Coachella Valley Calendar of Events – April 2019
Desert X Through Apr. 21
A site-specific biennial art exhibition that first took place in the Spring of 2017. Artists from different parts of the world were invited to make work in response to the unique conditions of the Coachella Valley. The desert is a blank canvas upon which contemporary artists can project their vision and create from the extraordinary natural objects around them.
Time/Place: Various locations throughout Greater Palm Springs
American Documentary Film Festival Mar. 29-Apr. 4
Annual showcase of films that tell real stories behind the real issues and people making an impact on the world today.
Time/Place: Camelot Theatres, Palm Springs
Contact: 760-322-3689 / www.americandocumentaryfilmfestival.com
LPGA Ana Inspiration Apr. 1-7
The best women golfers in the world are coming to compete in Golfs First Major tournament. The competition will be fierce for the $2 million purse, coveted Dinah Shore Trophy, the famous jump in to Poppies Pond and the honor of wearing the coveted Champions white robe. Children 17 and under get in free with a paid adult.
Time/Place: Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho Mirage
The Dinah Apr. 3-7
Presenting the largest lesbian girl party music festival in the world, rocking Palm Springs since 1991. 2019 will feature celebrity appearances, world-class DJs, cocktails, gogo dancers and dancing poolside with performances by Kodie Shane, Leikeli47, Bri Steves, Dorian Electra, Daya and Kiana Lede.
Contact: 888-923-4624 / www.visitgreaterpalmsprings.com
Be A Hero for Kids Boys & Girls Club of Palm Springs Annual Gala Apr. 4
The Masters of Ceremony will be Eric & Lindsey of Desert Flippers and there will be a hosted cocktail hour from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Palm Springs Riviera; reception, dinner, silent & live auction, valet parking; $100 various sponsorship opportunities, Youth of the Year presentation.
Time/Place: 5:30-10pm / Riviera Palm Springs
Circus Vargas Presents The Greatest of Ease Apr. 4-7
Join us in celebrating, Circus Vargas 50th-anniversary extravaganza, an homage to the golden era of the circus in America. Death-Defying Acrobats, Daredevils, Aerialists, Jugglers, Contortionists, Clowns, Motorcycles and much, more!
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / Westfield Palm Desert
Contact: 877-468-3861 / www.circusvargas.com
El Paseo Cruise Night Apr. 5
Everyone is welcome to come and view the cars and meet the owners. At 4:15pm we will have a few announcements and introduce our Guest MC for the evening. 4:30pm – time to Cruise!
Time/Place: 2-5:30pm / The Gardens on El Paseo, Palm Desert
Contact: 760-346-8965 / www.elpaseocruisenight.com
Garden Jam Music Festival Apr. 5-6
Enjoy the breathtaking atmosphere – warm breeze, sunset, palm trees, elegant table seating, and artisan food and drink offerings. Headliners include Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and Buddy Guy plus performances by Los Lobos, Lucie Silvas, Jimmie Vaughan and Brian Culbertson. Toby Lee, 13-year-old guitar phenom, will be making his debut.
Time/Place: 6:30pm / Indian Wells Tennis Garden
Contact: 800-999-1585 / www.gardenjammusicfestival.com
Fly A Over LQ: A Kite Experience Apr. 6
This event offers numerous experiences to enjoy along with learning about various kites. Dont forget to stop by the craft table to create your kite and let your masterpiece soar! Instructors will help you construct, decorate and fly your kites! Fun for the entire family! Event is Free to attend.
Time/Place: 8-10am / Monticello Park, La Quinta
Contact: 760-777-7000 / www.laquintaca.gov
Desert Mountains Art Faire Apr. 6
Mediums may include photography, paintings, ceramics, hand-painted silks, and more. Support local artists and find beautiful and unique gifts and desert mementos, all while enjoying the natural beauty of the desert mountains.
Time/Place: 9am-4pm / Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, Palm Desert
Contact: 760-568-9918 / www.desertmountains.org
Art on Main Street Apr. 6
Features over 100 artists each season showing and selling their paintings, jewelry, mixed media, photography, ceramics, glass, woodwork, textiles, sculptures and more. Barry Minniefield from The Voice performs live at every show this season. Admission, parking and entertainment are free.
Time/Place: 10am-4pm / Old Town La Quinta
Countryfest Parking Lot Party Apr. 6
Featuring a performance by up and coming country stars Leaving Austin. This inaugural event will be benefiting the Desert Cancer Foundation with a portion of the proceeds directly benefiting our Coachella Valley residents. BBQ, games, Country Music and the best craft beer in the desert.
