Things to do in Palm Springs in July

June marks the beginning of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley’s scorching hot summer season and while things always slow down a bit, there is a lot more going during summer in the desert than there used to be (remember 15 years ago when almost everything shut down?!?). Here are you best bets.

4th of July

Independence Day means plenty of parties, mattress sales, and barbecuing (and with the hot weather this year, you don’t even need a grill!).  There are also quite a few fireworks shows around – with some taking place on July 3 and you may just want to stick around the desert as So Cal traffic is expected to be hellacious.

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Jethro Tull | July 5

The band is in town to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their 1968 album This Was, which includes the songs “Some Day the Sun Won’t Shine for You,” “My Sunday Feeling,” and other stuff your dad used to make you listen to on road trips. Tickets start at $59.

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Next Best Thing | Fridays

Spotlight 29 has tribute bands every Friday night in the Spotlight Showroom – with tickets starting at $10.  The series goes all summer, but here are the acts for July:

  • July 5th Tribute to the Spice Girls (Wannabe)
  • July 12th Tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival (Randy Linder)
  • July 19th Tribute to Sublime (40 Oz. to Freedom)
  • July 26th Tribute to Aretha Franklin (The Queen of Soul)

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Don McLean | July 13


The singer behind the classic “American Pie” and, I can only presume, other songs performs at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Tickets start at $29.

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Los Lonely Boys  | July 12

The band head to Cabazon for a Friday night 9 pm concert.  Tickets are $55.

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Even More Tribute Bands | Various

The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Rancho Mirage

The Show at Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage has three tribute bands lined up for July – with tributes to the Eagles, E.L.O. and Queen scheduled.  The Queen show is sold-out, but the Eagles tribute show on July 13 and the E.L.O. tribute show on the 19th still have tickets available for $25.

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Yet Even More Tribute Bands | Saturdays

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

The Rock Yard continues through the month of July with free performances by tribute bands every Saturday (and a Friday).  Music starts at 7:30 pm.  Here’s the July lineup:

  • Friday, July 5: Rad Company (Bad Company tribute)
  • Saturday, July 6: One With Everything (Styx)
  • Saturday, July 13: Maiden USA (Iron Maiden)
  • Saturday, July 20: Springsteen Experience (Bruce Springsteen)
  • Saturday, July 27: Stoned Temple Pilots (Stone Temple Pilots)

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Spanish Comedy Slam | July 20

The Spotlight 29 show will feature stand-up from five comedians; Alex Reymundo, Luz Pazos, Rene Garcia, Carlos Rodriguez and Anthony K.  The show is for 21+ with tickets starting at $20.

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Freestyle Jam | July 26

The Friday night show will include performances by Freestyle icons Stevie B., Trinere, Debbie Deb, Connie & Nu Shooz.  Tickets for the 8pm concert at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage start at $40.

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Have a Great July in Palm Springs!