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Looking for some fun things to see and do around the Coachella Valley in May? Our May 2019 Coachella Valley Calendar of Events, courtesy of our colleagues Peggy Sue, Catherine and Kathleen at First American Title, might give you some ideas:

The Phantom of The Opera | May 2-5 | McCallum Theatre, Palm Desert

Features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe, and book by Lloyd Webber and Stilgoe. There will be fog, lighting, masks, a crashing chandelier and more, but many visual aspects will be left to the imagination. For more information: 760-340-2787 | www.mccallumtheatre.com

Palm Desert Concerts in the Park | May 2-30 at 7:30pm | Civic Center Park Amphitheater

Every Thursday evening, concertgoers are encouraged to bring picnic baskets, blankets, and lawn chairs. The Family YMCA of the Desert will conduct children activities prior to each concert and food trucks will be on site with tasty food options, beverages, and snacks for purchase. Dogs are welcome. May 2: Berlin | May 9: The Mighty Untouchables | May 16: Yachty By Nature | May 23: The Fancies | May 30: Britain’s Finest. For more information: 760-568-1441 | www.discoverpalmdesert.com

Films on the Great Lawn | May 3, 10 & 17 at 8pm | Sunnylands Center & Gardens, Rancho Mirage

Film-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and small picnic items for the outdoor screening. Large coolers, alcohol, smoking, and pets are not permitted. With limited parking, carpooling is strongly advised. May 3: A Bug’s Life. May 10: Monsters, Inc. May 17: Ratatouille. For more information: 760-202-2234 | www.sunnylands.org

Train Day | May 4 from 9am-12pm | The Living Desert, Palm Desert

Enjoy train chats, train adopts, a scavenger hunt and more! Train Day features fun events centered around The Living Desert’s 3,300 feet of track at the Garden Railroad. Train Day includes a train-themed treasure hunt, special trackless train rides, and of course a Choo-Choo-Churro special. Model train enthusiasts will enjoy informative train chats being offered. For more information: 760-346-5694 | www.livingdesert.org

Fiesta on El Paseo | May 4 from 11am-4pm | The Shops on El Paseo

Visit our Gourmet Food Trucks serving everything from Tacos to Churros. Enjoy the sounds of the Mariachi Serenata Mexicana band, while Latin Ballroom Dancers Meagen Mendoza and Dzianis Marasin perform the Bachata and more. For more information: 760-341-4058 | www.theshopsonelpaseo.com

Tequila & Taco Fiesta | May 4 from 6-9pm | Old Town La Quinta

Enjoy tequila and taco tastings for only $5 each at Solano’s West Coast Bistro, The Grill on Main, Old Town Tavern – Barbecue & More, and Stuft Pizza. Each restaurant will offer a different brand of tequila and a distinctive food tasting, so visit more than one! Special features include Mariachi music on Main Street and an outdoor beer garden and family fun and games. For more information: www.oldtownlaquinta.com

Evening Under the Stars | May 4 from 5:30-10pm | O’Donnell Golf Course, Palm Springs

Food Samaritans (Aids Assistance Program) proudly announces that the gala will feature the “Music of ABBA” performed by ARRIVAL from Sweden. Cocktails, community awards, dinner, and dancing. The largest annual fundraiser for AAP – Food Samaritans, a non-profit organization that provides nutritional support for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses. For more information:  760-325-8481 | www.aidsassistance.org

Cinema Under the Stars | May 4 & 11 from 6:30pm | Rancho Mirage Amphitheater

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, food and beverages to this extraordinary outdoor cinematic experience. This event is free to the public and includes complimentary popcorn and water. May 4: Space Cowboys. May 11: Star Wars: The Force Awakens. For more information: www.ranchomirageca.gov

Cinco De Mayo Fiesta | May 5 from 4-7pm | Old Town Artisan Studio, La Quinta

Featuring Live entertainment, Margaritas, tacos, and much more Mexican Food & Drink. Proceeds of the event will benefit Visionaries of Tools For Tomorrow. For more information: 760-601-3954 | www.toolsfortomorrow.org

Palm Springs Photo Festival | May 5-10 | Hyatt Palm Springs

Guests can take workshops that allow them to work intimately with worldrenowned photographers and learn new skills. They can also attend seminars, symposiums & presentations, and can sit down with industry professionals and have their own portfolios reviewed. There are dinners, parties, and networking events in the evenings For more information: 479-544-7985 | http://2019.palmspringsphotofestival.com

Suavecito Sunday | May 5-26 from 6-9pm | Veteran’s Park, Coachella

Enjoy free music in the park in the Suavecito theme. For more information: www.gcvcc.org

