The New Year is upon us, and Greater Palm Springs is kicking off 2018 with a renowned film festival, outdoor events and more. Check out this round-up of things to do in the oasis this week.

La Quinta Cove Full Moon Hike
January 2, 2017 | 6:45PM-9:00PM
Experience a hike by moonlight under the impressive desert sky. Hikers will experience the beauty of the shadows and wash of moonlight over the desert mountains. You’ll also be looking for all types of night creatures along the trail.

29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival
January 2-15, 2018
Don’t miss your chance to attend one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming 135,000 attendees each year for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries. The festival is also known for its annual Black Tie Awards Gala, honoring the best achievements of the year by a celebrated list of talent who, in recent years, have included Ben Affleck, Cate Blanchett, George Clooney, Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron and Kate Winslet.

Michael Keenan Winemaker Dinner
January 4, 2018 | 6:00PM-10:00PM
Join Morgan’s in the desert at La Quinta Resort and Club for their monthly Winemaker Dinner. This month features renowned Napa Valley vintner Keenan Winery.

Kennel Club of Palm Springs Dog Shows
January 4-7, 2018
Enjoy four days of dog shows as pups strut their stuff in Palm Springs. The schedule includes breed specialty shows on Thursday and Friday, and all breed shows on Saturday and Sunday. Vendors will offer canine-related items for sale, and food vendors will also be on-site.

Palm Desert First Weekend
January 5-7, 2018
The first-weekend city-wide celebration in Palm Desert is back in 2018. Enjoy street art, music, food, fashion, classic cars, wellness highlights, a street party, dancing, kids zones, hikes, and so much more.

Red Carpet Run 5K & 10K
January 6, 2018 | 8:00AM-11:00AM
Named one of the Top 10 Movie Themed Races in the USA by SHAPE.COM, the Palm Springs International Film Festival Red Carpet Run offers both a 5K and 10K run/walk beginning and ending on the red carpet. Plus, runners get to enjoy an incredible route past some of the celebrity homes of the iconic past.

Desert Mountains Art Faire
January 6, 2018
Join Friends of the Desert Mountains at the monthly Desert Mountains Art Faire. Mediums include photography, paintings, ceramics, hand-painted silks, and more. The event supports local artists, and visitors will find beautiful and unique gifts and desert mementos, all while enjoying the natural beauty of the desert mountains.

The LiveWell Festival
January 6, 2018
Palm Desert's LiveWell Festival, The Desert’s Largest Health + Wellness Festival and Color Run, returns to Greater Palm Springs this weekend. The LiveWell Festival is an all-inclusive mind-body-spirit wellness festival, which highlights the desert’s health and wellness service community.

Monument Story Time
January 7, 2018
Join Friends of the Desert Mountains to hear a story about the creatures that live in the desert. After the reading, there will be arts and crafts activities related to the story, and visitors can also take a nature walk on the Ed Hastey Garden Trail.

Birding Walk
January 8, 2018 | 7:30AM-9:00AM
Walk on the paved Ed Hastey Garden Walk and Randall Henderson Wash Loop Trail with an experienced birder to discover the year round and migratory birds who call the Coachella Valley Desert their home. Bring your binoculars, water, hat, sunscreen and camera. RSVP required, space is limited.

Looking for more things to do? Check out our full Greater Palm Springs events calendar.