Credit: Visit Greater Palm Springs / @visitgreaterps
Credit: Visit Greater Palm Springs / @visitgreaterps

5 Things to Do in Greater Palm Springs This April (That Aren’t So Typical)

Gear Up for an Epic Spring Season in the Desert!

With summer right around the corner, many of us are in dire need of a vacation. And for those of us who need to make our own spring break, it’s time to take a well-deserved weekend getaway to Greater Palm Springs! With sunshine year-round and mesmerizing mountain ranges, the desert is the perfect destination for a springtime escape. But this warm-weather region isn’t just all golf courses and pools—Greater Palm Springs plays host to a slew of exciting springtime events! Here are five of our favorite things to do in April in Greater Palm Springs (that you probably didn’t know about). Greater Palm Springs Events


Camp Safari-Style

When: April 15-17 and 22-24

After a two-year hiatus, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is back and better than ever! Whether you’re a first-timer or an annual ticket holder, Coachella is a three-day music experience everyone should attend at least once in their life. Lucky for you, Coachella’s 2022 lineup is a dream come true, featuring headliners like Harry Styles, Billie Eilish and Kayne West. With a muster of talented musicians hailing from every genre, there’s something for everyone at this iconic spring music fest. But before you begin scouring Airbnb for a spot to stay, check out Coachella’s Safari Campgrounds, where—for an additional fee—you can luxuriate in golf cart transportation between stages, air-conditioned lounges and perks like breakfast and late-night snacks. So grab your gang and purchase tickets while you can!

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival


Greater Palm Springs Events

See a Baby Giraffe

When: March 27-April 29 (nightly)

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If Coachella isn’t the family-friendly environment you want to experience on your spring vacay, check out Palm Desert’s The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens! From porcupines to panthers, The Living Desert is undoubtedly a crowd pleaser for all age groups. If you book your visit this spring, you can see a baby giraffe that was just born and experience this zoo’s spring light festival! Beginning on March 27, the zoo presents Glow in the Park,  an illuminating nighttime event that displays dozens of bright lanterns and light arrangements. With each and every illuminating installation, you can watch the desert come alive for the entire month of April. This light festival is unlike any other in California, so remember to reserve tickets before they sell out!

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens: Glow in the Park




Slip on Your Dancin’ Shoes

When: April 29-May 1

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If your heart is more set on country music than the diverse odes that Coachella has to offer, don’t fret! Indio plays host to one of the biggest country music festivals in the nation. Stagecoach, like Coachella, is making a comeback from a two-year hiatus, and this year’s lineup makes up for it! Country legends like Carrie Underwood, Luke Combs and Thomas Rhett will surely make your weekend at the Empire Polo Fields one to remember. Not a country fan? That’s okay—Stagecoach isn’t all twangy tractor tunes. Over the years, the festival has pivoted to incorporate other genres and bands like viral hip-hop star Lil Nas X, legendary rockers ZZ Top and electronic guru Diplo. With a bounty of beer paired with some of your favorite music superstars, attending Stagecoach is a sure shot for a good time! 

Stagecoach Music Festival

Greater Palm Springs Events

Three Days of Art (and Free Admission)

When: April 1-3

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Who doesn’t love exploring new art and meeting the artist who created it? If this sounds right up your alley, check out the Indian Wells Arts Festival! Celebrating its 18th year of showcasing museum-caliber artists, this event invites you to meet the masters of their craft where you can watch artist demonstrations, tour special exhibits and enjoy tasty treats. Here, you’ll discover everything from paintings and sculptures to jewelry, photography and ceramics. And if you simply adore a piece, most of them are for sale, making the Indian Wells Arts Festival an oasis for art collectors. The best part? You can receive free admission for all three days and four complimentary tickets to share with friends when you volunteer! For more info, visit

Indian Wells Arts Festival



Put on Your Sunday Best for Fashion Week

When: March 19-26

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Greater Palm Springs’ art culture doesn’t stop with art festivals. This spring, you’ll want to check out the wearable art at Fashion Week El Paseo, which runs from March 19-26. This sophisticated El Paseo event will bring out your inner fashionista while spotlighting this year’s latest fashion trends and influencers. At Fashion Week El Paseo, you can dress to impress and enjoy cocktail receptions, trunk shows and celebrity and designer meet-and-greets. Oh, if one day is not enough for you, this event offers package deals that include front-row seats to multiple runway shows and access to the VIP Lounge. Don’t forget to check out our former LOCALE cover star’s Fashion Week event on March 20: the Michael Costello Midnight Sahara!

Fashion Week El Paseo

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