Discover something new to do in Palm Desert the first weekend of every month with the many events that make up Palm Desert First Weekend, including classic cars, jazz, art, music, and more.  To kick off the Spring Season on April 6-8, head to the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert for our first Featured Event and celebrate Earth Day, on Saturday, April 7 from 11 am to 3 pm.  This year marks the 48th anniversary of this nationally acknowledged day of honoring the Earth, promoting peace and working to live in harmony with the world around us.  Earth Day at the Museum is a free event and includes art activities, demonstrations, live music, garden tours and a visit from the Wildlife on Wheels team from The Living Desert. 

The second Featured Event also happens on Saturday, April 7, from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm, as The Living Desert Zoo & Botanical Gardens presents Brew at the Zoo. Buy your ticket today and plan to celebrate National Beer Day at the zoo and enjoy craft brews, premium wine and beverages, plus a culinary adventure of tasty dishes and desserts. Dance the night away at three live music areas and experience close and personal encounters with a few of the zoo residents. Tickets range from $45-$150 and can be purchased online.

For more fun on PD First Weekend, visit the website for a complete listing of events, including:

El Paseo Cruise Night – Last Cruise of the Season
The Gardens, Friday, April 06, 2018
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm 
Car aficionados will not want to miss this last cruise of the season! Enjoy the late afternoon weather on beautiful El Paseo where spectators can get a close-up look at lovingly cared for cars on the upper level of The Gardens parking structure, or along the many venues that offer patio seating on the street. This final cruise of the season is bound to be a big hit, so get your spots early. This is a great opportunity to get some amazing photos of some of the most beautiful cars in Southern California, while enjoying all that El Paseo has to offer. The cruise extends from Highway 74 to Portola, on El Paseo.

El Paseo Art Walk
El Paseo Art Galleries, Friday, April 06
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
After watching the classic cars, take a self-guided stroll along El Paseo for Art Walk in the many fine art galleries. Enjoy exhibit openings, artist receptions and more! Travel in style on the El Paseo Courtesy Carts, all along El Paseo from Portola to the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert and Cuistot.

First Friday at the Galen
Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert, April 6
4:00 – 9:00 pm
Music and art lovers will enjoy this evening of fun that includes free admission to view the current exhibition of Bob Van Breda: Lost and Found, a docent tour at 4 pm, a wine and beer cash-bar provided by Cuistot, and a live performance at 7 PM in the Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden. Free to attend.
Cuistot Extended Happy Hour
Cuistot Restaurant, Friday, April 06
4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Stop by beautiful Cuistot restaurant on El Paseo and make new friends while enjoying the all night Happy Hour. This venue has been a desert favorite for many years, offering guests the very best in French cuisine, in an elegant setting. The special hours and prices are available in the bar and veranda.
Desert Mountains Art Faire
Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center
Saturday, April 07
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Take a quick drive up scenic Hwy 74 on Saturday to attend the Desert Mountains Art Faire. Support local artists and find beautiful and unique gifts and desert mementos, all while enjoying the natural beauty of the desert mountains. Explore the hiking trails while viewing the spring wildflowers.

College of the Desert Street Fair
College of the Desert, Saturday, April 07 – Sunday, April 08
7:00 am – 2:00 pm
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. 

Palm Desert Library Public Art Tour
Palm Desert Library, Saturday, April 07
9:00 am – 10:00 am
Take a free, guided walking tour of the public art collection at the Palm Desert Library as part of Palm Desert's inspiring and fun filled weekend of art and culture. Tour begins at the entrance of the Palm Desert Library.

Saturdays in the Sarkowsky
Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert, Saturday, April 07
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
In conjunction with PD First Weekend, enjoy games and crafts throughout the day for in the Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden. A themed craft area is located in the Annette Bloch Education Center in The Galen, where children will create DIY craft projects with Coachella Valley Art Scene, plus a craft activity provided by S.C.R.A.P. Gallery in the Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden from 1:00 to 3:00 pm and a docent led tour of the current exhibit at The Galen at 2:00 pm.

Living in Earthquake Country
Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center
Saturday, April 07, 2018
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Learn about earthquakes and our own San Andreas fault and the topography of the West with a presentation on what happens in a earthquake, and preparedness tips.

Palm Springs Cruisin' Association Classic Car Show
Westfield Palm Desert, Saturday, April 07
1:00 – 5:00 pm
Looking for more classic car action?  Swing by the PSCA’s annual Classic Car Show! See over 200 Classic cars and enjoy refreshments, music, awards and raffle. Free to attend, and car exhibitors are just $5 per entry. The best part? It all supports Desert Cancer Foundation. Located in the Westfield Parking Lot, near An American Car Wash.

Jazz for Jazz Lovers Concert*
Pete Carlson's Golf and Tennis, Saturday, April 07
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Featuring Roger Kellaway Solo Piano.
*Cost is $30 per person.

Monument Story Time
Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center
Sunday, April 08, 2018
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Kids' Corner offers story time about nature and desert creatures in the National Monument. Included outdoor or craft activity. Ages 4 to 8 with parent.
RSVP required, seating is limited. 

Monument Young Explorers Maps and Compass, Basics for Youths
Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center
Sunday, April 08, 2018
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
How do you use a map with a compass? Let's have some fun learning by doing at the Visitor Center. Ages 9 and above. Seating is limited, please RSVP.

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.  Visitors from out of the area will find everything from luxurious resorts to budget-friendly hotels, including the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa, Marriott’s Shadow Ridge, Residence Inn by Marriott, The Westin Desert Willow Villas, Hampton Inn & Suites, Shadow Mountain Resort & Club, The Inn at Deep Canyon, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Mojave Inn, Casa Larrea Inn, Club Intrawest, Embassy Suites, Best Western, and Holiday Inn Express.

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