Brad Fuhr Caricature
Brad Fuhr at the Palm Springs Art Museum opening of Phillip K. Smith III exhibition

The generosity of you who live and play in the Coachella Valley is truly amazing. Over the weekend, I attended the Laurel Foundation’s annual toy drive and fundraiser (where Cher and Chaz Bono were honored, but were no-shows!) and participated in Animal Samaritans “Men of the Desert” (Where Barry Manilow DID attend). We helped raise over $200,000 for the new facility.

Toy drives, food drives and more charity events are on the horizon. Please give time or treasures – meaning you can simply volunteer to help if you can’t afford to donate. We’re promoting most of these on the events page of Gay Desert Guide and on KGAY 106.5. It certainly makes us feel good to give back to this amazing community.

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Rock the Park Returns with Ronstadt Revival

The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce’s free outdoor concert series of tribute bands at the Palm Springs Downtown Park, “Rock the Park,” is coming back for a sophomore stint beginning Wednesday, December 7 at 7 pm. This season-opening performance will feature Ronstadt Revival: Tribute to a Legend, with the music of Linda Ronstadt. Rock the Park will continue on the first Wednesday each month, through May 3, 2023. Future dates will pay tribute to Queen, Prince, Bee Gees, and more. The concerts are free and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and/or folding chairs. More info

Fun Home Opens Tuesday

CVRep presents Fun Home from December 6–18. Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Fun Home is a musical adapted from Alison Bechdel’s 2006 graphic memoir of the same name. Follow Alison as she uncovers the secrets through three different ages in her life. Fun Home isn’t just a coming-of-age or coming out story, but one that sets out to unravel the many mysteries of childhood through which we can all identify. Get tickets

Denim & Diamonds

The Boys & Girls Club of Cathedral City presents the 13th Annual Denim & Diamonds extravaganza on Monday, December 5 at 5 pm at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Come sparkle in your best denim and support the Club’s educational, training, and mentorship programs. The event begins with cocktails and a silent auction. Then it’s dinner and an exciting live auction featuring unique items that will make you want to raise your padde. Stay for dancing to live rock, pop, funk & soul music by HOTROX. Get tickets

Palm Springs International Film Fest 2023 Lineup

On Tuesday, December 6, the Palm Springs International Film Festival releases the lineup and schedule for the 2023 festival, which runs January 6–16. Plan ahead and get ready for individual ticket sales to open:

  • December 13-19 – American Express Presale Event
  • December 19 – Member Preview Night
  • December 20-21 – Member Days
  • December 22 – General Public Ticket Sales
  • January 2 – Box Office opens
  • Passes are available now
  • More info

Rock Suisilence: A Concert to Raise Awareness of Suicide

Angel Force USA presents Rock Suisilence – A Concert to Raise Awareness of Suicide at the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater on Tuesday, December 6 from 5:30–9 pm. Featuring Medal of Honor Recipient David Bellavia and musicians who have played in The Who, Roger Daltry Band, Crosby Stills Nash, Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart Band, Bob Dylan, Air Supply and two founding members of Sugar Ray. Free for veterans, $25 otherwise. Get tickets

Best of Modernism Online Auction

Modernism Week presents the Best of Modernism Auction, now through Sunday, December 11. This exciting online auction of customized experiences and intriguing and distinctive items comes just in time for the holiday season. Discover more than 60 unique architectural experiences, exclusive VIP Modernism Week event tickets and experience packages, access to prime sold-out parties, and uncommon, exclusive items not typically available to the public. More info

December at The McCallum

The McCallum Theatre presents All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 on Tuesday, December 6 at 7 pm. This moving work captures an astounding moment in history when Allied and German soldiers laid down their arms to celebrate the holiday together by trading carols, sharing food and drink, playing soccer and burying the dead. Coming up at the McCallum: The Storm Large Holiday Ordeal (Dec. 9), Alton Brown Live (Dec. 12), The Desert Symphony Presents Bruce in the USA (Dec. 17), Merri-Achi Christmas (Dec. 18), and Dave Koz & Friends 25th Anniversary Christmas Tour (Dec. 19). Get tickets

Holiday Food & Toy Drives

Dick’s Bar is having a “Stuff the Cruiser” Toy Drive with Anita Treadmill and the Palm Springs Police Department on Friday, December 9. Then, Hunters and Streetbar are teaming up for a Toy Drive all day on Sunday, December 11 in the parking lot between the two establishments. Fill the truck with unwrapped toys which will be given to Palm Springs Fire Station #2 for distribution. On Saturday, December 17, AMP Sports Lounge in Cathedral City has a Toy Drive starting at 3 pm with a drag show at 5 pm.

