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
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.
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.
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 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.
The 34th Annual Southwest Arts Festival Indio returns to the Empire Polo Club January 23-26 for another year of exceptional art. This 4-day arts festival is recognized as one of the top 100 events in North America by Travel Magazine and features over 250 artists from around the world, displaying a variety of styles and mediums, making it one of the finest juried art festivals in the United States. In addition to masterful works of art, visitors can enjoy unique food and beverage options, live music, and interactive art displays.
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 live music, with pottery, glass and fine art painting scheduled to be on display.
The festival’s reputation for first-class quality and professional integrity make it one of the country’s finest juried art festivals. As one of the largest annual fundraisers supporting several Coachella Valley based nonprofits, the festival is exceptionally fortunate to have over 200 community leaders and volunteers who contribute numerous hours to make certain that the festival is successful.
The Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce (The Chamber) is a regional chamber of commerce representing the business interests of over 1,400 members in the Coachella Valley. It was formed as a partnership between the Coachella, Indio, and La Quinta Chambers of Commerce, as well as the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians and Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians. The Chamber is the largest regional membership based chamber in Riverside County.
For more information on the 34th Annual Southwest Arts Festival Indio, check out the event page.
The American Express PGA Tour Event, formerly known as the Desert Classic, Career Builder Challenge, and Bob Hope Classic, returns for another year of exciting PGA Tour golf. This is the first year American Express has held sponsor and naming right.
The tournament brings some of the top names in golf, along with the sport’s rising stars, to hit the links on one of the first tournaments of the young season. Hosted at scenic PGA West in La Quinta January 15th through 19th, the American Express PGA Tour Event is a wonderful experience for all ages and showcases the unique qualities the Southern California desert landscape offers golfers, both pro and amateur.
In addition to the stars showcasing their skills on the course, there will be big stars entertaining the masses after tournament play ends. Rock legend and Rock N’ Roll Hall of Famer Stevie Nicks will perform Friday night while country crooner Luke Bryan takes to the stage at PGA West Saturday night.
For tickets and additional details about The American Express PGA Tour Event, visit the tournament’s website.
HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL
November 22 – 24 at Various Locations in Cathedral City and Rancho Mirage
UP, Up and Away! The Hot Air Balloon Festival and Food Truck Fiesta returns to the Desert for three days of fun!
Start the Hot Air Balloon Festival on Friday morning with the launch of up to 30 Hot Air Balloons. Come early, and meet the balloon teams and take photos of the these magnificent balloons. Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride and see the the Valley like you’ve never seen it before.
BALLOON GLOW CONCERT
Friday evening the Hot Air Balloon Festival features a dozen Night Illuminated Hot Air Balloons as a Back Drop for the Balloon Glow Concert. Enjoy an spectacular evening of music, wine and dancing. Featuring the big band sounds of Ron King with vocalist Barbara Morrison.
Come early Saturday to watch as the Balloons spring to life while being inflated. Enjoy a pancake breakfast and Balloon Race across the Valley and Candy Drop for the Kids.
TETHERED BALLOON RIDES
Too chicken to take a Hot Air Balloon Ride? Not to worry at this year’s festival, you can take a tethered ride where the balloon floats up but stays tied to the ground. You get a Birds Eye View while staying at a low altitude.
BANANA BALLOON CANDY DROP
Bring the kids and watch a Giant Banana Balloon descend on the Festival Lawn. The kids can rush in to grab all the candy their heart desires.
FOOD TRUCK FIESTA
Enjoy delicious food and drink from many top southern California Food trucks and Beer and Wine Garden, and take a picture in our colorful walk through hot air balloon and Instagram garden.
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The popular event, Food Truck Mash-Up, returns to the Coachella Valley for the fourth time on Oct. 13 due to high demand. More than 60 different food choices from a culinary posse of more than a dozen celebrated food trucks — and their seasoned chefs — will compete for the title of Best Food Truck 2019 in the one-day-only gastro-fest.
To be sure, the Southern California chefs manning these vehicles aim to please. Their culinary creativity has helped fuel the growing popularity of the Food Truck Mash-Up scene in recent years, taking the gourmet food experience out of high-end restaurants and right onto the streets.
Food trucks provide customers with a broad and trendy selection of local flavors and the inclusion of celebrated chefs also enhance the overall experience. According to Business Wire, the introduction of food trucks into cities and at themed events is a critical factor in boosting market and tourism growth.
