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.

Steve Martin and Martin Short | October 5

The comedy legends will perform at Fantasy Springs Resort’s Special Events Center on the first Saturday of the month.  Tickets start at $79 for the 8 pm show.

Fantasy Springs Casino

Concerts in the Park | Thursdays

(City of Palm Desert)

The city of Palm Desert is hosting free concerts every Thursday night at the Civic Center Park.  You can get more info and check out the month’s schedule here.

Joshua Tree Music Festival | October 10 – 14

Joshua Tree Music Festival (Facebook)

The 14th annual fall edition of the High Desert Music Festival runs in Joshua Tree during the second weekend of October. The event features art, a kids area, yoga, and, of course, a ton of performances.  A 4-day pass is $220, single-day start at $50.

Joshua Tree Music Festival

Lukas Graham | October 11

The Danish pop band known for their hits “Mama Said” and “7 Years” perform a Friday night show at Morongo Casino in Cabazon.  Tickets are $35.


Modernism Week Preview – October 17 to 20

The Fall Preview of the February fest runs October 17 – 20 and includes the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale, cocktail parties, and those famous architectural Double Decker bus tours.

Modernism Week

REO Speedwagon | October 18

The rockers will perform hits like “Keep On Loving You” and “Take It On the Run” at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage. Tickets start at $65.

Agua Caliente Casino Rancho Mirage

J Balvin | October 25

The singer, who earlier this year performed at Coachella, is bringing his Arcoiris Tour to the Show at Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage for a Friday night performance.  Tickets for the show run $85 to $125.

Agua Caliente Casino Rancho Mirage

La Quinta Brewing Company Oktoberfest – October 26

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

The local brewery will host its 4th  Annual Oktoberfest Parking Lot Party with music, food, and German beer brewed just for the event.  The event runs 2 to 9 pm. The Bavarian band Hazelnuss  will perform authentic German music.  Tickets are $10 – and if you get them in advance, you’ll be guaranteed a souvenir 2019 LQBC Oktoberfest Glass Stein.

Brown Paper Tickets

Tram Road Challenge | October 26

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 26.  Anyone who completes it gets a medal (as they should).  Entry fee is $35.

Tram Road Challenge

Golf Cart Parade – October 27

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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