This Weekend in #ILoveGayPalmSprings
The July 4th, 2018 Holiday Weekend!


Let us be your Gay Desert Guide to the Fourth of July and beyond! Happy Independence Day week! Check out our rundown of the celebrations and fireworks shows, then read on for more to do this week: Get Groovy with Desert Soul, chill out with Cold Noodle Salads, rock out with Kenny Loggins, and Jazz out with LAHO at Jazzville. Take a trip to the Big House with Women Behind Bars at The Desert Rose Playhouse, and trip out to The Beatles: Yellow Submarine at Mary Pickford Theater. And plan ahead for more in July: Village People, Andrew Pearson, and our very own TryOUT Thursday screening of Mamma Mia 2, and Mid-Summer Dance Party! Read on for all this plus Hot Deals and Happy Hours!

Independence Day

The Fourth of July falls on a Wednesday this year, so you can stretch out the celebration over two weekends! You may have begun early this past weekend, and speaking of early: Fantasy Springs Resort Casino celebrates July 4th with fireworks on July 3rd (more info).

For information on a variety of events occurring on (and around) the 4th, including the Independence Day Party at the O'Donnell House benefiting AAP-Food Samaritans (more info), as well as the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Fireworks Extravaganza (more info), visit our Fourth of July event roundup here.

The Palm Springs and Cathedral City Fire Departments would like to remind residents and visitors that all fireworks, including “Safe and Sane,” are illegal in the city of Palm Springs. "Safe and Sane" fireworks that are sold to the public in some cities refers to fireworks that do not fly or explode such as sparklers, fountains, snake items and spinners. These state-approved fireworks may be sold in Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, and Indio.


Gay Desert Guide Presents: Mid-Summer Dance Party for D.A.P.  Get tix now!

Locals, mark your calendars, and visitors, make plans to be here!  Saturday, July 28 is our 80's themed Mid-Summer Dance Party, presented by Gay Desert Guide and Hop Valley Brewing Reveal Pale Ale! Los Angeles DJ, remixer & event producer DJ Ray Rhodes will be spinning tunes from 8:00 p.m.–2 a.m. in the back room at Chill Bar with drag go-go dancers, photo booth, and a midnight performance by Calpernia Addams. Proceeds will again benefit Desert Aids Project. More info

Cold Noodle Salads at Wabi Sabi

As the summer heat ratchets ever higher this weekend, join Wabi Sabi Japan Living on Saturday, July 7 from 4:00–6:00 p.m. for a complimentary class on Japanese Cold Noodle Salads! Cold noodles are the perfect meal for summer.  In this class you'll learn how to make 2 uniquely refreshing noodle salads, discussing basic knife, mandolin slicer, and julienne skills, and get some hands-on experience. More info

Desert Soul Gets Groovy at Tonga Hut

Desert Soul Club's monthly residency of Mod/Soul/Funk dance parties continues Saturday, July 7 at 9:00 p.m. at Tonga Hut Palm Springs with DJ Lee and SPECIAL GUEST DJ Greg Tormo. All 45s! All night! No Cover. More info

Kenny Loggins at The Show

Kenny Loggins comes to The Show on Saturday, July 7 at 8:00 p.m., at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa. Loggins' remarkable four-decade-plus career has brought him from the top of the charts to the toast of the Grammys. He's had smash hits on Hollywood's favorite soundtracks, rocked worldwide stages, and found his way into children's hearts while bringing his smooth, beautiful voice to platinum albums of a stunning variety of genres. Get tickets

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Special Discount for Oasis Insiders: See Village People perform live with Victor Willis back at the helm as the "hot cop" on Saturday, July 14 at 8:00 p.m.  Enjoy the music that sold more than 100 million records, including: "San Francisco/In Hollywood," "Macho Man," "YMCA," "In the Navy" and "Go West." Special guest is A Taste of Honey featuring Janice- Marie of the hit song "Boogie Oogie Oogie." Limited availability.


Jazzville Palm Springs

Jazzville on Wednesday July 11, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. presents the LAHO Trio from L.A. Featuring Kevin van den Elzen on drums (Amsterdam) with Adam Hersh on keys and Mx Kraus on bass (L.A.) Special guests include Phillip Moore and Keisha D on vocals! Jazzville is a monthly live jazz scene in Palm Springs presented by DJ Baz at Oscar's Café downtown, hosted by Jeff Wolf of 107.3 Mod FM. Come hear world-class musicians and enjoy good wine and food, too (no minimum). More info



Women Behind Bars

The Desert Rose Playhouse, the Coachella Valley’s LGBTQ+ Stage Company, presents Women Behind Bars, a comedy by Tom Eyen, running through Sunday, July 29. In this hilarious satire on B-movies of the 1950's, Mary Eleanor, an innocent duped into crime, lands in the Greenwich Village Woman's House of Detention. The prison is presided over by a massive matron with a taste for sadism and female flesh. Our heroine, now Caged in the Big House, learns about life The Hard Way. Get tickets 

