experience palm desert like a local

Love live music? Enjoy touring public art and strolling through galleries? Been known to kick up your heels at a fun street party? Then join Palm Desert for First Weekend each month from November through May where events, festivals, live entertainment and more are the order of the day.

Beginning on Friday and continuing through Sunday at various Palm Desert venues, you can enjoy everything from El Paseo Cruise Night and concerts at the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert, to community art tours. There are a variety of fun and exciting things to do, including a “can’t miss” featured event each month.

Palm Desert First Weekend returns on November 1, 2019 with a full line-up of events you won’t want to miss. See below for a an up-to-date schedule for each month. 

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December 2019

Celebrate the Season
The Gardens on El Paseo (Map)
Friday, December 06, 2019

Enjoy Holiday Window Shopping, Strolling The Gardens on El Paseo Winter Wonderland with Snow Falling. Live Entertainment, Photos with Santa Claus, Strolling Carolers and more.

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January 2020

The Livewell Festival
Civic Center Park (Map)
Saturday, January 04, 2020

Join us for the Desert’s Largest Health + Wellness event! The 4th annual LiveWell Festival is an all-inclusive mind-body-spirit wellness festival that highlights the desert’s top local health and wellness businesses through fun, educational, and interactive demonstrations the whole family can enjoy.

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February 2020

Swing ‘n Hops
Outdoors on El Paseo between San Pablo and Larkspur (Map)
Saturday, February 08, 2020

Ready to jump and jive? Well get out your dancing shoes as El Paseo turns into a swingin’ street party, featuring live music from the San Andreas Sisters. Not sure about your dancing skills? Join one of our dance lessons taking place throughout the day. To add to the experience we’ll have a beer garden, gourmet street food vendors, vintage cars and interactive art. And be sure to wear your best swing era clothing for our best dressed contest.

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March 2020

Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival
New Location: Palm Desert Civic Center Park (Map)
Saturday, March 07, 2020

Each spring, wildflowers transform the Coachella Valley into a colorful canvas. Celebrate this beautiful season at the Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival with wildflower viewing, beautiful art, the Kids’ Zone, 5k trail fun run, and interpretive wildflower hikes, in addition to live music in the beer and wine garden.

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April 2020

Featured Event: Palm Desert Brew at the Zoo
The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens (Map)
Saturday, April 4

Palm Desert Brew at the Zoo is the wildest beer, wine and food event in the Coachella Valley and features unlimited samples of beer and wine, food trucks, live entertainment and animal encounters. 

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May 2020

Featured Event: TBD

Stay tuned for information regarding Palm Desert First Weekend’s Featured Event for May 2020.

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