Splash House 2019

20 Things to Do in August

With the likes of Louis The Child, Melvv, and Gryffin in its August lineup, Splash House continues to make the desert a music destination.

Amelia Rodriguez Attractions, Current Guide

Splash House 2019
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GO: Cracker Camper Van Beethoven Campout / Through Aug. 3

Cracker recorded its 1993 album Kerosene Hat in Pioneertown; frontman David Lowery fell in love with the area and in 2005 founded the Campout music festival at Pappy & Harriet’s. Now in its 15th and final year, it will feature Jesika Von Rabbit, The Hula Girls, and more. pappyandharriets.com

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Styx is in the 10th year of a reunion tour.

GROOVE: Styx / Aug. 2

“Come Sail Away” with Styx. The legendary rockers are in their 10th year of a reunion tour. See them at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage. hotwatercasino.com

GROOVE: Christopher Carothers / Aug. 3

Christopher Carothers has traveled the country performing in Les Misérables, Grease, and Phantom of the Opera. Now he takes the stage at Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre in Cathedral City as part of the company’s cabaret series. cvrep.org

GO: Timelapse Film Festival / Aug. 3

Filmmakers presenting at this High Desert film festival held at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center tell stories in new ways using only time-lapse technique. View the breathtaking prizewinners. timelapsefilmfestival.com

Read our preview story of the event.

LAUGH: Howie Mandel / Aug. 3

As America’s longtime funnyman, Howie Mandel has remained innovative. Now a popular TV fixture, the performer opens up about his own evolution. fantasysprings.com

Read our Q&A with the America’s Got Talent Judge

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Howie Mandel

GROOVE: Drugdealer / Aug. 4

Michael Collins’ musical collective, Drugdealer, performs songs off its lush “modern pop” album Raw Honey (2019) at Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown. Collins has said he aims to pen tunes from “the perspective of a listener, rather than a ‘musician.’ ” pappyandharriets.com

WATCH: Medium Cool / Aug. 8

Palm Springs Art Museum’s Annenberg Theater themed its free, three-month-long film series “Summer of ’69” in celebration of all things 1960s. See Medium Cool, the story of a detached TV news cameraman turned anti-establishment activist. psmuseum.org

GROOVE: Oh Sees & Earth Girl Helen Brown / Aug. 9

Formerly called OCS, Oh Sees have more than 20 years of genre-bending rock-star experience under their belts. Hear the group’s psychedelic pop-folk sound at Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown. Far-out indie-rock group Earth Girl Helen Brown (which works to promote inclusiveness) opens. pappyandharriets.com

GO: Splash House / Aug. 9–11

House, dance, and electronica artists spin tracks poolside at this three-day festival that spreads out over four epic venues: the Saguaro Palm Springs, the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, and the Riviera Palm Springs, with an after-party at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Bring sunscreen, order a frozen cocktail, and arrive ready to party. splashhouse.com

View our photo gallery from the first Splash House in June.

View our video from the first Splash House in June on Instagram.

Watch our video interview with Splash House co-founder Tyler McLean.

GROOVE: Mary J. Blige / Aug. 10

Make it a “Family Affair” with “No More Drama” at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio when the legend herself, multiplatinum artist Mary J. Blige, takes the stage to remind audiences that “Love [and a little hip-hop] Is All We Need.” fantasyspringsresort.com

LAUGH:Sebastian Maniscalco / Aug. 16

This Chicago-born funnyman has four hour-long specials on Showtime and Netflix under his belt. Now he’s on tour and splitting sides across the United States with a stop at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage. hotwatercasino.com

GO: Idyllwild Strong Benefit Festival / Aug. 16–18

More than 100 bands perform in Idyllwild to raise money for disaster relief following wildfires that affected tourism in the artsy mountain town. The festival features six stages and satisfying eats from local restaurants. idyllwildstrong.com

GROOVE: Lance Burton / Aug. 17

In 2010, magician Lance Burton announced that he was retiring after 31 years in the business. Fortunately for illusion fans, his departure didn’t stick. See the celebrated spellbinder at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio. fantasyspringsresort.com

GROOVE: Midnight Ride / Aug. 17

The four-piece cover band Midnight Ride appears at The Rock Yard at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, singing everything from Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” to Katy Perry’s “California Gurls.” fantasyspringsresort.com

GO: CannaGrow Expo / Aug. 17–18

Cannabis growers, extractors, and experts gather at the Palm Springs Convention Center for a weekend of innovation, panel discussions, and information sharing. cannagrowexpo.com

GROOVE: Boz Scaggs / Aug. 23

Singer and guitarist Boz Scaggs plucked strings on two albums with childhood friend Steve Miller before reaching success as a solo artist. Break it down with him at Fantasy Springs in Indio. fantasyspringsresort.com

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Boz Scaggs

GROOVE: Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus Summer Concert / Aug. 25

Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre hosts this local chorus, which works to uplift the desert’s vibrant LGBTQ community through scholarship programs and other avenues of community outreach. Founded in 1999 with 24 men, the group has since grown to around 60 members. psgmc.com

WATCH: The Goonies / Aug. 30

Summer nights mean dive-in movies at the Arrive hotel in Palm Springs. This month, the projector showcases 1985’s cult favorite, The Goonies. Fun fact: The scene in which the Goonies crew reunites with their parents featured many of the actors’ real-life moms and dads. arrivehotels.com

GROOVE: Community Drum Circle / Aug. 30

Crystal Fantasy in Palm Springs hosts this musical experience on the last Fridays of every month and invites attendees to “come feel the vibe, be the vibe.” Bring a drum, a flute, or a friend for a night of community bonding through free-spirited beats. Then stick around to browse the crystal shop. crystalfantasy.com

GROOVE: UB40 / Aug. 31

This British reggae band is best known for its rhythmic cover of Neil Diamond’s “Red, Red Wine,” which the members mistakenly attributed to a Jamaican artist named Negus Diamond (they’ve since set the record straight). See them live at Spotlight 29 Casino in Coachella. spotlight29.com

Looking for more? Find additional events on our Things to Do page.