Gay Desert Guide Weekend: Jun 14–16, 2019

Father’s Day, Joshua Tree Pride, New Map and Calendar is Out, “Bite Me” Special Screening, Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque, “Drag” and “Backstage” book signings, plus HOT DEALS, Happy Hours and more!


It’s Father’s Day on Sunday, June 16, and if you’d like to treat Dad to a special meal be sure to visit our:
Gay Desert Guide Dine & Sip Page
Featuring a great directory of gay-friendly
dining establishments!


New Gay Desert Guide Summer Map & Calendar is Out!

Whether you’re visiting Greater Palm Springs or have guests coming to town, Gay Desert Guide’s free Map & Calendar gets you oriented to the best nightlife, happy hours, restaurants & bars, attractions and events. Pick up your free copy at visitor’s centers, hotels, gay resorts or view online here. Keep a copy in your guest room so your visiting friends know what we at Gay Desert Guide know – Greater Palm Springs has a lot to offer our LGBT locals and visitors alike! Download Today


KGAY 106.5 Fundraiser for Qchella Media

DJ Galaxy and Anita Treadmill are doing a fundraiser on Friday, June 14 from 8:00–11:00 p.m. at Trunks Bar in Cathedral City to keep the music going here in the valley on KGAY 106.5, part of Qchella Media, a 501(C)3 non-profit organization. So the divas from Trunks Bar will perform for tips to donate to the cause. There will also be jello shots and a 50/50 raffle so you can come out and support Qchella Media and meet the staff! More info



Joshua Tree Pride

Joshua Tree Pride is back from June 14–16, with highlights like a Mermaid March, BBQ and Bands, a one-act play about the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall, and comedy from Shann Carr! Look for the KGAY and Gay Desert Guide booth, stop by and say hello! Also look for a gallery opening reception on Friday and brunch and poetry on Sunday. More info


“Bite Me” Special Event Screening

On Friday, June 14 from 7:00–10:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, the Joyful Vampire Tour of America presents a special event Palm Springs screening of the independent feature film Bite Me, a subversive romantic comedy about a real-life vampire and the IRS agent who audits her. Stay after the screening for a Q&A with the film’s writer and star and Naomi McDougall Jones, followed by a Joyful Vampire Ball (costumes welcomed) Get tickets


Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque

Showgirls are returning to Palm Springs! Dirty Little Secrets will bring their world class entertainment to Hotel Zoso on Saturday, June 15 from 8:30–10:00 p.m. For a decade the Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque has been providing world class entertainment from Los Angeles to San Diego and now they are ready to fill your soul with some shimmy and shake! Come celebrate a birthday, bachelorette, Girls Night/Boys Night out, or just come celebrate! Get tickets


Book Signings at Just Fabulous

Just Fabulous has more fabulous book signings! On Sunday, June 15 from 12:00–2:00 p.m., take a peek BackStage, by Darryl Vidal and Marty Harrell, a raucously funny compilation of stories, tales, and gems from the Golden Era of entertainment circa 1960–1980 (More info). After that, from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Frank DeCaro will be signing copies of Drag, which celebrates the fabulous current and historical influence of drag, and its talented and inspiring performers (More info).


VillageFest Summer Hours: 7–10 p.m.

Palm Springs’ famous and festive street fair, VillageFest, has shifted hours slightly for the summer: As of the first of June, VillageFest starts at 7:00 p.m., closing at 10:00 p.m. This Thursday night tradition attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world and offers more than 200 booths featuring eclectic art, handcrafted items, and unique food, while shops, restaurants, and galleries along Palm Canyon Drive also stay open late.  More info


LOOKING AHEAD

Madonna Bar – Madame X Launch

Join your fellow Madonna lovers for Madonna Bar, a celebration of her music and launch party for her newest album, Madame X, on Saturday, June 22 at 8:00 p.m. at Hotel Zoso. KGAY & Gay Desert Guide are media sponsors of this event, and 20% of the ticket price goes to support Qchella Media, the non-profit that brings you KGAY. Get Dressed up in your favourite Madonna Era and Dance to Non-Stop Madonna Music from DJ from the 80s to today! Prepare your Rebel Heart to meet Unapologetic Strangers from all over the Drowned World. Get tickets


Gay Wine Weekend is July 18–21

Gay Wine Weekend is a celebration of food, wine & the ambience of Northern California’s Wine Country for the LGBTQ Community, taking place July 18–21 in the Sonoma Valley. Events include winemaker dinners, wine tastings, drag queen brunch & wine auction, a pool party, after parties and the signature event of the weekend, Twilight T-Dance at Chateau St. Jean Winery. New this year: a comedy show in the caves at Deerfield Ranch Winery on Thursday evening for those coming into town early. Proceeds Benefit Face to Face, Sonoma County HIV/AIDS Network. Get tickets


 

At RetroRoom Lounge, Happy Hour is 7 days a week ’til 7:00 p.m., with $4 wells, $2.50 bud lite draft and $5 house wines. If you want to escape the crowds on Palm Canyon or Arenas RetroRoom is just the place. They offer karaoke 7 nights a week with different hosts in an intimate and retro atmosphere. Get Happy at RetroRoom

 

Meet your friends at Studio One 11 for Happy Hour every day from 2:00–8:00 p.m. And what’s even better than Happy Hour? Thirsty Thursdays! Deep discounts on well, wine and domestic beer – ALL DAY. Stop in for a cold one and quench your thirst. Enjoy some free popcorn and talented entertainment at the piano! Get Happy at Studio One 11

 


Thai Smile restaurant consistently offers healthy, high quality, and flavorful Thai Cuisines to the residents and visitors of Palm Springs, as they have been doing since the creation of Thai Smile by Yim, Priddey Prayongyam in 1993. Yim’s original recipes continue to be used to this day, served by wait staff who are  competent, courteous and well equipped to answer all the menu questions. With this HOT DEAL, get a $25 Thai Smile gift card for only $17.50! Get Your Deal

 

Ristretto offers an extensive selection of espressos, ice blended coffees, Affogatos, Italian sodas, teas and smoothies, while guests can indulge their taste buds with an assortment of fresh-baked muffins, scones, bagels, cookies, oatmeal, fruit, sandwiches, salads and more. Watch for the daily specials, and count on your regular favorites. Check this HOT DEAL: Buy one $20.00 Ristretto gift card get one free! Get Your Deal

 


 

 


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