Due to public health concerns regarding the Coronavirus, this year's event is being held virtually on September 25-26, 2020 (no physical gathering will be held this year).
Following in step with county regulations and what has become safest course of action for all social gatherings during the Covid-19 Pandemic, we have moved to the cloud for this year's event. We are sad not to see everyone in person this year but the show will take place online during the rescheduled dates of 9/25 and 9/26. Our crew and all of the bands have worked tirelessly to create an incredible 2 day program for you. We've even added some special surprises.
Thank you to everyone who continue to reach out with your avid support and understanding. The festival is taking huge losses this year without being able to proceed as normal but we feel it is important to bring our community together and continue to support the performers on this year's bill. We realize that our policy of no refunds for some folks may be upsetting :( .. I encourage you to look at what we feel is a brighter picture - this virtual event means the creative spirit of all involved with Desert Stars may continue to shine for another season. This means positive energy gets to flow through a dark time. This means unexpected performance layouts and creative work arounds are created and celebrated. I think this spirit of making lemonade out of lemons is exactly what Desert Stars represents. We are not owned by a soulless corporate entity, we are a small collective who love music and art and bringing people together. We hope it will be safe to come together very very soon..
Where are you located?
We are located at the corner of 29 Palms HWY and El Reposo Circle in the heart of Joshua Tree. Our venue features two stages, a bar serving craft beer and wine as well as on site dining thanks to our local partner, Cafe Fin Du Monde. Our new venue is made possible by our partners on the downtown block, Moss and Ginger, a boutique clothing store specializing in new and vintage wears.
Where do I park?
We have arranged parking at the parking lot located directly behind the Coyote Corner gift shop at 6551 park blvd. The lot is a 2 minute walk from our event site. please visit Coyote Corner on your way to us!
Can I be a vendor?
Vendor space is limited! For more information please contact us from the contact page.
A new venue in Joshua Tree?
As members of the hi desert cultural fabric since 2007, we firmly believe in respecting the beauty of our home and responsibly conducting our gatherings. Desert Stars takes pride in showcasing local artists and local vendors at our events. We welcome all into our community and hope you will join us. Should you have concerns, please contact us.
Can I volunteer?
We are always in need of volunteers to help with everything from stage crew, construction crew, projections, lighting, security, street teams and more. If you are interested in offering your skill or a hand to the festival, please send us a message. Volunteers who donate 6 hours or more of their time on or off site will receive a free day pass. Those who volunteer for 9 hours or more will receive a free weekend pass to the event.
How can my band play ?
Each year we receive more and more submissions and yet we have only a relatively small set number of slots available. We listen to ALL submissions and we appreciate how hard you work as an artist. We welcome submissions but please do not be dismayed if we can't accommodate you ! Also, do not give up! Most of the bands who play are people who submitted over a year in advance.
Where is the nearest airport to Desert Stars?
Palm Springs airport is about 40 minutes drive to Joshua Tree. LAX and Burbank are approximately 2.5 hours away.
What are the traffic conditions like coming into the Yucca Valley / Joshua Tree region ?
If traveling from San Bernardino, LA County and San Diego County, we recommend leaving in the morning to avoid rush hour traffic leaving densely populated areas. Please be respectful as you drive through Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree. We are a small community and as such we ask that you mind all posted speed limits, drive safely and respect the beauty of our community.
Did you know the effects of alcohol hit harder at higher elevation?
Drinking alcohol will affect you harder in higher elevations. DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. We want everyone to have a safe and responsible experience. Take Uber, Lyft, a cab or designate drivers in your group.
NOTE: We will post more FAQ leading up to the event - if you have a question not addressed here please message us.
Interested in becoming a community partner or a sponsor ?
Please message us from the contact page.