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Living History Festival at Coachella Valley History Musem

Take a step back in time at the Living History Festival, Saturday, March 16th, 2019 at the Coachella Valley History Museum. This annual event celebrates Indio’s pioneers and highlights the history of the Coachella Valley that started in Indio. Families gather to enjoy live entertainment, quilt making, woodcarving and much more!

The Festival provides a unique opportunity to learn about the significant cultures that led to the settlement of the entire Coachella Valley. The Festival showcases the personal histories of Cahuilla, Mexican, Anglo, Black, Japanese and Armenian families by means of entertainment and exhibits. In addition, foods representing these cultures are featured throughout the day.

The museum boasts many vintage exhibits and buildings. The center of the grounds has the 1927 Dr. Smiley-Tyler adobe home, surrounded by a complete blacksmith shop, farm equipment, the 1909 Indio Public Schoolhouse and the Date Museum. The grounds also feature a memorial Japanese garden, Dr. Carreon Desert Garden, Memorial Rose Garden, a Working Date Garden and a Cahuilla Ethnobotanical Garden.

This family–oriented event is free to the community. For more information, please visit