Coachella Valley Calendar of Events – March 2020

 

Empire Polo  Through Mar. 29
Every Sunday. A fun polo season filled with competitive polo tournaments and games that are open to the public. Spectators are invited to attend matches throughout the season, either by tailgating or watching from the comfort of the VIP section.
Time/Place: 12pm & 2pm / Empire Polo Club, Indio
Contact: 760-342-7755 / www.empirepolo.com

 

Playtri Desert Triathlon   Mar. 1
Desert Triathlon is the perfect race for both the new or beginner triathlete, and the experienced triathlete looking to shake off their winter rust. Were situated on the calendar as the perfect warmup to several longer distance races, including the 70.3 in Oceanside.
Time/Place: 7:30am-12:30pm / Lake Cahuilla Recreation Area, La Quinta
Contact: 949-444-2365 / www.deserttriathlon.com

 

La Quinta Art Celebration   Mar. 5-8
Fine Art, Fine Wine, Fab Food & Live Music. Will showcase 220 world-class juried artists from across the country and abroad exhibiting their fine art and craft in 12 media categories including Painting, Sculpture, Glass, Ceramics, Jewelry, Photography, Fiber, Wood and Mixed Media.
Time/Place: La Quinta Civic Center: 78495 Calle Tampico
Contact: 760-628-7770 / www.laquintaartcelebration.org

 

Living Desert Zoo Golden Anniversary Gala 2020: Palm Desert   Mar. 7
Celebrating 50 Years of Conservation Guests are invited to dress in black and gold cocktail attire and share in an evening of entertainment, unique raffle opportunities, dinner, and engaging animal encounters. The Gala fundraiser, benefitting new habitats for African black rhinoceros, lions, and a state-of-the-art event center, begins in the Living Legacy Garden with a Golden Opportunities Cocktail Reception. Following the reception is 24K Fine Dining along with Raise the Paw, the Mane Event Raffle, and Solid Gold Entertainment by The Midtown Men.
Time/Place: 5:30pm / 47900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert
Contact: 760-346-9584 / www.livingdesert.org

 

Braille Institute Coachella Valley Open House   Mar. 7
Join us in celebrating the opening of our new neighborhood center! Braille Institute provides free services and programs for people who have low to no vision.
Time/Place: 10am-2pm / 74-245 Highway 111, #E101, Palm Desert
Contact: 760-321-1111 / www.brailleinstitute.org/coachellavalley

 

Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival   Mar. 7
This FREE event celebrates wellness, recreation, safety and the outdoors. Featuring local artists and exhibitors, a kids zone, beer & wine garden with live music, food & beverages for purchase, raffles and much, much more! FUN for all ages.
Time/Place: 9am-4pm / Palm Desert Civic Center Park
Contact: 760-862-9918 / www.DesertMountains.org

 

Rancho Mirage Music in the Park   Mar. 7, 14 & 21
Free to the public. Food and beverage will be available for purchase inside the amphitheater. FREE PARKING is available at the park and adjacent to the park along San Jacinto Drive. Please note, the following items are NOT PERMITTED inside the amphitheater: Outside food/beverages, smoking, vaping, lawn chairs, pets or ice chests/coolers.
Time/Place: 7-9:30pm / Rancho Mirage Amphitheater
Contact: 760-324-4511 x273 / www.RanchoMirageCA.gov

 

Desert Living Home Expo   Mar. 12
Rancho Mirage is famous for the design district we have here! The chamber is bringing chamber members and the public together for something unseen in the valley before. In the height of season, local businesses will showcase their wares and products to the masses in an absolutely beautiful setting. Whether attendees are looking for a major renovation, solar, adding a pool or high end appliances this is the home showcase where it is all found under one roof.
Time/Place: 11am-5pm / Omni Rancho Las Palmas, Rancho Mirage
Contact: www.RanchoMirageChamber.org

 

Friends of the Palm Springs Library Book Sale   Mar. 13-15
FOPSL will be selling books, CDs, DVDs and more! Friday is members preview.
Time/Place: Fri 12-4pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 10am-1pm / JC Frey Building: 300 S. Sunrise Way
Contact: 760-668-8838 / www.friendsofthepalmspringslibrary.org

 

Art on Main Street   Mar. 14 & 28
Features over 100 artists each season showing and selling their paintings, jewelry, mixed media, photography, ceramics, glass, woodwork, textiles, sculptures and more.
Time/Place: 10am-4pm / Old Town La Quinta
Contact: 760-600-0758 / www.oldtownlaquinta.com

 

Cathedral City State of the City & Expo   Mar. 17
This annual event offers a review of economic activity from the previous year, as well as future development and plans significant to the business community.  Mayor John Aguilar will be the featured speaker for this event.
Time/Place: 10am-2pm / DoubleTree by Hilton Golf Resort Palm Springs, Cathedral City
Contact: 760-347-0676 / www.gcvcc.org

