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The Heat Is On – goes the Glenn Frey song (he also wrote and sang the Miami Vice song “You Belong To the City” circa 1985.) Yes, the pools are now tipping toward bath water temp, and the UV index hit 11 this week. Kinda like “This Is Spinal Tap”…

Why all the 80s references? Well, I’m feeling a little nostalgic this week and looking forward to the Mid-Summer Dance Party.  We’re bringing it back in a few weeks at the Palm Springs Art Museum July 15. 

This weekend, we celebrate the 4th of July with lots of fireworks, random roller skating and music.  Let KGAY 106.5 be the soundtrack to your weekend – or maybe 103.1 MeTV FM is more your style with special music salutes to the red, white and blue.  See you at the fireworks!

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

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All American Fourth of July

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The City of Palm Springs presents a series of FREE family-friendly festivities throughout the holiday with their All American Fourth of July weekend, July 1–4. It all culminates with the City’s magnificent “All American Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular” at Palm Springs Stadium on Tuesday, July 4 starting at 9:15 pm. Before that, there’s a free concert in the Downtown Park by The Long Run Tribute to The Eagles on Saturday at 7 pm, a Dive-In Movie Night featuring the film In the Heights on Sunday at 7 pm at the Palm Springs Swim Center, and a Movie Night at Ruth Hardy Park on Monday at 7:30 pm (showing A League of Their Own). Then Tuesday, July 4 features Palm Springs Power Baseball, a Led Zepagain Tribute Band concert in the park, and a pool party at Palm Springs Swim Center, leading up to the fireworks show, which you can watch from the pool! More info


Agua Caliente Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular

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Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage and the City of Rancho Mirage present a Fourth of July Independence Day Celebration Fireworks Spectacular on Tuesday, July 4 from 7–9:30 pm. The event is free and the parking lot opens at 3 pm with only 700 first-come, first-served spaces available. A drive-in experience with live music starts at 7 pm with the fireworks show taking place from approximately 9–9:25 pm. More info


Palm Desert Independence Day Celebration

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The City of Palm Desert presents a concert and fireworks at Civic Center Park on Tuesday, July 4 from 7:30–9:30 pm. The festive celebration will feature a variety of food trucks and vendors on hand with tasty treats and cool beverages. Attendees may also bring picnic dinners. More info


RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Viewing Party Replay Saturday

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If you’re too busy to catch the currently airing season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars on Fridays, or you just want to watch it again with a fun crowd, One Eleven Bar has their Replay Saturday Viewing Party this Saturday, July 1 at 7:30 pm. Catch the latest episode, followed by a live show at 9 pm: The Durbins After Dark with Erica Carrington and Durbin, featuring Carol Kamenis, Taylor Vaughn, Valentine Anger, Pearl O’Wisdom and the incomparable Marina Mac. More info. And don’t forget to follow our own drag correspondent, Dante Noto, as he recaps each and every episode of RuPaul’s current season on his blog!

Recap: Season 8 RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, Episode 9

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Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent Dante Noto has your latest recap for RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 8, Episode 9: Carson Kressley, This is Your Gay Life, and it’s time for a good old-fashioned roast of–you guessed it!–Carson Kressley. The queens are reminded that “too nice = death” and “this is a roast, not a sauté, so hit hard!” Find out some of the zingers the queens lobbed at Carson, which of the queens came out on top after the “Snow Bunny” themed runway, and who was left standing in the top three as we near the end of the season. Read Dante’s full recap of Episode 9 [here].


Agua Caliente Fourth of July Pre-Party

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Agua Caliente Cathedral City presents a Fourth of July Pre-Party on Saturday and Sunday, July 1 and 2, from 7 pm–midnight. There will be fun for all ages with food, music and gaming. A roller skating rink will be open to all ages from 7–9 pm and then 21+ only from 9 pm–midnight. Skating sessions are $10 with $5 skate rental available. The July 2 party will also feature a hot dog eating contest. More info


Early Fireworks in DHS and Coachella

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You can also celebrate the Fourth of July early with the City of Desert Hot SpringsFireworks Spectacular on Saturday, July 1 from 6–10 pm at Mission Springs Park. This free event features music food, and the fireworks show starts at 9:15 pm. More info

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The City of Coachella presents their annual Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, July 1 from 6–9 pm at Bagdouma Park. This free family event will offer guests the excitement of onsite games, carnival rides, a variety of local food vendors, and live music topped off by an exciting fireworks grand finale at 9 pm. Guests will also enjoy live music from Avenida Music, a local band who plays a diverse mix of music, including Classic Rock, Rock en Español, Motown, Funk, Cumbia, Top 40 and more. More info


