It's that time of yer when prices are at their best, especially for homes in today's buyer's market, hotel rates and a great time to visit the desert.
College of the Desert Street Fair Through September
Every weekend. For over 30 years, the College of the Desert Street Fair has been a popular weekend destination, where locals and visitors alike can spend their day with an open-air shaded shopping experience second to none. 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.
7am-12pm / College of the Desert: 43500 Monterey Avenue, Palm Desert
(760) 636-7957 / www.codaastreetfair.com
Sizzling Summer Film Series Aug. 4
The Annenberg Theater and Palm Springs International Film Society present Hot is Cool: Sizzling Summer Film Series. The Summer Film Series offers a new film each month from June to September. This month’s feature film is “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”: Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp, and Hugo Weaving.
7pm / Annenberg Theater: 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs
(760) 322-4800 / www.psmuseum.org
Palm Springs Villagefest Aug. 4-25
Every Thursday. Also known as the Palm Springs Street Fair. At the VillageFest, you will experience 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.
6-10pm / Palm Canyon Drive between Amado & Baristo
(760) 320-3781 / www.villagefest.org
United Way of the Desert’s Wellness Challenge Kickoff Breakfast Aug. 5
United Way of the Desert is a nonprofit organization that has served local residents for more than 70 years. Their work helps to improve lives by mobilizing the community and raising funds to provide support programs in Education, Income stability and Health.
8:30-10:30am / UCR Palm Desert Campus Auditorium
(760) 323-2731 / www.unitedwayofthedesert.org
The Summer Jam Fest Aug. 5
All ages are welcome. Summer is the time when we have students from the local high school Jazz bands Jam with the seniors at Mizell. It is truly a fun experience. The Jam Fest will feature the silky-smooth melodies of Dr. Henry LePugh and some of his very talented friends. You are welcome to get up and dance if the beat should inspire you.
10am-12pm / Mizell Senior Center Palm Springs
(760) 323-5689 / www.mizell.org
Taste of Summer in Rancho Mirage Aug. 5-14
This August, the Rancho Mirage Restaurant Association, Chamber of Commerce and City of Rancho Mirage are teaming up to kick off an event that will cook up cool summer specials to showcase their drinks and desserts. With the purchase of a $10 Taste of Summer wristband, patrons will be able to enjoy $4 cocktails and/or desserts at participating Rancho Mirage restaurants and resorts during the promotion.
See website for schedule. / Various locations.
(760) 568-9351 / www.tasteofsummerranchomirage.com
Night Adventures in the Monument Aug. 6 & 20
When it becomes full darkness, attendees will use black lights to seek out the various night creatures inhabiting our desert. Some creatures you might encounter are scorpions, tarantulas, lizards, geckos, spiders, owls, jackrabbits, snakes and maybe a coyote. Minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Bring water and wear closed-toed shoes. If you have a black light bring it along.
8:30pm / National Monument Visitor Center: 51-500 Highway 74, Palm Desert
(760) 862-9984 / www.desertmountains.org
La Quinta Summer Golf Tour Aug. 6-27
Every Saturday. The City of La Quinta would like to welcome all of this year’s participant’s to the 2016 La Quinta Summer Golf Tour! This recreational golf program is all about providing an enjoyable experience, making new friends, and providing equal opportunities to participants to be winners. Thank you to all tour players for continuing to make this City golf program a success!
See website for schedule.
(760) 777-7014 / https://golftour.la-quinta.org
Sweet Corn & Lobster Festival Aug. 9-20
Lobster stars in the “Eating Tent”, Lobster Eggs Benedict, Lobster Chowder, Lobster Mac n Cheese and even Lobster Ice Cream. Don’t forget to get your lobster hats, bibs and, of course, lobster shell art memorabilia.
5:30-10pm / Morgan’s in the Desert, La Quinta
(760) 564-7600 / www.laquintaresort.com/dine/morgans-desert
La Quinta Moonlight Movies Aug. 12
“A Bugs Life” A misfit ant, looking for “warriors” to save his colony from greedy grasshoppers, recruits a group of bugs that turn out to be an inept circus troupe. $1 Admission.
8pm / Fritz Burns Pool: 78107 Avenue 52
(760) 777-7000 / www.playinlaquinta.com
Annual WII Bowling Tournament Aug. 12
Join our local valley senior centers for a morning of excitement as they challenge each other to claim the trophy of #1 Wii Bowling winners of 2016. The Joslyn Center is the host site for this year’s tournament and includes: Eisenhower Fice Star Club, La Quinta Wellness Center, Mizell Senior Center, Indio Senior Center, Cathedral City Senior Center, Coachella Valley Senior Center, The LGBT Community Center of the Desert and Desert Hot Springs Senior Center.
