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Gay Desert Guide: Palm Springs Pride Weekend, Nov 1–3, 2019

“I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast,” Halloween, and PALM SPRINGS PRIDE WEEKEND IS HERE! — The Art of Pride, VIP Pre-Parade Breakfast, Parade Route, plus: Poolfest at Hotel Zoso, Architectural Bus Tours, Flagging in the Desert, Pop-Up Palm Springs, Pride 5K Run & Walk, HRC Palm Springs Garden Party, EQCA WOMXN Cocktail Hour, HerShe Bar Pride Dance, Miss Richfield 1981, Jackie Beat & Sherry Vine, and more, plus HOT DEALS and Happy Hours!


Palm Springs Today

We are so excited to announce that John Taylor and Shann Carr are back! As of Thursday, October 31, I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast with John Taylor and Shann Carr is online. You can listen online here, or subscribe with your favorite podcasting app!


Halloween is Thursday

The calendar happens to have served up Halloween as an unofficial lead-in to Palm Springs Pride this year, falling one day ahead of the Pride festivities!

Halloween on Arenas

Palm Springs Halloween on Arenas Road is Thursday, October 31 and along with entertainment from Grammy® Award-Winning artist Evelyn Champagne King and her band, the vivacious all-girl band Pulp Vixen and California favorites Probe 7 will perform. The infamous costume contest is back, with sign-up from 6:00 p.m.–7:45 p.m. and contest at 8:00 p.m. Gay Desert Guide will be on the scene from 6:00–9:00 p.m. with a Photobooth by CoachellaParty.com so you can get a commemorative photo after you’ve registered for the costume contest! More info

Studio One 11 Halloween Party & Costume Contest

Stop by Studio One 11 on Halloween evening and enter their costume contest at 6:30 p.m. Winners will receive drink tokens! It’s also Thirsty Thursday so drink prices are frighteningly low and Tommy Dodson entertains on the Piano from 7:00–10:00 p.m. More info

Palm Desert Concerts in the Park: Dead Man’s Party

Come to the Palm Desert Civic Center Park on Thursday, October 31 at 6:00 p.m. for a Halloween grand finale to the City’s free Concerts in the Park series. Dead Man’s Party, the Oingo Boingo tribute band, has been bringing you Boingo tunes live for over 18 years. This 8-piece band has been fashioned after the original Oingo Boingo lineup, with a front-man so convincing that people sometimes believe that they are actually watching Danny Elfman himself. Food trucks will be onsite. More info

CCBC’s Halloween Masquerade

Trick or Treat at CCBC’s Halloween Masquerade on Halloween night from 7:00 p.m.–midnight. $15 admission includes a pass and a mask. More info

 



Palm Springs Pride

There’s a lot going on in Greater Palm Springs during this weekend’s Pride celebration. Check out this article for a rundown of highlights and read on for some not-to-be-missed events!

 

FRIDAY Don’t Miss Pride Event: The Art of Pride

The Palm Springs Art Museum presents a brand new official Pride event, The Art of Pride, to kick off the celebration weekend on Friday, November 1 from 5:30–8:30 p.m. All three levels of the building will be open, including the museum’s two outdoor patios and the Annenberg Theater. Attendees can mingle and explore offerings from the permanent collection and current exhibitions, including Touching History, a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of New York’s Stonewall riots.

Kiehls and MAC will be giving out samples and MAC will be presenting Pride-inspired body painting on a live model. RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Morgan McMichaels and Delta Work will be on hand, along with DJ Kimberly S spinning, plus an open bar, appetizers, and Boomerang Photo Booth by Coachella Party. Get tickets

 

SUNDAY Don’t Miss Pride Event: VIP Pre-Parade Breakfast

Palm Springs Pride presents the official Pre-Parade VIP Breakfast on Sunday, November 3 from 8:00–9:45 a.m., just steps away from the parade staging area at Desert Regional’s El Mirador Tower Building. Celebrate and start the day with Pride honorees Alexander Rodriguez and Michael Green, plus Pride Honors Awards recipients, with a delicious hot breakfast, fruit buffet, mimosas, Effen bloody marys, screwdrivers and DJ music to get your dancing feet ready for the parade. More info


Palm Springs Pride Parade Route and Festival

The Palm Springs Pride Parade goes from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 3, stepping off in the Uptown Design District at Tachevah and Palm Canyon Dr. and traveling south through downtown, ending at the entrance to the Pride Festival at Amado. Participants march in solidarity using their voices to ensure that every member of our community–including those who are the most marginalized—are acknowledged, included, and treated with dignity and respect.

