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We hear similar stories repeated in different ways from our clients; At first, they look forward to stolen weekend's to golf & relax in the desert - they gradually discover they're crafting ways to spend more time here until it becomes clear, life just doesn't get any better than this."

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We specialize in homes throughout the Palm Springs Valley including Palm Desert Real Estate & Homes, Indian Wells Real Estate & Homes, La Quinta Real Estate & Homes, Rancho Mirage Real Estate & Homes, Palm Springs Real Estate & Homes& Indio Hills Real Estate & Homes. Whether you want to buy or sell an estate, lock & leave property with income potential, a resort property, land to build your dream home, or a property located in a country club or golf community we know the desert and are here to help. Our motto, If its important to you, it's important to us, guides us as we help our clients buy or sell a home in the desert.

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Rancho Mirage Wine and Food Festival

Rancho Mirage Food and Wine Festival

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.

Sip, swirl and taste hundreds of incredible award winning wines and cuisine from some of the best chefs from the Palm Springs area.

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!

Rancho Mirage Wine and Food Festival

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.

 

 

Sparkling Champagne ReceptionGuests 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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Gourmet AppetizersTop 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 

 

 

2020 Riverside County Date Fair

2020 Riverside County Date Fair

2020 Riverside County Date Fair & National Date Festival dives into the date, the hallmark of the Coachella Valley’s farming culture. Akin to what Mid-Century Modern architecture means to the Greater Palm Springs Area’s real estate realm, the date is synonymous with the Coachella Valley. These delicious fruits are a product of the date palm, which comprises a big portion of the Southern California desert’s agricultural industry.

Get a taste of the delectable date, and the Coachella Valley’s rich culture, at the 2020 Riverside County Date Fair & National Date Festival, taking place February 14-23 at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio. This event offers fun for the whole family, including nightly entertainment from renowned music artists to monster trucks, demolition derby, and a recurring Arabian Nights musical. All the live entertainment is paired with carnival rides, a livestock fair, rodeo, food, and craft vendors.

2020 Riverside County Date Fair

The Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival started as a celebration for the end of the annual date harvest in the Coachella Valley. The event today remains true to those agricultural roots as well as an Arabian Nights theme developed decades ago and is still represented by nightly pageants. So in addition to fair favorites like animal exhibits and monster truck rallies, you’ll also be able to enjoy Camel and Ostrich Races and cooking demonstrations featuring dates. Musical entertainment and carnival rides add to the appeal of this diverse county fair.

Dates were an unknown commodity in the valley until 1903 when date palms were transplanted here from Algeria. By the early 1920’s, enough acreage was planted to make dates a major crop for the area. In fact, the date industry represented Riverside County at the 1915 World’s Fair in San Francisco. Date groves in the Coachella Valley were such a novelty that they became quite a tourist attraction.

2020 Riverside County Date Fair

With the popularity of the date gardens, the idea was planted for a date festival to be held in Indio City Park in 1921. The heavily publicized International Festival of Dates was promoted with an Arabian theme, a reference to the ancestral homeland of the date. A second festival was held the following year, but the interest for an annual fair waned. Instead, date agriculturalists promoted the crop at events such as the Southern California Fair in Riverside, the California State Fair and the Golden Gate International Exposition.

Today, the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival remains an integral part of the greater Coachella Valley community and a major tourist attraction. It continues the legacy of decades-old desert traditions while celebrating the desert’s history and community, and of course, providing enjoyment fo the whole family.

For the full schedule of daily entertainment, as well as to purchase tickets, check out the 2020 Riverside County Date Fair & National Date Festival website.

PALM SPRINGS MODERNISM WEEK 2020

Modernism Week 2020

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 2020

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.

 

Modernism Week 2020

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.

2020 Tour de Palm Springs

TOUR DE PALM SPRINGS 2020

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.

 

Tour de Palm Springs

The ride starts and finishes on North Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs.  Tour de Palm Springs

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade 2019

Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade

Don’t miss the 55th Annual Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade when it steps off on El Paseo on the last Sunday in October. Pint-size floats, all built to interpret this year’s theme of “Let the Good Times Roll.” Since the early 1960s, this festive parade has been a favorite around town. And while it once had a “Christmas in July” theme, the Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade is now an annual – and highly anticipated  late October event.

With a full list of activities planned, including the Palm Desert Rotary Pancake Breakfast, a Golf Cart Show, a Kids’ Play Zone and more, families can experience an entire day of festive fun.

