Modernism Week 2024 is about to make a splash. This year’s festivities are expected to top last year’s lavish endeavor, which was a terrific affair. Every year seems to get better. So, fling the closet doors wide open, reach for some midcentury modern threads, and prepare to have a memorable time as everybody celebrates The Rat Pack era with vigor. 

This year’s 11-day festival runs February 15-25 and will continue to honor and appreciate everything midcentury modern. Be sure to dip into CAMP (Community and Meeting Place) often and stay abreast of what’s happening, It’s also a good hub for folks to convene, chat, regroup, and share information. Between its tours of iconic homes in more than 30 neighborhoods, numerous architectural walking, biking and bus tours, and revered tours of the historic Annenberg Estate at Sunnylands, don’t rule out a garden tour, classic car show, and any number of insightful talks at the Annenberg Theater or at the Modernism Week Theater at CAMP.

So, follow your mood. Take in a gaggle of parties then spend several days exploring the fascinating midcentury architecture on various tours and planned outings. There’s even a bike tour. Plan ahead, but stay open. You never know when a bit of midcentury modern serendipity will strike.

BUYING TICKETS

Head to modernismweek.com for full details of the 2024 event. Plan to spend 10 or more minutes browsing through the extensive list of events. Good news: The site has been streamlined, and all the information you’ll find there is easily digestible. Act promptly as events sell out. Mark the website and keep referring back to it, as events are added during the festival. 

HOME TOURS

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This is where it’s at. These home tours are simply the best of the best during Modernism Week. There’s no better way to fully understand the sheer uniqueness of midcentury modernism than to be inside an iconic, architecturally prominent home in Greater Palm Springs. You’ll appreciate the unique design elements on all these home tours and will walk away with a deeper knowledge of the intrepid architects who designed these masterpieces.

Notable home tours include The Lautner Compound Tour, a phenomenal exploration of architect John Lautner’s genius; The Shag House, a Modernism Week Featured Home Tour that notes the artist Shag’s reimagined midcentury modern home, making visitors feel as if they’ve entered a life-size Shag painting; Wexler '54, also a Modernism Week Featured Home Tour, which takes guest through the recently renovated and historically designated Wexler ’54 in the historic Deepwell Estates neighborhood; and the Signature Home Tour, showcasing the bold simplicity of architect Mark W. Daniels' work. There’s much, much more, however. Dive in and explore here.

 

BUS TOURS

Modernism Week Bus TourThere’s great variety in the bus tours offered this year, beginning at $90 and up. Check-in is in the Hyatt Palm Springs at CAMP. Bus Tours depart from the Hyatt Hotel's rear entrance on Belardo Road. Ample public parking is available nearby. Dive in.

Premier Double Decker Architectural Tour

This stellar bus tour is one of the most memorable outings around. The two-and-a-half hour open-air bus tour stands out for how much it offers guests all the midcentury modern 411. Lead by knowledgeable guides, it delivers a stellar overview of the most significant midcentury architectural delights of Greater Palm Springs. It’s the perfect way to get your creative toes wet, as the tour spotlights revered midcentury buildings in the area. Guests will experience iconic sites, such as William Krisel’s House of Tomorrow, Richard Neutra’s architectural masterpiece, the Kaufmann Desert House, Donald Wexler & Richard Harrison’s Steel Development Houses, and E. Stewart Williams’ legendary Twin Palms estate, which was the former residence of Frank Sinatra.

The Homes That Define Palm Springs Bus Tour 

This is another standout, which takes guests through some of Palm Springs’ most popular neighborhoods to see the most spectacular homes in Vista Las Palmas, Racquet Club Estates, Twin Palms, and Indian Canyons. Truly unforgettable. 

Illuminated Twilight Bus Tour 

Here's a great go-to for an evening midcentury architectural adventure, which is fully illuminated to properly showcase fascinating design features. This one-of-a-kind event is inventive and creative and not to be missed out on.

 

SOIREES AND COCKTAILS

Frank Sinatra's Twin Palms Estate during Modernism Week

It’s the perfect time to be social and chat up everything modern while meeting potential new acquaintances with shared interests along the way. Take note of these standouts and peruse all cocktail parties here.

Modernism Week Opening Night Party: Disco in the Desert

FEBRUARY 15

Start big. Stay happy. This is the most anticipated modernism bash. This year’s soiree is dubbed “Opening Night Fever,” a festive dance party featuring a live band, groovy libations, and all-night party bites. Disco inferno go-go.  Info: event begins at 7p.m.

Sandpiper: A Midcentury Oasis Neighborhood Home Tour and Cocktail Party

FEBRUARY 16

Tour the iconic homes and enchanting grounds of Sandpiper. Explore the stunning William Krisel masterpiece with a cocktail in hand. Nosh on hors d' oeuvres. Relish DJ Modgirl’s musical journey through midcentury mod music. The three-hour event begins at 4 p.m.

Beatles & Beyond: Mod Music and Cocktail Party

FEBRUARY 18 & 23

This mod 1960s cocktail party also includes a live multimedia concert celebrating the music of the Beatles. The Gand Band, voted “Coachella Valley's Best Band," is on hand as are Claudia Ried and Alan Kraemer at the fabulous piano bar.

Swinging Mid Mod Cocktail Party: At The Shag House

FEBRUARY 21

Everything is fun at the Shag House. You’ll have a blast at this cocktail party. Come dressed to impress in those Mid Mod best. This is an unforgettable evening of classic cocktails, retro-inspired food, and memorable tunes. This event begins at 7 p.m.

 

MISCELLANEOUS MIDCENTURY MODERN FUN

Modernism Week Vintage Trailer Show

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Who doesn’t love a trailer show? This event truly celebrates the vintage trailer lifestyle of the era yet also manages to inspire the dreamer within — that idealistic soul filled with wanderlust.

Hot Purple Energy Architectural Bike Ride

Here’s something fun and different. Pedal your way through architecturally significant Palm Springs neighborhoods. Take your time and relish these midcentury homes.

Modernism Week Presentations & Films

CAMP location at Modernism Week eventOne of the more compelling components to this year's event, these presentations are both educational and illuminating. From worthy treats such as Preserving the Bauhaus Legacy on Cape Cod: Saving Marcel Breuer’s Summer Home – A CALL TO ACTION! and More Than Desert Modern: William F. Cody’s Visions of Postwar Architecture and Leisure Living to The Birth of Modernism: Irving Gill in California, these are truly unforgettable outings. Most of the presentations take place at Annenberg Theater or CAMP.

 

Modernism Week

Modernism Week 2024 will feature a variety of new and favorite events from the annual February festival including architectural walking tours, festive cocktail parties, home tours, stimulating lectures, and more. Returning this year is the popular Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale 

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