This Weekend in #ILoveGayPalmSprings
May 18–20, 2018

This weekend in your Gay Desert Guide: June may be the busiest Pride month, but we are kicking off Pride NOW with Long Beach Pride this weekend, and our very own Pride Month Kick Off Mixer on Arenas this coming Monday, featuring a social media contest presented by your Gay Desert Guide! We are also talking about Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast, Kaye Ballard's biopic, Kate Campbell and the Martini Kings, and the final weekend for 2 Across. Looking ahead, we have the Queen of the Desert competition coming up, and as always, check out our latest HOT DEALS and Featured Happy Hours!


Kicking Off Pride Season 2018

Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride is this weekend, May 19 & 20, with a parade down Ocean Boulevard on Sunday and a festival all weekend featuring multiple music stages: the Main Stage which will host performances by the likes of Jussie Smollet and Sheila E, and then a stage for each of the following musical tastes: Country, Dance, Fiesta Caliente, and Urban Soul. Your $20 ticket gets you admission to the festival and supports the mission of encouraging and celebrating LGBT inclusion and pride. Get tickets

On Monday, May 21 at 5:00 p.m. Join Gay Desert Guide, the Desert Business Association and the Palm Springs Chamber for a Pride Month Kick Off Mixer on Arenas Road. Get your Passport stamped at participating businesses for a chance to win prizes.

In addition to the passport contest, Gay Desert Guide is running a Facebook Foto & Checkin giveaway: Take a photo at participating businesses and post it during the event to Facebook with the hashtag #ILoveGayPalmSprings.  We're giving away 2 tickets to the "Got U Babe" HRC benefit tribute concert in June at The Show! 

While we're on the subject of Pride, mark your Pride calendars for this year's Greater Palm Springs Pride on Nov 2–4, 2018, and Palm Springs Leather Pride on Oct 25–28, 2018. For more dates and info on California Pride festivals, visit our Events Calendar


Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast – May 18

The 2018 Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast – Coachella Valley will take place on Friday, May 18 at 9:30 a.m. at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The program will honor the memory of Harvey Milk, an American hero, and recognize this year's honorees: activists Cleve Jones and Mandy Carter. Also honored will be LaQuinta High School graduate and UC Santa Cruz student Raziq Noorali as the Harvey B. Milk Outstanding Student of the Year, and Allysia Park and Sybil Smit as the 2018 Gay-Straight Alliance Advisors. Harvey Milk Day is celebrated each year on May 22 as a California Day of Special Significance in memory of the gay rights activist and San Francisco City Supervisor assassinated in 1978. Learn more



Weekend Entertainment

Veteran performer Kaye Ballard is the subject of an all-new biopic, The Show Goes On…, premiering on Saturday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Cultural Center's Camelot Theatre. Kaye Ballard performed with Big Bands, appeared on Broadway, and in television and film, and she will be in attendance for this once in a lifetime evening of laughter and memories. Get tickets

Kate Campbell performs with The Martini Kings on Saturday, May 19 at 6:00 p.m. at Michael Holme's Purple Room Supper Club. Kate is an international singer and recording artist; she was also recently seen in the feature film Gone Girl and nominated for a Maverick Movie Award for best supporting actress for her role in the feature film Badsville. The Martini Kings are beloved by all for their suave style and authentic West Coast Jazz sound with an exotic combination of retro classics, jazzy standards, and bossa novas. Get tickets

Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre presents 2 Across, through Sunday, May 20. Two strangers alone on a train, each is married, both are doing the New York Times crossword. She’s an organized, sensible psychologist. He’s a free-spirited, unemployed ad exec. Two opposites in an enclosed space, attacking each other’s values but also being swayed and intrigued by them. Read the review by our theatre critic Steve Radosh and Get tickets

Enjoy fine dining & live entertainment with a warm welcome at The Purple Room in Palm Springs. With happy hour Tuesday-Saturday from 4-6pm and Sunday from 4-5pm. On Tuesdays you can enjoy happy hour all day in the bar and lounge.

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!
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Beyond Palm Springs

Revry presents OWF (Out Web Fest), the world’s only digital festival dedicated to celebrating web series, short films, and music videos by and for the global queer community, this weekend: Friday May 18–Sunday May 20 at the London Hotel in Los Angeles. This festival will feature screenings, panels with industry experts, and a pitchfest which will allow creators a chance to speak one on one with working industry professionals. The festival will conclude with an awards ceremony and closing night party. Get tickets

Looking ahead to July getaways, Out in the Vineyard presents Gay Wine Weekend 2018, July 20-22 in the legendary Sonoma Valley wine growing region. Celebrate with world class wine and culinary delights, music and dancing in a private estate vineyard, wine tasting excursions, champagne brunch, wine auction and pool party in one of the most famous luxury wine destinations in the world. Watch the video and Get tickets


Queen of the Desert Competition Coming June 1

Ethylina Canne returns to host the 5th annual Queen of the Desert So-Cal lip sync competition benefiting Desert AIDS Project on Friday, June 1 at 7:00 p.m. Six drag queens compete for the title of Queen of the Desert, decided by a panel of local celebrities, while attendees vote for their Fan Favorite by donating dollar bills. This high energy event is attended by 725 local residents and is sponsors by local bars that feature drag shows. The competition has moved to a new venue this year: The Palm Springs Cultural Center/Camelot Theatre. Get tickets early because this event always sells out. In the meantime, check out the promo video.

How do you feel about doing some gourmet shopping for 1/3 off the price? We are offering a $15 gift card for On the Mark for only $10! On The Mark is a one-of-kind gourmet food market and deli, where you can find all sorts of artisan craft goods and high-quality specialty foods that you can't find at your local grocery store. Talk about a deal that gives you quality AND quantity! You can also use this Hot Deal for UNWINED—An Elevated Wine tasting experience.

At Lulu California Bistro, talent, expertise and a passion for great food combine to produce a captivating dining experience. Menu options are both varied and value-priced and the quality is always high! Enjoy $50 of food and drinks and Lulu California Bistro for only $30!

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Top Five Bookmarks of the Week on GayDesertGuide.LGBT

  1. Cleve Jones, Being Honored at the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast
  2. My Son's First Drag Queen Story Hour
  3. The Ultimate Guide to 50 Group Getaway Ideas in Palm Springs, California
  4. Stroll Sunnylands (Before It Gets Sunnier Out)
  5. 8 of Our Favorite Burgers in Greater Palm Springs

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