“When visitors to this week’s VillageFest meander through the streets of Downtown Palm Springs Thursday evening, they’ll also be taking part in a bit of history. The city’s popular nighttime event will be celebrating its 30th anniversary, even though the math to arrive at that number is a little tricky, thanks to the pandemic.
The event that sees streets closed every Thursday evening and replaced with vendors of all types has been ubiquitous with Palm Springs since it began in 1991. Now in its 31st year of operation, organizers are choosing to celebrate 30 years this Thursday due to its closure through much the first year of the battle against COVID-19.
It was that closure, however, that really drove home how popular the nighttime market is to visitors and how proud locals are to show it off…”