March Events Palm Springs
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10 Events to Look Forward to This March in and Around Palm Springs

Add These Exciting Desert Happenings to Your Spring Calendar!

With winter coming to an end and spring on the horizon, March is the perfect time to pay a visit to Palm Springs. While lounging by the pool with a fruity drink in hand never gets old, there is plenty more to the desert than meets the eye. Whether you’re craving an artsy weekend away or want to indulge in some of the best bites at a Michelin Guide restaurant, there are several exciting events to put on your calendar. From Fashion Week to food festivals, make the most of March in Palm Springs with these can’t-miss activities and experiences!

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Fashion Week El Paseo

Dates: March 15-21

Calling all fashionistas! Fashion Week El Paseo, the West Coast’s largest consumer fashion show, is right around the corner, and you can expect seven days of fun and fabulous style. The three main designers featured this year are Simon Ungless, Leon Klaassen Bos, and Scooter LaForge. From cocktail receptions to celebrity meet-and-greets, get ready to sit back in awe as you watch the models strut in some of the hottest pieces of the year. There will also be a few pop-up shops where you can snag your favorite pieces in preparation for a fashion-forward 2024. This highly anticipated event is sponsored in part by The Shops on El Paseo! This collection of boutiques, shops and eateries sits at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains in Palm Desert, offering fashion enthusiasts a chance to browse some of the best brands. Hone your look before attending Fashion Week at stores like Ralph Lauren, Connie Roberson, Grayse and more.

Location: Palm Desert


Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival

Dates: March 21-24

If you’re a foodie in SoCal, you’ll definitely want to secure your tickets to the Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival. From top chefs to renowned winemakers, this annual gastronomic event takes place over the course of four days on El Paseo. When it comes to talent, there will be 34 chefs and 57 restaurants featured. The first day of the festival kicks off with a cheese masterclass, followed by a four-course James Beard Gourmet luncheon. However, the grand tastings on both Saturday and Sunday are what we’re most excited about. 

Location: Palm Desert


BNP Paribas Open

Dates: March 3-17

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Ready for tennis season to be in full swing? Book your tickets to the BNP Paribas Open and get up close and personal with some of the sport’s biggest names. Taking place in the heart of the desert, this iconic tournament is known for being one of the best in the country thanks to the prime weather and beautiful setting amongst the towering mountains. Watch the pros give it their all as you bask in the stands under the desert sun, cheering on your favorites with a glass of champagne in hand.

Location: Indian Wells


La Quinta Art Celebration

Dates: Feb. 29-March 3

For four days, artists from all across the globe will be gathering at the La Quinta Civic Center to showcase original pieces and creations. Whether you’re a fan of wildlife photography or classic oil on wood and canvas paintings, this unique festival will cater to every art lover. There will even be world-class jewelry makers and sculptors present, highlighting the diversity in the art community while bringing attendees together over a shared appreciation for the arts. There will also be food, top-shelf beverages and live music to set the mood. 

Location: La Quinta



Madonna at Acrisure Arena

Date: March 13

March Events Palm Springs
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Ready to take a trip back to the ‘80s? Madonna will be performing a legendary set at Acrisure Arena on March 13. Considering she is a music icon, attendees can expect to hear songs that span her 40-year career, catering to both day-one listeners and younger generations of fans. In addition to premium seats, VIP ticket holders are given a behind-the-scenes tour, a group photo on stage, a limited-edition print and more. Tickets are selling fast so be sure to book yours ASAP and arrive when doors open at 7 p.m.

Location: Palm Desert



’Mean Girls’ at McCallum Theatre

Dates: March 29-31

Obsessed with the new “Mean Girls” movie? Catch a live performance of the beloved Broadway show at McCallum Theatre from March 29 to 31. Created by comedy superstar Tina Fey, this hilariously funny play takes a new approach to the iconic 2004 blockbuster film. Featuring original songs and killer choreography by Casey Nicholaw, this musical will have you laughing and dancing along while you reminisce on some of the film’s most quote-worthy lines and scenes. If you can’t make it to an evening show, there are performances at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Location: Palm Desert


Dine at Michelin-Awarded The Barn Kitchen at Sparrows Lodge

The Barn Kitchen at Sparrows Lodge was recently recognized in the Michelin Guide, making it a must-try for locals and visitors alike. The menu features fresh California recipes, relying on produce from local farmers and purveyors. The communal dining room allows you to mix and mingle with others, creating a warm atmosphere that encourages conversation and connection amid delicious bites, craft cocktails and crisp beers. Start with chips and guac before enjoying the fresh carrot cavatelli pasta as your main course. Pro tip: don’t forget to save room for the warm chocolate chunk cookies at dessert. 

Location: Palm Springs



Sheep Shearing Festival at 123 Farm

Dates: March 30-31 

March Events Palm Springs
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The Sheep Shearing Festival is a special way to connect with animals while learning about the importance and many uses of wool. This family-friendly event takes place over two days and is free with $12 paid parking. First, guests will be shown how to shear sheep in a safe and efficient manner before being taught about storing and washing wool. You’ll also be introduced to the concept of natural dyes, and there will be plenty of opportunities for wool-related crafts like making keychains and your own felted animal.  

Location: Cherry Valley


White Party Global

Dates: March 29-31

Celebrate with the beloved LGBTQ+ community of Palm Springs at the annual White Party Global Palm Springs. In its 34th year, this iconic music festival will feature performances from talented DJs like Isis Muretech and Corey Craig. Each day of the festival features a variety of events, but you won’t want to miss the pool parties during the day. Let loose with your best crew as you groove to the tunes and sip on craft cocktails under the blazing desert sun. At night, the party continues on under the stars.

Location: Palm Springs


Fash Bash: Hollywood Icons Fashion Show at Palm Springs Art Museum

Date: March 2

Enjoy a night of glitz and glam at the Fash Bash: Hollywood Icons Fashion Show. Taking place from 6 to 10 p.m. on March 2, iconic pieces and vintage couture will be taking over the Palm Springs Art Museum. In addition to the “Hollywood Icons Inspire Fashion Masterpieces” display, guests will have the chance to admire creations by David Tupaz, opulent hats by Arturo Rios, a special pool and resort collection by El Tuggle, and more. After the event is over, enjoy cocktails and conversation at a buzzing after-party. 

Location: Palm Springs

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Allie Lebos graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2017 with a BA in Communication. While in school she was a staff writer at The Daily Nexus for nearly two years. Since graduating she has written for The Palisades Magazine, as well as Hidden Hills Magazine. Currently living in Santa Monica, Allie loves to indulge in good food, hot yoga, and daily walks along the beach; writing articles on travel, special events, as well as features on local businesses and individuals.




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