Calendar of Events




In adherence to current local, state, and Federal directives, IVDM is now CLOSED to the public and has suspended all of its spring events and programming through early May. 

Our staff have transitioned to a work-from-home environment, and we will be using this time to develop NEW programming and content so that we are ready to hit the ground running once it is safe to do so.

We will CONTINUE to provide the same high standard of online content you have come to expect in the interim period.

Please continue to check our website and Facebook page for additional details as the situation develops.





Traditional Crafts Day: Coiled Clay


Join us at Imperial Valley Desert Museum as we celebrate the traditional crafts of the region's First Peoples -- the Kumeyaay -- with coiled clay pottery making.  With guided instruction by IVDM's Education staff, this FREE community event is fun and open to all ages.

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Special Hike! Palm Springs Aerial Tramway


Join the IVDM Lowlanders and Jacumba Hikers as we ascend 8,500 feet above the Salton Trough with the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and explore mountain forests.  


Stargazing: Lyrids Meteor Shower


Join us at Imperial Valley Desert Museum for a night under the stars.  With a waxing crescent moon of only 6%, this night should be an excellent evening to see the stars.  If lucky, we'll be joined by some early-evening meteors from the Lyrids Meteor Shower, which will peak after 10pm and into the early dawn.




Annual Wine Tasting & Silent Auction


Join IVDM and itsBoard of Directors in downtown El Centro as we pop open and sample a host of delicious wines. Enjoy a menu of tasty bites and place your bids on the variety of art, goods, and activities up for auction in 2020 -- all proceeds benefit the IVDM Endowment Fund.
An annual highlight in the Valley's social events calendar, this is not a night to miss!


Indigenous Cultures Day


Come celebrate the richness of culture and history of the region's first peoples as Imperial Valley Desert Museum hosts Indigenous Cultures Day.  Featuring artists and leaders from the region's many indigenous groups, and with music, workshops, and foods, this event is a MUST-see.




A series of programs held throughout the year by our Board Members, Friend-Raisers are IVDM Members-only/invitation only events.  Designed to be intimate gatherings, the programs range from classes in Native American crafts, evening lectures with experts in different fields, or behind the scenes looks at upcoming Museum exhibits.  Friend-Raisers raise funds for the IVDM Endowment Fund. 

The price of these events varies based on program costs.  All proceeds go to the IVDM Endowment Fund, to be matched 3:1 by the National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant.  Due to limited availability, RSVPs are required.  Checks must be mailed to the IVDM before the day of the event.   


Youth Ceramic Art Program

Our signature program- we connect children with traditional arts through clay at fairs and during field trips.  Using the coiled clay, or paddle and anvil, method to make pottery students learn how Native Americans have been making ceramics in the Imperial Valley for the last 1,000 years.

 As the visible storage component of our permanent exhibit comes online students will be able to study the ceramic ollas held in stewardship by the Museum.  Through a grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, we will enhance this program through video and oral histories.  Students will see that this ceramic tradition is alive and well today as it has existed for a thousand years.




 Member of the American Alliance of Museums since 2013

All photographs taken by IVDM staff or used with permission by Joselito Villero and Michael Field. All rights reserved.2014.