The parade itself starts on Sunday, October 27, 2018 at 12:00 p.m., and the parade route will follow El Paseo, westbound, from San Luis Rey to Ocotillo. Finding a place to park won’t be a problem since there are several parking lots and a parking structure in the area.

Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade

Palm Desert has upped its sponsorship of the annual Golf Cart Parade, allocating $40,000 to the chamber of commerce to hire a consultant and breathe new life into the city’s signature event. This year’s event marks the 55th Golf Cart Parade, which generally draws thousands to El Paseo for a Sunday of entertainment and activities. It also is an annual fundraiser for the Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the event.

“The Golf Cart Parade is part of the city’s identity” Jonathan said at Thursday’s meeting. “It’s all about having good fun that has a sense of humor, but also brings the community together. We urged the chamber to bring it up to the next level and I feel we have a responsibility to support that effort financially.”

Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade

It might look simple, but rolling a fleet of golf carts down El Paseo isn’t easy. “It’s kind of like the duck on the water,” Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade co-chairman Mike Hardin explains, “where you paddle underneath and it looks real smooth on top.” He and about 15 fellow committee members spend up to 10 months planning and executing the ever-growing event, which includes children’s activities, food trucks, and a classic car show. However, everyone is there for the main affair: delightfully decorated golf-cart floats.

The parade has been a Palm Desert institution for 55 years, beginning when residents at the Shadow Mountain Club decided to doll up their golf carts.

8:00 am – Rotary Pancake Breakfast

9:00 am – Family and Community Fun

 Kid Zone, Food Zone + Food Trucks

Golf Expo and a Variety of Vendors

Specialized Golf Carts, Classic Cars on Display 

10:00 am – Beer & Wine Garden

11:30 am – Classic Cars from Cruise Night El Paseo 

12 noon – Flyover by Palm Springs Air Museum Warbirds T-28’s

will kick off the 55th Annual Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade

Agua Caliente Plans New Sports Arena

Agua-Caliente Arena

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians plans to build a 10,000-seat arena in the heart of Palm Springs for ice hockey and live entertainment.

The new facility will be north of the tribe’s downtown casino and two blocks from the desert city’s main drag. The arena project will be developed on the tribal property north of the Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs, generally between Amado Road on the south, Alejo Road on the north, Calle Encilia on the west, and Calle El Segundo on the east.

Agua-Caliente Arena

Tribal Chairman Jeff L. Grubbe said in a phone interview that the partnership was more than a year in the works and came about because Oak View Group was looking for a home for the expansion team. The Coachella Valley’s large number of winter residents from Canada made it a natural fit.

Tim Leiweke, CEO and co-founder of Oak View Group, said the projected cost of the arena, training center and hockey team is $250 million. Tribal Chairman Jeff L. Grubbe said the arena will be privately funded, exclusively by the tribe and Oak View Group.

Live Nation Entertainment also has signed on as a strategic partner with the project and will “supply the new arena with its large stable of top touring artists and premium live events,” according to a news release.

Grubbe said he doesn’t have details on what the arena would look like yet, and not to expect renderings any time soon. He did say that the arena would be state of the art and would fit in with the overall look of downtown Palm Springs.

Groundbreaking and construction is scheduled to begin in February 2020, according to the tribe. The arena is expected to open by fall 2021 in time for the hockey season.

Rancho Mirage Writers Festival Film Club

The Rancho Mirage Writers Festival Film Club The Rancho Mirage Writers Festival Film Club is starting a new event that will take place at the Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory. The Rancho Mirage Writers Festival Film Club is a free series, held on the third Thursday of each month from September 2018 to June 2019. Films will start at 3 pm and free popcorn and water will be available. A new sound system has been installed in the room for the highest quality viewing experience.

Films are selected by Jamie Kabler and Peter Bart. The theme for the 2019 Festival centers around the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. These movies have been selected to complement and explore that theme.

The Rancho Mirage Writers Festival Film Club

The featured film this month is The Guns of Navarone (1961), a British-American epic war film based on the book of the same name. Starring Gregory Peck, David Niven and Anthony Quinn, it follows the efforts of an Allied commando unit to destroy a seemingly impregnable German fortress that threatens Allied naval ships in the Aegean Sea.

This spectacular World War II epic finds 2,000 trapped soldiers on a Greek island by Nazi invaders. Their only hope of escape is by boat. A small party led by Mallory (Gregory Peck) must make it by the radar station and immense firepower at Navarone. Miller (David Niven) is the demolition expert needed to sabotage the fortress. The men must scale the massive cliffs in order to blow up the enemy stronghold. Anthony Quinn plays the Greek resistance officer who battles with Mallory.

