This Weekend in #ILoveGayPalmSprings
June 29–July 1, 2018


Let us be your Gay Desert Guide to the weekend! We are looking ahead to a variety of 4th of July celebrations in the Coachella Valley, and not all of them are on the 4th! We can also celebrate with Golden Girls Live!,  Art Leboe's Summer Love Jam, Velvet: Summer Escape party for ladies, an art reception hosted by Armistead Maupin. It's also your last chance to see The Judy Show at the Purple Room this season, enjoy the spirit of the desert with Moonlit Mojave, enjoy some great theatre, or even learn how to care for bonsai at Wabi Sabi! All this and more, including HOT DEALS and Happy Hour highlights!


Independence Day

While the Fourth of July falls on a Wednesday this year, many may choose to kick off their Independence Day celebrations this weekend. CCBC is having a pool party on Saturday, June 30th from 10:00 a.m–7:00 p.m., with BBQ, Prizes, and Real Wienie eating contest (more info). The City of Coachella is also celebrating a little early on Sunday, July 1 at 6:00 p.m. at Bagdouma Park with with music, food vendors, carnival rides and games, kids activities and wrapping up with a fireworks extravaganza (more info). Fantasy Springs Resort Casino also celebrates early, with July 4th with fireworks on July 3rd (more info).

For information on a variety of events occurring on (and around) the 4th, including the Independence Day Party at the O'Donnell House benefiting AAP-Food Samaritans (more info), as well as the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Fireworks Extravaganza (more info), visit our Fourth of July event roundup here.

The Palm Springs and Cathedral City Fire Departments would like to remind residents and visitors that all fireworks, including “Safe and Sane,” are illegal in California. Safe and Sane fireworks that are sold to the public only refer to fireworks that do not fly or explode such as sparklers, fountains, snake items and spinners. State-approved fireworks may be sold in Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, and Indio.


Velvet Summer Escape – Part Deux

Femme A and Toucans Tiki Lounge present Velvet: Summer Escape Part Deux on Friday, June 29 from 9:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m. This party for ladies who love ladies will feature good vibes, strong drinks, and sweet tunes, plus GoGo dancers and DJ sets by Lazy Eye and Femme A. More info

The Golden Girls Live! Comes to Palm Springs

San Francisco's legendary Golden Girls production descends on Palm Springs for the first time ever for multiple performances from Wednesday, June 27–Sunday July 1 at Oscar’s Cafe and Bar. This loving send up of two episodes of the uproariously funny TV show The Golden Girls features San Francisco’s leading drag comic performers bringing the Fab Four to life live on stage. The four drag stars playing the characters the entire world has come to know and love are Heklina (Dorothy), Matthew Martin (Blanche), D’Arcy Drollinger (Rose), and Holotta Tymes (Sophia). Special Celebrity Guest Star – Ethylina Canne! Get tickets

Families Belong Together Rally

On June 30, people are rallying in Washington, D.C. and around the country to tell Donald Trump and his administration to stop separating kids from their parents. Here in Palm Springs, come to Frances Stevens Park on Saturday, June 30 at 10:00 a.m. to make your voice heard. More info


Art Laboe's Summer Love Jam VII

On Saturday, June 30, at 7:00 pm., join The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa for Art Laboe's Summer Love Jam VII, featuring: Deniece Williams, Manhattans, Peaches and Herb, MC Magic, Lighter Shade of Brown, and Aalon. This is the seventh year that renowned disc jockey Art Laboe will bring his Summer Love Jam to The Show with a stellar lineup of performers and a fantastic house band. Get tickets

Also at The Show: See Village People perform live with Victor Willis back at the helm as the "hot cop" on Saturday, July 14 at 8:00 p.m. at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa with special guest A Taste of Honey featuring Janice-MarieGet tickets

Note: On Tuesday, July 3 Gay Desert Guide will be hosting TryOUT Tuesday at Jus Chillin' with free yogurt/gelato/smoothie samples and giveaways including tickets to see Village People! More info

ShortFest, Outfest, Cinema Diverse

ShortFest 2018 wrapped up this past weekend, and the Best of the Festival Award went to Fauve (Canada), by Jérémy Comte. The full list of winners is available here. Congrats all and thank you for making this a great festival!


We are just a couple of weeks away from Outfest 2018, the Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival celebrating its 36th anniversary this year: July 12–22, 2018. As previously announced, the festival opens at the Orpheum Theatre with Kino Lorber’s “Studio 54,” Matt Tyrnauer’s vibrantly nostalgic documentary; and closes with FilmRise’s “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” Desiree Akhavan’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner starring Chloë Grace Moretz. More info

Looking ahead to the Palm Springs Gay & Lesbian film festival, Cinema Diverse: Mark your calendars for September 20–23, 2018 for the 11th Anniversary Edition! The selection committee is screening films this summer and accepting submissions now. More info


Armistead Maupin Hosts "The Art of Christopher Turner" Reception

Join Armistead Maupin on Saturday, June 30 from 5:00–7:00 p.m. for an Artist Reception with Christopher Turner in the Lounge of Eight4Nine Restaurant and Lounge. Exhibited at EIGHT4NINE, this new series is a collaboration between photographer CHRISTOPHER TURNER and playwright ALAN OLEJNIZAK. Each piece includes a subject dressed in modern corporate attire in dark and sometimes post-apocalyptic settings – evoking themes from classical mythology and literature. 25% of the artists' profits for this show will be donated to support the Salton Sea Action Committee. More info

Purple Room Summer Break

Michael Holmes' Purple Room Supper Club will be taking a summer break beginning Sunday, July 1st. This means the The Last Judy Show (Of The Season) will take place Saturday, June 30 with dinner at 6:00 p.m., and the show begins at 8:00 p.m. You'll love this hysterical smash hit parody of the 1963 Judy Garland Show! More info

We wish you a happy summer break, Purple Room!

