While there’s always something fun to do in the Valley, Palm Springs VillageFest is a unique event that happens every Thursday. The streets close to vehicle traffic and they become like a small, but festive, pedestrian street fair. From Indian Canyon Drive in the east to Belardo Road in the West, this event takes place on Palm Canyon Drive. Visitors to VillageFest can stroll as they choose down the road where vendor booths are set up and businesses are open late.
From October until May, VillageFest happens from 6pm until 10pm and in the summer, from June until September, the hours are shortened and the event starts at 7pm.
There are over 180 vendors, so there is truly something for everyone at VillageFest, whether you are a visitor to the city or a resident. Many residents make this a weekly tradition to stroll the street and find some great treasures. Some of the amazing vendors include:
• Brian Blackwater – nature and wildlife photography
• Angel Breads – handmade low sugar fruit breads and cookies
• Bean Boys Gourmet – 83 varieties of gourmet, whole or ground coffees
• Copper Gulch Design – handcrafted recycled metal jewelry, polymer clay framed artwork and jewelry
• Hawaiian Lei Bath & Body – Hawaiian style lotion, perfume, candles, hairclips and fans
• Jerky Galore – locally-made gourmet beef jerky
• MyWoodTie.com – handmade wood neck ties and belt buckles
• Stevie Saint John – handmade Boho boutique
• The Jolly Polly – hand-dipped waffles on a stick and other treats
• Wine country gifts – products made from wine barrels
As you can see from this short list of the many vendors at VillageFest, this is a very unique collection of vendors and you’ll be sure to find that special gift or item you’ve been looking for. Even if you just come out for the food and music, this event will spoil you for other festivals.
This delightful night market was the brainchild of Palm Springs residents who already had retail or tourism experience, wanting to bring people to the area for arts, crafts, food and entertainment. The Palm Springs VillageFest Board are all volunteers and are appointed by the Palm Springs City Council.
If you want to be a vendor, the application is right online. This is a great opportunity to sell your handmade art, food, jewellery and more. It is also the perfect spot to promote your small business, even if you aren’t selling anything.