc. upon entry to the Fair and upon request while on the Fairgrounds. Refusal to comply will result in denied entry or ejection. Your purchase of an admission ticket includes your agreement to submit to a search while on the fairgrounds.
What is allowed in the Venue?
- Digital Cameras
- Disposable Cameras
- Ear Plugs
- Fanny Packs
- Purses/Small Bags
- Sun Block (non-aerosol)
What is not allowed at the Venue?
In order to ensure your safety at the grounds the following is prohibited:
No clothing or apparel that has been changed in any way to identify the wearer as belonging to or identifying with a criminal street gang.
No gang activity such as “flashing of signs”, gathering or traveling in large groups or disruptive behavior of any kind.
Persons may be removed from the premises and/or arrested who are identified as participants in gang activity (186.22 PC)
- No Screwdrivers
- No Clubs
- No Chemical Sprays
- No Razors
- No Handheld Laser Pointers
- No Ice Chests or Coolers
- No Outside Food & Drinks - Unless sealed bottles of water
- No Alcohol
- No Drugs / Drug & Narcotic Paraphernalia / E-Cigs / Vapes
- No Skateboards/Rollerblades/Bicycles/Roller Skates on the grounds
- No Hover Boards / Segway / Self-Balance Wheels on the grounds
- No Motorcycles on the grounds
- No Film Cameras
- No Go Pros or Selfie Sticks
- No Walkie Talkies
- No Chairs
- No Audio Recording Devices
- No Binoculars
- No Tape/Rope/Lassos
- No Chains/Chain Wallets
- No Drones / Remote Control Aircraft / Cars / Toys
- No Fireworks / Explosives / Flammable Liquids
- No Flags
- No Musical Instruments
- No Spray Paint / Markers / Sharpies
- Water squirt guns or misters
- No dogs (except service dogs)
- No weapons of any kind are prohibited on the fairgrounds.
Confiscated items are considered forfeited upon entry. These will NOT be returned. Refusal to Comply will result in denied entry or ejection.
I have health problems and am not able to eat food, will I be able to bring drink supplements in?
May I bring my food into the Fair?
Outside food/beverages are not allowed with the exception of sealed water bottles.
Can I bring my medical prescription?
What is there to eat and drink?
More information about our food vendors can be found on the Riverside County Fair App. Click Here to Download.
Do you rent scooters or wheelchairs?
Wheelchair rentals are offered at Gate 1 off Hwy 111 & Gate 6 off Arabia Street.
Manual Wheelchairs: $15 Per Day
Motorized Scooters: $20 Per Hour / $50 Per Day (subject to change)
Will there be lockers available?
Are there baby changing stations?
Baby changing stations can be found on the MAP of your program or the Riverside County Fair App. Click Here to Download.
What forms of payment are accepted?
Cash, Credit & Debit cards are accepted at entry gates and some vendors accept credit cards.
Are there ATM’s?
ATM’s can be found on the MAP of your program or the Riverside County Fair App. Click Here to Download.
I lost something at the Fair, who can I contact?
All items are collected for the duration of the Fair at the Information Booth inside the Fair.
Is alcohol sold at the Fair?
Yes, there are various stands throughout the grounds that you can purchase alcohol with the proper I.D.
Is smoking allowed?
Our grounds are a non-smoking facility.
E-Cigs & Vaporizers are strictly forbidden.
How hot or cold will it get at night?
Click here: (link to weather station)
Can I pass out flyers inside or outside of the grounds?
No, but please contact us for our Freedom of Speech guidelines.
I’m visiting from out of town, could you recommend a hotel?
Link to our hotel link.
How do I find upcoming events in the coming weeks or this upcoming weekend?
Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival always has something going on for someone looking for a good time and/or for family entertainment. Click Here To View Our Events Calendar
Can I become a Food & Beverage Vendor at the Riverside County Fair and Date Festival?
Vendors must access the vendor application online, print and submit by mail with required $25 application fee. Please read the “Instructions for Completing Application” carefully as incomplete applications will not be considered. Faxed and emailed applications will not be accepted.
Click Here For More Information
What Sponsorship Opportunities are Available at the Fair?
Our sponsorship program is adaptable to meet the needs of your organization. We will customize a sponsorship package for you, based on your needs, to create a successful partnership. With a helpful staff to assist, you can be confident that your sponsorship will earn results for your company. Contact Stacey Chester – (951) 529-4638.
I am a member of the media and would like access to the Fair for the concert.
Members of the media who need information about the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival are encouraged to contact the Fair and National Date Festival Press Office. Contact Veronica Casper – firstname.lastname@example.org
How can I work for the Fair?
There are a limited amount of positions that are available for temporary hire during the Fair. Please contact our Human Resources Temporary Assistance Program at 44199 Monroe St., Indio, CA 92201. Phone Number: (760) 863-2670.