Tennis, Theatricals and Tastings

Get ready to enjoy events live and in person again as the 2021 BNP Paribas Open, Rancho Mirage Wine and Food Festival, and Desert Theatricals return to Rancho Mirage. You’ll want to mark your calendars and grab tickets to save your spot out on the town.

 

Tennis anyone?

After a one-and-a-half-year pandemic delay, the 2021 BNP Paribas Open celebrates the return of professional tennis to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden from October 4 – 17. This first ever fall-edition of the tournament welcomes the world’s top ATP and WTA Tour players to Tennis Paradise.

After this difficult postponement of professional play, tournament officials have worked diligently to facilitate the successful return of this event and plans to once again transform the Rancho Mirage into the epicenter of the tennis universe.

Be sure to book your stay and get your tickets. You won’t want to miss a minute of the action during this combined mandatory ATP Masters 1000 and WTA 1000 event, which now includes an expanded men’s schedule. More players are set to enter the singles draw than initially anticipated because the women’s event was already slated for 96-player singles draw and 32-team doubles draw; now the men’s event will have the same size fields.

 

Raise a glass

Oenophiles rejoice! Rancho Mirage Wine and Food Festival (RMWFF) is set to return February 25-26, 2022. Get ready to taste food by some of the very best chefs as they team with award-winning wineries from Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, Lodi, Washington State, The Santa Lucia Highlands, and Temecula.

The event will feature the Special Sunset Rare and Reserve Tasting where California’s best vintners dust off bottles as attendees get the opportunity to try rare and reserve wines, some that are impossible to buy and are no longer in distribution.

Expect hundreds of premium California wines as well as live musical entertainment during The Grand Tasting Finale at the beautiful Rancho Mirage Community Park.

Join passionate winery owners, winemakers, and winery representatives who will be on hand to offer information and practical knowledge about their delicious offerings. Book your stay now because tickets go on sale very soon.

 

Curtain time

The Rancho Mirage Amphitheater hosts the Desert Theatrical’s 2021/2022 Season. Audiences enjoy live performances with singing, dancing and classic storytelling during this year’s lineup:

The Little Mermaid, Jr.: November 20-21, 2021

The classic Disney movie is live on stage as mermaid Princess Ariel, who is dissatisfied with underwater life in the kingdom of Atlantica, longs to someday join people on dry land although her father, King Triton, forbids contact with humans.  

You won’t want to miss this performance as BroadwayWorld.com awarded this youth theatre company the Best Afterschool Children’s Theatre Program. Presented in association with the Rancho Mirage Library & Observatory Foundation and underwritten by the generous support of the Brooke Foundation, admission is free for this program, but registration is required to obtain tickets. (Dinner Theatre tickets are not available for this production, this is a performance only show.)

 

A Christmas Carol: December 11- 12, 2021

Adapted from the book by Charles Dickens, this classic tale simply and directly tells the story of the redemption of a human soul. Scrooge, a lonely miser, who, through the help of spirits and visions from his past, present and future, finds a second chance to become a loving, generous human being. 

Presented by the City of Rancho Mirage in association with Desert Theatricals, admission is free for this Christmas favorite, but registration is required to obtain tickets. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the performance begins at 7 p.m. ​(Dinner Theatre tickets are not available for this production, this is a performance only show. Attendees can enjoy food and beverage options from a local vendor.  )

 

Mamma Mia!: February 18-19, 2022

You’ll surely be singing along to this live performance of the smash ABBA musical with music and lyrics by Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus and some songs by Stig Anderson. Produced by special arrangement with Musical Theatre International, in this production, Sophie is ready to get married to her fiancée Sky, except she has never met her father and wants him present for the big day. She invites three men that she discovers in her mother’s diary, believing them to be possible candidates. However, when the men arrive, Sophie’s mother, Donna, becomes distressed, emotions run high, and surprises abound.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Choose either General Admission ($50) or Dinner Theatre ($115 per seat tables of 4 or 6) tickets.

General Admission ticket holders can enjoy food and beverage options from a local vendor and utilize full bar service from Acqua California Bistro’s on-site bar. Dinner Theatre ticket holders enjoy waiter served meals at their reserved tables in the first three tiers of the theatre.  

 

Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun: March 18-19, 2022

Produced by special arrangement with Concord Theatricals, in this classic Irving Berlin musical, Annie Oakley and Frank Butler meet when she beats him in a sharpshooting contest at Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. The two have to negotiate between their completive sides and their blossoming love for each other.   

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Choose either General Admission ($50) or Dinner Theatre ($115 per seat tables of 4 or 6) tickets.

General Admission ticket holders can enjoy food and beverage options from a local vendor and utilize full bar service from Acqua California Bistro’s on-site bar. Dinner Theatre ticket holders enjoy waiter served meals at their reserved tables in the first three tiers of the theatre.  

 

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum: April 15-16, 2022

Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International, Stephen Sondheim’s music and lyrics fill this hysterical comedy about Pseudolus, the laziest slave in Rome. He has but one wish: to purchase his freedom. He schemes a way by playing matchmaker for his master’s son, Hero, who has fallen in love with Philia, a virgin in the house of Lycus. However, things don’t go exactly as he plans. 

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Choose either General Admission ($50) or Dinner Theatre ($115 per seat tables of 4 or 6) tickets.

General Admission ticket holders can enjoy food and beverage options from a local vendor and utilize full bar service from Acqua California Bistro’s on-site bar.  Dinner Theatre ticket holders enjoy waiter served meals at their reserved tables in the first three tiers of the theatre.  

Note that for all three shows, Rancho Mirage Residents are also able to purchase General Admission tickets for $42.50 (plus ticketing processing fee) by January 31, 2022 at the Rancho Mirage Library & Observatory with proof of residence. If available, tickets may also be purchased at the door for $55