Desert | California

Desert Events

The warm air may draw you here, but any number of other attractions will keep you coming back. It could be the innovative spas in Desert Hot Springs, the outdoor adventures in the desert, art galleries in Palm Desert, hot air ballooning over Joshua Tree, the hundreds of birds at the Salton Sea, or the dark skys of Borrego. Then again, it could be the simple act of lounging by a turquoise pool that's reason enough for a repeat visit.

Just for Fun - Desert

McCormick's Classic Car Show and Auction - 500 classic, sports, antique and special interest autos are sold across the Auction block during the 3 days. Join the car craze and see what relics of the past are on display.

Desert Arts Festival - West Coast Artists has a series of six art festivals that are held in the heart of legendary Downtown Palm Springs, California. This series of Fine Art Festivals are celebrating their 27th year and continue to delight art patrons across the nation as they vacation in Palm Springs.

Blue Angels Air Show in El Centro where the Blue Angels train. See modern-day war birds such as B-1 bombers, Stealth Fighters, A-10 Warthogs, Apache helicopters and more on display on the ground and air. Show finale features the Navy's Blue Angels precision flying team.

Food and Spirits - Desert

Indio Tamale Festival features an endless variety of tamales. Entertainment includes live music, mariachis, carnival rides and games, a tamale eating contest and more.

Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert will gather the brightest and most inspired chefs from California for three extraordinary days of culinary and wine tasting under The Big White Tent on Larkspur between El Paseo and Shadow Mountain in Palm Desert, CA. This event will be uniquely educational in focus, showcasing the Coachella Valley as a culinary destination.

Music - Desert

Stagecoach Country Music Festival - Come check out our annual country music festival. Grab your boots, you cowboy hat and prepare yourself for some of the best live country music!

Joshua Tree Music Festival - The Copper Mountains provide a red rock sunset backdrop to this 40 acre privately owned venue, which is located 9 miles from the entrance to the otherworldly Joshua Tree National Park. Live music runs continuously from 11am til past midnight on SAT, and from 11am - 7pm on SUN. An intimate setting, where the distinction between artist and audience is blurred, and a passionate performance can be truly relished in close proximity to the stage.

Sports Events - Desert

Tour de Palm Springs -The bicycle tour hosts nearly 8,000 riders of all ages and abilities on a course through Palm Springs and Coachella Valley.

Humana Challenge, La Quinta - Last year marked the first annual Humana Challenge, which brought about significant changes to the tournament formerly known as the Bob Hope Classic. As its centerpiece, the event featured a theme of health and well-being and included a number of activities geared toward challenging people to make small changes that have a big impact on their lives. In support of this effort, the Humana Challenge will continue its mission to challenge everyone -- from participating pros, amateurs and celebrities to volunteers, spectators and millions of viewers around the world -- to take an active role in their own well-being.

Wildlife Events - Desert

The California Poppy Festival kicks off spring in the Antelope Valley with a glorious array of celebrated performers, unrivaled events, and mouth-watering delicacies designed to delight, enchant, and amuse people of all ages. Warm breezes replace the winter chill, jubilant laughter fills the air, and poppies burst into bloom blanketing hillsides in a sea of orange.

Death Valley Wildflower Viewing is best in early spring when the normally stark deserts explode with color. Many varieties including poppies, lupine, cream cups, ocotillo and more combine to create perfect photo opportunities.

Tortoise Days - We are a non-profit organization that puts together an annual festival to better our community. Tortoise Days is always held on the first weekend in May at Central Park. Activities include a parade, vendors, a carnival, food and drink booths and much more fun for young and old alike. (Editor's note: Ok, so it might not be a "true" wildlife event...it still sounds fun!)