This Weekend in #ILoveGayPalmSprings for Nov 17-19, 2017

Inaugural DiversityDHS set for Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5 PM

You're invited to join the excitement Saturday at the very first Desert Hot Springs Pride Festival. This event immediately follows two weekends after Palm Springs Pride and marks the last LGBT festival of the year statewide.  Known worldwide as the 'Spa City', Desert Hot Springs boasts the finest natural spring water source and most spectacular mountain views in the world. Nearly 1/3 of residents identify themselves as LGBTQ.

The venue for the festival is set for Cabot's Pueblo Museum.  The house and surrounding structures were self-built by Cabot Abram Yerxa (1883–1965), an early 20th-century homesteader in the Coachella Valley. It is named as "Cabot’s Old Indian Pueblo Museum" in its application for listing on the National Register Of Historic Places. The California State Parks Office of Historic Preservation lists it as "Yerxa's Discovery"

The centerpiece of the complex is a large, Hopi-style pueblo in the Pueblo Revival Style of architecture. The main building is a four-story, 5000 square foot (465 sq.m) structure with 35 rooms, 150 windows, 65 doors and 30 different roof levels. The pueblo and all the outbuildings on the site were built primarily from scrap wood and sheet metal all scavenged from the surrounding desert by Yerxa. It has a system of vents and shafts built into the walls to keep it cool in the summer
Learn more about Cabot's Pueblo Museum by clicking here.

  • When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
  • Festival Hours: 10am – 5pm
  • Where: 67616 Desert View Ave, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240

4th Annual Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival – Friday thru Sunday

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Head on out this weekend for three days of fun for the whole family! The events include balloon tether rides, nighttime balloon glow, romantic dinners, musical entertainment, gourmet food, Kids' Zone family-friendly activities and so much more! The festival is pleased to partner with Cathedral City, The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa and Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa to expand the 2017 festival offerings. This year, they've added the Now and Then Car Show, Kite Display and Fireworks. 

General admission to the Balloon Festival is free; however, tickets and/or passes are required to participate in certain activities and access VIP areas. 

Pinzimini Balloon Glow Dinner

An experience like no other, Friday, November 17th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at
Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, the delectable Tuscan-inspired flavors of Pinzimini will be unleashed as guests dine at Master’s Plaza in the glow of a dozen seven-story high hot air balloons set on the 18th fairway of the Pete Dye resort course. An included glass of sparkling wine, musical entertainment and dancing will make it an evening to remember!

Visit this link for all the details.

An Evening With Laura Benanti

Tony Award-winner and five-time Tony nominee, Laura Benanti will grace the stage at the Annenberg Theater for the Palm Springs Art Museum's ATC's 15th annual "Opening Night Benefit Gala."  Miss Benanti recently completed her 2016 Tony-nominated role as Amalia Balash in the hit Broadway musical, "She Loves Me".  Benanti earned the 2008 Tony Award for her revelatory portrayal of Gypsy Rose Lee in "Gypsy"opposite Patti LaPone. Benanti's other Tony nominations (among her many Broadway roles) were for starring roles in "Swing", "Into The Woods", and "Women On The Verge".

On television, Benanti can currently be seen in the role of Alura Zor-El in the CW action drama, "Supergirl". She won critical acclaim for her performance as Elsa Schrader in NBC's"The Sound Of Music LIVE". Her other recurring roles have been on ABC's "Nashville", CBS's "The Good Wife", HBO's "Nurse Jackie", and as a dead-ringer for FLOTUS, Melania Trump, on CBS's"The Late Show With Stephen Colbert".  More Info

Grooves at the Westin: Michael Paulo & Friends with Deniece Williams

The jazz concert series, Grooves at The Westin, continues this Saturday at 7:00 PM with the second of three spectacular concerts! Don’t miss these top smooth jazz artists in a magnificent resort setting.

To debut his latest recording, Michael Paulo has assembled an all-star Jazz ensemble featuring Grammy-winning vocalist Deniece Williams, Grammy-winning keyboardist Gregg Karukas, bassist Freddie Washington, drummer Land Richard and surprise guests!

Enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner and seating for the show at Fireside Lounge patio table.  $99 plus taxes and gratuity.  Seating is limited and reservations are required.  More Info

Transgender Day of Remembrance Takes Place Monday

All are invited to join the Transgender Community at the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance vigil held on Monday, November 20, 2017. This year they will dedicate the first Transgender Day or Remembrance Memorial Cenotaph Statue to the City of Palm Springs. This breath-taking sculpture was inspired from the tragic loss of Transgender woman of color, Yaz'min Shancez. 
The event is dedicated to bringing visibility and conversation to the need for all human beings the to be treated with Love, Dignity, Respect and to be free of violence and inequality.  This year's special guest, Transgender Day or Remembrance Founder Gwendolyn Ann Smith.

On Monday, Trans affirming organizations that support equality will have booths from 4:00 to 8:00 PM, with the vigil scheduled for 5 PM.  More Info

TryOUT Tuesday Coming to Cuistot in Palm Desert

Tuesday, November 21, from 5 – 7 PM…  Gay Desert Guide's signature event TryOUT Tuesday comes to Palm Desert and Cusitot! Win one of 2 $50 gift cards when you register at the door.

Come by and experience the patio as the sun sets over the mountains. A great night to meet new friends and sample one of the premiere restaurants in Palm Desert.

