Pride Month begins as we honor the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall, Restaurant Week begins, a new Queen of the Desert, ShortFest on sale now, CV Music Awards, Vacaya Cruise Giveaway, Rocketman private screening, Spring Showcase, Meteor Shower, plus HOT DEALS and Happy Hours!
A Very Special Pride Month
Pride celebrations this year take on added significance as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, which kicked off the modern gay rights movement and is the reason we celebrate Pride month in June in the first place. The World Pride celebration fittingly takes place this year in New York City and as part of this, the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus will be performing at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, June 27. “Quiet No More – A Choral Celebration of Stonewall” is a brand new choral music suite co-commissioned by the New York City and Los Angeles Gay Men’s Choruses. The piece will have performances by choruses throughout the US in 2019, the largest collaboration in the history of LGBTQ choruses.
Back here in California, we have a number of pride celebrations in the near future:
- Sonoma County Pride Weekend: May 31–June 2
- Laguna Beach Pride: May 31–June 2
- Venice Pride: June 1
- LA Pride: June 7–9
- Sacramento Pride: June 8–9
- Joshua Tree Pride will take place June 14–16, with a “Mermaid March” through downtown Joshua Tree, BBQ and bands, a one-act presentation on the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall, comedy by Shann Carr, and more. Gay Desert Guide and KGAY 106.5 will be there, stop by and say “Hey!”
- San Diego Pride: July 12–14
Go to the Gay Desert Guide Events Page and search the Calendar for “Pride” to see all the latest and even more upcoming!
Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week is Here
Visitors and residents of Greater Palm Springs are in for a TREAT during Restaurant Week, running Friday, May 31 through Sunday, June 9. More than 100 participating new and local favorites are offering specially priced menus with 2-item lunches ($15, $20 and $25) and 3-item dinners ($29, $39 and $49), making it the perfect time to TREAT out — for less. Bon appéTREAT! Note: for each reservation made through the dinegps.com website, $1 goes to FIND Food Bank. Visit our link to view a list of participating restaurants: More info
Vote for Queen of the Desert
The 6th Annual Queen of the Desert lip-synch competition takes place on Friday, May 31 from 5:30–10:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. This event shines a spotlight on local drag performers and sells out quickly.
Gay Desert Guide will be giving away a pair of tickets to this sold out event! Come for the RuPaul’s Drag Race Viewing Party at Chill Bar on Thursday, May 30 starting at 8:00 p.m. Stay tuned to us social media and listen to KGAY 106.5 for more details!
Queen of the Desert will be hosted by Ethylina Canne and feature a special performance by Morgan McMichaels. Contestants this year include: Angelique VaGorgeous, Anya, Kourtanay Caliente, Sadie Ladie, and Sheena Wolfe. Participants compete in bathing costume, evening gown and performance categories as they vie for the coveted title of ‘Queen of the Desert 2019’ while raising funds for Desert AIDS Project via fan favorite voting. They need your vote…VOTE NOW to choose who will win the Fan Favorite title! More info
ShortFest Schedule Announcement and Individual Ticket Sales Open
Celebrating its 25th year, the seven-day Palm Springs International ShortFest will take place June 18–24. This competitive film festival screens approximately 325 films from over 100 countries and offers a little something for everyone – from comedies to horror, documentaries, family films and everything in between!
Here’s a brief overview of the schedule:
Tuesday, June 18 | Opening Night
Tuesday, June 18-Sunday June 23 | Film Screenings
Sunday, June 23 | Closing Night
Monday, June 24 | Best of Fest
Full Schedule with descriptions are now available online!
Individual tickets for screenings, events, and forum panels on sale Friday, May 31st.
CV Music Awards
It’s that time again. People have had the opportunity to vote for the best music in the Coachella Valley in 44 categories, honoring favorite local bands and artists. Winners will be announced at the 7th Annual CV Music Awards on June 2 from 5:00–9:00 p.m. at Hotel Zoso in Palm Springs. More info
⭐️ Our very own KGAY 106.5 is up for the best radio station! ⭐️
A Pre-Awards Show will take place Thursday, May 30 from 6:00–10:00 p.m. at Big Rock Pub with announcement of winners in several categories and performances by Jetta King, J Patron, Rick Shelly, Sieve & The Saddle, Lisa Lynn Morgan, Krystofer Do and Cody White & The Easy Ride.
More Chances to Win a Vacaya Cruise to Ptown
Enter your name for a chance to become a finalist to win a VACAYA Cruise trip! There’s a new LGBTQ+ travel company on the scene, and it’s called VACAYA. Their inaugural Cruise to PTown will take place August 11–18, featuring 7 nights aboard the 5-star Celebrity Summit with an overnight in Provincetown for the Carnival kick-off, plus activities and all-star entertainment including Palm Springs’ own Shann Carr! You can ENTER TO WIN at www.KGAY1065.com and listen for your name to be called on the air to become a finalist, PLUS we will have more ways for you to become a finalist at various events, such as Pride Night at Palm Springs Power Baseball on Sunday, June 9 from 5:30–8:00 p.m. Grand Prize drawing takes place June 14.