Just in: Our theatre critic Stephen Radosh reviews Women Behind Bars



"this is a blank page…"

Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre presents "this is a blank page. a story, in motion," a dance-theater work by Andrew Pearson, for three performances: Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21 at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, July 22 at 2:00 p.m.  Pearson explores themes such as partnership, identity, sexuality, comfort zones, and more. His work has been presented by numerous festivals and he has served as an Artist in Residence for several schools, and created work for the LA Contemporary Dance Company, among others. Get tickets

Outfest Starts July 11; Cinema Diverse coming in September


We are just a week away from Outfest 2018, the Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival celebrating its 36th anniversary this year: July 12–22, 2018. As previously announced, the festival opens at the Orpheum Theatre with Kino Lorber’s “Studio 54,” Matt Tyrnauer’s vibrantly nostalgic documentary; and closes with FilmRise’s “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” Desiree Akhavan’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner starring Chloë Grace Moretz. More info

Looking ahead to the Palm Springs Gay & Lesbian film festival, Cinema Diverse: Mark your calendars for September 20–23, 2018 for the 11th Anniversary Edition! The selection committee is screening films this summer and accepting submissions now. We got a chance to preview "50 Years of Fabulous" at a secret poolside location over the weekend.  You'll want to put this one on your "TO SEE" list!  More info

The Beatles: Yellow Submarine at Mary Pickford

Come enjoy a trippy classic Sunday, July 8–Wednesday, July 11 as Mary Pickford Theatre is D'Place presents The Beatles: Yellow Submarine. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Beatles’ classic 1968 animated feature film has been restored with a stunning digital 4K theatrical version that includes a 5.1 Stereo Surround Sound remix. Beatles fans of all ages now have the opportunity to come together and share in this visually stunning movie and soundtrack! Get tickets

Manhattan in the Desert serves up fabulous breakfasts, bagels and lox, waffles or omelettes or specially-prepared mile high sandwiches of corned beef, pastrami, or brisket of beef. They also specialize in  complete dinner selections just like grandma used to make! Get this HOT DEAL of a $25 gift card for just $17.50. That's 30% off your next Manhattan in the Desert meal in Palm Springs (Note: Palm Desert location is now closed). Get Your Deal

This HOT DEAL at Oscar's Cafe & Bar is positively searing: What is better than getting a $25 Gift Certificate for only $10! This is the best deal in town. Now is the time to enjoy Oscar's legendary Sunday Tea Dance, Casual Bar, or World Class Female and Celebrity Impersonators on Saturdays. Get Your Deal

And our additional HOT DEAL for Village People tickets is listed above. Phone orders only.


Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again – Special Screening for TryOut Thursday


Join Gay Desert Guide at D'Place's Mary Pickford 14 for a special screening of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again on Thursday, July 19 at 6:00 p.m. D' Place will have a special $9.00 ticket at the door for admission to the movie in a theater just for friends of Gay Desert Guide. The pre-show cocktail party will start at 6:00 p.m. upstairs with passed appetizers and a free glass of wine for each guest. The theater will also provide special prices on drinks & food: $5.00 wine and $5.00 personal pizza. We will then go downstairs at 7:00 p.m. for a private showing of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.  More info. If you're reading this on Tuesday, July 3 there's still time to join us for TryOUT Tuesday at "Jus Chillin'"


At Hunters Night Club, Happy Hour is all day, every day! Their "Size Matters" Happy Hour happens daily 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. This includes Trivia Tuesdays and Thursdays, Drag Bingo Wednesdays, Fur Fridays, and Game On Sundays! It's the 4th of July weekend and Hunters will be celebrating with "Wet, Hot American Holiday" (minus the Shed scene…)  Get Happy at Hunters

The sleek industrial styled Blackbook Bar located in the heart of the gay strip on Arenas now has Happy Hour everyday from 4:00–6:00 p.m. and NAUGHTY hour from 10:00 p.m.–midnight. During these times you cam enjoy specials such as $5 pint glass well drinks, $1 off all bottle and draft beer, and $2 off all wines by the glassGet Happy at Blackbook

Please drink responsibly, and note that the Palm Springs Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Friday, July 6th, 2018, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 9:00 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

The Summer of 2018 feels like the fast pace of our "season" in Greater Palm Springs.  There are still so many activities and events as new businesses come online, new attractions dot the landscape and new visitors come into the valley for a getaway from their routine.  

We couldn't be happier to see a busy summer season and hope you'll partake in our events coming up.  There's our TryOUT Tuesdays (and Thursdays), the Mid-Summer Dance Party, pop-up groups like "Among Friends", our bars and clubs, pool parties, and escapes like the tramway to enjoy as summer catapults toward another season.

We're making plans for Palm Springs Pride, Leather Pride, Cinema Diverse, Modernism Fall Preview, and dozens more.  You can find all the 2018-19 events be search our Events Calendar.

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