Palm Springs Modernism Week
Every February, appreciative fans of midcentury modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture journey to Palm Springs for Modernism Week. Over the last few years this 11-day festival has grown to include nearly 350 events including rare tours inside iconic homes, an incredible marketplace, nightly parties, lectures, films, and architectural walking, biking and double-decker bus tours of some of Palm Springs’ most celebrated neighborhoods (including our own!). Even if you don’t consider yourself a mid-mod fan, there’s a little something for everyone to enjoy during Modernism Week. Not sure where to start? Here is the Twin Palms' Modernism Week Guide to a few events we’re planning to hit in 2023.
Palm Springs Modernism Show
Housed at the Convention Center, this world-class marketplace of 125 premier national and international exhibitors features rare vintage furniture, décor, art, and jewelry. The emphasis is definitely on midcentury modern, but all design movements of the 20th century are included. The show has expanded to also include 21st century original designs for modern living like dynamic building materials, home appliances, hand-crafted furniture and accessories, contemporary art and photography and much more. Traditionally held the first weekend of Modernism Week, tickets are required. Friday, February 17th – Monday, February 20th.
Frey House II
The influential architect Albert Frey lived and worked in the Palm Springs area, producing more than 200 building designs over his prolific career. Perched part way up San Jacinto mountain, this was Frey’s long-time personal residence and is considered a classic example of the Desert Modernism style. (Yes, this is the little house that’s built around a really big boulder.) Frey House II is rarely open to the public for tours. Open daily during Modernism Week. Go see it!
Twin Palms Neighborhood Tour
In 1957, our surrounding Twin Palms neighborhood became the desert’s first completed Modernist subdivision. Explore the fabulous butterfly rooflines, history, and landscaping on daily walking tours with a local expert.
Ukulele Love – Royal Hawaiian Estates Neighborhood Home Tour
Tour eight iconic homes in the newly restored Royal Hawaiian Estates community. Built in 1961 by Wexler-Harrison, this desert-tropical neighborhood embodies a perfect mix of beatnik modernism and tiki charm. And it’s just a 10-minute walk from Twin Palms! Friday, February 17th.
Boots on Arenas – The Ultimate Street Party Celebration
Pull out your go-go boots and the biggest wig you can find, then head over to the Arenas District for a street party celebrating Nancy Sinatra and her classic song from the 60s, These Boots are Made for Walking. The event is free and Nancy’s family will provide a special gift to the best dressed of the night (so get ready to slay, gurl!). Saturday, February 25th.
Where’s the best place for gay men to stay for Modernism Week?
At the all-new Twin Palms Resort, of course! Where modern luxury meets timeless, mid-century style.