Boyz Night Out

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On Friday, June 30—and every Friday night!— Zoso Fun presents Boyz Night Out at Hotel Zoso from 4–8 pm. This legendary pool party and happy hour is hosted by Snatch and features music from K-Gay’s own multi award-winning deejay Vincente Corrales as DJ Galaxy! Come and enjoy go-go boys, awesome drink specials, pop up drag events, PS Flaggers and more, and kick off the weekend! More info


Broadway to the BIG SCREEN – Grease

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Every Saturday this summer, the Palm Springs Cultural Center presents the great musicals that made it from Broadway to the BIG SCREEN (and sometimes back again). On Saturday, July 1 at 4 pm, return to the singing and dancing world of Grease, the most successful movie musical of all time! A wholesome exchange student (Olivia Newton-John) and a leather-clad Danny (John Travolta) have a Summer romance, but will it cross clique lines when summer ends and they end up in the same high school? The answer shakes the friendships, romances and adventures of a group of high school kids in the 1950s. MeTV 103.1 fm is a proud media sponsor of the Broadway to the BIG SCREEN Film Series! Get tickets


Sing Along With Us – Guys and Dolls

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The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents classic movie musicals in the Sing Along With Us Film Series all summer long, on the largest screen in the valley at the Historic Camelot Theatre. The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus will lead the singing. On Sunday, July 2 at 3 pm, come sing along to Guys and Dolls – Gambler Nathan Detroit (Frank Sinatra) has few options for the location of his big craps game. Needing $1,000 to pay a garage owner to host the game, Nathan bets Sky Masterson (Marlon Brando) that Sky cannot get virtuous Sarah Brown (Jean Simmons) out on a date. Despite some resistance, Sky negotiates a date with her in exchange for bringing people into her mission. Meanwhile, Nathan’s longtime fiancée, Adelaide (Vivian Blaine), wants him to go legit and marry her. Gay Desert Guide and KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs are proud media sponsors of the Sing Along With Us This Summer Film Series! Get tickets

🙌 You can enter to win tickets to Sing Along With Us on the KGAY Contest Page! 🙌



Equality Wine and Food Fest

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The Equality Wine & Food Fest takes place Friday–Sunday, June 30–July 2 at Margaritaville Resort, featuring LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and women owned, managed, and/or produced wines. Meet winemakers, industry professionals, celebrity chefs, vendors, and fellow enthusiasts while enjoying wine tastings of over 60 varietals and food samples, along with live music, educational speakers, demonstrations, silent auction, and VIP experiences. Friday is a Wine Bar Takeover, Saturday is the Grand Tasting followed by Winemaker Dinner, and Sunday is a Champagne Brunch. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the following organizations: Give Kids the World Village, Brothers of the Desert, and The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert. Get tickets


Visitor Map & Guide Summer Edition

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The Summer 2023 edition of our Gay Desert Guide Visitor Map & Guide (great for locals too) is available now around town and online! We help you find everything you need to know while visiting or living in the Coachella Valley, featuring the top places for Food & Drink, Nightlife, Shopping, Attractions, Gay Resorts with passes, Dispensaries and other services. You can also view it online, and download the PDF [here].


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OutFest Tickets & Passes on Sale Now

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OutFest Los Angeles is the largest LGBTQ+ film festival in the world and the 41st Annual Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ+ Film Festival is set to take place July 13–23 at various locations around Los Angeles. Tickets and Passes for OutFest 2023 are on sale now. The festival will open with Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, directed by Aitch Alberto, and the 11-day event will close with Chasing Chasing Amy, directed by Sav Rodgers. The Opening Night Gala will screen at the Orpheum Theatre, with the Closing Night Gala screening at The Montalbán Theatre. More info


CVRep Announces 2023-2024 Season

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Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre (CVRep) has announced their 2023-2024 season, featuring five sensational productions new to CVRep, World and West Coast premieres, and multi-Tony® Award winning shows. The season includes the West Coast premiere of a daring new vision of The Fantasticks featuring two young gay men (November 1–12); the World Premiere of Summer Session with the Bones Brigade, the first play developed through CVRep’s Origins: New Works Program (December 6–17); the haunting 1998 version of Cabaret (January 24–February 4); a comedy blast direct from Broadway – Potus: Or Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive (February 28–March 10); and the ever-wonderful, always marvelous Nice Work If You Can Get It by George and Ira Gershwin (April 10–21). Subscribers can renew their season tickets starting Saturday, July 1, and new subscriptions will open August 1. Learn more


Dezart Performs Announces 16th Season

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Dezart Performs has announced the lineup for their 16th year of theatre and it features a Pulitzer Finalist, Drama Critics Circle Award Winner, and a first ever Broadway play written by a Native American. The season will consist of The Thanksgiving Play (November 3–12), What the Constitution Means to Me (January 19–28), A Case For the Existence of God (March 1–10), and Mr Parker (April 12–21). Existing season subscribers can secure their subscription for the new season starting Wednesday, July 5, and new subscribers can sign up beginning July 25. Single show tickets will go on sale September 12. Read on for a synopsis of each play: More info


Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage

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Wristbands are available now for Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage 2023. For just $10, your event wristband opens up a world of exclusive summer specials at participating Rancho Mirage restaurants so you can savor the best of the Rancho Mirage culinary scene from July 17–August 13. See our event listing for a link to participating restaurants and their exclusive Taste of Summer offers. Wristbands need to be picked up at the Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce. More info


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Vacaya Resort Sweepstakes

You can WIN 7 nights at an all-inclusive resort vacation for 2 during VACAYA’s Mexico Resort Takeover! The complimentary room includes: Beautiful accommodations for 7 nights at Hilton Vallarta Riviera, unlimited standard drinks for length of stay, delicious food in 7 restaurants, including a bountiful buffet open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus a fitness center, pool and beach volleyball, kayaking & snorkeling on site, yoga classes, and of course, all the VACAYA signature activities, parties, and entertainment! SIGN UP TO WIN


Win Summer Sing Along Tickets

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Musicals are back on the big screen this summer at the Palm Springs Cultural Center and you can WIN tickets from KGAY 106.5 & Gay Desert Guide! Your favorite Broadway musicals that made it on the big screen are on the biggest screen in the valley (with hot buttered popcorn and your favorite beverage) on Sundays at 3 pm, with the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus leading the Sing Along. More information on the series here and you can enter to win tickets on the KGAY Contest Page!


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. And speaking of which, DJ Galaxy is spinning Friday’s at Boyz Night Out at Hotel Zoso. Perfect party music! Listen Online

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The KGAY Sunday Tea Dance with DJ Modgirl airs every Sunday from 4–6 pm (right after the Retro Brunch). DJ Modgirl (AKA Kellee McQuinn) is now hanging out at The Rowan Window Bar each Thursday from 7–10 pm and Friday from 4–7 pm. She is also spinning your faves by the pool at The Paloma Resort on Saturday, July 1 from 12–4 pm! Join her for a cocktail and listen to some great beats! Listen online


On the Air: 103.1 MeTV fm

MeTV Songs across America

Ready for a musical road trip? 103.1 MeTV fm will be celebrating songs that mention cities in America in either the title or the lyrics this weekend. The long holiday weekend of Songs Across America begins in the 7 pm hour this Friday evening. 103.1 MeTV fm is KGAY’s sister station, featuring a unique mix of timeless and memorable music incorporating a wide variety of classic hits, deep tracks and softer sounds spanning several decades of popular music, including the ‘60s and ‘70s with a touch of the ‘50s and ‘80s. Listen online

Welcome New Partners!

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Saloniste, the Art of Hair has been carefully conceived to reflect a passion for great hair, beauty, and art. Their nod for the time is showcased with minimalist, yet functional design, spacious interior, and inspirational surroundings – amplified by their selection of Davines hair products that are sustainable and gentle to the hair as they are to our environment. Learn more

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At Modern Elements created by Rick Sword Designs their goal with clients starts with opening your eyes to the dynamics of modern design. Rick’s creative approach over the past 20 years stems from years in the furniture and interior design business, building trusted relationships with his clients while gaining invaluable experience each project at a time. Located in the uptown design district in Palm Springs, the Modern Elements design staff will bring the world of contemporary and modern furniture into your living space. Learn more

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Palm Springs Pride Poster 2023

Trevor Wayne Pop Art mines familiar references, drawing on totems of consumerism and mainstream entertainment such as Barbie dolls, reality television, and classic Hollywood cinema. Check out his new location at 901 North Palm Canyon Drive (in the former Christopher Kennedy space). In addition to paintings and prints, you can get Trevor Wayne’s art on greeting cards, mugs, hats, coasters, puzzles and more. As the artist who created the official poster for Palm Springs Pride 2023 (pictured here), you can get an exclusive signed copy at his store! With our HOT DEAL you can get $20 worth of gift cards at Trevor Wayne Gallery for only $12.50! Get Your Deal

We also have Hot Deals at Kitchen 86, Grand Central, AMP Sports Lounge, Coachella Valley Coffee Co., Palm Springs Fine Men’s Salon, Papa Dan’s Pizza and Pasta, Il Giardino, Zin American Bistro, Destination PSP, V Wine Lounge & Martini Bar, Desert Mischief, Jolene’s Bar & Lounge, Rick’s Restaurant, Willie’s Modern Fare, Lulu California Bistro and more! See All Deals

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 2023 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.” 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, followed by DJ Modgirl spinning the KGAY Sunday Tea Dance from 4–6 pm.

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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)