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.

Cheech & Chong

The 2018 Cheech & Chong tour is a follow up to the hugely successful reunion tour: Cheech & Chong Light Up America Tour in 2008, following a 25-year hiatus. The tour included more than 100 shows in the U.S. and Canada and grossed more than $12 million in ticket sales. Richard "Cheech" Marin and Tommy Chong helped define an era with their hilariously irreverent satirical counter-culture no-holds-barred comedy routines. Their phenomenal success includes nine comedy albums and eight films. Celebrating its 40th anniversary, their debut movie “Up In Smoke” in 1978 defined a new genre of movies—the stoner comedy. To this day, the movie still ranks as one of the top weekend film rentals. Legendary producer Lou Adler discovered and signed Cheech & Chong to his Ode Records label, following their appearance at the famed Troubadour nightclub in Hollywood. Their first album “Cheech & Chong” was released in 1971, followed by “Big Bambu” in 1972, which became one of the all-time best-selling comedy albums. Some of their hit songs and comedy bits included “Dave's Not Here,” “Santa Claus & His Old Lady,” “Sister Mary Elephant (SHUDD UP!),” “Earache My Eye” featuring Alice Bowie, “Bloat On” featuring The Bloaters, “Up In Smoke,” “Basketball Jones” and Cheech's solo hit “Born In East L.A.”

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