Palm Springs: 8 Must See Modernism Week Events

PALM SPRINGS, CA – Each year tens of thousands of design and architecture enthusiasts flock to Palm Springs to soak up the sun and celebrate everything midcentury. Photo: Nathan Cox Studios

Now in its 14th year, Modernism Week (February 14-24) is an 11-day Festival where Modernists from all over the world come to the Coachella Valley to revel in swanky cocktail parties, double decker bus tours, classic car shows, lectures, films and even a vintage trailer exhibit. At the center of it all is the huge Mid Mod Furniture Sale and Show at the Convention Center. But the true heart of Modernism Week – the big draw – are the home and neighborhood tours.

8 Modernism Week Events you don’t want to miss:

Take a look at this list of the Top Recommended Must See Events for Modernism Week 2019.

West Elm House 2019 - Vacation Home Rental Managed by Acme House Company

1. HOME TOUR: The West Elm House 2019 

It’s the Big Reveal! Tour the West Elm House 2019. In celebration of Modernism Week, Acme House Company Vacation Rentals has once again partnered with West Elm, Melos Pools, Ledge Loungers, Pentair, Tile Design by Fina and local makers, artisans and craftspeople to create their third annual Living Showroom – a luxury vacation rental paradise where it’s all about relaxing in the sunshine.

This year the collaboration focuses on an estate property (circa 1957) in the El Mirador neighborhood. The renovation respects the architectural integrity of the property, preserving many of the original period details while incorporating a fresh and current look with remodeled kitchen and baths, and a complete facelift for the gardens and pool yard.

TOUR THIS HOME! Admission for the daytime Home Tours is free – but you must reserve tickets online at

2/16-2/24 – 10 Times per dayClick Here For Tickets

Aqualillies Show at Modernism Week presented by Acme House Company

2. AQUALILLIES: Synchronized Swimming Show & Water Ballet

Celebrate Modernism poolside at The West Elm House 2018 – which was launched last year during Modernism Week as the precursor to this year’s West Elm House 2019. Acme House Company presents the world-famous Aqualillies performing their signature water ballet.  

Must See Live Show: Admission to this performance includes a tour of the interiors of this luxury vacation home rental as well as access to the mural courtyards custom painted by Shawn Savage and Robert Landry (resident artists at t The Shops at 1345). If you missed touring this home last year – don’t miss this opportunity to go beyond the gates of this fabulous vacation rental property. Photo: Rachel Red Photography

Friday, 2/15 –  Tuesday, 2/19, 3 Shows Per Day Click Here For Tickets

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3. SHAG: Modernism Print Release Party with Martini Kings Live!

Please join artist Josh Agle AKA Shag, as he unveils a new hand-pulled serigraph print (designed specifically for MW) at the SHAG store in the Palm Springs Uptown Design District. This Print Release Party will feature live music by Martini Kings and complimentary cocktails served inside the store. This is one of our favorite parties of the year – always packed with Modernists from all over the world – and lots of locals too!

Saturday, 2/16, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM Free Click Here For Details

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Acme House Company is proud to support Volunteer Palm Springs by lending them our West Elm House 2019 as the location for their third annual Living Mod Cocktail Party Fund Raising Event. This is the ultimate Mid Mod Cocktail Party you won’t want to miss. Swanky live music from the Rat Pack Era, retro bites inspired by the 1950s and 60s and an open bar
featuring signature cocktails and curated wines. Dress to impress in your Mid Mod Best as you party poolside with architects, artists, fashionistas and modernists from all over the world.  

Tickets to this event include a full tour of the interiors and exteriors of the host location: The West Elm House 2019.

Sunday, 2/17 5:00 – 7:00 PM Click Here For Tickets

5. NEIGHBORHOOD HOME TOUR:  Racquet Club Estates

The Racquet Club Estates Annual Home Tour will showcase six unique Alexander homes built in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Among the homes featured is Happy Hour – one of the premier homes from the Acme House Company portfolio of vacation rentals.

Saturday, 2/16 Click Here For Tickets

6. THE BEST OF MCM STYLE: Green Gables Poolside Fashion Show

Join our friends from H3K at their Green Gables for an evening of fashion, cocktails and appetizers! Celebrating the unique influences of midcentury fashion from “new look” to Mod, featuring a fashion show retrospective produced and commentated by Palm Springs’ own fashion guru William Miller. Highlighting the trends, looks and style of fashion from 1950 to 1965.

Thursday, 2/21 Click Here For Tickets

7. NEIGHBORHOOD HOME TOUR:  Little Beverly Hills

Step back in time as you discover one of Palm Springs best kept secrets. Little Beverly Hills is a quiet neighborhood of Alexander and Meiselman Homes originally built in the late 1950s. This tour takes you inside six of these fabulous post and beam homes – including the original West Elm House created by Acme House Company Vacation Rentals – launched during Modernism Week 2017. Yes you can rent this home as a vacation rental through Acme House Company.

Wednesday, 2/20 Click Here For Tickets

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8. WALKING TOUR:  Heart of the City

Walk through the heart of downtown in a new light as you learn about the forward thinking women who built this town and the midcentury architects whose modernist vision launched this alluring oasis. See historic buildings from our past meld with the emerging future. Visit the two oldest structures in Palm Springs, the McCallum Adobe (1884) and the Cornelia White House (1893). Stroll through La Plaza, the first multi-use shopping center in the nation when it debuted in 1936. See the Oasis Hotel tower designed in 1924 by Lloyd Wright, son of Frank Lloyd Wright, the precursor to the midcentury movement to follow.

 2/14 – 2/24 Various Times Click Here For Tickets



About The Writer: Modern Mary

Modern Mary is a traveling gadabout who adores everything Palm Springs – from the architecture and design to the art, fashion and lifestyle.  A social butterfly in the most modern sense – Mary enjoys swanky cocktail parties, gallery openings, music festivals, shopping and anything pink or yellow. She is a frequent contributor to the Acme Blog –  keeping our readers up to speed on who is staying at our fab fab vacation rental homes and what’s going on in Greater Palm Springs and the surrounding desert cities of the Coachella Valley.  Modern Mary loves big floppy hats, Jackie O sunglasses and prefers sensible shoes over back-breaking high heels.

Things To Do in Palm Springs

Palm Springs is just about two hours away from San Diego and Los Angeles. Daily flights are available to the Palm Springs International Airport from major U.S. cities.  You’ll find the sun shining some 350 days per year, world-class golf courses, amazing hiking trails, fabulous restaurants and an entire city that is dedicated to celebrating midcentury modern design and architecture.

ABOUT ACME HOUSE COMPANY:  Acme manages Luxury Vacation Rental Homes & Condos in Greater Palm Springs and the surrounding desert cities, catering to those looking to travel to the world-renowned destination for the season, week-long stays and extended weekends. Fabulous pool homes for when you and your peeps want some together time. Visit Acme’s Website to explore more Palm Springs Vacation Rental Homes.

Read the Condé Nast Traveler article that included Acme House Company on their list of Top 10 Vacation Rental Managers to Trust Worldwide.  Palm Springs Life Magazine’s Reader Survey named Acme House Company the Best of the Best in Vacation Home Rentals. We manage our Palm Springs Vacation Home Rentals like 5-Star Resorts. Just like home —- but way better.

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