Indio

Indio

As the largest and one of the fastestgrowing cities in the Coachella Valley and the second county seat for Riverside County, Indio is a force in the area. The increasing popularity of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Stagecoach Music Festival, both held at Empire Polo Club, have contributed to much of the city’s current girth. But the “City of Festivals” does not stop there. Millions of people come here annually for a host of additional events, including the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival, Southwest Arts Festival, and International Tamale Festival. Other favorite attractions include Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Coachella Valley History Museum, Coachella Valley Wild Bird Center, and the Cabazon Cultural Museum. The Indio Chamber of Commerce offers self-guided tours through Indio’s murals, a series of 12 outdoor panels commissioned to honor the city’s history and people.

As the largest and one of the fastestgrowing cities in the Coachella Valley and the second county seat for Riverside County, Indio is a force in the area. The increasing popularity of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Stagecoach Music Festival, both held at Empire Polo Club, have contributed to much of the city’s current girth. But the “City of Festivals” does not stop there. Millions of people come here annually for a host of additional events, including the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival, Southwest Arts Festival, and International Tamale Festival. Other favorite attractions include Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Coachella Valley History Museum, Coachella Valley Wild Bird Center, and the Cabazon Cultural Museum. The Indio Chamber of Commerce offers self-guided tours through Indio’s murals, a series of 12 outdoor panels commissioned to honor the city’s history and people.

Tips & Fast Facts

  • Night golfing is available at the Indio Municipal Golf Course — the only place in the valley offering after-dark play.
  • Indio is home to award-winning teen and senior centers.
  • “Indio” is Spanish for Indian.
  • A not-to-be-missed short film, The Romance and Sex Life of the Date, screens continuously every day at Shields Date Garden.

Timeline

1876 — The Southern Pacific Railroad chooses Indio for its primary Coachella Valley station, giving birth to a community.

1930 — Indio is the fi rst city in the Coachella Valley to incorporate.

1959 — Indio becomes known as the “Hub of the Valley,” promising urban renewal, commercial opportunities, and steady growth.

1999 — The first Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is held.

2010 — Downtown revitalization results in the growth of Indio Performing Arts Center. Construction of College of the Desert Indio campus moves forward.

 

source: Palm Springs Life