Modernism Week is one of the best times of the year in Greater Palm Springs, with a packed slate of events celebrating the area’s rich architecture and design culture. The main 11-day festival is held each February, as well as a Modernism Week Fall Preview weekend each October. We’re just a few weeks away from the 2019 Fall Preview, happening from Thursday, October 17 through Sunday, October 20. 

Both the Fall Preview and the February festival include the Modernism Show & Sale at the Palm Springs Convention Center, featuring top dealers of vintage furniture, decorative items, fine art, and vintage clothing and accessories. The October show kicks off with a Preview Party on Friday, October 18, with the show continuing through the weekend.

modernism show and saleModernism Show & Sale

There are still tickets remaining for some amazing events going on during this year’s Fall Preview, including architecture tours, educational lectures, expert panels and fun parties. 

This year’s Fall Preview Featured Home is the Axiom Desert House by Turkel Design: a contemporary prefab, net-zero energy home in Palm Springs that is available to tour throughout the weekend.

The popular Cul-de-Sac Experience event in the Canyon View Estates neighborhood of Palm Springs returns this Fall, featuring interior tours of six midcentury homes designed by William Krisel in one cul-de-sac, as well as vintage automobiles displayed in the driveways of the homes.

cul de sac experience modernism weekCul-de-Sac Experience event

Grace Home Furnishings and Dunn-Edwards Paints have teamed up to present Bold & Beautiful: Designing with Color in the Desert on Sunday, October 20, and Palm Springs Style will be moderating a panel with Michael Ostrow, Interior Designer and co-owner of Grace Home Furnishings, and Sara McLean, Color Expert & Stylist for Dunn-Edwards. Join them for a fun presentation, along with mimosas and light bites.

Fall Preview weekend is a great time to tour the historic Annenberg Estate at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage. This hot ticket includes an interior tour of the stunning A. Quincy Jones-designed home, built in 1966, which is frequently visited by U.S. presidents and international dignitaries. 

The Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours return this Fall, taking attendees on a 2.5-hour tour of significant residential, civic and commercial buildings in Palm Springs. The daily tours depart from the parking lot of the H3K Home showroom. 

modernism week double decker bus tourPremier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour

Another don’t miss tour is Give Me Shelter, produced by the Palm Springs Animal Shelter, which features interior and exterior tours of six midcentury homes that are seldom open to the public. The event concludes with a cocktail reception at the Palm Springs Animal Shelter, which is the only open-admission, no-kill public shelter in the Coachella Valley.

Learn how to make classic cocktails from the midcentury era at the Midcentury Mixology Cocktail Clinic at Mr. Lyons Steakhouse. This interactive event is being held on both Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19.

Also returning this year is a partnership between Modernism Week and Casual Concours XI, a classic car show at the Desert Princess Country Club in Cathedral City that features approximately 100 museum-quality cars from the 1950s to 1980s. Proceeds from the event benefit Sanctuary, a transitional housing and foster care program designed to meet the needs of the LGBTQ community of foster youth transitioning to adulthood.

modernism week vintage carVintage car during Modernism Week

A series of events will honor architect Hugh Kaptur during this year’s Modernism Week Fall Preview, all organized by the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation, including the street-naming dedication of “Hugh M. Kaptur Way” in Palm Springs, educational lectures about Kaptur’s work, as well as architecture tours of midcentury properties he designed.

Atomic Ranch Magazine will be presenting a panel discussion called Smart Remodeling + How to Be a Good Modernist Neighbor on Saturday, October 19, featuring H3K Design’s Howard Hawkes and Kevin Kemper; remodel and construction expert Steven Shields of Shields Residential; Ross Stout, Vice President of KUD Properties; Dick Burkett, Vice Chair of the Palm Springs Historic Preservation Board; and architect and Palm Springs Planning Commission member Maria Song of Interactive Design Corp. The panel will be followed by cocktails, bites and tours of two homes.

Be sure to reserve your Fall Preview tickets soon, as most events do sell out. You’ll also want to start making plans for Modernism Week 2020 (February 13 through 23, 2020), with those tickets going on sale later this Fall.