The Hot Air Balloon Fest Isn’t the Only Cathedral City Event You Can’t Miss This Year

We’ve Got Fun in the Sun All Year Long

Written By: Andrea Gomez and Marissa Stempien Cathedral City Events

Looking for fun things to do in Greater Palm Springs this year? There’s no shortage of cool eateries and outdoor activities in Cathedral City, which also has a buzzing art scene–but with more than 300 days of sun, the town is probably best known for its awesome outdoor festivals and events that draw guests from all over SoCal. Whether you’re looking for some family fun with the kids or a little romantic time with your significant other, these Cathedral City events are worth marking off on your calendar.


Dance the Night Away at the Tejano Music Festival Cathedral City Events

October 12

The Big League Dreams Sports Park hosts the third annual Tejano Music Festival from 5 to 11 p.m. With a number of vendors offering food, drinks and raffles, this night will be a blast for the whole family. Let the children enjoy the kids’ zone while you and your friends rock out to live Tejano music.


Trick or Treat at Halloween Spooktacular Cathedral City Events

October 27

Bring the kids and get scary at this year’s Halloween Spooktacular from noon to 3 p.m. One of the most family-friendly festivals in Greater Palm Springs, this event is designed to be a safe, fun environment for all ages, and includes trick-or-treating, costume contests, a DJ, safety exhibits, raffles, food and, of course, lots of candy!


Remember the Dead at Día de los Muertos Cathedral City Events

November 2

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday that celebrates the lives of loved ones who have passed away. Traditionally, people create altars for their loved ones that are adorned with food, candles, flowers and more. Desert Memorial Park Cemetery will honor those who have passed with a special celebration that is open and free to the public. From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., guests can enjoy folkloric dancing, face painting, mariachi bands, food vendors and a community altar. The first 500 attendees will be treated to free pan de muerto—bread of the dead—which is a sweet bread baked in the shape of bones.


It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane! No! It’s the Sixth Annual Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival

November 22-24

Bring the whole family to this one-of-a-kind, three-day event. Complete with romantic dinners, a food truck fiesta, a kids zone, live music, a wine and beer garden, tethered balloon rides, a car show, fireworks and a hot air balloon race, this festival is the talk of the town.

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Ho, Ho, Ho and Mistletoe at North Pole Village at Snow Fest

December 14

Celebrate the holidays with style at this seasonal holiday market, which features arts and crafts, food, drinks, a holiday lights parade, a Christmas tree lighting and, of course, Santa! While all Cathedral City festivals are fun for the whole city, Snow Fest also helps the less fortunate with a silent auction benefiting Safehouse of the Desert.

Native Knowledge: Your kids will especially love the 20,000 Candy Cane Drop!


Catch a Flick at the Palm Springs International Film Festival

January 2-13

Grab some popcorn–it’s time for a movie night. The Palm Springs International Film Festival will screen new international films and documentaries at the Mary Pickford Theatre in Cathedral City. It’s one of the largest film festivals in North America, so buy your tickets now before they sell out!


Werk Up a Sweat Dancing at Cathedral City LGBT Days

Late March 

Cathedral City LGBT Days recognizes and honors the vibrant LGBTQ community not only in Cathedral City but throughout all of Greater Palm Springs. The free festival features performances by drag queens, gay choirs and so much more. Celebrate diversity with friends and family while you enjoy activities like bed racing and dancing!

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