This Weekend in #ILoveGayPalmSprings

September 21–23, 2018


Let us be your Gay Desert Guide to the weekend! The Palm Springs LGBTQ film festival, Cinema Diverse, is here all weekend! (Plus bonus screenings in Cathedral City next weekend too!), and The Roost, Cathedral City's newest gay bar, is now open. We have a Cowboy Dance Rodeo Fundraiser and a Desert Romp Block Party, and Classical Palm Springs all happening this weekend too. Looking ahead, Mel Brooks is coming to The Show, Lea DeLaria is coming to The McCallum, and our Dip Into Pride Party will be the hottest kickoff to Palm Springs Pride, just six weeks away! All this plus HOT DEALS, Happy Hours, and more, read on!


Cinema Diverse is Here

Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival, is in full swing this weekend for its eleventh season,  ThursdaySeptember 20–Sunday, September 23 in the Historic Camelot Theatres at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Opening night features the film The Long Road to Freedom: The Advocate Celebrates 50 Years. This year the festival also returns a week later to the Mary Pickford Theatre in Cathedral City on September 28 & 29 for a Bonus Weekend of screenings. More info
International content streaming network Revry is proud to announce a dozen films and series appearing at this year's Cinema Diverse, including Revry Original documentaries, series, and short films. Projects include: The Drag Roast of Heklina, Room to Grow, He Drinks, Jared & Ivanka, Coffee House Chronicles, Secs & Execs, Sunday Funday, Gay Husbands of San Francisco, Tough Love, Her Story, Barbelle, and Karly & Alex. More info

The Roost Now Open in Cathedral City!

Cathedral City's newest gay bar, The Roost, is now open near the Mary Pickford Theater in the Cathedral City Town Center. Come for the fine craft cocktails and great conversation in an exciting, cool, comfortable atmosphere. See photos from opening night on the @GayDesertGuide Facebook and Twitter page.  #ILoveGayCatCity ! More info

The Roost will also be the venue for the next Desert Business Association Networking Mixer, on Monday, September 24 from 6:00–8:00 p.m


Cowboy Dance & Fundraiser

On Thursday, September 20 from 7:30 p.m–2:00 a.m., the Palm Springs Chapter of the Golden State Rodeo Association presents a Cowboy Dance and Fundraiser in the back room of Chill Bar. Get your Boot Scootin' Boogie going and dance the Two-Step, Waltz, and Line Dances! More info


Desert Romp VIII – Block Party

This weekend, September 21–23, is Desert Romp 8 at host bar Tool Shed! Desert Romp is 3 days of parties, events, midway carnival, wet underwear contest, porn stars, giant block party and more! More info

Classical Palm Springs presents Fei-Fei & Nicholas Kontaxis

Classical Palm Springs presents Fei-Fei Dong in concert along with an art exhibition by Rancho Mirage’s very own Nicholas Kontaxis on Saturday, September 22 at 8:00 p.m. at Temple Isaiah in Palm Springs! Fei-Fei is the winner of the Concert Artist Guild Competition in New York and Finalist at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Nicholas Kontaxis, an artist endowed with talent, energy and a passionate love of bold colors & shapes, paints acrylics that have astounded art aficionados from De RE Gallery in Los Angeles, CA to the Gilman Contemporary in Sun Valley, ID. More info


Gay Days Anaheim Just Two Weeks Away


The 21st Annual Gay Days Anaheim is coming up Oct. 5-7! Join more than 30,000 evil queens, lost boys, princes, and princesses at the happiest place on earth for three amazing days featuring two dance parties, a pool party, park meet ups, screenings, live shows, celebrity guests and special events for ladies, families, bears, and youth. There will be special performances by Garrett Clayton and RuPaul's Drag Race favorites Detox, Mayhem Miller, Delta Work and Mariah Balenciaga! Break out your red shirts, it's Gay Days! More info

An Evening with Mel Brooks


Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award winner Mel Brooks will bring his hilarious career retrospective to The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa on Saturday, September 29 at 8:00 p.m. An Evening with Mel Brooks will explore the legendary filmmaker’s life as an actor, writer, producer, and director through personal anecdotes and clips from some of his most memorable movies. Among Brooks’ many hit comedy films are: Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, High Anxiety, History of the World: Part I, Spaceballs, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, and Dracula: Dead and Loving It. Get Tickets

HRC Palm Springs Garden Party November 3


KMIR's Emmy® Award winning weathercaster Bryan Gallo will be Master of Ceremonies for the 19th Annual HRC Palm Springs Garden Party to be held during Palm Springs Pride Weekend: Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 1:30–4:30 p.m. The Garden Party 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. Gay Desert Guide is a proud media sponsor of HRC Palm Springs Garden Party 2018. The time to Get tickets is now!


