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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 26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival is scheduled for January 2-12, 2015. 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 Thermal Desert Cities Horse Show – The HITS Desert Circuit is an eight-week hunter/jumper horse show running from January 13 – March 15, 2015. The Desert Circuit is 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).
Humana Challenge – The Humana Challenge golf tournament took the valley by storm three 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 19-25, 2015. 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 23-25, 2015. 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 14, 2015, with a vendor expo the day before. For more information: 760-770-4626.
Palm Springs Modernism Week – The annual Palm Springs Modernism Show--held February 13-16--is just one of the highlights 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 12-22, 2015, and features a variety of tours, movies, parties and more. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit Palm Springs Modernism Week.
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 13 through Sunday, February 22, 2015. 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.
Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational – The Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational, presented by Starkey Hearing Technologies and hosted by Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, enjoys a rich history as one of the marquee golf and fundraising events in the Coachella Valley. Each year, celebrities, amateur contestants and enthusiastic spectators from all over the country look forward to returning to this unique “celebrity friendly” event scheduled for February 19-21, 2015. 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.
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 5-8, 2015.
BNP Paribas Open Tennis Tournament – The BNP Paribas Open, already the fifth most attended tournament after the Grand Slam tournaments, broke all attendance records with the addition of the 8,000-seat Stadium 2. Come be part of one of the few major tennis events combining both men and women athletes. March 9-22, 2015. For more information: BNP Paribas Open.
Fashion Week El Paseo – The Tenth Annual Fashion Week El Paseo™ unfolds March 22-28, 2015 under the Runway Tent on Larkspur Lane between El Paseo and Shadow Mountain in Palm Desert, California — the heart of El Paseo, Palm Desert’s most celebrated shopping district. Fashion Week El Paseo™ showcases the newest collections by top designers as well as fresh ideas by emerging designers. Produced by Palm Springs Life, it has become one of the Coachella Valley’s most popular events.
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.
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 10-12 and 17-19, 2015, this year's headliners are still be announced. For more information: Coachella.
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 are set for April 24-26, 2015, with performers to be announced. For more information: Stagecoach Country Music Festival.
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, 2015. 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.
Palm Springs Desert Resorts 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 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 Saturday, 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. 16-17, 2015, 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.
Palm Springs Tram Road Challenge – The annual Palm Springs Tram Road Challenge is coming up on October 25, 2014. 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.
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. This year's event marks the 50th Anniversary of the parade, so fittingly the theme is "Palm Desert on Parade--Through the Decades." The festivities begin Sunday, October 26, 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.
Palm Desert International Dance Festival and Choreography Festival – Last year's innaugural Palm Desert International Dance Festival joined forces with the annual Choreography Festival at the McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts to create a "can't miss" series of events for dance fans. This year's Choreography Festival takes place on November 8-9, 2014 and features a competition in two divisions and honors those who have made outstanding contributions to dance through a Lifetime Achievement Award. This year, the Dance Festival features individual McCallum Theatre performances by Ballet Boyz, Mummenschanz and SEOP Dance Company in the days preceding and following the Choreography Festival. 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 8-9, 2014. 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 28-30. 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 6-7, 2014. This two-day event begins each day at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information contact: 760-391-4175.