City of Indio
Indio — The Place to Be
Growing community has much to celebrate!
It is the oldest and largest city in the Coachella Valley with a rich history.
In 1930 Indio incorporated as a city. It had a population of 1,875. Today, thanks to phenomenal growth in new home construction, more than 75,000 call Indio “home.”
That is because the City of Indio offers its residents and seasonal visitors a quality of life that is unsurpassed in the Coachella Valley…whether they are first time home buyers, buying their first million dollar home or just visiting.
Over the years Indio has achieved international recognition for its multi-cultural festivals which attract many thousands of visitors to the area annually.
The festivals are diverse in their celebrations of such things as art, cuisine and music. The granddaddy
of all - The Indio International Tamale Festival - is ranked by the Food Network-TV as among the top 10
“All American Food Festivals” in the nation. The Riverside County National Date Festival is famous for its more than 7,000 exhibits, Arabian Nights Pageants, and of course the popular camel and ostrich races. One of the most popular festivals is the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which last year drew more than 100,000 young music lovers to the Empire Polo club for two rollicking days of performances by the hottest bands in the country.
Families especially enjoy Indio Fiesta Days which sizzles in Old Town with two days of hot salsa — food, music and dancing. For art lovers there is the Southwest Arts Festival, a three-day display by 240 judged and
juried artists. For dog lovers there is the Palm Springs AKC Kennel Club Dog Shows, one of the largest in the country.
International Tamale Festival® - December 2 & 3, 2006
Southwest Arts Festival® - January 26 - 28, 2007
National Date Festival/ Riverside County Fair - February 16 - 25, 2007
Indio Fiesta Days May 5 - 6, 2007
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival TBA, 2007
Like the other desert cities, Indio has world-class golf. There are five country club communities including The Golf Club at Terra Logo with its two championship courses rated four-and-a-half stars out of a possible five in Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play” guide for 2004-2005.
Yet Indio is unique in many ways. The city has the largest number of authentic Mexican restaurants in the Coachella Valley. This is the real deal…traditional Mexican cuisine at its finest.
And its rich heritage can be seen in bold, colorful murals that brighten many buildings around Old Town and Indio Boulevard. These historic murals tell stories of the railroad, agriculture, and the area’s first Native American inhabitants whose heritage is also celebrated throughout the season at colorful Powwows. The murals give us a glimpse of California’s past. In fact, Indio Boulevard was part of U.S. 99 which was commissioned in 1926 and ran from the Canadian border south to the Mexican border.
And don’t forget there is casino entertainment! Plus Shield’s Date Garden with its famous “The Romance and Sex Life of the Date” movie and the Coachella Valley Museum & Cultural Center for a look at early western American history…are a few more reasons to visit Indio.
The City of Indio is an exciting community carefully charting its course for today and generations to follow.
City of Indio
100 Civic Center Mall Indio, CA 92201
Indio Chamber of Commerce
82-921 Highway 111, Indio, CA 92201
(760) 347-0676 • Fax: (760) 347-6069
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