New Gay Desert Guide Map & Calendar, Fran Drescher kicks off Outlandish, Western Xposure Bear Weekend, White Party Flash Sale, Lesbian conference, Joshua Tree Music Fest, Tejano Music Fest, Paint El Paseo Pink, Golden Grapes, Tyler Henry and more, plus HOT DEALS and Happy Hours!
Gay Desert Guide Map & Calendar Fall/Pride Edition
Our Newest Map & Calendar for Fall 2019 is hot off the presses! Whether you’re visiting Greater Palm Springs, have guests coming to town, or you live here and would like to get to know it better, Gay Desert Guide’s free Map & Calendar gets you oriented to the best nightlife, happy hours, restaurants & bars, attractions and events. Pick up your free copy at visitor’s centers, hotels and gay resorts around town. Keep a copy in your guest room so your visiting friends know what we at Gay Desert Guide know: Greater Palm Springs has a lot to offer our LGBT locals and visitors alike!
Fran Drescher Kicks Off Outlandish Performance Series
America’s favorite Nanny, Fran Drescher, is performing a show for the first time in Palm Springs on Saturday, October 12 at 8:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Cultural Center as part of the Outlandish Palm Springs performance series. In “Schmoozing With Fran Drescher”, the legendary actress/comedian/activist shares, in her unique voice, both hilarious and poignant stories of her life. Upcoming performers include: Margaret Cho, Coco Peru, Miss Richfield 1981, Leslie Jordan, and Randy Rainbow. Get tickets
Bear Weekend: Western Xposure #8
Western Xposure is a bear weekend event that’s “whatever you want it to be,” and this 8th edition is running from Thursday, October 10 through Sunday, October 13 at CCBC Resort. While the vibe is laid-back and the structure loose, there’s plenty to do with pool parties, dinners, great music, free lunch BBQ’s, happy hours, show tunes cabaret, leather cruising, a “Foam & Frolic” party, and more! Get tickets
White Party Flash Sale – $99
White Party Palm Springs 2020, the largest gay circuit party in the United States, is April 24–27, and it’s not too early to get your tickets now–in fact, right now is the best time to get White Party Main Event and Circus T-Dance tickets for just $99! This is the best price ever, and this Flash Sale runs only from October 9–16, so don’t delay. New in 2020: White Party moves from the Palm Springs Convention Center to the Palm Springs Air Museum for three incredible parties. Get tickets
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Re-Opens for Season
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway has re-opened for the season, after an annual maintenance closure through September that lasted a week longer than expected. But the tram is back in business as of Monday, October 7! More info
Upcoming Fundraisers – Got Tickets?
Gay Desert Guide and KGAY 106.5 are proud to partner with these fine local charities and organizations with big events coming up soon, get your tickets today!
Desert AIDS Project raises money each year with Desert AIDS Walk, setting off on foot Saturday, October 19 at Ruth Hardy Park. Learn more
Equality California’s Palm Springs Equality Awards honor the inspirational leaders and organizations whose selfless work helps create a world that is fully equal for all LGBTQ people, with a special performance by Jennifer Holliday on Saturday, October 19 at The Riviera Palm Springs Hotel & Spa. Get tickets
The Center’s 10th Annual Center Stage celebrates the great work of the LGBT Community Center of the Desert on Friday, October 25 with an 80’s theme party on Friday, October 25. Get tickets
The Palm Springs Art Museum presents a brand new official Pride event, The Art of Pride, to kick off the celebration weekend on Friday, November 1 at the museum, which includes a Stonewall 50th Anniversary exhibition. Get tickets
Join fellow HRC Palm Springs community members at the 20th Annual Palm Springs Garden Party on Saturday, November 2, to celebrate victories and double down on the HRC’s work to advance equality both locally and nationally. Get tickets
Palm Springs Pride presents a Pre-Parade VIP Breakfast on Sunday, November 3, just steps away from the parade staging area. Meet the Pride Honorees and Grand Marshals while enjoying a delicious hot breakfast complete with morning cocktails. Get tickets
