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.

2018 Palm Desert Public Art Documentary Film Series

Underwater Pavilions

Discover inspiring and thought-provoking cinema at the 2018 Palm Desert Public Art Documentary Film Series. Beginning in January, the public is invited to a tenth season of free screenings of art-themed documentaries presented by the City’s Public Art Department and the University of California, Riverside Palm Desert Graduate Center. Each screening will include either a featured speaker who will discuss that night’s film or a special presentation, along with plenty of special tenth anniversary treats and surprises. This week's featured film is Underwater Pavilions. This Artbound episode explores the life and work of visual artist Doug Aitken and the installation of his Underwater Pavilions, interactive sculptures installed underwater in a marine dive park at Catalina Island. Q&A following the film with Matthew Crotty, Director of Production, KCET. All the film screenings are scheduled on Thursdays at 6pm, from January through April 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.