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Joshua Tree National Park Art Festival

Oasis of Mara Visitor Center

74485 National Park Drive

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 367-5525

www.joshuatree.org

Since 1992, the annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Festival has been held the first weekend in April on the shaded patio at the park’s Headquarters and Oasis of Mara Visitor Center. Artists’ booths and displays are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, and admission is free. More than 20 representational and abstract artists interpret the landscape, wildlife, history and archaeology of Joshua Tree National Park and the California deserts using sculpture, drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, textiles, gourd art, jewelry and other two- and three-dimensional art forms. The nonprofit Joshua Tree National Park Association is sponsor.

29 Palms Wild West Grand Prix

29 Palms Motorsports Arena

Twentynine Palms, Calif.

(760) 367-6197

www.visit29.org

www.hilltoppersmc.com

More than 1,200 entrants and 5,000 spectators flock to the 29 Palms Wild West Grand Prix, hosted by Hilltoppers Motorcycle Club of Long Beach, Calif., on the first weekend of April. Motorcycle racers in different categories roar over a scenic eight-mile grand prix course at the 29 Palms Motorsports Arena, 29 Palms Highway at Mojave Road.

Street Fair and Car Show

Downtown Twentynine Palms

Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce

Visitor Center & Gallery

73484 29 Palms Highway

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 367-3445

www.29chamber.org

The annual Street Fair and Car Show, sponsored by the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce, has been held since 2000 on the first Saturday in June on the highway between Split Rock Avenue and Adobe Road. A Soap Box Derby on Donnell Hill signals its start, and vendors, crafts, food, a beer booth and community booths line the street. Anyone can enter a classic car or motorcycle and help select winners in a “People’s Choice.”

Movies in the Park

Luckie Park

Off Two Mile Road and Utah Trail

Twentynine Palms, Calif.

(760) 367-7562

www.visit29.org

From mid-June to the end of July, the Park & Recreation Department screens family-friendly free movies on the wall of the racquetball building at the park’s south end, starting at
8:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Load up the lawn chairs, a blanket, a picnic, family and friends.

Fourth of July Celebration

Luckie Park

Off Two Mile Road and Utah Trail

Twentynine Palms, Calif.

(760) 367-3445

www.visit29.org

Celebrate the Glorious Fourth from 4 to 10 p.m. in Luckie Park with food, games, prizes, vendors, community booths, live music and the largest display of fireworks in the Morongo Basin.

Pioneer Days

Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce

Visitor Center & Gallery

73484 29 Palms Highway

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 367-3445

www.29chamber.org

Twentynine Palms has celebrated its pioneers for more than 75 years with its Pioneer Days the third weekend of October, organized by the Chamber of Commerce. Attractions include a parade; a carnival, a beer garden and community booths in Luckie Park; an Honorary Judge & Sheriff contest; a Little Miss and Master contest; the Grand Marshall’s Luncheon; an arm-wrestling tourney; an outhouse race; children’s games; a pet parade;  the Firefighters Pancake Breakfast; a chili dinner; an old-timers’ reunion; the Twentynine Palms High School alumni barbecue; bingo; art exhibits; and lots of live music. Most events are free.

Hwy 62 Art Tours

Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council

61325 29 Palms Highway/P.O. Box 643

Joshua Tree, CA 92252

(760) 366-2226

www.mbcac.org

There’s too much art for just one weekend, so the annual Hwy 62 Art Tours (formerly Open Studio Art Tours) stretch over the last two weekends in October. The Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council has sponsored the art treks since 2002: two weekends of self-guided tours of art studios, galleries and exhibits of more than 100 desert artists, plus music, performance art and special events. Spanning 50 miles, the tour is a little like a treasure hunt. Maps are provided, but bring water and be prepared to drive on desert dirt roads to some of the studios. Art lovers can get programs and maps at area galleries, Chambers of Commerce, the California Welcome Center in Yucca Valley and the MBCAC office and art store in Joshua Tree. Or download them from www.hwy62arttours.com.

The Weed Show

Twentynine Palms Historical Society

Old Schoolhouse Museum

6760 National Park Drive

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 367-2366

The Weed Show is one of Twentynine Palms’ oldest and most unusual artistic traditions. Back in 1940, the Women’s Club invited Pasadena printmaker Mildred Bryant Brooks to lecture, and the members were mortified because they had no fresh flowers to offer her. Brooks is said to cut off their apologies with, “Why do you need fresh flowers when you have so many beautiful weeds?” And thus the event was born. The 2011 divisions included “Belly Flowers: Miniature Arrangements,” and “Porcupine Wash: Compositions Using Something Spiky or Prickly.”

Winter Light Parade

Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce

Visitor Center & Gallery

73484 29 Palms Highway

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 367-3445

www.29chamber.org

The Winter Light Parade sparkles through the streets on the second Saturday of December, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Luckie Park. If you can put lights on it, you can enter it. No judges, no trophies — it’s all for fun.

Theatre 29

John Calveri Memorial Theatre

73637 Sullivan Road

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 361-4151

www.theatre29.org

Theatre 29 formed in January 2000 to bring quality family theater to the City of Twentynine Palms and outlying communities with six major stage productions throughout the year — award-winning musicals, dramas, and comedies —  as well as an annual Haunted House at Halloween. Other special performances, fundraisers and community events take place at the John Calveri Memorial Theatre as well.

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