Ruben Ranch. Photo by George Duchannes

Things to Do in Palm Springs & Coachella Valley, September 2017.


September 1 is the beginning of the meteorological autumn this year, almost 20 days earlier. For desert dwellers that can mean hot days and chilly nights. The average temperature for our arid fall is 88 degrees throughout the nine communities of the Coachella Valley (Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Indio, La Quinta, Desert Hot Springs, Rancho Mirage, Cathedral City, Indian Wells, and Coachella). The heat can still be toasty but drop by nearly 30 points when the moon hits its nightly height. It’s also the start of our “season” when those who flee the triple digits of summer return to their desert homes enjoying the nearly non-existent weather.

Here are a few things to do in September, as if you couldn’t think of anything yourself.

  • PALM SPRINGS: September 21 – 24, Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival begins at the Camelot Theaters. Cathedral City’s Mary Pickford Screens “Special Best of the Best” September 29 -30.


  • COACHELLA: September 23 at 8:00 PM: Opened by artist Ruben Gonzalez and his business partner Jim Nelson, a former Vice-President of Planning and Development for Universal Citywalk, Ruben’s Ranch is a new rental venue unlike anything in the desert. Opened in July 2017, the group bills the space as a “Chicano-American entertainment experience in the middle of the farmlands” and are actively recruiting Hollywood’s entertainment community to party in the desert year-round not only during Coachella. The duo celebrates their venture with an open house full of barbeque, beer, and music. If you want anything bolder than beer, bring it yourself. The event is free. From the looks of the building alone, it will be an eye-popping good time. . 50471 Polk Street, Coachella, CA 92236(760) 275 – 7958


Wendy Red Star. Courtesy Palm Springs Art Museum/Facebook

  • PALM DESERT: Western Stories, September 10, 2017 – June 18, 2018. Palm Springs Museum curates a new exhibition called “Western Stories.” A fascinating look at contemporary and traditional artwork as themed under the thoughts of artists and how they understand the West. Organized by the museum.


  • RANCHO MIRAGE: 2nd Annual Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage, September 8 – 17, 2017. The final third of the City of Rancho Mirage’s “Taste of Summer” comes to a close highlighting more than 15 restaurants. Visit to purchase a $10 wristband which will then get you $4.00 offers for drinks and food at all the participating locations.