Indio Powwow

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This Thanksgiving weekend, take part in one of Southern California’s most anticipated cultural events of the year with the annual Indio Powwow, located just minutes from Palm Desert in Indio, California.

Celebrate all weekend long with the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians and tribes from across the United States and Canada as they come together to show off their dancing and singing skills through traditional competitions. Enjoy Native American dancing, drum contests, peon games and bird singing. Event visitors can also join dancers in the arena during selected times to participate in a non-competitive inter-tribal dance.

While you’re there, savor delicious Native American foods, including Indian fry bread, and browse through vendor booths to shop for hand-made jewelry, dream catchers and other Native American arts and crafts. Be sure to stay for the Grand Entry – which takes place on all three days of the event – to see all of the tribes come together with a dance procession to kick off the competitions.

Attending the Event

The Powwow will take place at the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians' Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, and the festivities will begin on Friday, November 23 at 5:00 p.m. Head back out on Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25 to see the rest of the Powwow, which starts at 11:00 a.m. on both days, but make sure to experience the Grand Entry on all three days, which is a definite must-see.

For more information about the event, along with directions, call (760) 238-5770, or visit the Fantasy Springs Resort website.

If you appreciate tribal culture, be sure to stop by Palm Desert Visitor Services for additional spots to visit during your stay. For even more vacation ideas, join the Palm Desert Email Club to receive periodic updates on Palm Desert news, seasonal specials and more.