Food to Fashion, Palm Desert Has It All!

If you’re looking for high-class excitement without big city stress, Palm Desert is the perfect place. Palm Desert's Signature Events offer the finest in food, art, wine, fashion and more – all in a laid-back environment full of lush resorts and outdoor recreation. Find out how this charming city filled with Southern California sunshine sets the perfect backdrop for these exciting events.

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WinterSpring  |  Summer Fall


Winter

Celebrate the Season –  Each year on the first Friday in December, the City of Palm Desert celebrates the season with its annual holiday celebration. Held at The Gardens on El Paseo, the event is marked by a live concert as well as free pictures with Santa Claus, strolling carolers, hot cider and cocoa, and fun children’s activities led by the Palm Desert Youth Committee will add to the festive spirit. The event is free to all and is guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit. 

Palm Desert Public Art Documentary Film Series – The popular series’ returns for an 11th season of free, art-themed documentaries beginning in mid-January. All films screen on the third Thursdays of the month at 6pm, January through April, in the auditorium at UCR Palm Desert, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended. For more information, or to make a reservation, please call 760-837-1663.


Spring

Swing 'N Hops – El Paseo swings into full gear on the first Saturday in February with the Swing ‘N Hops Street Party. Held outdoors from noon to 5 p.m. in the street between San Pablo Avenue and Larkspur Lane, the event combines live music with swing dance instruction, craft beer gardens, gourmet street food, swing era fashions, interactive art projects, and a vintage car show featuring classic autos.

Palm Desert Public Art Documentary Film Series – The Public Art Documentary Series continues on the third Thursday of the month through April, at 6 p.m. in the auditorium at UCR Palm Desert, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended. For more information, or to make a reservation, please call 760-837-1663.

Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival – The seventh annual Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival™ takes place March 22-24, 2019, and features some of the world’s best chefs, vintners, and craft brewers from across the country. Enjoy three extraordinary days of culinary and wine and craft beer tastings in the heart of the famed El Paseo shopping district. The event features a standout roster of celebrity chef demonstrations and showcases the Coachella Valley as the ultimate culinary destination.

Fashion Week El Paseo – Palm Desert's annual Fashion Week El Paseo™ unfolds March 25-31, 2019 under the Runway Tent on the top deck of The Gardens on El Paseo. Fashion Week El Paseo™ showcases the newest collections by top designers as well as fresh ideas by emerging designers. In addition to runway shows, there are a myriad of in-store events up and down El Paseo, our celebrated fashion district. Produced by Palm Springs Life, it has become one of the Coachella Valley’s most popular events.

Concerts in the Park – Held twice annually in Spring and Fall, Palm Desert's free Concerts in the Park are a fantastic way to get an early start on your weekend. Held every Thursday evening in May and October in Palm Desert's Civic Center Park, the concerts feature an array of talented artists performing a variety of musical genres. Grab a blanket or chair, and join your fellow music lovers for a delightful evening under the stars.  


Summer

Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week – Savor the flavor of Palm Desert’s finest restaurants during during Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week, a two-week celebration of local cuisine held each year in early June. Restaurant Week features dozens of the area's finest dining establishments, each offering a special three-course prix fixe menu. Find your new favorite restaurant and browse the menus at the Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week website.

Independence Day Celebration – Enjoy an evening of free music and fireworks at the City of Palm Desert’s annual Independence Day Celebration at the Civic Center Park. The festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 with a 90-minute concert followed by fireworks at 9 p.m. For more information contact: 760-346-0611.


Fall

Y Be Fit Palm Desert Challenge – Take the plunge at the Palm Desert Aquatic Center at the end of a Reverse Triathlon where everyone from novice to elite athletes are welcome. If you're not quite up for a tri, why not try the 5K walk or run instead, or the family-friendly Color Run? All proceeds benefit the YMCA of the Desert. The next Y Be Fit Challenge is coming up October 7, 2018. 

Concerts in the Park – The Palm Desert's free Concerts in the Park return in the fall just in time to take advantage of cooler autumn evenings. Held every Thursday evening in May and October in Palm Desert's Civic Center Park, the concerts feature an array of talented artists performing a variety of musical genres. Grab a blanket or chair, and join your fellow music lovers for a delightful evening under the stars.  

Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade – Experience the pageantry and fun as whimsically decorated golf carts and bands march down famous El Paseo street for the City’s first major event of the season. The festivities begin Sunday, October 28, at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast and the Parade begins at 12 noon. For further information contact the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce, 760-346-6111.

The Choreography Festival – The annual Choreography Festival at the McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts is a "can't miss" event for dance fans. This year's Choreography Festival takes place on November 10-11, 2018 and features a competition in two divisions and honors those who have made outstanding contributions to dance through a Lifetime Achievement Award. For more information: 760-340-ARTS (2787).