Looking for something to do in the desert?!
College of the Desert Street Fair Saturdays & Sundays
With merchandise and services for all ages and any budget, the Street Fair offers more than 300 merchants, artists, a farmer’s market, live entertainment, gourmet food and much more.
Time/Place: 7am-2pm / 43500 Monterey Ave., Palm Desert
Contact: 760-636-7957 / http://codaastreetfair.com
VillageFest May 4, 11, 18 & 25
Every Thursday evening, 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 California’s most popular weekly events: VillageFest!
Time/Place: 6-10pm / Palm Canyon Drive
Contact: 760-320-3781 / www.villagefest.org
Richard M. Milanovich Legacy Hike & 5K Run May 5
Fellowship prepares next generation of leaders Annual Legacy Hike & 5K Run in Indian Canyons supports educational program The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians is carrying out the philosophy of one of its great Tribal leaders, Richard M. Milanovich, with an educational fellowship in his honor.
Time/Place: 6:30am / Indian Canyons, Palm Springs
Contact: 760-699-6951 / www.acbci.com
Train Day at The Living Desert May 6
Train Day, which is free with paid admission, features fun events centered around The Living Desert’s 3,300 feet of track at the Garden Railroad. Train Day includes a scavenger hunt, train arts and crafts; special trackless train rides, and of course a Choo-Choo-Churro special. Model train enthusiasts will enjoy informative train chats being offered.
Time/Place: 9am-12pm / 47900 Portola Avenue, Palm Desert
Contact: 760-346-5694 / www.livingdesert.org
Cruise-In Car Show Series May 6
The exhibitions will feature classic cars, muscle cars, hot rods, street rods, corvettes, customs, antiques, restored and original collectible cars and motorcycles. The monthly event also features food, drink and clothing vendors, as well as raffles and prizes given to the top cars. Fun for the entire family, there is a special area for kids with coloring, hula hoop contests and other activities.
Time/Place: 1-5pm / Westfield Palm Desert: 72-840 Highway 111
Contact: 760-275-3786 / www.palmspringscruisinassociation.com
A Day of Hope May 6
Delicious lunch, live auction and raffle, free photo booth and inspiring speakers. Soroptimist House of Hope (SHOH) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1981 to provide recovery programs to women with substance abuse disorders.
Time/Place: 11:30am-1:30pm / Miracle Springs Resort & Spa, Desert Hot Springs
Contact: 951-849-9491 / www.recoveryhouseofhope.org
American Cancer Society Relay For Life Kickoff Party & Luau May 6
This year's theme is Hawaiian Luau. So come dressed in your grass skirt and best Hawaiian attire! We will be meeting in the Administrative Conference Room. Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
Time/Place: 12-2pm / Palm Desert Civic Center Park
Coachella Spring Cleaning Event May 6
The City of Coachella will be accepting unwanted electrical waste, tires, bulky trash, and green waste at no cost to residents!
Time/Place: 8am-1pm / Vista Escondido Park
Contact: 760-501-8100 / www.coachella.org
Palm Springs Vintage Market May 7
First Sunday of every month. Boutique flea market featuring up to 100 vendors of MCM furniture, art, accessories, clothing, jewelry and objects d’art. Vintage trailers, food, drinks, and entertainment.
Time/Place: 8am-2pm / Camelot Theater: 2300 E. Baristo Rd.
760-534-7968 / www.palmspringsvintagemarket.com
Palm Springs Film Noir Festival May 11-14
Writer and Film Noir Foundation director Alan K. Rode, who is producing and hosting the festival for the sixth consecutive year, promises another fun-filled weekend of classic noir enlivened by special guest star appearances and introductions by noted film historians.
Time/Place: Camelot Theater: 2300 E. Baristo Rd.
United Way of the Desert Presents: “Paris En Rouge” Gala May 12
The organization’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty in the Coachella Valley and foster a healthy and vibrant community, built on opportunities for everyone. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception with signature Rouge cocktails, an exquisite, French-inspired dinner and fine wine. The always incredible and spectacular Sensation Showband will return this year with live music, dancing and special surprises.
Time/Place: 6pm / The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage
Contact: 760-323-2731 / www.unitedwayofthedesert.org
PIPS Jazz Golf Spa Getaway May 12-14
Enjoy “Jazz and Blues on the Greens” featuring Barbara Morrison, Eric Darius, DW3, Ray Goren & Bobby Hurricane Spence. Pip’s Palm Springs will host this inspiring retreat designed to rejuvenate and pamper you.