Time/Place: 2-9pm / La Quinta Brewing Co., Palm Desert
Contact: 760-200-2597 / www.laquintabrewing.com
NCLRs Palm Springs Garden Party Apr. 6
Event Co-Chairs Christy Holstege and Carl Baker will oversee the festivities as we honor Geoff Kors and a very special surprise guest. We expect 500 of the most interesting people in the valley for drinks, bites, and stimulating discussion with NCLR program staff about the cases making headlines today.
Time/Place: 4:30-6:30pm / The William Holden Estate
Indio Movies in the Park Apr. 12
Presented on a giant 35 foot outdoor screen. All showings are free and open to the public, bring your family and enjoy the fun! The April showing is Ralph Breaks The Internet. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs, blankets, snacks and refreshments.
Time/Place: 7:30pm / Park behind Indio Community Center
Contact: 760-347-0676 / www.gcvcc.org
Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Apr. 12-14 & 19-21
The event features musical artists from many genres of music, including rock, indie, hip hop, and electronic dance music, as well as art installations and sculptures. Across the grounds, several stages continuously host live music.
Time/Place: Empire Polo Club, Indio
Earth Day Celebration Apr. 13
Learn about Earth Day, environmentalism, and recycling.
Time/Place: 10am-3pm / Cabots Pueblo Museum, Desert Hot Springs
Contact: 760-329-7610 / www.cabotsmuseum.org
Cinema Under the Stars Apr. 13-May 11
Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, food and beverages to this extraordinary outdoor cinematic experience. This event is free to the public and includes complimentary popcorn and water. April 13: Apollo 13 April 20: Close Encounters of the Third Kind April 27: ET
Time/Place: 6:30pm / Rancho Mirage Amphitheater
Contact: 760-324-4511 / www.ranchomirageca.gov
Earth Day Bird-A-Thon Bus Tour Apr. 19
Whether you are a beginner or a serious birder, enjoy spectacular desert and mountain scenery on a guided bus tour to well-known birding and nature hotspots in and around the Coachella Valley. Water and snacks will be provided. Bring a sack lunch to enjoy at one of the stops along the way.
Time/Place: 7am-4pm / Sams Club Parking Lot, Palm Desert
Contact: 760-862-9918 / www.desertmountains.org
Indio Eggstravaganza Apr. 20
Easter Egg Hunt (limit 5 eggs per child) Bring a Camera for FREE photos with the Easter Bunny! There will be a bounce house, bunny balloons and face painting! Open to the public – free admission!
Time/Place: 12-3pm / Indio Grand Marketplace
Contact: 760-289-6634 / www.indiograndmarketplace.com
La Quinta Easter Egg-Stravaganza Apr. 20
Children up to age 10 are welcome to participate in this egg-cellent event! Look for candy and toy filled eggs scattered around the park. A chalk drawing contest begins at 9:15am and a special visit from the Easter Bunny is planned too! Check your eggs for a golden ticket and turn it in for a special prize! This event is free to attend.
Time/Place: 9-11am / La Quinta Community Park
Contact: 760-777-7000 / www.laquintaca.gov
Earth Day Fair Apr. 20
This years fair will be setting out again to educate, innovate, and inspire. In addition to learning about the latest and greatest planet-saving solutions, the event also features great shopping for amazing nature inspired or environmentally friendly arts and crafts. Time/Place: 9am-2pm / Hi-Desert Nature Museum, Twentynine Palms
Contact: 760-369-7212 / www.hidesertnaturemuseum.org
Movies in the Park: Dr. Seuss The Lorax Apr. 20
You are welcome to bring snacks or non-alcoholic drinks, but you can also purchase them from the movie organizers at the concession stand.
Time/Place: 7pm / Cathedral City Downtown Festival Lawn
Contact: 760-770-0340 / www.discovercathedralcity.com
Easter Carnival Apr. 20
Family Fun! Easter egg hunts, carnival style games, entertainment, food vendors, and a photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny.
Time/Place: 10am-3pm / Coachella Valley History Museum, Indio
Contact: 760-342-6651 / www.cvhm.org
Cathedral City Easter Kidaplooza Apr. 21
Four of the 30,000 eggs will have a special message inside the egg notifying the child of winning a bike. Other activities include taking a picture with the Easter Bunny and several local businesses will offer free candy for the kids as well.
