Each spring, the desert comes alive as the wildflowers bloom and transform the Coachella Valley into a colorful canvas. The best place to celebrate them is at the Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival, a City of Palm Desert First Weekend featured event. Now in its 11th year, the Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival, presented by Friends of the Desert Mountains, will be held on Saturday, March 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center in Palm Desert. 
 
In addition to outstanding wildflower viewing, this free-to-attend event offers beautiful art, a Kids’ Zone, a 5k trail fun run, and interpretive wildflower hikes. The festival also includes raffles, vendors, exhibitors, and live music in the beer and wine garden, as well as food and beverages available for purchase.
 
With volunteer and donor support, Friends of the Desert Mountains provides a variety of ways for valley residents and visitors alike to both enjoy and sustain the rugged, natural beauty of the National Monument and Coachella Valley. Programs include 
guided hikes, adult and youth education, citizen science, trail maintenance and weed removal, and conservation. 
 
The Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center is located off Highway 74 in Palm Desert. Admission and parking are free for the festival. The day of the event, shuttles will run from St. Margaret’s Church on Highway 74, as there is no onsite parking for the Wildflower Festival. 
 
To learn more about the Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival visit DesertMountains.org or call (760) 862-9984. For sponsorship opportunities and vendor participation, call (760) 568-9918.