With the Coachella Music & Arts Festival and Stagecoach Music Festivals behind us, you'll still find a variety of interesting activities to keep you busy during the month of May here in the Palm Springs area. You'll find two music festivals, two film festivals, great art exhibitions, and plenty of live music and theater to enjoy. It's a great time to visit and enjoy the Coachella Valley when it's a bit more relaxed once most of our winter visitors have returned home.

 

THINGS TO DO IN MAY

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

 

Joshua Tree Music Festival - May 12-15

 

The Joshua Tree Music Festival returns with live music experiences and workshops designed to uplift and inspire. Focused on music by lesser-known indie musicians, this biannual event features a variety of music including dance, world, electro-funk & groove. You'll enjoy "movement medicine" in the mornings and musical acts in the afternoon and evening. And don't forget to check out their Cozy Camper Trailers!

 

For more information click HERE.

 

Film Noir Festival - May 11-15

 

It's back, with a full slate of in-person screenings of some of the best films of the genre. The festival kicks off on May 11 with a special presentation of Victor/Victor, a "mature cabaret" performance, and the opening night film on May 12 is the 1949 classic They Live By Night, which will be introduced by film critic and historian Leonard Maltin.

 

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

 

Modernism Week May - May 12-15

 

If you just can't get enough of Modernism Week, you have one more opportunity this season to enjoy the Palm Springs area's rich heritage of mid-century modern architecture. This 4-day event features a showcase home, the recently remodeled hillside estate of Queer Eye's Bobby Berk, and a special "Top Ten" tour of homes by ten architects who made Palm Springs modern! You'll also find walking tours, cocktail parties, and live music experiences. 

 

For more information and to buy tickets, click HERE

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES

 

Oasis Music Festival - May 11-15

 

The inaugural Oasis Music Festival takes place this month and features performers from a variety of genres – from country to rock to jazz to R&B & soul – across 30 venues in the city. Headliners will perform on the main concert stage in the historic Plaza Theater, and the festival includes a jazz series sponsored by the Palm Springs International Jazz Festiva.  

 

For more information and to purchase tickets, click HERE.

 

Pioneertown International Film Festival - May 27-29

 

This film festival, dedicated to the western genre of filmmaking, makes its debut this month after an initial delay due to the pandemic. The festival is deliberately smaller and more intimate than the other film festivals, and its partnership with The Autry Museum of the American West brings authentic history to the proceedings. There will be 25 films, and two programs of film shorts screened in two screening rooms in Pioneertown, the location of many western film shoots. 

 

For more information, click HERE.

 

Palm Springs Air Museum Memorial Day Flower Drop - May 30

 

The annual Memorial Day Flower Drop returns to the Palm Springs Air Museum this month, with a brief memorial service dedicated to fallen soldiers accompanied by a fly-by and flower drop of over 3,000 red and white carnations. It's a unique experience and a wonderful way to pay tribute to those who have given their lives for our freedoms. While you're there, take advantage of various flight exhibitions and other activities scheduled for the day.

 

For more information, click HERE.

 

 

CHECK OUT A LOCAL THEATER

 

Palm Canyon Theatre 

  • Into The Woods - May 13-22

For more information and to get tickets, click HERE.

 

Desert Theatreworks 

  • Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner - Through May 8
  • The Mis-Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - May 15, 22, 29

For more information and to get tickets, click HERE.

 

CVRep 

  • We’re Still Here: A Tribute to Stephen Sondheim & Broadway Composers - May 14-15

For more information and to get tickets, click HERE.

 

Desert Rose Playhouse 

  • Mid-Century Moderns - Through May 8
  • Aiden James: The Jump Tour - May 13-14

For more information and to get tickets, click HERE

 

ENJOY SOME MUSIC

 

Agua Caliente Casino - Agua Caliente has one of the premier showrooms in the valley, and live shows scheduled this month include:

  • Wilson Phillips - May 7
  • Alejandra Guzman & Paulina Rubio - May 14

For more information, click HERE.

 

Fantasy Springs Casino - Fantasy Springs' special events center is back in action and features some great acts this month:

  • Lady A - May 20

For more information, click HERE.

 

Morongo Casino - Great music, great food, and expanded gambling every day:

  • Patti Labelle - May 7
  • Divas in the Desert Ft. Taylor Dayne - May 19
  • War - May 27

For more information, click HERE.

 

Spotlight 29 Casino

  • Shelia E - May 28

For more information and to purchase tickets, click HERE

 

ART EXHIBITIONS

  

Homage to Collage - May 18 - June 26

 

One of the Artist Council's POP-UP shows, this exhibition gives the member artists a chance to show their works between major exhibitions scheduled at the Artists Center at The Galen in Palm Desert. This show will feature a variety of works showcasing innovative collage techniques, and works will be available for purchase.

 

For more information, click HERE 

 

Cultural Cannibalism - Through May 29

 

This unique art exhibit at the Coachella Valley Art Center features the work of six artists and their work focused on the subject of cultural appropriation. It's thought-provoking, interesting art with a point of view. 

 

For more information, click HERE 

 

Palm Springs Museum of Art

  • Pattern Play: The Contemporary Designs of Jacquline Groag - May 12 - Move 20
  • Gonzalo Lebrija: Miracle of the Eternal Present - Through Oct 2
  • Frederick Hammersley: Selection of Works on Paper - Through July 3
  • Leon Polk Smith: 1945-1962 - Through August 28

For more information, click HERE