New to Desert Stars? Here's ten moments that define our fest !



Words from Festival founder - Tommy Dietrick:

As a local resident of joshua tree as well as an owner of two small businesses in the region, i remain committed to the responsible enjoyment of this beautiful oasis. my personal story with the high desert began in 1999 during my very first visit here. I instantly fell in love with the region's beauty, calm and serenity. What began as a pilgrimage several times per year eventually evolved into starting one of the nation's first "micro" festivals at pappy & harriet's in 2007. 

-The micro-festival birth-

Desert Stars festival is one of the high desert's longest running small platform music events. We believe in connecting with nature and curating events that bring people together through music and art. As one of the first micro festivals in the Indie, psychedelic and shoegaze genre, our DIY ethos helped to pave the way for a culture of intimate festivals to emerge over the past 10 years. Our history is one of independence with an overarching emphasis on serving the community. in addition to showcasing both national and local talent, we feature a 100% local hi- desert vendor marketplace. We continue to believe in community scale events over the urban scale norm that is prevalent today.


While the increasing popularity of the Joshua Tree region has experienced various attempts by large production companies funded with corporate dollars to exploit this region, we remain committed to a sustainable and responsible enjoyment of this beautiful oasis by limiting growth and capping attendance. In 2015 we added our "spotlight cause" campaign to shine light on matters that we believe benefit the world around us. If you wish to join the fight to keep the desert protected from overdevelopment and exploitation please visit the Mojave Desert Land Trust here: 


Our festival is made possible by the direct support of our friends, fans and volunteers! To get involved or become a volunteer, please message us from the contact page.



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