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Show Your Pride, Light Up the Night, and Win!
It’s almost time for Palm Springs Pride, and residents and businesses are invited to show their support for the LGBTQ community and decorate their storefront, home or apartment with pink and rainbow lights for the 2nd annual Light Up the Night contest presented by Alaska Airlines. KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs, Gay Desert Guide and VACAYA LGBT+ Vacations are sponsoring the contest. There are separate contests for the best business decoration and best residential decoration with prizes including airfare to anywhere Alaska Airlines flies, and a VACAYA LGBT+ Vacation for two to the Caribbean! More info
Desert AIDS Walk 2021
Desert Care Network presents the annual Desert AIDS Walk to help fund the vital work of DAP Health, previously Desert AIDS Project, and takes place as an in-person event on Saturday, October 30 from 8:00–12:00 p.m. The walk begins at Ruth Hardy Park and follows a route through downtown Palm Springs. The family and pet-friendly event includes a Health and Wellness Village presented by Walgreens. More info
Halloween on Arenas Road
The big event on Halloween Night, Sunday, October 31 is Palm Springs Halloween on Arenas Road, from 4:00–10:00 p.m. Come dressed as your favorite super heroes, ghouls, goblins, carnival revelers, movie look-a-likes and drag queens and compete to win over $1,800 in prizes. The evening’s live entertainment features headliner Debby Holiday, singer of 16 Billboard Top 20 Dance Hits including her latest single “Waiting for a Lifetime,” plus performances by: Brian Justin Crum, DJ Zareen, Pulp Vixen, Probe 7, Marina Mac, Chi Energy, with MC Bella da Ball. Costume Contest registration is 6:30–7:45 p.m., with the on-stage contest beginning at 8:00 p.m. More info
Saturday Halloween Soirée at Boozehounds
Boozehounds Palm Springs will be throwing a private Halloween Soirée full of magic on Saturday, October 30. The ticketed event will be hosted under the stars on their Halloween-themed outdoor patio, with music by a guest DJ and activations by local artisans (Tarot card reader, photography, jewelry, floral and more). There will be two seatings: 7:00–8:30 p.m. and 9:00–10:30 p.m. with different packages featuring a multi-course dinner by Executive Chef Corey Baker. A curated Halloween cocktail menu will feature themed drinks like the 100% That Witch
Boo Ball 2021
Boo2Bullying is bringing the Met Gala to the desert with its 3rd Annual Boo Ball on Saturday, October 30 from 5:30–10:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Walk the Orange Carpet, enjoy the evening with exclusive music performances by Jamie Miller, Musical University Theater, Chris Bennett, and Kid Baron, with Emcee Bella da Ball and a contest with Best Costume prizes. Catering by Lulu California Bistro plus hosted bar and hors d’oeuvres. All proceeds support Boo2Bullying programs in the Coachella Valley. Get tickets
Also at the Palm Springs Air Museum on Saturday: it’s a Halloween-Themed Chili Cook Off and Car Show, from 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. The chili recipes are those of the museum’s volunteers. And the show itself is sponsored by the Desert Classic Car Association. Museum admission that day includes the car show; chili tastings are $1. More info
Halloween Music Spooktacular Symphony Concert
The Coachella Valley Symphony presents a Halloween Music Spooktacular Concert at the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater on Sunday, October 31 at 2:00 p.m. Thrill and chill to an invigorating 70 minutes of movie music and classical favorites including: Ghostbusters, Spiderman, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars – Throne Room, Bach – Toccata and Fugue in d minor, Phantom of the Opera, In the Hall of the Mountain King, and Symphony Fantastic – March to the Scaffold. More info
Halloween Hullabaloo at the Palm Springs Cultural Center
The Palm Springs Cultural Center is offering a full day of Halloween fun with attractions for all ages, including Best of Retro Cartoon Halloween Specials (your favorites from the 80’s and 90’s) at 1:00 p.m., and a screening of the original Ghostbusters film at 1:30 p.m. with the Southland Ghostbusters live in person with complimentary goodie bags. Hocus Pocus screens at 5:00 p.m. hosted by the Sanderson Sisters live in person, with real magic wands for the kids. From 3:00–7:00 p.m. it’s the free Trunk or Treat event where costumed kiddoes will go from trunk to trunk collecting treats from owners who have decorated their vehicles.
For the grown-ups, the Jazzville Creepy Cocktail Party starts at 3:00 p.m., ahead of the Jazzville Halloween Show featuring The Jazz Cartel at 5:00 p.m. A Zombie Cocktail Party starts at 6:00 p.m., ahead of the Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque show “Shock Theatre Spooktacular” at 8:00 p.m. This wild and crazy Halloween variety show is not for the faint of heart. Also, Three Michaels Live features an ode to John Carpenter’s Halloween with the musical score, scares, and skits performed LIVE by three Michael Myers, at 8:00 p.m. with another appearance at 9:30 p.m. Tickets to Three Michaels include admission to the “Haddonfield Ball” from 9:00–11:00 p.m. with free Buzzbox cocktails in the upstairs lounge. Whew! More info
Palm Springs Leather Pride 2021
Palm Springs Leather Pride XXVI: Unlocked Full Release takes place now through Sunday, October 31 with pool parties on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Canyon Club, a “Mess Hall” formal leather dinner at the Renaissance Hotel on Friday, a late night Cruise Party and Vendor Mart at the Tool Shed Friday, A Saturday Cigar Social at The Barracks, Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2021 Competition at the Palm Springs Cultural Center Saturday, Breakout–Full Release Dance Party (SOLD OUT) at Desert Rose Playhouse Saturday, Closing party Sunday at The Barracks, and more. See our listing for the full run-down of daily events! More info
Meanwhile, at CCBC Resort, Nasty Kink Pigs welcomes Leather Pride revelers to their “Unload” party on Saturday, October 30 from 8:00 p.m.–4:00 a.m. Night passes available if you are not staying at the resort. More info
Girlfriend: Dezart Performs Under the Stars!
