We’re monitoring the almost minute-by-minute changes to events and activities with our team. Be assured that we will provide the latest updates here on GayDesertGuide.LGBT as they occur.  Palm Springs City Council has closed all nonessential businesses and issued a Shelter in Place order. Please watch our Facebook and Twitter feeds for details and stay tuned right here to our twice-weekly blog to provide updates.

Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide

Here’s a quick rundown of what we know about event postponements, cancellations, and rescheduling, as well as businesses and attractions that have closed for the time being. For more detail, visit our Coronavirus COVID-19 Event Postponements & Cancellations page.

POSTPONED (No new date set yet):

  • ANA Inspiration Golf Tournament
  • NCLR Palm Springs Mingle
  • NCLR Palm Springs Garden Party
  • Indian Wells Arts Festival
  • Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus: “Cassini”
  • “How to Survive an Apocalypse” presented by Desert Ensemble Theatre Company
  • Striving to Thrive Town Hall
  • Desert Stonewall Democrats’ March Meeting
  • Transgender Day of Visibility
  • Palm Springs International Film Society events through April.
  • Los Angeles Pride (50th Anniversary Year)


  • Red Dress Dress Red Party – May 16
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show Interactive – May 20
  • “The Producers” presented by Desert Theatreworks – April 10
  • Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend – September 16-21
  • Coachella Music Festival – Oct. 9–11 and 16–18
  • Stagecoach Music Festival – Oct. 23–25
  • White Party Palm Springs – Oct. 30–Nov. 2
  • Palm Springs International Dance Festival – Oct. 22–25
  • Jewish Film Festival – Oct. 4–7
  • Desert Winds Freedom Band California Dreamin’ Spring Concert – Nov. 21 (tentative)
  • “The Velocity of Autumn” presented by Coyote StageWorks – Nov. 13–22


  • Dining Out For Life
  • BNP Paribas Tennis Tournament
  • Fashion Week El Paseo
  • Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival
  • Cathedral City LGBT Days
  • Palm Springs Animal Shelter Faux Fur Ball
  • Palm Springs Front Runners & Walkers Events through April
  • 2020 NAGAAA Cup Softball Tournament
  • Palm Springs City Events (VillageFest, ONE-PS Picnic & Community Expo)
  • Palm Springs Police & Fire Appreciation Dinner
  • Mizell Senior Center Events/Games (though the center remains open)
  • Palm Springs Art Museum Events
  • CalComMen March Events
  • The Hue Music & Arts Festival
  • UC Riverside Palm Desert Events
  • Palm Springs HOT RODEO


  • All non-essential businesses
  • The Living Desert
  • Agua Caliente Casinos in Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage
  • Indian Canyons Golf Resort
  • Tahquitz Canyon and Indian Canyons Hiking Trails
  • AsiaSF/PalmSprings Dinner Theater
  • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
  • Palm Springs Art Museum (all three locations)
  • McCallum Theatre
  • Mizell Senior Center
  • Cathedral City Senior Center
  • Sunnylands Center and Gardens
  • Palm Springs Public Library & Welwood Library
  • All Palm Springs City facilities, including Swim Center and Skate Park
  • Rancho Mirage Public Library
  • Playrooms at CCBC (Hotel and Restaurant remain open)

For more detail, visit our Coronavirus COVID-19 Event Postponements & Cancellations page.


City of Palm Springs Issues Shelter in Place Order

At an emergency City Council meeting on Tuesday, March 17, the Palm Springs City Council gave unanimous direction to City Manager David Ready to issue a new emergency order under his declaration of a local emergency advising all residents to shelter in place and limit activities to only those essential to their daily lives and to close all non-essential businesses. Read more.

All Gatherings Greater than 10 People Prohibited

Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser announced a prohibition on all gatherings with an expected presence of more than 10 people, starting Monday, March 16 through April 30. The restriction is expected to cause many restaurants to adopt take-out only policies. Exceptions to the rule include grocery stores, healthcare facilities, hotels and daycare centers.

Palm Springs City Manager Declares Local Emergency

On Saturday, March 14, Palm Springs City Manager David Ready signed a declaration of a local emergency in the City of Palm Springs to address COVID-19 in ways to reduce and slow the rate of infections and exposure to City residents, workers and visitors. Read the Declaration

Desert AIDS Project Opens Coronavirus Triage Clinic

Desert AIDS Project, which has recently opened their new clinics, is transforming their original clinic into a specialized COVID-19 triage clinic. This will allow their medical experts to screen patients demonstrating symptoms in a quarantined space, while also allowing non-symptomatic patients to continue having their health needs met without potential exposure. They need your support this vital response as they step up to provide care in a critical time of need. Learn more 

Increasing Rapid Response Mobile Community Markets

The Jewish Federation of the Desert and FIND Food Bank have partnered to fund 20 of FIND Food Bank’s Rapid Response Community Mobile Markets (RRCMM) to address the long-term economic impact of (COVID-19). They are deployed when urgent food assistance needs exist.  FIND’s RRCMM’s are a community safety net in emergency situations. Numerous community events and gatherings are being postponed or cancelled – including critical community food distributions.  When an emergency arises, FIND’s Rapid Response Mobile Markets are designed to quickly provide food to individuals who would otherwise go without. Read more

PS Chamber Mixer Canceled, Cathedral City Expo Rescheduled

The Palm Springs Chamber March Mixer, scheduled for Tuesday, March 17 at 4 Saints at the Kimpton Rowan, has been canceled, while the Cathedral City State of the City and Expo, also originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 28 from 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. at the Doubletree Golf Resort Palm Springs. More info

LGBTQ Community Survey

Please take part in the Community Marketing & Insights (CMI) 14th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey. For over a decade, this survey has provided free data to help non-profits, universities, and organizations better understand and serve the LGBTQ community. The report will be published on the CMI.info website for free download on approximately June 30. Previous surveys have had over 45,000 participants from 150 countries. Also, participation in this survey gives important feedback to our LGBTQ community media and organizations, and provides data to companies interested in serving our community, sponsoring our charities, and supporting their LGBTQ employees. [Click here] to start the survey




CANCELLED: Palm Desert Food & Wine

The Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival, originally scheduled for March 27–29, will not take place this year. It will return on March 26–28, 2021. More info

CANCELLED: Fashion Week El Paseo

Fashion Week’s 15th Annual Event, scheduled for March 20–28, will not take place this year. It will return on March 19–27, 2021. More info

CANCELED: Australia’s Thunder From Down Under

The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Rancho Mirage was scheduled to present Australia’s Thunder From Down Under Neon Nights 2020 World Tour on Saturday, March 21. However, The Agua Caliente Tribe of Cahuilla Indians has declared a state of emergency consistent with similar declarations by the state of California and the federal government, closing all tribal propreties including casino resorts, golf resorts, and hiking areas.  More info

CANCELED: Coachella Valley Symphony

The Coachella Valley Symphony planned to present the three winners from its 2020 Concerto Competition this Sunday, March 22, however the event has been canceled in light of the coronavirus concerns. More info


CANCELED: Gay For Good Spring Garden Party

The Gay For Good 2020 Spring Garden Party and Fundraiser, originally scheduled for Sunday, March 22, is being postponed due to coronavirus concerns. Check back with GayDesertGuide for updates. More info