The City of Palm Desert’s First Weekend city-wide celebration is back. With a packed schedule every first weekend of the month, November through May, there is sure to be something for everyone. Every First Weekend, the City of Palm Desert presents at least one featured event and a multitude of smaller events, almost all of which are free to attend. 
 
The 2017-2018 schedule of Palm Desert First Weekend featured events is as follows:
 
November 3-5, 2017: 
STREET: Party with Westfield Palm Desert at this third annual free festival celebrating STREET art, music, food and fashion. 
Galen First Friday at the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert: Day of the Dead crafts in the Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden, public docent tour of Bob Van Breda: Lost and Found, COD Ballet Folklorico Club "Sabor a mi Tierra,” ArtTalk lecture with Run With Los Muertos Artist of the Year PANCA, and live music performance by David Macias Music.
 
December 1-3, 2017:
Celebrate the Season: On Friday, December 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the center court at The Gardens will echo with the sounds of the Bobby Sanchez Combo playing 50s covers by the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis and Ritchie Valens. The nostalgic music will complement the classic cars of Cruise Night El Paseo, which will be on display on the neighboring street and at The Gardens that night. Free pictures with Santa Claus, strolling carolers, hot cider and cocoa, and fun children’s activities led by the Palm Desert Youth Committee will add to the festive spirit.
Take Me Home Huey: Steve Maloney’s mixed-media sculpture Take Me Home Huey is composed of a transformed boneyard U.S. Army Huey helicopter that served as an air ambulance during the Vietnam War. The 47-foot-long art sculpture is accompanied by a commissioned song, a documentary film (that will be screened on Saturday), an exhibition, and an educational website.
 
January 5-7, 2018: 
Palm Desert LiveWell Festival: The second annual Palm Desert LiveWell Festival takes place on January 6, 2018, at Palm Desert Civic Center Park. The Palm Desert LiveWell Festival is an all-inclusive mind-body-spirit wellness festival that highlights the desert's top local health and wellness businesses through fun, educational, and interactive demonstrations the whole family can enjoy.
 
February 2-4, 2018: 
Swing ‘N Hops Street Party: Palm Desert kicks up its heels and swings into full gear again when the City presents the exciting third annual Swing N’ Hops Street Party – an outdoor extravaganza on the street on El Paseo between San Pablo Avenue and Larkspur Lane celebrating swing dance, craft beer, food, art, and live music.
 
March 2-4, 2018:
Wildflower Festival: In addition to great wildflower viewing and beautiful art, the festival features a Kids’ Zone, a 5k trail fun run, and interpretive wildflower hikes.  There will be raffles, vendors, exhibitors, and live music in the beer and wine garden, as well as food and beverages available for purchase.
 
April 6-8, 2018:
Brew at the Zoo: Attendees will enjoy a culinary adventure of tasty dishes and desserts from some of the Coachella Valley’s top restaurants and caterers in addition to the large selection of craft beers, premium wines, and non-alcoholic beverages. The evening also includes entertainment with several live music stages throughout the grounds.
 
May 4-6, 2018:
Celebration in Palm Desert featured event information still forthcoming. 
 
Other monthly first weekend events throughout the season include, but are not limited to:
The Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert continues their successful Galen First Fridays event every first Friday of the month with free admission from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., docent tour at 4 p.m., and a live performance at 7:30 p.m. 
Palm Desert Library Public Art Tours: Take a free, guided walking tour of the public art collection.
El Paseo Art Walk: A self-guided tour of El Paseo’s art galleries – featuring exhibit openings, artist receptions, and more.
College of the Desert Street Fair: For over 30 years, this premiere open-air shopping experience has been a popular destination for visitors and residents alike. Offering more than 300 booths featuring artists, farmer’s market, boutiques, unique items, live entertainment, gourmet food, and more.
Civic Center Park Public Art Tour: Take a free, guided walking tour of the public art collection at the Palm Desert Civic Center Park.
Desert Mountains Art Faire at Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center: This event features art including photography, paintings, ceramics, hand painted silks, and more. Support local artists and find beautiful and unique gifts and desert mementos, all while enjoying the natural beauty of the desert mountains.
Monument Story Time: Held in the Kid’s Corner at the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center, listen to a story about the creatures that live in the desert. There is also an arts and crafts activity, or a nature walk on the Ed Hastey Garden Trail. 
Young Explorers Program: Teaches children ages eight and up at the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center about maps and compasses, and exploring the great outdoors.
El Paseo Cruise Night: Get a close-up look at lovingly cared for cars on the upper level of The Gardens on El Paseo parking structure, then watch them cruise the street between Highway 74 and Portola.
Sunday Sounds Concerts at the Palm Desert Community Center: Featuring a variety of genres of music and artists each month.
 
Key partners for First Weekend include El Paseo Shopping District, and Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert/The Galen and Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden. 
 
About Palm Desert First Weekend 
Held on the first full weekend of each month from November through May, First Weekend includes featured events, culture, art, live entertainment, food, festivals, wellness and much more. For more information about First Weekend, visit www.pdfirstweekend.com or call (760) 568-1441.