 

Palm Desert State of City Luncheon   Mar. 20
Join us for this valuable networking opportunity celebrating the City of Palm Desert.
Time/Place: 11am-1pm / JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
Contact: 760-346-6111 / www.pdacc.org

 

ONE-PS Picnic & Community Expo   Mar. 21
Over 1000 residents enjoy the BBQ lunch, DJ entertainment, Pooch Parade, and exhibits at more than 50 booths. Exhibitors range from the Desert Water Agency which provides our water, to the Palm Springs Art Museum. The City of Palm Springs always has a great showing with the Police Department, Fire Department, Search and Rescue teams, as well as the CERT Program. Neighborhoods get involved with booths and prizes.
Time/Place: 11am-2pm / Ruth Hardy Park, Palm Springs
Contact: www.one-ps.org

 

Cathedral City Movies in the Park   Mar. 21
Tonights movie is Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Gather the family, blankets and/or chairs. The free event, hosted by the City of Cathedral City, happens once a month on a Saturday evening between November and May, at dusk. You are welcome to bring snacks or non-alcoholic drinks.
Time/Place: 7pm / Panorama Park: 28905 Avenida Maravilla
Contact: 760-770-0340 / www.discovercathedralcity.com

 

The VIMY Awards & WineLovers Auction   Mar. 21
A signature event reflective of the extraordinary people who populate the Palm Springs area. Because of who we are, we recognized the need to honor a significant contributor to healthcare in our Coachella Valley and beyond.  This first year we have chosen R. Ron Hare, MD as our inaugural recipient. Guests of this much-anticipated event are treated to delectable appetizers and an exquisite pre-auction meal courtesy of the Thunderbirds inspired culinary team.
Time/Place: 5-10pm / Thunderbird Country Club, Rancho Mirage
Contact: 760-625-0737 / https://cvvim.org

 

Rancho Mirage State of the City Luncheon   Mar. 26
Enjoy lunch and networking with like-minded professionals and learning more about the growing city, events and upcoming plans for the center of the valley. A very special thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage and our Title Sponsor, the City of Rancho Mirage, Dessert Sponsor, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Centerpiece Sponsor, Rancho Mirage Florist.
Time/Place: 11:30am-1:30pm / The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage
Contact: www.RanchoMirageChamber.org

 

Cathedral City LGBT Days   Mar. 27-29
Will honor the LGBT community and celebrate the diversity of Cathedral City. The free weekend festival includes an opening night kickoff party, the 6th annual community LGBT Days bed race, live musical performances, outdoor dancing, food, beverages, and community booths.
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / Cathedral City Civic Center Plaza
Contact: www.cathedralcitylgbtdays.com

 

Candidates Forum: Rancho Mirage City Council 2020   Mar. 30
Incumbents: Ted Weil & Richard Kite. Challengers: Stephen Jaffe & Maggie Lockridge. Free to the public. Limited seating. Will be on featured on RM TV as well.
Time/Place: 4-6pm / Rancho Mirage Public Library
Contact: www.RanchoMirageChamber.org

 

Giving is Always in Fashion   Mar. 30
Join us for an exclusive sneak peek at the Carlisle Collection for women. Proceeds will benefit Loma Linda University Childrens Health - Indio.
Time/Place: 11am-1pm / Cuistot Restaurant, Palm Desert
Contact: 909-226-1085 / https://lluch.org

 

Maclins Open Air Market   Every Wed. & Sat.
More than 400 vendors and thousands of shoppers. Regional cuisine and various snack foods are available. Parking is free and a small admission fee is charged to shoppers. Nearly everything for the entire family can be found at reasonable prices by browsing the many aisles with the moon as your companion. This is a very social marketplace and friends gather to shop and eat here.
Time/Place: 4-10pm / Riverside County Fairground, Indio
Contact: www.maclinmarkets.com

 

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 Californias most popular weekly events: VillageFest!
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 farmers market, live entertainment, gourmet food and much more.
Time/Place: 7am-2pm / 43500 Monterey Ave., Palm Desert
Contact: 760-636-7957 / http://codaastreetfair.com

RMHS Winter Music Spectacular Concert (Dec. 17)

After participating in our Tenth Annual Golf Cart Parade last week, the Rancho Mirage High School Band and Instrumental Music Department proudly invites our friends at Sun City Shadow Hills to attend our Winter Music Spectacular Concert December 17, 2019 at 7 pm at the Helene Galen Performing Arts Center, 31001 Rattler Rd, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270.

Featuring the String Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, Jazz Band, Marching Band, the Wind Symphony, and the SCSH Pom Squad.