Rocketman Private Screening and VIP Reception
Join the Foundation for Palm Springs Unified School District on Saturday, June 1 at 1:00 p.m. at Mary Pickford is D’Place for a fundraiser and Private Screening of the much anticipated movie, Rocketman, a biographical musical drama film based on the life of musician Elton John. Admission includes VIP champagne reception, live performances, popcorn, beverage and a raffle ticket. 100% of proceeds benefit The Keisha D. Scholarship Fund and the AMP Academy of Musical Performance Scholarship. Get tickets
Desert Rose Playhouse presents their annual Spring Showcase Fundraiser on Saturday, June 1 from 3:00–7:00 p.m. This showcase of Desert Rose Playhouse talent features some of the best performers in Coachella Valley. Pre-show reception at 3:00 p.m. with food, drinks, silent auction and raffle, with the show beginning at 5:00 p.m. All proceeds go towards Desert Rose Playhouse annual operating costs. More info
Palm Canyon Theatre presents Meteor Shower for one weekend only: May 30–June 2. In 1993, a meteor shower occurs in the city of Ojai, California. To celebrate the occasion, husband and wife Norm and Corky decided to invite another married couple, Gerald and Laura, over for a dinner party. The night quickly turns and hilarity ensues in this comedy written by actor and comedian Steve Martin. Palm Canyon Theatre’s production of Meteor Shower features Ashley Davies as Corky and Samuel David as Norm. Rob Hubler and Tiffani LoBue play the guests of the evening, Gerald and Laura. This comedy is directed by Richard Marlow. Derik Shopinski is the costume designer; set and lighting design is created by JW Layne. Get tickets
Comedian Rodney Carrington at The Show
Rodney Carrington is coming to The Show at Agua Caliente in Rancho Mirage on Friday, May 31 at 8:00 p.m. This multi-talented comedian, actor, and writer has recorded eight major record label comedy albums selling over 3 million copies. “Morning Wood” has been certified gold and” Greatest Hits” has been certified Platinum by the RIAA. Rodney starred in his own TV sitcom Rodney, which ran for two seasons on ABC.He regularly performs to sold-out crowds across the US and Canada. His latest Netflix special ‘Here Comes The Truth” is available now. Get tickets
At Blackbook Bar and Kitchen, the Cocktail Hour is every day from 4:00–6:00 p.m., when you can enjoy $5 pint glass well drinks, $1 off all bottle and 20 oz. draft beer, and $2 off all wines by the glass! Come try their new arrival: Tom of Finland Vodka. Stay tuned because they have exciting additions to the Blackbook experience in the works as they celebrate 2 years on Arenas Road! Get Happy at Blackbook
Enjoy Happy Hour every day from 11:00 a.m. until closing at Lulu California Bistro. Enjoy great prices on their Happy Hour menu offered in the bar, and don’t forget that Lulu is a great choice to enjoy Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week from May 31–June 9: Enjoy their Lunch Menu for only $20 and Dinner Menu for only $39! Get Happy at Lulu
Mary Pickford Theatre – D’Place Entertainment is a first run, luxury movie theater with reclining seats and available D-BOX Motion Chair Experience, with beer, wine and good eats at their Cinema Cafe: fresh house made caramel, cheese and kettle popcorn, plus creamy house made ice cream! With this HOT DEAL, get a FREE Movie Pass ($12.50 value) when you buy $10 in Entertainment Dollars redeemable toward additional admission or refreshments! Get Your Deal
At Bontá Restaurant and Bar, the cuisine is a combination of Southern German/Austrian, Italian and Argentinean dishes. They have a full bar with a great Happy Hour and an amazing bar food menu. They are also offering a $29 dinner menu for Restaurant Week from May 31–June 9. Save 40% at Bontá with this HOT DEAL: $25 of food and drink at Bonta Restaurant for just $15! Get Your Deal
- Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week
May 31–June 9 at participating restaurants throughout the Coachella Valley
- 6th Annual Queen of the Desert
Fri, May 31 from 5:30–10:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Cultural Center
- Black Market Trust – Sinatra, the Rat Pack, and Beyond!
Fri, May 31 from 6:00–10:00 p.m. at The Purple Room Supper Club
- Comedian Rodney Carrington
Fri, May 31 at 8:00 p.m. at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage
- Jonathan Karrant: I Wish You Love
Sat, Jun 1 from 6:00–10:00 p.m. at The Purple Room Supper Club
- LA Pride Parade and Festival
June 8–9 in West Hollywood
- San Diego Pride Parade and Festival
July 12–14 University Ave and Balboa Park
- Palm Springs International ShortFest
June 18–24 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center
- Coachella’s SoCal Cannabis Summit
June 24–25 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino