Summer Movie Camp is Back!
Enjoy free family flicks starting at
10:00 am all summer long. PLUS look for their special character meet-and-greet!
August 6 & 8: Teen Titans Go to the Movies
August 13 & 15: Minions
Celebrate the Birth of our Nation with Fourth of July Festivities across the Coachella Valley
The Fourth of July is one of the most anticipated holidays in the United States. On this day, we gather with friends, family, and loved ones to celebrate the freedoms and liberties we enjoy and reflect on how we achieved this long-lasting independence as a nation. We also enjoy the splendor of fireworks displays lighting up the skies and filling each of us with a sense of patriotic wonder. There are several locations throughout the Coachella Valley where you can watch spectacular fireworks displays to commemorate the holiday. Check out the list below, with links to additional information, to find the closest venue to you with fireworks, festivities, and more.
COACHELLA VALLEY FIREWORKS 2019
PALM DESERT FIREWORKS
Live Music starts at 7:30 p.m. with The Swing Cats Big Band and
Fireworks start at 9:00 p.m. at the Palm Desert Civic Center Park Amphitheater
PALM SPRINGS FIREWORKS
The celebration starts 2:00 p.m with a Pool Party at The Palm Springs Swim Center on Pavilion Way with Family Friendly Music and Games. Then enjoy a lively game of Baseball at The Power Baseball Stadium on Baristo Rd starting at 6:00 p.m. followed by Fireworks starting at 8:00 p.m.
RANCHO MIRAGE FIREWORKS
Stars ans Stripes Celebration with Fireworks Spectacular at the Agua Caliente Casino
with Magnificent Display with Synchronized Music.
Zoo Camp at The Living Desert
Great summer fun for the kids! Join any one of the week long sessions starting July 1st, 8th, 15th or the 22nd.
Zoo camp fosters in children an appreciation for the natural world through interactive activities, arts & crafts, tours and chats through S.T.E.A.M. based learning.
Campers get to explore desert environments, go behind-the-scenes, meet with animal care keepers and so much more. Each week offers a themed class giving campers an entertaining and educational topic geared towards specific age groups.
S.T.E.A.M. builds on the concept of STEM, (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and adds one important component, “A” for the Arts. The concept is interactive learning based on real-world applications with the Arts added to strengthen STEM learning and skills to help stimulate more creative thinking.
While you’re in Palm Desert, be sure to check out this Luxury Lock and Leave Resort Penthouse on Desert Willow Golf Course.
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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.
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.
Barker Dam, is a water-storage facility located in Joshua Tree National Park in California. The dam was constructed by early cattlemen, including CO Barker, in 1900. It was raised in 1949 by rancher William F. Keys. It is situated between Queen Valley and the Wonderland of Rocks near the Wall Street Mill. It is a gathering place for desert wildlife, including many species of birds and Desert Bighorn Sheep.
Visitors can reach the Barker Dam via a short trail from a nearby parking lot and can see Native American petroglyphs a short distance to the west. There is also good bouldering on side trails near the dam. The park offers a Barker Dam Nature Hike led by a ranger.
The lowest 9 feet (2.7 m) of the dam, the original portion, was constructed of concrete surfaced with stone on the downstream side. The height of the dam was raised an additional six feet with concrete in 1949–1950. The dam has several indentations. An inscription at top reads: Big Horn Dam Built by Willis Keys, W.F. Keyes, Phyllis M. Keys, 1949–1950.
The start of the trail is well marked, and if you are driving in your car, there are signs around the park that will direct you to the area where the trailhead starts. There is also a large parking lot by the trailhead and this area is busier if you come on a weekend, as it is one of the most well known and family-friendly hikes in the park.
The trail itself is less than a mile and half round trip, and it is a loop so that you never see the same thing twice. As soon as you get out of your car and start the trail, you immediately enter into an area with large rocks surrounding you on both sides.
The trail winds around for a little bit before dropping you out in a wide open area that makes up Barker Dam. The Barker Dam itself was really cool, primarily because it was so old and was still in working condition. I also enjoyed seeing the sign right at the top of the dam that was carved in the concrete from the brothers that helped build it.
DIRECTIONS: Turn east off Park Boulevard on Barker Dam Road towards Hidden Valley Campground. The turnoff is located 9 miles south of the west entrance station and 1.6 miles north of the intersection with Keys View Road. Continue on the paved road for 2.8 miles to a large parking area.
For current park conditions
visit JTNP Website or Call 760 367-5522
The 25th Annual Palm Springs International ShortFest boasts up-and-coming filmmakers featuring their finest flicks. Presented by the Palm Springs International Film Society, this event is the largest film festival of its kind in North America. Each year, approximately 325 short films are selected from over 4,200 submissions to be screened at the Camelot Theatre in the Oscar® and BAFTA®-qualifying festival, with over 100 of the past winners advancing to be nominated or even win Academy Awards.