Mizell Center can use your help, too, in filling their holiday gift bags for their 400 homebound Meals on Wheels clients. They are looking for shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, bars of soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, toilet paper, and athletic socks to be donated no later than Wednesday, December 7. You can drop them off at the center or even have them shipped: Attention Laura Castillo, 480 S. Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262.

At The Roost Lounge, they are accepting canned food and non-perishable food items now through December 20, with drop-off locations at The Roost, Roadrunner Print & Ship, and various pop-up events from Brothers of the Desert. They are also accepting new unwrapped toys for local children, benefiting Boys & Girls Club of Cathedral City, now through December 20 at the same locations. They are also running a separate Board Game Drive through December 12, for new unwrapped board games (not card games) which will go toward their goal of gifting a game to every student at Rio Vista and Julius Corsini Elementary Schools [More info].

Desert Theatreworks is partnering with the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission for a toy drive in hopes that every child at the mission has something to open during the holidays. Come see Irving Berlin’s White Christmas The Musical through December 23 and bring an unwrapped toy for ages 0-12, when you come see the show.

The City of Palm Springs Parks & Rec Department is collecting unwrapped toys at four different locations through Thursday, December 15:

  • Palm Springs BMW, 3737 E. Palm Canyon Drive
  • Porsche Palm Springs, 3735 E. Palm Canyon Drive
  • Palm Springs Public Library, 300 S. Sunrise / Open 10 am–5 pm (closed Sunday)
  • Leisure Center, 401 S. Pavilion Way / Open 7:30 am–6 pm (Monday through Friday)

The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert’s Community Food Bank shelves are emptier than ever, and they’ve launched a new “Feed a Family” campaign going into this holiday season. Your $55 donation can help the food bank provide a family of 4 with all the fixings for a delicious and healthy holiday meal [Donate here].

Clubs Fore Kids Golf Tournament

The Club Fore Kids Golf Tournament takes place Wednesday, December 7 from 7 am–4 pm at Classic Club in Palm Desert. Registration includes golf with an 8:30 am shotgun start, Breakfast items, lunch, Mega Ticket, 2 raffle tickets, silent auction, putting contest, hosted games on the golf course included and much more. Celebrating 11 years, the Club Fore Kids tournament is presented by Palm Springs Hospitality & Restaurant Association and has benefitted the Boys & Girls of Palm Springs since its inception. Non-golfers can join for lunch at 1 pm. Lunch ($50) includes 2 raffle tickets. More info

Desert Blues Revival: Gand Band Chicago Blues Caravan

Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs presents the Desert Blues Revival every Wednesday at 8 pm in the Cascade Lounge. On Wednesday, December 7, Gand Band Chicago Blues Caravan takes the stage. Each week, come enjoy great bands playing authentic Blues, Soul, R&B, and Rock from all over the globe right here in your backyard. Get tickets

Jazzville: Paul McDonald Li’l Big Band

Jazzville invites you to experience the hottest acts in jazz and step back in time to when all the cool cats came to play and put Palm Springs on the map! on Thursday, December 8 from 7–8:30 pm, Jazzville brings back the Paul McDonald Little Big Band for a classic retro Christmas show with vocalists Hope Diamond and Jay Jackson. Experience this fantastic 10-piece band and a night of exceptional jazz, soul, R&B and holiday classics! Get tickets

Walk of the Inns

The 2022 Walk of Inns is on Thursday, December 8, from 5–8 pm, with the Palm Springs Art Museum serving as the official starting point. There, you can drop off unwrapped toys for Well in the Desert, plus pick up a free map of all the stops and a small flashlight. This annual event is a free, self-guided walking tour and fun way for the public to get to know the eclectic properties in the neighborhoods between Ramon Road and Tahquitz Canyon Way. Several Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels are participating in the Walk of Inns, including Palm Mountain Resort and Spa, Avalon Hotels and Bungalows, Ingleside Inn, with more being added every day. These hotels showcase the spectacular architecture that has made Palm Springs famous, from mid-century modern to Mediterranean. More info

2nd Wave Feminist Art & The Origins of Life

The Palm Springs Art Museum presents 2nd Wave Feminist Art & The Origins of Life on Thursday, December 8 from 5:30–7:30 pm in the main museum with speakers Mara Gladstone, Deputy Director and Head of Programs at Desert X, and Timothy Lyons, Distinguished Professor of Biogeochemistry in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California-Riverside. “Mixed Feelings” is a back-to-back lecture experience on unrelated topics (that are somehow connected). Two speakers talk about their respective areas of expertise and you get to make the connections during the Q&A. Get tickets

