Great Films, Fast Horses, World-Class Golf, and Great Music Kicks Off the Season!

Palm Springs Film Festival, Jan 2-13


Palm Springs kicks off the year with one of the biggest events of the season ... the 31st annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.  The festival rolls out the red carpet for some of the biggest A-list celebrities and Palm Springs community leaders during dazzling Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Renée Zellweger will be awarded the Desert Palm Achievement Award for her performance in the film Judy, and Joaquin Phoenix will be honored with the Chairman’s Award for his performance in Joker. Over 135,000 cinema lovers will enjoy 11 days of fantastic film and special events — featuring over 200 films from 60+ countries — presented in a variety of theaters and venues across the valley. 


Click HERE for information and to purchase tickets.


AKC All-Breed Dog Shows, Jan 2-5


Calling all dog-lovers … you know who you are! Now is your chance to attend the largest dog show west of the Mississippi! You’ll see over 11,000 dogs trotting their way past the judges in breed-specific and all-breed competitions at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio. In addition, there will be obedience trials, rally courses, and a special event for 4-6 month old puppies! 


Click HERE for more information and for judging schedules


The American Express, Jan 15-19


Formerly known as the Desert Classic and the CareerBuilder Challenge, The American Express will take place across three of the area's top courses: the Stadium and Nicklaus Tournament courses at PGA WEST and La Quinta Country Club. The 72-hole event features some of the world’s best golfers -- this year's lineup includes Phil Mickelson, Tony Finau, and Rickie Flower -- while offering top-notch music shows each evening. This year's musical entertainment features rock and roll legend Stevie Nicks, performing on Friday night,  and country music star Luke Bryan, performing on Saturday night.  Get 20% off of your ticket by paying with your Amex card.


Click HERE for information on the event and to purchase tickets.


Polo at Empire Polo Club & Eldorado Polo Club


If you haven’t been to a polo match … you should take the opportunity to experience this fast-paced sport at one of our two fantastic polo clubs in Indio. Both clubs feature Sunday polo matches where you can either tail-gate and bring your own food and refreshments, or take a covered seat in the clubhouse where you’ll find food and drinks available. The Empire Polo Club also features Friday Night polo matches.


Click HERE for information on the Empire Polo Club



Click HERE for information on the Eldorado Polo Club


Art, Art, and More Art!


For all of the art-lovers out there, January is a great month to be in the Palm Springs area!


El Paseo Art Walk, Jan 3

We kick things off on Jan 3 with the El Paseo Art Walk. This event takes place the 1st Friday of each month, through May, and over 15 galleries along El Paseo are open from 4-7pm, where you’ll find exhibit openings, artist receptions, and a variety of classic cars for your enjoyment. 


Click HERE for information on El Paseo Art Walk


Art on Main Street, Jan 4 & 18

You’ll find over 100 unique artists displaying their craft in Old Town La Quinta twice a month through March. Enjoy browsing a wide variety of art, including paintings, photography, ceramics, jewelry, and more.  

Click HERE for information on Art On Main Street


Southwest Arts Festival, Jan 23-26

Recognized as one of the Top 100 Events in North America by Travel Magazine, the Southwest Arts Festival includes traditional, contemporary, and abstract fine works of art and quality crafts. One of the largest art festivals in the valley, you’ll find works from 250 of the most accomplished artists from around the world. Held at the Empire Polo Grounds, this show is one of the area’s finest. 


Click HERE for information on Southwest Arts Festival


Palm Springs Pinot Noir Festival, Jan 18

If you love a good Pinot Noir, as I do, you won’t want to miss the Palm Springs Pinot Noir Festival held at the Ritz Carlton in Rancho Mirage. You’ll savor the taste of the wines from over 30 winemakers and sample food from many of our top local chefs.  


Click HERE for information on the event


Camelot, Jan 17 - Feb 9


This classic musical won four Tony Awards upon its first Broadway run in 1960 and was back on Broadway in the ’80s. Always a popular touring production, Camelot tells the story of an idealistic young King Arthur hopes to create a kingdom built on honor and dignity, but his ideals are tested when his queen falls in love with Lancelot and the fate of the kingdom hangs in the balance.


Click HERE for information and to purchase tickets.


Beehive: The 60’s Musical,  Jan 10-26


Beehive is a joyful celebration of the powerful female singers of the 1960s and features classic hits “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “Be My Baby,” “Son of a Preacher Man,” “Me and Bobby McGee,” and more. This coming-of-age story shares the lives of six young women growing up in the turbulent ’60s, set to the best music of the decade! 


Click HERE for information and to purchase tickets.


America’s Got Talent Auditions,  Jan 18


It’s one of my favorite shows, and this is your chance to win $1,000,000 and get your own Vegas show! If you think you’ve got real talent, head over to the Morongo Casino on January 18 and put it all out there for the judges!


Click HERE for information 

Strong Buyer Activity Drives Home Price Gains in the Palm Springs Area

For buyers feeling like they are having a difficult time finding the perfect home, that feeling is supported by the data. In reviewing data for the last three years we found that there are (-31.5%) fewer homes available that at this time 3 years ago!


As you might expect, that decrease in inventory is pushing selling prices upward.  The median price for detached homes (single-family) was up (+5.0%) over the same month last year and the median price for attached homes (condos) was up (+3.7%) over last year. 


Let’s look at the three key market indicators, Average Sold Price, Number of Homes for Sale, and Number of Days on Market, for a good snapshot of the Palm Springs area real estate market and, its overall health

The average home sale price last month in the Palm Springs area was $495,474, a (+7.5%) increase over the same month last year.  Homes took longer to sell last month, with days on market rising by (+5.7%) over last year to 74 days. There were 3,983 homes for sale last month, a (+6.1%) increase over last month and an (-11.0%) decline over November of last year. Inventory continues to be below average, even as we see our usual seasonal increase in available homes for sale.


For more information on specific cities, or to view the full market update, click here: Desert Market Update, or click here for information on a specific city: Send Me A City Report.


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Selected Concerts and Live Performances In January


McCallum Theatre

  • Jack Jones, Jan 10
  • Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr, Jan 11
  • Palm Springs Legends, Jan 15
  • The Piano Guys, Jan 17-18
  • The Peking Acrobats, Jan 19
  • Itzhak Perlman, Jan 20
  • The Play That Goes Wrong, Jan 21-22
  • David Foster, Jan 24-25
  • Herb Alpert & Lani Hall, Jan 27

For more information and tickets click HERE.


Fantasy Springs Casino

  • George Thorogood, Jan 11
  • The Temptations & Four Tops, Jan 18
  • Tony Bennett, Jan 24
  • An Evening with 98º, Jan 25
  • Lance Burton, Jan 31

For more information and tickets click HERE.


Agua Caliente Casino

  • Snoop Dog, Jan 11
  • Boyz II Men, Jan 18
  • Theresa Caputo, Jan 25

For more information and tickets click HERE.


Morongo Casino

  • Jimmy Reyes B-day Bash featuring Baby Bash, Jan 10
  • Tyler Henry, Hollywood Medium, Jan 24

For more information and tickets click HERE.