The Imperial Valley Arts Festival
(ivaim.org) is a one-day outdoor event held in downtown El Centro, showcasing the artwork of local residents, particularly school children. The festival features paintings, charcoal drawings and caricatures. Offering 1,000 pieces of art, the festival also displays artwork in the Old Post Office Pavilion and typically takes place in late March. The Imperial Valley Film Festival (ivfilmfestival.com
) highlights the filmmaking skills of area residents (USA Today).
Every year, in early March, the Imperial Valley Expo grounds plays host to the California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta
(californiamidwinterfair.com). The two-day weekend fair features entertainment, including ballet folkloric dancers and circus performers. Live music includes mariachi, classical guitar and Tejano acts (USA Today).
The Imperial Valley Film Festival & Artist Showcase
is an annual juried exhibition of independent filmmakers' and artists' work. The festival showcases a wide range of film projects such as shorts, features, music videos, and documentaries created by students and independent filmmakers from all over the world, with special emphasis given to those who live or lived, attend school, have local ties to, or work in Imperial County (Imperial County Film Commission).