If you listened to KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs this (Monday) morning, you heard about the dizzying week of fun events that took place over the weekend. The spotlight shown on our LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert and we were proud to sponsor and attend CenterStage.
Now on to Leather Pride week as it collides with Halloween and dovetails into Palm Springs Pride.
Are you going to “Light Up the Night”?? A simple display of rainbow or pink lights adorning your abode and you could win a trip for two to the Caribbean on VACAYA LGBT+ Vacations with airfare from Alaska Airlines. See our KGAY1065 Facebook page, snap you photo and enter today!
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
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Show Your Pride, Light Up the Night, and Win!
It’s almost time for Palm Springs Pride, and residents and businesses are invited to show their support for the LGBTQ community and decorate their storefront, home or apartment with pink and rainbow lights for the 2nd annual Light Up the Night contest presented by Alaska Airlines. KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs, Gay Desert Guide and VACAYA LGBT+ Vacations are sponsoring the contest using the hashtags #ILoveGayPalmSprings AND #LightUptheNight on social media, through October 31 at midnight. There are separate contests for the best business decoration and best residential decoration with prizes including airfare to anywhere Alaska Airlines flies, and a VACAYA LGBT+ Vacation for two to the Caribbean! More info
Final Day of Voting for Best of Coachella Valley
The voting deadline is Monday, October 25 in the Coachella Valley Independent’s 8th Annual Best of Coachella Valley, and we are thrilled to have four nominations associated with KGAY 106.5! Both DJ Galaxy (Vincent Corrales) and DJ Eric Ornelas, of the KGAY Retro Lunch at Noon, have been nominated for Best Local DJ, and KGAY Morning Host John Taylor is up for Best Local Radio Personality! Last but not least, KGAY 106.5 is itself nominated for Best Radio Station! The final round of voting will run online at CVIndependent.com through Monday, October 25. Vote Today
Palm Springs Leather Pride 2021 Starts Thursday
Palm Springs Leather Pride XXVI: Unlocked Full Release will take place from Thursday, October 28–Sunday, October 31 with events at various locations, starting with the “Parolee” Registration at Hunters Night Club on Thursday from 4:00–8:00 p.m., followed by the “Strip Search” meet-and-greet party at Tool Shed from 7:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m. The fun gets underway Friday through Sunday with three pool parties, a “Mess Hall” formal leather dinner, Cigar Social, Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2021 Competition, Vendor Mart and Cruise Party, and much more. See our listing for the full run-down of daily events! More info
Breakout – Full Release is the Palm Springs Leather Pride 2021 Dance Party on Saturday, October 30 from 9:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m., produced by Hocker Productions and featuring Colton Ford, singer, actor, and adult film star; international house DJ Hector Fonseca and the hottest go-go boys from coast to coast. Takes place at the Desert Rose Playhouse, with hosted bar. Save big on your admission with our HOT DEAL: Get one admission ($75 value) for just $50! Get Your Deal
Meanwhile, at CCBC Resort, Nasty Kink Pigs welcomes Leather Pride revelers to their “Unload” party on Saturday, October 30 from 8:00 p.m.–4:00 a.m. Night passes available if you are not staying at the resort. More info
Center Social at The Sonoran
Mark your calendars and join The LGBTQ Center of the Desert at The Sonoran on Wednesday, October 27, from 5:30–7:00 p.m. for their monthly Center Social. Look forward to community vibes, tasty happy hour, and 360 degrees of outdoor space. Proof of vaccination required. More info
Girlfriend: Dezart Performs Under the Stars!
The award-winning Dezart Performs of Palm Springs opens its 14th Season with the critically-acclaimed Todd Almond / Matthew Sweet musical GIRLFRIEND (October 27 – 30) taking place outside at the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater. Set in Nebraska in the ’90s, Will, a bit of a social outcast, and Mike, the popular football player, figure out that there is more to life than what high school has taught them. Days after graduation they explore their relationship and begin to ask themselves where their lives begin. More info
Responding to Housing Instability in LGBTQ+ Communities
Brothers of the Desert presents Gabriel Maldonado, CEO of Tru Evolution on responding to homelessness in LGBTQ+ communities on Tuesday, October 26 from 5:00–6:00 p.m. on Zoom. Maldonado will present on the current impacts to vulnerable LGBTQ populations in the region as a result of COVID-19 and TruEvolution’s response to the need for housing and community development with the launch of their new housing development, Project Legacy. Click [here] to see a trailer about the history of the project and the significant impact it can have on our community. More info
National Senior Health & Fitness Week
Palm Springs Mizell Center celebrates National Senior Health & Fitness Week with several free events and classes offered Monday through Friday, October 25–29, celebrating older adults and keeping fit. Celebrate the joy of movement and the benefits it brings:
- Monday, October 25 – 10:30 am Darlene Backlund, champion race walker, discusses her life and this unique sport.
