Brad Fuhr Caricature

Say Gay! – our rallying cry and theme for Palm Springs Pride 2022 has had a busy first year of existence. From Florida students shouting out the phrase to Wanda Sykes at the Academy Awards, these two words will live on in LGBTQ+ history.

What will that history look like to the next generation? We have an election next week that may tip the balance of power, and could spell more draconian laws for our communities. The scales of justice have already been tipped away from our favor, so we have much to be concerned about.

And we have much to celebrate this Palm Springs Pride weekend. Each of us will have a different experience as we take in the music, view the parade, interact with sponsors and community groups at their booths and partake in the world class hospitality that Greater Palm Springs is known for.

Revel we shall! But we should also use this weekend to make our voices heard even more strongly in the future. It should inspire us to continue to get involved, donate to LGBTQ+ causes and show the world that we’re all human beings that deserve our rights, freedoms and protections.

Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs

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PALM SPRINGS PRIDE WEEKEND: SUNDAY

Palm Springs Pride Parade

The colorful Palm Springs Pride Parade with this year’s theme, “Say Gay,” steps off in the Uptown Design District at Tachevah and Palm Canyon Dr. on Sunday, November 6 at 10 am and travels south through downtown ending at the entrance to the Pride Festival at Amado. Spectators gather to cheer and support local organizations, activists, and themed floats along historic Palm Canyon Dr. Four individuals and one national organization will serve as the Grand Marshals: PFLAG is the National Grand Marshal, Rev Benita Ramsey is the Grand Marshal, Willie Rhine is the Community Grand Marshal, and Chef Andre’ Carthen is the Celebrity Grand Marshal [Learn more about the Grand Marshals]. The parade is expected to last two hours. More info

Greater Palm Springs Pride organizers chose their 2022 “Say Gay” theme as a challenge to fight extremism at the ballot box. PromoHomo.TV® is set to carry this message to the world with its Official Palm Springs Pride Parade Livestream, starting Sunday, November 6,, at 9:50 am PST. PromoHomo.TV® Creator, Producer and Host Nicholas Snow will be joined again this year by co-hosts Delfina Zarate, Jonathon P. Mugridge and Clifton Tatum (Click through to https://youtu.be/09B_sTXjpTE and use the “Notify me” feature so you won’t miss a minute).


Pride Parade Party & Drag Brunch at Roly China Fusion

Roly China Fusion presents a very special Pride Edition Drag Queen Brunch on Sunday, November 6 from 10 am–2 pm, overlooking the parade route on North Canyon Drive. All access tickets include special Pride edition cocktails like the Pink Squirrel and the Pride Tini, as well as a full bar, dim sum and a brunch buffet that will keep guests satiated as the parade passes by. After brunch, SoCal’s best drag entertainers and bikini dancers will amp up the entertainment with a rooftop drag show hosted by legendary drag entertainer Rosemary Galore and other drag queens from across Southern California. Get tickets


KGAY’s Arenas District Pride Stage

The KGAY 106.5 Arenas District Block Party goes all weekend, with a roster of DJs spinning for the heart of the Palm Springs gayborhood. LGBTQ+ bars and local businesses pack to the rafters and spill onto the streets for the biggest free LGBTQ+ street party in Palm Springs. Join Pride revelers and dancers at the open-air beverage lounge with DJ Sugarfree, DJ Femme A (Annie Flores), DJ Ray Rhodes, DJ Modgirl (Kellie McQuinn) and DJ Madevza on Saturday, with KGAY Retro brunch’s DJ Galaxy and Eric Ornelas on Sunday. The Robyn Party takes the stage at 4 pm on Sunday to close out the weekend! Get the latest schedule on our event listing: More info

At the intersection of Arenas Road and Indian Canyon, that’s where you can find our booth for Gay Desert Guide and KGAY 106.5, right near the Gay Desert Guide and KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs Stage! We will be giving out festive fans and “SAY KGAY 106.5” stickers. Post and tag a photo with our sticker @KGAY1065 on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, and we’ll choose winners to receive FREE restaurant and shopping gift cards!


