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  • Sunset at Mojave Desert in Twentynine Palms, CA

Get ready for a night race through the desert with the 4th annual Joshua Tree Half Marathon on November 7, 2020!

This is one of 14 National Park Half Marathons by Vacation Races, and has quickly become a favorite of thousands.

Course description:

This course is a challenging course through the Mojave Desert in Joshua Tree, CA (just minutes outside of Joshua Tree National Park) near Copper Mountain. This will be a night run. Running through the desert at night comes with unique challenges. The course will not have lighting.

The race will start and finish at the Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground. With the exception of a quarter mile at the start and a one mile section in the middle, this course is entirely on dirt roads and trails. The dirt roads will have sand on them adding to the challenge of this course. The loose sand on course that, depending on recent weather and traffic conditions, can range from hard packed dirt to deep sand (imagine running on the beach).

The darkness and the loose sand make this a challenging course and not stroller friendly. Runners should take these conditions into consideration when choosing this race.

*Headlights are required
**Gaiters and buffs/bandanas/etc. are recommended

Learn more and register today!

Now in its 79th year, the Weed Show is one of Twentynine Palms’ oldest and most unique artistic traditions, dating back to 1941!

The theme of the 2020 Weed Show is “Desert Skies” and will feature a fun series of night-sky related categories, including the Milky Way, the big & little dipper, thunder and lightning, dust devils and full moons, UFO’s, and a cloud gazing category for the kids!

This annual display, now in its seventh decade, is held the first full weekend in November and features artistic compositions of indigenous desert vegetation and found objects–a desert rendition of the traditional concept of floral display. Each show has a specific theme. Entries are judged on subject matter, use of desert vegetation, use of accessories, artistic composition and originality. Awards are granted in nine categories, with a “People’s Choice” award. The Weed Show highlights the beauty of the local flora, the skill of our town’s artisans, and the history and culture of Twentynine Palms itself.

This year’s Weed Show will be open to the public from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sat (Nov. 7) and 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sun (Nov. 8).

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Join us in 29 Palms for the 8th annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition, taking place this November 1-29 at the historic 29 Palms Art Gallery! Hosted by the Joshua Tree National Park Council for the Arts, this event celebrates the art, culture, and history of Joshua Tree National Park, is centered around a stunning juried art exhibition at the 29 Palms Art Gallery featuring painting, mixed media, sculpture and photography by artists from all across the state of California and the United States – all of whom have been inspired by the park.

This very special juried exhibition will be on display at the 29 Palms Art Gallery from November 1-29, 2020, and will be open to viewing Thursday through Sunday from 11:00am – 3:00pm. The Awards presentation will take place at the gallery on the afternoon of Saturday, November 7, and the gallery will be hosting outdoor art demonstrations on the patio during the Art Expo weekend on November 7 and 8. Stay tuned for more information to come!

WHAT:  8th Annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition

WHEN:  Juried Exhibition: November 1-29, 2020  |  Open Thursday-Sunday 11 am to 3 pm

ART EXPO WEEKEND: Saturday & Sunday, November 7-8, 2020  |  10 am to 4 pm

AWARDS EVENING (with informal hospitality): Saturday, November 7  |  5 to 7 pm

WHERE: 29 Palms Art Gallery at the Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms, CA

DETAILS: Click here for the current Schedule of Events – Nov. 7-8 (PDF)

ARTISTS: Juried Artists 2020 – See the Featured Artists page

The Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition at the historic Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms, CA, presents a juried exhibition of art inspired by the park, plus an art exhibition catalog, and artist awards totaling $5,000. JTNP Art Expo weekend events include art demonstrations and artist talks for youth and adults, gallery tours, and more at the historic 29 Palms Art Gallery. Other activities include Park Ranger walks/talks at the Oasis of Mara and pottery classes at 29 Palms Creative Center. Also that weekend is the annual “Weed Show” at the Old Schoolhouse Museum, also located near the oasis on National Park Drive.

In recognition of a long-standing tradition between artists and the national parks, and specifically Joshua Tree’s impact on artists and visitors from around the globe, the Joshua Tree National Park Council for the Arts created an annual Art Exposition in 2013 — a juried art exhibition and celebration featuring art inspired by or depicting the unique natural beauty or cultural history of Joshua Tree National Park.


Admission is free to all events, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Note: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this event has been modified this year. The safety of our artists, visitors, staff, and volunteers is of utmost importance; therefore, facial coverings and social distancing will be required, per state and county guidelines. The Art Awards Evening on Saturday, Nov. 7, will be held outdoors on the 29 Palms Art Gallery patio 5-7 pm, with face masks and social distancing required, and entrance to the gallery will be limited to 10 people at a time to avoid overcrowding. Light hospitality, with Covid-compliant pre-packaged items and beverages will be available. (Also, the Art Market with artist booths, food and music on the lawn at 29 Palms Inn has been postponed this year and hopefully will return in 2021.)

About Joshua Tree National Park Council for the Arts
Formed in 2013, the JTNP Council for the Arts fosters the spirit of artistic expression inspired by the park, and supports the preservation, enhancement, and sustainability of the entire California deserts region. Learn more:

For those looking for a fun night out this Valentine’s Day, The Fine Line in downtown 29 Palms will be hosting a special event featuring a great lineup of live music, drink specials, plus a complimentary dessert bar for you and your special someone to enjoy!

The fun starts at 7:00pm and the live music lineup includes Hunter & the Wick’d, Heart Rap, Arroyo Rogers, and Hilary Cousins. The Fine Line is located at 73839 Twentynine Palms Highway, at the southeast corner of Twentynine Palms Hwy and National Park Drive.

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A new regional stay-at-home order is currently in effect for the Southern California region. The order prohibits private gatherings of any size, closes sector operations except for critical infrastructure and retail, and requires 100% masking and physical distancing in all others. Hotels and lodging remain open for essential travel only. Learn more about how our businesses are modifying operations to support local, state, and federal efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.