This Weekend in #ILoveGayPalmSprings
October 26–28, 2018


Let us be your Gay Desert Guide to the weekend! Halloween is right around the corner, with Palm Springs Pride right on its heels, and Leather Pride is happening now! If you haven't already, now is the time to get your tickets to our very own Dip Into Pride Pool Party, kicking off the big weekend with the best music and making a splash at Hotel Zoso! We also have the Outlandish performance festival kicking off this weekend, Grooves at the Westin, the Reel Women's Film Festival, and a Halloween Weekender at the Ace Hotel. We highlight three great theatre options, including Del Shores for one night only, the last weekend of The Sugar Witch, and a new play at CVRep opening this weekend. Runway at CCBC is also now open, we've curated an excellent Halloween and Pride-themed Top 5 Bookmarks this week, and we have some great HOT DEALS and Happy Hours to highlight for you too!

Dip Into Pride with Gay Desert Guide!

Palm Springs Pride is just days away now, and we are super excited to bring you the official Palm Springs Pride: Dip Into Pride Kickoff Pool Party on Friday, November 2 from 12:00–6:00 p.m. at Hotel Zoso! The party, presented by Gay Desert Guide and Truly Spiked and Sparkling, features:

  • DJ Holly Adams, one of LA's favorite House DJs and one of the most recognizable voices in Electronic Dance Music since the beginning of the West Coast Rave Scene in the early 90's. Now she can be heard as resident DJ on Subliminal Radio, hosting “Holly's House” weekly. 
  • Elisia Savoca, the 17-year-old who is politely being compared to legends such as Amy Winehouse and Lady Gaga with her powerful voice, enchanting melodies and vulnerable truths.
  • DJ Ray Rhodes, LA DJ for such events as Tiger Heat and Out on the Mountain.
  • TIANN, native of Sydney Australia who has captivated audiences around the world with her sensual, intoxicating vocals.
  • A special “Pot-Up” Event: Elevate your Pride for an exclusive cannabis-themed product showcase focused on the ways we live our lives…morning, noon and night…and of course after-hours. Presented by Bloom & Groom.
  • Only one cabana and a few daybeds remain!  Passes go up at the door to $20, so buy now at just $15.


Youth Power for Change!

The theme of this year's Greater Palm Springs Pride Parade and Festival is Youth Power for Change, inspired by and in support of youth-led movement-building efforts that are awakening critical conversations for social change. Organizers also announced that the youth of Coachella Valley have collectively been named Grand Marshals of the 2018 Pride Parade. Follow our links for more info on the Parade and Festival, and myriad events listed on our Events Page taking place on and around Pride weekend! 


HRC Garden Party November 3

Another iconic event of Pride weekend is the HRC Palm Springs Garden Party onSaturday, November 3 from1:30–4:30 pm. This event brings together more than 800 HRC members, friends, families, and allies for an afternoon of celebration and inspiration featuring an open cocktail reception, thought-provoking speakers, and special celebrity guests and honorees. KMIR's Emmy® Award winning weathercaster Bryan Gallo will be Master of Ceremonies for this 19th annual event. Get tickets

Palm Springs Leather Pride is Here

Palm Springs Leather Pride Weekend takes place Thursday, October 25 through Sunday October 28 and is one of the largest, longest-running, and most successful Leather events in the country! On Thursday, October 25 at 9:00 p.m., don't miss Brief Encounter at the Tool Shed with special guest adult star and entertainer Dolf Dietrich. With its unique dark and cruisy atmosphere, surrounding you with the hottest men on go go boxes, Tool Shed is also offering Leather Pride drink specials and live DJ, private smoking and cigar lounge to get your Leather Pride started. Get tickets

Halloween Palm Springs on Arenas

Halloween Palm Springs 2018 is taking it up a few notches this year with a larger stage and a variety of ghoulish surprises! This free event (donation suggested) takes place on Arenas between South Indian Canyon and South Calle Encilia, on Wednesday, October 31 from 5:00–10:00 p.m. A few of the evening's highlights include a “Disco Saturday Night” dance competition, performances by Chi Energy, Keisha D and Dance Troupe, DJ Phil B, Adonis Boys and Andrew Christian fashion show, DJ Baz, Halloween costume contest, and headliner Debby Holiday set to take the stage just after 9pm. More info

Party Life will bring their Mirror Me photo booth to capture all the Halloween costumery and fun! And on a personal note: Party Life's husband and wife team Danny and Anna Morin have a GoFundMe Page for their @2kidneys1love journey. Soon Danny will be donating a kidney to Anna and they can use our support! 


Lea DeLaria Tickets – Enter to Win


Orange is the New Black star Lea DeLaria is coming to town and we are giving away free tickets and a VIP Meet and Greet with Lea backstage!  Enter once each day!

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On Thursday, November 8 at 8:00 p.m., DeLaria will give a one-of-a-kind performance of comedy and jazz vocals at the McCallum Theatre. Check out her interview in the CV Independent. She has performed in some of the most prestigious houses in the world including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Chicago Symphony, Hollywood Bowl, The Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House. More info

Desert Hot Springs Pride


Sunday, October 21 was a great day to visit Desert Hot Springs for their 2nd Annual Pride Celebration! Thank you to everyone who came out to see us and celebrate Pride with Diversity DHS!


