“If you saw a heat wave, would you wave back?” — Steven Wright
The heat is on. Just walking to your car is like doing hot yoga without doing the yoga. But honestly? It’s still paradise. The skies are the bluest, the mountains remain majestic, and the nights are always blanketed with a billion stars. Pair that with a cocktail in the pool, and that’s the Palm Springs way. We’ve got that laid-back, small town feel, but I humbly submit that we are the 5-star, A+ rated, James Beard version.
July isn’t really hopping with activities because triple digits, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t fun things to do. (For the Independence Day celebrations, check out our blog post here). We also have some upcoming posts about places to stay in Palm Springs that will keep you well fed and full of libations without ever having to leave the pool — because if you can’t be in the A/C, you’ll want to be in the water.
In the meantime, check out these events that’ll keep you happy outside of your resort during your stay in Palm Springs:
Palm Springs POWER Baseball
Recurring weekly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays until July 16.
Mondays and Tuesdays: Night Swim, 7 to 10 p.m., no fee for guests. Locals can reserve a spot for $10.
Wednesdays: Dive-in Movie. Watch a flick poolside on the giant inflatable screen, with snacks and drinks available for purchase. 7 p.m. showtime.
Fridays: Poolside BBQ & Yappy Hour, 3 to 6 p.m. Enjoy Happy Hour specials, complimentary dog treats, and BBQ favorites available for purchase
Saturdays: Pool Party from noon to 6 p.m., with DJs spinning from start to finish. Limited day passes available for locals.
Sundays: Bottomless Mimosas at Brunch. $30+tax per person, with a two-hour time limit.
July 2: Mamma Mia! Sing-a-long
Indoor Palm Springs Certified Farmers Market
Recurring weekly on Saturdays until Sept. 3
Jul 1: Cascade Nights Dance Party
Fridays: Caliente Comedy
Sundays: Latin Nights
Three-course gourmet meals with a crazy good explosion of musical creativity and talent.
July 8: “That’s Amoré” — Gilmore Rizzo talks and sings about growing up Italian.
July 10: Cheese Brunch — cheesy songs, cheesy menu.
July 16: “The Sunny Side of the Street” — a tribute to Frank and Ella with Keisha D & Tod Macofsky.
July 17: Broadway Blind Brunch — one Broadway show and composer. Which one will it be?
July 22: Light — it’s the mack daddy of their shows. It’s pricey — $249 plus tax — but oh so special.
The only LGBTQ Theater in the valley. And they’re SO good.
Crimes of the Heart — through July 3.
I Dreamed a Dream Girl — a two-man journey through stories and music, with the stars of Bravo’s The People’s Couch. One night only, July 9.
Grey Gardens — Big Edie and Little Edie Bouvier Beale were bright names on the social register, before becoming East Hampton’s most notorious recluses. It’s a musical! July 22 through 29.
Retro wine lounge in a historic Hugh Kaptur building on Tahquitz (TAAH-quits). Don’t be fooled by the photo — that’s just the bar. There are a bunch of other set pieces as well as a very large patio.
Mondays: LeAnna and Miguel
Tuesdays: I ❤️ Taco Tuesday
Jazz, comedy, dinner, drag, and a tee dance, All are welcome.
July 1: Yve Evans — I love, love, love this woman and her music. Equal parts jazz pianist, jazz vocalist, and “jazz” comedian, she’s unique and super talented.
July 8: Nadya Ginsburg presents Anxious and Dangerous! The producer and star of the critically acclaimed Madonnalogues brings her new stand-up show, Anxious and Dangerous! to the desert. “Madonna” and “Cher” appear as special guests. Called “the woman of 1,000 voices,” she’s played New York, Los Angeles, and London stages, and has appeared in network television and feature film.
Wednesdays: Marc Antonelli’s Sultry Summer Nights, followed by The Marc & Tony Show.
Saturdays: Bitchiest Brunch (also Sundays), Mimosa Men, and Oscar’s Cabaret celebrate the great women of song. As it says in the description: “We’ve hired the best men for the job.”
Palm Springs Art Museum
Thursday evenings are free from 5 to 7 p.m.
Exhibitions: Outburst: Mr. Wash (ends July 3); Gonzalo Lebrija: Miracle of the Eternal Present, (ends October 2); Pattern Play: The Contemporary Designs of Jacqueline Groag (ends Nov. 20); Leon Polk Smith: 1945-1962 (ends August 28)
Summer Film Series: Y Tu Mama Tambien on July 28
July 6: Backstreet Art District Art Walk — held the first Wednesday of every month.
Thursdays: Village Fest — a festive, pedestrian street fair on Palm Canyon Drive. 7 to 10 p.m. Perimeters are Indian Canyon Drive to the east, Belardo Road to the west. Vendor booths are set up on both sides of the street, and visitors are able to stroll through the traffic-free event.
July 16: Comedy at the Kimpton on the rooftop — the rooftop bar is one of the best views in town.
CannaBus Express Tours — what Silicon Valley is to tech, cannabis is to the Coachella Valley. One of the best tours you’ll ever take is the CannaBUS Express Tour. Learn all about the cannabis industry as you ride in an air-conditioned Mercedes Sprinter, from growing to distilling to distribution — and finally to some local dispensaries, using the CannaBus discount. Your tour guide is sassy and you’ll have fun while you’re learning.
Don’t forget about the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. It’s way cooler up there.
New restaurant alert! It’s fast food, but come on, it’s freakin’ I ❤️ Mac & Cheese. And it’s open very late!
The Mom Factor: I’m not a mom, so I’m not yours. But I’m gonna mom you. Wear sunscreen, drink plenty of water, then repeat. A lot.
Don’t forget to shop and stay local, and if you come visit, please tag us on your Instagram posts. Our Instagram; our tag #pspsh. Thanks, you’re swell!
I’m gonna be here again next month, yacking away about all things Palm Springs. Hope to see you then!