Palm Springs is the place to be any time of the year. Whether you’re enthralled by the mid-century modern desert architecture and design, looking to party it up at music and pride festivals, or interested in upping your cultural side by pursuing renowned art and film, Palm Springs has you covered.
Check out these five Palm Springs events that you don’t want to miss.
One of North America’s largest and most respected film festivals, the Palm Springs International Film festival celebrates its 30th year in 2019. Boasting a culturally diverse program of over 200 world-class films with casts and crews representing more than 60 countries. See how the Palm Springs International Film Society nurtures their mission of cultivating cross-cultural dialogue and celebrating cinematic excellence in any language. Screenings will be available to the public from January 3-14, 2019.
There are many opportunities to celebrate Pride in Palm Springs. Take Greater Palm Springs Pride, Southern California’s longest-running LGBTQ festival in the Coachella Valley. It’s taking place this year from November 3-4, 2018 in downtown Palm Springs. The annual celebration of diversity, equality, and solidarity will host a diverse group of artists including, dancers, singers, musicians, activists, and DJs, and is sure to have you dancing in the streets, reveling in pride and that beautiful desert sunshine.
Consistently rated one of the top 10 holiday parade events in the country, the Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade features lighted floats, equestrians, marching bands, cool cars, and celebrities! Running through Palm Canyon Drive in downtown Palm Springs, this year’s event is happening December 1 and will last about two hours (and it’s free!). With dozens of entries, there’s something for every member of the family to get into the holiday spirit.
Perhaps a little-known fact (though it shouldn’t be), Palm Springs is home to the largest concentration of mid-century modern architecture in the world. If the simple elegance of desert modernism gets your design wheels purring, then Palm Springs is the place, and Modernism week is the time, for you. This 10-day festival runs February 14-24, 2019 and features over 75 events, including a design show at the convention center, house tours, bus tours, lectures, films, and a fair share of swanky parties, all highlighting the chic, sleek, modern architecture and design that has been the signature style of Palm Springs since the 1920s.
Joins hundreds of cyclists and put your feet on the pedals for a good cause at the Tour de Palm Springs. Since 1999 this event has raised more than $3,000,000 for local charities and has been recognized as the best event in the valley. With routes anywhere from two miles to 100 miles, you don’t have to be an experienced rider to make the most of this event. See the sights of Palm Springs while raising money for a good cause? Yes, please!
Ready to plan your trip? Contact the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism for information on lodging, dining, and the best attractions. Call 760-323-8296 or go to www.visitpalmsprings.com.