Most famous for its annual Coachella Festival, this city in Riverside County is rapidly rising in popularity. Due to its location in the hub of the Coachella Valley, Indio is a perfect site for large outdoor festivals. Most of the events are held at Empire Polo Field and attract thousands of viewers.
Besides Coachella, Indio hosts festivals recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records. The Tamale Festival holds two records: largest tamale festival, and world's largest tamale. Large scale monster truck rallies are held at the Grandstand Arena Festival. The Date Festival is another Indio event popular for its world-famous camel races. Stagecoach is a two day country music event organized by Coachella's promoters.
Indio is in the Colorado Desert region of the Sonoran Desert. The surrounding mountains contribute to Indio having the warmest winters in California. The city is recorded to have 348 days of sunshine per year. It is primarily a dry zone; however, California fan palms thrive in this area. In this part of Indio Hills the San Andreas Fault captures groundwater and nourishes the trees. This wild parkland is part of the Coachella Valley Reserve, and is a popular landmark.
In recent times, Indio experienced a large economic recession. To boost the economy, governors suggested creating a historic mural program. The city is adorned with multiple murals about Indio's history on various buildings in Old Town. Currently, Indio is California's biggest source of agricultural products, especially dates, giving the Date Festival its name.
Indo is home to one of the biggest Hispanic communities in California, with seventy percent of residents being of Hispanic origin. Indio's industry attracts many immigrants in areas such as agriculture, hospitality and construction. The Hispanic enclave has a large influence on the culture of Indio. SuperFiesta del Sinaloa is yet another festival honoring the city of Sinaloa, the main source of immigration to Indio.
The fun abounds in Indio, residents and locals frequent festivals all year long. No wonder it is nicknamed "The City of Festivals."
Written by Lyndsey Morgan