Time/Place: 12-3pm / Town Square Park
Earth Day at the Living Desert Apr. 22
This years celebration includes discounted admission, giveaways, and zero waste activities. Earth Day is a Zero Waste day and to support this effort, The Living Deserts food service will be free of plastics, instead using compostable and reusable tableware, silverware and cups.
Time/Place: 9am-12pm / 47900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert
Contact: 760-346-5694 / www.livingdesert.org
Dining Out For Life Apr. 25
This annual dining fundraising event raises money for local AIDS service organizations across the nation. Palm Springs Dining Out for Life enlists more than 80 local restaurants who donate from 33 percent or more of the days proceeds to Desert AIDs Project. Visit the website for more information and to view the list of participating restaurants.
Contact: 760-323-2118 / www.desertaidsproject.org
Orion Awards Apr. 25
Celebrate Cathedral City! The annual Orion Awards recognize excellence in business, charity, and individual achievement across the community. Categories include Non-Profit of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and more. Attendees will enjoy an evening of entertainment and fun, including a silent auction and dinner.
Time/Place: 6-9pm / DoubleTree by Hilton Golf Resort, Palm Springs
Contact: 760-347-0676 / www.gcvcc.org
Stagecoach Country Music Festival Apr. 26-28
One of country musics most highly anticipated events of the year with performances by the top country music acts, this festival has something for everyone.
Time/Place: Empire Polo Club, Indio
White Party Palm Springs Apr. 26-29
The largest gay dance party in the World. DJs, live performances, pool parties and more. Time/Place: Visit the website for complete details and party locations.
La Quinta City Picnic & Birthday Celebration Apr. 27
Celebrate the City’s 37th birthday with family, friends, and neighbors while enjoying a high energy event. There will be non-stop entertainment, activities for children, snacks, refreshments, and plenty of giveaways. Indulge yourself in audible treats from our performers that are sure to entertain!
Time/Place: 9am-1pm / Civic Center Campus
Contact: 60-777-7000 / www.laquintaca.gov
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Palm Springs International Film Festival Jan. 2-15 A culturally diverse program of 200+ stellar films from more than 60 countries represents the best in international cinema, earning the Festival an enthusiastic and loyal audience of nearly 137,000. The Festival’s glamorous centerpiece, the Awards Gala, brings the world’s biggest stars to Palm Springs as it honors the year’s best performances both in front of and behind the camera. Time/Place: See website for schedule. / Camelot Theatres: 2300 E Baristo Rd. Contact: 760-322-2930 / www.psfilmfest.org
Art Walk & Wine Tasting Jan. 3 Every first Wednesday of the month through April. Guests can stroll through the various galleries to view fine and original art including contemporary paintings, glass sculptures, bronze works, and other art genres, while also visiting other shops at The Art Place. Craveyon Wines from Temecula will provide complimentary wine tasting throughout the evening. Proceeds from gallery and shop sales will benefit “Loving All Animals.” Time/Place: 4-7pm / The Art Place: 41801 Corporate Way, Palm Desert Contact: 760-776-2268 / www.artplacepd.com
Kennel Club of Palm Springs Dog Shows Jan. 4-7 Breed Specialty shows on Thursday and Friday. All breed shows on Saturday and Sunday. Purebred dog fanciers from all over the US gather at this magnificent site to show their dogs in Conformation, Obedience and Agility. Also featured will be “Meet The Breeds” and vendors will offer canine-related items for sale. Food vendors will be available. Time/Place: Empire Polo Club Grounds, Indio Contact: 505-660-8080 / www.kennelclubpalmsprings.org
El Paseo Art Walk Jan. 5 Held on the First Friday of every month, November through May, as part of First Weekend Palm Desert. Exhibit openings, artist receptions and more! Enjoy a free docent lead or self-guided tour of the current exhibits at the Palm Springs Art Museum. Time/Place: 4-8pm / El Paseo Contact: www.elpaseoartwalk.com
El Paseo Cruise Night Jan. 5 Everyone is welcome! View the cars and meet the owners. Time/Place: 3:15pm / El Paseo Contact: www.elpaseocruisenight.com
Desert Mountains Art Faire Jan. 6 Mediums may include photography, paintings, ceramics, hand painted silks, and more. Support local artists and find beautiful and unique gifts and desert mementos, all while enjoying the natural beauty of our desert mountains! Time/Place: 9am-4pm / Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center Contact: 760-568-9918 / www.desertmountains.org
