The 10th annual Palm Desert Food & Wine, taking place March 27–29, 2020, will feature a diverse selection of mouth-watering eats, premium wines, hands-on cooking demonstrations, and much more. This annual gastronomic event is the most celebrated cuisine and beverage festival in Greater Palm Springs and will feature a roster of the nation’s top chefs, vintners, and brewmasters.
The weekend begins with a four-course gourmet luncheon created by James Beard Award-winning and nominated chefs accompanied by premium wine pairings.
At the Grand Tastings on Saturday and Sunday, guests will experience demonstrations from celebrity chefs and enjoy tastings from more than 50 fine restaurants and culinary brands accompanied by premium spirits, wines, Champagnes and craft brews.
But it’s not just about satisfying your palate — it’s also about helping others. Palm Desert Food & Wine is a proud supporter of the Coachella Valley’s FIND Food Bank, which provides food assistance to those in need throughout our community.
The Food and Wine Festival in Palm Desert is conveniently paired with Fashion Week El Paseo in March, offering visitors yet another reason to come to Palm Desert in the spring. For more information visit the Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival website.
Fashion Week El Paseo celebrates style, innovation, and trends at the West Coast’s largest consumer fashion show, taking place March 20‒28, 2020, at The Gardens on El Paseo in Palm Desert.
What began in 2006 by Palm Springs Life magazine as a way to showcase stores on El Paseo — featuring 10 stores, a few generous restaurants, and about 250 attendees — has evolved into a nine-day event that attracts more than 14,000 guests from around the world.
The talents of renowned and emerging designers, many of whom have been featured on Bravo’s Project Runway, this premier event showcases their newest collections. After the designers present their collections, they mingle with guests and vend their work at trunk shows.
Auxiliary events include cocktail receptions, pre- and post-show parties, celebrity meet-and-greets, silent auctions, and more. Some benefit local schools or organizations; scholarships have been provided to Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising students as well as to the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund, while the proceeds from another go to Animal Samaritans.
El Paseo Fashion Week tickets are available on an event-to-event basis, or you can purchase a pass that grants you access to all Fashion Week events and includes VIP seating at all the fashion shows. The full Fashion Week schedule is available on the official Fashion Week El Paseo website, where you’ll also find photo galleries, biographies of the designers and tips on where to stay.
The 2020 BNP Paribas Open returns to Indian Wells Tennis Garden for another year of dramatic professional tennis action. Known as the “Fifth Grand Slam” in tennis circles, the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament positions the sport’s global spotlight on Indian Wells each March for two weeks of fast-paced Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) play.
This year’s tournament will run March 9-22 and includes the return of “Rafa & Friends” vying for the second annual Eisenhower Cup, a one-night only Tie Break Tens event.
Notable players from around the world will compete for the tournament’s top prize in Singles and Doubles, including established and rising stars such as Rafael Nadal, Caroline Wozniaki, Novak Djokovic, Naomi Osaka, Dominic Thiem, and Venus and Serena Williams. This is the largest two-week combined ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and WTA Premier professional tennis tournament in the world, and one of the most popular destinations for tennis fans from around the globe to attend.
The tournament is a Masters 1000 event on the men’s tour and is a Premier Mandatory event on the women’s tour. Between 1974 and 1976 it was non-tour event and between 1977 and 1986 it was a secondary tournament of the Grand Prix Tennis Tour but in 1987 it was upgraded to be part of the Grand Prix Super Series, the series of nine tournaments just below the four majors and the year-end finals in importance.
It took the place of the Philadelphia Indoor event as the first Super Series event of the year. The event is one of two tour events (along with the Miami Open), other than the Majors, in which main draw play extends beyond eight days. The women’s main draw usually starts on Wednesday and the men’s main draw starts on Thursday. Both finals are held on Sunday of the following week. Both singles main draws include 96 players in a 128-player grid, with the 32 seeded players getting a bye (a free pass) to the second round.
Welcome to the Rancho Mirage Wine and Food Festival, February 28 – 29 in the Rancho Mirage Community Park where Palm Trees and Stunning Mountain Views serve as the backdrop to one of the most talked about Wine Events in California. Featuring the Special Sunset Rare, Reserve Tasting and the Grand Tasting Finale.
