Twentynine Palms is one of four installations across the country that is been selected this year to host BaseFEST, a music festival.

The one-day event is scheduled for Sept. 22.

The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center also known as 29 Palms, is currently home to one of the largest military training areas in the nation.

Other installations to host the events are Fort Bliss, Texas (May 12); Naval Station Mayport, Fla. (June 2); and Camp Lejeune, N.C. (July 4).

Each one-day event is expected to attract from 15,000 to 40,000 guests, and will feature a different musical lineup and activities for the whole family. BaseFEST will be free for service members and their families, DOD employees and veterans, with a limited number of tickets available for civilians,

“This is great news for the cities surrounding the base and for our Coachella Valley,” said Thomas S. Freeman, who serves as the Eighth Congressional District’s representative to the Governors Military Council. “We are delighted to have been selected for the Sept. 22 event. BaseFEST will boost troop and family morale. It also welcomes our valley 29,000-member veteran population.”

Most BaseFEST attendees will stay two nights in local and regional hotels, Freeman said. “This is good news for our valley during what may be a slow period in the hospitality industry.”

BaseFEST Bound for Twentynine Palms in September

(Photo courtesy of V. Manuel Perez)

Riverside County Fourth District Supervisor Manuel “Manny” Perez said he is pleased to welcome so many military personnel, their families, and veterans to the nearby Marine Corp Base and Valley.

“I welcome this news and count on our valley hospitality industry to roll out the red carpet for our military member, families, veterans, and other guests,” Perez said.

Dustin Lynch, the country singer known for his hit “Small Town Boy,” will headline the “BaseFEST Powered by USAA” on May 12 at Fort Bliss.

Entertainment for the Twentynine Palms event has yet to be announced.

The musical festival premiered in July 2017 at the Marine Corps Base in Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. The second one was in December at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola.


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