Eat your way down S. Palm Canyon Street in Palm Springs during Restaurant Week. (Photo: Ian Dagnall / Alamy)
One week is almost too short a time to fully enjoy the sun, palm trees and shimmering desert landscapes of Palm Springs. However, if you do find a chunk of vacation time and plan to head west, plot a trip that allows you to explore Palm Springs during one of the town’s premier week-long events.
Admire Art at Palm Springs Modernism Week
Every February, when much of the United States is under a deep freeze, the architects, designers and creatives of the world congregate at Palm Springs Modernism Week. Created to celebrate the Mid-Century art, fashion, design and renowned architecture found in Palm Springs, Modernism Week features over 100 different activities and events such as home tours, films, lectures, and vintage fashion shows.
Eat Up at Palm Springs Restaurant Week
Perhaps one of local’s most favored Palm Springs events, Restaurant Week reliably dishes up one delicious meal after another. Founded in 2007, the highly anticipated event showcases international cuisines and restaurants in Palm Springs and the greater Coachella Valley. More than 100 restaurants in the area participate and visitors enjoy not only exceptional dining experiences, but hotel, spa and attraction deals as well.
Stroll through the College of the Desert Street Fair
If you can’t stretch your vacation to a week, book a shorter weekend getaway and stop by the College of the Desert Street Fair. This event is open every Saturday and Sunday year-round and is a popular destination for visitors from around the country. The Street Fair brings together more than 300 different merchants, gourmet food stalls, live entertainment and street artists, offering visitors an eclectic experience.