Upcoming January Events in the Coachella Valley

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Kennel Club of Palm Springs Dog Shows

Who knew that dedicated dog fanciers from around the U.S. begin the new year at the Kennel Club of Palm Springs dog show? Held on the magnificent grounds of the Empire Polo Grounds, Avenue 51, off Monroe, in Indio, the event is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 5—6. Judging begins at 8 a.m. each day, with group judging commencing mid-afternoon.

On Thursday, Jan. 3, and Friday, Jan. 4, individual breed specialties along with Sporting, Toy, Hound and Non-Sporting breed group shows will be held. Obedience and rally competition are slated for each day as well. Attendance is estimated to be in the neighborhood of 8,000 dog lovers.

The Kennel Club of Palm Springs conducts two of the largest all-breed dog shows in the country, with over 7,000 entries over the Saturday/Sunday weekend. Approximately 170 + AKC-recognized breeds, some of which are rarely seen by the public, may be represented. Top winning dogs, with their owners and handlers, come to compete for championship points, as well as the coveted Group and Best-in-Show awards. Judges, too, come from across the country and abroad to adjudicate the wide variety of AKC registered breeds.

Entries are made more than two weeks prior to the show dates and entries are not accepted on the actual dates of the shows. Spectators are advised to leave their pets at home, as un-entered dogs are not welcome on the grounds. In the interest of child safety, baby strollers are not permitted under the tenting. Judging programs are available at the shows and also several days prior online at jbradshaw.com/shows.htm so that if there is a particular breed you are interested in you can determine when it will be shown. Additional information about the club may be found at kennelclubpalmsprings.org

General admission is free; parking is $10.00. Great food and beverages will be available, as well as a wide variety of unique pet toys and other hard-to-find doggie items, in the club’s “Vendor Mall.”

Everyone is welcome. Spectators are encouraged to come and bring their lawn chairs for a relaxing day of “doggie” fun.

WHEN: January 3-6
WHERE: Empire Polo Grounds – 81800 51st Avenue, Indio, CA 92201
WEBSITE: kennelclubpalmsprings.org

Palm Springs International Film Festival

Now entering its 30th year, the Palm Springs International Film Festival is one of the largest and most well-respected film festivals in North America. Its culturally diverse program of 200± stellar films from more than 60 countries represents the best in international cinema, earning the Festival an enthusiastic and loyal audience of nearly 137,000.

WHEN: January 3-14
WHERE: Various Locations, Palm Springs, CA 92262
WEBSITE: psfilmfest.org

 Opening Day & Hat Day at Empire Polo Club

Empire Polo Club is pleased to announce their 2019 Polo Season schedule. Our first day of Sunday Polo is Dec. 30th, which is our “soft opening.” The official “Opening Day & Hat Day” at Empire Polo Club is scheduled for Sunday, January 6th, 2019. There are two featured matches every Sunday at 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m. Sunday Polo continues through March 31st, 2019.

Sunday Polo games are scheduled every week from December 30th through March 31st, 2019. Sunday Polo games are at 12 noon and 2 p.m. The Club will be closed on Sunday, January 20th and again on Sunday, March 3rd.

General Admission is FREE with a $20 parking fee for all Sunday afternoon polo games. Tailgaters are welcome; space along the sidelines is available on a first come, first served basis. General Admission gates open at 10:00 AM. Bleacher seating is also available in the General Admission area. Spectators are welcome to bring their own food and beverages into the General Admission area. Food and beverage service is also available for purchase.

VIP Admission is $30 per person and includes parking, VIP seating and a complimentary Champagne Divot Stomp. The VIP seating area is located in front of the Olympic-peaked tents on the west side of the main polo field and offers field-side covered seating.Spectators can also watch multiple televised sporting events while enjoying polo at the VIP Sports Lounge and Bar, located adjacent to the VIP seating area. The Sports Lounge offers viewers three flat screens featuring Sunday football games and other popular sports.

Reservations for VIP seating are highly recommended. Food and beverage service is available onsite during Sunday matches. For VIP reservations or group rates please call Tony Schieffer at 760-393-7298 or email tonyschieffer@empirepolo.com. No outside food or beverages are allowed in the VIP area. The entrance for Sunday games is on Ave. 50 between Monroe St. and Madison St.

WHEN: January 6
WHERE: Empire Polo Club – 81-800 Avenue 51, Indio, CA 92201
WEBSITE: empirepolo.com

Palm Springs Desert Classic

Tournament will consist of a four days at La Quinta Country Club, PGA West Palmer Private, and PGA West Nicklaus private with 144 professionals and 144 amateurs.

