Greater Palm Springs has grown into a hub for major festivals and events. Whether it’s watching the world’s tennis elite vie for the BNP Paribas Open trophy or checking out the incredible concert scene at Coachella and Stagecoach, special events take center stage throughout the year. Our desert oasis also hosts PGA and LPGA golf tournaments; top competitive running and cycling events; celebrations of art, architecture and fashion; Native American pageants and holiday happenings; a bevy of film, music, food and wine festivals; winter polo and even a golf cart parade! Why not plan your trip around one of Greater Palm Springs’ world-class events?
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Zombie Walk Palm Springs is an annual organized public gathering of people who dress up in zombie costumes. The participants will make their way through the Palm Springs VillageFest as a type of street theater. Zombies in need of makeup assistance should visit the College of the Desert Theatrical Makeup booth starting at 6 p.m. This event is open to the public and sponsored by the City of Palm Springs. Zombie Walk Palm Springs is free, but participating Zombies are asked to bring a non-perishable food item or personal hygiene item to benefit SafeHouse of the Desert.
About Zombie Walk - Zombie Walk Palm Springs is the brainchild of local chef Chad Gardner and Rolando “Roly” Paz, both Zombie enthusiasts who sought to bring Palm Springs its first Zombie Walk in 2011. The idea of a Zombie Walk Palm Springs was so well received that Gardner and Paz decided to “do good” and make the event a benefit for local charity, SafeHouse of the Desert. Now in its third year, Zombie Walk Palm Springs is held annually during the Palm Springs VillageFest Halloween Spooktacular.
Participation is free but cash donation are encouraged to benefit Safehouse.
Adapted by Aaron Posner and Chaim Potok from the novel by Chaim Potok.
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Bring snacks and 2 liters of water per person. Wear closed-toed shoes, hat and sunscreen. Must be 14 years old or older. Hikes are limited to 30 participants. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Visit Sunnylands to view altars and Calaveras (skulls) created by local artists from Raices Cultura and installed on the Great Lawn. Visit the website for more information.
The C.O.D. Theatre Arts Department presents “The Rocky Horror Show.” The students of the College of the Desert Theatre Arts department are shivering with ANTICI…(wait for it)…PATION as they bring to life one of pop culture’s greatest creations. The season begins with one of the most mutated, time warped phenomena in the history of show business, The Rocky Horror Show, with music, lyrics, and book by Richard O’Brien. The rock musical is a campy tribute to the science fiction and “B” horror movies of the late 1940s through early 1970s. It tells the story of a newly engaged couple finding their way into the home of a mad transvestite scientist in the midst of unveiling his newest creation. With iconic musical numbers such as “The Time Warp” and “Sweet Transvestite,” The Rocky Horror Show isn’t your normal theatre going experience. “It is an event,” says director Tres Dean. “It is a tremendous, yet extremely exciting challenge to bring a show like this to life. You are always taking a chance when staging ‘Rocky’ because it is such an iconic production and has cult-like following. Fans know every word of dialogue and every single lyric. This show has its own script just for audience members so they can interact with the actors on stage. This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the film, which makes this production even more special. We’re placing a live rock band in the intimate environment of Theatre Too and literally surrounding the audience with the stage. We will also be selling “prop bags” for audience members to use at opportune moments during the show. Like I said, this isn’t just any show; this is an event!”
October 24, 25, 31 and Nov 1: 7 p.m. $25-$30. October 31: 12 midnight $30-$35. Oct 26 and Nov 2: 3 p.m. $20-$25.
The talented and eclectic ensemble cast consists of Adam Genesta, Mike Hadley, Alden Dickey, Briana Taylor, Alisha Bates, April Mejia, Christine Michele, Jocelyn Johnson, Raz Segev, Ramon Martinez, Sergio Lopez, Courtney Pittsley, Leslie Benjamin, Brieana Holquin, Miranda Hane, Tamami Ono, Ronda Williams, Rebecca Rodriguez, and Johnny Bolth. It will be directed by Tres Dean with Musical Direction by Scott Smith and Choreography by Shea New. J.W. Layne is the Scenic & Properties Designer while Stuart Fable is the Lighting Designer. The Sound Designer is Jack Ramoran and the Costume & Makeup Designer is Kailey Osgood-McAuliffe.
There will be a special midnight performance on Halloween with a ROCKY BLOCK PARTY one and a half hours before the show! THE BLOCK PARTY will include games, music, food, and everyone is encouraged to dress in costume! The show is recommended for mature audiences only! For tickets and reservations (required), please call 760-773-2565 or visit collegeofthedesert.edu/performingarts.