Enjoy complementary appetizers from the chef –

  • Homemade pate on Toast
  • Lamb Sliders
  • Smoked Salmon Canapés
  • Dates wrapped in Bacon with Goat Cheese 
  • Endive with Boursin

Drink Specials:

  • Canyon Road Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon $5.50
  • Premium Wine Specials $6.95 | 
  • Well Drinks $ 6.50 | Drinks Specials $ 6.75 
  • House Martini $ 6.75 
  • House Cosmo, Appletini, Lemon Drop $ 6.95

Bring your friends!  We'll see you there!  More Info

The Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade 

It’s the 25th annual Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade and everyone is invited to the celebration!  Be among the 100,000+ spectators who come all over the Coachella Valley and throughout the country to enjoy this very special night of wonder, excitement and good cheer.

Saturday, December 2nd beginning at 5:45 pm, the parade will ring in the season with more than 90 floats decked out in holiday lights, celebrity guests like HGTV’s Desert Flippers, Eric and Lindsey Bennett, equestrians, bands, giant balloons overhead and more.

Organizers are especially excited that for the first time ever, local NBC affiliate, KMIR-TV, will broadcast the parade live in its entirety, bringing this extraordinary experience to tens of thousands of households throughout the Coachella Valley. 

Light up the holidays in Palm Springs!  More Info

Wine Women PSP Wine Maker Dinner

Join the ladies (and gents!) this Sunday! Wine Women PSP is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization of adult women and men interested in responsible wine discovery and learning at sociable, fun-raising gatherings. Members and guests enjoy new experiences among stimulating people that heighten their wine knowledge while benefiting local charities. This Wine Maker Dinner features the  C. G. Di Arie Vineyard and Winery and benefits Animal Samaritans. 

Click here for the menu.

To make a reservation email Kathleen at

Wine & Design Benefiting Mizell's Meals on Wheels Program

Nov 18th at 3 PM…  Wine & Design is excited to be featuring the Mizell Senior Center’s Meal on Wheels program.

In 2016 – 2017, Mizell Senior Center delivered 107,880 home delivered meals through it’s Meals on Wheels program to frail, homebound seniors from Palm Springs to Salton Sea. In this fiscal year, they also expanded service to Desert Hot Springs and the unincorporated areas of Thousand Palms, Whitewater, and Indio Hills. 40% of home delivered meals are in the Eastern Coachella Valley and the number of meals served has increased over 500% in the past three years. Many of these areas are rural and serve extremely low-income seniors — 90% of Meals on Wheels clients live at or below the Federal Poverty Level. Meals on Wheels maintains a fleet of eight vehicles to service home delivered meal routes and some routes are over 120 miles round trip each day.

Please join us to learn more about the Mizell’s Meal on Wheels program with a discussion and Q&A by Stacy Maddux, Special Events and Development Manager at the Mizell.  More Info

Meet The Galen: Diamonds & Dancing

Don't miss the party of the year, now celebrating its sixth season! Enjoy fabulous catering, complimentary bar and valet parking, and sounds from DJ Minus! 

  • MUSEUM MEMBERS: $40 individual, $80 dual
  • NON-MEMBERS: $65 individual, includes one-year museum membership; $95 dual, includes one-year dual museum membership

More Info

Enter to Win a Fabulous Resort Stay!

Santiago Men’s Resort is holding a 5 night vacation stay contest.
The entries will be submitted from 11/1/17-12/31/17 (60 Days)
The winner will be randomly drawn the first week of January 2018.  The prize is a 5 Night stay in our King Suite Room. Breakfast and Lunch included. No black out dates, based on availability. $1600 Value.  

Santiago Men’s Resort is a luxury gay boutique hotel in Palm Springs, Santiago offers free breakfast, poolside lunch, and all-day refreshments in the Cantina. The wealth of amenities include the largest pool of any gay resort in Palm Springs, beautifully designed, spacious rooms with poolside access and spectacular mountain views.  More Info

​Happy Hour Finder

Visitors and locals alike love Chill Bar located in the heart of Arenas in downtown Palm Springs. With a happy hour that runs from opening to 7 PM and a late night happy hour from midnight to closing, the fun never stops! The offerings include $4 well drinks, $2.75 Bud Light & $1.50 Chill Lager. And if you don’t have plans for Sunday Funday yet, Chill bar also offers a variety of games from darts to life size Jenga!

The RetroRoom in Palm Springs harkens back to the days when cool was created.  They feature karaoke nightly in an intimate and retro atmosphere and they have a full bar with featured specialty cocktails featured nightly. Diva and Friends, a fun-filled Drag Show, takes the stage every Saturday night and is a show not to be missed!

C'Mon, C'Mon, Get Happy!

Hot Deals

Chef Teresa at Il Giardino Ristorante Italiano specializes in homemade Italian/Sicilian foods according to traditional recipes of her birth family and uses her experience acquired over the years to personally prepare the dishes on the menu. Try Homemade Gnocchi, Ravioli, Noodles, Sauces, Gravy, Fresh Vegetable Soups, and Desserts that are cooked throughout the day for 40% off with this amazing hot deal! That’s only $15 for $25 worth of food and drinks!

Pinocchio in the Desert is a Palm Springs favorite among visitors and locals alike!  Take advantage of this amazing offer where you can get $25 worth of food and drinks for only $17.50. Check out Sunday Brunch and their famous (infamous) bottomless glass of bubbly or stop by in the afternoon and enjoy their beautifully decorated and relaxing bistro setting with outdoor patio that is both heated and air cooled. 

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Compiled from a variety of sources by Nicholas Snow