5 Modernism Fall Preview Events You Can’t Miss

Every October Palm Springs throws open it’s colorful doors and hosts thousands of modernists flocking to the desert for nearly a week of events. While the Fall Preview is a smaller event than it’s February counterpart there are still dozens of tours, shows, and of course parties to enjoy. If you are heading to the desert for this year’s Fall Preview here are five events not to miss:

1. The Architectural Bike Tour

Every year Hot Purple Energy hosts a morning bike ride/tour through a few of the most notable Palm Springs neighborhoods. The tour takes place on October 20 at 10am and is a FREE ticketed event. If this is your first time experiencing Palm Springs, this ride is a great way to see many of the architecturally significant homes in town while getting in a bit of a workout!

Young blonde woman smiling on teal bicycle
Photo from @thedarlingniki


2. Hidden Paradise Showbiz Legends in the Mesa

This neighborhood tour takes you into the celebrity enclave known as “The Mesa” in South Palm Springs. This one time home to stars like Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner, and Sonny & Cher is now home to Suzanne Somers, Barry Manilow, and fashion designer Trina Turk. Tickets are $35, and the tour lasts about 2.5 hours.

Blonde woman in black, sleeveless jumpsuit with black high heels in mid-century mid-century modern styled living room
Photo from @thedarlingniki
Blonde woman in black, sleeveless jumpsuit laughing and sitting at swimming pool's edge
Photo from @thedarlingniki


3. La Vie en Rose Cocktail Party

A stunning Alexander home in Vista Las Palmas plays host to a swanky sunset soiree complete with cocktails and hors-d’oeuvres. Tickets are required, and this event is 21 and over.

An evening backyard party in Palm Springs. Formerly dressed guests standing around pool
Photo from modernismweek.com


4. Shag’s Fall Preview Print Release Party with Martini Kings

Shag (a local artist) always hosts such a fabulous event, and this one should not be missed! This free event will take place at Shag’s Uptown Gallery with live music and cocktails to enjoy.


5. Laid Back & Leisure with a Modern Twist

The “Pretty in Pink” home in the Indian Canyons neighborhood plays host to this casual cocktail party/fundraiser for local non-profit, Volunteer Palm Springs. Don’t forget to dress in your best colorful, laid back Island attire to keep the theme.

Young blonde woman walking along side swimming pool wearing a pink caftan
Photo from @thedarlingniki

Backyard Palm Spring party with guests standing and lounging around pool
Photo from @thedarlingniki

For tickets and information, please visit the Modernism Week website.


Written by Nicole Bowen of The Darling Niki

Header image by Nicole Bowen of The Darling Niki


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