Get a Jump on Modernism Week -- And Party Like It's 1961

Posted By: Barbara Beckley Friday, August 1, 2014

A pool party screening of  Elvis’ famous flick "Blue Hawaii." A sneak peak at the Palm Springs Art Museum’s not-yet-open Architecture & Design Center. Exclusive tours of the Frey House II and Steel House. Early entry to the Modernism Show & Sale. And this is only a taste of the mid-century martini fun scheduled throughout the Modernism Week Fall Preview, October 10 – 13, 2014 in Palm Springs.

The Modernism Week Fall Preview extravaganza kicks off with an opening night poolside beach party “Aloha, Modernism Week: A Modern Beach Party with a Twist of Elvis” fit for “The King.” You’ll be transported to 1960s Waikiki, sip signature cocktails and delectable hors d’oeuvres, dance the “Twist” and “Pony,” swoon to Elvis’ singing “Blue Hawaii” and acting in the 1961 movie classic “Blue Hawaii.” The party’s at an entirely new venue – the Hacienda Cantina & Beach Club designed by Chris Pardo of Elemental Architecture – featuring an intimate pool scene with an outdoor terrace, bar, fire pits and expansive lawn.

Next, get the inside scoop with a tour through the Palm Springs Art Museum’s soon-to-open Architecture & Design Center, guided tours of the legendary Frey House II and Steel House #1, fabulous architectural walking and bike tours, and of course, the explosively popular Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour. And don’t miss the cocktail reception showcasing photographs of the Salton Sea, the Modern Yard Sale and the important “Lost, Saved and Endangered” lecture and tour.

Shoppers rejoice! Get a jump on the best of mid-century originals at the Modernism Week Fall Preview’s exclusive Modernism Show & Sale Early Edition. Like the original during Modernism Week, the early edition is at the Palm Springs Convention Center and features 45 premier national and international dealers offering awesome furniture, decorative and fine arts representing all design movements of the 20th century. The early edition show opens Saturday, October 11 at 10 a.m., with an exclusive “early bird” shopping preview until noon to benefit Modernism Week. The $25 early bird admission includes return entry throughout the weekend. The show & sale continues Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $15.   

Tickets are on sale at For the Modernism Show & Sale early edition, visit  
The Hilton Palm Springs Resort is Modernism Week’s official host hotel and is offering special $149 rates if you book before September 9, 2014. Call (760) 320-6868 or online >>>

FYI – Palm Springs 10th Anniversary Modernism Week will be February 12 – 22, 2015.  


  • Visit Palm Springs Wednesday, August 20, 2014 9:47 AM

    HI Verlynn, yes, they will have the event in February too during Modernism Week.

  • Carol Tuesday, August 26, 2014 15:39 PM

    Where is the pool party?

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