Each screening will feature 4-10 short films, all curated and blocked together to cover a central theme. In addition to the film screenings, the festival features a ShortFest Forum with panel sessions, master classes, and roundtables boasting working industry professionals sharing their insights into the film industry and tackling the latest trends in the business, as well as provide networking opportunities.
A highly competitive festival, ShortFest receives 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 Oscar® nominations and/or awards.
With hundreds of filmmakers and industry professionals in attendance and an audience of 22,000 avid filmgoers, ShortFest is defined by a decidedly casual atmosphere and a taste for the unconventional. It’s not what you might expect to find in Palm Springs in June.
Running June 18-24, the 25th Annual Palm Springs International ShortFest is an excellent appetizer until the Palm Springs International Film Festival returns in January 2020. For more information, including a list of events, tickets, and more, visit the ShortFest website.
Tuesday, June 18 | Film screenings begin | Opening Night
Tuesday, June 18-Sunday, June 23 | Film Screenings
Thursday, June 20-Saturday, June 22 | Forum
Sunday, June 23 | Closing Night
Monday, June 24 | Best of Fest
*New this year, film screenings will begin the afternoon of Tuesday, June 18! More programs = more films!
Each summer, 123 Farm at Highland Springs Ranch & Inn celebrates the beginning of lavender harvest season by hosting the annual Lavender Festival. Visitors of all ages are invited to stroll through the winding paths of organic lavender fields, participate in guided tours in horse-drawn hay wagons, learn how lavender essential oil is extracted, taste lavender-inspired dishes and enjoy live music.
The organic herbs are featured prominently throughout the family-friendly festival through various refreshing lavender-inspired favorites such as lavender lemonade and lavender ice cream. The organic marketplace showcases specialty items many of them made with lavender as, for example, honey, balsamic vinegar, essential oils, fresh bouquets, plants and even lavender-stuffed toys.
Feel free to wander the 20 acres of organic lavender fields and view the sample garden which is the home of more than 90 varieties of lavender. We grow primarily three varieties of lavender – Provence, Angustifolia & Munstead – which are used in aromatherapy products, for floral arrangements and in the kitchen. Remember to bring your camera and feel free to take as many photos as you like, but please do not pick the lavender.
Guided tours on a horse-drawn wagon or antique tractor meander past one of the lavender fields as far as the thousand-year-old oak tree and back. Tours last approximately 15 minutes during which your guide will present information about the history of Highland Springs Ranch & Inn and current preservation efforts.
Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week 2019
Various Restaurants Throughout the Valley
May 31 – June 19, 2019
Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week® is a 10-day dining event at restaurants throughout the Coachella Valley. More than 100 participating new and local favorites are offering specially priced menus for Restaurant Week 2019.
No passes, tickets or coupons are required…diners simply dine out at participating restaurants throughout the event. Make a reservation on our website or call the restaurant directly. Due to the popularity of this event, advance reservations are strongly encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome.
Palm Springs Air Museum Memorial Day Flower Drop & Air Fair
May 27 All Day, Flower Drop at 1:00 p.m.
Palm Springs Air Museum
Palm Springs Air Museum honors our fallen US soldiers each year with a fly-by and flower drop of over 3,000 red and white carnations from B-25 Mitchell Bomber. Followed by Flight Exhibitions and fun activities for the whole family.
Lavender Harvest Festival in Cherry Valley
May 24 through June 20, 2019
Highland Springs Ranch and Inn.
Celebrate the beginning of Lavender Harvest Season. Wander the 20 acres of organic lavender fields and garden with more than 90 varieties of lavender. Remember to Bring Your Camera!
Enjoy all things Lavender including Lavender inspired food and Live Music.
Visit the Organic Marketplace featuring Lavender Honey, Balsamic Vinegar, Essential Oils. There are primarily three varieties of lavender – Provence, Angustifolia & Munstead – which are used in their aromatherapy products, floral arrangements and in their Gourmet Treats.
Fresh Bouquets, even Lavender stuffed Toys
Take a Guided Tour on a horse-drawn wagon or antique tractor as you meander past the lavender fields thousand-year-old oak tree.
The Organic Galleries are a parade of twelve rustic boutiques showcasing organic lavender products from the farm. The galleries are in historic cottages, each interior with its own unique character. Sample lavender honey, butter, oils and more.
Browse through our the collection, or just sit and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in these peaceful surroundings.
Where to go to see all the fun! Click on the Map Below.
See you at the Lavender Festival 2019!