It always feels a bit odd to walk down the middle of a normally busy street, without the need to watch for traffic. But we’re here with thousands of other visitors and residents, strolling down the centre of Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs as part of a huge and fun weekly event: VillageFest.
Every Thursday in downtown Palm Springs, a massive street fair and market unfolds on Palm Canyon Drive.
What is VillageFest Palm Springs?
VillageFest is a unique event, since the street is closed, and nearly 200 vendors are given permission to set up right on the street. This also creates a wide boulevard for thousands of pedestrians to walk down and shop the wares, or just admire.
Where is Villagefest?
The street fair unfolds all along Palm Canyon Drive, from Indian Canyon Drive to Belardo Road, if you’re driving down or looking for parking. Vendor booths are set up on both sides of Palm Canyon drive, and visitors are able to stroll through the traffic-free event.
Which vendors are at VillageFest?
VillageFest features dozens of food and snack vendors, so it’s a great place to bring the family for an on-the-go meal, but plenty of restaurants are also open if you’re looking for table service and a sit-down dinner. You can also find clothing, accessories, jewelry, and health vendors, plus plenty of artists and artisans.
We’ve attended at various times of the year and while there’s often a core group of merchants, the vendors do change frequently. Some notable stops we made were the lovely Japanese gift shop Wabi Sabi, we got an education in CBD creams and ointment from a local marijuana health seller, and we stopped by “Ask the Rabbi” where he’s recommend we go for a cold drink.
The event goes year round, though in the summer it sometimes begins later, starting at 7pm rather than 6pm so visitors can enjoy the cool of the desert evening.