Calendar of Events




Ocotillo Water Day!

Saturday, August 17


10:30 am - 3:30 pm, IVDM.  FREE community event.

Join IVDM as we beat back the summer heat with a day of fun and water.  Fun for all ages and families, we'll be featuring water gun fights, a splash pool, food, music, and talks and presentations across the day.





IVDM BeerFest!

Saturday, October 19


5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, IVDM.  $35, Tickets Required

Join us at Imperial Valley Desert Museum for our third-annual BeerFest!  Come experience the desert with a freshly poured, cold draft in hand.  With food trucks, DJ, and lawn games, there's no shortage of things to eat, drink, and play.

We invite you to come out and get a taste of what the Valley is brewing up!

To reserve your tickets, call IVDM at (760) 358-7016 or email us at  You can also purchase them on our Eventbrite page!


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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.