PS Rewinds: Not Another Christmas Movie – Trading Places

The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents your favorite non-Christmas Christmas movies with their PS Rewinds: Not Another Christmas Movie series this month. On Thursday, December 8 at 8 pm it’s Trading Places (1983), starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy. Upper-crust executive Louis Winthorpe III (Aykroyd) and down-and-out hustler Billy Ray Valentine (Murphy) are the subjects of a bet by successful brokers Mortimer (Don Ameche) and Randolph Duke (Ralph Bellamy). An employee of the Dukes, Winthorpe is framed by the brothers for a crime he didn’t commit, with the siblings then installing the street-smart Valentine in his position. When Winthorpe and Valentine uncover the scheme, they set out to turn the tables on the Dukes. Get tickets

Mid-Century Moderns at Oscar’s

The hit Palm Springs 1960s jukebox musical Mid-Century Moderns is at Oscar’s on Thursday and Friday, December 8 & 9 at 7:30 pm. The sensational hits of ‘66 come to life in the delightful tale of a plucky Wisconsin widow who transforms from frump to fabulous when she finds herself at the center of modernity in Palm Springs. Get tickets


Stars – A Galaxy of Song, presented by Modern Men

Modern Men – Coachella Valley Men’s Chorus presents STARS: A Galaxy of Song on Saturday, December 10 at 7 pm and Sunday, December 11 at 3 pm at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. This exploration of the musical repertoire extols the inspiration and awe we enjoy when we look heavenward, while musing on the wonder of those bright sentinels in the sky. In addition to some of your seasonal favorites, the chorus will delight with some of the chorus world’s most beautiful music by such renowned composers as Morton Lauridsen, Carol Bayer Sager, David Dickau and others. A portion of each ticket sold for these performances will benefit the Manilow Music Project. Get tickets

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas The Musical

Desert Theatreworks presents Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, The Musical from December 9–23, a musical stage adaptation of the beloved 1954 holiday film. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge. With a dazzling score featuring well-known standards including “Blue Skies,” I Love a Piano,” How Deep Is the Ocean,” “Snow,” and the perennial title song, White Christmas is a family-friendly holiday show bursting with cheerful dancing, treasured tunes and a generous helping of yuletide cheer. Get tickets

Do Not Remove Label

Desert Ensemble Theatre presents Do Not Remove Label, a world premiere by Jerome Elliott Moskowitz, through December 11. It’s Hanukkah 1966, and 12-year-old Tommy and his newly widowed mother Tammy are making latkes, preparing to celebrate. A missing label on the sofa triggers an ill-timed visit from the FBI and Hanukkah is turned upside down. Can the next-door neighbor Cookie Balinsky save the day with Rugelach and good cheer? Get tickets

Jose Sarria Panel Discussion and 3 Film Screenings

A special exhibit of Jose Sarria: Legendary Drag Queen and LGBTQ+ Activist (1922–2013) is on display at the Welwood Murray Memorial Library in the main room through December 15. This weekend, a Jose Sarria Panel Discussion will take place on Saturday, December 10 from 6:30–8 pm at the library’s community room, featuring Andrew Shaffer from the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco. On Sunday, December 11, the library will host screenings of three films. At 10:30 am: Queen of the Capital is a feature documentary about DC bureaucrat by day, drag queen by night, Muffy Blake Stephyns. At 12 pm: 50 Years of Fabulous, this film recounts the rich history of San Francisco’s Imperial Council, the oldest LGBT charity organization in the world, founded by Sarria. Finally, at 2 pm: Nelly Queen: the Life and Times of Jose Sarria is a feature documentary on the life of Jose Sarria, the first openly gay American to run for office in 1961. The drag cabaret performer was an early and leading champion for equality for homosexuals in San Francisco 15 years before Stonewall. More info

Harry Connick, Jr. at The Show

The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage presents Harry Connick, Jr. on Saturday, December 10 at 8 pm. Join Connick for a Holiday Celebration of the season with this legendary live performer with millions of recordings sold around the world. He has had numerous top 20 US albums, and number-one US jazz albums, earning more number-one albums than any other artist in US jazz chart history. Get tickets

On Friday, December 9 at 8 pm, Australia’s Thunder From Down Under takes the stage at The Show. This is the number one male revue in the world with 13 shows a week in Vegas, and two international shows touring 50 weeks a year. This isn’t the type of show you just sit and watch – Thunder is a fully interactive experience with chiseled bodies, seductive dance routines, cheeky humor and boy-next-door charm. Get tickets

Desert Hot Springs Holiday Parade of Lights and Holiday Festival

The City of Desert Hot Springs presents their annual Parade of Lights and Holiday Festival on Saturday, December 10. The parade starts at 5:45 pm at Mission Lakes Blvd & Palm Drive and ends at Palm Drive & Second Street. Immediately following the parade, celebrate the holidays together at the holiday festival at City Hall with lots of family fun activities: free carnival rides, free face painting, free cotton candy, free pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, plus food vendors and live music. More info

