As festival season in Greater Palm Springs kicks off, we’re sharing some favorite fashion spots and fun activities around the desert. It’s probably no surprise that attending the Coachella music festival tops the to-do list, featuring three packed days of music, art and food, happening on two consecutive weekends (April 13-15 and April 20-22) at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. We can’t wait to check out the performances by this year’s artists (oh hey, Beyoncé!), and there is also so much more to explore and experience around the Coachella Valley.

Crowdsurfer at Coachella

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival // Chris Miller

LOOK THE PART

If you’re still searching for the perfect festival outfit or want to add some new accessories, you have some great local options. Elizabeth & Prince has three locations (Palm Springs, Palm Desert and La Quinta), stocking women’s brands like Ulla Johnson, A.L.C. and Mara Hoffman, and the Palm Springs location also carries menswear. In downtown Palm Springs, a number of new stores have opened recently, including Free People, H&M, Johnny Was and Blonde.

Elizabeth & Prince

Elizabeth & Prince

Thick As Thieves in Palm Springs also carries festival-friendly clothing and accessories, and at The Shops at Thirteen Forty Five there are multiple stores under one roof, including Soukie Modern (featuring Soukie Festival Bags, as well as a new selection of clothing); jewelry and accessories at Respect the Chief; tees and denim at Daydreamer; clothing, jewelry and sunglasses at Candice Held; jewelry at Lindy California; menswear and accessories at Towne, and of course you should check out the Palm Springs Style shop while you are there!

Thick as ThievesThick As Thieves

On El Paseo in Palm Desert, there are a number of great stores, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Anthropologie, Lucky Brand and Trina Turk (there is a Palm Springs Trina Turk location as well).

We also love incorporating vintage fashion and accessories into a festival look – you’ll definitely want to head to The Frippery in Palm Springs and The Fine Art of Design in Palm Desert, and you can check out our full Greater Palm Springs Vintage Shopping Guide here!

The Frippery

The Frippery

EXPLORE FOR A WHILE

No trip to the desert is complete without a little cactus hunting. Visit Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs to see the world’s first “cactarium,” filled with rare specimens, or head to Mariscal Cactus & Succulents in Desert Hot Springs and The BackYard at The Shops at Thirteen Forty Five to pick out some plants to bring home.

Mariscal Cactus & Succulents

Mariscal Cactus & Succulents

There are some great exhibitions right now at the Palm Springs Art Museum‘s three locations. At the museum’s main location in downtown Palm Springs there is a spectacular Andy Warhol exhibition (Andy Warhol Prints from the Collections of Jordan C. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation, featuring over 250 works on view through May 28, 2018), and at the Architecture and Design Center, also in Palm Springs, you can experience the work of two outstanding designers/sculptors at In Conversation: Alma Allen and J.B. Blunk (on exhibit through June 4, 2018). At the museum’s Palm Desert location, Journey Through the Desert – The Road Less Traveled just opened, featuring photography that examines the American West (on exhibit through July 29, 2018).

Andy Warhol Exhibit - PSAM

Andy Warhol Prints from the Collections of Jordan C. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation at Palm Springs Art Museum // Lance Gerber

PARTY ON

The Saguaro is featuring six days packed with poolside music, and you can RSVP for the individual events here. You can also check out the designs of Brooklyn-based jewelry designer Alexis Bittar at the Saguaro, where the brand will be bringing the “Bittar Bus” – a gold-plated, classic Volkswagen conversion housing a special capsule collection. The Bittar Bus will operate from 11:00 a.m. to sundown on April 13 – 15 and April 20 – 22.

Bittar Bus at The Saguaro

Bittar Bus

Desert Gold returns to Ace Hotel & Swim Club for its tenth year, with special events and live music in conjunction with Adult Swim; music programming by NTS Radio; their annual kick-back with The Do-Over; the unveiling of a new Desert Gold mural; plus poolside bashes showcasing music from Chico Mann (Antibalas) and late-nights with DJ Nobody. For more information and to RSVP: weekend one and weekend two.

Classic denim meets festival fun when Lucky Brand takes over ARRIVE Palm Springs for their second annual Desert Jam on Saturday, April 14, featuring performances by Harry Hudson and Charli XCX, along with support from Jaira Burns, Naomi Wild and DJ sets from Mr. Best, Wade Crescent, Tolula Adeyemi and Denise Love Hewett. When it’s time to take a break from dancing, guests can get their festival looks ready with Scunci and FHI Heat, while sipping on Omission Beer and Jack Daniels cocktails. RSVP here.

The American Express Platinum House is returning for its second year to the Parker Palm Springs. The house will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15, exclusively for Amex Platinum Card Members and up to three of their guests. Activities include SoulAnnex classes by SoulCycle, beauty services, DJ sets and musical performances, pop-up shops and premium food and drink.

The infamous Neon Carnival event produced by Brent Bolthouse is back for its ninth year, this time breaking ground in a new location at HITS Desert Park in Thermal. The invite-only, celeb-laden event is presented by Levi’s Brand and sponsored by Tequila Don Julio, featuring amusement park rides, carnival games and entertainment by top DJs.

neon carnival

Neon Carnival

Hope to see you soon out on the polo fields!