(Greater Palm Springs, CA) – May 2015—The temperature might be inching up throughout Greater Palm Springs, but the warmer weather also means it’s time for pool parties, tropical drinks and distinctive festivals. Summer is the ideal time to explore Greater Palm Springs many offerings. A list of some of the region’s top activities are listed below.
Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week | May 29-June 7; Greater Palm Springs
Eat your way through the Coachella Valley during the Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week, which features special offers at more than 100 area restaurants. Participating dining establishments throughout the Coachella Valley are offering three-course, prix fixe dinners priced at $26 or $38 per person (tax, beverage, and gratuity not included). Created in partnership with Palm Springs Life magazine, the annual event also includes exclusive hotel packages and special rates at area attractions and spas.
Splash House | June 13 & 14; Aug 8 & 9; Palm Springs
Splash House, a multi-venue pool party, is redefining how summer is celebrated in Greater Palm Springs.
Last year’s splash-filled celebration brought in thousands of partiers looking to relax, dance and soak up the summer sun. The event, sponsored by Goldenvoice rocked Greater Palm Springs twice last summer on outdoor stages at The Saguaro Palm Springs, Hard Rock Palm Springs and Hacienda Cantina & Beach Club. Each rocking pool party included three days of live music from a distinctive line up of some of the biggest names in the SoCal dance music scene.
Palm Springs International ShortFest Short Film Festival & Film Market | June 16-22; Palm Springs
One of the most acclaimed short film showcases in the world, The Palm Springs International ShortFest, Short Film Festival & Film Market, now in its 22nd year, features more than 300 short films from 50 countries around the world. Seminars, special presentations and receptions round out the festivities.
Splashtopia | Rancho Mirage
Looking for a more family-friendly pool experience? Splashtopia, the on-site water park at the at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, is surrounded by a 425-foot lazy river and features two 100-foot waterslides. The recently renovated water park also features a cliff-side Jacuzzi, a sandy beach and water-play zones with fountains and sprinklers for the kids. An on-site grill serves up burgers and cool, tropical drinks, making for a relaxing way to chill out during the summer.
Star Parties | Monthly; Palm Desert
Sponsored by the Astronomical Society of the Desert, annual Star Parties are held at the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitors Center, located in Palm Desert. Telescopes and giant binoculars are provided by club members at these free events, which include a visual tour of the sky. Members point out the constellations and planets visible on the night of each star party.
Palm Springs VillageFest | Weekly; Palm Springs
No summer trip to Palm Springs is complete without a visit to the city’s most-popular street fair, Palm Springs VillageFest, held every Thursday night. Featuring arts, crafts, food, and entertainment, the event attracts a diverse array of artists, artisans, entertainers, and purveyors of fresh fruits and veggies, flowers, jewelry, snacks and sweets, all set alongside the shops, restaurants, clubs and entertainment venues located that line world famous Palm Canyon Drive.
FootGolf | Indio
Looking to try something new this summer? FootGolf is a combination of soccer and golf, which is played with a regulation #5 soccer ball but at a golf course facility. The Lights at Indio Golf Course, the first golf course in the Coachella Valley to be accredited by the American FootGolf League (AFGL), is also the valley’s only night-lighted golf course.
Yoga Amongst the Art | Cathedral City
Art and wellness combine at these weekly yoga sessions held at the Coachella Valley Art Scene Gallery in Cathedral City. Creative types gather in the main gallery on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, while adopting yoga stretches beneath the collected artworks on display. Watch for occasional candlelit sessions.
Palm Springs Vintage Market | Palm Springs
The first Sunday of the month is rapidly becoming known as a time when collectors gather to buy—and sell—vintage merchandise at the monthly Palm Springs Vintage Market. Spend the morning browsing vintage, retro and mid-century modern merchandise in Downtown Palm Springs and then break for lunch or browse the eclectic offerings at the nearby shops and galleries.