Check Out These Awesome October Events
Check out these fun and unique desert events this October.
Cool fall weather and perfect desert days set up a ton of fun and unique things to do around the Coachella Valley.

Fall Into Fun This October

Now that fall is officially underway, the desert’s season gets into full swing. From our usual slate of things to do, to some seasonally shifted events, there’s plenty to check out this October. Below are a few of our favorites taking place this month.

Films in the Gardens at Sunnylands

Experience a perfect fall evening in the desert with Films in the Gardens at Sunnylands, wrapping up on Friday, October 1st.
World-famous Sunnylands is hosting Films in the Gardens, wrapping up on Friday, October 1. Photo credit: Don Graham, Flickr

October 1

Films in the Garden at Sunnylands concludes another spectacular season of film screenings in one of the desert’s most hallowed locales. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket and chairs, and enjoy an early autumn Friday night under the stars on the Great Lawn. The series wraps up Friday, October 1st when Mama Mia! brings its catchy tunes and epic storyline to the huge outdoor screen.

For more information on the Films in the Garden at Sunnylands series, check out the Palm Springs International Film Society website.

Palm Desert Concerts in the Park

Head to Palm Desert Civic Center Park Thursdays in October for Palm Desert Concerts in the Park
Palm Desert Concerts in the Park returns for another season of exciting musical entertainment, Thursdays at the Civic Center Park stage.

Thursdays in October

Grab your blanket, pack a picnic, and bring the family to Palm Desert Concerts in the Park this October. This semi-annual evening attraction takes over the Civic Center stage each Thursday from 6-7:30pm during the month of October and features a new performance each week. With a variety of acts ranging from funk to pop, Motown to rock, and so much more there is a genre for everyone to enjoy. This free event is the best way to savor the start of cooler weather and enjoy the fresh air of a perfect desert evening.

This year’s lineup includes:

October 7 – Beach St. A GoGo (60s Classics)

October 14 – Avenida Music (Classic Rock, Spanish Pop, and Top 40)

October 21 – Cash, Killer and The King (Rock N’ Roll Tribute Band)

October 28 – New Sensations (Rock, Pop, Funk, Soul, and Motown)

Check out the city of Palm Desert’s website for more information.

BNP Paribas Open

Some of the best and brightest tennis players head to Indian Wells Tennis Garden to play in the BNP Paribas Open.
Some of the best tennis players in the world take to the courts at Indian Wells Tennis Garden to compete in the BNP Paribas Open, taking place in the fall for the first time.

October 4-17

The BNP Paribas Open returns to Indian Wells Tennis Garden for another year of exciting professional tennis action, this time in the fall. Known around the tennis world as the “Fifth Grand Slam,” the BNP Paribas Open shines the sport’s spotlight on Indian Wells and the Greater Palm Springs Area for two weeks of fast-paced Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) play.

Notable players from around the world will compete for the tournament’s top prize in Singles and Doubles, including established and rising stars. This is traditionally the largest two-week combined ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and WTA Premier professional tennis tournament in the world, and one of the top destinations for tennis fans from around the globe to attend. This year’s tournament will run October 4th through the 17th. Typically held in the spring, this is the first edition of the tournament to take place in the fall.

For match schedules, ticket information, a player roster, and more information about the BNP Paribas Open, check out the tournament’s website.

Joshua Tree Music Festival: Heart of the Matter

Experience the magic of the high desert at the Joshua Tree Music Festival.
The Joshua Tree Music Festival returns to offer an incredible community experience built around our shared bond of music, art, and the human experience.

October 7th – 10th

The Joshua Tree Music Festival is back this October after a 2-year hiatus. This music festival, which traditionally takes place in the spring and the fall, draws a diverse crowd to the high desert. The audience composition reflects what is always an eclectic lineup of musical artists, where nearly every genre is represented by incredible acts. This year’s festival runs from October 7th through the 10th and is sure to deliver an incredible experience for all who attend. Signifying the momentous occasion of being able to gather and celebrate music and art in person again, the fall edition has been called “Heart of the Matter” and will feature opportunities to connect with others through music, art, and shared experience.

A long-standing high desert tradition, The Joshua Tree Music Festival’s aim to is to create a deep connection between performers and patrons by embracing music’s ability to bond humanity. Extending beyond the grooves and beats, the Joshua Tree Music Festival includes activities and workshops such as yoga and movement, music, visual arts, and myth. Promoted as a family-friendly event, there is a robust offering of activities for kids, too.

Joshua Tree is one of Southern California’s most scenic destinations and the music festival is an exceptional opportunity to discover a new landscape, new artists, and make new memories in a truly one-of-a-kind three-day, four-night experience. For more information, including the festival lineup, tickets, hotel accommodations, and health and safety guidelines, visit the festival website.

Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest

Get a taste of a true Oktoberfest experience by checking out the Big Beer Oktoberfest celebration, taking place from September 11th through November 7th.
An authentic Oktoberfest experience awaits at the Big Bear Oktoberfest celebration, with traditional German food, beers, and events.

Now through November 7th

The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest is celebrating all month long at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center each weekend, running through November 7th. Events will be held both indoors and outside this year, with limited capacity each day. This Oktoberfest celebration is known for capturing the essence of the original Oktoberfest, with traditional music, events, food, and of course the finest beers imported from Munich.

For the full scoop on Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest, including details on tickets and entertainment, check out the event website.

Modernism Week Fall Preview

Explore the best of Modernism Week this fall with the Modernism Week Fall Preview.
Get a preview of next year’s Modernism Week festivities during the Fall Preview, taking place this October.

October 14-17

Modernism Week Fall Preview returns to Palm Springs for another sneak peek of what’s to come at Modernism Week next year. This year’s preview takes place October 14th through the 17th and offers many of the same spectacular sights and opportunities for Modernism immersion, including the world-famous double-decker bus and walking tours, parties, programs, and more.

For more details on the Modernism Week Fall Preview, including tickets, visit the Modernism Week website.

Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival

Celebrate the grimy worlds Film Noir in black and white at the Arthur Lyons Film Festival
The Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival brings mystery, intrigue, and romance to the silver screen as it celebrates one of Hollywood’s most notorious genres.

October 21-24

The Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival returns this fall for another year of screening one of the Hollywood Golden Era’s most popular genres. Enjoy a palette of colorful characters immersed in each shady grayscale world at the Camelot Theater in Palm Springs, running October 21st through the 24th. Celebrate the Film Noir genre with screenings of classic Film Noir “B” movies and special guests appearing before select films.

Founded in 2000 by Arthur Lyons, a renowned mystery and thriller novelist who also served on the Palm Springs City Council, the Film Noir Festival is a fun way to enjoy a timeless era of cinema. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the festival’s website.

Palm Springs VillageFest

Enjoy food, people watching, live music, vendors, and more at Palm Springs VillageFest, every Thursday night in the Downtown Palm Springs Village.
Palm Springs VillageFest takes to the Downtown Palm Springs village Thursday nights.

Thursday Evenings

Palm Springs VillageFest takes to the streets of downtown Palm Springs on Thursday evenings from 7pm to 10pm. Stretching from Indian Canyon Drive to Belardo Road, Palm Springs VillageFest showcases the best of Palm Springs in a vibrant, community-oriented atmosphere. It is an excellent way to enjoy an evening in the desert and experience the unique vibe of this prominent and charming city.

This street festival boasts a variety of vendors, from artisans and artists showcasing their wares and talents, to culinary curators serving up tasty treats, as well as live entertainment and a unique buzz from all in attendance. You can get dinner and a show, all in one incredible place.

For the full list of vendors and additional information on Palm Springs VillageFest, check out the website.

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