For the Grand Tasting, enjoy an afternoon of fun, wine, food and lively music – at the the most stylish wine and food festival under the sun! If you love wine, great food, and that famous Palm Springs weather, then the Rancho Mirage Wine & Food Festival is the event for you!
Limited to just 300 ticket-holders, this will be the toughest ticket in town! California’s best winemakers will dust off their rare and reserve level bottles in a wine-lovers fantasy night of sipping the good stuff! Some of the wines being poured are impossible to buy and are no longer in distribution.
Guests are greeted with a Sparkling Champagne Reception then treated to Trophy Cabs, rare bottles of wine from Sonoma County, Award winning wines from Paso Robles and Lodi and some of the best Pinot’s from California’s Central Coast, Santa Barbara County and Oregon.
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Top chefs from the Coachella Valley’s most popular restaurants will prepare amazing hot and cold gourmet appetizers while live music keeps things upbeat. The beautiful Rancho Mirage Amphitheater provides the perfect backdrop for this romantic winter night under the stars. The Rancho Mirage Wine and Food Festival Silent Auction of fine wines, exotic large format wine bottles and special luxury wine tours will raise money for our most worthy non-profit.
February 28 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm Rancho Mirage Community Amphitheater 71560 San Jacinto Drive Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Palm Springs Modernism Week 2020 returns to the desert to bask in the beautiful, simplistic Mid-Century Modern movement. Modernism Week 2020 is a 10-day celebration of all things Modern in the mecca of “MCM,” Palm Springs, taking place February 13-23. This signature event happens every February, gathering tens-of-thousands of Modernism enthusiasts from around the world to celebrate the form in all its glory, from sleek architecture to iconic furniture and fashions.
Modernism Week initially began as a weekend event and has now grown to include more than ten consecutive days of events that include Palm Springs Art Museum films, lectures and symposium, gallery openings and art events, double-decker bus tours to mid-century architectural classics, tours of Frey House II, vintage car show, a vintage streamline and modern Airstream travel trailers, plus the desert’s best retro-themed soirees and martini parties.
The Greater Palm Springs Area boasts one of the largest concentrations of Mid-Century Modern architecture in the world and is the perfect setting for Modernism Week each year. With the creative fingerprints of legendary names etched throughout the Valley, including Wexler, Neutra, Frey, and Schindler, Palm Springs has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to highly-coveted Mid-Century Modern homes and structures. Modernism Week 2020 embraces the form and celebrates its unique characteristics, and is a local event to check out for residents and guests alike.
For more information on Modernism Week 2020, including a schedule of tours, events and more, check out the Modernism Week 2020 website.
TOUR DE PALM SPRINGS 2020
Get ready to ride through the Palm Springs Oasis with thousands of other bike riders pedaling for a good cause. The 22nd Annual Tour de Palm Springs is February 7-8. This celebrated event has given both bike enthusiasts and casual riders a chance to pedal their way through Greater Palm Springs
Don’t have a bike? Not to worry, Bike rentals are available. The Tour de Palm Springs is family-friendly and a fun-filled event for both riders and spectators. Join thousands of riders pedaling for a good cause during the Tour de Palm Springs.
Tour de Palm Springs is a CVSPIN-sponsored event with proceeds going to local nonprofit organizations throughout the Coachella Valley.
Our great weather and gorgeous mountain scenery attracts thousands of bike riders every year. Walkers and runners are invited with routes ranging from 1-mile and 3-mile option for walkers and 50-mile and 100-mile for cyclists, making this event attractive to everyone from novice to elite cyclists.
The ride starts and finishes on North Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. Tour de Palm Springs
The Tour de Palm Springs is now one of the largest cycling charity events of its kind in America. Since 1998 the Tour de Palm Springs charity event has distributed nearly $4,000.000.00 to over 150 local nonprofit organizations. Every year between 6,000 to 10,000 cyclists from 46 different states including 4 countries. The Tour de Palm Springs is Nationally known and famous for many reasons and below are just a few of the reasons:
• Entertainment: Over 20 bands will be staged throughout event and along routes for our cyclists
• Finish line: Cyclists are greeted by nearly 100 cheerleaders including large marching bands
• Start line: Cyclists are sent off into the streets with a nearly 200-member marching band
• Start area: Cyclists will exit thru military, police & fire vehicles with sirens on and lights flashing
• Route support: Over 30 vehicles will be used to support cyclists on the routes including vans, buses & others
Palm Springs is the place to be for fun and entertainment! Check out some of the upcoming events for 2020 in Palm Springs.
