13 Events You Can’t-Miss From Palm Desert’s First Weekend

Drink, Explore and Dance Through First Weekends in Palm Desert

Written By: Kassandra Stewart

Pencil in some culture to your weekends, Palm Desert First Weekend has a new round of creative inspiration with a multitude of events featuring art of all kinds, live music, food trucks, festivals and more! Make sure to bring an appetite and grab some buds (or your family) because we have rounded up some of the best events First Weekend has to offer!

Swing ‘N Hops Street Party at El Paseo between San Pablo and Larkspur

Feb. 3, 2018

Swing into your best ‘40s attire for the 3rd Annual Swing ‘N Hops dance party, taking place on the famed El Paseo. This street festival features a live jazz quintet for dancing, gourmet food trucks, swing dance instruction and craft beer gardens. Held from 1 to 5 p.m., there will also be interactive crafts, swing era fashions and a special collection of vintage cars.


Wildflower Festival at Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center

March 3

Surround yourself with colorful wildflowers, vivid art and enjoy a glass of wine from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at this Wildflower Festival in the Coachella Valley. If you’re feeling active, there will be a 5k run and interpretive wildflower hikes. Also there will be a beer and wine garden with live music to enjoy, if that is more your speed. With a kid’s zone and different activities and raffles, this is great for the whole family.


Brew at the Zoo at The Living Desert Zoo & Botanical Gardens

April 7

Take a trip to Africa for the ninth annual gathering for beer and animal lovers alike. Starting at 6:30 and going until 9:30 p.m., The Living Desert Zoo opens up for a special beer tasting, which craft beer fans shouldn’t miss, along with food offerings from Coachella’s top restaurants. Along with the delicious plates, guests can explore and see animals such as zebras, cheetahs and oryx in the newly opened African section of the park.


Ongoing Events to Check Out at First Weekends

First Fridays at The Galen

El Paseo Art Walk

Palm Desert Library Public Art Tours

College of the Desert Street Fair

Desert Mountains Art Faire

Civic Center Park Public Art Tour

El Paseo Cruise Night

Sunday Sounds Concert

Monument Young Explorers Maps and Compass

Monument Story Time


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