This Weekend in #ILoveGayPalmSprings
August 3–5, 2018


Let us be your Gay Desert Guide to the weekend! “Outlandish” is coming back to Palm Springs for a second series of showsKick off August and beat the heat with a cold one (or two) at Craft Beer Weekend; take in a show at The Show: Brad Paisley and Cheech & Chong are bringing their tours here. We look back on the 80's–or rather the “I  the 80's” dance party, and look ahead to The Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala and Modernism Week Preview–both of which have just made tickets available for sale. We also have updates for Big Bear Romp and Splash House, both coming soon; and later this month, Comic Con and The Palm Springs International Animation Festival are coming to town! Read on for details plus this week's HOT DEALS, Happy Hours, and more. 

“Outlandish” Returns to Palm Springs with 6 Live Performances!

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

Craft Beer Weekend is Here!

Attention beer lovers: The seventh-annual Craft Beer Weekend takes place this weekend, Saturday and Sunday August 4–5 at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club. Taste the day away with over four dozen breweries, beer tastings, small bites, live entertainment and tales of the trade regaled by the brewers themselves. Drink and eat to your heart's content—tastings are unlimited! Sunday features a plated, sit-down Beer Brunch with six beer-inspired courses, each paired with a different brew, plus one beer to star and one to finish. Get ticket

Country and Comedy at The Show


The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa presents a country superstar and a team of trail-“blazing” comedians this weekend!

Brad Paisley

Thursday, August 2 at 8:00 p.m.
Brad Paisley is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer whose talents have earned him numerous awards, including three GRAMMYs, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, and 14 Country Music Association Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), among many others. He has been a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2001. Get tickets

Cheech & Chong

Saturday, August 4 at 8:00 p.m.
Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong helped define an era with their hilariously irreverent satirical counter-culture no-holds-barred comedy routines. Their phenomenal success includes nine comedy albums and eight films. The 2018 Cheech & Chong tour is a follow up to the hugely successful reunion tour: Cheech & Chong Light Up America Tour in 2008, following a 25-year hiatus. Celebrating its 40th anniversary, their debut movie “Up In Smoke” in 1978 defined a new genre of movies—the stoner comedy. To this day, the movie still ranks as one of the top weekend film rentals. Get tickets


We ❤️'d the 80's Mid-Summer Dance Party!

A big thank you to everyone who came out for our “I  the 80's” Mid-Summer Dance Party last weekend! We packed Chill Bar and had a great time dancing to the music and videos of the 80's and getting silly with the Mirror Me photo booth! (Check out a few examples below). Thanks to Chill BarReveal Pale Ale, PartyLife Photo Booths, and DJ Ray Rhodes. By the way, Ray will be back for our “Dip Into Pride” Pool Party this November 2, on the Friday of Palm Springs Pride Weekend. We are working on the lineup of fun and will have more information for you soon!  Post your photo on Instagram and #ILoveGayPalmSprings 


Film Awards Gala Tickets Went On Sale Aug 1

Seats and tables for the Palm Springs International Film Festival's signature showpiece event, the 2019 Film Awards Gala, are available for purchase beginning August 12018. This evening of high style, glitz, and fellowship, complete with red carpet, A-list celebrities, and Palm Springs community leaders will take place on January 3, 2019. The evening raises more than $1 million in funding for the Palm Springs International Film Society every year. More info

Modernism Week Fall Preview Tickets on Sale Now


Get a taste of the Modernism Week a few months early with Modernism Week’s 2018 Fall Preview, which takes place October 18–21 at various locations in the Coachella Valley. A rundown of events can be found here and tickets are on sale NowMore info

