Food to Fashion, the Palm Desert Area has It.

If you’re looking for high-class excitement without big city stress, Palm Desert is the perfect place. Our area events offer the finest in food, art, wine, fashion and more – all in a laid-back environment full of lush resorts and outdoor recreation. Find out how this charming city filled with Southern California sunshine sets the perfect backdrop for these exciting events.

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Palm Springs International Film Festival – The 24th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival is scheduled for January 3-14, 2014. Film festival events include the Black Tie Awards Gala, Student Screening Days and more. For more information contact: 800-898-7256.

HITS Thermal Desert Cities Horse Show – The HITS Desert Circuit is an eight-week hunter/jumper horse show running from January 26 – March 16, 2014. The Desert Circuit is a mainstay of West Coast competition for the past 20 years. For more information: contact 845-246-8833.

Humana Challenge – The Humana Challenge golf tournament took the valley by storm two years ago with its new title sponsor and the William J. Clinton Foundation providing a new health and wellness focus on the event. The next Humana Challenge is scheduled for January 13-19, 2014.  For ticket information contact: 760-346 -8184.

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 24-26, 2014. For more information contact: 760-347-0676.

Palm Desert Public Art Documentary Film Series – First of four free monthly programs featuring a film and guest speakers, held the third Thursday of the month. For more information: 760-837-1664. Free, 6 p.m.


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 8, 2014, with a vendor expo the day before. For more information: 760-770-4626.

Palm Springs Modernism Week – The 14th annual Palm Springs Modernism Show--held February 14-17--is the highlight of Palm Springs Modernism Week. Over 80 premier national and international decorative and fine arts dealers will present designs of the 20th Century movement. Palm Springs Modernism Week itself is scheduled for February 13-24, 2014, and features a variety of tours, movies, parties and more. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit Palm Springs Modernism Show.

Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival – The Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival is a tradition for families, residents and visitor 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 Friday, February 14 through Sunday, February 23, 2014. 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 800-811-3247.

Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational – The Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational enjoys a rich history as one of the marquee golf and fundraising events in the Palm Springs, California desert. Each year, celebrities, amateur contestants, loyal sponsors and enthusiastic spectators from all over the country look forward to returning to this unique “celebrity friendly” event scheduled for February 20-22, 2014. For more information contact: 760-674-8447.

Palm Desert Public Art Documentary Film Series – Second of four free monthly programs featuring a film and guest speakers, held the third Thursday of the month. For more information: 760-837-1664. Free, 6 p.m.

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BNP Paribas Open Tennis Tournament – The BNP Paribas Open, already the fifth most attended tournament after the Grand Slam tournaments, promises to be bigger than ever this year with the newly constructed 8,000-seat Stadium 2. Come be part of one of the few major tennis events combining both men and women athletes. March 3-16, 2014.

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 6-9, 2014.

Fashion Week El Paseo – Fashion Week El Paseo is presented and organized by Palm Springs Life magazine. The weeklong event will take place from March 14-23, 2014 in the El Paseo shopping district in Palm Desert.

Palm Desert Public Art Documentary Film Series – Third of four free monthly programs featuring a film and guest speakers, held the third Thursday of the month. For more information: 760-837-1664. Free, 6 p.m.

Kraft Nabisco Championship – The Kraft Nabisco Championship is the first “major” tournament of the year on the LPGA tour. March 31-April 6, 2014.


Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival – To meet the growing demand for tickets, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival expanded to two consecutive three-day weekends held at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, California and features many genres of music including alternative rock, hip hop and electronic music. Scheduled for April 11-13 and 18-20, 2014, this year's headliners are still be announced.

Stagecoach Music Festival – Stagecoach is a three-day annual Country Music Festival held at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, California, in the Coachella Valley. This year's dates have not been announce, but because it has traditionally followed the Coachella Festival, one can assume it will be scheduled for April 25-27.

Palm Desert Public Art Documentary Film Series – Last of four free monthly programs featuring a film and guest speakers, held the third Thursday of the month. For more information: 760-837-1664. Free, 6 p.m. 


Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival – The Palm Springs Cultural Center will once again present the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival in May, 2014. 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.

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Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week – Savor the flavor of Palm Desert’s finest restaurants during during Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week, a two-week celebration of local cuisine held in the beginning of June. 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 Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week website.


4th of July – Civic Center Park – Enjoy an evening of free music and fireworks at the City of Palm Desert’s annual Fourth of July celebration at the Civic Center Park. The festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 4, with a 90-minute concert followed by fireworks at 9 p.m. For more information contact: 760-346-0611.


Idyllwild Jazz Festival – Jazz in the Pines supports excellence with talented artists and is a fundraiser for the Idyllwild Arts Academy & Summer Program. The two-day festival will be held Aug. 17-18, 2013, 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. 

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Palm Springs Tram Road Challenge – The annual Palm Springs Tram Road Challenge is coming up on October 26, 2013. Sign up today to tackle the exhilarating 6K uphill run & walk that benefits the Police Activities League. For more information contact: 760-324-7069.

Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade – Experience the pageantry and fun as whimsically decorated golf carts and bands march down famous El Paseo street for the City’s first major event of the season. The festivities begin Sunday, October 27, at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast and the Parade begins at 1 p.m. For further information contact the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce, 760-346-6111.


Choreography Festival – Held at the McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts on November 9-10, this Festival features a choreography competition in two divisions, educational opportunities such as workshops and residencies and honors those who have made outstanding contributions to dance through a Lifetime Achievement Award. For more information: 760-340-ARTS (2787).

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. Attendace is free, so come on out to see your favorite artists and discover a few new ones too on November 9-10, 2013. For more information contact: 760-324-4511.  

Indio Powwow – The Annual Indio Powwow takes place at the Cabazon Indian Reservation in the Special Events Center located in Indio, California on November 29-December 1. Enjoy an entire weekend of traditional Native American arts, food, dancing and singing at this annual cultural event.


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 7-8, 2013. This two-day event begins each day at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information contact: 760-391-4175.

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