What to Do Labor Day Weekend in Greater Palm Springs

Here's suggestions ranging from music to food to attractions

The Gipsy Kings will play selections from their new album Aug. 29 at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage.

Photo Courtesy of the Gipsy Kings


The symbolic end of summer is upon us in Greater Palm Springs.

Labor Day Weekend may still mean triple-digit temperatures, but there are all sorts of activities to check out from super sales to music to fabulous foodie experiences.

Here's our suggestions:

Rock out at the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs with revelry including Friday night’s Dive-in movie Tommy starring Roger Daltry, hot DJ’s, and summer specials at the Rock Spa. Spend Sunday at the stellar pool party “Fusion” and be sure to have a good time on your day off grooving at Acoustic Palooza with Andy Grammer and Early Morning Rebel. Must be 21 and over to attend any of these events, and tickets can be purchased at the door.

Also at the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs, “Top Rock”, the 1980s and ‘90s interactive rock concert experience will also stage its theatrical musical tribute shows both Friday and Saturday evenings. There is no age requirement. See a VIDEO highlight.
www.goldstar.com or www.showclix.com

Purple Room and Stage is ringing in its new season with a new executive chef, new menu, new craft cocktails, and exciting new shows with a modern twist on the retro Supper Club. Re-opening in time for the Labor Day festivities, join Executive Chef Jennifer Town, and the Purple Room gang to experience one of the area’s top establishments, boasting a full line-up of performers through the weekend (they are closed Sept. 1). Headliners include vocalist and recording artist Johnny Meza and Company, Kal David and the Real Deal with Miss Lauri Bono, and a special concert by well-known Palm Springs actress and recording artist, Bobbie Eakes (pictured left).

Celebrate Summer Forever at the Saguaro Palm Springs. Stay three nights at the best available rate and receive a $100 hotel credit for use in El Jefe Restaurant and Saguaro Spa.
The Saguaro has partnered with Jarritos to provide a weekend of carefree fun in the sun. 
Friday Night Dive-In Movie: Dirty Dancing at 8:30 p.m.
 Live Fast Mag will host a Saturday pool party and barbeque with giveaways and a special guest DJ.
 On Sunday, Palm Springs Style will host a Flash Tattoo station, games and prizes. There will be a DJ pool party and barbeque by the Garces Team followed by a Dive-in movie Sunday night, Endless Summer, at 8:30 p.m.
 Recover Monday with Immigre, a Los Angeles female DJ Duo. Jarritos will have a lounge on the lawn, drink specials, and giveaways all weekend.

The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa presents a Hawaiian Weekend, featuring an authentic Hawaiian Luau and show to include Polynesian dance, music, and barbeque. The delectable menu includes a wide assortment of tropical delights as well as the resort restaurant favorite Pinzimini’s inspired take on a traditional Hawaiian menu. Phone Pinzimini for reservations to this special event, (760) 770-2150.

Marking their 25th anniversary tour, the Gipsey Kings make a stop Aug. 29 at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage. Hear songs from their newest release in six years, Savor Flamenco. They have performed on Dancing with the Stars, and had their music as backdrop on The Big Lebowski, the HBO series, Entourage, and Toy Story 3.

The Wild Reeds drive in from the Los Angeles area to play at Pappy & Harriet’s Aug. 29 in Pioneertown. And it’s free. The Aug. 30 show featuring Sleep with Helen Money is sold out.

Two integral parts of the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson (pictured at right) and Al Jardine, hook up for a show Aug. 30 at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Combine the show with a hotel package for $379 that includes accommodations for two, two tickets to the show, a $50 restaurant credit and $20 free slot play.

The music that helped define “My Generation” is part of the musical tribute to The Who on Aug. 30 at Spotlight 29 Casino. The Who Show costs only $20 per person. Spotlight 29 will also put out a Labor Day barbeque buffet on Sept. 1 at Café Capitata – runs lunch and dinner.

Rachel and Matthew Tyler sing songs that reflect the ups and downs of the one you love in “For Better…Or For Worse” on Aug. 31 at the Arthur Newman Theatre inside the Joslyn Center in Palm Desert.

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is open Labor Day with the first car heading up the mountain at 8 a.m. and the last at 8 p.m. There are also guided nature walks through Aug. 31. The Tramway will be closed Sept. 8-19 for annual maintenance.

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