There’s plenty to do in Palm Springs!
As seen on Palm Springs Life
Modernism Week / Feb. 13–23
Every February, design buffs flock to the desert for a valley-wide celebration (think: tours, lectures, parties, and more) of all things mid-mod.
One of the week’s most exciting events launches it: an out-of-this-world kickoff party playfully dubbed Space Modyssey. “We’re going to transform 20,000 square feet of space into an incredible environment that is intergalactic in nature,” says party planner Frank Goldstin.
The theme was inspired by the affair’s location at the Palm Springs Air Museum, and the night’s entertainment — a David Bowie tribute extravaganza called Space Oddity — powers up the same retro-futurist aesthetic. modernismweek.com
More than 100 artists vend paintings, ceramics, jewelry, and more in Old Town La Quinta, a charming collection of restaurants and boutiques designed to reflect the lively but peaceful city centers of Europe and Northern California. oldtownlaquinta.com
With an atmosphere similar to the legendary Rose Bowl Flea Market in Los Angeles, the Palm Springs Vintage Market is a go-to destination for desert treasure hunters seeking retro furniture, homewares, décor, art, clothing, and jewelry. palmspringsvintagemarket.com
One of the largest cycling charity events of its kind in America, Tour de Palm Springs has distributed nearly $4 million to over 150 local nonprofit organizations. Every year the event entertains between 6,000 to 10,000 cyclists from 46 different states including 4 countries. tourdepalmsprings.com
Beginning and ending at the Palm Desert Civic Center Park, the oldest half-marathon in the Coachella Valley offers a relay option, plus a low-key 5K for those seeking a shorter-distance race and a 1K for the kiddos. Make sure to stick around after the race for energy-restoring eats and some suds in the beer garden. palmdeserthalfmarathon.com
Show your love for nature at Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. Grab your bae and lace up your hiking boots for a guided Valentine’s Day trek complete with facts about local flora and fauna’s own ways of romancing. desertmountains.org
St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Palm Desert hosts this colorful fest celebrating all things Athenian. Get your mousaka and baklava fix before browsing the Greek art, souvenirs, and religious items on offer or breaking it down with the Greek folk dance performers. pdgreekfest.org
Oenophiles of all stripes head to the Rancho Mirage Community Park for two days of tastings that showcase the best of California wine and desert dining establishments. There’s also live music, vino-related vendors, and a silent auction to support local nonprofits. ranchomiragewineandfoodfestival.com