9am-1pm / The Joslyn Center: 73750 Catalina Way, Palm Desert
(760) 340-3220 / www.joslyncenter.org
Splash House Aug. 12-14
Splash House is a Pool & Music Festival hosted across two venues in Palm Springs for one amazing weekend. With shuttles running non-stop, guests can hop freely between the poolside stages to catch their favorite acts. One General Admission Wristband is valid all weekend with access to all pools and shuttles in between. Don’t forget to buy your tickets for After Hours at the Air Museum Friday and Saturday night for more music and fun.
Downtown Palm Springs
Children’s Art Party Aug. 13
Children’s Art Party for kids and seniors. This is a free artmaking workshop sponsored by Agnes Pelton Society and the Scrap Gallery. 2nd Saturday of each month.
1-3pm / Cathedral Center: 37171 W Buddy Rogers Avenue
(760) 328-1213 / www.cathedralcitycc.com
3-Day Junior Golf Camps Aug. 15-17
Juniors learn to play golf through dynamic warm-up skills development and training, on-course play, and coaching. Golf clubs will be provided.
12pm / Desert Willow Golf Resort: 38995 Desert Willow Drive, Palm Desert
(760) 346-0015 / www.desertwillow.com
Jazz in the Pines Music Festival Aug. 19-21
Performers and fans of jazz, blues, and R&B have a breathtaking mountain campus to themselves after the departure of the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program’s thousands of arts-lovers and before the first semester of the Foundation’s residential high school, Idyllwild Arts Academy.
10:30am-5:45pm / Idyllwild Arts Foundation: 52500 Temecula Road
(951) 468-7210 / www.idyllwildjazz.com
Meet Barbie™ Aug. 21
Get ready for a doll-tastic day as Barbie™ teaches her friends that ‘you can be anything!’ She will be inspiring children in your town. This live interactive performance features brand new songs that will get kids up and moving all while helping Barbie™ discover that you can be anything. Barbie™ will also be available to pose with kids and families for photos after the show.
See website for schedule. / Westfield Palm Desert: 72840 Highway 111, Main Court
(760) 346-2121 / www.westfield.com/palmdesert
NGLCC 2016 International Business & Leadership Conference Aug. 23-26
The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce 2016 International Business & Leadership Conference is a three-day educational conference that delivers innovative leadership programming, networking, and engagement opportunities. These educational programs will include keynote speakers, the annual B2B Boot Camp for LGBT Business Enterprises, a chamber development track, marketplace expo, one-on-one matchmaker meetings, and much more.
8am-1:30pm / JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa: 74855 Country Club Drive
(202) 234-9181 / www.nglcc.org/nglcc16
CVRep Summer Jazz Series Aug. 25-27
CVRep will wind up its Summer Jazz Series with jazz bassist/composer/vocalist Jennifer Leitham. A career Jazz musician for over 40 years, Ms. Leitham has shared the stage with many renowned performers including Mel Torme’, Peggy Lee, George Shearing, Woody Herman, Benny Carter, Louis Bellson, Doc Severinsen, K.D. Lang and many others. As of now she has played on over 125 albums, including 10 albums of her own.
7pm / The Atrium: 69930 Hwy 111 Suite 116, Rancho Mirage
(760) 296-2966 / www.cvrep.org
Free Entrance Days at Joshua Tree National Park Aug. 25-28
National parks are America’s Best Idea, and there are more than 400 parks available to everyone, every day. The fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite. Plan your visit to Joshua Tree National Park and enjoy the history and nature of the desert.
Joshua Tree National Park Visitors Center: 74-485 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms
La Quinta Moonlight Movies Aug. 26
“Surf’s Up” A behind-the-scenes look at the annual Penguin World Surfing Championship, and its newest participant, up-and-comer Cody Maverick. $1 Admission per person.
8pm / Fritz Burns Pool: 78107 Avenue 52
(760) 777-7000 / www.playinlaquinta.com
Comic Con Palm Springs Aug. 26-28
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. Come out for Comic Con Palm Springs and meet up with special guest Stan Lee! Festivities include exhibits, autograph/photo ops, celebrity booths and much more.
Renaissance Hotel Palm Springs: 888 E Tahquitz Canyon Way
UCPIE Bowl-A-Thon Aug. 27
26th Annual United Cerebral Palsy of the Inland Empire Bowl-A-Thon. All proceeds help us continue to provide six afterschool programs in Indio, Desert Hot Springs, La Quinta, Mecca, Palm Springs and Cathedral City. You can also assist UCPIE in our fundraising efforts by donating an item for our silent auction or raffle prize.
10:30am-2pm / Palm Springs Lanes, Cathedral City
(877) 512-2224 / www.ucpie.org
Indian Wells Resident Nights Aug. 30
Monthly Resident Appreciation Nights. Happy Hour Prices. Different Themes each month. $15 for residents/$22 for non-residents. Live Entertainment. Reservations Recommended.
4-7pm / VUE Grille: 44500 Indian Wells Lane
(760) 834-3800 / www.cityofindianwells.org