Local Happenings: September Events in Palm Springs!

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The fun isn’t over. As summer turns to fall, September 2023 will still bring on plenty of events and local happenings. Here are some of our top picks for local events that will be taking place right here in Palm Springs this upcoming month. Take your pick and mark your calendars. There’s something for everyone in the Coachella Valley this September!

1) Cinema Diverse LGBTQ+ Film Festival

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When: September 12th – 24th
Where: Camelot Theaters – 2300 E Baristo Rd, Palm Springs, CA
Get Tickets Here

This vibrant film festival will be celebrating its 16th anniversary this year. The LGBTQ+ Film Festival is back and promises to screen the best LGBTQ+ cinema from around the world. The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival emphasizes the importance of these cinematic pieces on their website, stating that they are, “critical to our local community, and to the world community, because they tell stories that remind us of where we came from, who we are, and who we can be.” Streaming films include: Cancer is Gay, Beautiful Dreamer, City of Queens, Galore, and Fall Back Down. Visit their site to view the full lineup and to snag tickets!

2) Barbie Drag Brunch

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When: September 9th, 11 am – 2 pm
Where: Reforma Palm Springs – 333 S Palm Canyon Dr Unit 2, Palm Springs, CA
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The title says it all! Serve up your best Barbie impression in pink while you get served up delicious brunch. Hosted by Epiphany Kali, the Reforma also promises to transform their space into the Barbie Dream House for the special event. We can’t help but think this fun-filled brunch may be inspired by the recent release of the Barbie movie. More information on this Palm Springs Barbie Brunch found here.

3) WWE SuperShow

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When: Saturday, September 23rd from 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Where: Acrisure Arena – 75702 Varner Rd, Palm Desert, CA 92211
Get Tickets Here.

For the first time ever, WWE is coming to the Coachella Valley. The WWE SuperShow will feature WWE megastars such as Cody Rhodes, ‘Dirty’ Dominik Mysterio (son of legendary Mysterio), Seth “Freakin” Rollins, Rhea Ripley, Bianca Belair, Jimmy Uso, and many more. If you are a WWE fan, you know this is a hefty lineup worth seeing. Get tickets via TicketMaster before they’re gone! Or read up on more info here about the spectacular upcoming WWE event.

4) Cirque de Soleil: Corteo

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When: Sunday, September 3rd from 1 pm – 5 pm
Where: Acrisure Arena – 75702 Varner Rd, Palm Desert, CA
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The world famous Cirque du Soleil is coming to Palm Desert. If you’ve seen Cirque de Soleil before, you know that many of their shows encompass a theme. For example, in Las Vegas, there is commonly the Cirque de Soleil Michael Jackson ONE show. For this upcoming Palm Springs Show in September, the theme is Corteo. The word “corteo”, which means cort├ęge in Italian, is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. This Cirque du Soleil will tell a beautiful story about a clown who has passed away, but his spirit is still with us. Instead of mourning, this performance is focused on happiness and laughter. Enjoy this one-of-a-kind Palm Desert event on Sunday, September 3rd. Learn more here.

5) Standup Comedian Matt Rife

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When: Friday, September 1st
Where: Fantasy Springs Resort Casino – 84245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio, CA 92203
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Popular standup comedian Matt Rife is making his way to Palm Springs. After quickly selling out his Palm Desert show on Saturday, September 2nd, a second date has been added. Come see this hilarious comedian in the flesh at the Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Friday, September 1st. The young talent made his claim to fame on Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘n Out and since has also graced our screens on shows like The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars. If you’re looking for a taste of his comedy skills, head on over to his Instagram Page where 5.3 million followers are tuned in for his hysterical Instagram reels that are cut from his best moments during his comedy standup shows.

