Let us be your Gay Desert Guide to the New Year's Eve Weekend!
December 28–30, 2018

This Weekend in #ILoveGayPalmSprings: The new 106.5 FM KGAY LGBTQ radio station from Qchella Media has launched, it's time to tune in! It's also time to firm up your New Year's Eve plans, and we've got the rundown of the top parties to help you decide!  There are a few more days to see the one-of-a-kind Robolights display, plus holiday lights at The Living Desert, and just a few more days until the Palm Springs International Film Festival begins! Individual screening tickets have just gone on sale to the general public. Finally we have some great Happy Hour highlights, Hot Deals, and Top Articles to share with you. Happy New Year!

LGBTQ Radio Station – Now Playing! Official Launch Dec 26


The all-new 106.5 FM KGAY radio has just launched in the Coachella Valley, serving the LGBTQ community! 
It's a different kind of radio station because it is run by a non-profit organization: Qchella Media Corporation. Qchella Media is committed to strengthening and affirming the LGBTQ community in the Coachella Valley, providing a platform for the “Q-munity” to access the airwaves and on-demand programming. This new station is also powered by Gay Desert Guide for all the listings of gay-friendly businesses, events, and attractions in the desert! You can listen now on 106.5 FM or 1270 AM, visit Qchella KGAY 106.5 online, and be sure to “Like” Qchella Media on Facebook!

Also check out the new CV 104.3 FM, Coachella Valley's new home for smooth favorites, all day with a no-repeat workday from 9 to 5, featuring Fitz in the Morning and Patrick Evans (CBS Local 2 Chief Meteorologist and Host of Eye on the Desert) hosting afternoons. Listen on 104.3 FM, visit CV 104.3 online and “Like” CV 104.3 on Facebook too!

New Year's Eve Party Roundup

New Year's Eve is Monday, December 31 and if you'r looking for a place to ring in 2019, we have no shortage of options here in the Greater Palm Springs Area! From Mildly Wild and Glow Karaoke to Jazzville and Drag Superstars, we've got a roundup of New Year's Eve parties for you to choose from! Read more

Here's a couple of highlights:
Rockin' 80s – New Year's Eve at Spa Resort Casino
8:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m. – Enjoy the ultimate outdoor New Year’s Eve Party at Spa Resort Casino! Broadway's Rock of Ages Band performs at 10:30 p.m. with Rock Stars from the original cast of “Broadway’s Rock of Ages Band” live in concert. Concert admission includes entry into Rockin’ 80s New Year’s Eve Party.

Jazzville New Year's Eve Extravaganza at Hotel Zoso
Doors 4:30 p.m., dinner 5:00 p.m, live music 6:00 p.m. – In the tradition of Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Frank Sinatra, this award-winning Latin jazz group is highly entertaining and perform both classic and “Latin-ized” standards with an energetic verve. Tickets include a delicious three-course plated dinner, party favors, 2 glasses of bubbly, NYE photo op, and complimentary valet parking.

Click here for the full list of NYE Parties! 

The Living Desert: Holiday Lights Extended Through Dec 31

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is giving guests a few more hours to enjoy the sights sounds and lights of the zoo. Now through Monday, December 31, The Living Desert will be open 9 am to 7 pm. During the extended hours, guests will be able to explore many of the African animals of the zoo including giraffe, cheetahs, zebras and warthogs. And although Santa has gone back to the North Pole, guests can enjoy the holiday lights and light displays. More info


Robolights is a massive, colorful display of sculptures and structures artist Kenny Irwin created from recycled materials and draped in 9 million Christmas lights. He began building the display when he was 12 and it now attracts visitors year-round, but especially around the holidays. It has been featured in a number of stories and reports by the national and international media. Robolights is open daily (including Christmas Eve and Day) 4:00–9:30 p.m. through Wednesday, January 2. More info

Palm Springs International Film Fest Tickets on Sale Dec 26

The Palm Springs International Film Festival is just around the corner, running January 3–14, 2019 and individual film and event tickets, including Opening & Closing Night, will be available to the general public for purchase starting at 9:00 a.m. on December 26. The entire festival schedule is also now available three ways: viewable online, downloadable as a PDF, and in print form. Get tickets and more info

At Michael Holmes' Purple Room Supper Club, Happy Hour is Tuesday through Saturday, from 4:00–6:00 p.m. and Sundays from 4:00–5:00 p.m. Take advantage of special prices on small bites, wines and cocktails. Tue/Wed/Thu Happy Hour entertainment features Jazz by Mark Kahny and Trish Hatley, and on Tuesday, you get Happy Hour drink prices all night long at the bar! Get Happy at The Purple Room

Lulu California Bistro offers Happy Hour every day from 11am to closing, with the Happy Hour menu offered in the bar only. Highlights include all well drinks, house wines, and domestic beer for $4.99, and Cosmo/ Margarita/ Bloody Mary/ Martini / Lemon Drop/ Mojito for just $5.99, and many food items from just $7.99! Get Happy at Lulu

Please drink responsibly, and note: The Palm Springs Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Friday, December 28, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 9:00 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Wang's in the Desert is your Palm Springs destination for amazing Pan-Asian cuisine with the finest and freshest ingredients and dinner service that is family style and meant to be shared! With this HOT DEAL, enjoy $25 toward food and drink at Wang's for just $12.50, a full 50% off deal! Get Your Deal

TRIO is “Where Palm Springs Eats” because locals love its varied menu combining traditional Midwest comfort food with a California contemporary edge. Located in a historic mid-century building in Palm Springs sophiscated Uptown Design District, TRIO is lively and upbeat all year long, and you can receive a $50 gift card for only $35 when you get this HOT DEAL! Get Your Deal