100 Things To Do, Rick Ortega


100 things to do in Palms Springs includes sports, film, education, art and more.

There are a lot of things to do here and there will be even more to come because it just keeps getting better in the Coachella Valley!  There are actually many more than 100 things to do in the Palm Springs Area.  In fact, once you get connected with the many good people here and you start socializing with them, doing what’s on 100 things to do list will seem unlikely to accomplish.  Which of the things you do is your choice but suffice it to say this list will guide you in exercising your mind, body and soul.  I have designed the 100 things page so that you can easily extract large amounts of information about the area.  This is how I uniquely serve my clients!  Remember, I’m a phone call or an email away.  970-948-9595


Rick Ortega’s 100 Things To Do

1                  Humana Classic Golf Tournament   http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/humana

2                  BNP Paribas Tennis Open               http://bnpparibusopen.com/

3                  Kraft Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Tournament          http://kncgolf.com/

4                  Tour de Palm Springs – Bicycle rally and benefit   http://www.tourdepalmsprings.com/

5                  El Dorado Polo Matches                                               http://eldoradopoloclub.com/

6                  Empire Polo Matches                                                    http://empirepoloevents.com/

7                  Grand Prix Freestyle Dressage Coachella                    http://desertbest.com/?p=172

8                  USA Pentathlon  https://www.facebook.com/pages/USA-Pentathlon-World-Cup/176531672

9                  Desert Int’l & Sprint Triathlon-Duathlon http://www.kleinclarksports.com/page3/page3.html

10                Palm Springs Fine Art Fair                                            http://palmspringsfineartfair.com

11                McCormick’s Palm Springs Collector Car Auction          http://www.classic-carauction.com/

12                Palm Springs Art Museum                                              http://www.psmuseum.org/

13                Art Under the Umbrella’s                                                http://www.lqaf.com

14                Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert             http://www.psmuseum.org/palm-desert/

15                La Quinta Museum                                   http://www.la-quinta.org/index.aspx?page=193

16                Palm Springs Air Museum                                       http://palmspringsairmuseum.org/

17                Air show at Jacqueline Cochran Airport        http://jacquelinecochranairshow.org/

18                La Quinta Arts Festival                                                    http://www.lqaf.com

19                Concours d’Elegance Rancho Mirage Car Show      http://www.desertconcours.com/

20                Amer. Heat P. S. Motorcycle Weekend http://www.swrnn.com/2012/10/17/american-heat

21                El Paseo Art Walk – 1st Thurs. of each month                       click for info 

22                Heather James Fine Art, Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Christian Hoffman Fine Art, etc.

23                Desert Arts Festival                              http://www.westcoastartists.com/shows/ps4.html

24                Performances at The McCallum Theatre                      http://www.mccallumtheatre.com/

25                Desert Town Hall Speaker Series Indian Wells                 http://www.deserttownhall.org/

26                TED Lecture Series  (This is my favorite thing)!                               http://www.ted.com/

27                World Affairs Council of the Desert   http://www.worldaffairsdesert.org/index.php/about-us

28                U.C. Riverside Lecture Series, Palm Desert http://palmdesert.ucr.edu/programs/CIS.html

29                Coachella Music Festival   (Two consecutive weeks)                  http://www.coachella.com/

30                Stagecoach Music Festival   (Week after Coachella)   http://www.stagecoachfestival.com/

31                Multiple musical performances at Fantasy Springs, Spotlight 29, Agua Caliente, etc.

32                Palms Springs Comedy performances at the casino’s

33                Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace Music                http://www.pappyandharriets.com/

34                Palms Springs Fashion Week El Paseo                 http://www.fashionweekelpaseo.com/

35                Palm Springs Film Festival                                          http://www.psfilmfest.org/

36                Film Noir Festival                                         http://arthurlyonsfilmnoir.ning.com/

37                Palm Springs Shortfest                                http://www.psfilmfest.org/

38                Desert Film Society                                      http://www.desertfilmsociety.com/

39                International Hispanic Film Festival http://www.filmfestivalworld.com/festival/Palm

40                Palm Springs Follies                                                              http://www.psfollies.com/

41                Modernism Week Home tour                                        http://www.modernismweek.com

42                Joshua Tree National Park – hike, photo, bike http://www.nps.gov/jotr/parknews/index.htm

43                Palm Springs Tram (8500’), 5 vegetation zones                http://www.pstramway.com/

44                AOPA Air Expo http://www.aopa.org/Membership/Member-News/2012/AOPA-Aviation-Sum

45                Riverside County Fair                                                           http://www.datefest.org/