6) Hot Wheels: Monster Trucks

Graphic of monster truck glowing in the dark. Hot Wheels Monster Trucks LIVE Glow Party in Palm Springs.
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When: Friday, September 8th – Sunday, September 10th. Times vary.
Where: Acrisure Arena – 75702 Varner Rd, Palm Desert, CA 92211
Get Tickets Here

Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live is coming to Palm Springs this September. These monster trucks are no ordinary trucks – they glow in the dark! According to the Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live website, this event is all about lighting up the floor “in outrageous monster truck competitions and battles.” In addition to monster trucks, there will also be dazzling performances, laser light shows, and Hot Wheels toy giveaways. Sounds like fun for the whole family. There is even special kids pricing available for your little ones. Learn more about this Palm Desert event by clicking here.

7) Foreigner LIVE in Concert

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When: Saturday, September 30th from 8 pm – 11 pm
Where: Fantasy Springs Resort Casino – 84-245 Indio Springs Pkwy, Indio, CA
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If you don’t want to live a life full of regrets then this is your LAST chance to see this popular band in concert. Foreigner announced this will be their last-ever tour. Having rose to fame in the late ’70s, the band has had decades of success and charting hits such as “I Want to Know What Love Is” (1984), “Hot Blooded” (1978), “Cold as Ice” (1977), “Waiting for a Girl Like You” (1984), and “I Don’t Want to Live Without You” (1987), just to name a few! These musically-inclined rock legends will be taking the stage on September 30th with tickets as little as $49. Don’t miss out! Learn more by visiting the venue’s website. To sweeten the deal, the casino is throwing in $10 in FREE slot play.

8) Sunday Makebreak: Pumpkin Fest

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When: Sunday, September 24th from 2 pm – 4 pm
Where: Michaels in Smoke Tree Commons Shopping Center
2465 E Palm Canyon, Bldg 3, Palm Springs, CA
FREE EVENT – No Tickets Necessary

The first day of fall is September 22nd, and Smoke Tree Commons is kicking off pumpkin-season STRONG with an in-store pumpkin fest at Michaels. You’ll be able to purchase your craft pumpkin and utilize decoration supplies for free to deck out your pumpkin any way you’d like to get it ready to display proudly either on your front porch, deck, or even inside your house. If you’re looking for a fun activity for the kiddos to be a part of to get into a spooky spirit for fall – then this should be calling your name! Find more information about this event here.

9) USA TODAY Wine + Food Experience

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When: Saturday, September 9th from 1 pm – 4 pm (VIP Tickets start time is Noon)
Where: Civic Center Park – 43900 San Pablo Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260
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USA TODAY Wine & Food Experience is bringing fine dining to the table alongside sommeliers and mixologists serving up some impressive wine and spirits. Indulge in food tastings from local chefs and enjoy some live music and demonstrations, all with a glass in-hand. General Admission Advanced Tickets are $65 but will be $85 the day of the event. VIP Admission is currently $100 but will be $115 the day of the event. VIP Admission gets you early access to the event by an hour, and you’ll have access to special VIP lounges along with you very own tasting cup. Learn more about this culinary experience here.

10) Dirty Bingo

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When: September 17th at 11 am
Where: PS Underground – 1700 S Camino Real, Ste 2, Palm Springs, CA 92264
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For dirty, inappropriate minds only is this raunchy bingo game taking place on Sunday, September 17th at PS UNDERGROUND. The venue warns that this event is serious business. Audience members must sign a waiver that they won’t be offended by anything before being able to enter. Participants can expect outrageously filthy songs, colorful characters, and revealing costumes. Be prepared to laugh your bum off and partake in free-flowing cocktails that come along with your ticket cost, which is $69 (of course). Palm Springs Bingo participants are encouraged to dress the part as well. The PS UNDERGROUND site urges you to wear something, “flamboyant, trashy, provocative, over-the-top, and (the) crazier the better.” Get your tickets to DIRTY BINGO and bring along all your like-minded raunchy friends for a hilarious, uncensored Sunday.

Did we miss a fun event coming up in the Coachella Valley area you think should’ve been included? Let us know!

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