The month kicks off with City of Palm Desert’s First Weekend events taking place on El Paseo. Many of the shops will stay open extended hours on the first Friday of the month, April 7, along with art galleries participating in El Paseo Art Walk from 4 to 7 p.m. El Paseo Art Walk is a self-guided tour of the galleries, with several of them holding artist receptions, exhibition openings, live music, and more. Also part of First Weekend, El Paseo Cruise Night features classic and custom cars on view at The Gardens upper parking deck at 3:15 p.m., followed by cruising El Paseo from 4 to 6 p.m. 
 
April marks the debut of many spring fashion collections, now on display in many of the retail apparel shops. One notable line being Tommy Bahama’s new IslandZone Collection that is was created using a unique 37.5® technology, which is derived from coconut shells and volcanic sand to create soft, high-performance garments that help regulate body temperature and control perspiration. Several new stores have also opened. Daisy Blue is a boutique shop offering moderately price resort wear boutique along with Voluspa candles, Uno de 50 jewelry, and accessories. For head to toe style, Oliver Peoples offers quality eyewear in timeless designs inspired by the SoCal lifestyle. Their eyewear and sunglasses have framed many famous faces from Reese Witherspoon and Robert Downey Jr. to Billy Bob Thornton and Katie Holmes. And, for nearly 30 years Souliers has operated its specialty footwear boutiques in the heart of Southern California, now with a new store on El Paseo. They offer a constantly evolving and impeccable selection of unique and hard to find European and American shoe brands.
 
Around shopping and enjoying the cultural events, there are many restaurants from casual to elegant to be enjoyed on El Paseo. Several will also offer special menus and brunch for Easter on April 16, as well as traditional menus. Check out Pacifica for their brunch special and Café De Beaux Arts for a special Easter menu. Popular dining spots including Mitch’s on El Paseo, Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar, Il Corso, and Mastro’s Steakhouse will be open for Easter, as are many others.


 Later in the month, the famous Budweiser Clydesdales visit on Thursday, April 27, making deliveries to various restaurants along El Paseo from 3 to 4 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. The eight-horse hitch and red Budweiser beer wagon will be accompanied by the Dalmatian “coach dog,” bred and trained to protect the regal horses and guard the beer wagon!
 
All year long El Paseo offers an abundance of dining and shopping options every day with over 250 retailers and nearly 40 restaurants. Among celebrated retailers are boutiques for men and women, home furnishings, and accessories from shoes and handbags to jewelry, collectibles, as well as fitness facilities. A variety of exceptional restaurants offer something for everyone, from casual dining and American cuisine, to fine dining and extraordinary cuisine.
 
For more information about the shops on El Paseo and scheduled special events, please click here.