NCTC is held at a 'bravable' distance
Palm Springs is about 2 hours away from Los Angeles 1 way and $25 in gas round trip.
If you're going to watch multiple days I suggest you look for an inexpensive motel around Palm Springs to stay at. Driving 4 hours roundtrip on back to back days is brutal.
Instead of paying $50 in gas for the weekend pay $25 gas plus $50 motel and save yourself 4 hours of driving in the desert for an extra $25.