- Tuesday, October 26 – 9 am FREE Zumba Gold with Barbara / 10 am FREE Yoga Flow with Paulette / 11 am FREE Tribal Belly Dance Fitness
- Wednesday, October 27 – 10 am – Noon FREE Dancing to live music
- Thursday, October 28 – 8:30 am FREE Walking Aerobics / 10 am FREE Movie: Bennett’s War (2019) / 12:30 pm FREE Beginners Tai Chi
- Friday, October 29 – 8 am FREE Fit After Fifty with Judy / 9 – 2 pm HiCap Medicare Counseling Clinic
- Saturday, October 30 – 9 am FREE Line Dance Class
- More info
To learn more about the benefits of exercise, join Eisenhower Health and The LGBTQ Center of the Desert for Osteoporosis: Exercise for Strong Bones on Wednesday, October 27 from 4:00–5:00 p.m. on Zoom. Join Olivia Ellis, Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Coordinator from Eisenhower to learn about the two types of osteoporosis exercises that are important for overall bone health. More info
Palm Desert Concerts in the Park: New Sensations
Palm Desert’s free Concerts in the Park series is held every Thursday in October from 6:00–7:30 p.m. at the Palm Desert Civic Center Park amphitheater. The concerts offer a delightful evening of music by some of the top acts from across the region. On Thursday, October 28, New Sensations performs, wrapping up the month. New Sensations is a fun and high energy, party dance band that plays the best Rock, Pop, Funk, Disco, Soul, Motown, Swing, and more, spanning 6+ decades of the most popular dance music ever recorded by your favorite artists. Food and beverage trucks will be available, offering a variety of culinary offerings. Concertgoers may also bring picnic baskets along with blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy the shows. Alcohol and smoking prohibited. More info
Jazzville Palm Springs: Lalo Guerrero Tribute
Jazzville, the live jazz scene presented by Barry Martin/DJ Baz and Take Five Entertainment, presents a Tribute to Lalo Guerrero on Thursday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m. at the vibrant Cascade Lounge inside Agua Caliente Casino in Palm Springs. Lalo was a Mexican-American guitarist, singer and farm labor activist best known for his strong influence on today’s Latin musical artists. This incredible evening will feature an 8-piece band playing music from Lalo’s early Cha Cha and Mambo days to some of his biggest Latin hits in both Spanish and English. His son, Mark Guerrero, will be the vocalist. Cocktails, wine and delicious small bites available. More info
Shrek the Musical at Palm Canyon Theatre
Palm Canyon Theatre presents Shrek The Musical running through Sunday, November 7. “Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek….” And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Children under 12 get in free to this kid-friendly production. Get tickets
The Producers at Desert Theatreworks
Desert Theatreworks’ production of Mel Brooks’ Broadway hit The Producers runs through Sunday, October 31. The Producers features a famous Broadway producer and an accountant with big dreams scheming to get rich by producing a flop, until it all goes wrong when the show is a hit. Get tickets
Gay Desert Guide Fall Pride 2021 Map & Guide is Out Now
Our latest Fall Pride 2021 edition of the Gay Desert Guide Map & Guide is hot off the presses and available where you’ll find brochures at hot spots all over town! Pick up your hard copy today or check out our online version to find all the top places for Food & Drink, Nightlife, Shopping, Attractions, Gay Resorts with passes, Dispensaries and other services. Check it out
Halloween on Arenas Road
The big event on Halloween Night, Sunday, October 31 is Palm Springs Halloween on Arenas Road, from 4:00–10:00 p.m. Come dressed as your favorite super heroes, ghouls, goblins, carnival revelers, movie look-a-likes and drag queens and compete to win over $1,800 in prizes. The evening’s live entertainment features headliner Debby Holiday, singer of 16 Billboard Top 20 Dance Hits including her latest single “Waiting for a Lifetime,” plus performances by: Brian Justin Crum, DJ Zareen, Pulp Vixen, Probe 7, Marina Mac, Chi Energy, with MC Bella da Ball. Costume Contest registration is 6:30–7:45 p.m., with the on-stage contest beginning at 8:00 p.m. More info
Saturday Halloween Soirée at Boozehounds