Presented by the Palm Springs Cruisin’ Association, the Dr. George Car Show is in its 17th year and has grown to be the largest one day car show in California. With 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Desert Cancer Foundation, it included 1,000 vehicle entries and is held on the lush grounds of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
For over twenty years, the Desert Cancer Foundation has provided financial support to patients and their families without insurance. Each dollar donated has equals to approximately $7 worth of services.
In 2018, The Palm Springs Cruisin’ Association donated $77,000 to the non-profit Desert Cancer Foundation.
In addition to its size it is also the longest running car show in the Coachella Valley.
The Palm Springs Cruisin’ Association is a non-profit organization that includes over 400 members. For this event, 150 volunteers participate in facilitating the car show which includes numerous vendors, a raffle and silent auction. The event is always free and the cost of parking was $5. At the point of entry club members ask for donations from spectators.
The car show is open to all collector vehicles. In the first year there were 375 entries. Only a few years later the association had to create a cut-off at 1,000 entries after growing exponentially.
This all-volunteer project has raised over $845,000 for the Desert Cancer Foundation, which Dr. Sebastian George co-founded prior to his tragic death in 2002. PSCA Club members work year around, planning this amazing show. With the pristine setting of the Tennis Gardens, car owners line up to show their vehicles on the lush green grass. The goal for 2019 is to reach the $100,000 mark for the annual contribution. this contribution will provide approximately $1mm in care and support for cancer victims.
For more information on the 17th Annual Dr. George Charity Car Show, visit the Palm Springs Cruisin’ Association website.
The 2019 Dr. George Charity Car show will take place on February 9th with gates opening to the public from 9:00am to 3:00pm.
Palm Springs International Film Festival
January 3 – 14, 2019
Various Locations Throughout Palm Springs Area
Red Carpet Night is Thursday, January 3rd at the Palm Springs Convention Center and marks the official kick-off for the Palm Springs International Film Festival. This annual event has become known as the first stop on the road to the Academy Awards. Each year the eyes of world cinema are on Palm Springs and the newest film-making talent, where masters of the cinema come together to celebrate the art of film. This is the 30th year for the film festival and promises to be bigger and better than ever.
The screening portion of the Festival will run January 4 – 14.
The Palm Springs International Film Festival’s signature showpiece event – and by far our biggest fundraiser – is the annual Film Awards Gala. This dazzling celebration of old school Hollywood star power, glamour and talent kicks off Awards season each year, and takes locals back to the time when Palm Springs was the playground for Hollywood’s biggest stars.
This is an evening of high style, glitz, and fellowship, as we roll out the red carpet and welcome the hottest industry players, A-list celebrities, and Palm Springs community leaders to an elegant dinner and awards ceremony which raises more than $1 million in funding for the Palm Springs International Film Society every year.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 13, 2019
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Closing Night Gala
Closing Night Gala tickets include a ticket to the screening at Richards Center for the Arts at Palm Springs High School and entry into the reception afterwards at the Hilton Hotel. | Set in Sydney in 1959, Oscar®-nominated writer/director Bruce Beresford takes us back to the heyday of glamorous upscale department stores, when a concierge met you at the door and clerks wore gloves.
Closing Night Gala | Ladies in Black
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Carmen & Lola
MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2019
Best of the Festival Screenings – TBA
Attention All Foodies… It’s Restaurant Week 2018!
Don’t miss this 17 day Dining Extravaganza during Restaurant Week. Each year as the summer heats up, local restaurants across the valley come together to host Restaurant Week benefiting FIND Food Bank. Each restaurant has something special to offer, ranging from 3-course pre-fix menus, discounts on wines, Chef’s Choice Dessert Specials, to Dining Credits with hotel stays. Here’s a great way to try some of the desert’s top restaurants at a discount and help a local charity at the same time.