Pride Main Stage Entertainment

Main Stage performers Todrick Hall, Pussy Riot, Tanzer

The Palm Springs Pride Truly Vodka Main Stage is located at Palm Canyon and Amado, with live performers on Friday from 6–10 pm, Saturday from 3–11 pm, and Sunday from 11 am–6 pm. Headliners include Todrick Hall, Pussy Riot, Tanzer and Jake Zyrus, and you can find the full lineup of Main Stage entertainment on our event listing: More info


Palm Springs Pride Festival Marketplace

Palm Canyon Drive is the center of the Pride Festival Marketplace, on Saturday, November 5 from 11 am–9 pm, and Sunday from 11 am–6 pm [Check out the official Event Map here]. Enjoy beverages and food with friends while you explore a diverse array of artists, entertainers, beverage stations, and purveyors of various items, including jewelry, snacks, and sweets. Add all that to great shopping, restaurants, clubs, and entertainment venues. Features include a Children’s Garden space for games and crafts and more, plus the Youth Zone presented by US Bank and hosted by Safe Schools Desert Cities offers continuous entertainment and activities, free food and drink, games, dancing, seating, contests, games, youth-only confidential testing, drag and make-up fun, and much more. Over 200 exhibitors, non-profit organizations, and food and beverage vendors will be on hand. The Festival is a community event held in multiple venues, including Arenas Rd (goes until 11:30 pm on Saturday), and the streets around the new Palm Springs Downtown Park on Museum Way. More info

The Art of Pride celebrates work by the Coachella Valley’s vibrant community of LGBTQ artists with a live, in-person, on-site exhibition of the works of LGBTQ artists at the Pride Festival on November 5 & 6. From paintings, glass, ceramics, photography, and more, the Festival showcases various mediums and artwork styles for avid collectors and festival goers to browse and purchase directly from the artists. More info

** Be sure to check out Pride’s Gateless Tickets. This is a great way to help out Palm Springs Pride by making a donation to the organization. These donations help to keep Pride free for everyone! **


Oscar’s Pride Stage

The Oscar’s Pride Stage is located at Indian Canyon and Tahquitz, with live performers on Saturday from 12–10 pm, and Sunday from 12–4 pm. Performers include Oscar’s own Bitchiest Brunch and Mimosa Men, plus Probe 7, Judas Joe Manson as Lady Gaga, The Boy George Experience, Billy L’Amour and more! Check out the full lineup of Oscar’s Pride Stage entertainment on our event listing: More info


Our Visitor Map & Guide for Pride/Fall 2022 is Here!

Just in time for the fall season, which also means Pride season here in Greater Palm Springs, we present our Visitor Map & Guide Pride/Fall 2022! To help you find everything you need as a visitor or local, we feature the top places for Food & Drink, Nightlife, Shopping, Attractions, Gay Resorts with passes, Dispensaries, and other services. Look for our printed version around town if you’re here, or if planning a visit, you can view and download it right here, right now!


Electric Revolution Live (ERL)

The Motor/Cycle Arts Foundation and Dash Radio, Inc. present Electric Revolution Live (ERL), showcasing an inclusive future of mobility, sustainability, and green energy at the Palm Springs Pride Festival Marketplace on Saturday and Sunday, November 5 & 6. Connecting the LGBTQ+ communities with smart and sustainable mobility options, ERL brings a full range of electric vehicles to Pride, from scooters and bikes to cars and trucks, as well as virtual reality, exciting demonstrations and fun races on the streets near Palm Canyon Drive. More info


LGBTQ+ History & Archives of the Desert Exhibition

The LGBTQ+ History & Archives of the Desert presents Telling their Stories, Celebrating their Legacy from Thursday, November 3–Sunday, November 6 at the Welwood Murray Library as an official event of Palm Springs Pride. This second major exhibition of the LGBTQ+ History & Archives of the Desert tells the stories of local LGBT organizations, businesses and events celebrating milestone anniversaries this year. More info



Bob the Drag Queen at Hotel Zoso

Zoso Fun and Lady Bunny present Bob the Drag Queen on Saturday, November 5 for two shows, at 7 pm and 9:30 pm. The alter ego of non-binary comic/actor Caldwell Tidicue, “Bob The Drag Queen” describes herself as “hilarious, beautiful, talented and…humble.” Bob’s unabashed confidence won her the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar” on season 8 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, multiple acting roles, including the Emmy Award nominated HBO Max series We’re Here. Bob is also an accomplished stand-up comedian with two solo specials under her belt and a starring role in the recent Netflix comedy concert film ‘Stand Out’ executive produced by Wanda Sykes. Get tickets


Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar Pride Weekend Jazz & Congas

Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar is celebrating Palm Springs Pride with Leanna and Miguel on Pride Weekend, performing Saturday and Sunday (November 5 & 6) from 12–2 pm. Take a break from Pride and stop by Tommy’s to indulge yourself in luscious libations, delicious food, and beautiful views of the goings-on while relaxing on their outdoor patio. You can also be a cool cat when you pick up one of our free KGAY fans, sponsored by Tommy Bahama! On Saturday, Leanna & The Jazz Collective will provide smooth jazz for your listening pleasure and on Sunday Leanna & Miguel on congas will provide a Pride-themed island oasis performing yacht rock, pop, disco and more. More info


