A refreshing cocktail by the pool is the perfect scenario for a sun-kissed afternoon—but don’t expect to crack open a novel at a trendy resort. Over the weekends, several hip properties in Greater Palm Springs transform their chilled-out pool scene into wet-and-wild, action-packed affairs.

With high energy, live DJs and pumped crowds—under that signature, desert canyon backdrop—these essential, all-day pool parties make the biggest splash over summer 2018.

Summer 2018 Pool Parties in Greater Palm Springs

Splash House

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The mother of all pool parties, the annual Splash House pool party will take over three resorts—The Renaissance, The Riviera and The Saguaro— for two weekends, June 8-10 and August 10-12.

It’s considered the Coachella of pool parties with some of the world’s most famous DJs helming the decks, like Duke Dumont, Justin Martin, The Magician and What So Not. Swarms of EDM junkies, weekenders and millennials alike party with non-stop beats, adult beverages and even a contest where the best decorated balconies overlooking the pools win prizes.

If you're unable to make it to the day parties, no need to worry.  Splash House parties extend to post-pool “after hours” events at the Palm Springs Air Museum.

The Saguaro Palm Springs

The Saguaro is unarguably pool party headquarters. The stylish resort has served as one of the original locations for Splash House, and it’s known for it's vibrant colors and canopies.

This summer, The Saguaro hosts a few series of pool parties. "Swim Meet" is a Saguaro original pool party series that celebrates life through music, community & the spirit of the Mojave Desert. "Sun Dream" is another Saguaro pool party series which takes place on select Sundays and requests nothing more then pure relaxation.

RINSE is the desert's wettest pool party oasis that pushes the boundaries of your conventional day-time social gathering. Visitors can expect a stable lineup of live DJs, special pitchers of sangria and signature pool floaties that make the perfect Instagram shot. Daybeds are also available for rent.

ARRIVE Palm Springs

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ARRIVE Palm Springs

If you're looking for a more mellow way to hang by the pool, ARRIVE Palm Springs offers Dive-In Movie Nights, occurring on a Friday evening each month.  Movies playing this summer include Austin Powers, Risky Business, and Grease. Throughout the summer season, expect a lively crowd at this Palm Springs pool (21+ for non-guests).

Ace Hotel & Swim Club

We predict a lot of new hipster friends in your future, thanks to Ace Hotel & Swim Club’s legendary weekend parties. The Swim Club weekend pool parties have garnered a massive cult following since Ace truly established Palm Springs’ pool party scene when it opened almost a decade ago.

The acclaimed hot spot for an eclectic, artsy crowd, Ace Palm Springs’ Swim Club is a fun day scene of dancing, splashing, boozing (including craft cocktails and PBR) and late-night bonding in the massive hot tub. While it’s mostly fronted by live DJs, the pool party often has drum circles on special occasions.

Hotel Zoso

Hotel Zoso is ideally located in the epicenter of Palm Springs. Party poolside every Sunday from 11am - 6pm, with drink specials, DJs, and paparazzi at their summer party series, "Swim Dance Happiness Day Club."

Cool Resort Pools to Check Out

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For more poolside fun, don’t miss these resort pools around town:

Want to plan the ultimate summer getaway? Check out our guide to Summer 2018 in Greater Palm Springs.