  • Date:06/20/2019 3:00 PM

Location: Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory
71100 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage, California 92270

2019 Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival

Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival

2019 Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival celebrates the date, the hallmark of the farming culture in Coachella Valley. Akin to what mid-century architecture means to the Greater Palm Springs Area’s real estate realm, the date is synonymous with the Coachella Valley. These delicious fruits are a product of the date palm, which comprises a big portion of the Southern California desert’s agricultural industry. Get a taste of the delectable date, and the Coachella Valley’s rich culture, at the 2019 Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival, taking place February 15-24 at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio. This event offers fun for the whole family, including nightly entertainment from renowned music artists.

What’s special about this Date Festival event isn’t just the fact that it also is the Riverside County Fair, but the entertainment includes blessing of the dates, and award-winning Arabian Nights Musical Pageant. An entertaining show that mingles contemporary humor with classic folklore, magic and mystery are at the heart of “Aladdin and the Heart of Agrabah”. And the queen of the fair– she is Queen Sheherazade and she comes with a Court.

Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival

The Nightly Musical Pageant is set to return to the 72nd Annual Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival, right after the Salute to America at 6:00 p.m. The vocal talents, costumes and stage effects will amaze fair goers with this year’s spin of the 1,001 Arabian Nights extraordinary tale, Prince Khudadad in the Shadow of Destiny. The audience will be engaged the entire show as the cast takes fair goers back in time to the Far East.

You’ll want to come early to the pageant stage to be a part of the moving and inspirational Salute to America which will honor our country’s armed services immediately after the welcome message by the Fair Board at 6:00 p.m. nightly. Incorporating service men and women, as well as local school color guards, this musical tribute will leave you swelling with pride and thanks.

The Coachella Valley destination of Southern California known for dates, enjoys a huge attendance at the fair event. Beach and mountain dwellers grow weary of the the cold, and head for the desert to get a taste of sunshine and warm shirt sleeve weather during the finest month ever–February. Indio has over 100 days per year of 100+ degrees Fahrenheit temperatures but in February the average temperature is around 75 degrees.

Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival is held at Riverside County Fairgrounds, 82-503 Hwy 111, Indio, CA 92201

February 15-24, 2019 | President’s Day Parade February 18, 2019, 9 a.m.

Southwest Arts Festival Indio

Southwest Arts Festival Indio 2019
January 24 -27th
Empire Polo Grounds

South West Art Festival

Art Enthusiasts from across the country are heading to the 33rd annual Southwest Arts Festival Indio is one of the oldest and largest art festivals in Southern California.  Featuring over 280 artists from across North America.  The Festival showcases art in a wide variety of media including pottery, glass, jewelry, metal works, painting, photography, sculpture and textiles. Hosted on the Grounds of the Empire Polo club in Indio.

The Empire Polo Club is an international destination renown for it’s natural beauty, featuring natural landscape and sweeping mountain ranges. 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.

The festival continues to draw thousands of art enthusiast from across the country, as well as the highest caliber artist. Last year 252 artists from around the world participated in the Festival. Recognized as one of the Top 100 Events in North America by Travel Magazine, the festival includes traditional, contemporary, and abstract fine works of art and quality crafts. The festival’s reputation for first-class quality and professional integrity make it one of the country’s finest juried art festivals.

Comic Con Palm Springs 2018

Comic Con

Every year comic fans from all over the world come to Palm Springs for a weekend of fun events, costumes, and comic stars.

Comic Con is an action-packed event filled with exhibits, shows, celebrities, costumes, contests, and more! Attendees can mingle with cosplayers, celebrities, creators and their favorite artists. This year, there’s a zombie walk, supersonic speed dating, a live symphony, and an arcade expo. For Comic geeks, there’s nothing better than visiting the Palm Springs area for Comic Con.

Comic Con

Comic Con Palm Springs has brought together some of the most passionate and talented people from the world of comic books and entertainment to produce an exciting new comic con in one of the most famous and fun cities in the world. We’ve spent years working, observing, and listening to what people want and sought from their comic con experiences. Not only working with talent and exhibitors, but also being passionate fans ourselves, we wanted to apply all the great ideas and suggestions everyone had – yours and ours together. Each year we plan to make Comic Con Palm Springs something special.

Comic Con Palm Springs is a 3 day event being held from 24th August to 26th August 2018 at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, CA. This event showcases products from Consumer & Carnivals, Sporting Goods, Toys & Games industries, products like Anime, pop culture, toys, video games, comic books, photography, cosplay and much more.

 

 

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