What to Do in Palm Springs in October

Fun happenings worth the trip

The Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center is now open until Jan. 14, | Photography by Lance Gerber

If you read Mark Hiss’ Design Destination piece in October’s issue, or even if you didn’t (but, trust us, you don’t want to miss it, so here it is), you probably have a hankering for a trip to the Palm Springs desert town right now. There’s plenty to enjoy this month. Here’s a sampling:

Oct. 1-Jan. 14, Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center: Fabric scraps get recycled into creative designs at the exhibit Fashion, Textiles and Creative Reuse. psmuseum.org

Oct. 4-7, Joshua Tree Music Festival: A close-by desert campout for family fun with special programs for kids, art installations, yoga classes, great food, and a lineup of rising musicians. joshuatreemusicfestival.com

Oct. 7, Palm Springs Vintage Market: This is your chance to snag something marvelous in antique accessories and furnishings at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Fashion.palmspringsvintagemarket.com

Oct. 11, A Kickoff to Pride: Help keep Pride festivities (Nov.1-4) free to the public by participating in this pre-party at El Mirador Plaza. pspride.org

Oct. 11, A Kickoff to Pride | Photography by Bruce Howell

Oct. 13-14, 20-21, Hwy. 62 Open Studio Art Tours: Private artist studios in the Morongo Basin open their doors for this self-guided tour. Hwy62arttours.org

Oct. 16, Business Expo & Taste of Palm Springs: More than 100 local vendors showcase their wares and 30+ local restaurants offer food and drink tastings. pschamber.org

Oct. 18-21, Modernism Week Fall Preview: Modernism Week in February is a long time away but you don’t have to wait. This year you can enjoy four full days of the preview design festival. It starts off with a big splash on the first day with Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palm estate and its famous piano-shaped pool. modernismweek.com

The Frank Sintra Residence showcased at the Modernism Week Fall Preview | Photography by David A. Lee

Oct. 19-21, Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale: Love all things 20th century? Furniture and art dealers showcase their wares for two days at the Convention Center. fall.palmspringsmodernism.com

October 27, Aerial Tram Road Challenge

Oct. 26, This Filthy World: True crime, exploitation films, fashion lunacy and sexual politics are on Jon Waters’ mind during his one-man show at Palm Springs Cultural Center. palmspringsculturalcenter.org

Oct. 27, Aerial Tram Road Challenge: Trek the Tram Way road from 400 to 2,600 feet. Don’t forget to breathe. Kleinclarksports.com/tram

Oct. 31, Halloween Festivities: Your costume could win you more than $1,000 in cash and prizes at Halloween festivities along Arenas Road. Halloweenpalmsprings.com