October Activities – Coachella Valley
Palm Springs, CA, La Quinta, CA  and  Palm Desert, CA

If you are planning a trip to or if you live in the Coachella Valle area, there are a few fun things to do during the month of October. We’ve included a few Halloween activities, farmer’s markets, festivals and fairs.  Enjoy!

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Haunted Halloween Scare Tour – Palm Springs, CA
Historic Village Green, 219-223 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA / Palm Springs Carriages Presents Haunted Halloween Scare Tour – Friday October 16– Our haunted horse and carriage will leave the Historic Village Green every hour from 7 pm to 10 pm. Be prepared to be pleasantly frightened by the haunted happenings in the Historic Tennis Club District of Palm Springs. Once a year, in October, the secret ghost stories of the Historic District are revealed to those who dare to take our tour! This is an evening of good old fashion family fun. Admission: Adults $15; Children (6-14) $7; Children under 5 are free. Reservations are recommended, please call Palm Springs Carriages at 760.364.4430.

Howl-O-Ween Harvest Happening at the Living Desert
The Living Desert, 47-900 Portola Avenue, Palm Desert, CA / Details TBA. Saturday October 31Time: 9am – 5pm. More info: 760.346.5694 ext. 2000

Certified Farmers’ Markets
Every Saturday morning from 8 am to 12:30 pm. at 2300 E Baristo at Farrell – North Side of the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs, the Certified Farmers Market will bring local farmers and vendors together to showcase the fruits of their labor. The CFM is a gathering place where the community can learn about the importance of nutrition, fresh produce and organic options. The market features farm and food only vendors.organic and transitional produce, herbs, lavender,cheese, bread , honey, nuts, eggs, olives and olive oil,fresh cut flowers, orchids and plants and much more. A Market Chef booth features recipes, culinary delights, educational materials. and guest chefs from around the Coachella Valley. We will also have “Music at the Market” from 9 am to 12. Free Dog sitting is available from 9 am to noon through Fetch Pet Care and Bark Busters. More info: 760-898-5250.

Old Town La Quinta, CA Farmer’s Market (Nov. -June)
This market is a community gathering place where folks can learn about the importance of nutrition, fresh produce and organic options. It features organic and transitional produce, cheese, bread, fresh cut flowers, nuts, and California-grown olive oil. Organic coffee and a fresh market breakfast is available at the nearby on-site cafe.    Sundays, 8 am to 12:30 pm, Nov. – June, contact Certified Farmers Market at Old Town La Quinta Tel. 760-898-5250
pscfm@yahoo.com.

Palm Springs VillageFestPalm Springs VillageFest
Join thousands of visitors and locals in beautiful downtown Palm Springs for the valley’s finest event. Every Thursday, 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! We’re dog friendly! October through May 6pm – 10pm and June through September 7pm – 10pm. 760-320-3781

Annual Golf Cart Parade
Experience the spectacular color, pageantry and fun as scores of whimsically decorated golf carts and bands march down Palm Desert’s famous shop-’til-you-drop El Paseo, in the first major event of the season. The Parade Route is westbound on El Paseo from San Luis Rey to Ocotillo. The family costume parade starts at 12:45 pm,
Sunday October 25 down El Paseo and the parade starts at 1pm. More information: 760-346-611.

1College Of The Desert Street Fair
Offers 340 Vendors offering New Merchandise, Arts and Crafts and Farmers Market. Open every Saturday and Sunday. October through May, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Street Fair is located on the beautiful College of the Desert campus, surrounded by date palms and mountain vistas. College of the Desert’s Street Fair is a great place to find holiday presents, birthday and anniversary gifts, and one-of-a-kind party favors. Located at 43-500 Monterey Ave., Palm Desert, CA  92260.

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Lynn Bremner is the author of DesertRoadTrippin.com, a blog about desert road trips and tips. She started the blog after moving to Indio, CA where she now resides. Now a true desert dweller, Lynn has added in some of her own views on desert living. The heat does not keep her indoors in the summertime. She is out running, golfing or taking short day trips to some of the local points of interest. After years of traveling along the dusty, desert trails with her father, she has come to appreciate the beauty and solitude of the desert landscape. Her father’s passion for prospecting, desert lore and exploring the desert parks took their family to many interesting places, mostly in California, Nevada and Arizona. Lynn now writes about her desert road trips and intertwines a little bit of desert living into the mix. In addition to the DesertRoadTrippin’ blog, Lynn also writes articles and produces content for the DesertUSA.com, Empire Polo Lifestyle Magazine and PoloZONE.com.

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