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November 27, 2019

Community Update

By Chris Parman, Communications & Events Manager

6th Annual Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival Had Its Largest Crowd Ever

With near perfect weather this past weekend, the City of Cathedral City, Fantasy Balloon Flights, and the title sponsor, Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, celebrated the 6th Annual Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival and Food Truck Fiesta. An estimated 12,000 to 15,000 people attended over the three days making it the largest crowd thus far for this growing event. Most of the attendees arrived from outside of Cathedral City and the Coachella Valley as this event has generated a tremendous interest from the California coast and beyond. It was also the first time in the balloon festival history that the balloons were able to takeoff and fly over Cathedral City thanks to D R Horton, America’s Largest Homebuilder, providing space at their new home development in the Verano neighborhood in north Cathedral City.

Beyond the spectacular morning flights, thousands came to downtown Cathedral City on Saturday to enjoy the new Healthy Life Fest, tethered hot air balloon rides, the 10,000 Banana Balloon Candy Drop, a great line-up of musical acts on the Main Stage, Kid Zone, outdoor market, and the very popular Food Truck Fiesta located inside the new Cathedral City Community Amphitheater. Although the new park is still under construction, everyone was in “ahh” over the park’s beauty and amazing mountain views.

On Saturday night, our biggest crowd ever enjoyed the 45-minute Balloon Glow to Music with people observing from the third floor of the downtown parking structure, the surrounding roads, and underneath the balloons lined-up from the City parking lot west of Trilussa’s Restaurant to the Festival Lawn to the Cathedral City Community Amphitheater. Best of all, surrounding restaurants and lounges reported some of their best sales over the three days.

On Sunday morning, the annual Pancake Breakfast and Special Shapes Sunday at Big League Dreams was a huge hit for seeing all the balloons inflated on three ball fields with the ability to take the perfect selfie. Although the wind was in the wrong direction for takeoff on Sunday, the festival offered tethered balloon rides and the perfect photos with the kids as everyone was enjoying the beauty of the balloons rising nearly seven stories high.

Take a look at this hyperlink for some of our pictures: https://www.discovercathedralcity.com/habf-gallery/

If you took a great photo at the festival, please send it to cparman@cathedralcity.gov. We will pick the top ten photos and provide the winners with two tickets to the VIP Viewing Lounge for the Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival scheduled for November 20-22, 2020.

NEWS

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3rd Annual Snow Fest Happens on December 14th in Downtown Cathedral City

3rd Annual Snow Fest Happens on December 14th in Downtown Cathedral City

Bring the entire family to the “North Pole Village at Snow Fest,” presented by Quick Quack Car Wash, in Downtown Cathedral City on Saturday, December 14, 2018 from 11 am to 7 pm to celebrate the “most wonderful time of the year!”  The annual event includes an expanded lit Main Street at Santa’s North Pole. Snow-Fest captures all the holiday …Read more.

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Cathedral City High School Choir Raising Money for Broadway Series in NYC

Cathedral City High School Choir Raising Money for Broadway Series in NYC

Beyond a doubt, Cathedral City High School, under the leadership of May LeRoy, has the best high school choir in the state.  This award-winning choir has performed throughout the world including Japan, Australia, and Italy. Now, the CCHS Choir has been invited to sing in the critically acclaimed Broadway Series, produced by Manhattan Concert Productions, in New York City on …Read more.

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“Movies in the Park” Presented by Honda in the Desert Starts This Saturday, November 30th

“Movies in the Park” Presented by Honda in the Desert Starts This Saturday, November 30th

Thanks to our title sponsor, Honda of the Desert, “Movies in the Park” will begin on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 7 pm (weather permitting).  This family-friendly event will occur once a month from November to May.  So, gather the family, blankets and/or chairs for “Movies in the Park” located at Panorama Park, 28905 Avenida Maravilla, in Cathedral City. November …Read more.

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“Art Walk” along Perez Road Returns on the First Friday of Each Month

“Art Walk” along Perez Road Returns on the First Friday of Each Month

Go Where ART Lives! Cathedral City is the place for wonderful art and design galleries. Every First Friday of the month, the galleries in Perez Plaza Suites H & I will host the First Friday Art Walk along Perez Road from 5 pm to 8 pm between Date Palm Drive and Cathedral Canyon Drive. You can meander in and out …Read more.

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EVENTS

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Movies in the Park - November 30

Movies in the Park - November 30

Gather the family, blankets and/or chairs for “Movies in the Park” located at Panorama Park, 28905 Avenida Maravilla, in Cathedral City.  The free event, hosted by the City of Cathedral City , happens once a month on a Saturday evening between November and May, at dusk.

You are welcome to bring snacks or non-alcoholic drinks.  Great Family FUN! Read more.

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Cookies, Cocktails and Crazy Sweaters

Cookies, Cocktails and Crazy Sweaters

Indulge on some free holiday cookies, enjoy a purchased beverage or two, and watch your fellow neighbors and friends compete in the “ugliest sweater contest.”  This contest takes place in six bars in Cathedral City, over six weeks, with one cherished Golden Pass valued at $600 in prizes.  All presented by the Cathedral City Gay Business Association.  Anyone 21 years …

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Two for Tuesday

Cathedral City residents can ice skate for half-price on the first Tuesday of every month (excluding holidays) at Desert Ice Castle. Just bring proof of being a Cathedral City resident, such as an Driver’s license, copy of a utility bill, or any other form of residential proof.  Ages 3 years and up. The Time for Public Skate Available for "Two … Read more.

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NEW CATHEDRAL CITY RESIDENTS & BUSINESSES MIXER

NEW CATHEDRAL CITY RESIDENTS & BUSINESSES MIXER

Did you recently move or start a new business in Cathedral City?  Then come the New Residents and Businesses Mixer hosted by the City of Cathedral City and the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce.  You will get to know more about your city and the people who are here to serve you.  Plus, you will get to meet other …

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First Friday Art Walk - Perez Plaza H and I

First Friday Art Walk - Perez Plaza H and I

Go Where ART Lives! Cathedral City is the place for wonderful art and design galleries. Every First Friday of the month, the galleries in Perez Plaza Suites H & I will host the First Friday Art Walk along Perez Road from 5 pm to 8 pm between Date Palm Drive and Cathedral Canyon Drive. You can meander in and out …

Read more.

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Holiday Christmas Show by Bette King Productions

Holiday Christmas Show by Bette King Productions

In cooperation with the City of Cathedral City and the Mary Pickford Theatre, we are pleased to announce that Bette King Productions and her Productions Extraordinaire will offer a season of variety musical show starting on December 11th and will run through May of 2020. The performances will occur in the large, comfortable Theatre 10. These are the type of … Read more.

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North Pole Village at Snow Fest

North Pole Village at Snow Fest

This annual event captures all the holiday spirit and places it at one location with a lit Main Street at Santa’s North Pole, holiday music and carolers, Santa Claus, holiday tree lighting ceremony, a 20,000 Candy Cane Drop for Kids, Snow Bubble Play for Kids, children’s bike giveaways, free movie at the Mary Pickford Theatre, free ice skating passes to …Read more.

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Snow Fest Concert with Singer Emily West

Snow Fest Concert with Singer Emily West

America’s Got Talent Singer Emily West will perform a full concert during this year’s Snow Fest at the new CVRep Playhouse in Downtown Cathedral City on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 7:30 pm. Emily West won crowds over as a finalist on America’s Got Talent with her re-imagined versions of songs like the Moody Blues’ “Nights in White Satin” and …Read more.

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For Questions or Comments, Contact Chris Parman, Communications and Events Manager
cparman@cathedralcity.gov