Two Days of Food, Wine and Award-winning Talent
This year’s Rancho Mirage Art Affaire is a feast for the senses. There’s much to see during the two-day juried art show, featuring the talents of award-winning local, national, and international artists, including this year’s spotlight artists Deanna Fainelli and Cory Hamilton. Additionally, attendees can find a variety of great food options from local restaurants and live music entertainment at this annual Rancho Mirage event.
So much to see
Artists from near and far vie for an opportunity to showcase their work at this acclaimed event to display one-, two-, and three-dimensional art forms. Take time to wander through the booths filled with photography, sculpture, metal and wood works, prints, paintings, drawings, apparel, jewelry, ceramics, glass and more.
Take a taste
Rancho Mirage is home to a number of great restaurants. With so many featuring snacks on the grounds during Art Affaire, you won’t leave hungry. These vendors include:
Acqua California Bistro: Burgers, hotdogs, popcorn, and soft drinks.
Brandini Toffee: Shakes, ice cream bars, toffee, and popcorn.
Haus of Poke: Build your own poke bowls, Spam musubi, Thai tea boba, poke burger and Huli Huli chicken bowls.
The Sandbox Kitchen: Vegan and vegetarian tacos, street tacos, and burritos. Choose chicken, asada or al pastor. Also, protein bowls and quesadillas: chicken, asada, al pastor and cauliflower.
Plus, the Rotary Club of Rancho Mirage will host a Beer and Wine Garden to quench a desert thirst.
Live music begins at 3 p.m. each day at the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater.
Saturday: LA Diamond Trio takes the stage from 3 – 6:30 p.m. with jazz, swing, Latin and dance standards. This diverse jazz trio has an impeccable reputation for providing quality live entertainment. It received a 4-star review in Downbeat Magazine and members hail from the best in music today including Herbie Hancock, Ramsey Lewis, Wynton Marsalis, Miles Davis Electric Band, Umphrey’s McGee, Lupe Fiasco, Vandermark 5, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Bobby Broom and more.
Sunday: The Soul of Motown performs 3 – 4:30 p.m., covering hits from Motown acts such as The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, and The Supremes.
At 5 p.m., national recording artist Will Donato returns to Art Affaire. This talented saxophonist’s latest radio single, “Infinite Soul,” was released in January 2019, and reached the coveted #1 spot on the Billboard smooth jazz airplay chart. A dynamic performer, Donato has headlined or shared the stage with other greats such as Richard Elliot, Wynonna Judd, Al McKay of Earth Wind and Fire, Bruce Conte of Tower of Power, Steve Reid of The Rippingtons, as well as many more. His music can be heard on the soundtracks from several movie scores including, “Thelma and Louise,” “The Wedding Planner” and “No Man’s Land.”
Having fun can warm your heart
Free of charge and open to the public, the 19th annual event is Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m (rain or shine), at Rancho Mirage Community Park 71-560 San Jacinto Drive in Rancho Mirage. Parking is free and available at the park and along San Jacinto Drive as space permits.
Each year, the City’s Parks and Trails Commission chooses a beneficiary to receive a donation. This year, they choose two: Rancho Mirage Library & Observatory’s extraordinary calendar of events and Dogs for Our Brave. Originally founded in Rancho Mirage, Dogs for Our Brave matches disabled veterans with dogs and covers all costs including equipment, training, veterinary care and feeding these companions.