The Weekend of Aug 24th - 26th

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Palm Springs Life Magazine’s Kelley Huskey has put together a list of the top 5 or 6 things to do this weekend (Aug 24th-26th) in the Coachella Valley:

1A. PALM SPRINGS COMIC CON | Aug 24-26 | Palm Springs Air Museum

This year Comic Con Palm Springs has joined forces with the Palm Springs International Animation Festival & Expo (PSIAF) to present five exciting days to get your fill of comic books, animation, art, music, and entertainment. Comic Con Palm Springs will take place Friday (Aug. 24) through Sunday (Aug. 26) at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Guests can take part in virtual reality immersive gaming, a zombie and cosplay walk, costume contests, Super Sonic Speed Dating and rub shoulders with artists, celebrities, cosplayers, and creators, like Jim Lee, comic book artist, writer, editor, and co-publisher at DC Comics, and Sean Murphy, artist and comic book creator. There’s too much going on to even begin to mention, so please check out the event website at:


More than 250 short and five feature-length animated films from 103 countries will be screened at the Palm Springs Cultural Center Wednesday (Aug. 22) through Saturday (Aug. 25). Animation styles include traditional, abstract, hand-drawn, 2D, 3D, painted, watercolor, and stop-motion. Festival goers can take part in virtual reality experiences, live animation demonstrations, animation panel discussions, and seminars. For more information and tickets, please visit:

2.    COMEDIANS STEVE MARTIN AND MARTIN SHORT LIVE | Aug 24 at 8pm | Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, Rancho Mirage

Steve Martin and Martin Short met in 1986 while filming Three Amigos with Chevy Chase. Now they have taken their comedic partnership on the road in what they title the show as, An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life. They will be joined by the Grammy-award winning bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers, and Jimmy Kimmel Live band member, Jeff Babko. More information and tickets at:

3.    HI-DESERT FRINGE AT THE JOSHUA TREE RETREAT CENTER | Aug 24-28 | Joshua Tree Retreat Center, Joshua Tree

The Hi-Desert Fringe festival (Hi-DeF) is a three-day performance art event with a mission to bring original, non-traditional, gritty, edgy, thought-provoking performance art to the high desert. There will be 12 shows, guest speakers, and workshops, as well as after-hours entertainment. For more information and tickets, please visit:

4.    "MUSICAL NIGHTS” PRESENTED AT ACQUA CALIFORNIA BISTRO | Friday Aug 24 & Sunday Aug 26 at 6:30pm | Acqua California Bistro at The River, Rancho Mirage

Friday’s lineup features a rotation of Coachella Valley acts with Yve Evens and Danny Flahive on tap this Friday (Aug. 24). Sunday’s line up features a soulful performance of Michael Keeth (CV Weekly’s Best Male Vocalist award winner five years in a row). Both shows take place in the restaurant’s River Room where guests can also dine from Acqua California Bistro’s 2-, 3-, or 4-course menus. For more information:

5.     THE WESTIN MISSION HILLS DOG REUNION HONORS 120 ADOPTIONS | Aug 24 from 4-6pm | Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, Rancho Mirage

Bring your pup to Westin Mission Hills’ pet-friendly resort Friday (Aug. 24) from 4-6 p.m. to celebrate the resort’s successful Adopt-A-Pet program in partnership with Animal Samaritans animal shelter. Westin Mission Hills hosts individual adoptable dogs at the resort, allowing them to mingle with guests, with hopes of matching dogs with visiting guests and creating a bond that will result in adoption. This event will honor the adoptions of 120 dogs through this program. All dogs and their owners are invited to attend.

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