This Weekend in #ILoveGayPalmSprings
August 10–12, 2018
Let us be your Gay Desert Guide to the weekend! For the second time this summer, Splash House is landing in town with hot tracks and cool pool parties, Outlandish tickets are on sale now, and you know these will sell fast. You can beat the heat by heading up to Idyllwild for Jazz in the Pines, or head indoors to revisit The Beales of Grey Gardens with special guests. We also look ahead to celebrating the Women of Rodeo at Chill Bar, Big Bear Romp, the Palm Springs International Animation Festival, and CalComMen's “Graduate” Camp! Make a note of these and our HOT DEALS and cool Happy Hour highlights, this week in your Gay Desert Guide!
Splash House is Here This Weekend!
And speaking of fabulous pool parties…
Gay Desert Guide and Hotel Zoso will soon be announcing details for an official Palm Springs Pride 2018 Pool Party on Friday, November 2! As a kickoff to Pride weekend, “Dip Into Pride” will feature top LA DJs and live performance by a special guest. Mark your calendars and watch this space for more info!
Big Bear Romp is Next Weekend – Discount Available!
Save $20 off Big Bear ROMP VIP weekend pass! Use code: GDG, valid through 8/11 at bigbearromp.com
While the host hotel has sold out (with wait list), you can still stay with a friend or find other accommodations and join the festivities (try Big Bear Vacations for other options). While the desert summer is often under heat advisory, the
The Beales of Grey Gardens
Jazz in the Pines This Weekend
Monthly Chill Bar Dance
Animation Festival and Comic Con are Coming Too
“Outlandish” Tickets on Sale Now
Outlandish, a live performance series that debuted in Palm Springs last year, returns to the Palm Springs Cultural Center this fall with an expanded lineup. Produced by Logo TV Founder Matt Farber and the Palm Springs Cultural Center, the series will feature six iconic acts known in the LGBT community and beyond, including: John Waters, Randy Rainbow, Miss Richfield 1981, Pam Ann, Bob The Drag Queen, and San Francisco's famed gay male revue, Baloney. The series begins with John Waters on Friday, October 26 and concludes with Baloney on Saturday, December 8. More info
CalComMen's “GRADUATE” Community Camp
— Graduate from boy to man
— Graduate to be an even better man
— Graduate to a better place in your life
— Graduate to less fear & anxiety
— Graduate to more meaningful connections
— Graduate to a more engaged life
Like-minded, heart-centered men 18-91+ of all colors, sizes, shapes & differing abilities will gather to enjoy a safe, supportive and drug, alcohol, smoke and electronics-free space…4500 feet up in the San Jacinto Mountains. More info
A NEW CHAPTER FOR TOUCANS??
Owner Michele Cinque sent the letter with the announcement earlier this week, and the transfer of liquor license sign is already posted in the window.
“Toucans began almost 17 years ago as a local gathering spot with a tight knit group of desert rats who saw the need for a friendly, open, carefree, judgement free gathering space that became a communal living room of sorts. It didn't matter if you had been buddies with Lee or Frank or ran with the party crowd or preferred to be a wallflower, you were welcomed within the front doors of Toucans and into the open arms of Eddie and Jason. And soon word caught on that there was this place in town where you could let your hair down and no one would think twice about it. Joining the first few that called Toucans their family, there were the weekenders, the snow birds, and the curious. And everyone was considered family.
Toucans was inspired by Eddie's love of the Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland. What could be more magical and wondrous than a space filled with brightly painted exotic birds? Perhaps the second happiest place on earth. Toucans is about letting go, even if just for a few moments or a few hours. And as the years have passed, our wider, more inclusive clientele shows that happiness knows no boundaries.”
Her brother, Eddie, started Toucans and August 31st is the anniversary of his passing. Michele literally picked up the torch to keep Toucans alive. She writes, “I have always tried to take care of Eddie’s bar keeping in mind his wish for Toucans to be a place where everyone is welcome. A place where staff, performers and customers feel cared for and appreciated. A place you could always come home to. I always tried to do what Eddie would have done. I know he would be proud of Toucans and all of us who have continued to keep his dream alive.”
We'll keep you updated as we learn more and have the full text of the letter available shortly.
NEW LGBT FRIENDLY BUSINESSES & PARTNERS
Welcome Purrfurred Pet Sitters
Gay Wedding Institute Survey
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!
Streetbar is known for top-quality Top Shelf drink specials every day of the week, daily domestic beer special of $3.75 all day and night, and this weekend they celebrate their 27th Anniversary with an all-day party featuring fun, food, and entertainment including Robbie Wayne with special guest Ruth Braun, and Brian Scott. A Donation from the Proceeds of the Anniversary Party will benefit the Palm Springs Animal Center. Get Happy at Streetbar
Join Wang's Daily for their Happy Hour from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM, whether it's for Taco & Tequila Tuesdays, Wang's Wings Wednesdays, or Thirsty Thursdays, not to mention the hot music and men on the patio for Friday Boy's Night Out. They also feature live entertainment every weekend!
This weekend, Saturday August 11 at 6:00 p.m., Allison Annalora has invited the beautiful Keisha D to share the stage. Come enjoy award winning Asian Fusion Food and spectacular drinks in the comfort of the air conditioned dining room. Get Happy at Wang's
Top Five Bookmarks of the Week on GayDesertGuide.LGBT
- Where to Eat, Play, Stay, and Shop During Splash House
- Jazz in the Pines in Idyllwild Marks 25 Years of Cool Music, Setting
- SING WITH US! The Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus Holds Auditions For Its 20th Season
- Palm Springs Cultural Center Gets OUTLANDISH In Live Performance Series Featuring John Waters, Randy Rainbow And More
- A Holiday Like No Other. Debby Holiday Headlines HALLOWEEN PALM SPRINGS 2018!
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