The Budget-Friendly Guide to Modernism Week 2020

Interested in dipping your toe in the Modernism Week experience, but not quite ready to make the spend on tickets? Check out this year’s free events.

Even if you’re on a strict budget, there are lots of economic ways to satisfy your design appetite.  Make the most of Modernism Week without breaking the bank!


Palm Springs Walk of Stars

Between 1955 and 1965, the Alexander family built over 2200 homes in the Coachella Valley that have become recognized for their midcentury modern aesthetic. Design icon Pierre Cardin built the first and only Maxim’s de Paris Suite Hotel (now the Hyatt) in 1986, and is the subject of the documentary “House of Cardin” debuting in the 2020 Architecture Design Art Film Festival. Together, the Alexanders and Cardin have left an indelible mark in Palm Springs, and we are proud to honor their legacies with two star dedication ceremonies on the Walk of Stars on February 14 and 20 (respectively). Learn more about the Alexander family and Pierre Cardin.

Hot Purple Energy’s Architectural Bike Ride

This annual bike ride is a great way to explore different midcentury modern neighborhoods.  While this event is free, you must bring your own bike.  To rent one, contact Big Wheel Tours to make a reservation. February 15 + 22, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. RSVP in advance here.

Meet the Builder & Architect Champagne Brunch

Join Flair at Miralon by Woodbridge Pacific Group (award winning builder of Skye Palm Springs) for a Meet the Builder & Architect Champagne Brunch. WPG Principal Todd Cunningham and Architect Samir Hannouche will discuss midcentury design traditions that inspired this newest collection of homes set behind the exclusive gates of Miralon, offering the perfect balance of artful living in iconic Palm Springs. February 15, 2020, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Learn more here.

Happy Hour with the Dreamboats, presented by Corian Design

What better way to end a day of modernist fun than with good music, a craft cocktail, and The Dreamboats? Hang out with us at CAMP for a happy hour event that is sure to rock. February 15-16, 18, and 19-22, 2020, 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Learn more here.

Shag’s Modernism Print Release Party

Each year, artist Josh Agle (aka Shag) hosts a print release party to celebrate the special edition artwork that he creates specially for Modernism Week.  This gallery event is a great way to experience the Uptown Design District, and get up close and personal with a Palm Springs celebrity and retro-inspired art icon. Shag will be signing prints and hosting for the evening, with live music by the Martini Kings. February 15, 2020, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Learn more here.

Manufacturing Modernism: Behind the Scenes of Custom Prefab Homebuilding

Join Plant Prefab Founder & CEO Steve Glenn to explore the intersection of modern design and modern home building, and learn how great home design is now more accessible, more attainable, and decidedly more sustainable than ever before. Experience Plant Prefab’s latest innovation in homebuilding technology in its LivingHome 10 accessory dwelling unit (ADU),  which will be open for tours at CAMP. February 17, 2020, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Learn more here.

Modernism Week Vintage Car Show

Spend the long weekend in Palm Springs and stick around for the Modernism Week Vintage Car Show outside the Palm Springs Convention Center.  Whether you’re a devoted collector or just a fan of good old Americana, this annual show will stun with rare and lovingly restored classic cars from the 1930s to the 1980s. February 17, 2020, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Learn more here.

The Palm Springs School of Architecture – A Collaboration between Cal Poly Pomona and College of the Desert

Be among the first to learn about the developing partnership for the Palm Springs School of Architecture 5-year degree program to be located on the newest College of the Desert campus in Palm Springs. This advanced degree, a first for COD, will be awarded as a result of an exciting partnership between College of the Desert and Cal Poly Pomona. February 21, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Learn more here.

Melnikov House: Saving an Avant-Garde Icon

Designed by architect Konstantin Melnikov (1890-1974) for himself and his family, Melnikov House is an experimental cylindrical structure that was built between 1927 and 1929. Pavel Kuznetsov, deputy director of the Schusev State Museum of Architecture in Moscow and a member of the Iconic Houses Network, will explore the history and preservation efforts of the home. February 21, 2020, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Learn more here.

Poolside at The Hideaway

Celebrate the last Friday of Modernism Week poolside at The Hideaway. Enjoy complimentary BBQ sliders, specialty cocktails and soft drinks at architectural designer Herbert Burns’ first project in Palm Springs, The Hideaway, which exudes authentic 1947 “desert modern” style. February 21, 2020, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. RSVP in advance here.

“Artist Series” Happy Hour Preview Party at the Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar

Preview Tommy Bahama’s exclusive Artist Series collection of limited-edition camp shirts showcasing art commissioned by three of our favorite artists. The artists bring their visions of paradise to life in these exclusive shirts which will be made available for the first time at this preview event. Sip on a frozen mai tais, sample delicious snacks from the Marlin Bar, and enjoy live music and special shopping discounts along with a drawing to win a Tommy Bahama gift card. February 22, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Learn more here.

Shag’s Modernism Week Tiki & Architectural Prints Party

Channel your aloha spirit and get tiki with artist Josh Agle (aka Shag). Complimentary cocktails, live music by the Martini Kings, and other surprises will be in store. Wear any Shag-designed Aloha shirt and get a free gift as well! This fun evening will be a great way to check out all the new products Shag has created for Modernism Week, so hula you way to the Uptown Design District. February 22, 2020, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Learn more here.

Modernism Yard Sale

If you’re an early bird and love the thrill of the hunt, don’t miss the annual Modernism Yard Sale curated by Modern Bear and hosted by H3K Design.  Grab some complimentary donuts from Chris Bale Homes & Will Paine Homes and coffee from Koffi, and end Modernism Week with some bargain shopping.  From midcentury decor and furniture to rare collectibles, you could score an epic deal! February 23, 2020, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Learn more here

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