With summer practically around the corner, some people may turn up an eyebrow at the thought of heading into the California desert. After all, there's a perfectly good expanse of beach to be lounged upon. But if Palm Springs means only two things to you - golf and Coachella - may we kindly point out that you're doing it wrong? For starters, did you know this desert oasis used to be the preferred hideout of Old Hollywood? Once upon a time actors had to stay within a two hour drive of the studios; Palm Springs fit the bill. Good enough for Tinseltown, good enough for us! If you're ready to slip on a pair of cat eye sunglasses and lounge poolside but your travel partner still isn't sold on the concept, here are five events and occasions worth the trip alone. 

 

Outrageous Pool Parties:

Splash House

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Dates: Friday, June 10, 2016 - Sunday, June 12, 2016
Where: The Saguaro Hotel, Riviera and Palm Springs Air Museum (Tickets sold separately).
Websitesplashhouse.com

Description: Splash House announces its return to the desert for another outrageous summer of poolside vibes and world-class music. Splash House will return to the Saguaro Hotel, Riviera and Palm Springs Air Museum. Over the past three years, those in the know have flocked to this SoCal destination festival that has managed to retain its sense of community and summer-camp vibe, even as it adds to its ever-growing crew of discerning pool party devotees.

 

Quick Flicks:

Palm Springs International Short Film Festival (Short Fest)

Dates: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - Monday, June 27, 2016;
Location: Camelot Theaters, 2300 E Baristo Road 92262
Websitepsfilmfest.org

Description: One of the most acclaimed short film showcases in the world will take place in Palm Springs. Now in its 21st year, the Palm Springs International ShortFest will showcase over 300 short films from more than 50 countries.

 

For the Foodie:

Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week

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Dates: June 3-12, 2016
Location: Restaurants in Palm Springs and other desert cities
Website: palmspringsrestaurantweek.com

Description:  A spectacular exhibition of the region’s finest culinary talents, Palm Springs Restaurant Week is designed to highlight the entire valley from Palm Springs to Indio as a premiere dining destination with three-course, prix fix menus from over 100 unique locations.

 

Desert After Dark:

Full Moon Guided Walks in Joshua Tree National Park

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Dates: The weekend before each full moon
Location: Oasis Visitor Center, 74485 National Park Dr, Twentynine Palms 92277
Time: 8:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. 
Price: Free 
WebsiteClick here

Description: Get to know Joshua Tree National Park in the magic of the moonlight. These free guided hikes may be short on distance travelled (hike just 300 metres) but they are a popular place to be when the moon swells. Guided walks are set along the accessible Oasis of Mara Nature Trail. Dress appropriately and bring a head lamp or flashlight. 

 

Fantastic Fiction:

Comic Con

Dates: Friday, August 26, 2016 – Sunday, August 28, 2016
Location: Renaissance Hotel - Palm Springs and Palm Springs Convention Center
Websitecomicconpalmsprings.com

Description: Comic Con Palm Springs has brought together some of the most passionate and talented people from the world of comic books and entertainment to produce an exciting new comic con in one of the most famous and fun cities in the world. This event features a special appearance by Stan Lee.

 


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