Boozehounds Palm Springs will be throwing a private Halloween Soirée full of magic on Saturday, October 30. The ticketed event will be hosted under the stars on their Halloween-themed outdoor patio, with music by a guest DJ and activations by local artisans (Tarot card reader, photography, jewelry, floral and more). There will be two seatings: 7:00–8:30 p.m. and 9:00–10:30 p.m. with different packages featuring a multi-course dinner by Executive Chef Corey Baker. A curated Halloween cocktail menu will feature themed drinks like the 100% That Witch
Boo Ball 2021
Boo2Bullying is bringing the Met Gala to the desert with its 3rd Annual Boo Ball on Saturday, October 30 from 5:30–10:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Walk the Orange Carpet, enjoy the evening with exclusive music performances by Jamie Miller, Musical University Theater, Chris Bennett, and Kid Baron, with Emcee Bella da Ball and a contest with Best Costume prizes. Catering by Lulu California Bistro plus hosted bar and hors d’oeuvres. All proceeds support Boo2Bullying programs in the Coachella Valley. Get tickets
Also at the Palm Springs Air Museum on Saturday: it’s a Halloween-Themed Chili Cook Off and Car Show, from 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. The chili recipes are those of the museum’s volunteers. And the show itself is sponsored by the Desert Classic Car Association. Museum admission that day includes the car show; chili tastings are $1. More info
Halloween Music Spooktacular Symphony Concert
The Coachella Valley Symphony presents a Halloween Music Spooktacular Concert at the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater on Sunday, October 31 at 2:00 p.m. Thrill and chill to an invigorating 70 minutes of movie music and classical favorites including: Ghostbusters, Spiderman, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars – Throne Room, Bach – Toccata and Fugue in d minor, Phantom of the Opera, In the Hall of the Mountain King, and Symphony Fantastic – March to the Scaffold. More info
Halloween Hullabaloo at the Palm Springs Cultural Center
The Palm Springs Cultural Center is offering a full day of Halloween fun with attractions for all ages, including Best of Retro Cartoon Halloween Specials (your favorites from the 80’s and 90’s) at 1:00 p.m., and a screening of the original Ghostbusters film at 1:30 p.m. with the Southland Ghostbusters live in person with complimentary goodie bags. Hocus Pocus screens at 5:00 p.m. hosted by the Sanderson Sisters live in person, with real magic wands for the kids. From 3:00–7:00 p.m. it’s the free Trunk or Treat event where costumed kiddoes will go from trunk to trunk collecting treats from owners who have decorated their vehicles.
For the grown-ups, the Jazzville Creepy Cocktail Party starts at 3:00 p.m., ahead of the Jazzville Halloween Show featuring The Jazz Cartel at 5:00 p.m. A Zombie Cocktail Party starts at 6:00 p.m., ahead of the Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque show “Shock Theatre Spooktacular” at 8:00 p.m. This wild and crazy Halloween variety show is not for the faint of heart. Also, Three Michaels Live features an ode to John Carpenter’s Halloween with the musical score, scares, and skits performed LIVE by three Michael Myers, at 8:00 p.m. with another appearance at 9:30 p.m. Tickets to Three Michaels include admission to the “Haddonfield Ball” from 9:00–11:00 p.m. with free Buzzbox cocktails in the upstairs lounge. Whew! More info
- Jazzville Palm Springs: Lalo Guerrero Tribute
Thu. Oct. 28 at 7:00 p.m
- Light Up the Night Contest for Palm Springs Pride
Oct. 20–Nov. 4
- The Producers by Desert Theatreworks
- Shrek The Musical, presented by Palm Canyon Theatre
October 22–November 7
- Girlfriend, The Smash Hit Rock Musical, presented by Dezart Performs
October 27–30 Outside at the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater
- Palm Springs Leather Pride 2021
October 28–31 at Various Locations throughout Palm Springs
- DAP Health Desert AIDS Walk 2021
Sat. Oct. 30 from 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. at Ruth Hardy Park
- Boozehounds’ Halloween Soirée Under the Stars
Sat. Oct 30 at 7:00 p.m.
- Palm Springs Halloween on Arenas Road
Sun. Oct. 31 from 4:00–10:00 p.m.
- Palm Springs Pride Festival 2021 – Downtown Palm Springs
Sat. Nov. 6 from 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. & Sun. Nov. 7 from 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
- Desertopia Pride Weekend
Sat. Nov. 6 at Infusion Beach Club and Asia SF, Sun. Nov. 7 at The Sonoran
- Front Runners Pride 5K Run & Walk 2021
Sat. Nov. 6 at 8:00 a.m. In-Person at Old Las Palmas Neighborhood and Virtually
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 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.