The Chocolate Soiree Benefit Event | May 7 from 6-9pm | PIRCH, Rancho Mirage

Enjoy the decadent desserts, and the recipes, of elite chefs from around the Coachella Valley while benefitting the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert. It will be a night of food, friends and fun, and remember, it is “brown tie” optional! For more information: www.cdmod.org

California Preservation Conference | May 8-11 | Hilton Hotel Palm Springs

“Preservation Springs Eternal” will showcase the rich historic preservation movement present throughout the state, with a special focus on the architecture of Palm Springs, and the impact of preservation action in the region. The 2019 conference focuses on a range of topics exploring ways of building on California’s preservation legacy and shaping its future of heritage conservation throughout the state. For more information: www.californiapreservation.org

Coyote Classic Golf Tournament | May 9 from 11am-5pm | Classic Club, Palm Desert

Cost is $200 a player, which includes cart, unlimited bottled water, Classic Club logoed towel, range balls, dinner and drinks, and evening awards presentation. Raises thousands of dollars annually for the SoCal Coyotes non-profit leadership organization and its numerous youth outreach programs. For more information: 760-601-3600 | www.thesocalcoyotes.com

Shen Yun 2019 World Tour | May 9-11 | McCallum Theatre, Palm Desert

Featuring one of the world’s oldest art forms-classical Chinese dance-along with patented scenographical effects and all-original orchestral works, Shen Yun opens a portal to a civilization of enchanting beauty and enlightening wisdom. For more information: www.shenyun.com

Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival | May 9-12 | Camelot Theatres, Palm Springs

This unique festival features an eclectic mixture of landmark and obscure vintage movies from the classic film noir era. For more information: http://arthurlyonsfilmnoir.ning.com

Shakti Fest | May 9-13 | Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground

A 5 day Yoga, Music & Personal Transformational Festival dedicated to the divine feminine that blossoms within all of us. Workshops will cover a plethora of wellness and conscious topics including Ayurveda, spiritual nutrition, tantric energy, breathwork, Sanskrit, conscious relationships, women’s sexuality, bhakti art, and hoop dance, with internationally known speakers. For more information: 408-460-0504 | https://bhaktifest.com/shaktifest/

Star Party at The Monument | May 11 from 8-10pm | Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center, Palm Desert

The Astronomical Society of the Desert will conduct “sky tours” and direct observations of the night sky through telescopes and giant binoculars. For more information: 760-862-9984 | www.desertmountains.org

Joshua Tree Music Festival | May 16-19 | Joshua Tree Lake Campground

 An intimate setting, where the distinction between artist and audience is blurred, and a passionate performance can be truly relished in close proximity to the stage. Free water to patrons, no service charges on reasonably priced tickets. A family-friendly global music experience. For more information: www.joshuatreemusicfestival.com

Movies in the Park: The Sound of Music | May 25 at 8:30pm | Cathedral City Downtown Festival Lawn

You are welcome to bring snacks or non-alcoholic drinks, but you can also purchase them from the movie organizers[TB1]  at the concession stand. For more information: 760-770-0340 | www.discovercathedralcity.com

Street Food Cinema: Selene | May 25 from 5:30-11pm | La Quinta Park

Outdoor movie screening of “Selena”, the true story of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, a Texas-born Tejano singer who rose from cult status to performing at the Astrodome, as well as having chart topping albums on the Latin music charts. There will also be a meet and greet opportunity with Chris Perez, Grammy Award-winning artist. Pérez was the lead guitarist for his wife Selena’s band, Selena y Los Dinos. For more information: www.streetfoodcinema.com/selena-lq

Memorial Day Flower Drop & Air Fair | May 27 from 8am-2:30pm | Palm Springs Air Museum

A brief Memorial service is dedicated to all fallen comrades, who paid the ultimate price for freedom. In their honor, the service will be highlighted with a fly-by and flower drop of over 3,000 red and white carnations from B-25 Mitchell bomber. Visitors are welcome to pick up a flower to take home. For more information: 760-778-6262 | www.palmspringsairmuseum.org

VillageFest | Every Thursday from 6-10pm | Palm Canyon Drive

Downtown Palm Springs transforms into a diverse array of artists, artisans, entertainers, and purveyors of fresh fruits and veggies, flowers, jewelry, snacks and sweets. Add all that to the great shops, restaurants, clubs, and entertainment venues located along World Famous Palm Canyon Drive - and the result is one of Southern California’s most popular weekly events: VillageFest! For more information: www.villagefest.org

College of the Desert Street Fair | Every Sat. & Sun. from 7am-2pm | 43500 Monterey Ave., Palm Desert

With merchandise and services for all ages and any budget, the Street Fair offers more than 300 merchants, artists, a farmer’s market, live entertainment, gourmet food and more. For more information: 760-636-7957 | http://codaastreetfair.com

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