10 Things To Do in and around Palm Springs this Fall 2018

It’s October! And this means life comes steadily back to Palm Springs as the heat leaves and temperatures fall below 100F again. Music, art, weirdness flocks back into the Coachella and Yucca Valleys. There is so much to do in the desert during the cooler fall days.

The big question is which event will you choose to attend?


Oct 4-7, 2018

#1 Annual Joshua Tree Music Festival

This family-friendly music festival was founded in 2003 is held twice a year (May and October). It is held near Joshua Tree National Park and celebrates music, arts, and yoga.


Oct 7, 2018

#2 Palm Springs Vintage Market

The first vintage market of the season. Experience a diverse gathering of merchants selling vintage, retro and mid century modern merchandise while enjoying one of Southern California’s truly breathtaking resort communities.


Oct 11-14, 2018

#3 Official Latino Short Film Festival

The Latino Short Film Festival is a bi-coastal film festival with screenings in New York City and the City of Coachella. The festival was created in 2015 in response to the lack of Latino representation in Hollywood films and TV shows. The festival’s mission is to showcase, nurture, and support the emerging creative American Latino filmmaker in the United States as well as supporting films and filmmakers that showcase true American diversity by inclusivity in their films.


Oct 13-14 & Oct 20-21, 2018

#4 Hwy 62 Open Studio Tours

The Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours, is a one-of-a-kind experience for art lovers and art buyers to create a customized self-guided tour of the 90 plus open studios in the Morongo Basin and to speak directly with the artists about their work and creative endeavors in the intimacy of their private work spaces.


Oct 18-21, 2018

#5 Modernism Week Fall Preview

Modernism Week’s signature February event is an annual celebration of midcentury modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture. Modernism Week features more than 350 events including the Modernism Show & Sale, Signature Home Tours, films, lectures, Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours, nightly parties and live music, walking and bike tours, tours of Sunnylands, fashion, classic cars, modern garden tours, a vintage travel trailer exhibition, and more. The Fall Preview is a shorter version of February’s Modernism Week.


Oct 19-21, 2018

#6 Borrego Days

For 53 years, each year, thousands of people converge on Borrego Springs during Borrego Days to take in the small town charm and wide open desert wonder in celebration of the launch of the California deserts season. Borrego Days Desert Festival, and the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park deliver memories and enchantment for all ages.


Oct 28, 2018

#7 Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade

The world-famous Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade originated in the early 1960s, put together by several individuals who just wanted to have fun. This year marks the 54th parade. In the early days, it was “Christmas in July” for the benefit of local residents who found the summers boring. The FireCliff Lodge served up turkey dinners and the carts were all decorated for Christmas. In recent years the parade has attracted over 15,000 spectators annually.


Nov 1-4, 2018

#8 Palm Springs Pride

The first Pride in Palm Springs was organized thirty years ago. Billed as Sizzle, the LGBT community to come together for an evening of celebration. The Pride organization commemorates the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion on New York City’s Christopher Street by raising awareness for equal rights for all individuals. Today, the Palm Springs Pride Parade is the largest equal rights march and diversity celebration in the region.


Nov 10, 2018

#9 Annual Night Sky Festival

This annual star gazing event is celebrating the night skies of Joshua Tree National Park. The Night Sky Festival is a one-day fundraiser event that celebrates Joshua Tree National Park’s night sky. This annual all-day fundraiser event will include morning and evening events, plus a special astrophotography workshop starting on Friday night.


Nov 16-18, 2018

#10 Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival

The 2018 Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival is a three-day event full of activities for the whole family that include balloon tether rides, night time balloon glow, romantic dinners, musical entertainment, gourmet food, Kids’ Zone family-friendly activities and so much more!


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  1. My mom and I were just talking about what kinds of things we could get into in Palm Springs because we wanted to go for Christmas. Thanks!