5 things to do (other than Coachella) in Greater Palm Springs this weekend

Lineup for the Rock Yard at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio

Coachella is here and while more than 100,000 people will head to the Empire Polo Club in Indio for the music, the food, the crowds, and the weirdness, plenty of locals will not. We have a helpful survival guide for this weekend here and below you can find five alternatives to the fest to check out around the Coachella Valley this weekend.

Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles – Friday & Saturday

Coachella brings out all kinds of unique things and this year that includes a pop-up of the popular Southern California chicken and waffles joint.  You don’t need a wristband to enjoy the tasty combo from Roscoe’s, which will be set up at Spotlight 29 and will run from 9 pm to 5 am Friday and Saturday night.  Most meals will set you back $20.

(Roscoe’s After Dark)

The Rock Yard – Saturday

Well, well, well. Free music is back at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. This season’s lineup kicks off with Bonfire, an AC/DC tribute, along with Steel Rod.  All guests have to be 18 or over and the music starts at 7:30 pm.

(Fantasy Springs Casino)

Los Lobos and Los Lonely Boys – Saturday

Both groups are Grammy winners and both will be on stage at the Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs on Saturday night at 8pm.  Tickets start at $39.

(Fantasy Springs Casino)

Cactus Fest – Saturday

Okay, so we’re a little partial to cactus-themed events around this here website – but, hey this looks pretty cool and any drive to the High Desert means your close to Pie for the People!  Cactus Mart’s annual blooming cacti festival includes food, a flower crown pop up,  live music, and, of course, cacti!

(Cactus Mart)

Damn Yankees – Friday through Sunday

The Palm Canyon Theatre presents the musical comedy about a man who sells his soul to the devil to become a young, home run hitter.   There are performances at 8 pm on Friday and Saturday and a Sunday matinee at 2.  Tickets start at $32

(Palm Canyon Theatre)

Bonus: VinDiego Wine Festival in San Diego


If you are looking to escape the desert and enjoy some tasty grub and good wine then VinDiego is for you. Over 300 wines and some of the San Diego area’s best restaurants will be on hand Saturday at Liberty Station. Should be a fun day and you can save $10 on each ticket with our exclusive Cactus Hugs discount code CACTUS.


Have a great weekend.