Brad Fuhr Caricature

Modernism Fall Preview highlights our wonderful weekend in Greater Palm Springs. Plus, the Casual Concours desires some of our LGBTQ+ auto owners with their finest steel machines on display.

Speaking of displays, if your business would like to show its support for Palm Springs Pride, check out our Light Up the Night contest with Alaska Airlines on the Facebook pages of Gay Desert Guide, KGay 1065 and Palm Springs Pride. Shortly, will be announcing the home version where you could win a Caribbean cruise for two with Vacaya LGBT+ vacations and airfare from Alaska Airlines. Listen to KGay Monday morning for details.

Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs 

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Gay Desert Guide Fall Pride 2021 Map & Guide is Out Now!

Our latest Fall Pride 2021 edition of the Gay Desert Guide Map & Guide is hot off the presses and available where you’ll find brochures at hot spots all over town! Pick up your hard copy today or check out our online version to find all the top places for Food & Drink, Nightlife, Shopping, Attractions, Gay Resorts with passes, Dispensaries and other services. Check it out


Modernism Week Fall Preview 2021

The Modernism Week Fall Preview takes place Thursday, October 14 through Sunday, October 17. This four-day long “mini-Modernism Week” features more than 50 events, including tours, talks, and parties in unique locations not regularly open to the public. Check out this article with details on events with tickets still available!

The Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale Fall Edition Opening Night Preview Party is Friday, October 15 from 6:00–8:00 p.m., offering attendees a cocktail reception, live music and an exclusive first chance to shop at the show before it opens to the public. The Show & Sale continues Saturday, October 16 from 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 17 from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Convention Center and will feature more than 40 premier national and international decorative and fine arts dealers. More info


8th Annual Reel Women’s Film Festival

Now in its eighth year, the Reel Women’s Film Festival is available to watch at your leisure anytime between October 11–23, streaming online. The festival is championed by a committee that works to bring diverse and inspiring films about women to the screen. This year’s virtual film festival includes headliner film Sisters#metoo film Working Woman, and international choice film Blanka. All proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, serving Riverside, San Diego, and Imperial counties. More info


Casual Concours Car Show

Casual Concours XII takes place Saturday, October 16 from 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. at the Desert Princess Country Club. This annual gathering of significant post-war automobiles features over 100 museum-quality cars on display and is considered the finest midcentury car show in the Coachella Valley. Casual Concours reflects the unique collector car culture of Palm Springs, with dominant displays of rarely seen luxury cars of the 1950s–80s and a focus on styling, color, luxury features, historical significance and showroom condition—in other words, midcentury glamour! More info


East Coachella Valley Pride

East Coachella Valley Pride will be having a virtual film fest on Friday, October 15 at 6:00 p.m., followed by a small ECV Pride Gathering at Veteran’s Park in Coachella on Saturday, October 16 at 1:00 p.m. to decorate vehicles for a route around Coachella, with prizes for the best decor. Afterward, reconvene at the park and enjoy time and music together. Masks and social distancing required. More info



BNP Paribas Open Semifinals & Finals

The BNP Paribas Open, the largest two-week combined ATP & WTA professional tennis tournament outside of the four majors, wraps up this weekend with the finals and semifinals at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden:

  • Friday, October 15: WTA Semi Finals and ATP Quarter Finals
  • Saturday, October 16: WTA Doubles Final and ATP Semi Finals/Doubles Final
  • Sunday, October 17: WTA Singles Final and ATP Singles Final
  • More info

Gladys Knight at Fantasy Springs

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino’s Special Events Center presents the incomparable Gladys Knight on Saturday, October 16 at 8:00 p.m. Originally scheduled for March of this year and postponed for COVID-related reasons, The Gladys Knight show will go on, with all tickets for the original performance honored. But there are tickets still available too! Get tickets


PS We Love You Scavenger Hunt

The Palm Springs Animal Shelter presents the PS We Love You Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, October 16 from 10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Compete for a cause as an individual or a team to win points toward being the top dog as you seek clues through an app-based scavenger hunt which will wind around the City of Palm Springs as you visit some of our favorite landmarks and local businesses, along with solving virtual clues. The chase wraps up at Palm Springs Animal Shelter with food trucks, vendors, and sponsored tables as well as an awards ceremony for top fundraisers and game winners. More info


A Tribute to George Michael

The Desert Rose Playhouse presents A Tribute To George Michael starring Robbie Wayne on Saturday, October 16 at 8:00 p.m. Robbie will be accompanied by Jaci Davis, with special guests Ben Reece, Christian Quevedo, Lizzie Schmelling, and Christine Tringali-Nunes. Get tickets


Martinis & Moxie: Celebrating Frank Sinatra

Palm Springs Point Of View and the Palm Springs Cultural Center present Martinis and Moxie, A “My Way” society revue celebrating the life and music of Frank Sinatra on Saturday, October 16 from 6:00–9:00 p.m. Come raise a drink to the “Chairman of the Board,” Frank Sinatra, and listen to the soothing sounds of Alan Kraemer & Claudia Ried. Get tickets


Helen Frankenthaler, Contentment Island, 2002

Helen Frankenthaler Exhibit Opens

The Palm Springs Art Museum presents Helen Frankenthaler: Late Works, 1990–2003, opening Thursday, October 14. As a second-generation postwar abstract artist, Frankenthaler played a key role in the transition from Abstract Expressionism to Color Field painting beginning in the 1950s with her soak-stain technique which involved pouring thinned paint directly onto unprimed canvas. The juxtaposition of amorphous fields of color and gestural brushstrokes produced a vigorous rhythm of activity that are conveyed in the surface textures of her mark-making. More info


An Evening with Emily West

Mary Pickford Theatre in Cathedral City presents An Evening with Emily West, live in concert for two performances: Friday, October 15 and Saturday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Emily West was a singer act from Season 9 of America’s Got Talent and finished the season as runner-up of the entire competition [Get tickets].


