Desert Events April

Palm Desert Concerts in the Park Series   May 3, 10, 17 & 24
Held on the terraced lawn of the Civic Center Park Amphitheater, music lovers can look forward to diverse musical offerings from reggae to R&B, country to indie and more. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring picnic baskets, blankets, and lawn chairs. The Family YMCA of the Desert will conduct children activities prior to each concert and food trucks will be onsite with tasty food options, beverages and snacks for purchase. 
Time/Place: 7:30pm / Palm Desert Civic Center Park 
Contact: 760-346-0611 x425 / www.palm-desert.org

Park After Dark - Family Night   May 4
Ever wonder what the animals are up to at The Living Desert when the people go home and the lights go out? Each special evening for families includes an up-close animal presentation, guided walk through the zoo and s’mores roasting ‘round a roaring campfire. Reservations are required. 
Time/Place: 6-8:30pm / The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Palm Desert 
Contact: 760-346-5694 x2506 / www.livingdesert.org

El Paseo Art Walk   May 4
Held on the First Friday of every month, November through May, as part of First Weekend Palm Desert. There will be exhibit openings, artist receptions and more! You can also enjoy a free docent lead or self-guided tour of the current exhibits at the Palm Springs Art Museum. 
Time/Place: 4-8pm / El Paseo   
Contact: www.elpaseoartwalk.com

El Paseo Cruise Night   May 4
Come and view the cars and meet the owners. 
Time/Place: 4pm / El Paseo 
Contact: 760-346-8965 / www.elpaseocruisenight.com

Train Day at The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens   May 5
A free conductor hat will be given away to those attending, while supplies last. Train Day features fun events centered around The Living Desert’s 3,300 feet of track at the Garden Railroad. Train Day includes a scavenger hunt, 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 Ave., Palm Desert 
Contact: 760-346-5694 / www.livingdesert.org

Evening Under The Stars   May 5
The largest annual fundraiser for AAP – Food Samaritans, a non-profit organization that provides nutritional support for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses. Includes a sunset cocktail hour, a short awards program will recognize a few inspirational honorees, followed by a delicious dinner, and the performance by Gladys Knight.
Time/Place: 5:30pm / O’Donnell Golf Club, Palm Springs 
Contact: 760-325-8481 / www.aapfoodsamaritans.org

Tacheva and Indio Block Party   May 5
The Desert Sun along with the City of Indio will sponsor the 2018 Tachevah showcase and Indio Block Party. Free Admission! Food, Drinks, Carshow, Art, & More. 
Time/Place: 3pm / Miles Avenue, Downtown Indio   
Contact: www.tachevahmusic.com

Tequila & Taco Fiesta   May 5
An upbeat event that will bring an authentic fiesta and unique flavors from some of La Quinta’s finest restaurants. Participating restaurants will have tequila tastings and tacos at a special price, all while enjoying mariachi music. 
Time/Place: 6-9pm / Old Town La Quinta 
Contact: 760-777-7014 / www.playinlaquinta.com

Jacqueline Cochran Air Show   May 5
Adrenaline pumping diving maneuvers and aerobatic stunt pilots are sure to take your breath away. This family friendly event will include food, merchandise and specialty vendors. 
Time/Place: 9am-3pm / Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport, Thermal 
Contact: 877-EDA-2AIR / www.jcairshow.com

Rancho Mirage Movies in the Park   May 5 & 12
Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks to sit under the beautiful starry skies of Rancho Mirage and enjoy movie night. All shows are free including the popcorn!
Time/Place: 7:30pm / Rancho Mirage Amphitheater 
Contact: 760-324-4511 x273 / www.ranchomirageca.gov

Desert Hot Springs Classical Concert   May 6
4handsLA (piano duo) Free and open to the public.
Time/Place: 4pm / Grace Church: 17400 Bubbling Wells Road 
Contact: 760-329-6411 / www.cityofdhs.org

Coachella Concert in the Park Series   May 6, 13, 20 & 27
Time/Place: 6:30-8:30pm / Veterans Park: 1500-1598 4th St. 
Contact: 760-398-3502 / www.coachella.org

Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival   May 10-13
This unique festival features an eclectic mixture of landmark and obscure vintage movies from the classic film noir era. Laden with period post war cynicism, these glorious black and white films are laden with suspense, sexuality and crime portrayed from the perspective of the criminals. 
Time/Place: Camelot Theatres, Palm Springs  
Contact: http://arthurlyonsfilmnoir.ning.com

Shakti Fest   May 10-14
5 day Yoga, Music & Personal Transformational Festival dedicated to the divine feminine that blossoms within all of us. Shakti Festival embraces ancient wisdom through devotional paths rooted in Yoga, Meditation, Kirtan Music and Transformational Workshops taught by world-renowned teachers. 
Time/Place: Joshua Tree Retreat Center
Contact: 408-460-0504 / http://shaktifest.bhaktifest.com

2nd Saturdays Art Walk on Perez Road   May 12
Discover special art exhibits, museum quality art as well as cultural art to brighten your soul, meet other like-minded people, and maybe get a little exercise going from art gallery to design gallery to art gallery. 
Time/Place: 5-8pm / Cathedral City’s Art & Design District
Contact: 760-770-0340 / www.discovercathedralcity.com

Fantasia Comic Con   May 12-13
Brings together America’s three greatest mediums under one roof: Pop Culture, Entertainment and Fandom.
Time/Place: Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 9am-5pm / Riverside Fairgrounds, Indio 
Contact: 760-656-0741 / www.fantasiacon.com 

College of the Desert Presents the 2018 All-Valley High School Honor Band   May 13
The ensemble consists of over seventy high school performers from throughout the Coachella Valley. Students must audition for College of the Desert Faculty and professional musicians to be accepted into this prestigious ensemble. 
Time/Place: 4pm / McCallum Theatre, Palm Desert 
Contact: 760-340-2787 / www.mccallumtheatre.com

PSPL Comic Con®   May 19
All ages are welcome. There will be free swag, prizes and more! Meet local artists, pick up free comics and get creative at the drawing and creation stations. Enter a cosplay contest; prizes will be awarded for adults, teens and youths. Admission is FREE.
Time/Place: 10am-4pm / Palm Springs Public Library 
Contact: 760-322-7323 / www.ci.palm-springs.ca.us

Star Party at the Monument   May 19
The Astronomical Society of the Desert will conduct “sky tours” and direct observations of the night sky through telescopes and giant binoculars. This is a family event. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 
Time/Place: 8-10pm / Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center, Palm Desert 
Contact: 760-862-9984 / www.desertmountains.org

Cathedral City Movies in the Park    May 19
The free event, hosted by the Cathedral City Evening Rotary and sponsored by the City of Cathedral City, happens once a month on a Saturday evening every month between November and May. Tonight’s movie is “Mary Poppins.” You are welcome to bring snacks or non-alcoholic drinks, but you can also purchase them from the movie organizers at the concession stand. 
Time/Place: 7-9pm / Downtown Festival Lawn 
Contact: 760-770-0340 / www.discovercathedralcity.com

Rancho Mirage Women’s Club Hat Contest Luncheon   May 24
Rancho Mirage Women’s Club luncheon will be having their annual hat contest and will also take this time to present the incoming club officers. 
Time/Place: 12-2pm / Chapparal Country Club, Palm Desert 
Contact: 760-600-6465 / www.ranchomiragewomansclub.org

Street Food Cinema   May 26
Indulge in food truck fare and other activities with the family and end the night with a 25th Anniversary showing of The Sandlot. Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy the show. Food trucks will include Meat The Greek, The Shrimp Truck, Baby’s Badass Burgers and more. Music by The Flusters. 
Time/Place: 5:30-10pm / La Quinta Park 
Contact: 760-777-7014 / www.playinlaquinta.com

Memorial Day Flower Drop & Air Fair   May 28
A brief Memorial service is dedicated to all fallen comrades, who paid the ultimate price for freedom. In their honor, the service will be highlighted with a fly-by and flower drop of over 3,000 red and white carnations from B-25 Mitchell bomber. Activities scheduled all day long.
Time/Place: 8am-2:30pm / Palm Springs Air Museum
Contact: 760-778-6262 / www.palmspringsairmuseum.org

VillageFest   Every Thursday
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

College of the Desert Street Fair   Every Sat. & Sun.
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 more.
Time/Place: 7am-2pm / 43500 Monterey Ave., Palm Desert 
Contact: 760-636-7957 / http://codaastreetfair.com

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