Fantastic Coachella Valley Events Happening in February
February is upon us, bringing with it a rich variety of cool and unique events to check out. Below are some of the notable things happening around the Coachella Valley is this month. Dive in, get out, and enjoy the perfect weather!
Rock the Park
Starting this February, the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce will be putting on a monthly, free tribute concert at the freshly minted Palm Springs Downtown Park. The park is located directly behind the Bennion Deville Homes Palm Springs office, adjacent to the Forever Marilyn Statue and in front of the Palm Springs Art Museum.
This monthly event will only feature acts who “look, sound, and perform like the real thing,” starting with TLR, an Eagles cover band. Additional tribute groups set to perform include artists covering Elton John, Madonna, Tina Turner, Fleetwood Mac, and Creedence Clearwater Revival. The concerts will be held the first Wednesday of each month, starting at 7pm sharp, and will run through July.
For more information, check out the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce’s website.
Cruise Night on El Paseo
February 4 & 18
Rev your engine at Cruise Night at El Paseo, taking place the first and third Friday of each month. This prized Palm Desert event features a parade of sweet rides rolling down El Paseo, from classic cars to custom cars and hot rods.
This free to attend event is the perfect excuse to get out, check out choice chariots, and enjoy a perfect desert evening on El Paseo, which boasts an enviable variety of shopping and dining options to enjoy before, during, and after the cruise.
For more details and photos of Cruise Night on El Paseo, speed over to the event’s website.
Art on Main Street
February 5 & 19, March 12 & 26
Art on Main Street delivers a divine assortment of fine art, unique designs, artisanal foods, and live music in charming Old Town La Quinta, one of the Coachella Valley’s most romantic locales. Taking place on select Saturdays throughout the season from 10am to 4pm, Art on Main Street is an excellent way to explore “The Gem of the Desert” and gather some fun finds in the process. The remaining dates are February 5, February 19, March 12, and March 26.
For the full details on Art on Main Street, visit the Old Town La Quinta website.
Concerts in the Park – La Quinta
Head to SilverRock Park on Saturday, February 12th starting at 5:30pm for La Quinta Concerts in the Park. This all-ages event is free and open to the public, with picnics, blankets, and chairs encouraged. Food trucks will also be there in case you wish to enjoy a night under the stars without packing up the kitchen. Musical guest Funkonomix will be laying down a variety of tunes, including R&B from every era, past and present Top 40 hits, and rock. The opening chord is played at sundown.
For the full details check out the event’s page on the City of La Quinta’s website.
Tour de Palm Springs
The Tour de Palm Springs spins into the desert on Saturday, February 12th, beginning in the Palm Springs downtown village and sending participants along routes of 100, 50, 25, and 10 miles. Additionally, athletes can participate in 1 and 3-mile walks through Palm Springs, taking place directly after the 10-mile ride.
Regardless of desired route, riders are treated to the beauty of the Southern California desert during our peak season. Boasting epic scenery and postcard-perfect weather conditions, this event presents the ultimate opportunity to travel around the Coachella Valley with other bicycle enthusiasts in one fun-filled day.
In addition to cycling for passion and sport, riders can know they are cycling for a great cause. Proceeds from the Tour de Palm Springs go back to local charities who partner with CVSPIN, the organization that puts on the race. Since 1999, CVSPIN has raised millions of dollars for local charities and organizations.
Palm Springs Modernism Week
February 17 – 27
Palm Springs Modernism Week returns to shine a spotlight on the desert’s unrivaled Mid-Century Modern movement. This 10-day celebration of all things Modern in Palm Springs, the mecca of “MCM,” is a signature event for the area, taking place each February. Tens of thousands of Modernism enthusiasts from around the world are expected to converge on Palm Springs to celebrate the form in all its glory, from sleek architecture to iconic furniture and fashions. Over the week-plus, participants may experience a variety of home tours, the Modernism Show and Sale, lectures from prominent figures within Modernism, films on the subject, and more.
The Greater Palm Springs Area is home to one of the largest concentrations of Mid-Century Modern architecture in the world and is the ideal setting for Modernism Week twice each year. With the legacies of legendary names erected throughout the Valley, including Wexler, Neutra, Frey, and Schindler, Palm Springs has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to highly-coveted Mid-Century Modern homes and structures. Modernism Week embraces the form and celebrates its unique characteristics and is a local event everyone should check out.
Thrillville at the Riverside County Fairgrounds
Get out for a day of old-fashioned carnival fun with Thrillville at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio, taking place February 18-27. Put on by Butler Amusements, this is your classic county fair, featuring carnival rides, games, food booths, and entertainment for all ages. Admission to the fair is $10 and includes entrance to the fairgrounds and the opportunity to view the exciting acts, such as live shark encounters, Cartoon Poodles, comedy and magic shows, live music, and more. Additionally, tickets for the midway carnival rides and games may be purchased, including unlimited ride wristbands for $35.
For more information on Thrillville at the Riverside County Fairgrounds, check out the fair’s website.
Rancho Mirage Theatre Under the Stars
February 18 & 19
Experience the magic of the theater during a sublime desert evening with Theatre Under the Stars, taking place at Rancho Mirage Amphitheatre. Coming to the stage this season will be 3 classics, Mamma Mia!, Annie Get Your Gun, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. General admission tickets are $50 plus a processing fee. Food and beverage will be available for purchase on-site, there is no outside food or drink allowed.
Taking place February 18 and 19, Mamma Mia! is a massive ABBA musical hit that will have you singing, dancing, laughing, and crying. The other shows, Annie Get Your Gun and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, will take place in March and April, respectively.
Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival
Join the Friends of the Desert Mountains (FODM) and The City of Palm Desert on Saturday, March 5th, for the Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival. This free event boasts a ton of cool stuff to check out for everyone in the house, including wildflower displays, local artists, vendors, exhibitors, and a ton of activities for the kids, such as a climbing wall and a safety fair. For fun outside of the in-person fair, there will be a “Wildflower Wednesday” video on the FODM YouTube channel each Wednesday starting at 6pm. You can also download a field guide to 125 Coachella Valley plants that bloom in the spring, and nature and scavenger hunts.
FODM has a goal of raising $40,000 on or by the day of the festival. To help accomplish this goal, the organization will be holding raffles and a silent auction. If you want to be active for this cause, you can also participate in the 30x30x30 challenge, which is a commitment to run, hike, bike, walk, or roll 30 miles over 30 days, and donate at least $30 to the campaign. Participants in the 30x30x30 challenge will receive an exclusive commemorative t-shirt and the pride that comes with helping to protect and preserve the desert’s land resources.
For more information on the Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival, be sure to check out the festival website.