While Palm Springs got its start as a playground for Hollywood's stars, you don't need a celebrity's bankroll to have fun in the desert. There are plenty of attractions and things to do for the best price of all: free.
Some of the most popular free events in Palm Springs are the weekly markets held in Palm Springs and Palm Desert. Every Thursday night, downtown Palm Springs transforms into an outdoor street fair during VillageFest. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, the College of the Desert parking lot hosts a weekend outdoor market known as the COD Street Fair. Both are free to visit.
Palm Springs' distinctive neighborhoods also make for great – and free – ways to spend an afternoon browsing unique shops and boutiques. Downtown Palm Springs, the Uptown Design District and the Backstreet Art District are just a few of the city's best neighborhoods to explore for free.
Some of the desert's top attractions also offer free admission on select days. The Palm Springs Art Museum, for example, is free on Thursday afternoons and the second Tuesday of each month. Nearby, Joshua Tree National Park offers free admission to its hiking trails and viewpoints on select days as part of the National Park Service's free entrance days.
Check out the full list of free things to do in Palm Springs below.