Vue Grille & Bar at Indian Wells Golf Resort
The ‘spot’ in the Coachella Valley to find: award-winning cuisine from an expert culinary team, creative craft cocktails, extensive wine list and spirit selections, craft beers and friendly service. Located within walking distance from four luxury hotels in Indian Wells, the Indian Wells Golf Resort is ideal for golf tournaments, group outings, dream wedding ceremonies and receptions and especially family weekend getaways.
Wally’s Desert Turtle
“A California Dining Destination” – Wally’s Desert Turtle in Rancho Mirage supports ranches, farms, and fisheries committed to the smart-stewardship of the planet through sustainable, earth-friendly, and ocean-friendly practices. Executive Chef Pascal Lallemand brings his culinary experiences to the desert offering a refreshed and re-imagined take on Modern California Cuisine. The finest local ingredients, classic service, and exceptional surroundings always make for a great night out at Wally’s Desert Turtle.
WorkShop Kitchen + Bar
The kitchen is based around seasonal products from local farms, so the menu changes often. Although “Americana” may best describe the style of food, influences are many. Favorite techniques in the kitchen include wood-fired pizza oven, wood-fired grill and custom sous-vide station. The bar looks mostly to American classics and focuses on researched ingredients and carefully homemade basics. Original cocktails vary with the market’s availability and tend to rock.
Zin American Bistro
The little neighborhood restaurant where they know who you are, greet you warmly, and serve you satisfying foods that change with seasons and define regional, homey, French cuisine.
Tack Room Tavern at the Empire Polo Club
Offering one of the Desert’s most unique and affordable settings for hosting guests. Private parties are available on the patio and in the dining room. Full catering service available.
Vicky’s of Santa Fe
Known for its exceptional food, generous portions, friendly service, and electrifying live music, Vicky’s of Santa Fe is one of the desert’s favorite dining and live entertainment destinations. It’s where to go and who to know in Indian Wells. Serving the best American cuisine of prime steaks, fresh seafood and an extraordinary selection of California wines. An inviting bar and music lounge with local and nationally known musicians appearing nightly. Vicky’s also accommodates private dining and special events up to 100 guests.
A chef owned and operated restaurant in Old Town La Quinta. Dine inside or out, browse local artists’ creations, and feel like part of the family while enjoying delicious creations.
State Fare Bar + Kitchen at the Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage
State Fare Kitchen pays tribute to California’s prized harvest and ingredients, inspired by offerings from the finest purveyors in the Coachella Valley, inland Southern California and the Pacific coast. Presenting the best of California for daily breakfast, lunch and supper, the restaurant provides a fresh and creative California menu, a lively chefs’ display kitchen, a chef’s table and private dining room. The restaurant is highlighted by a choice of settings from intimate to lively, including a fireplace “snug”, private dining rooms, relaxed fireside patio dining and expansive terraces overlooking gardens and pools.
Rockwood Grill at JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
A sophisticated all-day dining venue featuring an upscale-casual menu of diverse American classics. Made from scratch daily from locally sourced ingredients, the dishes are expertly prepared and served in an atmosphere of warmth, comfort and sophistication.
Schnitzelhaus Palm Desert
Enjoy homemade German food together with a beer in this traditionally furnished restaurant.
Award-winning Chef Roy Yamaguchi brings to Rancho Mirage his Hawaiian-fusion food from the heart. Bold flavors, food friendly wines, aloha service. Groups up to 100.
533 Viet Fusion
Palm Springs’ favorite fusion eatery has upgraded its 90-seat restaurant to feature a bold new entrance and casual lounge area with loveseats and a large communal table. Adding an impressive cocktail and beverage bar, 533 Viet-Fusion now has a dedicated 10-seat spring roll bar presenting guests with front row seats as chefs prepare fresh spring roll varieties. 533 Viet-Fusion’s new spaces feature handpicked pendant lighting, reclaimed farmwood tables, a neutral backdrop with accents of bright blue and orange, and the inclusion of a carefully curated selection of Vietnamese landscape photography.
A|C|3 Restaurant + Bar
The hottest new restaurant featuring Chef Andrew Copley’s passion for new American cuisine with unique, global twists on classic dishes.
