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From Yappy Hours to Music Festivals, Here Are 9 Events We’re Looking Forward to This Fall in the Desert

Mark Your Calendars for Some Fall Fun!

As the heat gives way a bit in the fall, the desert livens up. Events pick up, people are no longer hiding from the sweltering sun and the community comes together to thrive. Here are nine events we are especially looking forward to, from music festivals to Modernism Week — October, in Greater Palm Springs this autumn. Fall Events Palm Springs


A Queen’s Ball

Date: Oct. 29 from 4-7 p.m.

Come explore this Regency-era experience at The Shops on El Paseo! A Queen’s Ball will be an evening filled with splendor, traveling theatrical dinner pop-ups and a doggy costume competition. Treats will be provided in the stores for pups big and small, with a special surprise for the adults in some treat bags. Will you acquire the Queen’s favor? Come find out at this grand event!

Location: Palm Desert


Yappy Hour at The Shops on El Paseo

Date: Oct. 29 from 4-6 p.m.

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Dress your pup up Regency-era style for the Queen’s Ball at The Shops on El Paseo, and meet in the breezeway near Kitchen 86 from 4-6 p.m. to register your pup to win! Take a stroll, pick up your doggy goody bag at Summer Colony Living, and take a selfie at the selfie station. Then, enjoy the Queen’s Ball character’s as you visit the stores for goody bags. Winners of the doggy costume contest will be notified via email. Stay tuned for future Yappy Hour events!

Local Insight: The Shops on El Paseo is home to several designer boutiques and restaurants, so whether you have a pup or not, this center is still the perfect place to spend a fall evening!

Location: Palm Desert


First Fridays Art Walk

Date: First Friday of Each Month (Beginning Nov. 4)

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El Paseo, also crowned “The Rodeo Drive of the Desert,” is home to several galleries, making it a popular destination for exploring fine art. And this season, The Shops on El Paseo are eager to support the El Paseo Shopping District’s First Friday and Art Walk events with public art festivities and events. For more info, visit

Location: Palm Desert



Tree Lighting

Date: Nov. 18 from 4-6 p.m.

The Shops on El Paseo will ring in the holiday season with the annual lighting of their 60-foot Christmas tree atop Daily Grill during the grand illumination celebration. This family-friendly celebration will run from 4-6 p.m., with the tree lighting at 6 p.m., and include festive holiday caroling, sweet treats, street performers and more. 


Props and Hops Craft Beer Fest

Date: Nov. 19

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Take flight with over 40 brewery tastings and aircrafts taking off at the 10th Annual Props and Hops Craft Beer Fest in Palm Springs! Sip a brew while enjoying food trucks, live music by Desert Sol and The John Stanley King Band and views of runway takeoffs and landings. Book a vintage airplane ride on event day for an experience of a lifetime featuring views of Coachella Valley. For designated drivers, grab admission for $5 on the event date at the entry gate. 

Location: Palm Springs Air Museum



Joshua Tree Music Festival

Dates: Oct. 6-9

Joshua Tree Music Festival is fully back for on-site camping and live music from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Compared to other desert festivals, this one offers a level of intimacy, where you can experience musicians at a smaller event to fuel a magical experience. During breaks from the dance floor, stretch out for a yoga sesh, indulge in a massage at the Healing Oasis or appreciate the festival art and the raw beauty of the desert. Music is the soul of life and Joshua Tree Music Festival puts it at center stage.

Location: Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground

Fall Events Palm Springs

Modernism Week — October

Dates: Oct. 13-16

Are you a design and architecture lover looking for more in-depth information on the well-known Palm Springs area? Modernism Week — October is an annual event that highlights midcentury modern architecture, art and design, while featuring more than 50 events during four days in Palm Springs. The events will include everything from educational home tours to auctions and cocktail parties. At Modernism Week — October, there’s a buzz of activities to keep you entertained!

Location: Greater Palm Springs

Greater Palm Springs Pride

Dates: Nov. 4-6

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Put on your best ensemble for the 35th Greater Palm Springs Pride—a weekend-long celebration. Bringing a diverse community together, this is the biggest equal-rights event in the region to honor the desert communities where LGBTQ people thrive. Known for celebrating the strength, equality and self-determination of the LGBTQ community, Greater Palm Springs Pride celebrates with a parade and festival. So dress up and enjoy beverages and food with friends while you explore the diverse artists and entertainers.

Location: Downtown Palm Springs

Fall Events Palm Springs

15th Annual Fall Family Festival at SilverRock Resort

Date: Nov. 20

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This fall fest is full of family fun with loads of entertainment, booths, crafts, animals and so much more. At the 15th Annual Fall Family Festival at SilverRock Resort, you and your family will enjoy a festive celebration and sense of community. It’s also an informative event on all the family services available in the Coachella Valley. Gather together on the lawn at SilverRock Resort for a full day of sunshine, laughs and connectivity.

Location: SilverRock Resort

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Alexis is a freelance travel and lifestyle writer based in Southern California. With a specialty in California, nature travel, and female empowerment, she works with publications, brands, and agencies to create content that engages and connects. When she’s not on the road, you can usually find her nose deep in a spiritual, self-development book, marveling at plants in the nearest garden and exploring to find the best scenic views. [email protected]




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