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Visiting Desert Region

California’s desert region is delightful. You can pick your palm – Palm Springs, Palm Desert or Twentynine Palms, this is the season to visit. Southern California’s desert weather is ideal for a hike; Palm Springs’ Indian Canyons, the Randall Henderson Trail in Palm Desert and Joshua Tree National Park near Twentynine Palms are great places to explore. The Coachella Valley Preserve less than 15-miles from Palm Springs has trails for all levels of experience surrounded by the natural flora and fauna of Southern California. If your visit includes a Thursday, don’t miss VillageFest in downtown Palm Springs. Every Thursday evening Palm Springs transforms into the Palm Springs Street Fair.

It is winter and spring in the desert, the best time of year for a visit. Palm Springs hosts a full calendar of signature events. February brings McCormick’s Classic Car Show & Auction, the Tour de Palm Spring Bike Race, and Modernism Week. The Palm Springs Convention Centre hosts events for the 2012 Dinah Shore weekend, one of the most popular lesbian events of the year. In April, Palm Springs hosts the White Party, the largest gay dance music festival. Dinah Shore weekend in Palm Springs is March 27 through April 2, and the 2012 White Party is April 6 through 9.

Music fans are happy in 2012, as the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is scheduled for two consecutive three-day weekends. Join the fun and festivities April 13 through the 15 and April 20 through the 22. Hosted at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, multiple genres of music are featured along with art installations and light shows. Less than 10-miles south east of Palm Desert, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival line-up includes the Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr Dre, and Snoop Dogg, among the many performers.

The community of Palm Desert is full of art, culture and fine restaurants. As part of its dedication to public art, Palm Desert hosts a Public Art Documentary Film Series. The 2012 Palm Desert Public Art Documentary Film Series is in the fourth season, offering public art related film screenings to residents and visitors. Screenings are held the third Thursday of the month through April. See “The Rape of Europa” March 15, and the final screening on April 19 is a series of short films.

The Palm Desert Campus of California State University, San Bernardino is home to Indian Wells Theatre. The theater is home to Cabaret Theatre West and their 2012 season. Theater enthusiasts enjoy performances of Hoorah for Hollywood, Hoorah for the USA, weekends in March, and Broadway Tonight, weekends in April. Venture out to Indian Wells Theatre for a wonderful evening of theater featuring talented California and Palm Desert actors.

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

April 2015

April 17-19, 2015
2015 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival

For three days, the town of Indio will become a hub for hundreds of alternative musical acts, artists, and music fanatics. The festival start time is TBA.

April 3-5, 2015
2015 Indian Wells Art Festival

Join Desert Region communities as they get together for the 13th annual Indian Wells Art Festival – featuring a dazzling collection of paintings, sculptures, music, and so much more all for sale. The event begins at 10 a.m. at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

April 12, 2015
17th Annual Opera in the Park Palm Springs

Head to Sunrise Park in Palm Springs for a delightful performance from the Palm Springs Opera Guild. The event begins at 1 p.m.

April 25, 2015
2015 Earth, Wind, & Fire

Catch the iconic group perform their biggest R&B and jazz hits at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio. The show begins at 8 p.m.

May 2015

May 2, 2015
2015 Brew at the Zoo

Sip fine, handcrafted beers from over 50 regional breweries at the Living Desert Zoo in Palm Desert. The event begins at 6:30 p.m.

June 2015

June 29 - May 7, 2015
2015 Palm Springs Restaurant Week

Experience some of the best restaurants and meals the desert valley has to offer during Palm Springs' Restaurant Week. Start times vary by date and location.

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