Spring is in full bloom and nothing says spring more than escaping to your favorite Southern California oasis. April is full of things to do with events like Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Stagecoach, and Easter celebrations. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler to the destination, take a look below at all the upcoming events and start planning your next outing!
When: April 1- May 7
The outdoor art biennial Desert X is continuing its focus on social and environmental themes featured in previous editions when it returns this spring with art by 11 international artists from Europe, North America, and South Asia.
When: April 9
This Easter, enjoy more than just sunshine. Bring the entire family to celebrate at brunch or have some fun under the sun with egg hunts. Take advantage of the lovely weather and dine al fresco. Make it an Eggstavaganza with an egg hunt or take the children for a photo op with the Easter Bunny at The Shops at Palm Desert. Hop on over to find out the Things to do for Easter for a list of all our local events and start planning your holiday weekend.
When: April 14-16 & 21-23
The renowned music festival is back! This year’s headliners are Bad Bunny, BLACKPINK, and Frank Ocean. See more than your favorite music artists, as Coachella always has larger-than-life art installations sure to give you a serious case of FOMO. These Instagram-worthy art installs are always a buzz throughout the month. See it all live or watch for a glimpse of the action on Visit Greater Palm Springs’ Instagram @visitgreaterps.
When: April 28-April 30
Put on your best country attire and be prepared for an unforgettable weekend of country music and western culture as Stagecoach Music Festival returns with its signature blend of heartwarming melodies and boot-stomping beats. Taking place in the picturesque Greater Palm Springs, this legendary festival features an exciting lineup of country music's biggest stars, both established and emerging. Luke Bryan, Kane Brown, and Chris Stapleton are headlining one of the largest outdoor country music festivals held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. Find out what is happening Beyond Stagecoach and discover new country music food and hangouts that surround the festival.
THINGS TO DO
Country Fest at The Ranch at 38
When: April 1
Join the first-ever Country Fest at The Ranch at 38! Enjoy live performances by Daniel Bonte and the Bonafide, Joe Peters and The All Cash Band, Zander Rodriguez & Co, and Bryan Whitley, while indulging in delectable food choices and beer & wine. The event will also have games for all and vendors selling their wares. Bring your own chairs and blankets for a cozy time, but please refrain from bringing outside food and drink.
GLOW IN THE PARK: A SPRING LANTERN FESTIVAL AT THE LIVING DESERT
When: April 1- 30
Acrisure Arena, Home of the Coachella Valley Firebirds, presents Glow in the Park, an extraordinary event that commemorates the stunning splendor of nature with an array of illuminated lanterns. These spectacular exhibits, showcasing captivating artistry, interactive components, and endless photo opportunities, will craft a mesmerizing experience for attendees of all ages, making it a night to remember.
Classic Club Wine Expo
When: April 2
Experience the flavors of more than 100 wines sourced from various parts of the world and indulge in expertly curated pairings with regional cuisine. As a bonus, you'll take home a Bellatrix wine tray as a keepsake. A knowledgeable sommelier will guide you through a comparative tasting, offering exclusive deals on current and vintage wines from your preferred wineries.
PALM SPRINGS VINTAGE MARKET
When: April 2
Returning this month, the Palm Springs Vintage Market is ready to showcase vintage finds from furniture to clothing, as well as live entertainment and food. This is a perfect way to spend your Saturday morning in Palm Springs.
Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day
When: April 3
Join Ben & Jerry's at The River Rancho Mirage in celebrating Free Cone Day around the globe. Treat yourself to a complimentary scoop of their delicious ice cream. Ben & Jerry's values your patronage and is grateful for your support. Enjoy their delectable flavors and show your fondness for their brand. Free Cone Day is a cherished custom for them to exhibit their gratitude.
John Mayer Solo
When: April 6
John Mayer, a pioneer in the music industry, is embarking on an innovative solo acoustic tour, which is a first in his career. This ambitious journey has been in the works for 20 years and will showcase Mayer's exceptional skills on the acoustic guitar, with occasional displays of his piano and electric guitar prowess at the Acrisure Arena.
EL PASEO ART WALK
When: April 7
The renowned El Paseo Art Walk, a long-standing tradition on El Paseo, is now happening on the first Friday of every month, from November through May. There will be exhibit openings, artist receptions, and more.