Admission is FREE and donations are accepted.

We will also have a silent auction with wonderful baskets for the holidays.

We hope to see you there.

~ Dr. Brian McDaniel, Director of Bands and Instrumental Music

Bob Hope USO 6th Annual Spirit of Hope Gala

Thursday, November 7, 2019 • 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa • Rancho Mirage

Help us impact 32,000 service members and military families annually in the Desert Area.

Bob Hope USO strengthens America’s military by keeping them connected to family, home and country throughout their service to the nation. Bob Hope USO Desert Area provides USO services and programming to more than 32,000 current members of the military and their families annually through volunteer support at our USO Center at the Palm Springs International Airport, in the community and 29 Palms MCAGCC Marine Base. Investing in Bob Hope USO is a chance for you to have an enduring and meaningful impact on our military’s strength and effectiveness—and on the lives of our courageous service men and women. Show our service members that they are in our hearts and minds and that we will never stop standing by them.

Second Annual Craft Fair at the Indio Senior Center

Discover Unique Arts and Crafts in the City of Festivals

INDIO, CA (September 12, 2019) – The Friends of the Indio Senior Center (FOISC) will once again be hosting the 2nd Annual Craft Fair on Friday, November 1, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Indio Senior Center located at 45700 Aladdin St., Indio, California 92201. The event is free and open to the public.

The inaugural event last year attracted hundreds of attendees and the FOISC is inviting all artists to join the fair and sell their one-of-a-kind crafts. Many of the seniors at the Indio Senior Center participate in the event and are able to showcase their talents and works of art to friends and the public. Outside vendors are also welcome and are encouraged to reserve a table since space is limited.

“The Indio Senior Center Craft Fair was so successful last year that we had to bring it back again,” said Sylvia Tenorio, President of the Friends of the Indio Senior Center. “There’s an incredible amount of talent in our community that create the most incredible handcrafted products and works of art. I invite everyone to attend and start shopping for the upcoming holiday season.”

For questions or to reserve a space as a vendor, please contact Sylvia Tenorio, President of the Friends of the Indio Senior Center, at (760) 668-0395 or stenorio54@hotmail.com.

Coachella Valley Calendar of Events – June

Beatnik Bazaar   Through June 29
Handmade & Vintage Goods, Local Art, Jewelry, Photography & Crafts, And Much More!
Time/Place: 8am-2pm / 61597 29 Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree
Contact: 760-475-4860 / www.facebook.com/BeatnikLounge

Acting Up Again - A Festival of One Act Plays   May 31-June 2
A festival of four one-act plays that will both amuse you and stimulate your intellect is being presented by the Sun City Performing Arts Club.  Reserved cabaret seating and an open bar make this fun event one that you should plan to attend.
Time/Place: 7-9:15pm / Sierra Ball Room, Mountain View Club House, Sun City Palm Desert
Contact: 760-797-5305 / www.scpdca.com

Contact in the Desert: UFO Conference   May 31-June 3
The most comprehensive lineup of experts ever assembled will lecture on the latest developments in UFO studies, government disclosure, ancient civilizations, crop circles, and more. Attendees from all over the globe gathering for panel discussions, workshops, film screenings, speaker meet & greets, night sky gazing, and tours of the areas historic UFO sites.
Time/Place: Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa
Contact: 760-660-8484 / www.contactinthedesert.com

Geater Palm Springs Restaurant Week   May 31-June 9
Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week is a 10-day dining event taking place at restaurants throughout the Coachella Valley. Participating restaurants offer special lunch and dinner menus at set prices for diners to enjoy.
Contact: www.dinegps.com

Palm Springs Firefightes Fish Fry   June 1
The much loved annual event features fried trout, corn on the cob, slaw and beverages along with live music and dancing through the night. Admission is just $10 per person.
Time/Place: 6-10pm / Ruth Hardy Park: 700 E. Tamarisk Road
Contact: 760-323-8181 / www.palmspringsca.gov

World Environment Day   June 2
Join us for an environmental networking and brainstorming session, an Environmental Art Exhibition & contest awards ceremony. Live entertainment with muse Symara Stone and Flowbox Circus & Aerial Arts begins at 3pm! Farm to Table food demos with local chefs all afternoon.
Time/Place: 2-5pm / Palm Springs Pavilion
Contact: www.yoursustainablecity.com

Rancho Mirage Night at the Ballpark   June 4
OC Pirates -vs- Palm Springs Power. Along with FREE admission to the game, Rancho Mirage residents will receive a complimentary hot dog, bag of chips and a soda or bottled water. Proof of Rancho Mirage residency is required and up to four children per adult are welcome.
Time/Place: 7pm / Palm Springs Stadium
Contact: 760-324-4511 / www.ranchomirageca.gov

