Clockwise from top left: Flower Drop, Purple Reign, La Quinta Block Party, BMX
Clockwise from top left: Flower Drop, Purple Reign, La Quinta Block Party, BMX
Clockwise from top left: Air Museum Flower Drop, Purple Reign, La Quinta Block Party, Monster Memorial Weekend

Update: Looking for events in 2017?  We have that for you here.

The unofficial kickoff to summer is Memorial Day Weekend – and while that means that pretty much every other city outside of the Coachella Valley launches a season featuring plenty of things to do, in the desert it is pretty much the last weekend offering much of anything for a while (120 degrees will do that).

So in between barbecuing and catching up on some z’s during your three-day weekend, here are five things you might want to check out around Greater Palm Springs:

Ziggy Marley


Bob’s son has gone out and forged quite a career of his own – releasing 12 critically acclaimed albums – including 2006’s “Love Is My Religion” – which won the Grammy for “Best Reggae Album.” Ziggy Marley will take to the stage in the Spotlight Showroom at 8 p.m. Friday with tickets going for $46 to $76 ($1 of every ticket sale will be donated to the U.R.G.E. Foundation, which seeks to make enduring contributions to the lives of children in Jamaica, Africa, and throughout the world.)

Spotlight 29 Casino, 46-200 Harrison Pl, Coachella, (760) 775-5566

Purple Reign

Purple Rain

Saturday night, celebrate the life of Prince Rogers Nelson – as the highly acclaimed Purple Reign-THE Prince Tribute Show performs at the Rock Yard at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.  Live music starts at 7:30 and, as always, performances at the Rock Yard are free.

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84-245 Indio Springs Drive, Indio, (760) 342-5000

La Quinta Block Party

La Quinta Block Party

The last La Quinta Block Party was a blast – and now Old Town La Quinta is doing it again!  Saturday night from 6 – 10 pm catch live music, food, and booze.  The food and booze will cost you, but getting in is free.

Old Town La Quinta, 78-100 Main Street, La Quinta, (760) 600-0758

Monster Memorial Weekend

Monster Memorial Weekend at Spa Casino

Okay, so all of the info you would really need is right there on that flyer above:  Beer, food, and BMX- what it does not mention is that  the Felon Monster Truck and driver Mark Schroeder will also be on hand for photos.  The event goes from 1:00 to 6:00 pm on Sunday at the Spa Resort Casino in downtown Palm Springs – with tickets going for 10 bucks for grownups and kids getting in for half of that.

Hell, make a day of it by checking out the event, then riding the Buzz around for dinner and a few drinks.

Spa Resort Casino, 401 East Amado Rd, Palm Springs, (760) 883-1000

Memorial Day Flower Drop

Memorial Day Flower Drop Palm Springs

The Palm Springs Air Museum will host their annual Memorial Day services to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country as well as their loved ones. Events include a fly-by and flower drop of over 3,000 red and white carnations from B-25 Mitchell bomber, live music, flight exhibitions, food booths, and a Hangar 24 beer garden. The event begins at 10 a.m. and the flower drop memorial will take place at 1 p.m.

Palm Springs Air Museum, 745 N Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, (760) 778-6262

Have a great weekend!

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