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 12-14 and April 19-21) at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. We can’t wait to check out the performances by this year’s artists, and there is also so much more to explore and experience around the oasis.

Crowdsurfer at CoachellaCoachella Valley Music and Arts Festival // Chris Miller

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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There are some great exhibitions right now at the Palm Springs Art Museum's locations. At the museum’s main location in downtown Palm Springs there is Unsettled: Art on the New Frontier, featuring contemporary art by more than 75 artists living and working in the West, including Ed Ruscha, Andrea Zittel, Gerard Murillo and more (on exhibit through April 30, 2019), and at the Architecture and Design Center, also in Palm Springs, you can experience Hugh Kaptur: Organic Desert Architecture (on exhibit through June 17, 2019). 

psam unsettledUnsettled exhibition at Palm Springs Art Museum // Lance Gerber

You should also explore the Desert X 2019 installations throughout Greater Palm Springs before they close on April 21, 2019! You can check out our guide to the Desert X East installations here, and our guide to the Desert X West installations is available here.

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PARTY ON

The Saguaro is featuring six days packed with poolside music and fun, and you can RSVP for the individual events here!

Desert Gold returns to Ace Hotel & Swim Club for its eleventh year, with special events and live music; their annual kick-back with The Do-Over; the unveiling of a new Desert Gold mural by Chaz Bear; plus poolside bashes both weekends. For more information and to RSVP: weekend one and weekend two.

desert gold mural ace hotel palm springs chaz bear'Desert Void' mural by Chaz Bear at Ace Hotel & Swim Club

The American Express Platinum House is returning to Palm Springs for the third year, this time at Avalon Palm Springs. The event will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14, exclusively for Amex Platinum Card Members. Activities include fitness classes, beauty services, DJ sets, pop-up shops and premium food and drink.

The famous Neon Carnival event is back in the city of Thermal for its tenth year, this time happening two times -- Saturday, April 13 and Saturday, April 27. The invite-only, celeb-laden event, presented by Levi's, Bondi Sands and Pokéman Detective Pikachu, features amusement park rides, carnival games and entertainment by top DJs.

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YSL Beauty is heading to the desert this festival season, with their first-ever lipstation, pop-up shop and content creation set (designed as a YSL-themed gas station!), which will be open to the public from Friday, April 12, to Sunday, April 14. RSVP here.

The Shops at Thirteen Forty Five are hosting Female First Fest on Friday, April 12 from noon to 6 p.m., featuring complimentary cocktails, tunes by DJ Femme A, glitter makeup bar, photo booth and pop-up shops by female-owned local brands.

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Happy festival season!