The Greater Palm Springs CVB wanted to draw attention to some of their more unusual venues for special events.

Enchanted Events: One-of-a-Kind Venues in the Desert

Why settle for ordinary when you can have something extra-ordinary? These five venues provide one-of-a-kind backdrops for your next special event:
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Korakia Pensione - A trip to North Africa might not be feasible, but what if Morocco came to you? Originally designed by a Scottish painter to recapture the memories of his time spent in Tangiers, Korakia exudes an exotic allure, from its keyhole doors to the candlelit lanterns and fire pits that cast their glow across the outdoor seating areas.

Moorten Botanical Gardens - When you think of the desert, does the murmur of a stream, the song of birds and the cascading flow of a waterfall come to mind? If so, that’s what you’ll find at this garden hotspot. Dubbed the “Palm Grove Oasis,” this tranquil space is located on the grounds of the Moorten family’s former residence.

Palm Springs Air Museum - Aspire to lofty heights at this high-flying museum that houses one of the world’s largest collections of flyable WWII aircraft. Showcasing dozens of aircraft both indoors and out, the museum offers spaces for private groups (from 50 to several thousand), making it a perfect choice for a USO-themed or 1940s-era event.

Shields Date Garden - “Midnight at the Oasis” comes to life at this desert enclave, which was started in 1924. Almost 90 years later, the dates are still grown without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Surrounded by towering desert palms, there’s an outdoor patio that can accommodate large parties of 200-plus, and inside a smaller dining room can hold 40.

The Living Desert - Transport your guests across the world by hosting an event onsite at this desert-centric zoo, where you’ll find the District Commissioner’s House - designed and furnished in the style of a British officer’s home during Kenya’s colonial period. Other unique options include the Chase Gallery and Reception Garden, the Village WaTuTu and the Discovery Center.

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