Village Fest Night Market at Palm Springs California USA

Village Fest Night Market at Palm Springs

Palm Springs Village Fest is a night shopping day happen every Thursday night from 6 pm to 10 pm.  We were lucky as we were in Palm Springs on the Thursday night, few days before Christmas.  Palm Springs Village Fest is a special activity which only happen here, attracting many local tourists every week.

Village Fest in Palm Springs is something like our “Pasar Malam”  or Night Market.  When we were driving towards our hotel at around 4.30 pm, we saw there were road block and only realized it was the Village Fest when we came out to have our dinner.

Village Fest Night Market at Palm Springs

The Village Fest is situated in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, Off Palm Canyon Drive – just two minutes walk from where we stayed. I was kind of shocked to see so many people crowd the place suddenly in this small town with population only at around 48,000 residents.

Village Fest Night Market at Palm Springs

We have a stroll in the evening and found out there were entertainment, art, food and shopping offer at Palm Springs Village Fest Street Fair. I also noticed there were many local tourists coming here to enjoy the Village Fest atmosphere.

Village Fest Night Market at Palm Springs

Talented Musicians

Village Fest Night Market at Palm Springs

Village Fest Night Market at Palm Springs

I found about 6 musicians at the Village Fest, young, old or native singers.

Village Fest Night Market at Palm Springs

Colorful Lamps

Village Fest Night Market at Palm Springs

Shops selling candles

Village Fest Night Market at Palm Springs

Village Fest Night Market at Palm Springs

Japanese Health Massage

Stall set up in this way, look very much like the Thai massage in Thailand.  The Asian immigrants here love to associate anything with “Japan” because anything associate with Japan sound superior and prestige and can charge more.

Village Fest Night Market at Palm Springs

Police Car at the end of the road at Village Fest

Village Fest Night Market at Palm Springs

American Native Indian Musicians

Listen to good native musics, using all the native instruments to play.

Village Fest Night Market at Palm Springs

Palm Springs Police

It was interesting to see Palm Springs Police also has a stall here, selling tee shirts 🙂

Village Fest Night Market at Palm Springs

Creation from Local Artisan

You get to see or buy the artwork from the local artisan, most of the things they made are made by hands and pretty original, not those mass production stuff.

Village Fest Night Market at Palm Springs

Village Fest Night Market at Palm Springs

Artist at Work

Village Fest Night Market at Palm Springs

Palm Springs Animal Shelter

I have donated few dollars for the animal shelter.

Village Fest Night Market at Palm Springs

Horse Feeding & Animal Petting

Some farmers even bring their livestock here, visitors who like to feed the farm animals donate $5 to $10.00 and have a chance to touch and feed the horses.  There are also rabbits and pigs.

Village Fest Night Market at Palm Springs

Santa’s Grotto

Village Fest Night Market at Palm Springs

Gym Pilates workshop 

Pilates instructor demonstrates in front of the crowd, how he uses the machine to work together with his move and flexibility.

Village Fest Night Market at Palm Springs

Another Singer in Village Fest

Village Fest Night Market at Palm Springs

Restaurants & Dining

There are many restaurants to choose from near Village Fest night market, pizza, burger, Thai, Japanese, Mexican etc.

Brickworks at Palm Springs

Brickworks – serves pizza & burger

Brickworks at Palm Springs Ca

Maracas Mexican Restaurants – serving Mexican cuisine & margaritas & teguilas.

Maracas Mexican Restaurants at Palm Springs

Crazy Mels Burgers & Bar with Interesting Deco

Crazy Mels - Burgers & Bars

Japanese Cuisine vs Chinese Cuisine

We wanted something hot as the weather is super cold at night in Palm Spring because it is desert land.  Finally we went for Japanese because we can’t find Chinese. Having been living in Japan for years, I think I can tell what is an authentic Japanese cuisine or not.  The below noodles tasted way different from the real typical Japanese udon and ramen.

Village Fest Night Market at Palm Springs

Why Japanese Restaurants are everywhere?

In America, I can’t say whole America, as I only travel in the California state, I found there were not many Chinese Restaurants as compared to Japanese restaurants which can be seen everywhere.  In facts, most Japanese restaurants are not owned by Japanese but owned by Korean or Chinese immigrants. I noticed that after eating in several Japanese restaurants during our stay in California.

Eating Japanese cuisine in America seems like a trendy and prestige things. May be small piece of rice and some protein on top – sushi has a better presentation than a stir fry in a big plate. Another reason why less Chinese restaurants could be due to the price is too low compared to Japanese, owner can make more profit if they sell Japanese rather than Chinese food.  Not sure with the uprising of China, there will be more upscale Chinese restaurants in America?

Village Fest Night Market at Palm Springs

Final thoughts :

The Village Fest Palm Springs is really a nice discovery for us as this only happen every Thursday night.  We are lucky to be able to experience and see the local artisan and farmers coming together in the street fair to promote their products.  Along the routes, few musician with different style of music sing for the visitors, pretty cool vibe.  Yeah, you should look at the way local vendor made the pop corn, pretty interesting for someone who comes from Asia.  This is the place for everyone I guess, farmers, artisan, musician, police & animals all gather at night to have a great party.  Overall, I have great fun.

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26 Replies to “Village Fest Night Market at Palm Springs California USA”

  1. I love night markets and it looked like you had a great night too. I really enjoy markets where booths stand in the corner especially with their art crafts and the musicians too.

    1. Dear forkwardthinkingfoodinista

      Thanks for your comment. Yes, this is the playground for Hollywood stars back in the 1940s 🙂

    1. Dear Monique Elise,

      Yes, night market is always fun. But it is even more fun if it happen in winter, at least everyone feel a bit cosy!

  2. This looks wonderful. I can imagine a great variety of sounds, sights and smells amongst the excitement here. An evening market like this always has a fun and friendly atmosphere.

  3. Wow, this looks fun. We don’t really have night time markets here in the UK, apart from the occasional one just before Christmas. But when we do have them, I really enjoy them. I wouldn’t mind travelling to Palm Springs to find this little gem, however!

    1. Dear Liz,

      Haha, I guess UK is too cold to have night market – may be? Been to UK in summer but still very chill for me who lives in Asia 🙂
      You will love Palm Springs Villagefest!

  4. This looks like such a fun place to visit, I am always interested in seeing local markets, food, and talent when I visit some place new. All the pictures look so amazing.

  5. Looks like you had a good time. Reminds me of the Pecan Street Festival which continues well into the night with live music, arts and crafts, food, and local vendors. I have never been to a night time market.

    1. Dear itsnadianelson,
      Yes I enjoy the night market a lot at Palm Springs. I hope to visit Pecan Street Festival one day too!

  6. I do really love night market and I really like to visit this place soon. It looks so much fun and try their mouth-watering Ramen.

    1. Dear Shubhada Bhide,
      The Ramen there was not the most authentic but good to fill in the stomach. What do I expect? Being able to eat a ramen in the desert is good enough already 🙂

    1. Dear Ana,
      Thank you for your comment. Yes, Village Fest only happen every Thursday night and very interesting and good vibes!

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