The Street Fair at College of the Desert

The Street Fair at College of the Desert

The Street Fair at College of the Desert
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8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Located on the College of the Desert campus in Palm Desert CA this year round weekend event sponsors over 100 merchants offering a wide variety of unique gifts, gadgets, tools, clothing, outstanding food, original art, housewares, yard/patio furniture and décor and much much more.
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  • jocelynp475
    Fredericton, Canada89 contributions
    A must visit street fair
    We went on a Sunday afternoon in late February and it was so busy. There are so many vendors. The number of vendors seems up from a couple of years ago. So much metal art, leather goods, sunglasses, jewelry. The line ups for food were really long so we did not eat. We had planned to but there was no seating room left and vendors lined up 20 deep. Lots of fun. Plan on 4 hours minimum
    Written March 6, 2020
  • Shawn L
    Chestermere, Canada252 contributions
    Cool Place to Walk Around Weekend Mornings
    I have gone to this market every time I am in Palm Springs (Palm Desert). All the local vendors set up their stores - some with very unique items. If you are a fan of local art, food and boutique style shopping, then the Street Fair is for you. Great for the family. Washrooms are on site. Lots of free parking. Food vendors. Unique gifts and trinkets. Saturday and Sunday 7 to 2pm. Check local listing for seasonal dates.
    Traveled with family
    Written March 17, 2020
  • dellesol
    Cumberland, Canada158 contributions
    Lots to see and taste at the fair
    My beloved and I went here two Saturdays in a row. There is a lot to see - you have interesting demonstrations of kitchen appliances. You have fresh produce and also nuts and dried fruits. Clothing for men and women (no name brands except the odd golf stuff). It is free. It has a small food court area with a variety of yummy foods. My husband had a chicken gyro and it was HUGE. 9 Dollars for what could feed us both. I had a lovely, freshly prepared crepe with fresh fruit. It was divine. Only $5.50. There are picnic tables to sit and eat. Musicians performing - really nice vibe. You have so much to choose from: pashminas, to kitchen gadgets, to reclaimed golf balls (and if you golf like me - it is awesome to get a deal for a ball you will lose to the wilderness). There is golf clothing, metal art, framed art, jewelry, bbq sauce and strange but interesting items. Of course also, as cannabis is legal here in California, there are many stalls that offer lotions and potions with CBD. Lots to see ... No fee for attending. If you want close parking it is 4 dollars but there is a little trolley to take you to and from drop off points. Also, the bathrooms are on the perimeter and they are clean, clean, clean! Worth the trek to see what is available in the area.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 19, 2020
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cultdiva
Los Angeles, CA225 contributions
Oct 2022 • Solo
I was hoping to see more handcrafts and unique items. Instead I found mostly overpriced made in China soon to be landfill items.
I’m impressed by the stall holders ability to tend to their market spaces in Palm Desert heat but not a place I would be heading back to.
Written October 9, 2022
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TravelingBill
Glendale, AZ543 contributions
Dec 2022
We have visited this street fair for years, every time we traveled to Palm Springs. We visited on a Sunday morning and were surprised at what we found. It was only about 1/3 the size and number of vendors a prior. The prices they charged were equal to two times what you could get the same thing on Amazon or at Kohl's or 3-4 times what you would pay for the same item at Dollar Tree or 99 cent srore. Very few people shopping, the week before Christmas
Written December 22, 2022
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carlotaTravel4fun
california526 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Not a flea market, or street fair, or farmer’s market, so what is it? Not sure. It was a very large pop-up tent gathering of stuff. There were a couple of small produce tents, and some jewelry stands. Mostly clothing, shoes, sunglasses, a couple of leather stands, and then more of the same. In the middle was a food court area. There was not really anything unique or even that interesting. There is one free parking lot right next to the “Street Fair” and a couple of lots that charged $4 and had a shuttle to the shopping area. I would recommend, if you do go, to get there early, like when they open, and park in the free lot. By around 9 there were cars circling this free lot waiting for people to leave. The prices were high at the booths I stopped at and again, nothing unique. Could have skipped this outing.
Written January 30, 2020
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Sarah
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Jan 2023 • Family
Our family attended the Sunday street fair to look at vendors/get lunch/etc. The fair is lovely, with lots of great stands and stores, but our experience with the woman who owns “Trendz for Chicks” was so horrible I do not know that I would return with my children. She was rude, disrespectful, and used inappropriate language around myself and my children. When we asked if we could try on a pair of jeans, she grabbed them out of my daughters and began yelling at us. I have never had an exchange with another human being that was as harsh, disrespectful, and unprofessional as we did with the owner of “Trenz For Chicks”.
Written January 15, 2023
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Gregory M
Westchester, IL274 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
The Street Fair is an area tradition. Located in the College of the Desert Monterey Avenue parking lot it is open from 7 am to 2 pm Saturday, Sunday and Monday holidays. There is a food court in the center with hot dogs, burritos, shrimp cocktail crepes, mini donuts; your typical fair “healthy” eating choices. This year there was a new bakery booth. Stroll up and down the aisles of vendor booths finding everything from art, sunglasses, games and golf equipment. The vendors are heavy into women’s clothing and jewelry. Get there early to beat the crowds and the heat. Since it is on an asphalt parking lot it can get pretty hot after the sun is beating down all morning. If you can’t find something here you don’t need it ( and you don’t need most of the stuff here). It is a pleasant way to spend half a day wandering around looking at the people and their dogs
Written February 2, 2020
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Chicagonative_7
Chicago1,023 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Seems more folks are wandering around than buying..... just like us. Other than fresh produce, everything else is cheaper elsewhere. The dates, berries and fresh fruits are the Best Buy’s. People watching is definitely senior citizen dominated.....

The smart place to park, closer than most lots, is on Date Palm just across from the entrance!
Written February 29, 2020
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MinneapolisCMB
Minneapolis, MN382 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
A very fun and interesting place to spend a morning. Many vendors selling all kinds of interesting wares—jewelry, clothing, kitchen gadgets, watches, purses, art of all kinds, toys, reading glasses, socks, shoes, garden sculptures, belts, scarves, hats—you name it and you can likely find it here. Plus, a variety of food vendors when you’re ready for a snack or lunch.
Written February 11, 2020
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Sue H
9 contributions
Feb 2020
Fun vendors, produce and delicious lunch! Parking was plentiful. Many booths for everyone's different interest. If purchasing a kitchen gadgets with blades, I chose to mail to our home to avid TSA confiscating at the airport.
Written March 3, 2020
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NGDMJ
Moose Jaw, Canada286 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Such a nice street fair and so nicely laid out with a broad assortment of things to purchase. The vendors are friendly and not at all pushy to sell their wares. We always stop at this event at least 4 times a year when in Palm Desert and we always enjoy spending 1-2 hours here. Cooler in January & February so there are mire vendors than in the summer.
Written January 21, 2020
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Susan S
Philadelphia, PA1,087 contributions
Feb 2020
Many many people but plenty of parking and space....It never felt too crowded. I bought a hat from a booth with so many hats. Fancy, casual, sun hats, mens and women's hats in many sizes. Also a great kitchen gadget place with all kinds of hard-to-find utensils. Also plenty of food booths and some fresh produce too.
Written February 16, 2020
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  • Sat - Sun 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM