Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival, Dance with BrockusRed, L-Fund Women’s Golf Scramble, Saturday Sisterhood of Cinema, “Die, Mommie, Die!,” L.A.’s Best in Drag, Marvyn’s Magic Theater, Free Concerts in the Park begin, Cat City Drag Race, and more, plus HOT DEALS and Happy Hours!

Palm Springs Women’s Week runs September 29 through October 6, bringing women from around the country to the Coachella Valley to participate in a week of events designed to celebrate Lesbian culture and elevate the status of women. It will cast a bright light on talented local women and explore the issues and attitudes that define women’s experiences everywhere. See our Women’s Week Event Page for a full day-by-day rundown of all the activities, including a June Mazer Archives exhibit, Food & Wine Tasting with Female Chefs, Rose Mallett tribute to Sarah Vaughan, a Jazz Party at the Rowan, Dance with BrockusRed, a Tribute to Lesbian Poets, the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz festival, and many other events. More info

Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival

The Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival returns for its sixth year with two evenings devoted to a stellar line-up of music and performances by leading female jazz musicians at the Indian Wells Theater, featuring Maysa & Jazz in Pink on Friday, October 5, then Judith Hill will headline the fest on Saturday, October 6 with a special opening performance by JazzAntiqua. Get tickets

Dance with BrockusRed

Dance with BrockusRed, a special Women’s Week program on Friday, October 4 from 12:30–2:00 p.m., provides a space for women to assemble, break bread together with a home-made Mexican buffet lunch at the Palm Springs Women’s club, followed by a moving program of dance with BrockusRed, whose choreographic style blurs the line between modern dance and jazz techniques. Get tickets


[the_ad_group id=”12644″]

Saturday Sisterhood of Cinema

On the first Saturday of the month–Saturday, October 5 this month–the Saturday Sisterhood of Cinema movie social club meets at 10:00 a.m. at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Grab a bite upstairs and enjoy social time with your sisters after the movie! Get tickets

L-Fund Women’s Golf Scramble

The L-Fund’s second annual Women’s Golf Scramble is on Saturday, October 5, starting with breakfast at 7:00 a.m. and shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Scramble tournaments emphasize the fun of the game without the pressure of keeping individual scores. Here’s your chance to play the LPGA’s tournament course at Mission Hills Country Club while supporting the L-Fund’s mission of empowering and celebrating Lesbians in the community! (The L-Fund is also a co-sponsor of Palm Springs Women’s Week). More info

Los Angeles Best in Drag Show 2019

On Sunday, October 6, the legendary fundraiser Best in Drag Show takes place from 5:30–10:00 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown L.A.. This “Battle for the Tiara” is produced every year by an army of extraordinary talented volunteers and a small staff from Alliance for Housing and Healing to support the work of the nonprofit Alliance for Housing and Healing, including its flagship program known as Aid for AIDS. Get tickets

Palm Desert Concerts in the Park are Every Thursday in October

Residents and visitors alike flock to the Palm Desert Civic Center Park every Thursday evening in October for the City’s free Concerts in the Park. Held on the terraced lawn of the Civic Center Park Amphitheater, music lovers can look forward to diverse musical offerings that may range from reggae to R&B, and from country to indie. The lineup includes:

  • Oct 3 – L.A. Sound Machine (Gloria Estefan tribute band)
  • Oct 10 – Amanda Castro Jazz Band (cover band)
  • Oct 17 – 90s Rock Show (90s music tribute/cover band)
  • Oct 24 – The Pack (Rat Pack tribute band)
  • Oct 31 – Dead Man’s Party (Oingo Boingo tribute band)

Food trucks will be onsite. More info

VillageFest Fall/Winter Hours Begin: 6:00–10:00 p.m.

Palm Springs’ famous and festive street fair, VillageFest, has expanded its hours now that we are free from the fiery grip of summer: as of Thursday, October 3, VillageFest starts at 6:00 p.m. and closes at 10:00 p.m. This Thursday night tradition attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world and offers more than 200 booths featuring eclectic art, handcrafted items, and unique food, while shops, restaurants, and galleries along Palm Canyon Drive also stay open late.  More info

Certified Farmers’ Markets Re-Open This Week

The outdoor Farmers’ Markets in Palm Springs, La Quinta, and Palm Desert are re-opening this week:

  • Palm Springs: Saturdays, 8:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at Palm Springs Cultural Center (more info)
  • La Quinta: Sundays, 8:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. in Old Town LQ off Calle Tampico (more info)
  • Palm Desert: Wednesdays, 8:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce (more info)

Theatre Roundup

Die, Mommie, Die!

