You've heard of the iconic Desert Trip or mega-concert Coachella, but did you know Greater Palm Springs is also home to the No. 1 fine art festival in the nation? A four-day fine art show, March 1-4, La Quinta Arts Festival is a place where visitors connect with exceptional artists and explore original art, all in a picturesque outdoor setting.
With single and multi-day passes available, you can come out for the day or make a weekend of it. Organizers have planned out your itinerary for a perfect escape to an art-lover's paradise. Grab your friends and cruise to the sunny California desert for the ultimate fine art experience.
What to See: Start the day with a specialty coffee and fresh pastry at the Island Bar, and peruse your festival program to get the lay of land. This year, artists arrive from 35 states, as well as Canada, to present their dazzling creations and unique perspectives. With dynamic displays of art in all disciplines, there is something to inspire everyone.
New in 2018, the digital art category will feature innovations in art and technology. Don't forget to visit the jewelry and wearable artisans, too, featuring handcrafted designs and unique textiles for every occasion.
What to Savor: Enjoy lunch from one of many upscale cuisine options. Fisherman's Market & Grill will serve up Anthony Bourdain's favorite fish tacos, and Bristol Farms Café will entice your taste buds with delectable, scratch-made BBQ. Discover that perfect art piece as you sip fine wine, a cold beer or other refreshing libations.
Where to Stay: After a full day of art shopping, unwind and recharge at a top-rated hotel, boutique inn, condo or a splendid resort, complete with golf course, full service spa and gourmet restaurants. Book a night at a natural mineral spring water spa or find state-of-the-art amenities at official hotel sponsor La Quinta Resort & Club, the original desert hideaway.
Before you say adieu, capture a memory — snap a selfie lakeside with amazing art and majestic mountains as your backdrop. Find out why art and culture enthusiasts return every year to experience the best of the best — La Quinta Arts Festival.
• IF YOU GO: The 36th La Quinta Arts Festival runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 1-4, 2018 at La Quinta Civic Center Campus, 78495 Calle Tampico, La Quinta, California. Tickets: $17 single day, $22 multi-day, children age 12 and under attend for free. (760) 564-1244. Avoid the lines, buy tickets at lqaf.com
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