Calendar of Events

_______________________________________________________________________________

August

 

Ocotillo Water Day!

Saturday, August 17

#OcotilloWaterDay

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 at our second-annual Ocotillo Water Day!  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.

  2019 flyer1.jpg

_______________________________________________________________________________

September

 

Through the Lens: Visiting Artist Series

Gallery Reception

Saturday, September 14

#ThroughTheLens

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, IVDM.

Join us at Imperial Valley Desert Museum for our second-annual visiting artist series: Through the Lens.  Come meet photographer Luciano Demasi as he leads visitors on a tour of his new exhibit -- "The Desert in Modified Infrared" -- and join us for a FREE wine & cheese reception.

We invite you to come out and see the desert through the photography lens and in a new (infrared) light!

_______________________________________________________________________________

October

 

IVDM BeerFest!

Saturday, October 19

#IVDMBeerFest

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 ivdmuseum@gmail.com.  You can also purchase them on our Eventbrite page!

 

 Beer Fest Flyer.jpg

 

Impossible Railroad: Centennial Celebration

Saturday, October 26

#ImpossibleRR

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

Join us at Imperial Valley Desert Museum as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the SD&A Impossible Railroad.  Come check out our latest exhibit, play and enjoy a host of games and activities, listen to live bands, and eat your fill in this all-day community event!

 

Octobercraft!

Sunday, October 27

#Octobercraft

10:00 pm - 4:00 pm, IVDM.  FREE community event.

Join us at Imperial Valley Desert Museum as we usher in the Halloween season with a day of games and craft activities.  With indoor trick or treating, costumes are absolutely encouraged!

_______________________________________________________________________________

November

 

Ocotillo Rocks!

Saturday, November 9

#OcotilloRocks

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

Join IVDM as we ROCK out at this year's second-annual Ocotillo Rocks!  Fun for all ages and families, we'll be featuring guided geology hikes, geode cutting, panning for gold, food, music, and talks and presentations across the day.

 

Stargazing! Leonids Meteor Shower

Sunday, November 17

#IVDMStargazing 

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, IVDM.  FREE community event.

Join us at Imperial Valley Desert Museum for our next stargazing event.  Hosted by Mike Rood, come enjoy the night sky as you've rarely seen it before: under the lights of a waning gibbous moon and the Leonids Meteor Shower.  With a peak of 10-15 meteors each hour, come out and watch the results as Earth crosses the debris field of Comet Tempel-Tuttle.

_______________________________________________________________________________

December

 

Stargazing! Winter Solstice & Ursid Meteor Shower

Saturday, December 21

#IVDMStargazing 

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, IVDM.  FREE community event.

Join us at Imperial Valley Desert Museum for our next stargazing event.  Come celebrate the Winter Solstice under the lights of the Ursid Meteor Shower.  Expect a good show with a peak of 5-10 meteors each hour!

_______________________________________________________________________________

Programs

Friend-Raisers

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.   

neh__logo_hor_grayscale_small.jpg

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.

acta_2014_logo2.png

 

   

 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.