There is no better way to take in a spring evening in the desert than a stroll along El Paseo for First Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. on April 4.

The street’s shops and galleries stay open a bit later as part of Palm Desert’s First Weekend promotion that runs through May. All events that night are free to attend and open to the public.

April’s First Friday is April 4, 2014, and includes:

Art Walk: From Old Masters and sculpture to Pop art and emerging artists, the galleries along El Paseo celebrate the visual arts with receptions and exciting exhibits from 4 to 8 p.m.


Cruise Night: If you loved the cruisers in “American Graffiti,” you’ll want to be on El Paseo for this cruise night. More than 300 antiques, hot rods, classics and muscle cars take over the strip, in an orderly fashion, of course! The cars and their owners meet up on the upper level of the parking garage at The Gardens on El Paseo at 3:15 p.m., at the corner of Larkspur and El Paseo, to chat and get organized and then cruising from 4 to 6 p.m.

Extended Shopping Hours: There is more time to explore the 250 amazing shops and boutiques along El Paseo on First Friday with shopping until 8 p.m. Not in the mood to walk? Take the Yellow Courtesy Cart to get to your favorite stores.

Free First Fridays at the Galen: If you haven’t yet discovered the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert, First Friday is the night to catch the entertainment in the Faye Sarkowski Sculpture Garden and take advantage of the free admission from 4 to 8 p.m. to the museum at the corner of El Paseo and Highway 111.

The final First Friday of the 2013/2014 season will be May 2. First Friday will return next season!

At more than a mile in length, El Paseo is a shopping destination that offers more than 250 shops and restaurants, including top national brand stores, unique local boutiques, cafes and dining from sandwiches and sushi to seafood and steaks. For more information on El Paseo, First Friday or a directory of stores, visit