SPRING BRINGS A FULL BLOOM OF THINGS TO DO
Get ready to load your calendar, the desert is in full bloom with things to do this spring. From the Super Bloom and Desert X to Coachella and Stagecoach, with more in between.
For a short period of time Southern California say’s good-by to the typical hot and dry landscapes and gives a welcomingly loud HELLO to the bright yellow, orange, and purple blooms, covering the barren desert terrain and canyons. Due to the recent rains, the commonly known “super bloom”, has exceeded previous years wildflowers and added a “few” butterflies to enjoy.
To see this natural phenomenon in the Joshua Tree National Park, take exit 168 for Cottonwood Springs Road off the 10 Freeway and head north into the park, then hike along the Bajada Nature Trail to get the best views of the flowers, which are now in peak.
Desert X has returned for its second edition this year, stretching over 50 miles and featuring 19 artists. Exhibits are on display now until April 21st. Desert X sprawls from North Palm Springs to the Salton Sea, with a couple of exhibits even across the border. Those aren’t for your typical day trip though. This year, the exhibits take on worldly topics, from indigenous rights to nuclear testing. With over 200,000 visitors in its 2017 debut and becoming a social-media sensation, you won’t want to miss the Desert X experience.
Coachella Pool Parties
Did you know people actually visit the Coachella Valley during the festival month of April with no intention of even attending Coachella? The pool parties have become an attraction all to their own. Over the years, the parties have grown from small gatherings at private residences, to full-flung mini festivals, complete with live music lineups, carnival rides, parking shuttles and event staff. Below is a list of some of the hottest Coachella parties for 2019:
Neon Carnival | 4.13 | 10PM
Deep Space Beach Club | Invite Only
Vamped Vacancy | Invite Only
Day Club Palm Springs | 4.12, 4.13, 4.19 & 4.20
Vestal Village 2019 | 4.11-4.14
…and so many more!
Desert Music Festivals
April is known as festival month here in the Coachella Valley. Over 250,000 visitors are expected from all over the world to embark on our little desert for the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Weekend 1 (April 12th – 14th) and then again for Weekend 2 (April 19th-21st). What started as a little alternative concert in the early 90’s has now become one of the world’s most popular music festivals of the year. Featuring contemporary, alternative, classic, rock, indie, and electronic music artists. This ultra-trendy fest leaves nothing to the imagination.
The last weekend (April 26th-28th) is saved for the country lovers. Stagecoach California’s Country Music Festival is a three-day event featuring the latest Nashville stars, legends, and celebrates country music and culture. It’s no wonder why Indio has become the #1 city in the USA for live music.