During the desert season (October through May) Borrego Springs hums with happenings, classes, and community gatherings, including regularly-scheduled and special events. You'll find more in-depth information at www.borregospringschamber.com.
Here are a few of our favorites.
ABDNHA Chili Fest
The first Saturday in December, the Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association (ABDNHA) throws a lively Chili Fest at the Desert Nature Center starring a variety of homemade chilis including vegetarian and varying degrees of spice. The store is open for shopping during the festivities, and they offer a 15% discount on all purchases. We love to linger over delicious chili and then do some Christmas shopping!
ABDNHA Garden Tour
On the last Sunday of March, the Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association (ABDNHA) offers a self-paced tour of six private gardens. It's a wonderful day spent exploring some of the best gardens in Borrego Springs, a chance to see imaginative and lovely environments, gather ideas for our own gardens, and appreciate the desert lifestyle. Tickets available at ABDNAH's Desert Nature Center starting in early March.
Art at the Inn
November 7 - 11, 2012. Every two years, the Inn hosts noted plein air painter Saim Caglayan and a select group of artists to paint in the desert's golden, late autumn light. It's a pleasure to watch them work, and we hang freshly-created pieces each afternoon. On Friday, November 9th, we'll host a special "Guests and Artists" reception, and on Saturday, November 10th, we'll open our doors to the public for a gala sales reception. It's a wonderfully inspiring weekend!
Borrego Days Desert Festival
Every year on the fourth weekend of October, our community kicks off the start of the desert season with a full celebration of activity, music, and fun -- and it's been happening for nearly 50 years! There's the Rotary Breakfast, the Miss Borrego Pageant, an old-fashioned hometown parade (complete with fly-overs, marching bands, equestrians, and clowns), parties, musical performances, food and craft booths, children's games, and more.
Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational
This annual event is sponsored by the Borrego Art Institute every March. We host more than a dozen fine plein air painters for a week, and we eagerly watch them at work. The Art Institute hangs fresh work for us to see every day and concludes the event with a gala sales and awards reception. For more information, see www.borregoartinstitute.org.
Circle of Art
The annual Circle of Art juried exhibition and sale takes place in mid-March. For an entire weekend, Christmas Circle comes alive with the work of nearly 70 fine artists. Find paintings, photography, pottery, jewelry, fiber arts, sculpture, and more, including food and music.
Classes, Lectures, & Tours
For more information about the abundance of classes, lectures, tours, hikes and interpretive activities available, vist these websites:
First Friday Art Walk
In season (October through May), first Fridays are special days, when local galleries welcome visitors from 5 - 8 P.M. for wine and cheese receptions, offering art shoppers a chance to see what's new, visit with artists, and add to their collections. It's an enjoyable evening of art, conversation, and inspiration!
Friday Farmers Market
We look forward to Friday mornings when we welcome area farmers to Christmas Circle for a classic Farmers Market. There we find fresh flowers, produce, meats, fish, and cheese, baked goods, and snacks. Local craft vendors present jewelry and gift items, and it seems the whole town turns out. It's the best of a local bazaar! Sponsored by the Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce.
Fridays, November through May
7:30 A.M. - Noon
Designated as California's first and only Dark-Sky Community, Borrego Springs is the host for the annual early autumn star party sponsored by the Riverside Telescope Makers Conference (RTMC). Occuring on the October weekend that corresponds with the new moon, Nightfall attracts hundreds of professional and amateur astronomers. Based at Palm Canyon Resort, Nightfall features lectures, demonstrations, lots of telescopes, and abundant star-gazing.