This Weekend in #ILoveGayPalmSprings

September 28–30, 2018


Let us be your Gay Desert Guide to the weekend! Cinema Diverse returns to the Mary Pickford Theatre for a bonus weekend, while the Palm Springs Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence celebrate 11 years with the biggest Bingo game ever! Wang's is hosting Wok and Rock to benefit The Center, Styx and Mel Brooks are playing at The Show, plus we have two 30%-off Hot Deals for you, Happy Hour highlights, upcoming featured events, and more! 


Cinema Diverse 2018 Bonus Weekend

The Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian film festival, Cinema Diverse, presents a bonus weekend of screenings at the Mary Pickford Theatre in Cathedral City on Friday and Saturday, September 28–29. Six films will be shown on Friday and six more on Saturday, so if you missed out on the festival last weekend, here's your chance to enjoy an additional variety of shorts and feature-length films, including Transmilitary, Mapplethorpe (Redux), and My Big Gay Italian Wedding. Several fest favorites from opening weekend will see a second screening as well a suite of new content, filmmakers, and more. Get Tickets

The Palm Springs Sisters “B-11”th Anniversary Extravaganza


Come help the Palm Springs Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence celebrate their 11th Anniversary in the valley on Friday, September 28 from 6:00–9:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. They are throwing their largest Bingo game ever to help more charities while having tons of fun with live entertainment, “must have” auction items, and drink specials. More info

Wok n Rock Fundraiser for the LGBT Center

On Friday, September 29 from 6:00–9:00 p.m., circus performers and LED-lit fairies will mingle among friends while you sip signature cocktails at Wang's in the Desert for the Wok N Rock benefit for the LGBT Center of the Desert. The always entertaining and magnificent Marina Mac will tickle your fancy with a drag show, and The Flusters will bring the evening to a rockin' conclusion. More info


Styx and Mel Brooks at The Show This Weekend

Two big shows at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa this weekend: on Friday, September 28 at 8:00 p.m., Styx will be rocking paradise, drawing from over four decades of barnburning hits, joyous singalongs, and hard-driving deep cuts. Get tickets

Then, for something different, on Saturday, September 29 at 8:00 p.m., Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award winner Mel Brooks will bring his hilarious career retrospective, exploring his life as an actor, writer, producer, and director through personal anecdotes and clips from some of his most memorable movies. Get tickets

March For Our Lives Palm Springs

UPDATE: The March For Our Lives event originally scheduled for Saturday, September 29th has been POSTPONED due to a scheduling conflict. The group hopes to reschedule before the upcoming mid-term election. A group of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida who survived the school shooting that took 17 lives will be coming to Palm Springs. The March For Our Lives movement is part of a national campaign to meet with local students, share their experience, register younger voters, and educate the public about the impacts of gun violence. This evening event will provide an opportunity to meet and hear from the students and help support their work. More info

Atomic Budz Customer Appreciation Day

On Saturday September 29Atomic Budz dispensary will be hosting a Customer Appreciation Party from 3:00–6:00 p.m. with live music, free food, great deals with all kinds of vendors in house, plus a raffle to win a ROVE box and much more to say thank you to all who support the shop. More info

Tickets on Sale Now


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


Palm Springs Pride Run and Walk 5K

Palm Springs Front Runners and Walkers is proud to host the Palm Springs Pride Run and Walk 5K on Saturday, November 3, at 8:00 a.m.  Come for a 5K run or walk through the beautiful and historic neighborhood of Old Las Palmas while supporting The LGBT Center of the Desert and helps to keep Coachella Valley's longest-running LGBT parade and festival in downtown Palm Springs, and FREE for all to attend. Register today

Hot Deals Gay Desert Guide

Thai Smile restaurant has been recognized as a Thai restaurant that constantly offers healthy, high quality, and flavorful Thai cuisines to the residents and visitors of Palm Springs since 1993. With this HOT DEAL, get a $25 gift card for only $17.50! Grab your limited-quantity 30%-off Thai Smile gift card today! Get Your Deal

Fresh baked is every day at Ristretto, featuring  scones, muffins, croissants, bagels, cookies and more. Indulge in a Ristretto egg burrito, bagel egg sandwich, yogurt, salads, quiche, wraps, Italian sodas and smoothies, and of course coffee! Get $20 of delicious food, drink & pastries for just $14 with this HOT DEAL, saving you 30% Get Your Deal

At Hunters Nightclub, “Size Matters” with their super-sized Happy Hour Daily from 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. Just having celebrated their 20th Anniversary, be sure to wish them congratulations and a toast to this Arenas Ave institution! And this weekend, on Sunday September 30 at 9:30 p.m, come see Tiffany Bonet in the Risqué Drag Revue with MIss Rusty Waters and her Pin-Up Girls!  Get Happy at Hunters

Toucans Tiki Lounge has Happy Hours that go late! On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, enjoy Happy Hour prices until 9:00 p.m. Thursdays also feature a special Late Night Happy Hour from 11:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m., and Tuesdays feature Two-For-One drink specials 'til 1:00 a.m.! Saturday nights are time for Go Go fun and all the latest and greatest music with Amped dance party! Get Happy at Toucans

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