Enjoy Music, Film, Art and More 

The Coachella Valley is the perfect place to experience world-class entertainment without big city stress. Events in our area showcase the finest in music, film, art, theater and more. And with Palm Desert located conveniently in the center of the Valley, all this entertainment is accessible within minutes from your doorstep.

You can browse these major local events below, or learn more about Palm Desert's Signature Events here. Looking for the complete story? View all upcoming events in the Palm Desert. 

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Winter

January

Palm Springs International Film Festival – The annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will return January 2-15, 2018. Film festival events include the Black Tie Awards Gala, "Talking Pictures" question and answer sessions, and more. For more information contact: 800-898-7256.

HITS Coachella Desert Circuit Horse Show – The HITS Coachella Desert Circuit is an eight-week hunter/jumper horse show running from January 16-March 18, 2018, with one "off" week in mid-February. The Desert Circuit has been a mainstay of West Coast competition for the past two decades. It culminates with the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix, the richest prize in American show jumping. For more information: contact 845-246-8833 (or 760-399-9200 during the shows).

CareerBuilder Challenge – The PGA tour pros return to the desert with the CareerBuilder Challenge, scheduled for January 15-21, 2018.  For ticket information contact: 760-346-8184.

Tour de Palm Springs – Enjoy the sunshine, live music, food and fun with thousands of bike riders for a charitable cause. The Tour de Palm Springs will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018, with a vendor expo the day before. For more information: 760-770-4626.

Southwest Arts Festival – Come and enjoy the largest three-day art show featuring over 260 artists at the beautiful Empire Polo Club scheduled for January 25-28, 2018. For more information contact: 760-347-0676.

February

Palm Springs Modernism Week –  Palm Springs Modernism Week celebrates midcentury modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture. This exciting festival takes place from February 15-25, 2018 in Palm Springs and throughout the Coachella Valley. Modernism Week features more than 250 events including the Modernism Show & Sale, Signature Home Tours, films, lectures, Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours, nightly parties and live music, walking and bike tours, tours of Sunnylands, fashion, classic cars, modern garden tours, and more.

Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival – The Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival is a tradition for families, residents and visitors to the Coachella Valley. Each year the Festival’s date, citrus and community-featured exhibits continue to grow. Carnival rides, food and entertainment are all part of the nine-day event scheduled for February 16-25, 2018. Fair hours: Weekdays 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Weekends and Carnival open until midnight. For more information or to order tickets in advance call 800-811-FAIR.


Spring

March

La Quinta Arts Festival – The La Quinta Arts Festival is a favorite of visitors to the Coachella Valley and is nationally recognized by national publications as one of the top art festivals in the nation. Scheduled for March 1-4, 2018.

BNP Paribas Open Tennis Tournament – The BNP Paribas Open, already the fifth most attended tournament after the Grand Slam tournaments, continues to grow and break all attendance records as the facilities at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden are expanded. Come join us March 5-18, 2018, and be part of one of the few major tennis events featuring both men and women athletes. For more information: BNP Paribas Open.

Fashion Week El Paseo – Palm Desert's annual Fashion Week El Paseo™ unfolds March 17-24, 2018 under the Runway Tent on the top deck of The Gardens on El Paseo. Fashion Week El Paseo™ showcases the newest collections by top designers as well as fresh ideas by emerging designers. In addition to runway shows, there are a myriad of in-store events up and down El Paseo, our celebrated fashion district. Produced by Palm Springs Life, it has become one of the Coachella Valley’s most popular events.

ANA Inspiration – With new sponsor All Nippon Airways (ANA), there's a new spirit behind the LPGA Tour's swing through the desert and its first "major" of the year. The ANA Inspiration retains all of what has made it a highly anticipated event in the past--such as the champion's leap into Poppie's Pond--and adds its own new style and flair. The tournament returns in late March 2018.

April

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival – The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is held over two consecutive three-day weekends, April 13-15 and 20-23 at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, California and features many genres of music including alternative rock, hip hop and electronic dance music, plus art installations and sculptures. While the full line-up will be announced later, Beyonce is scheduled to be one of the headliners. For more information: Coachella.

Stagecoach Music Festival – Stagecoach is a three-day annual Country Music Festival held at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio that highlights the biggest names in the industry along with roots, rock and Americana artists. The tentative 2018 dates are set for April 27-29. For more information: Stagecoach Country Music Festival.

May

Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival – The Palm Springs Cultural Center will once again present the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival in May 2018. This fun festival features an eclectic mixture of prestigious and obscure black and white “B” movies from the classic film noir period. For more information contact: 760-325-6565.


Summer

June

Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week – Savor the flavor of Palm Desert’s finest restaurants during during Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week, a 10-day celebration of local cuisine held  in early June 2018. Restaurant Week features dozens of the area's finest dining establishments, each offering a special three-course prix fixe menu. Find your new favorite restaurant and browse the menus at the Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week website.

August

Idyllwild Jazz Festival – Jazz in the Pines supports excellence with talented artists and is a fundraiser for the Idyllwild Arts Academy & Summer Program. A Friday night Patrons Dinner precedes the two-day festival on August 11-13, 2017, at the Idyllwild Arts Campus, 52500 Temecula Drive, Idyllwild, CA. Gates open at 10 a.m. and music begins at 10:30 a.m. For more information contact: 951-500-4090.


Fall

October

Palm Springs Tram Road Challenge – The annual Palm Springs Tram Road Challenge is coming up on October 28, 2017. Sign up today to tackle the exhilarating 6K uphill run & walk that benefits the United Way of the Desert. For more information contact: 760-324-7069.

November

Rancho Mirage Art Affaire – This two-day event is a juried fine art and jazz festival featuring 100 participating award-winning visual artist in a variety of artistic mediums. Attendance is free, so come on out to see your favorite artists and discover a few new ones too on November 4-5, 2017. For more information contact: 760-324-4511.  

Indio Powwow – The Annual Indio Powwow takes place at the Fantasy Springs Special Events Center located in Indio, California on November 24-26, 2017. Enjoy an entire weekend of traditional Native American arts, food, dancing and singing at this annual cultural event.

December

Indio International Tamale Festival – It all started in 1992, and the rich heritage of the tamale and continued community support has created the Festival’s tremendous success. The Food Network-TV ranked the Indio International Tamale Festival in the top 10 “All American Food Festivals” in the nation! The Festival will be held in downtown Indio on December 2-3, 2017. This two-day event begins each day at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information contact: 760-391-4175.