Palm Springs is a vibrant city with plenty of annual events throughout the year. Below is a list of the most popular events in Palm Springs, from Film Festivals to sports, that we think you will love.

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Palm Springs Events

California Winter League Baseball Games

If you’re looking to see the next great Major League Baseball (MLB) talents, a California Winter League game is for you! The Palm Springs “winter” climate is perfect for America’s pastime, and the park’s downtown location makes for a beautiful viewing experience.

Spirit Sports Duel in the Desert Cheerleading Championship

Every February, the Spirit Sports Duel in the Desert brings the best cheerleading squads in the country to Palm Springs. Whether you have kids performing or enjoy watching the best of the best compete, the event is always a great reason to celebrate competitive cheerleading.


VillageFest is a weekly event every Thursday night to celebrate community on Palm Canyon Drive. The street is closed to cars and becomes a festive street fair with well over 100 vendor booths and good times aplenty. From October through May, the event is from 6-10pm while June through September, it is 7-10pm.

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

One of the world’s largest music festivals, Coachella draws over 250,000 fans annually. Held over two weekends, this iconic festival brings a mix of popular artists and awe-inspiring artwork to the Empire Polo Club, making it a must-stop for festival lovers worldwide.

Greater Palm Springs Pride Parade and Festival

The Greater Palm Springs Pride Parade and Festival is an extension of the Greater Palm Springs Pride’s mission to promote public awareness of the LGBT community. The event includes a large pride parade, a festival with a diverse lineup, the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast, and a Pride Honors Awards show to recognize individuals who further the LGBTQ cause.

Palm Springs International ShortFest & Film Market

The Palm Springs International Film Festival and ShortFest are two great events for cinephiles to visit the Valley. The Film Festival is spread across nine venues and occurs in January each year. ShortFest is a summer event that highlights short films and celebrates them through an award show with cash prizes.

Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular at Rancho Mirage

Witness the desert’s largest fireworks show every 4th of July for Free courtesy of the city of Rancho Mirage! Held at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino, this live display is accompanied by a DJ, food, and plenty of room for you to bring a chair and blanket so you can sprawl out all afternoon.

Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival

The annual Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival celebrates the best cuisine and libations the Valley offers. Hosted at The Gardens on El Paseo, this special event shines a light on local chefs, winemakers, mixologists, and other purveyors of fine food and drink!

Stagecoach Music Festival

Head out to Indio in the spring for the annual Stagecoach Music Festival. Now in its twelfth year, this three-day music extravaganza celebrates country music at its finest, with more than 40 performers taking to six stages across the grounds. With overnight camping available and craft food and drink vendors onsite, get ready for some serious fun in the sun.

Modernism Week Fall Preview

Celebrate mid-century Modernism in October with this annual festival. Events include tours of iconic modern architecture, vintage car shows, lectures and seminars on the history of Palm Springs, and social events. The preview is shorter than the main event in February but will give you a taste of what’s to come.