8th Annual Official Latino Film and Arts Festival

The 8th Annual Official Latino Film and Arts Festival, the first to focus primarily on U.S. Latinx filmmakers, takes place Friday through Sunday, December 9–11 in partnership with the Palm Springs Art Museum. Over 100 films will be screened in the museum’s 430-seat Annenberg Theater, the majority presented in English, along­side industry and filmmaker panels. The films will run in a series of themed two-hour blocks which will include short discussions with the filmmakers. The weekend will also feature opening and closing receptions, and will culminate with an awards ceremony in the theater. See our event listing for the full daily breakdown: More info

Home for the Holidays

The City of Rancho Mirage and Desert Theatricals presents Home for the Holidays on Saturday, December 10 from 7–8:30 pm at the Rancho MIrage Amphitheater. Enjoy an evening of multi-talented entertainers and musicians performing beloved holiday hits. This free performance is the city’s gift to the community. Registration required. More info

10 Years of Tails Open House

The Palm Springs Animal Shelter presents a 10 Years of Tails Open House on Saturday, December 10 from 10 am–2 pm. This will be a celebration of the 10 years of serving the community and the extraordinary life saving efforts of the Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter. Bring your friends, family, and pets for free microchipping, holiday gifts and deals in the retail store, holiday photos with your pet, activities, giveaways, snacks, cake, and $10 adoptions. More info

Willie’s Big Fat Holiday Bash

The talented performers of Musical Theatre University present the Desert’s Brightest Holiday Bash at 4 pm on Sunday December 11, and again on Sunday, December 18. MTU’s Singing Servers serve up a fully-staged holiday revue accompanied by a three-course holiday feast from Willie’s Award Winning kitchen. At the December 11 show, Broadway headliner Alix Korey (Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof) will take the stage. On December 18, Teri Ralston (Company, A Little Night Music) will be the headliner. More info

JFS 20th Annual Patron Party

Jewish Family Services (JFS) presents their 20th Annual Patron Party on Sunday, December 11 from 6–8 pm at Saks Fifth Avenue on El Paseo. JFS Patrons allow JFS to offer lifesaving programs and services to the most vulnerable residents, families and individuals of the Coachella Valley, and the annual Patron Party is a not-to-miss fun event thanking Patrons for their generous support. Enjoy holiday decorations, beautiful fashion and accessories (with exclusive access to store-wide shopping), and sumptuous food and beverages catered by the incredible team at Eight4Nine. More info

Palm Springs Getaway – A Musical Romp

Palm Canyon Theatre presents Palm Springs Getaway – A Musical Romp now through December 18 and again January 20 –29, 2023. This new musical is a nostalgic romp through the popular oasis featuring glimpses of history, icons, and the celebrities who made the city famous. With a collection of well-known and original songs, the show transports audiences from the early desert landscape to the vibrant and inclusive community people know and love today – and every decade in between. Get tickets

Wildlights at The Living Desert

Wildlights returns to The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens on December 9–10, 16–24, and 26–30. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Wildlights is a magical winter wonderland, complete with twinkling lights, dazzling light displays, and holiday fun, recognized in the Top 5 Best Zoo Lights by USA Today. Follow illuminated pathways on a journey around the Zoo with endless awe-inspiring sights and festive photo opportunities. Guests can go for a spin on the carousel, enjoy themed treats, take a free souvenir photo with Santa, and much more. In true WildLights tradition, the G-scale model trains, with more than 3,300 feet of track, will be decked out for the holidays. Advance reservations required. Get tickets

On the Air at KGAY 106.5

Ross Mathews is back and gayer than ever! After a honeymoon hiatus, his popular weekly radio show on KGAY 106.5 airs on Saturdays from 11:00 am–2 pm. That’s 50% more Ross because now it’s a three-hour show! Ross is a part-time Palm Springs resident and currently working on The Drew Barrymore Show, RuPaul’s Drag Race and many other projects. He will bring celebrity gossip and news, plus a rundown of what’s happening each weekend in #ILoveGayPalmSprings as he plays some of his favorite dance hits each weekend on KGAY. Listen Online

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 party music! Listen Online

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REVEL is that neighborhood public house where locals hang out and visitors are welcome. Enjoy their patio, have a beer at the bar, come early for endless champagne brunch or pop in for a late-night pizza or burger–and check out the bourbon list! Get $10 off your bill at Revel Public House with our HOT DEAL: Get a $25 gift card for just $15! Get Your Deal

We also have Hot Deals at V Wine Lounge, Hunters Nightclub, Il Giardino, Jolene’s Bar & Grill, Rick’s Restaurant, Coachella Valley Coffee Co., Grand Central, Boozehounds, Desert Mischief, Trevor Wayne Pop Art, Monster Shakes, Destination PSP, Kitchen 86, AMP Sports Lounge 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 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)