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Annual Events & Festivals

Palmdale offers more than just beautiful views of the California desert (although that’s a major draw). Our city boasts a rich tapestry of year-round traditions and celebrations for everyone. If you're planning a visit to the Antelope Valley, Palmdale’s concerts, festivities, and events capture our city’s essence. Plan your stay and experience the colorful offerings our city holds dear.

Cheers to the High Desert Beer & Wine Festival

Palmdale's High Desert Beer and Wine Festival in May offers an exquisite blend of craft brews and fine wines. Set against the backdrop of the stunning high desert landscape at the Palmdale Amphitheater, this 21-and-over event showcases some of the top breweries and wineries in the region, plus live music and delicious food.

Throughout the year, our city's open-air amphitheater hosts various events – from orchestras to internationally celebrated rock bands. Summertime visitors can expect plenty of engaging programming, including the celebrated Summer Concert Series. And if you're looking to unwind, the theater's family-friendly movie nights make for the perfect Palmdale outing.

Get Artsy at the Kaleidoscope Art & Music Festival

When it comes to celebrating our creativity, the Kaleidoscope Art & Music Festival is Palmdale's pride and joy. Each fall, over 100 artists from Palmdale and beyond gather at Marie Kerr Park to show off colorful masterpieces that range from avant-garde sculptures to vibrant paintings and installations.

If you're a music lover, you'll have plenty of opportunities to indulge in the festival's eclectic programming. From indie rock bands to reggae and soulful jazz groups, there's something at Kaleidoscope for everyone. And what's a celebration without indulging in grub and grog? Local vendors bring treats, gourmet delicacies, and everything in between.

Catch Live Performances at the Palmdale Playhouse

Immerse yourself in Palmdale's cultural scene and catch one of the many mesmerizing performances at the Palmdale Playhouse. From musicals and ballets to Broadway-style plays, Palmdale’s modern venue in the heart of downtown Palmdale is a testament to our city's artistic flair. 

Palmdale Holiday Events

Fourth of July in the Antelope Valley

What better place to don your red, white, and blue and celebrate America's independence than in the Antelope Valley? Just a few miles north of Palmade, the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds host the Fourth of July Extravaganza. Enjoy pie eating contests, live music, arts and crafts, and one of the region's most impressive choreographed fireworks shows. 

Spooky Halloween Celebrations

Come October, Palmdale transforms into a land of spooky delights. Think haunted houses, Halloween parades, and trick-or-treating events that make the hearts of all ages skip a beat. The Palmdale Sheriff’s Boosters Trunk or Treat & Car Show draws countless people to Poncitlán Square for a day of hot rods, candy, and costumes.

Winter Wonderland in the Desert

Are you looking for Christmas events in Palmdale, CA? As December approaches, the city turns into a winter wonderland with plenty of festive cheer. The Holiday Lights Across Palmdale series turns various public parks into mesmerizing light displays that captivate everyone in the family. 

But the joy doesn't end there! Jolly Holiday on the Square, at Poncitlan Square, is our city's mainstay Christmas celebration. Enjoy carolers filling the air with classic Christmas songs, photo ops with Santa, and carnival games to spread the winter cheer.