Summer is just around the corner, and Greater Palm Springs is filled with plenty of ways to chill. From festivals to film screenings, here’s where to find your chill this month in the oasis.
White Party Palm Springs
May 5 – 8
The largest gay dance party in the world returns to Greater Palm Springs for four days of poolside parties, concerts and, of course, dancing. Enjoy DJs and live performances both poolside and at signature events like the outdoor T-Dance and the namesake White Party at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
May 5 – 6 | 9 p.m.
Everyone’s favorite “fluffy” comedian returns to The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa for his annual Cinco de Mayo performance. Get ready for a two-hour show packed with laughs as Gabriel Iglesias shares his comical mixture of storytelling, parodies, characters and sound effects.
Palm Springs Photo Festival
May 7 – 12
Take your photography to the next level at the Palm Springs Photo Festival, an annual event that connects professional and serious amateur photographers with industry pros for networking, portfolio reviews, seminars and more.
Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival
May 11 – 14
Celebrate the history of film noir at this annual festival that includes four days of screenings at Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs. The festival features an eclectic mix of classic film noir “B” movies.
Free Films on the Great Lawn at Sunnylands
May 12, 19, 26 | 8 p.m.
Join Sunnylands and the Palm Springs Film Society on the Great Lawn. May 12, Stand by Me will be featured; May 19, Now and Then will be screening and May 26, watch The Sandlot.
Treat Mom to a Mother’s Day she’ll never forget in Greater Palm Springs, where brunches, spa treatments and more await. Start the day off with a special Mother’s Day brunch before spoiling her with spa treatments in the oasis.
Joshua Tree Music Festival
May 18 – 21
This family-friendly festival features artists from around the world—but music is hardly the only thing to enjoy. Yoga, art and a kid-friendly zone make this a festival that everyone can enjoy.
Ann Wilson of Heart
May 19 | 8 p.m.
The legendary singer of the classic rock band Heart brings her vocals to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino during a 20-date solo tour. Expect top Heart hits and solo projects from the influential singer.
Fantasia Comic Con
May 19 – 21
Let your passion for pop culture, entertainment and fandom run wild during Indio’s Fantasia Comic Con, a three-day comic-fueled event at the Riverside County Fairgrounds. Industry veterans including actors, voice actors, writers, illustrators and more will host a weekend of experiences, including a cosplay contest.
Memorial Day Flower Drop
May 29 | 8 a.m.
Commemorate this Memorial Day with the Palm Springs Air Museum, where air shows with historic planes and live entertainment pay tribute to fallen servicemembers. The event culminates with the annual flower drop of more than 3,000 red and white carnations from a B-25 Mitchell Bomber.
Looking for more? Check out this full list of things to do in Greater Palm Springs this month.