Thrilling events throughout the year in Indian Wells
Every March, hundreds of thousands of tennis fans make a beeline to Indian Wells, home to the BNP Paribas Tennis Tournament. Since permanently moving to the breathtaking intimate city in 2009, the world-renowned tournament has brought Indian Wells attention on an international level. But visitors are excited to find a handful of other thrilling events throughout the year in Indian Wells, notable happenings that they return for year after year. From celebrating great food to exploring incredible art, Indian Wells is taking the desert by festival storm with these signature, iconic events.
BNP Paribas Tennis Tournament
BNP Paribas is the most visited tennis tournament in the world, attended by almost half a million tennis fans, and there couldn’t be a better place than Indian Wells for the two-week event. Indian Wells Tennis Garden is a world-class facility with large stadium seats, excellent courts, VIP areas and tons of activities and impressive dining options like Spago and Nobu. The world’s most famous tennis event naturally features the sport’s top players competing in single and double draws, so it’s quite a fantasy event for tennis aficionados.
Book a tennis package and see the greatest players of all time—like Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova and Flavia Pennetta—competing for more than $10 million in prize money.
Indian Wells Art Festival
Art festivals in America have seen a rise in numbers—thanks to the popularity of internationally known events like Whitney Biennial and Art Basel—and Indian Wells Art Festival has come a long way as a serious, contending event in the art world. Inaugurated in 2002, the annual festival at Indian Wells Tennis Garden features more than 200 nationally recognized and international artists, showcasing their impressive works (from contemporary to fine art).
Additionally, the festival is home to an exciting outdoor marketplace, live entertainment and plenty of hands-on demonstrations and interactive activities, from textile weaving to painting. Kids are also in for a treat with plenty of art experiences to keep them busy—and inspired!
Desert Town Hall
Obsessed with Ted Talks? You’ll fall in love with Desert Town Hall. Since 1993, this celebrated lecture series has brought some of the most impressive speakers in the country thanks to non-profit Desert Forum, who produces the events. Visitors are fascinated with the handful of notable speakers who arrive in Indian Wells to discuss varying topics, from politics to economics.
Spectrum Indian Wells Art Show
While hundreds of thousands of visitors make their way to Indian Wells in March for BNP Paribas Open, they kill two birds with one stone at Spectrum Indian Wells Art Show. The celebrated art festival takes place the last four days of the tournament, and it’s a can’t-miss, highbrow affair for affluent travelers who are passionate about the art world.
The contemporary art show features a slew of international artists and galleries in a state-of-the-art exhibition space, like-minded art collectors and enthusiasts and even special programming like artist meet and greets.
Coachella Valley Italian Festival
Starting in 2016, Indian Wells’ desert culture will take a backseat to all things “la dolce vita” for a weekend, and it’s one heck of a grande festa. Celebrating the wonderful world of Italy, The Coachella Valley Italian Festival comes to Indian Wells, helping spread the Italian love through the desert with a lively event at Indian Wells Resort Hotel, where families, couples and kids have a blast experiencing Italian heritage and culture. In partnership with Desert Arc, an organization that helps enhance the quality of life and create opportunities for people with disabilities, the Italian Festival features live music, raffles, contests, vendors and, as you would expect, heaps of delicious Italian food. Bon appetit!