Time/Place: 5-10pm / Renaissance Esmeralda Resort, Indian Wells
Contact: 800-604-9931 / www.psjazzfest.com
Shakti Fest 2017 May 12-14
The festival features world famous yoga teachers, Kirtan music stars, wisdom workshops, sound baths, and a healing sanctuary.
Time/Place: Joshua Tree Retreat Center
Contact: 213-840-0077 / http://shaktifest.bhaktifest.com
Blacklight Run May 13
The Blacklight Run™ is none other than the brightest, most fun 5K out there. These three miles will be the best three miles you’ve ever spent with your friends and family—we promise.
Time/Place: 4:30pm / Riverside County Fairgrounds, Indio
Contact: 602-559-4076 / www.blacklightrun.com/indioca
Battle of the Badges Boxing Event May 13
Watch police officers and firefighters box in the main ring. The Battle of the Badges is a significant contributor to our local communities and contributes financial support to several non-profit organizations that are in desperate need of assistance.
Time/Place: 5-11pm / Cathedral City Hall Lawn
Contact: 760-335-8895 / www.discovercathedralcity.com
Cherish, Conserve, Consider, Create May 14
24-Hour Global Event Celebrating 100th Birthday of Lou Harrison. A global day of creativity and conservation in Joshua Tree and around the world, celebrating the life and legacy of composer Lou Harrison. Music and dance performances, tree plantings, visual art exhibitions and film screenings will be streamed live from Harrison House for 24 hours.
Time/Place: Harrison House Music, Arts, and Ecology, Joshua Tree
Contact: 760-366-4712 / www.harrisonhouse.com
Desert Nurses Appreciation Luncheon May 15
Tickets before May 4 are $45 and $55 after May 4.
Time/Place: 11:30am-1pm / Omni Rancho Las Palmas, Rancho Mirage
Contact: 760-568-9351 / www.ranchomiragechamber.com
Palm Springs State of the City Luncheon May 18
With Mayor Robert Moon. Reservations required. $70 per person.
Time/Place: 11:30am-1:30pm / Renaissance Palm Springs
Contact: 760-325-1577 / www.pschamber.org
Joshua Tree Music Festival May 18-21
The experience is enhanced when embraced in the great outdoors amongst fellow music lovers. Better still in an intimate setting, where the distinction between artist and audience is blurred, and a passionate performance can be truly relished in close proximity to the stage. Add free water to patrons, no service charges on reasonably priced tickets, and well...let the games begin.
Time/Place: Joshua Tree Lake Campground
Women in Business Awards Luncheon May 19
Featuring Keynote Speaker: Denise Dubarry Hay, American actress, businesswoman, film producer and philanthropist.
Time/Place: 11am / The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage
Contact: 760-322-2275 / www.sbemp.com
Star Party & Night Adventures in the Monument May 20
The Astronomical Society of the Desert will conduct “sky tours” and direct observations of the night sky through telescopes and giant binoculars. When it becomes full darkness, black lights will be used to seek out the various night creatures inhabiting the desert. Some creatures that might be found are: scorpions, tarantulas, lizards, geckos, spiders, owls, jackrabbits, snakes and maybe a coyote. This is a family event.
Time/Place: 8-10pm / Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center, Palm Desert
Contact: 760-862-9984 / www.DesertMountains.org
Dr. Carreon Foundation Scholarship Awards Banquet May 26
20-25 local Hispanic High School seniors from local area schools will receive Scholarships.
Time/Place: 6:30-pm / Double Tree Hilton Resort, Cathedral City
Caribbean Music Festival May 26-28
The three-day event brings tourists from across the country, mostly from the East Coast, for a destination vacation to celebrate Caribbean food, music and culture in the Coachella Valley.
Time/Place: Cathedral City’s Festival Lawn
Contact: 760-770-0340 / www.discovercathedralcity.com
Memorial Day Flower Drop & Air Fair May 29
Join the museum as they drop 3,000 red and white carnations from a vintage airplane to commemorate those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Activities for this event include flight exhibitions throughout, special program, music, children’s activities, and food vendors. A Beer Garden area will also be available for those age 21 and over.
Time/Place: 10am / Palm Springs Air Museum
Contact: 760-778-6262 / www.palmspringsairmuseum.org
Indian Wells Memorial Day Ceremony May 29
Please join us for a special ceremony and light refreshments. No RSVP necessary.
Time/Place: 9-10am / The Pavilion - Indian Wells Golf Resort
Contact: 760-346-2489 / www.cityofindianwells.org
Thank you Peggy Sue from First Americana title for this list!!!