It’s officially Pride Month but it’s also the start of a trek for dozens of valley residents from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The annual AIDS/Lifecycle raises money for HIV/AIDS services and raise HIV/AIDS awareness. From KGAY’s DJ Galaxy to EMC’s Brett Klein and volunteer Chiro Dr. Jim Cox from DAP Health, many of my friends participate each year. It’s a worthy cause to support and you can even watch it online. DJ Galaxy will be doing his Retro Lunch mixes from the road each day in addition to riding! That’s dedication.
It’s officially Restaurant Week in Greater Palm Springs, so you have an excuse to eat out more and try a new place or three. There are many new restaurants along with perennial favorites. And it may be your last chance as a few choose to close during the summer.
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
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Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week
This year’s Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week is here! Starting Friday, June 3 and running through Sunday, June 12, a variety of restaurants offer special lunch and dinner menus at set prices for diners to enjoy. You can refresh your palate and discover new places to eat all while redeeming great offers. Check out our event listing for information on 2022 featured restaurants: More info
Dirty Disco with France Joli
On Saturday, June 4 it’s a Dirty Disco takeover at Chill Bar from 9 pm–2 am with a special performance by Disco diva France Joli. Come for a night celebrating the legendary remixes of Dirty Disco and hear France Joli perform her new song “Fallin'” live for the first time anywhere! The evening also features music by DJ Matt Consola and a free t-shirt giveaway to the first 100 guests. More info
Billy Stritch: Cy Coleman Revisited
On Friday and Saturday, June 3 & 4, Billy Stritch returns to The Purple Room Supper Club for a new show spotlighting the music of legendary tunesmith Cy Coleman. He’ll be joined this time by a swinging jazz trio – all the better to perfectly celebrate one of Broadway and pop music’s jazziest composers. The show will include Cy’s biggest pop hits (The Best Is Yet To Come, Witchcraft), songs from his Broadway shows (Sweet Charity, City Of Angels) and many undiscovered and unknown gems. Dinner at 6 pm, show at 8 pm. Get tickets
Pride Month Is Here
June is time for Pride celebrations, and this first weekend of the month features Sonoma County Pride, Venice Pride, and WeHo Pride!
Sonoma County Pride returns to Downtown Santa Rosa on Saturday, June 4, and includes a morning parade through downtown, as well as a daytime festival in Courthouse Square, with entertainment, booths, and activities. More info
Venice Pride Festival grows to two days and moves to a brand new beachside location, Venice Beach Recreation Center, on Saturday & Sunday, June 4 & 5, with a diverse array of stage performances produced by Queer Moment, DJs, community booths, art installations, LGBTQ+ vendors, food trucks and everyone’s favorite queer dance party, Gaywatch (21+ only). The Venice Pride Parade will take place on Sunday, June 5, from 11 am–1 pm on the Venice Beach Boardwalk. More info
WeHo Pride Weekend takes place Friday–Sunday, June 3–5 in and around West Hollywood Park [More info]. There will be a Dyke March, Women’s Freedom Festival, and a parade along Santa Monica Boulevard, with Janelle Monáe as Grand Marshal. The Outloud Raising Voices Music Festival is the centerpiece of the festival, with performances all three days profiling and celebrating Queer artistry. Performers include Marina, Lil’ Kim, Jessie J, Years & Years, Muna, and many more [Check it out]. Also, the WeHo Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival will take place all month at various locations throughout the City of West Hollywood with some online programs [More info].
On Sunday, June 5, AIDS/LifeCycle will be Livestreaming the Opening Ceremony (5:50 am) as the cyclists ride out near San Francisco at 6:30 am for their week-long journey to raise funds and awareness of issues surrounding those affected by HIV/AIDS. You can also experience the Camp Stage live on Wednesday, June 8 at 7:30 pm, and join in for the triumphant finish of the 545-mile route in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 11 at 11 am. Livestream is at www.aidslifecycle.org or https://www.facebook.com/AIDSLifeCycle.
