Free Activities

Free Activities in Greater Palm Springs

Traveling on a budget? Have fun for free—or nearly free—in Greater Palm Springs. From hiking trails to quirky museums, the oasis is packed with budget-friendly things to do.

Street fairs offer weekly free fun, while many museums offer their exhibits for free, too. The natural beauty of Greater Palm Springs is free to explore at nature preserves and parks, while many hiking trails also offer outdoor adventure for free.

Find more fun and free activities in Greater Palm Springs below.

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  • Palm Springs VillageFest

Every Thursday evening in downtown Palm Springs there is a diverse array of artists, entertainers, assorted fruits, vegetables, fresh flowers, jewelry, international cuisine, and don't forget…

  • Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert

Opened in March 2012, this distinctive campus offers ongoing and temporary exhibitions of sculpture, painting, photography and new media. Featuring several gallery areas and is home to…

  • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument

Coachella Valley's scenic mountain backdrop covering 280,000 acres from sea level to 10,834 feet atop Mt. San Jacinto. Over 200 miles of hiking trails. High level of biodiversity.…

  • Heather James Fine Art
  • Heather James Fine Art
  • Heather James Fine Art
  • Heather James Fine Art

Heather James Fine Art offers a rare look into art history’s past and present featuring fine artwork by premier Impressionist, Modern, Post-War and Contemporary artists. The gallery…

  • COD Alumni Street Fair
  • COD Alumni Street Fair
  • COD Alumni Street Fair
  • COD Alumni Street Fair
  • COD Alumni Street Fair
  • COD Alumni Street Fair
  • COD Alumni Street Fair
  • COD Alumni Street Fair
  • COD Alumni Street Fair
  • COD Alumni Street Fair

The Street Fair is located on the College of the Desert campus and is a great place to find holiday, birthday and anniversary gifts. With almost 300 vendors present each weekend, the Street…

  • The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands
  • The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands

Sunnylands, completed in 1966, was the winter home of the late Ambassadors Walter and Leonore Annenberg. Designed by midcentury architect A. Quincy Jones, the 25,000-square-foot house…

  • Sunnylands Center & Gardens
  • Sunnylands Center & Gardens

A 17,000-square-foot building designed by Frederick Fisher & Partners. It sits on a 15-acre parcel adjacent to the historic estate and is surrounded by a nine-acre garden, designed by the…

  • COD Alumni Street Fair
  • COD Alumni Street Fair
  • COD Alumni Street Fair
  • COD Alumni Street Fair
  • COD Alumni Street Fair
  • COD Alumni Street Fair

Open-air farmer's market and shopping at its best. Bargains galore. A great way to start your day.

  • COD Alumni Street Fair
  • COD Alumni Street Fair
  • COD Alumni Street Fair
  • COD Alumni Street Fair
  • COD Alumni Street Fair

Hundreds of items for sale including clothing, accessories, outdoor and patio items, art, furniture, pottery, acrylic, jewelry, cosmetics, luggage, footwear, leather goods, home decor, health…

  • Rock Yard at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
  • Rock Yard at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino

Greater Palm Springs' premier free summer outdoor concert stage. Live music can be heard every Friday and Saturday night featuring local cover bands and tribute performances. Check the…

  • Cabazon Cultural Museum

Visit the museum to learn about the history of the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians in the Desert.

  • Velasco Park
  • Palm Desert Civic Center Skateboard Park

Practice your Backslide or Ollie North or just have a good time in Palm Desert's only Skateboard Park. Get your DRD Fun Pass at the Palm Desert Community Center, only $5 for the entire year!…

  • Cove Oasis

Available for event rentals, picnic tables, walking path.

  • La Quinta Community Fitness Center & Park

A hub for year-round fitness, recreation, classes and outdoor fun. Work out and stay motivated in the state-of-the-art fitness center with personalized training and customized workouts. Take…

  • Cahuilla Park

Playground equipment, water play, basketball courts, shaded area with tables, barbecue areas, and softball fields. Available for special events, parties and other activities.