This Weekend in #ILoveGayPalmSprings
March 30 – April 1, 2018

This weekend in your Gay Desert Guide, honestly, there's just too much good stuff. Pride, Dinah, Theatre, Art…our Easter basket is so full of great things to do, we can't even tell you. But herein we take a crack at it! 


Cathedral City LGBT Days are Here!


Cathedral City LGBT Days runs Friday, March 30 – Sunday, April 1 at Cathedral City Civic Center Plaza and this free weekend festival includes an opening night kickoff party: Drag, Drama, & Cabaret on Friday March 30 at 6:00 p.m., featuring Lady Bunny and hosted by Delta Work. More info 

Saturday events include the 4th annual Community LGBT Days Bed Race at 11:00 a.m., live musical performances, outdoor dancing, food, beverages, and community booths, including your very own Gay Desert Guide. Be sure to stop by between 10 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. to say hello! More info

Headliner Thea Austin (formerly of SNAP!) will perform Saturday at 5:30. Thea wrote and sang the massive #1 pop hit "Rhythm is a Dancer," and her performance at LGBT Days is sponsored by Gay Desert GuideMore info

Western Xposure's Palm Springs Bear Camp at the CCBC Resort Hotel in Cathedral City is a free-flowing bear event with clothing optional events and pool parties all weekend. More info

Don't forget: Trunks bar is right around the corner from the Pride festivities in Cathedral City. Your friendly neighborhood bar is likely to be more friendly than ever this weekend! More info

The Dinah is Here!

It's here, folks, the biggest lesbian gathering in the world, and it's known as The Dinah, running Wednesday March 28 through Sunday April 1.

Your Gay Dinah Guide: To help you keep track of the 5 days of The Dinah, we've got your rundown of all Dinah events, day by day right here:
The Dinah: Wed – Thu – Fri – Sat – Sun

Click here for a rundown of the 2018 lineup of musical artists, including Stephanie Rice, Jessie Reyez, Snow tha Product, Rapsody, Madame Gandhi, Brooke Candy, and Ariana and the Rose. Check out the Spotify playlist to preview the talent! Get Dinah tickets

The Dinah historically coincides with the ANA Inspiration, one of the LPGA Tour's most prestigious events, taking place this week Monday through Sunday. More info

On Friday, March 30 at 5:30 p.m., take your Dinah Weekend to the next level with Mingle at the Moroccan Modern, a fundraiser for NCLR. Get tickets

On Saturday March 31 from 7:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m., "The Players" lesbian golf scramble will sell mulligans to benefit the L-Fund. More info 

On Saturday March 31 at 5:30 p.m., NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell will join event co-chairs Gary D. Soto and DeeAnn McCoy at the NCLR 2018 Garden Party at the Pond Estate in Palm Springs. Get tickets


Indian Wells Arts Festival at the Tennis Garden

From elite athletes to fine art: with the BNP Paribas Open all wrapped up, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden will this weekend become host to the 16th Annual Indian Wells Arts Festival. Enjoy one-of-kind works of art from 200 of the top artists from around the world and across the nation, with plenty of free activities, artist demonstrations, live music and entertainment, and a special Saturday and Easter Sunday “Eggs + Champagne in the
 brunch menu. Runs Friday, March 30 – Sunday April 1, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm. Parking is free, kids are free, and admission is just $13. Get tickets


Weekend Theatre: Motherhood Opens, Several Others' Final Performances

Motherhood Out Loud
 is the final production of this 10th anniversary season from Dezart Performs, and offers an utterly unpredictable story that shatters traditional notions about parenthood, unveils its inherent comedy and celebrates the deeply personal truths that span and unite generations. Runs March 30 – April 8Get tickets

This is the final (or only) weekend of performances for several other productions:

Cabaret comes to the McCallum Theatre, based on Roundabout Theatre Company's Tony Award-winning production by Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) and Rob Marshall (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films). Get tickets

The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?
 is a thought-provoking Edward Albee play presented by CVRep, and our reviewer Stephen Radosh raves about it here. This play contains, he says, "one of the most shocking and disturbing final moments of a play ever written." Intrigued?  Get tickets

Suddenly Last Summer
 is a classic horror story written by Tennessee Williams, yet not as often performed as many of his other plays, so we are lucky to have it presented by The Desert Rose Playhouse. Stephen Radosh reviews it here and praises the "commentary on the very inhumanity of mankind which is as on the money today as it was in 1958." Get tickets

Cocktail Hour
, presented by Coyote StageWorks at the Annenberg Theatre in Palm Springs, was written by A.R. Gurney and features a cast of WASP-y family members who confront their mutual frustrations over martinis, with recriminations and revelations both funny and poignant. Get tickets

HIV + Aging Research Project: Thriving with HIV

Palm Springs Reunion Project 2.0 
will include a community HIV conference consisting of a mix of facilitated discussions, panels, and presentations led by key researchers, advocates, and long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS. Presented by Eisenhower Health in partnership with HARP-PS and TPAN/Reunion Project. This is a free event  but *RSVP REQUIRED by March 30. More info


White Party Countdown

With White Party 2018 less than a month away (April 27-29), we've posted a guide for you to get just the facts, man: the who, what, where, when, and how to be a part of the biggest ticketed gay event in the nation. Recent performer announcements include main event headliner Erika Jayne and Papa Pool Party performer Nikki Valentine. Read: White Party: A Guide

Gay Desert Guide is a sponsor of Meet the Museum, taking place on Friday April 27, the only White Party Event celebrating LGBT Artists. Enjoy both the Warhol and Childress Exhibitions, in addition to a bar, food, and DJ. Get tickets

White Party events by day: Fri – Sat – Sun

EIGHT4NINE is located in the heart of the fashion district in downtown Palm Springs and fits in perfectly. The sleek and perfectly decorated lounge and dining room will make you feel like a movie star! Happy Hour in the lounge and bar features a $9.00 section allowing their guests to say “We Ate 4 $9.” Enjoy classic and modern cocktails, alongside expertly selected wines and craft beers!

TRUNKS bar is where prices are low and spirits are high for happy hour Monday-Friday! And if you’re attending Cathedral City’s LGBT days, TRUNKS is the perfect after party destination! Join them Friday and Saturday night for fun themed dance parties or on Sunday for their T-Dance party starting at 5pm. 

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