LOOKING AHEAD

October 21 is Spirit Day

LGBTQ youth disproportionately face bullying and harassment because of their identities. Each year, millions join GLAAD to go purple for Spirit Day—this year on Thursday, October 21— to support LGBTQ youth in a united stand against bullying. Pledging to “go purple” on Spirit Day is a way for everyone to visibly show solidarity with youth and to take part in the largest, most visible LGBTQ anti-bullying campaign in the world. Learn more


Grand Opening of New Palm Springs Downtown Park

John Taylor, Morning Show Host

The City of Palm Springs is hosting a Grand Opening Ribbon-Cutting and Community Celebration of its new Downtown Park on Thursday, October 21 from 5:30–8:30 p.m. (beginning just prior to VillageFest), at Museum Way and Belardo Road. KGAY 106.5 will be there, broadcasting live from 4:30–6:30 p.m. with morning host John Taylor, so tune in live to listen online or over the air, and if you’re at the celebration, stop by and say hi!

The Chamber of Commerce will also host a free mini-Taste of Palm Springs with local restaurants in the park followed by a Halloween pooch costume contest on the new event stage, presented by the Palm Springs Animal Shelter. At 6:30 p.m., ABBAFab takes the stage for a spectacular two- hour free tribute concert celebrating the tunes of legendary Swedish pop band ABBA. More info


“Pride Under the Pines” Comes to Idyllwild Oct. 23

Palm Springs’ LGBTQ Community is invited to join Pride Under the Pines at the mile-high town of Idyllwild overlooking the Coachella Valley on Saturday, October 23 from 12:00–9:00 p.m. PS HomeBoys is bringing desert heat to the cool gay heights for a day of out-and-proud food, fun and fabulous entertainment, including an interactive screening of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, hosted by Rosemary Galore. Consider it a Palm Springs Pride Pre-Party. A round-trip Palm Springs to Idyllwild luxury party bus is available. Proof of full vaccination and masks are required for the bus and for the interior film screening. Get tickets


Center Stage 2021

The LGBTQ Center of the Desert is celebrating 20 years and honoring their incredible team of volunteers at their SOLD OUT annual gala fundraiser, Center Stage, on Friday, October 22 at 5:30 p.m. at the Palm Springs Air Museum. This year’s event is moving away from the traditional indoor ballroom setting to provide guests a safe and comfortable open-air experience with cocktail hour, dinner and exciting live auction! Vaccination required for all attendees and those involved in putting on this event. More info


McCallum Theatre Adds Bernadette Peters, Melissa Etheridge, and More

Bernadette Peters
Melissa Etheridge

Four exciting performances have been added to the roster of the McCallum Theatre’s 2021-2022 Grand Reopening season, including The Doo Wop Project on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, and Celtic Thunder on April 8, 2022. Legendary Broadway performer Bernadette Peters will take the stage on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 and Melissa Etheridge brings her tour to town on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 29 & 30, 2022. More info


Final Round Voting for Best of Coachella Valley

The finalists have been selected in the Coachella Valley Independent’s 8th Annual Best of Coachella Valley, and we are thrilled to have four nominations associated with KGAY 106.5! Both DJ Galaxy (Vincent Corrales) and DJ Eric Ornelas, of the KGAY Retro Lunch at Noon, have been nominated for Best Local DJ, and KGAY Morning Host John Taylor is up for Best Local Radio Personality! Last but not least, KGAY 106.5 is itself nominated for Best Radio Station! The final round of voting will run online at CVIndependent.com through Monday, October 25. Vote Today

  1. Pride Parade Returns to Palm Springs with Special Contingents for 2021
  2. LGBTQ+ History & Archives of the Desert to Hold Inaugural Exhibition During Pride
  3. First Ladies of Disco to Headline Evening Under the Stars 2022
  4. Desert X Announces Worldwide Release of “Desert X 2021-The Film”
  5. Halloween Palm Springs Returns to Arenas Road with 16-Time Billboard® Chart Topping Artist Debby Holiday

Halloween on Arenas Road returns this year with Debby Holiday performing her incredible Tina Turner tribute show, and you can be a VIP with Backstage Passes to the Effen Vodka VIP Lounge with hosted bar and a special meet-and-greet with Debby after the show! The evening also features performances by Brian Justin Crum, Probe 7, Pulp Vixen, and more. Come and go from the VIP Lounge as you please. The regular price for these tickets is $75, but through our exclusive HOT DEAL, you can get yours for just $50! That’s 33% savings! Get Your Deal

We also have Hot Deals at One Eleven Bar, Desert Mischief, Destination PSP, Grand Central, Lulu California Bistro, Runway, Monster Shakes, Mary Pickford Theatre, Roost Lounge, Johannes and more! See All Deals