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Annual Desert Activities


Palm Springs International Film Festival –  Film festival events include the Black Tie Awards Gala, Student Screening Days and more: 800-898-7256.


HITS Thermal Desert Cities Horse Show – The HITS Desert Circuit is an eight-week hunter/jumper horse show running from January – March annually. The Desert Circuit is a mainstay of West Coast competition for the past 20+ years: 845-246-8833.


Humana Challenge – The Humana Challenge (formerly known as the Bob Hope Classic) golf tournament. Featuring popular celebrity Pro-Am features from the past. For ticket information contact: 760-346 -8184.


Indio Southwest Arts Festival – Come and enjoy the largest three-day art show featuring over 260 artists at the beautiful Empire Polo Club: 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: 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. 760-770-4626.


Palm Springs Modernism Week – Annual Palm Springs Modernism Show is the highlight of Modernism Week. Over 80 premier national and international decorative and fine arts dealers will present designs of the 20th Century movement. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit Palm Springs Modernism Show.


Riverside County Fair & 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. For more information or to order tickets in advance call 800-811-3247.


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: 760-837-1664. Free, 6 p.m.




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: 760-674-8447.

BNP Paribas Open Tennis Tournament – The BNP Open is the fifth most attended tournament next to the Grand Slam tournaments and is one of the few major tennis events combining both men and women athletes.


La Quinta Arts Festival – The La Quinta Arts Festival is a favorite of visitors to the Coachella Valley and is nationally recognized by artists as one of the renowned art festivals in the nation.


Fashion Week El Paseo – Fashion Week El Paseo is presented and organized by Palm Springs Life magazine. Located at the El Paseo shopping district in Palm Desert.


Kraft Nabisco Championship – The Kraft Nabisco Championship is the first “major” tournament of the year on the LPGA tour.

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: 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 expands in 2012 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.


Stagecoach Music Festival – Stagecoach is a two-day annual Country Music Festival held at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, California, in the Coachella Valley.


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.: 760-837-1664. Free, 6 p.m.




Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival – The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents The Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival, formerly the Palm Springs Film Noir Festival, and will include an eclectic mixture of prestigious and obscure black and white “B” movies from the classic film noir period: 760-325-6565.




Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week – Savor the flavor of Palm Desert’s finest restaurants during during Palm Desert Restaurant Week, a 10-day celebration of local cuisine. Palm Desert Restaurant Week features dozens of the city’s finest dining establishments.




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: 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: 951-500-4090.



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: 760-346-6111.


Palm Springs Tram Road Challenge – The annual Palm Springs Tram Road Challenge is a 6K uphill run & walk that benefits the Police Activities League: 760-324-7069.




Dance Under The Stars Choreography Festival – This Festival features a choreography competition Held at the McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts.  Educational opportunities such as workshops and residencies and honors those who have made outstanding contributions to dance: 760-340-ARTS (2787).


Rancho Mirage Art Affaire – This 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: 760-324-4511.


Jacqueline Cochran Air Show – Enjoy a day of browsing, shopping and eating from a variety of food and merchandise: 760-863-8247.


Indian Powwow – The Annual Indio Powwow takes place at the Cabazon Indian Reservation in the Special Events Center located in Indio, California. 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! – 760-391-4175.

*Note: These are just a few...check online for a wide variety of selections for each individual or group. Events, dates or months may change.

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