KGAY 106.5‘s DJ Galaxy will be on the ride bringing his KGAY Retro Lunch shows to you from the road on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday next week at noon with ride and fundraising updates!
Mae West’s The Drag at Desert Rose Playhouse
The Desert Rose Playhouse presents Mae West’s play The Drag playing through June 10. The Drag opened in out-of-town previews in 1927 in New Jersey and Connecticut, but was later forced to close for its portrayal of homosexuality and cross-dressing. West claimed that the inspiration behind the play came from the homosexual young men that she knew around that time who, according to her, desperately wanted to be open about their relationships with their male companions. The final scene consists of a giant Drag Ball! Get tickets
Old Jews Telling Jokes
Desert Theatreworks is presenting a “summer full of fun” with shows on Sundays. The June production is Old Jews Telling Jokes, on Sunday, June 5, 12, 19, & 26 at 2 pm. Join Morty, Bunny, Nathan, and the rest of the cast as they demonstrate why “kvelling is better than kvetching.” Classic and contemporary jokes mix with songs and monologues that showcase the funny side of birth, sex, old age, and more. (Next up, for July: The Carol Burnett Show Live on Stage on July 10, 17, 24, & 31). Get tickets
Vicki Lawrence & Mama: A Two Woman Show
The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage welcomes Vicki Lawrence & Mama: A Two Woman Show to the stage on Saturday, June 4 at 8 pm. During her senior year of high school, Vicki sent Carol Burnett a letter inviting her to see her perform in a local talent contest. Ms. Burnett, looking for an actress to play her kid sister on her new variety series, contacted Vicki and made arrangements to come to the event. The rest is television history. She spent eleven years with Carol, earning one Emmy Award and five Emmy nominations. After the Burnett show ended, Vicki went on to star in her own TV series, “Mama’s Family.” Get tickets
Palm Springs Fire Association Fish Fry
The 89th Annual Palm Springs Fire Association Fish Fry will take place on Saturday, June 4 from 6–10 pm. Enjoy some tasty rainbow trout prepared by your friendly neighborhood Palm Springs firefighters in this much-loved event finally back again after a two year pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A burger or hot dog is also available, with corn on the cob, coleslaw and beverages, live music and dancing through the night. More info
This Weekend at The Alibi
The Alibi Palm Springs presents a full weekend of live entertainment, including their free “Unicorn Party” on Friday, June 3 at 8:30 pm (billed as “mostly hits, all bangers”). On Saturday, June 4 it’s Fever Dog and Matt & The Kings at 8 pm, and rounding out the weekend is Love Revisited + DJ Lee Joseph on Sunday, June 5 at 6 pm. Get tickets
Drag-O-Rama will light up the Palm Springs Cultural Center on Saturday, June 4 from 5–7 pm. Palm Springs’ newest drag extravaganza stars Rosemary Galore and a whole cast of queens that will have you out of your seats, clapping and shouting for more as they present the story of how Palm Springs came to be, with costumes, queens, dancers, and the Camelot Theater’s big screen. Drag-O-Rama will also be performed on June 18 and July 2, 16, and 30. Get tickets
Rainbow Book Month
The Rancho Mirage Library has curated a list of books to celebrate Rainbow Book Month, to highlight the writings that reflect the experiences of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, pansexual, genderqueer, queer, intersex, and asexual community. Drop by the library to check out what they have on hand, or peruse the curated list [here].
