What could be better than more than 300 days of sunshine in the oasis? How about a year’s worth of fun and festivities to go with it? Discover a new side of the oasis all year long with these stellar events in Cathedral City.

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LGBT Days, Spring

This diverse celebration brings together the LGBT community and its allies for a fun-filled weekend every spring. Enjoy live music and dancing, events like a “Battle of the Bars” bartender competition and Sunday brunches. Also not to be missed is the LGBT Days Bed Race, where groups from across the Coachella Valley unleash their creativity to decorate a four-post bed, then race for the glory of first place.

Cinema Diverse, September

This annual LGBT film festival celebrates diversity at the Mary Pickford Theatre in Cathedral City each September. For four days, celebrate LGBT cinema through local, national and international shorts and features.

Tejano Music Festival, September 22

This annual festival celebrates the Tejano culture with live music, local food and beverages as well as Tejano Art. Admission and parking are free, and from the raffle to the kids zone it is a guaranteed fun time for all ages.

Halloween Spooktacular, October 28

This year the Cathedral City Police Department and Cathedral City Fire Department are hosting a Halloween Spooktacular in downtown Cathedral City. Come trick-or-treat, enter the costume contest, and indulge in the yummy food vendors. Families will be able to interact with fire trucks, police vehicles, police motorcycle patrols and the men and women who serve in those departments. The city will be donating several bicycles for the costume contest, so be sure to dress up in something spooky!

Dia de los Muertos, October

The Mexican celebration of Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, finds an annual home in Cathedral City. Each year, memories of loved ones are celebrated at Desert Memorial Park during this cultural festival that features mariachi bands, folklorico dancing, arts and crafts and a community altar.

Hot Air Balloon Festival, November

Look up, in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane—no, it’s a canopy of color from the annual Hot Air Balloon Festival! Cathedral City’s beautiful weather and clear skies create the perfect opportunity for seeing the oasis from above, and in November, visitors can do just that from the cozy basket of a hot air balloon. If you’d rather keep your feet on the ground, there’s still plenty to explore: nightly hot air balloon glows, concerts, jazz and wine dinners and hot air balloon races will keep your head in the clouds.

Snow Fest, December 8

Don’t miss out on the second annual Snow Fest in downtown Cathedral City. The Festival Lawn will be covered with white bubbles and will also be transformed into a winter wonderland. Other festival fun includes an outdoor market, holiday arts and crafts, activities for kids, choir performances, food and hot chocolate, shopping and a chance to visit with Santa.

Palm Springs International Film Festival, January

The Palm Springs International Film Festival reaches into Cathedral City this upcoming season with screenings at the Mary Pickford Theatre. Don't miss the film festival of the season!

Taste of Jalisco, February 19

The fourth annual Taste of Jalisco festival will be returning next February on the Festival Lawn. The event is a celebration of Cathedral City's sister city Tequila, Jalisco Mexico.

Want more things to do? Check out our Greater Palm Springs events calendar.