Hot Rodeo is here, plus: Blatino Oasis, Evening Under the Stars, Cinco de Mayo, First Weekend in Palm Desert, Palm Springs JUMP and Chadwick Johnson, Good People opens, and Pageant the Musical continues. Also: Hot Deals and Happy Hours! 

Hot Rodeo 2019

It’s Gay Rodeo time at Palm Springs Hot Rodeo 2019, from Thursday, May 2 through Sunday, May 5 with parties and dances at various locations in Palm Springs, and competitive rodeo events at the A.C. Dysart Equestrian Park in Banning. Gay Desert Guide is a proud sponsor of Hot Rodeo. Here’s a quick rundown of the daily events.
Visit our Hot Rodeo event page for more details!


  • Thu, May 2  – Dance Contest at Trunks and Welcome Party at Blackbook
  • Fri, May 3 – Hot & Wet Cowboy Pool Party at Quality Inn, Kick-Off Party at Tool Shed, Plus: Cowgirl Mingle
  • Sat, May 4 – Competitive Rodeo Events in Banning, then Dancing Under the Stars at Chill Bar
  • Sun, May 5 – Competitive Rodeo Events, then Awards Ceremony at Eight4Nine Restaurant


Blatino Oasis

This is the 13th season of Blatino Oasis, California’s largest annual getaway for gay and bisexual men of color, expected to again attract thousands. The three day event runs Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5 at CCBC Resort. Blatino Oasis was first held in 2007 to help gay and bisexual men of color and their supporters enjoy a Palm Springs getaway created with them in mind, participants are invited to “leave your work and worries behind and prepare to enjoy Blatino Oasis at the level that feels most comfortable to you. No pressure just pleasure.” Get passes

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Evening Under the Stars

The 26th annual Evening Under the Stars gala will take place Saturday, May 4 at the ODonnell Golf Club, featuring “The Music of ABBA” performed by ARRIVAL From Sweden. The event begins with a spectacular cocktail reception followed by a sumptuous dinner, a brief awards presentation to a few worthy honorees, and dancing. More info


Palm Springs JUMP! and Chadwick Johnson at The Purple Room Supper Club

On Friday, May 3 at 6:00 p.m., come to the Purple Room for an evening of high-energy entertainment and a hats-off salute to the Hollywood glamour of classic Palm Springs with Palm Springs JUMP!, a tribute to the legendary stars who called Palm Springs home or performed in Palm Springs –from Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby to Lucille Ball, Keely Smith, Elvis Presley, Sonny Bono and many more. Palm Springs JUMP! is created by and features the talents of veteran singers Michael Holmes, Charles Herrera and Darci Daniels, plus the musical flair of Palm Springs celebrated pianist, Joel Baker. Get tickets

Las Vegas headliner Chadwick Johnson takes the Purple Room stage on Saturday, May 4 at 6:00 p.m. This award-winning singer and songwriter is known for his distinctive soulful approach to storytelling through music. He has played for and worked with some of America’s most celebrated icons, including a command performance for President Clinton as well as legendary producer, David Foster. Chadwick has headlined some of the most prominent venues in Las Vegas including The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the Suncoast Showroom, and is currently a resident performer at Red Rock Casino. Get tickets

Palm Desert First Weekend – Final Celebration of the Season

This is the final “First Weekend” in Palm Desert, and in addition to this month’s featured event–a free concert by Berlin featuring Terri Nunn on Thursday night–on Friday there is an Artist Reception for Daryl Gortner and Gary Gruber at CODA Gallery, a “Dive-In Movie,” The Little Mermaid, at the Palm Desert Aquatic Center, and Galen First Friday at the Palm Springs Art Museum with free admission and live music. The College of the Desert Street Fair is both Saturday and Sunday mornings, and the free Palm Desert Public Art Tour takes place on Saturday morning. More info

Cinco de Mayo at Studio One 11

On Sunday, May 5, join the friendly crew at Studio One 11 for a Cinco de Mayo celebration. Mexican beer will be just $3.50, plus a selection of Margaritas will be on special for $5 each. After 5:00 p.m., FREE nachos and tacos will be served! More info


Good People

CVRep presents Good People from May 1–19 to round out their 10-year anniversary season. Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills, and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling who’s made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this apparently self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk what little she has left to find out. Get tickets


Pageant: The Musical

The Desert Rose Playhouse presents Pageant: The Musical, with performances continuing through May 12. This side-splitting look at a beauty pageant in drag is a funny, wacky and ultimately endearing musical about the trials and tribulations of six contestants vying for the title of Miss Glamouresse. You’ll laugh and cheer as Miss West Coast, Miss Great Plains, Miss Industrial Northeast, Miss Bible Belt, Miss Texas and Miss Deep South (all in drag, of course) do their best to sing, dance and claw their way to the tiara. And every show has a unique twist, as actual audience members decide who wins. Get Tickets


At the always-lively TRIO Restaurant, Happy Hour is every day from 11:00–7:00 p.m. They offer $3 drinks and $5 bar bites during Happy Hour, with a 3 Course Prix Fixe menu daily until 6:00 p.m and an ever-changing selection of dinner specials! Speaking of dinner, it’s almost Mother’s Day and what would be better than the delicious gift of TRIO? Gift cards are available online or in person.
Get Happy at TRIO


The Roost Lounge in Cathedral City offers Happy Hour daily until 7:00 p.m….and on Mondays, Happy Hour is ALL DAY! Enjoy mixed drinks for $3.75, house wines for $3.25, Bud Light Draft for $2.00 and many other special prices. On Sundays, come for the Showtunes T-Dance with DJ Mr. D from 4:00–9:00 p.m.!
Get Happy at The Roost


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