Dip Into Pride Tickets on Sale 

Speaking of Palm Springs Pride, Gay Desert Guide is making a splash this year on Friday, November 2 from 12:00–6:00 p.m.: We are kicking off Palm Springs Pride with our Dip Into Pride Pool Party at Hotel Zoso!  We have DJs Holly Adams and Ray Rhodes, an Andrew Christian swimwear contest in the works, plus special performances and appearances.
VIP Daybeds and Cabanas still available! Get tickets

Lea DeLaria Performing November 8

Here at Gay Desert Guide we are especially excited about our media sponsorship of Orange is the New Black star Lea DeLaria, for her one-of-a-kind performance of comedy and jazz vocals at McCallum Theatre on Thursday, November 8! [Click here to listen to Lea's jazz stylings, singing “Fame”] We will be providing tickets to a VIP Meet-and-Greet Experience with Lea to many of our LGBT organizations who will raffle them off this fall (Center Stage, HRC Garden Party, EQCA Equality Awards, and more…). Plus we will also give away a pair to our Oasis Insiders who are subscribed to our newsletter–make sure you are signed up!

Happy Anniversary, Hunters!

This past Sunday, September 16, we toasted 20 years of Hunters Nightclub serving Palm Springs, with the desert’s most sought-after and friendly DJs, full-on themed events, and a staff that has it all without the attitude. Congratulations, Hunters!   (Co-owner Mark Hunter shown with Gay Desert Guide founder Brad Fuhr)

It's BOGO time for a delicious and authentic Italian meal at Il Giardino Ristorante ItalianoBuy one $25.00 gift certificate and get one free!  That's like getting homemade gnocchi, ravioli, noodles, sauces, gravy, fresh vegetable soups, and desserts lovingly prepared from traditional recipes for 50% off!  Get Your Deal

Jus Chillin' offers healthy frozen yogurt, offering a variety of flavors daily, including three choices of low carb/sugar free delights. Almost all flavors are fat free, and support a healthy probiotic lifestyle. With this HOT DEAL, you get $20 of frozen treats for just $10. Buy a $10 package to receive three (3) $5 gift certificates to Jus Chillin' Frozen Yogurt and a bonus $5 gift certificate to Lappert's Premium Gourmet Ice Cream!  Get Your Deal

As mentioned above, The Roost is now open as Cathedral City's newest gay bar, here to satisfy the needs of the community and offer an amazing atmosphere for all! Here is a sampling of the delicious cocktails you can come to expect: “The Roost:” Jeffrey’s specialty: Hanger One Kiffir Lime and Chambord Kami Kazi served up in a chilled martini glass. “The Carswell:” an elegant extra dry Belvedere Unfiltered Martini with blue cheese olives served up in a chilled martini glass, and “The B:”  Effen Cucumber Vodka, muddled cucumbers and mint with club soda served in a highball with crushed ice! Get Happy at The Roost

At Streetbar, “The Heart of Arenas Road,” enjoy daily Top Shelf specials, with a different vodka and featured spirit every day of the week! Top Shelf Drink Specials: $6.00/$8.00 Martini or Rocks. Every Friday from 8:00 p.m.–midnight and Saturday from 6:00 p.m.–midnight, DJ Mr D plays a mix of classic and up-to-the-minute music videos by Dance and Pop artists of yesterday and today! Get Happy at Streetbar

Welcome New Partners of Gay Desert Guide!

Riviera Palm Springs Resort & Spa
The Riviera Palm Springs is an iconic alluring oasis set in the heart of the Uptown Design District, where local chef-owned restaurants, artists, and eclectic visionaries reside. The Riv embodies a cool retro vibe and midcentury flair that allows guests to live in the moment and celebrate the past.

Cantala at the Riviera Palm Springs Resort & Spa
Meet us at Cantala to enjoy intense focus on flavor and dedication to seasonal, sustainable, and local ingredients. Layered with dark hues of forest green, rattan, cork and earth brown the space is earthy and the outdoor dining is a mix of varied furniture tied together with festive woven baskets in the natural canopies of the trees.

18|8 Fine Men's Salons – Palm Springs
Eighteen Eight is more than just your neighborhood hair salon; they are an educator and partner in self-care and men’s style. They strive to go above and beyond the standard of a regular barbershop or salon, providing world-class men’s haircutting and grooming services in an upscale and contemporary environment.

Bontá Restaurant and Bar
At Bontá, you get to meet and eat and little bit of the world with a combination of the proprietors' Argentinean and German Austrian heritage. They offer Southern German/Austrian, Argentinian and Italian Dishes, a full bar with a great Happy Hour, and an amazing bar food menu.


Top Bookmarks of the Week on GayDesertGuide.LGBT

  1. 50 Shades of Gay – Cinema Diverse
  2. Desert Dreamers 8: The Crooners
  3. Mural Empowers Queer Latino Youth in the Valley

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