What’s Happening in Palm Desert?

No matter the season, there’s always plenty to see and do in the Palm Desert area. From special events like Fashion Week El Paseo and the Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival, sporting events such as the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, and exciting theatrical and musical performances at the McCallum Theatre, there’s something for everyone. Search our complete event listings below or browse our list of Palm Desert Signature Events and other major events in the desert.

Palm Desert Public Art Documentary Film Series

Bending Sticks: The Sculpture of Patrick Dougherty

Discover inspiring and thought-provoking cinema at the 2017 Palm Desert Public Art Documentary Film Series. Each screening will include either a featured speaker who will discuss that night’s film or a special presentation. This month's featured film is Bending Sticks: The Sculpture of Patrick Dougherty. In a career spanning four continents and three decades, internationally acclaimed environmental artist Patrick Dougherty has created over 200 majestic sculptures out of nothing more than saplings. Bending Sticks follows Dougherty and his collaborators during a year of “stickwork” revealing his creative process, inspirations, thoughts about the temporary nature of his work, and unusual personal story. The featured speaker for this event will be Katherine Hough, Chief Curator at Palm Springs Art Museum. All films screen the third Thursday of the month, January through April, at 6pm in the auditorium at UCR Palm Desert, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive. Film screenings are free, but reservations are recommended.  To make a reservation, visit the UCR Palm Desert events website. For questions or more information, please call 760-837-1663. 
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