WHEN: January 16-20
WHERE: PGA West, La Quinta, CA 92253
WEBSITE: desert-classic.com

21st Annual Concert Series

The Gardens on El Paseo is excited to host the 21st Annual Concert Series, kicking off on January 26th and ending on March 16th. This series has brought together music and giving to unite the community for over two decades. Since the concerts inception, The Gardens has been able to help raise more than $1 Million for those in need.

The one-hour concerts take place on Saturday’s on the center lawn in front of Saks Fifth Avenue. To purchase tickets, please click HERE. Tickets can also be purchased the day of the event at 4:30 p.m, but Step Up & VIP Tickets will not be available for purchase. Wine and lite bites begin at 5:15 p.m. with the entertainment taking the stage at 6 p.m.

WHEN: January 26-March 16
WHERE: Center Lawn at The Gardens on El Paseo – 73545 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA 92260
WEBSITE: thegardensonelpaseo.com

HITS Coachella Desert Circuit

The HITS Coachella Desert Circuit established its roots in Indio, California, in the mid-1990s, and years later, in 2007, the shows moved to the AON HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal. Join us for the HITS Coachella Desert Circuit and don’t miss out on eight weeks of USEF Premier-rated Hunters and 5*/6* Jumpers with total prizes over $3 million. Spanning nine weeks (with one off-week) from mid-January through mid-March, the circuit draws thousands of equestrians to the premier Southern California show grounds. With classes for every level rider, the HITS Coachella also features weekly Grand Prix, two USHJA International Hunter Derbies and qualifiers for the HITS Championship. HITS is excited to announce the all new Marshall & Sterling Team Challenge, making its West Coast debut at the HITS Coachella Desert Circuit, the Team Challenge adds sections for Children and Adult Hunters and Jumpers Riders to the more than two dozen divisions already recognized. All this culminates with the annual AIG $1 Million Grand Prix, a tradition that began in 2013.

WHEN: January 15-March 17
WHERE: AON HITS Desert Horse Park – 85-555 Airport Blvd., Thermal, CA 92274
WEBSITE: hitsshows.com

Salton Sea Bird Festival

Happening January 19-20, 2019, join us for two days of shoreline and arm chair birding, kayak tours, presentations, slideshows, guest speakers, classic car show, native Indian storytelling, youth art contest and more! Experience the Salton Sea like never before!

WHEN: January 19-20
WHERE: Salton Sea State Recreation Area – 100225 State Park Rd, Mecca, CA 92254
WEBSITE: seaanddesert.org

Southwest Arts Festival

The Southwest Arts Festival® Indio 2019 will be held on January 24, 25, 26 and 27, 2019. Now in its 33rd year, the Southwest Arts Festival® will once again be held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. Empire Polo Club is an international destination renown for it’s natural beauty, featuring natural landscape and sweeping mountain ranges. Every year the Arts Festival continues to evolve and attract a high caliber of talented artists and unique artwork. This year’s festival will feature interactive art displays and live music, with pottery, glass and fine art painting scheduled to be on display. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of food and beverage options while casually walking the grounds.

The festival continues to draw thousands of art enthusiast from across the country, as well as the highest caliber artist. Last year 252 artist joined us from around the world. Recognized as one of the Top 100 Events in North America by Travel Magazine, the festival includes traditional, contemporary, and abstract fine works of art and quality crafts. The festival’s reputation for first-class quality and professional integrity make it one of the country’s finest juried art festivals. As one of largest annual fundraisers supporting several Coachella Valley based nonprofits, the festival is exceptionally fortunate to have over 200 community leaders and volunteers who contribute numerous hours to make certain that the Festival is successful. We look forward to seeing you there!

WHEN: January 24-27
WHERE: Empire Polo Club – 81-800 Avenue 51, Indio, CA 92201
WEBSITE: swartfest.com

Palm Springs Health Run & Fitness Expo

Join thousands of runners for the Palm Springs Health Run & Fitness Expo. Run through the incredibly scenic neighborhoods of Palm Springs for the 10K, 5K and 1K Fun Run. Over 100 health and wellness booths provide giveaways and services, fitness experts, and cooking demonstrations. Fun for the entire family! Every 5K and 10K registrant receives breakfast, t-shirt, registration bag and finisher’s medal. 1K Fun Run finisher’s receive finisher’s medal.

New this Year…Media Superstar’s Food Challenge, Pet Companion Healthy Pet Zone, LifeStream Blood Bank Drive, Desert AIDS Project HIV Screening, Playworks Game On – Tag Zone, USA Track and Field Certified 5K & 10K racecourse and much more!

WHEN: January 26
WHERE: Ruth Hardy Park – 700 Tamarisk Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262
WEBSITE: palmspringshealthrun.com