El Paseo events
Credit: Chartwell Properties | Shops on El Paseo
El Paseo events
Credit: Chartwell Properties | Shops on El Paseo

5 Events Happening on Palm Desert’s El Paseo This Season

Clear Your Calendars for Some of Palm Desert’s Best Happenings From Now Until April!

Palm Desert’s El Paseo is at the heart of everything happening throughout the rest of this winter season. Nestled between the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains and the Coachella Valley lies the desert’s premier shopping and dining destination. But beyond that, El Paseo is home to a vibrant arts and design district that brings the desert to life with fashion, cars, food, music and more. Over the next few months, you won’t want to miss out on appearances by celebrity chefs like Tyler Florence, runway shows by Josie Natori and Michael Costello, performances from the Coachella Valley’s best cover bands and free family events showcasing the best of the desert’s art scene. Make space on your calendar because El Paseo has so much in store this season!


First Fridays El Paseo

Dates: Every First Friday, from Jan. 6 to May 5, 4-7 p.m.

El Paseo events
Credit: Chartwell Properties | Shops on El Paseo

El Paseo may be known for its curation of luxury shopping and dining, but there is still plenty you can do here without spending a cent—after all, the best things in life are free! Each First Friday of every month, a fabulous night of art and live entertainment will take place. Start with ArtWalk, a self-guided tour of more than 15 fine art galleries, then head to the Median Art Exhibition, where you can take selfies with beautiful murals. Find singer Whitney Lyman crooning at The Gardens on El Paseo, where there is also a classic car show. Park anywhere along El Paseo’s nine blocks and hop on a free Courtesy Cart to take you where you need to go. And if you do end up feeling spendy, several participating businesses host special in-store events. 



Fashion Week El Paseo

Dates: March 17-23, 2023

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Not able to jet off to New York, Paris, London or Milan this year to catch 2023’s first Fashion Weeks? Don’t worry! For the past 16 years, Palm Desert has hosted the West Coast’s largest consumer fashion show, which is happening this year from March 17-23 at The Gardens on El Paseo. This year’s featured designers include Josie Natori and Michael Costello who, alongside other FIDM visionaries, come together to present a state-of-the-art experience that includes cocktail receptions, trunk shows, celebrity meet-and-greets and more. Snag your tickets now to sit front row as sophistication and luxury take form on the runway in the desert.



Palm Desert Food & Wine

Dates: March 24-26, 2023

Credit: @TheFixOnElPaseo

Calling all foodies: the 11th annual Palm Desert Food & Wine event is a delectable experience you won’t want to miss! Bring your appetite for a three-course dinner from Chef Curtis Stone, a James Beard Gourmet four-course luncheon and, to top it all off, two days of tasting wines, craft brews, IPAs, and draught ciders. Taking place at The Gardens on El Paseo, there will be culinary demonstrations by Tyler Florence and Aarti Sequeira, a baking battle with Yolanda Gampp and Zac Young along with more events and appearances by other celebrity chefs. This year’s event benefits the desert’s own Find Food Bank and the James Beard Foundation. 


El Paseo Cruise Night

Dates: Jan. 6 to April 7, 4-7 p.m.

Credit: The BID on El Paseo

El Paseo Cruise Night happens twice a month from now through April. Fire up your classic car and drive over to the upper west level of The Gardens on El Paseo at 2 p.m. This local event started 11 years ago as a way for classic car owners to meet up and cruise together. You don’t even need to own a classic car to take part in this free event! Gather the classic car enthusiasts in your family to look at some awesome automobiles and meet their owners. The best part happens around 4:30 p.m.–that’s when it’s time to rev up those engines and cruise together down El Paseo


25th Annual Concert Series

Dates: Jan. 21-March 11, 2023

Credit: Gardens on El Paseo

It’s that time of year again—the 25th Annual Concert Series presented by Agua Caliente Casinos kicks off on Jan. 21 at The Gardens on El Paseo. For 25 years now, the Coachella Valley community has come together for this musical event that has raised over $1 million for local nonprofits, musicians and organizations. Reserve your tickets now to enjoy the sounds of the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Journey and more performed by Eagles & Linda Ronstadt Experience, Gypsy, Pulp Vixen and others. Benefiting charities include the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert, Shay’s Warriors Life After Cancer, Voices for Children and Family YMCA of the Desert.


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