Joshua Tree Music Festival
The fall season iteration of the twice-annual Joshua Tree Music Festival takes place at the Joshua Tree Lake Campground this weekend, October 10–13 with continuous live music, yoga from sunrise to sunset, kids activities, magical visual arts, healthy food options, inspiring playshops, world market, Astronomy Theater, and much more. JTMF is known for curating a line-up of up and coming, dance frenzy inspiring artists from all around the globe. Get tickets
Tejano Music Festival
The 3rd Annual Tejano Music Fest features free admission with the best Tejano music, fiesta food and spirits at Cathedral City’s Big League Dreams Sports Park on Saturday, October 12 from 5:00–11:00 p.m. Tejano music has the essence of both English and Spanish lyrics and a mix of pop, country and polka music. Besides the music and dance, attendees will have an opportunity to enjoy Tejano-inspired food and beverages, and shop from local merchandisers. More info
13th Annual Paint El Paseo Pink
The Desert Cancer Foundation’s 13th Annual Paint El Paseo Pink walk for breast cancer awareness takes place on Saturday, October 12 at The Gardens on El Paseo in Palm Desert. The event will take over the entire street of El Paseo, from Portola to Hwy 74. Surrounded by the gorgeous, lush landscape and boutique shops, walkers will enjoy live music, djs, browse merchant shops, all while helping to support life-saving breast cancer screening, diagnostic and treatment services for our local valley residents. More info
Make Love, Make Money, Make a Difference
The exclusively Lesbian conference “Make Love, Make Money, Make a Difference” takes place from October 11–13 at the Riviera Palm Springs. Whether you are single and looking for love, or in a relationship and would like to learn a deeper way of connecting, this dynamic weekend is for you. In an atmosphere of connection and privacy, you will have an opportunity to meet new friends who are also on their journey to intimacy, conscious love and wealth. Get tickets
“Die, Mommie, Die” Reviewed by Stephen Radosh
The Desert Rose Playhouse presents “Die, Mommie, Die!,” through Sunday, October 27, directed by Robbie Wayne and starring Loren Freeman. Our theatre reviewer Stephen Radosh says this is an excellent chance to sample the work of playwright Charles Busch, and “it’s an over the top homage to the melodramas of the 1960’s starring actresses of a certain age like Lana Turner and Bette Davis.” Read more
Golden Grapes Wine Tasting at the Ace Hotel
The Ace Hotel & Swim Club presents their monthly poolside wine tasting series Golden Grapes, on Sunday, October 13 from 12:00–5:00 p.m. This day-long bacchanalia with Palm Springs Wine Fest celebrates the best wine makers, grapes and grape lovers in California with wine tastings, small bites and a poolside soundscape. This time they are pouring from a flight of five wines from Amy Atwood Selections. More info
Tyler Henry, “The Hollywood Medium” Live at The Show
Tyler Henry, the star of E! Entertainment’s mega hit television show, Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry, comes to The Show at Agua Caliente on Saturday, October 12 at 8:00 p.m. In “Life Lessons I’ve Learned from The Departed” Tyler discusses his unique gift and how it affects his everyday life with a multi-media video presentation, plus live audience readings and audience Q&A. Get tickets
Senior Expo at Mizell
Mizell Senior Center is pleased to present their 30th Annual Senior Lifestyle Expo on Friday, October 11 from 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Once again they will be offering free flu shots sponsored by Desert Oasis Healthcare, expo booths highlighting products and services for seniors, a free farmers market thanks to their partnership with FIND Foods, plus BBQ lunch, raffle and prizes! More info
Stonewall in the Desert Awards
The Desert Stonewall Democrats present their 2nd Annual Stonewall in the Desert Awards on Friday, October 11 from 5:00–7:00 p.m. at the home of David Freedman. They will be honoring two incredible individuals: Hon. Ginny Foat and the late Hon. Greg Pettis, as well as celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and the 20th anniversary of the Stonewall Democrats themselves. Get tickets