 

Look for the Gay Desert Guide booth at the Pride Festival all weekend! We will be on Palm Canyon Drive, near the intersection with Tahquitz Canyon Way (Near Starbucks Reserve). Stop by, pick up our latest printed Gay Desert Guide Map & Guide, sign up for our newsletter if you haven’t already, or just say “hi” and “Happy Pride!”

Hours for Pride Festival:

  • Friday 6:00–11:30 p.m.
  • Saturday 11:00 a.m.–11:30 p.m.
  • Sunday 11:00 a.m–4:30 p.m. (Palm Canyon) and 6:00 p.m. (Arenas)

Pride Weekend Architectural Bus Tours

For the first time, Modernism Week will offer its signature Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours during Greater Palm Springs Pride, from Thursday, October 31 through Saturday, November 2, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to Pride. These tours are one of the most popular events during Modernism Week, with knowledgeable guides taking attendees on a 2.5-hour open-air overview of significant civic and commercial buildings, as well as residential properties located within notable Palm Springs neighborhoods. Get tickets

Flagging in the Desert

On Saturday, November 2 from 12:00–4:00 p.m. at Sunrise Park, The Desert Flaggers welcome DJ Michael Duretto to spin music for Flagging in the Desert, to help raise funds for Sanctuary Palm Springs. More info

 


Pop-Up Palm Springs

On Friday November 1 from 3:00–10:00 p.m., in cooperation with Palm Springs Pride Weekend, businesses in downtown and uptown Palm Springs will be creating their own pop-up events for Pop-Up Palm Springs. These will include fashion shows, giveaways, guest artists, demonstrations, live music, special sales, guest vendors, wine dinners, food tastings, and more. Get your Pop-Up Passport stamped and enter to win a prize! More info

Palm Springs Pride 5K Run & Walk

The Palm Springs Front Runners present the 2019 Palm Springs Pride 5k Run and Walk  on Saturday, November 2 from 8:00–10:30 p.m. in the the beautiful and historic neighborhood of Old Las Palmas. This fun, family-friendly event benefits The LGBT Community Center of The Desert (“The Center”) and Safe SchoolsDesert Cities. More info

HRC Palm Springs Garden Party

Join fellow HRC Palm Springs community members at the 20th Annual Palm Springs Garden Party on Saturday, November 2 from 1:30–4:30 p.m. to celebrate victories and double down on the HRC’s work to advance equality both locally and nationally. Get tickets

Equality California WOMXN Palm Springs Cocktail Hour

Equality California presents the first-ever WOMXN Palm Springs Pride Cocktail Hour on Saturday, November 1 from 5:00–7:00 p.m. Celebrate the women and allies of our community with special guests Council member Lisa Middleton, singer and radio host Mikalah Gordon and DJ Stacy Christine. Location provided upon RSVP. Get tickets

HerShe Bar Women’s Pride Dance

HerShe Bar Palm Springs is droppin’ the best in Hip/hop, Old Skool, Latin, Disco and Motown grooves for women of all ages and colors on Saturday, November 2 from 7:00 p.m.–midnight at Hotel Zoso, with live dance music from Rebecca Clark, plus dj Andi Pantz & miss dj temaDancer as headlining DJs. Comfortable music volume, plenty of seating, sweet ambience, and all colors/all nations/all genders welcome. Proceeds benefit the L-Fund. Get tickets


Miss Richfield 1981 brings “Gender Fluids” to Outlandish Performance Series

Miss Richfield 1981 returns to Outlandish on Saturday, November 2 at 8:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Cultural Center as part of the Outlandish Palm Springs performance series. This drag superstar and Palm Springs Tourism ambassador will attempt to find non-binary answers to our increasingly complex world in her new show titled “Gender Fluids.” — This show is SOLD OUT! — Upcoming performers include Leslie Jordan and Randy Rainbow. More info


Daylight Saving Time Ends Nov. 3 @2:00 a.m.

