By Françoise Rhodes, Host of Traveling With Françoise Radio and Television

The time is near for our Southern California deserts to turn into thriving communities of non-stop festivals, parties, and outdoor adventures. As CV Weekly has you covered with our calendar of events, Borrego Springs has you covered with the seasons best kickoff event in the desert at the 53rd Annual Borrego Days Desert Festival.

Only 90 minutes from the Coachella Valley, Borrego Days welcomes back the snowbirds and tourists with three days of parties, parades, live entertainment and more….with most of the excitement happening at their famed Christmas Circle.

Surrounded by the 600,000 acre Anza Borrego State Park, Borrego Springs is honored to be one of a handful of designated ‘Dark Sky Communities’ in the world, meaning every night is a star studded spectacle.  There are no big box stores, no fast food restaurants and no stop lights.  What you will find is clear skies, miles of hiking trails, biking trails, golf courses, spas, art galleries, restaurants, unique lodging and a charm most who visit have never experienced.


Welcoming a new title sponsor the Under The Sun Foundation, Borrego Days Desert Festival takes place on October 19 -21, with a first night of several hosted parties throughout the community.  Saturday morning kicks things off by showcasing this year’s event theme ‘Eyes to the Skies’ with a mesmerizing 30-minute air parade featuring over 30 vintage and military aircraft.

As if this extremely rare show wasn’t enough, the parade comes back to earth as over 75 outrageous entries will make their way down the main street to and around the beloved Christmas Circle. From a multi-aircraft parade to elaborate floats, Southern California High School marching bands, classic cars and trick-riding cowboys—Borrego Days Desert Festival is truly the only place you can see it all!

Following the parades, the excitement continues at Christmas Circle with live music, kid’s carnival, pirate camp, vintage car show, margarita and beer garden, and rows of unique booths offering a variety handmade goods, beautiful artwork, crafts and delicious food.

The FREE festival runs Saturday, October 20th through Sunday, October 21st, 10 AM-5 PM,  showcasing all of the wonderful qualities that make Borrego Springs so unique. Visitors will find plenty of free parking within easy walking distance to Christmas Circle and the parade route.  Make it a weekend to remember with family and friends at the 53rd Annual Borrego Days Desert Festival.

For more information please call (760) 767-5555 or visit  The Borrego Days Desert Festival is a project of the Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce& Visitors’ Bureau (, serving the needs of the community of Borrego Springs since 1950, and with the support of its 501(c)(3) public benefit fiscal sponsor the Borrego Festivals Foundation (BFF.NGO).

Event:  53rd Annual Borrego Days Desert Festival “Eyes to the Skies”

Title Sponsor: Under The Sun Foundation |

Date: October 20 – 21, 2018

Time: Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM | Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM

Location: Christmas Circle Community Park | Borrego Springs| 600 Christmas Circle Dr., Borrego Springs, CA 92004

Admission: Free

Parking: abundance of free parking surrounding Christmas Circle and within walking distance of the Festival.

Festival web site:  /   Hashtag #borregodays