Calendar of Events



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 

Come get a taste of what the Valley is brewing up with the IVDM at our 2nd-annual Beer Tasting! 

With 13 breweries and 24 beers, it's going to be an incredible day. Come enjoy the weather with music, and games at Brock Asparagus Farm THIS Saturday, October 13 starting at 4 pm VIP (5 pm General Admission). 

Get your tickets in advance by calling or emailing the museum, or by visiting our page on Eventbrite. 

A big thank you to our sponsors: Humble Farmer Brewery, Pentagonal Brewery, Deschutes Brewery, Alford Distributing, Claypool Distributing, Brock Asparagus, Reddy Ice, Imperial Valley Transit, Antonio Rivera Realty, and Southwest Security!

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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!




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.  Thank you to our local supporters: Red Feather Off-Road Market & Cafe, the Great Escape, and Ocotillo Chevron!

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Evening With An Expert - Dr. Eric Boime 

"History of Water in Imperial Valley"

Friday November 16


6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Ocotillo, CA. $35, Members Only, RSVP Required 

Join Dr. Eric Boime, PhD, as he explores the history of water in the Imperial Valley, and the effect that this history had on the people living there. 

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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.