That should be great at the Food Truck Mach-Up at Big League Dreams Sports Park in Cathedral City, where nationally recognized food truck titans, Mess Hall Canteen and Cousins Maine Lobster will be on hand. Mess Hall is veteran-owned and winner of Food Network’s “Food Truck Face-Off.” Cousins was featured on ABC’s “Shark Tank.”
Meanwhile Mess Hall Canteen, the brainchild of Jake McPeck, goes for a military-theme and evokes a sense of camaraderie found between military men chowing down. The menu is robust with such items at War Pig Tots (a spicy mac-n-cheese over tots delight) and a Drunken Sailor Grilled Cheese, featuring lobster, crab, shrimp, bacon, cheddar cheese with cheddar cheese crust.
It didn’t hurt that Tselikis and real-life cousin/business partner Sabin Lomac had a winning ingredient to their food truck concept: Heart. The fellas basically recreated the signature lobster dishes they consumed while growing up in Maine.
“We are two cousins from back east and I think our story and the authenticity of our roots literally trying to recreate our childhood in our business really resonated with people,” Tselikis adds. Their Cousins for a Cause program donates 100 percent of its donations directly to Big Brothers Big Sisters.
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 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.”
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
When the Sun drops behind the Mountains, and the Lights come up at Palm Desert Civic Center Park Amphitheater, you know you’re in for a Delightful Evening of Music. Every Thursday in October is the Fall Concert Series – Concerts in the Park Palm Desert Civic Center Park. For the past 25 years, Palm Desert’s free Concerts in the Park series has been a “Can’t Miss” series of events for residents and visitors alike. Some of the Top Named Artists are…..
Concerts in the Park Palm Desert Civic Center Park
October 3 – LA Sound Machine. There’s a lot to look forward to this fall with plenty of favorite tunes inspired by bands we all know and love. The season kicks off with L.A. Sound Machine, the #1 Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine tribute band on the West Coast, which will have the crowd up and dancing on the lawn to fan favorites like “The Rhythm is Gonna Get You,” “Turn the Beat Around,” “Don’t Wanna Leave You Now,” “Conga” and more!
Concerts in the Park Palm Desert Civic Center Park
October 10 Amanda Castro Jazz Band
The second concert features the Amanda Castro Band. Jazz singer Amanda Castro’s rich voice, energetic charisma and fun personality helps her bring music of the past and present back to life in a vintage, but still modern fashion. Amanda fuses Vintage Jazz, New Orleans jazz, Swing and Pop songs into a new musical experience.
Concerts in the Park Palm Desert Civic Center Park
October 17 90’s Rock Show Band
Re-live your 1990’s memories with an evening of flannel-filled fun with a soundtrack of the greatest grunge, alt-rock, and 90’s pop-punk. Performed by world-class musicians, A FULL STRING QUARTET all surrounded in state of the art sound, lighting and multimedia. 90s ROCKSHOW performs ’90s alternative and grunge rock from Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Green Day, Blink 182, Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, Sugar Ray, Third Eye Blind, Red Hot Chili Peppers, REM, The Foo Fighters, Goo Goo Dolls, Oasis, and more.
Concerts in the Park Palm Desert Civic Center Park
October 24 The Pack
Direct from Las Vegas…The Pack! Tribute to Dean, Frank, and Sammy. Relive the laughs, the songs..and the Dames! All the hits, all the comedy and all the memories as our stars take you back to the music, style, glitz and glamour of vintage Vegas!
Concerts in the Park Palm Desert Civic Center Park
October 31 Dead Man’s Party
Dead Man’s Party, the Oingo Boingo tribute band has been bringing you Boingo tunes live – the way you remember them from actual
Oingo Boingo shows – for more than 18 years. This 8-piece band has been fashioned after the original Oingo Boingo line-up, featuring a three-piece horn section, guitar, bass, keys, drums and a front man so convincing that people sometimes believe that they are actually watching Danny Elfman himself!
Walk to Civic Center Park and enjoy all the wonderful resident benefits only Palm Desert can offer;
- 70 Acre Park with Lake
- Wandering Pathways
- Amphitheater for Outdoor Concerts and Movies in the Park
- Playground with Splash Pads
- 6 Tennis Courts, Pickle Ball Courts
- 4 Volley Ball
- 3 Basketball
- 4 Baseball Fields
- Fitness Center
- 5 Picnic Pavilions
- Skate Park
- Dog Park
- Rose Garden
- Outdoor Art
- $7 m Aquatic Center set on 8 acres