Memorial Day Weekend | Things to do in Palm Springs

The iconic Palm Springs sign located at the Visitors Center at the base of the tram

Memorial Day Weekend isn’t just a three-day weekend, it’s also the last hurrah for things to do in the Greater Palm Springs area until temps come back down under a million degrees – so, basically October. Whether you are a visitor coming to the Coachella Valley to take advantage of those cheaper shoulder season rates or a local just looking to get out and do something in town for the last time for a few months, here is what’s going on.

Lavender Festival | Starts Thursday

Lavender Festival

The 15th annual festival in Cherry Valley runs gets started this weekend.  The event, which runs through June 20 includes plenty of lavender field photo opps and tours plus food, live music, and shopping.

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Matisyahu | Friday

Rhythm, Wine, and Brews

Pappy + Harriet’s in Pioneertown is always a cool place to see a show and Matisyahu always puts on a good one.  Tickets for the 8pm show recently sold out, so be sure to check out StubHub if you want to get in.

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Maxwell – Friday

The “sexy ambassador of soul” heads into Fantasy Springs Casino to kick off Memorial Day Weekend with a Friday night, 8 pm show. Tickets run $59 to $99.

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Cage Fury Fighting Championships


Spotlight 29 Casino hosts MMA fighting Saturday night with the debut of CFCC in the Coachella Valley.  Tickets start at $45.

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Joan Jett & Elle King | Sunday

It’s a Sunday night – but, it’s Memorial Day Weekend, so feel free to rock out to Joan Jett and the Blackhearts with special guest Elle King – who will perform an 8 pm show at Fantasy Springs.  Getting in starts at $49.

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Suavecito Sundays | Sunday

The city of Coachella concludes its free concerts at Veterans Memorial Park – with Bohemio (Cumbia, Tex-Mex, & Rock en Español) performing at 6 pm.  There is also a car show, lawn games, a bounce house, art exhibits and more.

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Memorial Day Flower Drop | Memorial Day

(Palm Springs Air Museum)

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 on Monday. 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, a beer garden, and food booths – including the In-N-Out Burger truck.

Get more info here.

Other things to check out during Memorial Day Weekend in Palm Springs:

  • The Rock Yard has three performances this weekend – with tributes to the Cult (Friday), The Beatles (Saturday), and Pat Benatar (Sunday).  Get more info here.
  • La Quinta Brewing has live music on Friday and Saturday night at the Palm Desert brewery. Get more info here and here.
  • Neil Sedaka is at Morongo Casino on Friday.  Get more info here.
  • Up for a bit of a drive and really love the 80s and 90s?  New Kids on the Block, Salt N Pepa, Naughty by Nature, Tiffany, and Debbie Gibson are performing the Honda Center in Anaheim. Tickets start at just $27.  Get more info here.