The La Quinta Arts Festival, the #1 fine arts festival in the nation, takes place this year from March 1-4. Located at the La Quinta Civic Center campus at 78495 Calle Tampico, this a really great way to spend a day or so strolling through the beautiful grounds and enjoying paintings, sculpture, jewelry and many other forms of fine arts from many acclaimed artists.
You can buy your tickets in advance online here. A single day ticket is $17 per person, and a multi day is $22.
Many locals enjoy biking to the festival, using the bike trails on Washington to Calle Tampico, then parking their bikes at either the La Quinta Library, or in the bike racks in Old Town La Quinta. For those who want to drive, valet parking is $15, self parking is $10, or if you're lucky, you might snag a free parking spot in La Quinta Village.