Special Programs

Annual Memorial Day Flower Drop & Air Fair – 3,000 red and white carnations drop from a vintage airplane commemorating those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Day includes flight exhibitions throughout, special program, music, children’s activities, and food vendors. Beer Garden area available for those age 21 and over. Visitors may take home a carnation after the drop, and are encouraged to bring a portable chair, and to CARPOOL as the parking lots quickly fill up.

Halloween Themed Chili Cook-Off & Car Show – Join the fun at the Palm Springs Air Museum’s annual Chili Cook Off and Car Show. Volunteers from the various sections of the Museum will cook up their favorite chili recipes and you get to decide which is best. It will be a ghoulish fest for the eyes and the tummy. Over 100 classic vehicles on display.

Santa Fly In – Santa arrives by vintage plane and gives out goody bags to children under the wing of a vintage aircraft. Children 12 and under get in free with paying adult. In 2015 Chandi Group’s Arco AM/PM and Dairy Queen Grill & Chill sponsored Santa’s Snow World, where children could spend hours playing in real snow! Takes place on a Sat and Sun in December, dates change.

Annual Gala is held usually the 2nd Friday of February, starting at 6 PM. (Feb 17, 2017). The museum is closed to visitors on this day as the Museum is transformed. One hangar holds the hosted cocktail and appetizers reception; and a 2nd hangar contains dinner tables, dance floor, and entertainment stage with side media screens. Black tie or military uniform. The newest hangar should be open, so there will be something special in the 3rd hangar, the General Kenneth P. Miles Hangar!

Props & Hops Craft Beer Festival – third Saturday in November – visitors 21 and older sample dozens of Southern California’s top craft breweries, listen to live music, and watch flight exhibitions. Food vendors and a ride in a vintage DC-3 cost extra. Friendly pets ok, but no one under 21 allowed in the area. Reduced fee for designated drivers, attendees encouraged to carpool! 2015 main sponsors were Hot Purple Energy and Golden Voice.

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