Memorial Day Flower Drop and Air Show, Hot Mess in a Dress celebrates bad drag, Jo Anne Worley of Laugh-In at the Purple Room, RINSE party at the Saguaro, book signings at Just Fabulous and more plus HOT DEALS and Happy Hours!
It’s Memorial Day Weekend…
…and a great time to visit Palm Springs. Welcome visitors! If you’re looking to unwind in style on this holiday weekend, check out our Gay Desert Guide Happy Hour Finder, Dine & Sip Channel, and Nightlife Channel!
Memorial Day is a very special day at the Palm Springs Air Museum, where every year they hold a Memorial Day Flower Drop and Air Fair, which runs from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 27. The memorial service is dedicated to all our fallen comrades who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms and features a fly-by and flower drop from a World War II B-25 Mitchell Bomber of over 3,000 red and white carnations. Flight exhibitions and activities, food and music are scheduled all day long with the Memorial Ceremony and Flower Drop scheduled for 1:00 PM. Get tickets
RINSE at The Saguaro
The Saguaro Palm Springs presents RINSE Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday May 25 from 12:00 p.m.–Sundown. RINSE is the desert’s wettest pool party oasis that pushes the boundaries of your conventional day-time social gathering, with special guests Subsuelo, a global bass crew based in Los Angeles that experiments with futuristic dance parties and old-school tropical music. Get tickets
Jo Anne Worley at The Purple Room
Jo Anne Worley brings her crazy brand of humor to the Purple Room Supper Club for two performances, Friday and Saturday, May 24 & 25, at 6:00 p.m. Well-known for her four-year stint on the highly successful, innovative, television series Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, her instinctive comedy timing and irrepressible laugh made her a favorite with audiences. She has appeared in numerous Broadway productions and national tours, has been in TV and movies, including the voice of the wardrobe in the Academy Award winning Beauty and the Beast. Get Tickets
Hot Mess in a Dress
Hot Mess in a Dress, taking place Saturday, May 25 at 6:00 p.m. at Neon Oasis, is a fundraiser benefiting The Trevor Project and Palms Springs’ QChella Media, an LGBTQ+ founded, directed, and managed non-profit media corporation bringing you KGAY 106.5 and serving the needs of the community. This will be a night of false lashes + true hilarity… high hair + even higher spirits… stiff drinks + stiff, stubbled upper lips…think tragic pageant. For entry, guests should wear dresses (for men) and women should come as either as Drag Kings (aka, boy drag) or as Drag Queens (aka, exaggerated femme). You know those events where guys look great in drag, this ain’t it! Get tickets
Book Signings at Just Fabulous
Join Just Fabulous for two fabulous book signings this weekend! On Saturday, May 25 from 12:00–2:00 p.m., learn about that elusive quality, that X factor, that makes some people wildly successful with a signing of Success Factor by Jill Liberman and Sean Kanan (More info). Then on Sunday, May 26 from 12:00–3:00 p.m., get inspired by Splash, a glamorous photo book that celebrates the style, design, and joy that pools bring to us, from beautifully landscaped backyards to dramatic beaches and tropical paradise surroundings (More info).
Win Tickets for 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. Grand Prize drawing takes place June 14.
Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week
Visitors and residents of Greater Palm Springs are in for a TREAT during Restaurant Week, running May 31 through 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! Visit our link to view a list of participating restaurants: More info
6th Annual 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. 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. More info
LA Pride Festival June 8–9
The 2019 LA Pride Festival will take place in West Hollywood Park on June 8 & 9, with GRAMMY® Award-winning global superstar Meghan Trainor and British electronic pop trio Years & Years headlining. For the first time, LA Pride and the City of West Hollywood are teaming up to host the first-ever Pride on the Boulevard in West Hollywood, a FREE block party of entertainment, vendors, exhibitors, rides, attractions and more. More info
A new Friday night program on June 7 in West Hollywood Park will serve as the official kick-off to LA Pride Weekend 2019. This free-to-the-public evening will feature an official Opening Ceremony including presentations by community visionaries, spiritual leaders, and other advocates for LA’s LGBTQ+ community, tons of entertainment, including a Weho Vogue Ball & Drag Show, a night of dancing, music from local DJs, and special surprise guests, plus a 60-minute concert by the one and only Paula Abdul! More info
The annual LA Pride Parade – telling this year’s #JUSTUNITE story – returns to Santa Monica Boulevard on Sunday, June 9 at 11:00 a.m. More info
San Diego Pride July 12–14
San Diego Pride kicks off on Friday, July 12 at 6:00 p.m. with a Spirit of Stonewall rally to recognize and honor leaders who are working hard to preserve our gains and meet the many challenges still facing our community.
The annual San Diego Pride Parade takes place on Saturday, July 13 at 10:00 a.m. This is the largest single-day civic event in the region and is among the largest Prides in the United States, attracting over 250,000 people.
The Pride Festival runs Saturday and Sunday, July 13 & 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m (Sat) or 9:00 p.m. (Sun). Enjoy multiple stages of entertainment, more than 100 entertainers, and dozens of vendor booths, exhibits, cultural presentations, delicious food booths, and over 40,000 of your closest friends. More info
Rio Azul Mexican Bar and Grill offers Happy Hour specials from 2:00–6:00 p.m. daily, featuring house margaritas, house wine, draft and bottled beer, and well drinks for just $5! Upgrade to a frozen bellini or well martini for just $7. Chef Ernesto’s menu has all your favorites and fun surprises. If you want seriously satisfying, order the Carne Asada with an Enchilada. Get Happy at Rio Azul
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- Jo Anne Worley at The Purple Room Supper Club
Fri & Sat, May 24 & 25, from 6:00–10:00 p.m.
- Hot Mess in a Dress 2019
Sat, May 25 at 6:00 p.m at Neon Oasis
- 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
- Comedian Rodney Carrington
Fri, May 31 at 8:00 p.m. at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage
- 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
- 100-Plus LGBTQ Icons and Iconoclasts Who Are Shaping Culture in L.A. and Beyond
- Full Lineup Announced: 2019 LA Pride Festival in West Hollywood
- Fodor’s: There’s Going to Be a Taco Bell Hotel and We’re Very Excited
- Coachella’s First Annual Rock Fest To Shake The Valley’s Floor In 2020
- Go to Where Wellness, Attractions Meet in the Coachella Valley