San Diego Pride, Friends! the Musical Parody, Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs Art Museum Summer Film Series, Broadway at The River, Final weekend for “Ruthless” and “Spring Awakening,” plus HOT DEALS, Happy Hours, and more!

San Diego Pride is July 12–14

San Diego Pride‘s big weekend is here with three main events:

Spirit of Stonewall Rally: Friday, July 12 from 6:00–7:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Pride Flag
Since their first rally in 1975, San Diego Pride’s Spirit of Stonewall Rally is a time to recognize and honor leaders who are working hard to preserve our gains and meet the many challenges still facing our community.

Pride Parade: Saturday, July 13 stepping off from Hillcrest Pride Flag
The annual San Diego Pride Parade is the largest single-day civic event in the region and is among the largest Prides in the United States, attracting over 250,000 people. This year’s theme: Stonewall 50: Legacy of Liberation.

Pride Festival: Saturday, July 13 from 11:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m. | Sunday, July 12 from 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Marston Point in Balboa Park
The Pride Festival includes multiple stages of entertainment, more than 100 entertainers, and dozens of vendor booths, exhibits, cultural presentations, delicious food booths, and over 40,000 of your closest friends!

See event website for more info on additional SD Pride events and tickets

Friends! The Musical Parody

FRIENDS! The Musical Parody is coming to the Annenberg Theater for three performances: Friday, July 14, 15 and 16. This hilarious new musical lovingly lampoons TV’s Friends, celebrating the wacky misadventures of your favorite group of 20-something pals as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life, and love in 1990s Manhattan. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m., Sunday Matinee at 2:00 p.m. Get tickets

Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage

From July 11 through August 18, participating Rancho Mirage restaurants and resorts have created cool summer specials for Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage. Get your $10 wristband to participate and enjoy $4 appetizers, desserts and/or drinks at great restaurants throughout the valley! A portion of proceeds benefit Coachella Valley charities and your local chamber of commerce.

A Taste of Summer Kickoff Party takes place on Thursday, July 11 from 5:00–7:00 p.m. at PIRCH. RSVP and Get your wristband today! See our link for a list of participating restaurants. More info

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Palm Springs Art Museum Summer Film Series

On Thursday, July 11 the Palm Springs Art Museum and the Annenberg Theater present the next film in the FREE Summer Film Series: “Putney Swope” (1969), directed by Robert Downey, Sr. The film series, themed as “Summer of ’69” celebrates the 50 years since the end of the 60’s with films reflecting the climate of the time. Screenings continue every two weeks through July and August with “Shampoo,” “Medium Cool,” “The Rain People,” and “Zabriskie Point.” Specialty cocktails created specifically for each film will be available in Persimmon Bistro 4:00–6:00 p.m. More info

Broadway at The River

Starting Thursday, July 11 from 6:00–9:00 p.m., Broadway at the River presents a unique dinner-show experience where servers from the MTU – Musical Theatre University sing for YOUR supper at Acqua California Bistro! Enjoy a delicious 3-Course Prix Fixe Dinner during this fully staged Broadway song & dance revue with famous Broadway guest stars. Performances on July 11, 18, 25 and 26Get tickets


It’s the final weekend of performances for these two lively musicals presented by outstanding local theatre companies!

“Spring Awakening”

Palm Canyon Theatre presents Spring Awakening through July 14. The musical features music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater. It is based on the German play Spring Awakening (1891) by Frank Wedekind. Set in late-19th-century Germany, the musical tells the story of teenagers discovering the inner and outer tumult of teenage sexuality. Get tickets


“Ruthless! The Musical”

Desert Rose Playhouse presents Ruthless! The Musical, through July 14. The show, directed by Loren Freeman and starring Desert Rose Playhouse Artistic Producing Director Robbie Wayne, famously spoofs Broadway musicals from Gypsy to Mame as well as many iconic films including The Bad Seed and All About Eve. Our theatre reviewer Stephen Radosh says “Spot on comic timing, good singing voices and fully committed performances make RUTHLESS one of the most enjoyable shows I have seen in the valley” (Read full review here)…Get tickets


Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival

Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival is eleven days of not to be missed world-class films, panels, and parties, from July 18–28 at various locations around L.A. Each summer the festival screens more than 150 feature and short films to an audience more than 40,000 people, it’s the oldest film festival in Los Angeles and is considered the preeminent LGBTQ film festival in the world. The complete lineup is available on their website. Get tickets

80’s Retro Mid-Summer Dance Party

On Saturday, August 3, starting at 5:00 p.m., Gay Desert Guide and KGAY 106.5  present our annual Retro 80’s Mid-Summer Dance Party. Join us in the front bar of Chill Bar from 5:00–9:00 p.m. with DJ Eric Ornelas and in the back bar with DJ Matt Consola from 9:00 p.m. to close. This is a benefit for Qchella Media and Desert AIDS Project. More info


Enjoy Happy Hour every day at Lulu California Bistro, from 11:00 a.m. to closing, plus a Happy Hour menu offered in the bar with great prices on the Lulu favorites you love! Try their Patron Berry Mojito (pictured) as a delicious refresher, or if you’re thinking dessert, go with the award-winning Floating Island (House-made meringue floating in a delicious vanilla cream sauce.) Get Happy at Lulu



At Blackbook, Cocktail Hour is every day from 4:00–6:00 p.m. During these times you can enjoy Happy Hour specials such as $5 16 oz. pint glass well drinks, $1 off all bottle and 20 oz. draft beer, and $2 off all wines by the glass! This July, Herradura Silver is the Taco Tuesday special, making a refreshing break from the summer heat. Get 3 tacos and a tequila for $14! Get Happy at Blackbook

Oscar’s Cafe & Bar is serving bottomless mimosas and endless attitude on Sunday mornings for their Bitchiest Brunch drag show, and what better way to enjoy than getting a great discount! Save a ton at Oscar’s (Good for any day, not just Bitchiest Brunch) with this HOT DEAL: $25 Gift Certificate for only $15!  Get them while they last! Get Your Deal


Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill hosts their own legendary Sunday show: The Desert Divas Drag Brunch, featuring comedy, Broadway music, and top notch female impersonation. Enjoy their delicious, inspired menu items with the Desert Divas (or anytime) with this HOT DEAL of $50 worth of food and drink for only $30! Get Your Deal