When: April 7
Whether or not you own a classic car this is an amazing opportunity to partake in the festivities of Cruise Night on El Paseo. Everyone is welcome to join every month. Bring out your car from the garage, gather your family, and meet "On the Boulevard." Don't forget to invite your friends for a fun-filled evening.
City of Palm Springs 85th Anniversary Celebration!
When: April 8
The Palm Springs 85th Anniversary celebration is set to include a vintage car parade with a record-breaking number of cars and Nancy Sinatra as the Grand Marshall. The entertainment will begin at noon featuring DJs and live performances, followed by an Elton John tribute band playing in the downtown park at 7 pm. Attendees can also participate in a dog costume contest by dressing their pets as their favorite Hollywood celebrities and enjoying a special 85th Anniversary cupcake. The celebration promises to be a fun-filled event for the whole family, so make sure to join in on the festivities!
Desert Gold at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club
When: April 14-17 & 20-23
The Coachella parties return to the Ace Hotel & Swim Club with two weekends of exuberant celebration and divine revelry under the San Jacinto Mountains. Desert Gold presents an array of renowned performers and unexpected stars to elevate your spirits with sublime music and dazzling poolside parties. Although everyone is invited to attend free events, space is limited and entry will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Desert Daze Music Festival Takeover at the Saguaro Palm Springs
When: April 15
During Coachella weekend, Desert Daze will be hosting a poolside event. Don't miss out on the DJ set by Automatic (Stones Throw Records) on Saturday, April 15th. Admission is free with an RSVP, but space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot.
When: April 15-16 & 22-23
Hosted at the Hilton Palm Springs, Day Club is one of the biggest pool party series in Greater Palm Springs during the festival month. Enjoy a day or stay all weekend as you listen to DJ sets perform poolside under the palms.
Adaptive Sports Fair in Palm Desert
When: April 22
SoCal Adaptive Sports and Desert Recreation District present Adaptive Sports Fair: Inclusive Community Event. This is a disability sports festival that is open to the entire community. The sports fair will be held at Palm Desert Civic Center Park from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Interact through adaptive sports programs, obtain information from location organizations, and make connections with others in the community. This event is open to everyone in the community who has an interest in attending.
Journey at the Acrisure Arena
When: April 25
Journey, the diamond-selling Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, will be headlining Acrisure Arena with a very special guest appearance by TOTO. Journey is renowned for their repertoire of timeless hits, spanning decades and topping the charts with anthems such as "Don't Stop Believin'," "Any Way You Want It," "Faithfully," "Lights," and many more.
Dining Out For Life Greater Palm Springs
When: April 27
Dine out for a cause. Participate in Dining out to End HIV on Thursday, April 27 at various restaurants in Palm Springs that will donate a proceed to the cause. See the full list and details here.
JAZZ UNDER THE DESERT SKY AT ACE HOTEL
When: Every Wednesday
The Ace Hotel & Swim Club offers a live, open-air jazz and dinner series every Wednesday. Enjoy an evening under the desert sky for a night of auditory bliss, paired with a menu of delights from the King's Highway kitchen. Limited seating is also available close to the performance on a first-come-first-served basis. This event is free and open to all.
When: Every Thursday
The Palm Springs Art Museum has 28 galleries, two sculpture gardens, a 433-seat theatre, and a popular local bistro. Every Thursday they offer free admission to the public from 5-7 p.m.
When: Every Thursday
Villagefest takes place in downtown Palm Springs where the street is closed to create a relaxed, fun, and festive atmosphere full of food, artists, fashion, and other unique vendors.
Looking for a fun-filled family vacation? Look no further than Greater Palm Springs, where endless adventures await the whole family. Enjoy the great outdoors with a hike through the scenic Joshua Tree National Park or a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. For animal lovers, the Living Desert Zoo is a must-visit, with over 1,200 acres of exhibits and habitats for a variety of wildlife. The area also boasts family-friendly museums, art galleries, and interactive exhibits, as well as thrilling water parks and amusement parks. Plus, with plenty of kid-friendly dining options and accommodations, Greater Palm Springs is the perfect destination for a memorable family vacation.
Want to add more to your itinerary? Check out our full events calendar in Greater Palm Springs.