Italian Festival

A community event to celebrate the Italian heritage and culture! With this event, Desert Arc is acknowledging the generous donation of land for our current campus from the Western Italian Golf Association in 1983…and the Italian heritage of our current Executive Director, Richard Balocco.

This event will have different types of vendors, performers, and a Family Fun Zone.

Call 760-346-1611 to purchase tickets.

After October 31st tickets must be purchased at the Festival.

Celebrity Emcee

Joey English

Miss Joey English brings her considerable talents to the desert after years of performing in nightclubs, theaters and on television across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Asia.

Highlights of her career include 27 years of singing for such stars as George Burns, Bob Hope, Milton Berle and Rodney Dangerfield. Her impressive songbook includes a collection written for her by legendary lyricist Sammy Cahn, who called this church going lady a "singer's singer".

Joey has appeared numerous times on such classic programs as "The Dinah Shore Show", "The Merv Griffin Show", and "The Mike Douglas Show". Miss English has had a summer replacement television show for the Smothers Brothers. She has sung the National Anthem at many national sporting events.

A published writer, a sought-after speaker and the emcee of most of the premier events in the Coachella Valley, the "Voice of the Desert", who can "do it all" is in her 17th year of producing her own television and radio programs, (airing four different radio shows every Saturday in prime time from 2 to 6 PM on KNEWS 970/1140/1250 AM, 94.3 FM Radio and streaming on the Internet at The shows can also be heard all week long at

As well as starring in "Senior Class" at the Annenberg Theater in 2007 and 2008 and the road company in 2009, Joey has a background that includes starring in most of the classic musical comedies, including "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas", "Sordid Lives" and "Steel Magnolias" at the Equity Palm Canyon Theater in Palm Springs. In March, 2013 Miss English fulfilled a lifelong ambition of starring as Norma Desmond in "Sunset Blvd". Currently she is in rehearsals for the starring role in "Nightclub Confidential" running in Jan., 2014.

She opened the jazz concert series with a "sold out" performance at "Vicky's of Sante Fe" on October 7, 2012 and will do so again in Oct., 2013. Joey was the celebrity Grand Marshall for the Gay Pride Parade Nov., 4, 2012.

A mother of three, a "G.J." ("Grandma Joey") of four and a confirmed "chocoholic", Joey lives the majority of the year in the Mesa Area of Palm Springs and summers on Flathead Lake in Montana.

Onstage Entertainment

Paul Elia

International Opera Institute

Patrick Evans
CBS Local 2 Meteorologist

Strolling Entertainers

Lynne Lockwood


Randy Gastreich
Close-up Magician
Social Services Insurance specialist
Come taste the delizioso Italian flavor of our fine restaurants and visit our merchandise & information vendors and more!

Enjoy our Family Fun Zone!

  • Facepainting
  • Create your own Venetian mask!
  • Ride the Buckets o’ Fun
  • Enjoy our special Italian-themed puppet show
  • And More!

Check out memories from last year’s Festival!

Please visit our sponsors!

Platino Regalo

Oro Regalo

Argento Regalo

Nancy & Ed Singer

Bronzo Regalo

Special Thanks To

Dr. Richard and Rosemary Fausel

Highway 12 Winery