MARCH 12–MAY 16, 2021
Offering a celebrated arts and culture scene, Greater Palm Springs draws visitors from around the globe with its world-class museums, public art pieces and signature art festivals and fairs. Desert X, a free biennial outdoor art exhibit comprising site-specific installations, has become one of the biggest reoccurring events in the destination, welcoming art lovers and culture connoisseurs to discover amazing, visual works in unexpected places—in the wide-open desert, next to parks and even on the sides of buildings.
Featured works by both established and emerging artists explore topics such as climate change, immigration, and the environment. Highlights from the first two installments (2017 and 2019) range from dazzling mirror displays and larger-than-life optical illusions to augmented reality installations, experiential sculptures, and vibrant wall murals. And with over a dozen works displayed throughout Greater Palm Springs, from Desert Hot Springs in the west to the Salton Sea in the east, many visitors make a weekend out of it, exploring local restaurants, events, and things to do along the way.