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October 7, 2016 (Borrego Springs) -- The 51st Borrego Days Desert Festival will kick off Friday, October 21st through Saturday, October 23rd. Visitors are invited to pack your sunscreen and set your navigation devices to lead you to Borrego Springs for this weekend retreat for three days of music, art, a parade, car show, kids’ carnival activities and an opportunity to enjoy nature.

Friday, October 21st, all are invited to enjoy live entertainment and get in the mood to boogie all weekend. On Saturday, the day begins at 10 a.m., with a vintage plane flyover to kick off the Borrego Days Parade including over 70 parade entries, eclectic and creative floats, automobiles old and new, equestrian groups, and six marching bands.

Once the parade wraps up, you can wander on over to Christmas Circle for an array of activities, displays by 50 artists, 20 retail vendors, and tasty treats. Enjoy live entertainment throughout the day and into the night as you take in a sky full of brilliant stars unlike any other in one of California's designated "dark skies" communities. You can also cool off in the beverage garden with a refreshing beer or wine.

On Saturday, October 22nd, the Borrego Days Car Show will be held from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. On Sunday, October 23rd from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. explorers will be revved to see the Borrego Days Off-Road Show featuring quads, dirt bikes, and off-road trucks.

Kids can have a blast at the Kid's Carnival, where they can climb the rock wall, slide down inflatable slides, and play classic carnival games for prizes.  (Wristbands for unlimited access to slides and inflatable attractions will be available for purchase for $25 each day. You can also upgrade your wristband to include unlimited rock wall climbing for $30.)

The Borrego Days Desert Festival is a project of the Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau (, with the support of the Borrego Festival Foundation.

For more information, call (619) 233-5008 or visit

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