How One Dinner Event Keeps a Museum Admission-Free All Year Long

We love that the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum hosts such a thoughtful event every year. Using their natural surroundings they set up a spectacular canyon dinner showcasing Native American Culture. The $100,000 raised goes to help so much and we are so glad we get to share their story! 


Only by special permission from the tribal government can the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum hold their annual Dinner in the Andres Canyons. Located in Palm Springs California this gala event keeps the museum doors open and admission free, raising over $100,000.

Once a simple picnic, this evening out has transformed into an elegant social gathering supporting the museum and native cultures. The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum builds an entire outdoor ballroom within the canyons the leaving palm trees and the stars as their roof.

The 450 guests kick off the night with cocktails while watching the sunset over the vast Coachella Valley. Then buses shuttle down guests into the serene canyon for a Native inspired dinner and live entertainment. Working so closely with the Native American tribes, the museum always features a different type of native culture from Native American bands to Hawaiian dancers or Alaskan singers.  

The enchanting dinner is concluded with a live auction for Native American jewelry along with a silent auction before everyone is shuttled back up the canyon. The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum always makes sure to leave the canyon in pristine condition maintaining a excellent relationship with the tribal leaders. 

Of course not everyone has a canyon at their disposal but it’s wonderful to see any organization utilize their surroundings and connections. The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum does a wonderful job of sharing their message and staying connected to their community.

To learn more about the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum click here