Grab the family and head on out to California’s Heart of the Desert, Borrego Springs, for the 48th Annual Borrego Days Desert Festival. Friends and family will gather for this three day local tradition to enjoy a little sliver of Americana in our own backyard. 

This FREE festival takes place on

Friday, October 25, 2013 – 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Saturday, October 26, 2013 – 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Sunday, October 27, 2013 – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

On Saturday morning be sure to come out and enjoy the Parade through town at 10:00 AM to see the lively marching bands, floats, decorated golf carts, equestrian groups and more! Rider South will be in the 10 a.m. parade riding in a 1927 Model T – the same type of vehicle that his father regularly drove between Ghost Mountain and Julian when the family lived on Ghost Mountain. The vehicle will be part of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park contingent in the parade.

Eighty years ago, Marshal and Tanya South began a journey to reconnect with the earth and prove that life did not have to be constrained by society’s conventions and harried routines. In their 17-year sojourn on Ghost Mountain, three children were born – Rider, Rudyard, and Victoria. Their experiment in primitive living was chronicled by Marshal South in monthly articles written for Desert Magazine over a nine year period. His articles were the most popular feature of the magazine. Rider South, the oldest child, was 13 years old when Tanya and the children left Ghost Mountain in 1947.

Rider South will be making a rare appearance at the Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center on Saturday night, October 26, during the Borrego Days Desert Festival. He will talk about his father Marshal South as a writer and artist, recall his days growing up on Ghost Mountain, and answer pre-submitted questions from those attending. For more information –

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Take a stroll to peruse an array of arts and crafts, and artist and vendor booths. Listen to amazing live entertainment at the Music Festival on the stage at Christmas Circle Park. Enjoy plenty of food for everyone, and quench your thirst in the beer garden. View the Classic Cars and Motorcycles on display.

Even the little ones are guaranteed to have a good time as they keep busy all day enjoying the children’s area complete with mini-carnival, face painting, pony rides, interactive activities, and arts and crafts.

This event is the perfect way to make lasting memories with your family and friends, while enjoying the picturesque desert landscape.