Tom’s Weekend at Ace Hotel & Swim Club

TOM’s Weekend at Ace Hotel & Swim Club takes place November 4–6. Presented in partnership with the legendary queer art advocates and leather daddies of Tom of Finland Foundation, you can duck into Tom of Finland Store’s poolside pop-up at the Clubhouse all weekend, with Tom of Finland fun, plus a collection of art from the foundation’s orbit and some coveted past collabs from their universe. Los Angeles based queer and trans API artist collective QNA blows out Sunday and bring Pride to close with a bang. QNA’s resident DJs Ly, Pauliewog, Jae-an and Howin keep the music going all day. Expect legendary special performances from artists Yuki and Ethical Drvgs of Jolene, a trans-inclusive variety show that uplifts transwomen, female-identifying, femme non-binary & BIPOC dancers. More info


Inclusion: Celebrating Pride at Desert Art Center

The Desert Art Center presents Inclusion: A Desert Art Center Featured Show Celebrating Pride Week in Palm Springs over Pride weekend from November 4–6. DAC invited all 300 members to participate and the results are spectacular across all fine art mediums. Everyone is invited to celebrate at the opening reception on Friday, November 4, from 5–7 pm. More info


Unbound: An Immersive Kink Chamber Opera – Final Weekend

Unbound will be performed through November 6 in Palm Springs. From composer Nathan Hall, librettist Alan Olejniczak, director Jerome Joseph Gentes, and Palm Springs’ own TigerBear Productions comes a live immersive chamber opera experience like no other: Enter a bondage club. Check out the other patrons. Order a drink. Find a spot to stand or sit. Watch and listen to the erotic encounter that changes a man’s life when he finds his way into the club for the first time. 21 and older only. Garb, gear, and cosplay encouraged. Get tickets


Choir Boy – A Palm Springs Pride Event

Dezart Performs presents Choir Boy, running from October 28–November 6 at the Pearl McManus Theater. This 2019 Tony-nominated drama is a moving story of sexuality, race, hope, gospel music, and a young gay man finding his voice. What happens when young student Pharus does not fit the mold for a typical “Drew man” at the at Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys? Pharus is different from his peers, and his effeminate nature constantly sets him apart. Though he may be the leader and most talented member of Drew’s renowned gospel choir, he struggles to gain their acceptance and respect. Get tickets


Desertopia

Desertopia is back for Palm Springs Pride weekend, Friday–Sunday, November 4–6. This very queer celebration of music, dance, and art is a uniquely Palm Springs experience. Featuring a caftan-laden pool party, a club night of extravagant proportions and an outdoor afternoon festival featuring the finest in queer talent and music under the sun and stars in the majestic backdrop of Mt San Jacinto. On Friday, it’s All Night with DJ Harvey at Reforma Night Club from 9 pm–2 am. Then on Saturday, the Bears in Space Pool Party is at Infusion Beach Club from 1–6 pm, and Saturday Night Club Desertopia is at The Sonoran from 9 pm–2 am. Sunday brings the Victors World Famous Pancake Brunch and Poolside Drag at Infusion Beach Club from 11 am–2 pm, and wrap it all up with Beer Bust at The Barracks from 2 pm–Late. More info


Lez in Waterland

She Entertainment SD and Palm Springs Pride present Lez in Waterland on Sunday, November 6 from 12–6 pm at the Sonoran. This is the premier pool party for queer women, with live performances, special guests, champagne blasters, sexy go-go dancers, giveaways, food vendors, pool games, and much more. The Sonoran has 38,000 square feet of an outdoor event space which includes a pool, cabanas, pool bar, fire pits, and an expansive lawn area. Get tickets


Latrice Royale at Boozehounds

On Sunday, November 6 from 6–9 pm, Drag Race Legend Latrice Royale will put on a full 90-minute one-woman show at Boozehounds. Close out pride with an unforgettable experience featuring one of the most beloved queens in America. Your ticket includes an incredible 3 course meal, created by renowned chef Aric Ianni. “An Evening with Latrice Royale” dives into Latrice’s life before RuPaul’s Drag Race, where she talks about the struggles of being in prison, the loss of her mother, & the start of her career. Get tickets


ALSO THIS WEEKEND

Barefoot in the Park

Desert Theatreworks presents Barefoot in the Park, opening Friday, November 4 and running through Sunday, November 27. This romantic comedy by Neil Simon focuses on newlyweds, as they begin married life in a tiny fifth floor apartment in New York City. After a six-day honeymoon, the couple get a surprise visit from the mother-in-law and decide to play matchmaker during a hilarious dinner with their eccentric neighbor-in-the-attic. Join DTW for a new take on a comedy classic. Get tickets


Nunsensations!