Comic Con and Animation Festival are Coming

The original and biggest Comics Convention in Palm Springs is back for the 3rd year from August 24–26 at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Don’t miss the definitive comic experience at CCPS, bringing together all your favorite artists, creators, celebrities, and cosplayers to one explosive annual event. Get tickets
The Palm Springs International Animation Festival and Expo, taking place August 22–25 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center/Camelot Theatreis a global competition in animation and exhibition of the most talented artists in animation styles including 2D, 3D, Hand Drawn, Painted, Watercolor, Sand, Paper, Experimental, Stop-Motions, VFX, and more. Get tickets


Big Bear Romp 2018 Schedule, Entertainers


Big Bear Romp 2018 is just a couple of weeks away, August 16–19 at Big Bear Lake, Ca, featuring a special performance by 2018 Headliner Amber, plus a Mountains of Laughs Comedy Night, Leather Dance Party, Pool Parties, Beer Bust and BBQ, Bitchy Bingo Brunch, and more! For the latest on the full lineup: More info

Splash House Sold Out

Splash House August 2018, taking place Aug 10–12 at The Renaissance, The Riviera, and The Saguaro hotels in Palm Springs has sold out! The best of house music will set the stage for this epic pool party with after hours events at the Palm Springs Air Museum. A fan-to-fan ticket exchange is now open if you missed out on general ticket sales.  Watch for our coverage on Twitter and Instagram. More info



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Welcome back Dezart Performs – More info 
“Church and State” opens the 2018-19 season for Dezart Performs at the Pearl McManus Theater.  This look at how religion influences politics and how politics has become a religion is simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, and uplifting.

Bright Event Rentals

 When your event needs to be perfect, you can count on us. With 30+ years experience and the largest product selection, we will bring your dream event to life.

At Body Concierge, they believe in the 3Rs: relaxation, regeneration and restructuring. Paul Chapman, owner and Senior Therapist, says, “My job as a massage therapist is to help bring my clients to a relaxing state of mind, body and spirit. When working with you, my goal is to help you relax, regenerate and restructure all three areas.” With this HOT DEAL, take advantage of a one hour massage valued at $80 for 30% off! You pay just $56. Get Your Deal

Rick Seidner and his staff have been serving the locals for over 28 years at Rick’s Restaurant. His Cuban and American style of preparing food has been a favorite place with the locals for many years, and these days great food with a Cuban influence can be found at Rick's Desert Grill too! With this HOT DEAL, you get a $25 gift certificate for just $15. That's 40% off, and it's good at both restaurants!  Get Your Deal

Summer Break Note: If you took advantage of our Hot Deal for Il Giardino Ristorante Italiano, hold on to your gift certificate because they are taking a break for the summer but will return on Monday, September 10!

Join Trunks in Cathedral City for Happy Hour Monday through Friday, featuring $3.50 well drinks and imported beers, $2.50 domestic beers, and several $5 shots. Starting Thursday, Aug 2 and continuing every Thursday afterward, Bearcules presents “Dark Alley” with Happy Hour prices 'til midnight, not to mention a Dark Alley vibe with DJ Peter Barona, hot meaty gogo studs, gear, and no cover!
Get Happy at Trunks

Lulu California Bistro
Enjoy Happy Hour every day from 11:00 a.m. to closing at Lulu California Bistro! Talent, expertise and a passion for great food combine to produce a captivating dining experience at Lulu, with menu options are both varied and value-priced. Happy Hour menu available in the bar, and Fridays and Saturdays Lulu has a Late Night Menu with special prices as well. The bright, colorful, fun atmosphere of Lulu makes it a perfect match to sponsor Comic Con, coming to Palm Springs this month! Get Happy at Lulu

Top Five Bookmarks of the Week on GayDesertGuide.LGBT

  1. Modernism Week Fall Preview 2018 Tickets Available Starting Aug. 1
  2. The Palm Springs International Animation Festival Is Returning
  3. Cheech and Chong Still Hitting the 'High' Notes with 2018 Tour
  4. 65 Amazing Things Happening In L.A. This August
  5. 7 Gay-Friendly Urban Beaches For Cruising This Summer

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