This Weekend in #ILoveGayPalmSprings
Labor Day Weekend, 2018


Let us be your Gay Desert Guide to the weekend! It's Labor Day Weekend and we are just two months away from Palm Springs Pride. We hope to see you at our Dip Into Pride Pool Party–tickets are on sale now! In the more near future, we have a Labor Day Luau at the Westin, International Friendship Conference, and Safari Nights returning to the Living Desert, plus Purple Room's season-opening weekend, and a look ahead to Gay Days Anaheim and Out on the Mountain! All this and more, plus HOT DEALS and Happy Hours. 

Can you believe we are just two months away from Palm Springs Pride! Announcing the first big Pride Pool Party at Hotel Zoso, presented by Gay Desert Guide and featuring “Bloom & Groom: A Pot-Up Experience” on Friday, Nov. 2 from noon – 6PM. Cabanas & Daybeds on sale now! CLICK HERE

Labor Day Luau at the Westin

On Saturday, September 1 at 7:00 p.m., say “Aloha” to a long weekend and “Mahalo” to the summer at the Labor Day Luau at the Westin MIssion Hills Golf Resort & Spa. Guests will enjoy a delicious Hawaiian buffet followed by a Polynesian Dance and Luau Show. More info and reservations

Safari Nights Return to the Living Desert

Safari Nights return to The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens every Friday night in September when the park is open after dark, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Explore The Living Desert under the light of the moon and see many of the zoo’s favorite animals. Special offerings include an astronomy station, Nocturnal Safari Tram, and live entertainment by Vintage Vibe, plus food, beverages and specialty cocktails will be available for purchase throughout the park. More info

International Friendship Conference Comes to Palm Springs

The 29th edition of the International Friendship Conference (IFCON) will be held from August 31–September 3 at the Hilton Palm Springs. This annual gathering is hosted by members of the International Friendship Alliance (IFA) and Long Yang Club (LYC), two groups dedicated to providing social activities for gay Asians and their friends. More info

Wabi Sabi Gyoza Class & Tea/Coffee Tastings

On Saturday, September 1 from 4:00–6:00 p.m., join Wabi Sabi Japan Living to learn how to make the ultimate Japanese appetizer — Gyoza, two bites full of rich history and rich flavor. Learn how to make meat-filled and pescatarian Gyoza. More info

And every Friday afternoons at Wabi Sabi Japan Living, anytime between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm take a tour through the different tea and coffee accessories and flavors including Matcha, Sencha, and others, as well as a demonstration of the syphon coffee-brewing method. More info

Purple Room Season Opening Weekend 

Michael Holmes' Purple Room Supper Club returns on Tuesday, August 28, with the Judy Show Season Kick-Off on Friday, August 31 and Michael Holmes' birthday “The Judy Show” on Sunday, Sept. 2. Visit the newly-redesigned website to see the lineup of live entertainment for September and beyond! More info

NLGJA Coming to Palm Springs


NLGJA, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, will be holding their 2018 national conference here in Palm Springs, September 6–9, at Hotel Zoso. New York Times Assistant Managing Editor Carolyn Ryan is the inaugural recipient of the new NLGJA Leadership Award. More info

Gay Days Anaheim and Out on the Mountain 

Gay Days Anaheim is taking place October 5–7, 2018, their 21st year of celebration. They offer a fabulous exclusive discount on rates at the Disneyland property hotels, and these are the final days to take advantage, because these discounts are available only through September 3. Reserve now at

Out on the Mountain, the gay night at Six Flags Magic Mountain, is just two weeks away: Friday, September 14, 2018 from 6:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m. Enjoy thrill rides galore and live performances including RuPaul's Drag Race superstar Aja and Billboard-featured artist Jaki Nelson. DJ Ray Rhodes, who brings magic to Wonderland, will be spinning, along with DJ SRO. Get tickets

Gay Wedding Institute Survey

Would you mind completing this
quick nationwide survey about LGBTQ weddings

It's now 3 years post-marriage equality in the U.S. and it's time for a new survey of LGBTQ wedding trends. The data collected from this survey is used to educate wedding and travel professionals on how to effectively and respectfully serve LGBTQ couples. Thank you!

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar of Rancho Mirage offers a wide selection of premium steaks inspired by a passion for steak and wine. Enjoy drinks after work and select from their list of 100 wines by the glass, then stay and enjoy their exceptional menu. It is not too early to book your holiday party, in fact the time is now! And for a holiday gift, consider this HOT DEAL: You get a $50 voucher for just $35, saving you 30% on anything you want!  Get Your Deal

Located in the fashionable Uptown Design District of Palm Springs, Eight4Nine Restaurant and Lounge offers a welcoming and friendly atmosphere whether it's for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Weekend Brunch, or Happy Hour! Their Summer Dinner Special is still available Sunday–Thursday nights, 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., where you can select a 3-course dinner for just $29. Make this deal even hotter by getting a $25 gift certificate for just $15, which is 40% off!  Get Your Deal

Peepa's to Open in Downtown Palm Springs

A new lifestyle shopping experience is opening its doors at 108 S. Indian Canyon Drive. Peepa's will feature collections in home decor, art, apparel, candles, books, greeting cards, and more. Officially opening is Oct. 19, but you can get an early preview with their soft opening on Friday, August 31More info


Trunks Bar
Trunks Bar in Cathedral City is the kind of place you go where everybody knows your name. And everybody enjoys Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 10am–6pm, featuring $5 shots and $4 well drinks. This Saturday, September 1 at 7:00 p.m., come with your cowboy boots and learn to Two Step with dance instructor Rob Ollander-Krane!  Get Happy at Trunks

Chill Bar
Chill Bar on Arenas Ave in downtown Palm Springs has something going every night of the week, and Happy Hours daily as well, from 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.! This Saturday, September 1 at 8:00 p.m., “The Desert Divas” are taking over for an incredible night with special POP-UP performances by Vanity HalstonNuebuer Styles! Get Happy at Chill

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

The Palm Springs Police Department is driving home the importance of celebrating responsibly by not driving, or riding a motorcycle, impaired. From August 17–September 3, The Palm Springs Police Department is participating in a high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. The Palm Springs Police Department will have a special emphasis during this 18-day mobilization to enforce all traffic violations by deploying DUI Saturation Patrols through the Labor Day holiday weekend, which is one of the deadliest times of year in terms of alcohol-involved traffic deaths.

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