If you're looking for the best deal on authentic Italian cooking, look no further than Il Giardino. Chef Teresa specializes in homemade Italian/Sicilian foods according to traditional recipes, using her experience acquired over the years to personally prepare the dishes on the menu. Try Homemade Gnocchi, Ravioli, Noodles, Sauces, Gravy, Fresh Vegetable Soups, and Desserts with this HOT DEAL! Buy one $25 gift certificate, and get one free!  Get Your Deal
(Good through the end of July or when they re-open in the fall for next season)

Fresh baked is every day at Ristretto, featuring  scones, muffins, croissants, and more, not to mention the egg burrito, bagel egg sandwich, oatmeal, yogurt, salads, quiche or wraps, and oh yes, great coffee, smoothies, and Italian sodas! With this HOT DEAL you get $20 toward delicious food, drink, & pastries for just $14. That's 30% off!  Get Your Deal




The 39 Steps

Desert Theatreworks presents The 39 Steps, running through Sunday, July 1. The Hitchcock thriller, adapted into an ingenious comic stage play, features a cast of four talented actors portraying more than 150 zany characters with a mix of melodrama, fast-paced action and lots of quick-change costuming, all in just 100 minutes. Get tickets

Women Behind Bars

The Desert Rose Playhouse, the Coachella Valley’s LGBTQ+ Stage Company, presents Women Behind Bars, a comedy by Tom Eyen, running through Sunday, July 29. In this hilarious satire on B-movies of the 1950's, Mary Eleanor, an innocent duped into crime, lands in the Greenwich Village Woman's House of Detention. The prison is presided over by a massive matron with a taste for sadism and female flesh. Our heroine, now Caged in the Big House, learns about life The Hard Way. Get tickets



"this is a blank page…"

Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre presents "this is a blank page. a story, in motion," a dance-theater work by Andrew Pearson, for three performances: Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21 at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, July 22 at 2:00 p.m.  Pearson explores themes such as partnership, identity, sexuality, comfort zones, and more. His work has been presented by numerous festivals and he has served as an Artist in Residence for several schools, and created work for the LA Contemporary Dance Company, among others. Get tickets

Dezart Performs Season Packages on Sale

Don’t miss your chance to grab the best seats in the house for the 2018-19 Season of plays from Dezart Performs! Season Packages go on sale Friday, June 29 at 9:00 a.m. and with reserved seating, you’ll want to get yours early. More info


Bonsai 101 at Wabi Sabi

Join Wabi Sabi Japan Living on Saturday, June 30 from 4:00–6:00 p.m. to learn the basics about caring for a bonsai! Learn the history of bonsai, the basic care of a bonsai, and how to take care of a bonsai in a desert. We will show you how to trim a bonsai and the basics of wiring. More info


The Saguaro + The Flusters present "Moonlit Mojave"

On Friday, June 29, at 6:00 p.m., enjoy a special Saguaro Summer Camp edition of Moonlit Mojave, a live desert music showcase that embodies the spirit of the desert taking place under the Mojave moonlight. Featuring Desert Rhythm Project with special guest Giselle Woo & The Night Owls, alongside Sabio. RSVP for free admission! More info


"Open to All" Placards Available

In light of the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission​ case, we’ve joined forces with the Human Rights Campaign and Desert Business Association to recognize our businesses that stand together as "Open To All." Now is the time for businesses to show their support for the LGBTQ community by proudly stating their places of business will not turn away anyone based on who they are or whom they love. 

To get a sign for your business, fill out this form.  We will deliver our customized poster to display in your business. We will also have them on hand in our office at 431 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Suite 206, in Palm Springs!

At the Ace Hotel & Swim Club you'll find a renowned restaurant (King's Highway), daily events, and a ranch hand bar (The Amigo Room)! Monday nights feature Fabulous Bingo with Shirley Claire followed by Ace Trivia with Bella de Ball. Enjoy half off all bottles of wine from 5:30–11:00 p.m. every "Wine Down Wednesday," and $5 pints from 5:30–11:00 p.m. for "Buddy Brews" every Sunday! Get Happy at ACE Hotel & Swim Club

Eight4Nine offers Happy Hour cocktails and menu items all day every day! Their lounge menu features a $9.00 section allowing guests to say “We Ate 4 $9.” Enjoy classic and modern cocktails, alongside expertly selected wines and craft beers. Get Happy at Eight4Nine


Top Five Bookmarks of the Week on GayDesertGuide.LGBT

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  2. A Fabulous Same-Sex Wedding In Palm Springs
  3. 6 Most Poppin’ Gay Clubs and Bars in Palm Springs
  4. Dezart Performs Announces Exciting New Eleventh Season Offerings
  5. The Third Season of HGTV's DESERT FLIPPERS Brings More Sizzling Home Renovations to Palm Springs Beginning June 24

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