Acqua California Bistro at The River
he Keller family returns to The River with Acqua California Bistro featuring the finest modern California cuisine from multi award-winning Lulu California Bistro in Palm Springs. Acqua features expanded dining areas, new River-view seating, a remodeled outdoor patio, and the new River Room, a private dining experience like no other for private parties, corporate events and special occasions. Join them for breakfast, brunch, lunch, outstanding prix fixe feasts, or the all day/night happy hour at the bar. Generous portions are prepared with the freshest ingredients and a dash of innovation from a talented team.
Al Dente Trattoria Toscana & Bar
A quaint cucina with a decidedly European atmosphere. Everything is homemade with the freshest of ingredients beginning with flavorful antipasti, salads and a variety of soups. Your pasta course features an incredible array of sauces with a Tuscan flair, such as a simple Aglio e Olio – fresh garlic and olive oil – to the succulent Frutti di Mare – calamari, shrimp, clams and mussels in tomato sauce, or Quatro Formaggi, a four-cheese sauce to die for.
Alebrije Bistro Mexico
Alebrije proposes clarity of flavor and quality of ingredients, together with the new contemporary Mexican techniques, from the platform of a restaurant that perfectly integrates the dynamics of the kitchen / service. It is the gastronomic tradition of Mexico, updated, and combined with a special wine list that offers wines from Mexico and Latin America and that complements the flavors and textures of our cuisine
Az’ucar at La Serena Villas
Tucked away inside the beautiful La Serena Villas, Azucar features a modern spin on Tapas and Mediterranean plates.
Bernie’s Lounge and Supper Club
Re-live the atmosphere of what dining used to be. Stop by for martinis, supper and a swingin’ lounge act. Transport yourself to a time when nothing else mattered – except for being cool. Classic American dishes are created using modern cooking techniques. Committed to only the freshest ingredients, the produce and meats are sourced locally and sustainable whenever possible.
bluEmber at Omni Restaurant Las Palmas Resort & Spa
Showcasing the region’s rich harvest in a setting that exudes the sun-drenched charm of the Desert and the relaxed elegance of Southern California. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Cafe Des Beaux-Arts
A premiere Parisian-style restaurant. The menu features an outstanding selection of fine French entrees such as duckling a l’orange, roasted rack of lamb provencal, savory crepes and salads. The climate-controlled outdoor patio has a Parisian ambiance and is the ideal spot to people-watch and enjoy the desert lifestyle. The elegant bar with its balance of cozy booths and a U-shaped copperplate bar top is where you will find a delectable “small bites” menu and features live entertainment two nights a week.
Enjoy the stylish music of Patrick Tuzzolino while sipping a brandy or cappuccino Romano. Pasta, veal, seafood, beef, and chicken specialties. Extensive wine list and full bar. Open nightly. Enclosed patio.
Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Mediterranean themed restaurant, bringing forth tastes from Spain, Italy and California. Catalan firmly believes in creating an exceptional farm-to-table dining experience through the utilization of the finest ingredients the season has to offer. Chef Drew Davis is proud to support local farmers and fishermen by sourcing local when possible, as well as incorporating Spanish imported ingredients to build the authenticity of the restaurant’s Tapas and signature dish, Paella Mixta.
Good food is simple. It starts with great ingredients sourced from local farms who apply sustainable, eco-friendly standards to their craft. Chicken Ranch rotisserie chicken, crisp, delicious salads and savory, succulent sides are prepared carefully and artistically, with respect to seasonal ingredients, flavors and seasonings
El Paseo Fashion Week 2018 hits the catwalk March 17-26 to showcase the latest fashions from some of the biggest designer brands in the world, featuring star-studded runway shows, exclusive trunk shows, and more. Now in its 13th year, this highly-regarded event consistently draws tens-of-thousands of people and accounts for an economic boost for charity each year!
This premier fashion event offers a platform for both renowned and emerging designers to showcase their work and connect with an audience through one of the most individualistic and expressive art forms: style. After all, we are what we wear.
El Paseo Fashion Week attracts audiences from all walks of life. Here, the local business man or woman, the stay at home, the jet-setter, and even the fashion-savvy college student can explore the world of fashion in one place. The cocktail receptions, trunk shows, meet and greets, and more are meant to further inspire and transform participants while also highlighting the sophistication and luxury of the desert.
The Gardens on El Paseo
West side upper level parking deck
73-545 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA 92260
(Note: The Gardens on El Paseo is located on El Paseo, between Larkspur and Lupine)