Signature Events Around Our Desert Area
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Each year, Palm Desert offers the finest events in food, art, wine, fashion and more. Listed below are some of Palm’s Desert most popular events or you can click here for signature area events.
Palm Springs International Film Festival is in its 27th year and scheduled for January 1-11, 2016. Film festival events include the Black Tie Awards Gala, question and answer sessions, and more. For more information, contact 800-898-7256.
HITS Thermal Desert Circuit Horse Show is an eight-week hunter/jumper horse show running from January 19 to March 20, 2016. The Desert Circuit 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 show season).
CareerBuilder Challenge is scheduled for January 18-24, 2016, The gulf tournament, offered in partnership with the William J. Clinton Foundation, features PGA gulf tour pros. For ticket information contact: 760-346-8184.
Tour de Palm Springs offers sunshine, live music, food, and thousands of bikers riding for a charitable cause. The Tour de Palm Springs will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2016. For more information: 760-770-4626.
Southwest Arts Festival is the largest three-day art show and features over 260 artists. Hosted at the beautiful Empire Polo Club, the Southwest Arts Festival is scheduled for January 29-31, 2016. For more information contact: 760-347-0676.
Palm Desert Public Art Documentary Film Series features an array of films and guest speakers. Held for four months on the third Thursday of the month, January’s Series will feature: Sol Lewitt: Wall Drawings, special guest Steven Biller, who is the editor of Palm Springs Life and a contributing writer for Art Ltd. For more information: 760-837-1664. Free, 6 p.m.
Palm Springs Modernism Week will be held February 11 to 21, 2016. The event will feature over 80 premier national and international decorative and fine arts dealers who will present designs from the Modernism movement. The week will also feature a variety of tours, movies, parties and more. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Palm Springs Modernism Week.
Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival features carnival rides, food, and other sorts of entertainment.
A tradition for families, residents and visitors to the Coachella Valley, the nine-day festival is scheduled for Friday, February 12 through Sunday, February 21, 2016. Fair hours: Weekdays 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Weekends and Carnival are open until midnight. For more information or to order tickets in advance call 800-811-FAIR.
Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational presented by Starkey Hearing Technologies and hosted by Fantasy Springs Resort Casino is a premiere marquee golf and fundraising events. Scheduled for February 18-20, 2016, the event features celebrities, amateur contestants and enthusiastic spectators from all over the country. For more information contact: 760-674-8447.
Palm Desert Public Art Documentary Film Series will be held on February 18. February’s series will feature the film Calder – Sculptor of Air and the guest speaker Dr. Steven Nash, a former director of the Palm Springs Art Museum. For more information: 760-837-1664.
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 3-6, 2016.
BNP Paribas Open Tennis Tournament is the fifth most attended tennis tournament after the Grand Slam tournaments. The event, featuring men and women athletes is held from March 7 to 20, 2016. For more information, check BNP Paribas Open.
Palm Desert Public Art Documentary Film Series will be held on March 17. March’s series will feature the film
Beyond These Walls: Building Community through Public Art and Murals: Transformation and guest speaker Louisa Castrodale, Arts Coordinator for Palm Springs Unified School District. For more information: 760-837-1664.
Fashion Week El Paseo unfolds April 2-9, 2016 under the Runway Tent along El Paseo, our 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, Fashion Week is one of the Coachella Valley’s most popular events.
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival features two consecutive three-day weekends held at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, California. The Festival includes many genres of music including alternative rock, hip hop and electronic music. The Festival is scheduled for April 15 to 17 and April 22 to 24, 2016. For more information: Coachella.
Stagecoach Music Festival 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 29 to May 1, 2016. For more information: Stagecoach Country Music Festival.
Palm Desert Public Art Documentary Film Series will be held on April 21. April’s series will feature the film A Model for Matisse and guest speaker Emily Culhan, Programs Coordinator for the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert. For more information: 760-837-1664.
Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival features an eclectic mixture of movies from the film noir period. For more information contact: 760-325-6565.
Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week is a 10-day celebration of local cuisine. Scheduled for June 3 to 12, Restaurant Week features dozens of the area’s finest dining establishments, each offering a special three-course prix fixe menu. For more information, check Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week.
4th of July – Civic Center Park features free music and fireworks. The festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, July 4, with a 90-minute concert followed by fireworks at 9 p.m. For more information, contact 760-346-0611.
Idyllwild Jazz Festival supports talented artists and helps raise funds for the Idyllwild Arts Academy & Summer Program. Held in August, 2016, at the Idyllwild Arts Campus the Festival gates open at 10 a.m For more information contact: 951-500-4090.
Palm Springs Tram Road Challenge is scheduled for October 25, 2015. The exhilarating 6K uphill run & walk benefits the United Way of the Desert. For more information, contact: 760-324-7069.
Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade features a march of whimsically decorated golf carts and bands down famous El Paseo street. This year’s theme is “Area 51: Palm Desert is Out of this World.” The event is scheduled for October 25, at 8 a.m. For further information, contact the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce at 760-346-6111.
Palm Desert International Dance Festival and Choreography Festival is a “can’t miss” event for dance fans. This year’s Scheduled for November 7 to 8, the festival will feature competition in two divisions and honor those who have made outstanding contributions to dance. For more information: 760-340-ARTS (2787).
Rancho Mirage Art Affaire is a two-day fine art and jazz festival featuring 100 participating award-winning visual artists in a variety of artistic mediums. The event is schedule for November 7 to 8. For more information, contact 760-324-4511.
Indio Powwow takes place at the Cabazon Indian Reservation in the Special Events Center located in Indio, California. Scheduled for November 27-29, the weekend long event will feature traditional Native American arts, food, dancing and singing.
Indio International Tamale Festival –was ranked by The Food Network-TV a one of the top 10 “All American Food Festivals” in the nation. The Festival will be held in downtown Indio on December 5 to 6, 2015. This two-day event begins each day at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, contact 760-391-4175.