10 things to do in the Palm Springs area this week

There are always plenty of things to do in the Coachella Valley. We’ve put together a list of family-friendly events and entertainment happening this week.

To submit an event for review, email [email protected] with a brief description.

Here are 10 things to do this week:

Dedication to Mikael Healey

Master pianist, composer, producer and singer Mikael Healey will receive a star dedication on the Walk of the Stars in Palm Springs this week. Healey has been involved with local nonprofits Angel View and SafeHouse of the Desert. He has shared his talents with Palm Springs for over 25 years and has won the Kings Award for Excellence in the Performing Arts.

Or: Downtown Palm Springs, 100 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Date: monday april 11

Weather: 3-4 p.m.

Tickets: Free

Information: pschamber.org

American Documentary and Animation Film Festival

The American Documentary and Animation Film Festival, more commonly known as AmDocs, focuses on international non-fiction films, with short and feature categories. Head to a screening to experience the event, which is one of the largest documentary and animation festivals in the United States.

Or: Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E. Barristo Road, Palm Springs

Date: monday april 11

Weather: Time varies by screening

Tickets: Ticket prices vary

Information: bit.ly/AmDocs2022 (760) 322-3689

Interview and reading with Jonathan Nevair

Looking for a safe event to attend from home? Space opera author Jonathan Nevair will share an excerpt from his book series, the “Wind Tide Trilogy,” followed by an in-depth interview about the series and his writing process during this virtual book talk.

Or: Online event

Date: tuesday april 12

Weather: 6 p.m.

Tickets: Free

Information: bit.ly/JonathanNevair

“HOWL” Desert Tour

Copper Mountain College.

Calling all literature fans: Copper Mountain College’s annual “HOWL” literary magazine will tour the desert, featuring readings from the 2022 edition, live music, food and artwork.

Or: GRND SQRL, 73-471 Twentynine Palms Highway, Twentynine Palms

Date: Wednesday April 13

Weather: 6-8 p.m.

Tickets: Free

Information: cmccd.edu/the-howl-desert-tour

Family fun party

Looking for a fun way to spend time with your family? The annual Family Fun Fest returns to provide families with a fun filled day of activities, crafts, a bouncy house, an appearance from “Sparky” the fire dog and more. Attendees will receive a special card on a lanyard to tag at the stands and then enter to win a prize basket.

Or: Palm Springs Stadium, 1901 E. Barristo Road, Palm Springs

Date: Wednesday April 13

Weather: 9am-12pm

Tickets: Free

Information: palmspringsca.gov

Farmer in the Dale Farmers Market

Farmer in the Dale Produce sells exotic fruits such as soursop guanabana in Desert Hot Springs, Calif., on November 22, 2021.

Avoid the usual trip to the grocery store this week. Instead, buy a wide variety of fresh produce from a network of Farmer in the Dale vendors.

Or: Sky Valley Resort, 74-711 Dillon Road, Sky Valley

Date: Each Wednesday

Weather: 8am-3pm

Tickets: Free

Information: thedalemarket.webstarts.com


Villagefest takes place every Thursday at 7 p.m. on Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs.

Looking for a way to relax? VillageFest has vendor stalls ranging from clothes to food, meaning you can indulge in everything from massage to chocolate.

Or: Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Date: Every Thursday

Weather: 7 p.m.

Tickets: Free

Information: villagefest.org

The Street Fair at College of the Desert

The Street Fair at College of the Desert takes place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.

The Street Fair at College of the Desert offers locals and visitors a shaded outdoor shopping experience. The street fair features over a thousand items for sale for all ages and budgets, from artisans, homewares, fashion, furniture, entertainment, food and more.

Or: Desert College, 43-500 Monterey Ave., Palm Desert

Date: Every Saturday and Sunday

Weather: 8am-2pm

Tickets: Free

Information: codaastreetfair.com

Exhibition “Cultural cannibalism”

Six desert artists – Cito Gonzales, Adriana Lopez-Ospina, Kim Manfredi, Flávia Lima do Rêgo Monteiro, Joyce Rooks and Hector Salas – present new works based on their heritage and explore ideas of cultural absorption, exhaustion and transcendence.

Or: Coachella Valley Art Center, 45-140 Towne St., Indio

Date: From April 11 to May 28

Weather: 9am-1pm

Tickets: Free

Information: coachellavalleyartcednter.org; (760) 799-4364

After:“Cultural Cannibalism”: Coachella Valley Art Center Exhibit Appropriates

Glow in the Park – A Spring Lantern Festival

Another exhibit at Living Desert's

Living Desert’s all-new, larger-than-life, illuminated nighttime event features intricate and immersive animal lantern creations depicting wild places around the world.

Or: The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, 47-900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert

Date: From Monday April 11 to Friday April 29

Weather: 6.30pm-10pm

Tickets: Monday-Thursday $19.95; Friday-Sunday $24.95

Information: livingdesert.org

Inclusion in The Desert Sun’s Weekly Community Calendar is at the sole discretion of the publishers. Priority is given to free and community events.

To submit an event, send an email to [email protected], including the following: event name; event date; location of the event ; event time; load, if any; phone number or website for more information. Please attach a photo.

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