Palm Canyon Theatre presents Nunsensations! The Nunsense Vegas Review through November 13. Join the sisters on a brand new adventure. When a parishioner volunteers to donate $10,000 to the sisters’ school if they will perform in a club in Las Vegas, Mother Superior is hesitant to accept. However, after being convinced by the other sisters that “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” Reverend Mother agrees. What follows is the most feather-filled, sequin-studded, fan dancing Nunsense show ever. Get tickets


Rancho Mirage Festival of Arts & Jazz Under the Stars

Celebrating their 20th anniversary, the Rancho Mirage Festival of the Arts takes place Saturday, November 5 (10 am–6 pm) and Sunday, November 6 (10 am–4 pm) at the Rancho Mirage Community Park and Amphitheater. This outdoor art exhibition features epicurean delights, libations, music, art installations, and performance art. Local artists Kim Manfredi and Tim Shockley were chosen as featured artists. On the evening of Saturday, November 5, it’s Jazz Under the Stars. Head over to the amphitheater at 5:30 pm for Goodfellas Jazz Band and stay for Amanda Castro at 7 pm. FREE event. More info


Pickleball National Championships

The 2022 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships take place November 5–13 at the state-of-the-art Indian Wells Tennis Garden (Site of the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament). Spectators can select from a variety of ticket options including a Reserved or Premium Reserved seat on Championship Court and General Admission. Get tickets


LOOKING AHEAD

Modernism Week 2023 Tickets on Sale This Week

Modernism Week 2023, the annual 11-day festival, will take place February 16–26 and the event schedule is posted and tickets are now on sale. Modernism Week will feature more than 350 events including the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale, tours of iconic homes in more than 30 neighborhoods, and the popular Signature Home Tour on both weekends. Also offered are architectural walking, biking and double-decker bus tours, tours of the historic Annenberg Estate at Sunnylands, a classic car show, garden tours, nightly parties, and a special series of compelling and informative talks. All events are open to the public, and many events are free or low cost. Get tickets


On the Air at KGAY 106.5

The KGAY 106.5 Retro Lunch airs Monday through Friday at noon, with DJ Galaxy (Vincent Corrales) and DJ Eric Ornelas playing an hour of their high-energy throwback mixes. On Sundays, we put all five hours together for the Retro Sunday Brunch from 11 am–4 pm. Perfect pool party music! Listen Online

  1. Over 36 Years, Greater Palm Springs Pride Has Become One of the World’s Biggest and Most Unique Pride Festivals
  2. The First Pride on the Page Book Festival Brings Together Authors to Discuss LGBTQ+ Literature
  3. Dezart Performs Kicks Off Its 15th Season With a Stunning Production of ‘Choir Boy’
  4. Bob the Drag Queen Sashays to Perform at Palm Springs Pride
  5. It’s Parade Season in Palm Springs

At V Wine Lounge, you can explore a large curated selection of California boutique and old world wines by the glass, throwback cocktails, craft beers, and cheese plates on their newly enlarged patio or their beautiful redesigned mid century lounge! With this HOT DEAL, SAVE 33% and get a $30 gift card to V Wine Lounge for just $20! Get Your Deal

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Find out what’s happening on any given day by browsing our Gay Desert Guide Online Event Listing Calendar, and for the big picture, take a look at major upcoming events in our 2022 Coachella Valley Calendar of Events.

Listen to KGAY 106.5 over the air, stream it [here], or listen on TuneIn Radio with Alexa or Siri by saying “Play K-GAY 1065 from Tune In Radio.” Ross Mathews is on Saturdays from 11 am–2 pm, John Taylor is on mornings 6–10 am and program director Chris Shebel is on afternoons. Our Retro Lunch with DJ Galaxy and DJ Eric Ornelas is now heard on Sundays as the Retro Lunch & Sunday Brunch from 11 am–4 pm.

Don’t miss “This Way Out,Sundays at 6:30 a.m. on KGAY 106.5. “This Way Out” is the only internationally distributed weekly LGBTQ radio program, currently airing on some 200 local community radio stations around the world. Listen to the latest episode as a podcast on our streaming page (click “Podcasts” in the upper right hand corner)