46                Best in Show – Dog Show  http://www.bestinshowdaily.com/blog/2012/01/kennel-club-of

47                Palm Springs Kennel Club Dog Show                      http://kennelclubpalmsprings.org/

48                Palm Springs Celebrity Tours                                     http://www.thecelebritytour.com/

49                Indio tamale festival                          http://www.tamalefestival.net/Generalinfo.html

50                Living Desert Zoo                                                         http://www.livingdesert.org/

51                Moorten Botanical Garden                        http://www.moortengarden.com/                   

52                Dr. George Car Show  http://www.eventsinyuma.com/indian_wells_ca/events/show/30

53                Palm Springs Windmill Tours https://plus.google.com/112458062359865144537/a

54                Palm Springs Pride      http://pspride.org/

55                Visit the many spas.  If you go to all of them you’re spoiled!

56                Temecula Balloon & Wine Festival          http://www.tvbwf.com/

57                Hiking, Hiking, Hiking (Indian Canyon Trail, Eisenhower Peak, Bump and Grind Trail)…

58                Ride a bicycle throughout the desert.  Great riding for long distances if you choose!

59                Play some of the PGA West Golf Courses.  http://www.pgawest.com/Club/Scripts/Home/h

60                Golf club fitting at PGA West by Charlie Rodi http://www.pgawestgolfacademy.com/c

61                Play these really good public golf courses. http://www.palmsprings-golftrips.com/-pl

62                Golf Cart Parade          http://www.golfcartparade.com/

63                Pete Carlson’s Golf and Tennis, Lumpy’s, Roger Dunn’s Golf, etc.  For golf junkies!

64                Coachella Valley Grand Prix Tennis      http://www.grandprix-tennis.com

65                Yoga at: BikramYoga, Yoga Central, Evolve, Yoga Center and many more.

66                Join and ride with the desert motorcycle club: Harley’s, Japanese & European Motorcycles

67                Coachella Valley Motorcycle Training.  http://www.cvmt411.com/brc.html

68                Ice skate at Desert Ice Castle.       http://www.deserticecastle.com/

69                Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert  http://www.palmdesertfoodandwine.com/

70               Taste of La Quinta, Taste of Rancho Mirage, Blues and Brews Festival

71                Cooking classes throughout the desert. http://cookingwithclasslaquinta.com/

72                Photography workshops https://www.fisheyeconnect.com/locs/palm-desert/ca/p

73                Art Museum workshops http://www.psmuseum.org/art-programs/workshops-classes/

74                Cabazon Outlet Discount Mall   http://www.cabazonoutlets.com/

75                El Paseo, The River and Old Town shopping and dining,

76                Consignment store shopping

77                Casino’s: Fantasy Springs, Spotlight 29, Agua Caliente, Morongo, The Spa

78                Cinema Palm d’Or, Century Theatres at The River, Mary Pickford, Camelot, etc.

79                Red, White and Blue Polo and Balloon Festival http://www.poloamerica.com/art

80                Old Town farmer’s market

81                Live Jazz from Vicky’s of Santé Fe, Sullivan’s, Chop House, Mastro’s, St. James, etc.

82               Shields Date Garden

83               Lunch at Silverrock Resort, The Cantina, Jackalope Ranch and at Tyler’s

84                Dinner at Okura, 3rd Corner Bistro, Arnold Palmer’s, Shame on the Moon, Armando’s

85                La Quinta Resort and Spa- Swimming pools, tennis, fitness and dining

86                Take an All-Terrain Vehicle Tour

87                Go to open houses on weekends.  Learn about the architecture and market.

88                Visit Marilyn Monroe in Palm Springs then hang out on Palm Canyon Drive.

89                Take dancing lessons, they’re useful in the desert…

90                At night, the Nest, Esmeralda, Hyatt, Amigo Room, Tack Room, Toucan’s Tiki Lounge

91                Day trips to Santa Monica, Venice, Manhattan, Malibu, Newport & Laguna Beaches

92                Weekend Trips to Getty Museum L.A., L.A. Philharmonic, Movie Studio’s and plays

93                In L.A. see the Lakers and Clippers Basketball, the Kings hockey and Dodgers baseball

94                FOR THE KIDS- Palm Desert Aquatic Center in the Palms Springs area

95                Palm Springs Swim Center

96                McCallum Theatre Children’s Productions

97                Cathedral City I-Max

98                Palm Desert Civic Center Park – Includes a skate park and lots of green area.  Great place for families in the Palms Springs area

99                Weekend trips to The San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Balboa Park, Mission Beach, Gaslamp Quarter, Museum of Contemporary Art, Maritime Museum, New Children’s Museum and The San Diego Padres and Chargers games.

100            Volunteer!  All communities have needs and there is so much we all have to share :)

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