The award-winning Dezart Performs of Palm Springs opens its 14th Season with the critically-acclaimed Todd Almond / Matthew Sweet musical GIRLFRIEND (October 27 – 30) taking place outside at the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater. Set in Nebraska in the ’90s, Will, a bit of a social outcast, and Mike, the popular football player, figure out that there is more to life than what high school has taught them. Days after graduation they explore their relationship and begin to ask themselves where their lives begin. More info
Shrek the Musical at Palm Canyon Theatre
Palm Canyon Theatre presents Shrek The Musical running through Sunday, November 7. “Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek….” And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Children under 12 get in free to this kid-friendly production. Get tickets
Final Weekend: The Producers
Desert Theatreworks’ production of Mel Brooks’ Broadway hit The Producers runs through Sunday, October 31. The Producers features a famous Broadway producer and an accountant with big dreams scheming to get rich by producing a flop, until it all goes wrong when the show is a hit. Get tickets
Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade 2021
The Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce the annual Palm Desert Masquerade Golf Cart Parade on Sunday, October 31 at noon. The 57th Golf Cart Parade will be held on the beautiful streets of El Paseo with NFL legend and recent Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee Tom Flores as Grand Marshal. The theme for this year’s festivities is Masquerade Party with delicious food, a delightful parade, and great kids’ Halloween fun. More info
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
Palm Springs Pride Weeks Kicks off
Palm Springs Pride presents the George Zander Candlelight Vigil and March on Monday, November 1 at 6:00 p.m., beginning at the Downtown Park with a rally and march through the heart of Palm Springs. Reflect, remember, and stand up against hate violence around the world and honor the memories of all victims of hate crimes. Remember George Zander and Chris Zander on the sixth anniversary of the day they were attacked in Downtown Palm Springs. George died on December 10, 2015; help us carry forward the social justice efforts that defined his life. More info
Pride Week at Oscar’s
Experience the diverse artistry of Oscar’s Pride 2021 events throughout the week, starting with Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles (The world’s only all LGBTQ+ Mariachi band) on Monday, November 1 at 8:00 p.m. Then it’s a hilarious night of comedy with Bruce Vilanch and Poppy Champlin on Wednesday, November 3 at 7:00 p.m. , Open Mic Night with American Idol vocal coach Michael Orland on Thursday, November 4 at 6:00 p.m., and on Friday, November 5: Oscar’s presents jazz chanteuse Niki Haris, serenading the audience with re-imagined arrangements of the classics while serving up her sassy insights and boisterous banter about life, love, motherhood, and her stellar career including her well-known role as the big voice behind Madonna. Get tickets
Jazzville Palm Springs: Matt Forbes and his Vintage Pop Orchestra
Jazzville, the live jazz scene presented by Barry Martin/DJ Baz and Take Five Entertainment, presents Matt Forbes and his Vintage Pop Orchestra on Thursday, November 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the vibrant Cascade Lounge inside Agua Caliente Casino in Palm Springs. Forbes and his 12-piece orchestra bring a bold, new sound to ‘vintage pop.’ Matt is being hailed as one of the most important new voices to hit the genre in more than a decade. As a lone baritone in a sea of pop tenors, the Canadian crooner is drawing widespread acclaim for his dynamic, soulful reinterpretations of pop songs, old and new. Cocktails, wine and delicious small bites available. More info
- Palm Springs Leather Pride 2021
October 28–31 at Various Locations throughout Palm Springs
- DAP Health Desert AIDS Walk 2021
Sat. Oct. 30 from 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. at Ruth Hardy Park
- Boozehounds’ Halloween Soirée Under the Stars
Sat. Oct 30 at 7:00 p.m.
- Palm Springs Halloween on Arenas Road
Sun. Oct. 31 from 4:00–10:00 p.m.
- Girlfriend, The Smash Hit Rock Musical, presented by Dezart Performs
October 27–30 Outside at the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater
- Light Up the Night Contest for Palm Springs Pride
Oct. 20–Nov. 4
- The Producers by Desert Theatreworks
- Shrek The Musical, presented by Palm Canyon Theatre
October 22–November 7
- Sharing Our Desert’s LGBTQ+ History (a Palm Springs Pride Event)
Thu. Nov. 4 –Sun. Nov. 7 at Welwood Murray Memorial Library
- Jazzville Palm Springs: Matt Forbes and his Vintage Pop Orchestra
Thu. Nov. 4 at 7:00 p.m
- Murder at the Howard Johnson’s presented by Desert Theatreworks
- Palm Springs Pride Festival 2021 – Downtown Palm Springs
Sat. Nov. 6 from 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. & Sun. Nov. 7 from 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
- Girlz Skate Jam (a Palm Springs Pride Event)
Sat. Nov. 6 from 5:00–7:00 p.m. at Palm Springs Skate Park
- Desertopia Pride Weekend
Sat. Nov. 6 at Infusion Beach Club and Asia SF, Sun. Nov. 7 at The Sonoran
- Front Runners Pride 5K Run & Walk 2021
Sat. Nov. 6 at 8:00 a.m. In-Person at Old Las Palmas Neighborhood and Virtually
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