Calendar of Events



Traditional Craft Day: Coiled Clay

Saturday, August 4

10:30am-3:30pm, Ocotillo, CA. FREE

Join Education Coordinator Marcie Landeros for a day of pottery.  Learn to make bowls, pots, or vases with the traditional coiled clay technique! Come for half an hour or stay all day- as long as you want! Get creative with clay!

Family fun for all ages.

If you would like to take your pot home, we ask you to consider making a $5 donation in support of our education program.


Planetary Stargazing!

Friday, August 17


 7:00pm-9:00pm, Ocotillo, CA. FREE

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Join us for a night out under the stars!  With an introductory talk by host Mike Rood, come see the planets as you never have before!  With Mars the closest it has been to earth since 2003, this is surely a night to remember.


Traditional Craft Day: Pendant Weaving

Saturday, August 18

 10:30am-3:30pm, Ocotillo, CA. FREE

 Join Education Coordinator Marcie Landeros and learn how to make a pine needle pendant. At the end of the day you'll have a beautiful necklace worth showing off, and you'll learn how traditional Kumeyaay baskets are woven  Come for half an hour or stay all day- as long as you want!

Family fun for all ages.

If you would like to take your pendant home, we ask you to consider making a $5 donation in support of our education program.



Desert Photography with Robert Marcos

Saturday, September 22

Ocotillo, CA 

Check back for more information coming soon! 




IVDM Beerfest: A Taste of the Valley

Saturday, October 13

#IVDMBeerfest  #ATasteoftheValley

4:00pm-9:00pm -- VIP Early Access & Exclusive Beer Tasting

5:00pm-9:00pm -- General Admission

Brock Asparagus, 1399 Forrester Rd, El Centro, CA

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Sunday, October 28


11am-4pm, Ocotillo, CA. FREE

Join the IVDM for its 4th annual OctoberCraft! Come out in your favorite costume, trick-or-treat for candy and participate in a range of arts and crafts activities for kids of all ages!

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Ocotillo Rocks!

Saturday, November 3


10:30am-4pm, Ocotillo, CA. FREE

Come join the IVDM and Imperial County Gem & Mineral Society for a day that rocks! Learn about the amazing geology of our desert, pan for gold, participate in a short roaming geology tour of the museum. Arts and crafts activity available for kids.

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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.