This is a heck of a weekend in Palm Springs – everyone is coming by, and everyone is gonna be hungry! Here's what's going on for all the curious locals and wide-eyed visitors.

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International Bear Convergence (IBC): Hear Them Roar!



International Bear Convergence (IBC) is the premier winter event for Bears & admirers in Palm Springs, California. The four-day event will come to life with DJs, live entertainment and thousands of bears from around the globe. The last four years were hugely successful and they expect more of the same in 2018 with record-breaking attendance for their 5th Anniversary. 

Martha Wash IBCEvents for the weekend include:

  • Screening of "Where the Bears Are: Season 6", Palm Springs Cultural Center, Thu 7:30-10:30pm
  • Three days of pool parties, presented by Chill Bar, Hunters Nightclub, and Toucan's Tiki Lounge, respectively, Hard Rock Pool, 10am-4pm (5pm  Sat)
  • Populart Artist Reception and Meet the Cast of Where the Bears Are, Fillmore Room, Sat 5-7pm
  • Live Performance by Martha Wash ("It's Raining Men," "Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" during "Divas and Bears" dance party, Woodstock Ballroom, Sat 10pm-3am
  • Drag Brunch Sunday with Tommi Rose, Sun 11am-1pm
  • Leather & Gear Party, Woodstock Ballroom, Sun 10pm-2am

2018 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards



Emmy-Award winning TV personality, style expert, fashion designer and New York Times best-selling author Carson Kressley will replace Ross Mathews as host of the 24th Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards. It was announced last week that Mathews will be sequestered in the Big Brother Celebrity House as he competes in the first celebrity season of the long-running reality show that begins airing on February 7 on CBS. Veteran R&B group En Vogue performs the main event entertainment, with Thelma Houston singing for the after party.

This year’s awards will shine a bright spotlight on local community members who have dedicated their time, talent and energy to ensuring D.A.P. is able to provide compassionate care to those who need it most. Tony Marchese, owner of Trio Restaurant, will receive the Partners for Life Award, and Dr. Shubha Kerkar, MD, HIVMA, MACP, AAHIVS, Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease Specialist, will be recognized with the 100 Women Award. The event also features a massive silent auction that supports much of Desert AIDS Project's local work, including the new PRePNPlay video campaign.

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Welcome Gay Pilots Association!


Gay Pilots

Welcome attendees to the 2018 Palm Springs Winter Warm-Up Presented by United Airlines! Visit our website for complete events listings for the conference, plus our Happy Hour Finder, Dining Guide, Nightlife and more!

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GDG Editor Brad Fuhr to Receive Community Award, Launch Local Chapter of "Gay For Good"


Gay for Good

On Monday, Feb. 12, Gay Desert Guide founding editor Brad Fuhr will receive the City of Palm Springs Human Rights Commission Community Service Award for "Promoting Universal Human Rights Closer to Home". "I'm going to springboard that into a new community service group that is near and dear to my heart, 'Gay For Good'," says Mr. Fuhr in the invitation to an informational reception following the ceremony. The reception will be held at RetroRoom Lounge from about 4:30-6:30pm; attendees will enjoy appetizers provided by Oscar's Cafe & Bar 3 and no host bar with happy hour prices.


OUT For Laughs' February Comedy Benefit Series Continues With Alec Mapa


Out for Laughs Mapa

Comedians Shann Carr and Max Mitchell present LA’s hottest LGBT headliners in OUT for Laughs at the Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly Camelot Theatre) in Palm Springs every Thursday in February. This week's headliner is actor/comedian Alec Mapa (Switched at Birth, Devious Maids), whose 2014 concert film Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy mined humor from his experience adopting a foster child with his husband. The evening benefits the local Foster Care facility Sanctuary Palm Springs.

Erin Foley (Feb 15, for Joy Silver for California Senate 28th District) and closer Jimmy James (Feb 22, for the LGBT Center) will round out the month of comedy for a cause.

Palm Springs Winter Classic Softball Tournament

AIDS Assistance Program – Food Samaritans, in cooperation with the City of Palm Springs and the Palm Springs Gay Softball League, presents the 27th annual Palm Springs Winter Classic Softball Tournament. Eighty teams and hundreds of LGBT softball players will compete.  

Games will be played at Demuth Park (4365 E. Mesquite Ave, Palm Springs) and Big League Dreams Sports Park in Cathedral City.  Games will start at 8 a.m. both days with finals in all divisions played at Big League Dreams.

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Blackbook Bar

BlackbookThe sleek industrial styled BlackBook Bar located in the heart of the gay strip on Arenas now has Happy Hour everyday from 4-6pm and NAUGHTY hour from 10pm-midnight. During these times you cam enjoy specials such as $5 pint glass well drinks, $1 off all bottle and draft beer, and $2 off all wines by the glass!

Chill Bar

Chill Bar PS

Looking for somewhere awesome to unwind that’s got something fun going on every day of the week? Chill Bar on Arenas is just that! And you haven’t truly experienced Sunday Funday until you’ve experienced it at Chill. They’ve got everything from drink specials to life size jingo. And not to mention the addicting trail mix offered at the bar that is sometimes your saving grace at the end of the day! Visitors and locals alike love Chill bar because they treat everyone like family! With a happy hour that runs from opening to 7 PM and a late night happy hour from midnight to closing, the fun never stops! 

Hot Deals


Rick'sRick's Desert Grill

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On the MarkOn the Mark

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