The Desert Rose Playhouse presents Die, Mommie, Die!, opening Friday, October 4 and running through Sunday, October 27. Ex-cabaret siren Angela Arden is no longer in love with her husband, and is disconnected from her children. In an attempt to escape her marriage so that she can be with a hunky layabout, she poisons her husband. But when she begins to suspect that her daughter and gay son are also sleeping with her paramour — and they in turn begin to suspect their mother had a role in their father’s death — everything begins to fall apart. Directed by Robbie Wayne and starring Loren Freeman. Get tickets

Palm Canyon Theatre: “Crucible” and “Priscilla”

Having just finished a two-week run of Peter Pan, Palm Canyon Theatre will next present Arthur Miller’s The Crucible (October 10–13), which explores what happens when a group of young girls dancing in the woods causes a community to be torn by suspicion. Then, starting October 25 and running through November 17, the musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert takes things in a much more heartwarming direction: a group of “girls” dancing (and lip-syncing) in the desert and finding love, friendship, and a whole lot of fun along the way. This production is also an official event of Palm Springs Pride 2019! More info

Cat City Drag Race Continues at The Roost, Trunks

Help the Cathedral City Gay Bars find the “Royal Highness of Cat City” during the Cathedral City Drag Race, running through October 7. Nine contestants will be scored by local celebrity judges on originality, themed outfit, personality, and performance. With weekly prizes and audience favorites, the contestant with the most points at the finish line wins the title! Hosted by Anita Treadmill with music by DJ Galaxy from KGAY 106.5. – The competition wraps up at Trunks Bar on Monday, October 7, from 6:00–9:00 p.m. then meet-and-greet the winner at AMP Sports Lounge on Monday, October 14!  More info


Palm Springs City Council Candidate Forums: Districts 2 & 3

ONE-PS, The Palm Springs Neighborhood Association, along with leaders and members of local neighborhood organizations, is sponsoring a series of four candidate forums for Palm Springs City Council candidates in September and October. The dates and times for the remaining forums are:
District 3: Saturday, October 5 (click here for details)
District 2: Sunday, October 6 (click here for details)
Learn more


Marvyn’s Magic Theater

Catch magic, comedy, and variety acts with new shows weekly featuring world-class performers at Marvyn’s Magic Theater, a luxury, intimate, 127-seat theater in La Quinta. Amenities include mystical curio shop with special effects and a modern lobby bar with piano music and close-up magic. Performances run Wednesday through Sunday. This week, Marvyn’s Magic Theater features Kalin & Jinger in concert, with upcoming performances by: Tony Clark and Jeff Hobson, Paul Draper and Armando Lucero, Nick Lewin and Romano Frediani, and more. Get tickets


RetroRoom Lounge is a fun, friendly, intimate karaoke bar with retro flair and a Happy Hour that offers special prices every day until 7:00 p.m.  On Saturday, why not enjoy Happy Hour while playing Big Bitch Bingo, hosted by Diva from 3:30–6:30 p.m., or stay late for the Diva & Friends drag show at 10:00 p.m.!  Get Happy at RetroRoom


Trunks Bar features a Happy Hour that stretches all the way from 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. with $4 well drinks and imported beers, $3 domestic beer and $5 shots! Come on Sunday for the $2 beer bust, and don’t miss the final night of competition in the Cat City Drag Race, taking place at Trunks on Monday, October 7 from 6:00–9:00 p.m.!
Get Happy at Trunks

Debby Alexander’s Peabody’s Cafe & Bar, in the heart of Downtown Palm Springs, serves hearty American breakfasts and lunches from 7:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m, plus full bar and 6 large HD flat-screen TV monitors, and Karaoke on Friday and Saturdays from 7:00 p.m. to close! Grab this HOT DEAL to get your $15 gift certificate to Peabody’s for only $10 now! Get Your Deal


Oscar’s Cafe & Bar is home not only to the legendary Sunday Tea Dance, they offer a hit dinner show on Friday and Saturday nights: Oscar’s Cabaret, and a Bitchiest Brunch drag show on Sunday mornings! Not to mention a variety of live music and even theatrical options (see “Electricity” on Tuesdays this month). Grab this HOT DEAL and save a ton at Oscar’s with a $25 Gift Certificate for only $15! Get Your Deal