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Joshua Tree Music Festival

Joshua Tree Lake Campground 2601 Sunfair Road, Joshua Tree, CA, United States

Joshua Tree Music Festival is: Supreme and diverse live music experiences to feed the body, mind and soul. Deep dive workshops to uplift and inspire. Random acts of mindfulness inviting you to interact and connect. Spontaneous eruptions of gratitude. That friendly familial spirit that we all know and love.

$25 – $450

Wild and Scenic Film Festival

UCR Palm Desert 75080 Frank Sinatra Dr, Palm Desert, CA, United States

You're invited to this special screening at UCR Palm Desert Center, featuring 90 minutes of short, inspiring environmental films, plus the opportunity to win fun raffle prizes.

Palm Desert Residents Day at the Living Desert

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA, United States

Palm Desert invites residents to celebrate the City's 50th anniversary at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. The special event takes place on Thursday, Nov. 16, from 2-5 p.m., with free admission for Palm Desert residents.

Free

Wildlights

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA, United States

Celebrate the season at The Living Desert's cherished holiday event. Returning for its 31st season, WildLights will feature dazzling new light displays, programming, and an exclusive 21+ evening. Advance registration is recommended.

Recurring

Star Party at the Monument

Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center 51500 Highway 74, Palm Desert, CA, United States

Join members of the Astronomical Society of the Desert for fun “sky tours” and direct observations of the night sky through telescopes and binoculars.

Free

Peter Hillary

McCallum Theatre 73000 Fred Waring Dr., Palm Desert, CA, United States

McCallum Theatre kicks off its own new Adventure Series with one of the world's most celebrated explorers. Peter Hillary’s life is a testament to setting goals and achieving them. His skill, driving ambition, and good judgment have enabled him to summit mountains and survive ferocious storms and avalanches. He is a communicator, a storyteller, and a skilled assessor of what works and what doesn’t in critical situations.

Palm Desert Half Marathon and 5k

Palm Desert Civic Center Park 43900 San Pablo Ave, Palm Desert, CA, United States

Get ready to run! Whether you are a first-time runner or an experienced marathon runner, this event is meant for all! With the option to run either a 5k or a half marathon, everyone can participate. February is one of the most beautiful months for the Coachella Valley so come stretch your legs with us. 

$14 – $95

Recurring

Desert International Horse Park: Desert Circuit

Desert International Horse Park 85555 Airport Boulevard, Thermal, CA, United States

Desert Circuit 1 January 10-14, 2024 Jumper Level 4 / National Hunter Desert Circuit 2 January 17-21, 2024 Jumper Level 5 / Premier Hunter Desert Circuit 3 January 24-28, 2024 CSI3* / Jumper Level 6 / Premier Hunter Desert Circuit 4 January 31-February 4, 2024 CSI4* / CSI2* / Jumper Level 6 / Premier Hunter […]

Glow in the Park

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA, United States

Back by popular demand, this family-friendly after-dark adventure is a “must-do” event this spring. Glow in the Park features larger-than-life displays inspired by the beauty of nature, dozens of interactive installations, fantastic photo ops, and, of course, the fan-favorite “magic” smoke bubbles.

$29

Palm Springs/Palm Desert Water Lantern Festival

Palm Desert Civic Center Park 43900 San Pablo Ave, Palm Desert, CA, United States

Water Lantern Festival is a beautiful evening filled with music, activities, food trucks, vendors, and lots of other fun. Come enjoy a beautiful, peaceful night out. The event lasts 4 hours, and concludes with a beautiful lantern launch onto the body of water at sunset.

$27 – $56

Recurring

Star Party in the Mountains

Sawmill Trailhead Parking Lot Pinon Flats Transfer Station Road, Pinon Flats, CA, United States

Join members of the Astronomical Society of the Desert for fun “sky tours” and direct observations of the night sky through telescopes and binoculars.

Free

Joshua Tree Music Festival

Joshua Tree National Park 74485 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, CA, United States

The stellar lineup includes Grammy-winning Fantastic Negrito, Moon Hooch, Steve Poltz, Funk You, Telmary & HabanaSana. With continuous music on four stages, late-night headphone house, yoga, workshops, and the Healing Oasis, the festival promises a diverse sonic journey and a celebration of the desert’s raw beauty. Camp under the stars or choose from various local lodging options.

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Planning a trip, or just arrived? The Palm Desert Visitor Services staff is ready to help you find your happy place. We're open inside Palm Desert City Hall’s North Wing where you can browse our brochures, guides and maps, and ask for assistance and advice.

Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is also available by phone, email or the chat function in the lower right hand of this screen to answer any questions you may have.

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Closed weekends and major holidays

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73510 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92260

vcenter@palmdesert.gov

760-568-1441       800-873-2428