It’s March Madness … desert style!  March in the Palm Springs area features signature events including the BNP Paribas Open, the La Quinta Arts Festival, Fashion Week El Paseo, along with a full schedule of live music and theater. 



BNP Paribas Open, March 4-17


World class tennis returns to the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens, with the BNP Paribas Open featuring most of the 75 top-ranked tennis players in the world. The tournament, which drew over 450,000 fans to the area last year, has earned the nickname “the fifth slam” and remains a favorite of tennis fans due to the fantastic weather and the state-of-the-art tennis facilities at the Tennis Gardens.  Expect to see Raphael Nadal, Roger Federer, Venus & Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic among the top players at this year’s event.


Click HERE for BNP Paribas Open information and tickets.


If you’re an art lover … you’re in for a treat with two superb weekend art festivals coming to the area. 


La Quinta Arts Festival, March 7-10


The La Quinta Arts Festival will be held on the La Quinta Civic Center Campus and the sprawling outdoor gallery has been called “the most stunning festival site in the country”. That’s high praise for a festival that includes over 200 artists displaying unique works of art in every medium and price point. The vent caters to “novice enthusiasts” as well as “sophisticated collectors” and the multi-day pass and free parking make this festival a great value. 


Click HERE for more information and to buy tickets.


Indian Wells Art Festival, March 29-31


The 17th Annual Indian Wells Art Festival takes place as the Indian Wells Tennis Garden is transformed into a festive artist’s village and outdoor marketplace. You’ll explore thousands of one-of-a-kind pieces of art amid live entertainment, cocktails, and a wide selection of food. Ranked as one of the 100 Best Fine Art Shows in the country, this year’s festival brings featured artist Leslee Adams — also known as The Watercolor Chef for her bold watercolors of food, landscapes & florals — to the desert. 


Click HERE for more information and to buy tickets.


Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival, March 22-24


Produced by Palm Springs Life magazine, this 3-day event brings many of the most prominent chefs, vintners, and brewmasters to the renowned El Paseo shopping district in Palm Desert. You’ll enjoy food from more than 30 local and celebrity chefs and over 40 local restaurants, complemented by an array of 60 amazing wines. Kick off the weekend with a James Beard gourmet 4-course luncheon, and enjoy a weekend of cooking demonstrations, food tastings, and wine & liquor tastings.


Click HERE for a complete schedule of events and to purchase tickets.


Fashion Week El Paseo, March 16-23


It’s time for some of the best designers to present their collections on the “Rodeo Drive of the Desert” as we prepare for El Paseo Fashion Week 2019. Enjoy fabulous runway shows, fashion demonstrations, including some of the best designers from the TV show Project Runway, and a closing night runway show by New York designer Lela Rose. If you see something you like on the runway, hit up the trunk shows with the designers the day after and be the first to own the latest designs.  


For a schedule of events, and to buy tickets click HERE.


Palm Springs Chalk Art Festival, March 16


Feel like a kid again … with chalk art! Stop by the 9th Annual Palm Springs Chalk Art Festival and experience top professional and student artists creating amazing creative works on the sidewalks outside the Palm Springs Art Museum. There will be hands-on activities, live music and more … and the event raises over $20,000 to benefit arts education in Palm Springs. 


For more information click HERE.


Palm Canyon Theatre

  • The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Now - Mar 10
  • Shakespeare in Love Mar 21-24

For more information and tickets click HERE.


Coachella Valley Repertory Playhouse


The Palm Springs area’s newest live theater venue — Coachella Valley Repertory Playhouse — opens this month in Cathedral City with a production of the musical CHESS. With music by ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson and lyrics by Tim Rice, this Broadway musical is the perfect way to open this new venue. The theatre is housed in the former  IMAX Theater space and the newly renovated space seats 208 theater lovers for each show.


For more information and tickets click HERE.


It’s A Trend … Sales Are Down While Prices Are Up!



If three months in a row makes a trend, we have a clear new trend in our local housing market. The number of homes sold fell for the third month in a row in the Palm Springs area, and inventory is now at a 10-year low. While there are fewer homes on the market, buyer activity remains strong and that’s driving home prices up. 


Available inventory is down (-7.3%) over the same month a year ago, with 298 fewer homes available for sale. With fewer homes available for sale, we’re seeing a slowdown in actual home sales, with the number of homes sold down (-17.2%) over the prior January. 


As a result, the average selling price rose (+5.7%) to $504,000 and the average selling price per square foot rose (+7.4%) to $247. 


Homes continue to sell quickly, with Days on Market down (-11.4%) to 78 days.



Trendvision’s® most recent year-over-year, January 2019 vs. January 2018 Report shows fewer homes sold in all price bands, with the biggest drop in the under $500,000 price band, with a (-19.0%) drop in number of homes sold.  


Home sales in the $500,000-$999,999 price point dropped again this month, with (-12.9%) fewer homes selling, while the $1M+ price band saw sales fall off by (-10.2%).


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Selected Best Concerts and Live Performances In March


McCallum Theatre

  • STOMP Mar 1-2
  • The Limeliters and The Brothers Four Mar 3
  • The Irish rovers Mar 8
  • Steve Tyrell Mar 9
  • Monty Python’s Spamalot Mar 15-17
  • Matthew Morrison Mar 21
  • Kristin Chenoweth Mar 22-23
  • Rob Lowe Mar 29
  • Savion Glover Mar 30

For more information and tickets click HERE.


Fantasy Springs

  • Michael McDonald Mar 1
  • Frankie Valli Mar 2
  • Terry Fator Mar 8
  • Julio Iglesias Mar 9
  • Il Divo Mar 16
  • Creedence Clearwater Revisited Mar 22
  • The Illusionists Mar 29

For more information and tickets click HERE.


Agua Caliente Casino

  • Toni Braxton Mar 1
  • Jerry Seinfeld Mar 2

For more information and tickets click HERE.