Don’t forget to turn your clocks back before you go to bed Saturday night, because we “fall back” to standard time when 2:00 a.m. becomes 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 3 and we start having earlier sunrises and sunsets as a result! The extra hour of sleep will be most welcome on a busy Palm Springs Pride weekend 🏳️‍🌈

 


Pride POOLFEST at Hotel Zoso

Throughout Pride weekend, LE Parties brings POOLFEST, the largest dance, house, and electronic music pool parties to Hotel Zoso, from Friday’s Wet Oasis Pool Party from 12:00–6:00 p.m. to Saturday’s Electro Splash Pool Party from 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Vibe with Sunday’s Sunvibes Pool Party from 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. and wrapping up with Monday’s Recovery Pool Party from 12:00–5:00 p.m. Skip the lines with available VIP passes! Visit our listing to see DJ details. Get tickets


Jackie Beat & Sherry Vine: Battle of the Bitches

Legendary drag icons Jackie Beat & Sherry Vine reunite onstage in a no-holds-barred, down ‘n’ dirty, anything-goes Battle of the Bitches: Ladies of the 80’s on Friday, November 1 at The Purple Room Supper Club. Watch as this dynamic duo take each other on, song by filthy song from the most decadent decade of them all: the 80s! Blindly picking topics from a hat, each determined diva will belt out one of her world-famous, sick n twisted song parodies. Dinner at 6:00 p.m., show at 8:00 p.m. Get tickets


Weekend Theatre

It’s the final weekend of performances for “Mamma Mia!” while “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” continues, and “Hand to God” prepares to open soon!

Desert Theatreworks presents Mamma Mia! The smash hit musical based on the music of ABBA through Sunday November 3 at the Indio Performing Arts Center. The show features all the beloved hit songs by ABBA, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Take a Chance on Me” and of course, the title tune, all set to a feel-good story of young bride-to-be Sophie. Get tickets

 

Palm Canyon Theatre presents Priscilla Queen of the Desert through Sunday, November 17. This musical is based on the hit movie, telling the heartwarming adventure story of three friends who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. Songs include “It’s Raining Men,” “I Will Survive,” “Hot Stuff,” “Finally,” “Boogie Wonderland,” “Go West,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “I Love The Nightlife,” and many more. Get tickets

 

UPCOMING:

Dezart Performs opens their new season on Friday, November 8 with Hand to God, The Broadway Smash Hit Comedy by Robert Askins, running through Sunday, November 17. Think of it as “The Exorcist” meets “Sesame Street:” After the death of his father, meek Jason finds an outlet for his anxiety at the Christian Puppet Ministry in the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas. Jason’s complicated relationships with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door, and most especially his mother are thrown into upheaval when Jason’s puppet, Tyrone, takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own. Get tickets


Chill Bar has a sensational lineup of entertainment to blow you away this Pride Weekend: Varsity Friday (Hot DJ’s and Hot Varsity GoGo Boys), TooMuch Saturday (w/Kimora Blac and William “Stars” of RupPaul’s Drag Race), and Sunday Funday features the “Now Serving the Chilldren” production drag show at the Hyatt at 12:30 p.m. and the party continues all day back at Chill Bar!

Get Happy at Chill

 

Runway is your spot for a Halloween Pre-Party on Thursday, October 31 from 5:00–7:00 p.m. with a costume contest and free hors d’oeuvres! Happy Hour is 2:00–7:00 p.m. daily and on Friday nights it’s time to Let us Kiki, featuring Buy One Entrée, Get One 50% off*

Get Happy at Runway


Evzin Palm Springs sports the “gypsy-bohemian vibe” of Mykonos and Ibiza, with a focus on rustic fare, fresh vegetables and clean ingredients. Spouses and restaurateurs John Tsoutis and Maria Mertika have gained a large following from their first location in Palm Desert and now welcome you to a larger space inside the Caliente Tropics hotel. Get this HOT DEAL: a $50 Gift Certificate for only $37.50. That’s 25% off at Evzin!  Get Your Deal

 

At Jus Chillin’ and Lappert’s Premium Gourmet Ice Cream, they say it’s OK to have dessert before dinner! Jus Chillin’ offers healthy frozen yogurt, with a variety of flavors daily, including low carb/sugar choices, plus a variety of gelato flavors. With this HOT DEAL, you get three (3) $5 gift certificates to Jus Chillin’ Frozen Yogurt plus a bonus $5 gift certificate to Lappert’s Premium Gourmet Ice Cream. That’s $20 of frozen treats for just $10! Get Your Deal

 


 

 


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