Caliente Springs Health & Resources Fair Jan. 6 A health fair promoting healthy aging and senior wellness, featuring seminars presented by representatives of Eisenhower Medical Center and Desert Regional Medical center. More than 30 booths at the fair, endorsed by State Senator Jeff Stone. Plus a demo by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit. Time/Place: 9:30am-2pm / Caliente Springs Resort Contact: 760-329-8400 / www.skyvalleyresorts.com
Red Carpet Run 5K & 10K Jan. 6 The Palm Springs International Film Festival Red Carpet Run offers both a 5K and 10K run/walk beginning and ending on the red carpet and taking an incredible route past some of the celebrity homes of the iconic past. Wear your old prom dress, wedding gown, that old tux or just your bow tie and boxers as you dodge the paparazzi, listen to music and sign autographs as your fans applaud you as you cross the finish line. Time/Place: 8-11am / American Legion: 400 N Belardo Road, Palm Springs Contact: www.palmspringsmarathonrunners.org
Live Well Festival Jan. 6 An all-inclusive mind-body-spirit wellness festival that highlights the desert’s top local health and wellness businesses through fun, educational, and interactive demonstrations. Festivities include Morning Yoga, Color Run, entertainment, kids zone and more. Time/Place: 10am-5pm / Palm Desert Civic Center Park Contact: 760-464-3239 / www.livewellfestival.org
Palm Springs Friends of Philharmonic Jan. 7 Matthias Pintscher, Conductor and Renaud Capucon, violin. Time/Place: 5-7pm / McCallum Theatre, Palm Desert Contact: 760-341-1013 / www.psfp.org
Sunday Polo at Eldorado Polo Club Jan. 7-Apr. 1 Sunday Polo is one of the must do activities in the Desert during the winter months! Visitors can also enjoy games every Saturday at 12pm and Sunday at 10am on the patio at the Cantina. Time/Place: 12pm & 2pm / 50950 Madison Street, Indio Contact: 760-831-7656 / www.eldoradopoloclub.com
The Desert Symphony presents Cirque de la Symphonie Jan. 11 It is an elegant adaptation of some of the most amazing cirque performances witnessed anywhere, and it showcases many of the best artists in the world. Their performances are uniquely adapted to stage accommodations shared with The Desert Symphony. Each artist’s performance is choreographed to music selected by the maestro. Time/Place: 8pm / McCallum Theatre, Palm Desert Contact: 760-340-2787 / www.mccallumtheatre.com
2nd Saturdays Art Walk on Perez Road Jan. 13 Discover special art exhibits, museum quality art as well as cultural art to brighten your soul, meet other like-minded people, and maybe get a little exercise going from art gallery to design gallery to art gallery. Time/Place: 5-8pm / Cathedral City’s Art & Design District Contact: 760-770-0340 / www.discovercathedralcity.com
Desert Art Festival Jan. 13-14 Hundreds of talented artists are proud to present their unique work in acrylic, collage, etchings, mixed media, oils, pencil, watercolors, digital and traditional photography. Contemporary craftsmen present unique styles of individually handcrafted functional and decorative pottery, raku, turned wood vessels and gourd art. Time/Place: 10am-5pm / Frances Stevens Park, Palm Springs Contact: 818-813-4478 / www.westcoastartists.com
Desert Woman’s Show Jan. 13-14 11th annual Expo featuring an array of products and services, seminars on today’s hottest topics, and Taste of the Valley with food, wine and beer tasting. Attended by thousands of guests, the Expo offers daily fashion shows, stimulating seminars on today’s hottest topics including Stem Cells Demystified, Myths & Truths of Organic Foods plus a Hawaiian Fusion Cooking Class with ROY’s. Time/Place: Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 11am-4pm / Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Contact: 760-285-3903 / www.desertwomansshow.com
IW Back9 5k Fun Walk Jan. 14 Come join fellow residents for a healthy 5k walk through our scenic golf course. After the walk enjoy Desert Recreation District Tai Chi for beginners. Coffee and tea will be served, so come out and meet some fellow residents. Meet at back patio at 6:55 a.m. No RSVP necessary and no dogs allowed. Followed by Stretching/Tai Chi on Players Course. Time/Place: 7-8:30am / Indian Wells Golf Resort Contact: 760-346-2489 / www.cityofindianwells.org
HITS Coachella Desert Circuit Horse Shows Jan. 16-Mar. 18 Saddle up and head to the horse show of the year, HITS Coachella, and watch as riders and their horses jump, leap and gallop their way across the course with grace and skill. Time/Place: HITS Desert Horse Park: 85-555 Airport Blvd., Thermal Contact: 845-246-8833 / www.hitsshows.com