The Art Place Art Walk   June 5
Trusted by designers and homeowners for over 20 years as the one-stop-shop for all your decor needs, you will find the finest selection of fine art, design, and high-end furniture. Park on site and spend an afternoon perusing nearly a dozen fine art galleries & interior design boutiques.
Time/Place: 4-7pm / 41801 Corporate Way, Palm Desert
Contact: 760-776-2268 / www.artplacepd.com

Summer in Provence at Cooking With Class   June 5
Instructor: Executive Chef Janet Ebright. Join us for an evening of French culinary delights! Our Menu: Le Grand Aioli platter with radish, tomato, radicchio, haricot vert and shrimp, Soup au pistou with grilled sourdough, Pan roasted chicken paillard with pan roasted peewee potatoes and lemons, Summer blackberry financiers. $65 Per Person special summer pricing!
Time/Place: 6-8pm / 47875 Caleo Bay Drive, La Quinta
Contact: 760-777-1161 / www.cookingwithclasslq.com

Splash House   June 7-9
Splash House is what you get when you mix up fun-loving people, with some rocking pool parties, and an escape to sunny Palm Springs, California. Its a little slice of paradise where friendships are forged as people dance to the best in house, disco, and electronica.
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / Palm Springs
Contact: www.splashhouse.com

Shavuot Retreat   June 7-11
Enjoy a retreat of friendship and inspiration featuring guest speakers, First class accommodations and fine Kosher dining all in the beautiful setting of the Indian Wells Mountains. The event will feature Gourmet Catered Cuisine, a 24 Hour Tea Room, All Night Learning, Minyanim, Kids Program, Dynamic Speakers, Glatt Kosher - Cholov Yisroel, and a Matchmaker on Board.
Time/Place: Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa, Rancho Mirage
Contact: 310-772-0000 / www.jemretreats.com

Coachella Movies in the Park   June 7 & 14
June 7: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. June 14: Aquaman. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets.
Time/Place: 7:30pm / Veterans Memorial Park
Contact: 760-398-3502 / www.coachella.org

Palm Springs Chamber Installation & Business Awards Luncheon   June 14
$75 per person. Tables of 10 $750.
Time/Place: 11:30am-1pm / Renaissance Palm Springs
Contact: 760-322-6000 / www.pschamber.org

Rockin Sock Hop   June 14
Come dressed to listen and dance to the music from the 50s and 60s and enjoy hot dogs provided by Sonic Drive-in and ice cream sodas. Each item is only 25 cents. Join all the hip cats and dolls who will be participating in the rocking 50/50 raffle.
Time/Place: 6-9pm / Cathedral City Senior Center
Contact: 760-321-1548 / www.cathedralcenter.org

Joshua Tree Pride   June 14-16
Friday: Queerated Gallery Opening Reception. Saturday: Mermaid March, BBQ & Bands, Stonewall 50th Anniversary One-Act and Comedy hosted by Shann Carr. Sunday: Brunch & Music, Youth Slam Poetry, Poet Claudia Rodriguez, Pride & Poetry.
Time/Place: The Shops at Zannys: 61877 Twentynine Palms Highway
Contact: www.jtpride.org

Palm Springs International ShortFest Film Festival   June 18-24
A highly competitive festival, the ShortFest receives over 5,000 submissions from over 100 countries around the globe. Approximately 325 shorts are selected and screened in 90-minute themed programs, with many of the remaining titles available for viewing in the Market. An Oscar, BAFTA, and Los Premios Goya-qualifying festival, ShortFest has presented more than 100 shorts that have gone on to receive Oscarnominations and/or awards.
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / Camelot Theatres, Palm Springs
Contact: 800-898-7256 / www.psfilmfest.org

Coachella Valley Chamber Business Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting   June 25
This years event is Behind the Mask, Coachella Valley Superheroes, celebrating professionals that make a difference in our community. A cocktail and silent auction reception will welcome guests.
Time/Place: 5:30-8:30pm / Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa
Contact: 760-347-0676 / www.gcvcc.org

Maclins Open Air Market   Every Wed. & Sat.
More than 400 vendors and thousands of shoppers. Regional cuisine and various snack foods are available. Parking is free and a small admission fee is charged to shoppers. Nearly everything for the entire family can be found at reasonable prices by browsing the many aisles with the moon as your companion. This is a very social marketplace and friends gather to shop and eat here.
Time/Place: 4-10pm / Riverside County Fairground, Indio
Contact: www.maclinmarkets.com

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 Californias most popular weekly events: VillageFest!
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 farmers market, live entertainment, gourmet food and more.
Time/Place: 7am-2pm / 43500 Monterey Ave., Palm Desert
Contact: 760-636-7957 / http://codaastreetfair.com