Paseo may be famed for its shopping, but the El Paseo Exhibition gives the street its sparkle. The newly installed 2017/2018 exhibition, a collection of 18 sculptures that line the street’s median, can be toured for the first time with a Public Art docent on Saturday, January 7 at 9am by meeting at the northwest corner of El Paseo and Portola. A formal dedication follows at 10:30am at The Gardens on El Paseo, where you can also learn about Palm Desert’s new 2017/2018 El Paseo Exhibition app. Then, from 11am-12 noon, artists can be found near their artwork and will be available to talk about their work. Additionally, local arts organizations will set up arts and crafts stations along the street in hopes that the artful setting has inspired you to unleash your own creativity.


For help with those resolutions, head to the free LiveWell Festival at Palm Desert Civic Center Park on Saturday, January 7 to view live yoga and fitness demos, visit with exhibitors, enjoy live music and try some tasty, healthy treats. If that event leaves you inspired to take on a bigger challenge, why not hop on your bike for the Tour de Palm Springs on January 21, which offers rides varying in length from 10 miles to a 100-mile Century? Or lace up your running shoes to participate in the Palm Desert Panther 5K on January 22, held on El Paseo, where you may be tempted to window shop as you run.


Ready for some horseplay? We have the equestrian events for you! For world-class hunter and jumper competition, don’t miss the HITS Coachella Desert Circuit in Thermal, which starts its season on January 17 and continues through March 19, when it wraps up with the $1 Million AIG Grand Prix. Even if you don’t know what a “chukker” is, you’ll love the fast-paced action of the polo matches at Empire Polo Club and Eldorado Polo Club held on Sundays from early January through early April. You can opt for a VIP experience with food service, or pack a picnic and grab a chair to do a little tailgating.



With all the classically trained chefs who call the desert their home, there’s no shortage of delicious French food in Palm Desert. The French Corner Café is the place to head for authentic French cuisine served at affordable prices in a casual setting. Open daily in season from 8am-8pm, they have you covered whether you’re craving crepes for breakfast, a croissant sandwich for lunch or filet mignon for dinner. Just be sure to leave room for macarons or any of the other the delicious French pastries found in the bakery case. Bon appetit!

Palm Springs International Film Festival
Palm Springs
January 2-16

LiveWell Festival
Palm Desert Civic Center Park
January 7

Southwest Arts Festival
Empire Polo Grounds
January 26-29

Kathy Griffin
Fantasy Springs
January 13

Vanessa Williams
McCallum Theatre
January 14

Rick Springfield
McCallum Theatre
January 18

Jay Leno
McCallum Theatre
January 21

George Benson
Spotlight 29
January 21

Steven Tyler
The Show at Agua Caliente
January 21

First Weekend Palm Desert
Palm Desert
January 6-8

Palm Desert Public Art Tour
El Paseo
January 7

Music and Dining Under the Stars
Desert Willow Golf Resort
January 12

CareerBuilder Challenge
PGA West and La Quinta Country Club
January 18-24

Tour de Palm Springs
Palm Springs
January 21

The Gardens Concert Series
The Gardens on El Paseo
January 28-March 18