Park After Dark (Adult Night) Jan. 19 Ever wonder what the animals are up to at The Living Desert when the people go home and the lights go out? Each adult only night will feature either a beer, wine, bourbon or vodka tasting opportunity in addition to a guided tour of specially selected animal exhibits. Time/Place: 6-8:30pm / The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Palm Desert Contact: 760-346-5694 x2506 / www.livingdesert.org
Art on Main Street Jan. 20 Old Town La Quinta is committed to continuing the art events previously known as “Art Under the Umbrellas” which were recently cancelled by La Quinta Arts Foundation. Under the new name, the event series, which is an 11-year tradition in La Quinta, will continue under the management of Old Town La Quinta LLC a premier sponsor The City of La Quinta, in support of artists and the larger community. Time/Place: 10am-4pm / Old Town La Quinta Contact: 760-777-7000 / www.laquintaca.gov
Palm Desert Panther 5K Jan. 21 Benefits Palm Desert Charter Middle School, and is fun for the whole family (and your dogs, too!). Come on out and walk, jog or run this flat, fast course. Time/Place: 8am / El Paseo Contact: 760-702-2466 / https://register.chronotrack.com/r/32584
Rancho Mirage Writers Festival Jan. 24-26 A world class gathering of writers, thinkers, and people contributing to the intellectual vitality of our time. Writers will talk about their books, their source of ideas, and the mechanics of writing for publication. Time/Place: Rancho Mirage Public Library Contact: 760-341-7323 / www.rmwritersfest.org
Southwest Arts Festival Indio Jan. 25-28 Every year the Arts Festival continues to evolve and attract a high caliber of talented artists and unique artwork. This year’s festival will feature interactive art displays and live music, with pottery, glass and fine art painting scheduled to be on display. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of food and beverage options while casually walking the grounds. Time/Place: 10am-5pm / Empire Polo Club Contact: 760-347-0676 / www.discoverindio.com
Cathedral City Movies in the Park Jan. 27 The free event happens once a month on a Saturday evening every month between November and May. Tonight’s movie is “Moana.” You are welcome to bring snacks or non-alcoholic drinks, but you can also purchase them from the movie organizers at the concession stand. Time/Place: 7-9pm / Downtown Festival Lawn Contact: 760-770-0340 / www.discovercathedralcity.com
Palm Springs Health Run & Fitness Expo Jan. 27 Start the New Year off right with this 5k, 10k and beginner run that begins and ends with a large health and wellness festival offering giveaways, services, fitness experts, and cooking demonstrations. Time/Place: 8am-2pm / Ruth Hardy Park: 700 E Tamarisk Road Contact: 760-323-6511 / www.palmspringshealthrun.com
Heroes in Recovery 6K Jan. 28 The Palm Springs Heroes in Recovery 6K is a unique run/walk presented by Michael’s House. Foundations Recovery Network’s mission is to be the leader in evidence-based, integrated treatment for co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders through clinical services, education, and research. The sixth kilometer separates a Heroes 6K race from a typical 5K to symbolize the extra effort it takes to sustain recovery. Time/Place: 8-10am / Michael’s House: 515 N Palm Canyon Drive Contact: 888-312-4220 / www.heroesinrecovery.com
Full Moon Hike Jan. 31 Experience a hike by moonlight! See the beauty of the shadows and wash of moonlight over the mountains. We will be looking for all types of night creatures along the trail. Bring 1-2 liters of water per person, headlamp or flashlight, a black light (if you have one) and wear closed-toe shoes. Time/Place: 7-9pm / Top of the Cove Parking Lot Contact: 760-862-9984 / www.DesertMountains.org
VillageFest Every Thursday Downtown Palm Springs transforms into a diverse array of artists, artisans, entertainers, and purveyors of fresh fruits and veggies, flowers, jewelry, snacks and sweets. Add all that to the great shops, restaurants, clubs, and entertainment venues located along World Famous Palm Canyon Drive – and the result is one of Southern California’s most popular weekly events. Time/Place: 6-10pm / Palm Canyon Drive Contact: 760-320-3781 / www.villagefest.org
College of the Desert Street Fair Every Sat. & Sun. With merchandise and services for all ages and any budget, the Street Fair offers more than 300 merchants, artists, a farmer’s market, live entertainment, gourmet food and much more. Time/Place: 7am-2pm / 43500 Monterey Ave., Palm Desert Contact: 760-636-7957 / http://codaastreetfair.com
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