Things to do in Palm Springs this October


October.  The month is a magical time in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley.  The locals, who have sweated it out the last five months, are finally able to come out of their caves and plenty of events take place as tourists flock to the desert as well.  Here’s the best of what’s happening in October in Palm Springs.

Joshua Tree Music Festival – Oct. 4 to Oct. 7

Joshua Tree Music Festival (Facebook)

The 13th annual fall edition of the High Desert Music Festival runs in Joshua Tree during the first weekend of October. The event features art, a kids area, yoga, and, of course, a ton of performances.  A 4-day pass is $190, single-day start at $60.

(Joshua Tree Music Festival)

Sting & Shaggy – October 12

The duo you never expected to happen is bringing their 44/876 Tour to Rancho Mirage with a stop at The Show at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa.  Tickets start at $135.

(Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa)

Willie Nelson – October 15

The Red Headed Stranger has been performing for over six decades now and has sold over 40 million albums in North America.  Nelson will perform one of the first shows of the season at the McCallum Theater in Palm Desert on Monday, Oct. 15 at 8pm.  Tickets start at $98.

(McCallum Theater)

Modernism Week Preview – Oct. 18 to Oct. 21

The Fall Preview of the February fest runs October 18 – 21 and includes the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale, cocktail parties, and those famous architectural Double Decker bus tours.

Modernism Week

Mariachi Under the Stars – October 21

The annual event at Augustine Casino in Coachella is headlined this year by the internationally known, “El Charro de Mexico” Ezequiel Peña. Trio Ellas, an all-female Latin-American group are also among the evening’s performers. General admission tickets are $25,  reserved seating are $45 and there are also VIP Cabanas that seat 6 for $500 seating for 6.  Show starts at 6 pm.

Augustine Casino

Christina Aguilera – October 24

Rare is it the the Coachella Valley sees a mid-week concert, but then it’s also not every day that someone like Christina Aguilera comes to the desert.  The singer brings her first solo tour since 2008 to the Special Events Center.  Show starts at 8 pm, tickets run $89 to $199.

(Fantasy Springs Resort Casino)

Tyler Henry – October 26

The star of the E! channel’s Hollywood Medium will discuss his unique gift and how it affects his everyday life.  There will also be a multi-media video presentation and an interactive audience Q&A at the show at Morongo Casino Resort.  Tickets are $65.


La Quinta Brewing Company Oktoberfest – October 27

A stein from the 2017 La Quinta Brewing Co. Oktoberfest (La Quinta Brewing)

The local brewery will host its 3rd Annual Oktoberfest Parking Lot Party with music, food, and German beer brewed just for the event.  The event runs 2 to 9 pm.  Advance tickets are $10 and you get a souvenir stein.  If you wait until the day of, it will cost you $15 and you get no stein.

(Brown Paper Tickets)

Toby Keith – October 27

The country singer presents his Should’ve Been a Cowboy Tour XXV with Special Guest Alisan Porter at the Show in Rancho Mirage.  The Saturday night concert gets started at 8 pm and tickets run $165 to $195.

(Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa)

Tram Road Challenge – October 27

Can you make it to the top of the Tram Road?  It’s not easy, but that’s not going to stop people from taking on the 3.7 mile road with a climb of 2,000 vertical feet on Saturday, October 27.  Anyone who completes it gets a medal (as they should).  Entry fee is $35.

Tram Road Challenge

Golf Cart Parade – Oct. 28

With so many golf carts in the desert it’s only fitting there would be a parade of some sorts for them.  The annual event hits El Paseo in Palm Desert on Sunday, October 28.  Activities start at 9 am, the parade starts at noon.

(Golf Cart Parade)

All Things Halloween – October 31

There are plenty of things going on for Halloween in the Coachella Valley, check out our full round-up here.

Have a great October in Palm Springs!

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