Pickford Theatre Pick: Judy
Our pick for a flick at Mary Pickford Theatre D’Place Entertainment is Judy, starring Renee Zellweger in a performance that has been lauded across the board as she embodies the spirit of Judy Garland arriving in London, 1968, for a five-week sold out run. Come see it on the big screen while kicking back in a luxurious recliner with popcorn or your favorite selection from the cafe! Get tickets
NEXT WEEK: Business Expo and Taste of Palm Springs
The Business Expo & Taste of Palm Springs will take place on Tuesday, October 15 from 5:00–9:00 p.m. at the beautiful Colony 29 and will include a taste of over 30 valley restaurants, wine and beer tasting, a cocktail bar, and live entertainment. Over 100 local businesses will showcase their products and services, and Gay Desert Guide along with KGAY 106.5 will be there with a booth too–stop by and say hi! More info
NEXT WEEK: Musical Mondays at Acqua
Acqua California Bistro and David Green’s Musical Theatre University continue their outstanding and very entertaining series of dinner theatre with “Nunsense,” (the second longest-running musical in Off-Broadway history). This production stars Tony-nominated actress Jonelle Allen and a talented cast of alumni from MTU for a five-week run of Monday evening performances starting Monday, October 14. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., show begins at 7:00 p.m. Ticket includes show, three-course meal, tax, and gratuity. More info
At Lulu California Bistro, Happy Hour is every day from 11:00 a.m. to closing, with deals on well drinks, specialty cocktails, beer, wine, and an extensive bar menu with great food at happy hour prices! For the next five weeks you can get dinner and a show at Lulu’s sister restaurant, Acqua California Bistro in Rancho Mirage, as they present Musical Mondays dinner theatre series, now featuring “Nunsense!” Get Happy at Lulu
Streetbar on Arenas Road offers a Daily Happy Hour with domestic beer for $3.50 from 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. as well as Daily Top Shelf Specials with $7 mixed drinks and $9 martinis. Every Friday and Saturday from 8:00 p.m. to midnight, DJ Mr. D plays a mix of classic and current music videos by yesterday and today’s dance and pop artists! Get Happy at Streetbar
Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill’s head chef, Ernesto Gastelum, has dreamed from a young age to introduce his original and distinct interpretation of Mexican food to the masses–and now he offers an array of eclectic and delicious dishes at Rio Azul! With this HOT DEAL, you get $50 in food and drink at Rio Azul for just $30! Get Your Deal
- Western Xposure #8
Oct 10–14 at CCBC Resort
- Schmoozing with Fran Drescher
Sat, Oct 12 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center
- Cat City Drag Race Winner Meet & Greet
Mon, Oct 14 at AMP Sports Lounge
- Modernism Week Fall Preview, Show & Sale
- Desert AIDS Walk 2019
Sat, Oct 19 from 7:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
- Palm Springs Equality Awards
Sat, Oct 19 from 5:30–10:00 p.m.
- The Center’s 10th Annual Center Stage
Fri, Oct 25 from 5:30–11:00 p.m. at The Riviera Palm Springs Hotel & Spa
- Palm Desert Concerts in the Park Fall Series
Oct 3–31 at the Palm Desert Civic Center Park Amphitheater
- Pride Weekend Architectural Bus Tours
Thu, Oct 31–Sat, Nov 2
- Palm Springs Pride Festival and Parade 2019
Fri, Nov 1 through Sun, Nov 3
- The Art of Pride
Fri, Nov 1 from 5:30–11:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Art Museum
- Palm Springs Pride 5K Run and Walk
Sat, Nov 2 from 8:00–10:30 a.m.
- 20th Annual HRC Palm Springs Garden Party
Sat, Nov 2 from 1:30–4:30 p.m.
- Palm Springs Pride Pre-Parade VIP Breakfast
Sun, Nov 3 from 8:00 a.m.–9:45 a.m.
- Mandy Patinkin in Concert: Diaries with Adam Ben David on Piano
Sat, Nov 16 at 8:00 p.m. at the McCallum Theatre
- Outlandish Palm Springs Performance Series
Sat, Oct 12–Sun, Nov 24 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center
- Confessions of a Mormon Boy
Through Jan 28, 2020 at Hotel Zoso
Welcome New Partners!
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