Games, Friends & Fun
The Center presents Games, Friends and Fun – Strategic and Party Games on the first and third Saturdays each month from 1–3 pm. This group is for LGBTQ folks interested in playing board games as a way to meet new people. Hosted by Lorenzo Taylor, in-person in Community Room One. Bring games and snacks to share! No prior experience playing games needed. More info
PS Farmers’ Market Transition Week
The Palm Springs Certified Farmers’ Market takes a break this weekend as it transitions from outdoors to indoors for the summer. All the fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, cheeses, honey, organic coffee, flowers and so much more will be back on Saturday, June 11 from 8:30 am–1:30 pm at the Palm Springs Pavilion. More info
RuPaul Recap: All Stars Season 7, Episode 4
Our Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent, Dante Noto, has published his latest pointed recap of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 7 (See all of Dante’s RuPaul Recaps here). This week, the main stage category is “Spikes on the Runway,” so get ready for some very, uh, sharp looks. The maxi challenge is a riff on television court shows where classic fairy tales are re-litigated, a great opportunity for the queens to show their improv skills. How’s the season going so far? Dante says “There will be no “losing” on a winner’s season! These really are exceptional queens and it’s a fantastic season.” Read the full recap of Episode 4: Fairytale Justice [here].
Click it or Ticket
This year’s Click it or Ticket campaign is from Monday, May 23–Sunday, June 5. During this time, the Palm Springs Police Department will have additional officers on patrol actively looking for drivers and passengers who are not wearing a seat belt. This includes vehicles where children are not secured in child safety seats. Buckle up!
June Pride Mixer on Arenas Road
The Palm Springs Chamber presents their annual June Pride Mixer on Arenas Road on Wednesday, June 8 from 5–6:30 pm. This will be an in-person progressive pride mixer, starting at Chill Bar and ending at Hunters Nightclub with a business card drawing. Take the time in between to visit all your favorite businesses on Arenas Road! More info
AAP – Food Samaritans’ Independence Day Celebration
Tickets go on sale Monday, June 6 at 1:00 pm for the Independence Day Celebration and Fundraiser, set for Monday July 4 at the historic O’Donnell House. With fireworks from the City of Palm Springs and traditional American fare catered by Willie Rhine and his team from Eight4Nine, the evening will be rounded out by entertainment by the enchanting Keisha D. More info
Splash House – June
The June edition of Splash House, featuring headliner Diplo and a full lineup of dance/electronic music artists, takes place next weekend: June 10–12, at The Renaissance, The Saguaro and Margaritaville resorts, and after hours at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Each resort is a full takeover hosting a poolside stage, rooms, and balconies that are all part of the fun. Want to win free passes courtesy of KGAY 106.5? Just enter to win on the KGAY 106.5 Contest Page! General admission pool passes include access to all three host resorts. Get tickets
LA Pride! in the Park and Parade
LA Pride 2022 (not to be confused with WeHo Pride, above) takes place Saturday & Sunday June 11 & 12. On Saturday, it’s LA Pride in the Park at LA State Historic Park: spend the day showing your Pride with music, festival-style activities, exhibitors, sponsor activations and tons of food and drink. Then, party the night away with Anitta, Syd, Chika, Golden Globe-winner Michaela Jaé, (formerly MJ Rodriguez,) and headliner and queen, Christina Aguilera [More info]. The Official LA Pride Parade takes place Sunday at 10:30 a.m. The theme this year is LOVE YOUR PRIDE and over 120 contingents will show how they do when they step off from the iconic corner of Hollywood & Vine, and march, dance, and roll down Hollywood Blvd, Highland Ave, and Sunset Blvd. As always, the parade will be broadcast LIVE by LA Pride’s longtime broadcast partner, ABC7. [More info]
LA Pride! Pride is Universal
LA Pride once again presents Pride is Universal, on Friday, June 24 at 4 pm at Universal Studios Hollywood. This exclusive after-hours Pride theme park experience sold out last year. With your ticket you may enter the park after 4 pm and enjoy the park with the general public until 9 pm when the park becomes “Pride-only” and closes to the public with many rides and attractions staying open. Two DJ’s will be spinning tracks throughout the park in addition to Main Stage entertainment. Get tickets
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Celebrate Judy Garland’s 100th Birthday with Peter Mac
You can win tickets to celebrate Judy Garland’s 100th Birthday with a very special performance on the day itself: Friday, June 10 at 8 pm, when Peter Mac brings his Judy Garland tribute show to Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage! Peter Mac has won awards and critical claim for his accurate and loving portrayal of the woman Tony Bennett called “The World’s Greatest Entertainer.” Enter to win on the KGAY 106.5 Contest Page
Win Passes to Splash House 2022
KGAY 106.5 has your passes into Splash House 2022 from June 10–12 at the Renaissance, Saguaro, and Margaritaville. You’ll get into the host resorts, hop on the festival shuttles for FREE and get into the pool parties and performances during the day! Enter to win on the KGAY 106.5 Contest Page
Win ShortFest Tickets
KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide are giving away 2 Tickets EVERY WEEKDAY to the 28th Annual Palm Springs International ShortFest, which runs June 21–27 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. ShortFest is the largest showcase of short form cinema in North America: 7 days, screening 300 shorts from 65 countries. Tickets are good for a ShortFest screening consisting of 4–9 short films programmed together for a cohesive experience. Enter to win on the KGAY 106.5 Contest Page
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The KGAY 106.5 Retro Lunch airs Monday through Friday at noon, with DJ Galaxy (Vincent Corrales) and DJ Eric Ornelas playing an hour of their high-energy throwback mixes. On Sundays, we put all five hours together for the Retro Sunday Brunch from 11 am–4 pm. Perfect pool party music! Listen Online
- Mae West’s The Drag
June 1–10 at Desert Rose Playhouse
- Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week
Jun 3–12 at various bars & restaurants across the Coachella Valley
- Billy Stritch – Cy Coleman Revisited
Fri & Sat, Jun 3 & 4 at The Purple Room Supper Club
- Old Jews Telling Jokes
June, 5, 12, 19, & 26 at Desert Theatreworks
- WeHo Pride Weekend
Jun 3–5 in and around West Hollywood Park
- Splash House – June
Jun 10–12 at The Renaissance, The Saguaro, and Margaritaville
- LA Pride! In the Park
Sat. Jun 11 at LA State Historic Park
- The Official LA Pride Parade
Sun. Jun 12 at Hollywood and Vine
- Alzheimer’s Association LGBTQ+ Community Forum
Mon. Jun 13 at Mizell Center
- Palm Springs International ShortFest
Jun 21–27 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center
- LGBTQ+ History & Archives of the Desert Celebrates National Pride Month
- Meet the Man Taking WeHo Pride Into a New Era
- Palm Springs ShortFest 2022 Leads Things to Do in the Desert in June
- Art Outdoors: Melissa Morgan Fine Art’s Sculpture Garden Combines Music, Visual Arts and Community
- Make a Splash at the 16 Coolest Pools in Greater Palm Springs
Hunters, the iconic Palm Springs gay nightclub, also offers bar bites! Stop in and enjoy the best that Palm Springs has to offer, with an open atmosphere and floor-to-ceiling windows which make sure you don’t miss any of the action inside or out in Palm Springs’s beautiful climate. Take advantage of our HOT DEAL and get $25 of beer, wine, cocktails or food for just $17.50! Get Your Deal
We have Hot Deals at Men’s Grooming Spot, Zin American Bistro, Revel Public House, Kitchen 86, Jolene’s, El Patio, Il Giardino, Trevor Wayne Gallery, Just Fabulous, Mary Pickford Theatre, The Purple Room, Runway, Boozehounds, and more! See All Deals
Listen to KGAY 106.5 over the air, stream it [here], or listen on TuneIn Radio with Alexa or Siri by saying “Play K-GAY 1065 from Tune In Radio.” John Taylor is on mornings 6–10 am and program director Chris Shebel is on afternoons. Our Retro Lunch with DJ Galaxy and DJ Eric Ornelas is now heard on Sundays as the Retro Lunch & Sunday Brunch from 11 am–4 pm.