About Palm Springs

Welcome to Palm Springs!

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A Few Miles from Los Angeles…and Miles Away from the Hustle/Bustle

Our city is located on the western edge of the Coachella Valley (yes, that Coachella Valley is made famous by its musical festival). At 487 feet above sea level, we are surrounded by the Santa Rosa Mountains on the south and the San Jacinto Mountains to the west.

We are just 110 miles southeast of Los Angeles, 140 miles northeast of San Diego, 268 miles from Phoenix, and miles away from that hustle/bustle mentality.

A Sunny Climate With Very Little Rain

Palm Springs offers 350 days of sunshine with less than 5 inches of rain annually! Our dry heat with low humidity makes it an oasis of enjoyable weather.

Temperatures dip when the sun goes down, so sweaters and sweatshirts are recommended. See our helpful Packing Guide for Palm Springs.

Month Average High Average Low
January 70° 44°
February 75° 47°
March 80° 51°
April 88° 56°
May 95° 63°
June 104° 70°
July 108° 76°
August 107° 76°
September 101° 71°
October 91° 61°
November 78° 50°
December 70° 43°

Flying Into Palm Springs
Palm Springs boasts its hassle-free international airport, Palm Springs International Airport. Located just 2 miles from downtown, it welcomes over 1.5 million passengers a year from throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Other local airports Include:
Ontario Airport (ONT) – Approximately 60 miles away
Los Angeles International (LAX) – Approximately 122 miles
John Wayne Airport (SNA) – Approximately 97 miles
Hollywood/Burbank Airport – Approximately 121 miles

What to Do In Palm Springs
Besides basking in the sun and pool, here is info on:
• Attractions
• Restaurants
• Golf
• Wedding Info
• Spa/Beauty/Fitness Activities

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Major Palm Springs Annual Events
The city and surrounding area brim with activities, especially during the “winter months,” highlighted by the Film Festival, BNP Paribas Tennis tournament, and the Coachella Music Festival.

• Palm Springs International Film Festival – Awards season starts with this annual red-carpet event. The festival includes the film awards, a week of screenings, discussions with the actors and directors, a food festival, and more. Secure tickets in advance. https://www.psfilmfest.org/

• The American Express PGA Golf Tournament - This prestigious event kicks off the new year in style as part of the PGA's West Coast swing. It’s a 3-course event in nearby La Quinta consisting of 36 holes. Fans get to appreciate the golf during the day and concerns during the evenings. In 2024, the headliners were Keith Urban and Train. PS: American Express cardholders receive 20% off their tickets. https://www.theamexgolf.com/

• Modernism Week – Mid-century modern is a trademarked style of Palm Springs. This 11-day celebration includes free and low-cost home tours, lectures, events, parties, walking buses, and biking tours! Get on board at https://modernismweek.com/

• La Quinta Art Celebration – This 4-day event is a juried art exhibition of world-class art from around the world. Music, Napa wines, and local culinary delights accent the event. Biannually in February/March and November. Tickets are $25. https://www.laquintaartcelebration.org/

• Pinot Noir Festival – With 70 top-tier producing wineries across California, this is an oenophile’s dream stop. Participate in the grand tasting, winemaker dinners, or seminars. https://palmspringspinotfest.com/

• Palm Springs International Jazz Festival – This 2-day event is a must for jazz lovers with VIP options, including premiere seating and an elegant dinner. https://psjazzfest.org/

• BNP Paribas Open Tennis Tournament – Considered one of the fan-favorite tennis competitions, it’s easy to view the bold-named starts up close at the practice courts. This is a perfect love match between fans and players, featuring $19 million in prize money and a quarter-final ticket that includes all eight matches. https://bnpparibasopen.com/

• The Galleri Classic Golf Tournament – Hosted at the renowned Mission Hills Country Club, the event features 78 legends of golf competing for a $2.2 million purse. https://thegallericlassic.com/

• Fashion Week El Paseo – For the fashionistas, seven runway shows are held at The Gardens on El Paseo in Palm Desert. https://fashionweekelpaseo.com/ Each day highlights a different designer or retailer. Tickets are available per day or for the entire event.

• Palm Desert Food+Wine Festival- Foodies and wine enthusiasts will converge on the Food+Wine Festival in Palm Desert, with a four-course gourmet kitchen luncheon created by James Beard Award-winning and nominated chefs accompanied by premium wine pairings.

• Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival – Since 1999, this event has become the “go-to” music event. From Beyonce to Bjork to Blackpink, this is where you want to be. Advanced tickets sell out immediately. https://www.coachella.com/

• Stagecoach Festival –This outdoor country music festival is held at the Empire Polo Field in Indio. It, too, sells out quickly, so make plans as soon as possible. https://www.stagecoachfestival.com/

• Joshua Tree Music Festival – Started in April 2003 and held in May and October, this is a 4-day funky festival. It is a one-of-its-its-kind event featuring music, yoga, healers, and artists. https://joshuatreemusicfestival.com/

• Palm Springs Restaurant Week – Indulge in 10 days of dining as the local restaurant scene serves up special lunch and dinner for your pleasure. Reservations suggested. https://www.visitgreaterpalmsprings.com/restaurant-week/

• Palm Springs International Short Film Festival – Stay cool as you screen short films at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Designated as an award-qualifying festival and accredited by the International Short Film Conference, the Palm Springs International ShortFest & Short Film Market is one of the world's most acclaimed short film showcases. https://www.psfilmfest.org/

• 4th of July Palm Springs Celebration – A family-friendly day of parades, fireworks, and special events. https://www.palmsprings.com/event/4th-of-july-palm-springs/

• Splash House – When it’s hot in the desert, the party gets even hotter over here at Splash House. It’s an up-and-coming music and in-the-pool event. https://splashhouse.com/

• Joshua Tree Music Festival - Started in April 2003 and held in May and October, this is a 4-day funky festival. It is a one-of-its-its-kind event featuring music, yoga, healers, and artists. https://joshuatreemusicfestival.com/

• Pride - Celebrate LGBTQ throughout Palm Springs with a 3-day parade, concerts, special events, parades, shows, and the influential Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast. More info at https://www.pspride.org/

• Indio Hot Air Balloon – Join a unique 3-day event that includes balloon tether rides, nighttime balloon glows, romantic dinners, live musical entertainment, gourmet food trucks, a kids' zone, an art show, an outdoor market, family-friendly activities, and more! https://www.hotairballoonfest.com/

• Festival of Lights Parade - Palm Springs celebrates the magic of the holidays with the return of the 31st annual Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade on Saturday, Dec. 2, along the famous Palm Canyon Drive — and just one day before the lighting of the City’s magnificent 22-foot tall Holiday Tree at the Official City of Palm Springs Holiday Tree Lighting on Friday, Dec. 1. https://visitpalmsprings.com/events/palm-springs-festival-of-lights-parade/

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