Outlandish Performance Series Kicks Off with John Waters

The Outlandish performance series presents John Waters performing his one-man show “This Filthy World—2018!” on Friday, October 26 at 8:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. This show has SOLD OUT but there remain a number of performances scheduled in the series, including “Miss Richfield 1981 – Born Again,” on November 3, “Pam Ann – Flight Attendant Star,” on November 10, and “Trixie Mattel – Now With Moving Parts” on December 1. More info


Reel Women's Film Festival

Join Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest at Camelot Theatres for an inspiring weekend of diverse films about women on Saturday and Sunday, October 27–28. Selections include: To A More Perfect Union: U.S. v Windsor, a documentary that tells the story of Edie Windsor and her attorney, Roberta Kaplan, on their quest for justice in a pivotal case for the marriage equality movement, and The Light of the Moon, about a successful architect coming to terms with a recent sexual assault. All proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood sexual and reproductive health care services in the Coachella Valley. More info

Grooves at the Westin Returns Oct 27


Grooves at The Westin continues into its 8th season with three spectacular concerts featuring world class smooth jazz, pop and R&B entertainment. The first concert is October 27 from 7:00–9:30 p.m. at Masters Plaza the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, featuring Smooth Jazz All Stars: Internationally recognized smooth jazz performers take the stage in an all-star line-up. Two time Grammy award winning guitarist Paul Brown, Grammy award winning composer and pianist Gregg Karukas, multi Grammy award winning vocalist Melissa Manchester and saxophonist Michael Paulo join together in a smooth performance with familiar favorites. Get tickets

A Halloween Weekender at the Ace Hotel

The Ace Hotel presents sinister sights, sounds and collectible curios at Beneath the Sands: A Halloween Weekender on Saturday and Sunday, October 28–29. Highlights include Mindwaves with C.Love, with a creeping collage of sounds, Harp performance featuring Audrey Harrer, Theremin performance featuring Zouniya, and Live Organ Grinder featuring Jason StaczekMore info


Weekend Theatre


It's the last weekend before Halloween and it's the last weekend to catch The Sugar Witch, plus we have a new production opening at CVRep and Del Shores for one night at Palm Canyon Theatre!

On Saturday, October 27 at 8:00 p.m., Palm Canyon Theatre presents Del Shores' Six Characters in Search of a Play. Sordid Lives creator Del Shores brings to life six one-of-a-kind characters he has met in real life that haven’t quite made it into one of his plays, films or TV shows. In 90 minutes, the audience will hear the truth behind how he collected these eccentrics and their stories as he portrays his hilarious, off-the-rails encounters with them. Get tickets

The Desert Rose Playhouse presents the FINAL WEEKEND OF PERFORMANCES of The Sugar Witch, by Nathan Sanders, through Sunday, October 28. This dark, Southern Gothic play features an old Florida family living in grave danger as the last in a long line of folk-tale witches attempts to end the curse placed on their heads by the dying words of her very own grandmother. Get tickets

CVRep presents How I Learned to Drive, opening Wednesday, October 24 and running through Sunday, November 18 at CVRep at The Atrium in Rancho Mirage. This funny, surprising and devastating tale of survival as seen through the lens of a troubling relationship between a young girl and an older man is a multi-award winning play including the 1998 Pulitzer Prize. Get tickets

Runway at CCBC – Soft Opening Preview


Runway Restaurant and Bar at CCBC is now open! Special Sneak Peek hours are Tuesday 3:00–11:00 p.m. and Wednesday through Sunday 11:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m. (Closed Mondays). Runway features American fare “Dining, Drinks, and Drag!” Follow Runway on Facebook for Sneak Peek specials. 


Tickets on Sale Now

Mark your calendars–and secure your tickets–for these upcoming featured events!

Experience the best Pan Asian at Wang's in the Desert for 50% off with this HOT DEAL! You get a $25 gift certificate for just $12.50, to  Enjoy the finest and freshest ingredients and dinner service that is family style and is meant to be shared. Get Your Deal

Oscar's Cafe & Bar has a cabaret showroom featuring world class female and celebrity impersonation, casual bar, courtyard, and perhaps the biggest outdoor Sunday Disco Dance on the west coast! With this HOT DEAL, you get a $25 gift certificate to use on food or drinks at Oscar's for only $15! Get Your Deal

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Join The Roost Lounge daily for Happy Hour from 2:00–7:00 p.m! On Saturday and Sundays the hours are 12:00–7:00 p.m. Come on down to watch Will & Grace, Murphy Brown, or the Big Game, enjoy fine cocktails and great conversation in an exciting, cool, comfortable atmosphere.  Get Happy at The Roost

The sleek industrial-styled BlackBook Bar located in the heart of the gay strip on Arenas now has Happy Hour everyday from 4:00-6:00 p.m. and NAUGHTY hour from 10:00 PM-midnight. During these times you can enjoy specials such as $5 pint glass well drinks, $1 off all bottle and draft beer, and $2 off all wines by the glass! Get Happy at Blackbook

Please drink responsibly, and note: The Palm Springs Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Friday, Oct. 26, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 9:00 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.


Top Bookmarks of the Week on GayDesertGuide.LGBT

  1. Greater Palm Springs Pride Makes a Move This Year
  2. Halloween 2018: Where to Go, What to Do in Greater Palm Springs
  3. The Pop Culture Halloween Costumes You'll See Everywhere This Year
  4. Rosenthal and Wanzek Will Be Honored at HRC's 19th Annual GARDEN PARTY
  5. Big Boo, Bowie Lover, Big Dyke: Lea DeLaria Brings Her Powerful Blend of Comedy and Jazz to the McCallum Theatre

    Bookmarks are articles from news sources around the globe, which have featured stories about the Coachella Valley and the great things that happen here.  So follow us on social media and keep up with news from sources far and wide.