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Visiting Desert Region

California’s desert communities enjoy near perfect spring weather with a full calendar of events and festivities before heading inside for summer. Palm Springs and Palm Desert host events at the Palm Canyon Theatre, Indo Performing Arts Center, and Camelot Theatre. Inside or out, there the California desert is always in season.

Indio hosts California’s Country Music Festival at the end of April. Stagecoach 2014 is April 25th through 27th at Empire Polo Club in Indio. Headliners include Eric Church, Jason Aldean, and Luke Bryan among country music’s top names. Stagecoach follows well-known Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, adding country music to the scene in Indio.

The Indio Performing Arts Center, located four miles north of Empire Polo Club, hosts the 2014 Coachella Improv/Comedy Festival July 11th through 13th. The 3-day event features workshops geared for improv groups, stand up comics, and sketch groups, with afternoon and evening performances. Workshop instructors feature the likes of Nick Armstrong from Los Angeles – join the fun and laughs at IPAC in Indio.

The Coachella Valley Symphony & Buddy Rogers Youth Symphony perform at venues across the Coachella Valley including the Sierra Ballroom in Sun City Palm Desert, the Helene Galen Performing Arts Center at Rancho Mirage High School and the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert. The 2014 season concludes with the Best of CVS on Friday, May 9th. The McCallum Theatre hosts the season finale featuring soprano Dr. Lisa Lindley and film legend Laurence Luckinbill.

The 12th Annual Spring Joshua Tree Music Festival adds to the season's sounds May 15th through 18th. The 2014 festival features two stages of entertainment, a sure bet you’ll see all the bands. Plan for desert conditions with sunscreen, hats and sunglasses for a really exceptional experience. Musicians include Nahko & Medicine for the People, Future Rock, and OKA from Australia, among the many.

Film enthusiasts enjoy a spring full of events in Palm Springs. The 2014 Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival is May 8th through 11th at Palm Springs Camelot Theatres. The 2014 Palm Springs International Short Film Fest follows June 17th through 23rd, also at the Camelot Theatres.

Desert Region Hotel Map

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11 Best Western Hotels
in Desert Region

    Desert Villa Inn




    Main Street Inn


    John Jay Inn


    John Jay Inn

    El Centro

    Date Tree Hotel


    Colorado River Inn


    Palm Desert Resort

    Palm Desert

    Inn at Palm Springs

    Palm Springs

    Las Brisas Hotel

    Palm Springs

    Gardens Hotel at Joshua Tree National Park

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Desert Region Events

November 2014

November 21-23, 2014
McCormick's Classic Car Show and Auction The Spa Resort Casino in Palm Springs hosts over 500 exotic cars for this auction. The auction begins at noon on Friday.
November 8-9, 2014
Chalk Fest 29 Test your chalk skills during this new event in Twentynine Palms. This event is open to everyone from professional to amateur levels with a special area for the kiddos to work.

December 2014

December 6, 2014
Festival of Lights Parade This fun parade down Palm Canyon Drive has lighted floats, horses, and classic cars. It rolls out at 5:45 p.m.
December 11, 2014
Walk of the Inns Enjoy a self-guided tour through some of Palm Springs’ most unique hotels and inns. The tour can begin at any of the participating hotels or at the Palm Springs Art Museum. Hotels are open for tours starting at 4 p.m.
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