Happy Father's Day to Dads & Daddies!

Gay dads balance their political activism with the needs of their children. Photo by J. Ross Baughman, Wikipedia Commons

According to Wikipedia, "Father's Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. In Catholic Europe, it has been celebrated on March 19 (St. Joseph's Day) since the Middle Ages. This celebration was brought by the Spanish and Portuguese to Latin America, where March 19 is often still used for it, though many countries in Europe and the Americas have adopted the U.S. date, which is the third Sunday of June. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May. It complements similar celebrations honoring family members, such as Mother's Day, Siblings Day and Grandparents Day."

So, whether you're a Father, a Dad, or a Daddy, celebrating yours, missing him if he's no longer with us, or still searching for one, Happy Daddy's, err uh, Father's Day!


Joshua Tree Wanderlust Wander List

Among the videos we've curated for you at GayDesertGuide, we love the Wonder List series (a recent episode spotlighting Joshua Tree), plus we have profiles of Desert X, Desert Flippers, a Transgender Body Builder, the Top Tourist Attractions in Palm Springs and more!


BroadwayLA: The Book of Mormon Review is In!

Stephen Radosh writes, "THE BOOK OF MORMON opened on Broadway in 2011 to rave reviews and nine Tony awards and has been packing them in ever since.  Already having had an extended sold-out run in Los Angeles, it has descended from Musical Theatre Heaven once again landing at the Pantages from now until July 9, 2017.

With a book & score written by those naughty boys Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of SOUTH PARK, and Robert Lopez, Tony winner for the equally outrageous AVENUE Q and Oscar winner for LET IT GO from FROZEN,  THE BOOK OF MORMON delivers exactly the kind of irreverence you expect from its creative team…..and then some!  Decidedly outrageous and anything but politically correct, it is also one of the funniest musicals I have ever seen."  Read the Review


June Pride Mixer on Arenas Road!

Gay Desert Guide with The Desert Business Association and the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce invite you to Celebrate our Pride with our many businesses on Arenas Road. Happy Hour Specials and Entertainment! Win prizes when checking in at participating businesses with a mobile scavenger hunt.  #ILoveGayPalm Springs. 

Participating Businesses: Hunters Night Club / Bear Wear / Bongo Johnny's Bar and Grill / Eddies' Frozen Yogurt / SpurLine, The Video Bar / Chill Bar Palm Springs and the Scorpion Room / Gay Mart USA / Score The Game Bar / Mischief Cards & Gifts / Blackbook. Starts at 5:30 PM at Hunter's and prizes will be given out starting at 7:20 PM at Chill.

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Make Memories This Father’s Day at Westin Mission Hills

Westin Mission Hills hosts a salute to Dad this Father’s Day weekend. On Saturday, June 17 from 4 PM to 6 PM, fathers can enjoy a local craft beer, kids get root beer, and the family crafts their pizza and toppings at Pinzimini. Afterward, Pinziminire will serve root beer floats for everyone. The price for adults starts at $29 and $19 for children ages 6 to 12. Children under 5 are free.

On Sunday, June 10, Pinzimini hosts Father’s Day Brunch from 11 AM to 2 PM. Brunch is an all-you-can-eat affair with an omelet station, roast prime rib, Eggs Benedict, pastries, fruits, juices and more. Call 760-770-2160, ext. 2150 for reservations.

Searching for the perfect Father’s Day gift? Nothing says “I love you” like a family tennis game. It’s even in the starting score. Treat dad to a private or family lesson on June 18 and receive 50% off. Dads also receive a 50% discount on the June 17. The Westin Tennis Center by calling 760-202-2021.. More Info


There's No Place Like Home

Vallera Palm Springs at Village Traditions Residence 2 has properties for sale and invites you to their weekend open house. Vallera Palm Springs is an enclave of 52 single-family detached private courtyard homes that blend the traditional elegance of Old Las Palmas architecture with modern, high-design interior finishes. There are three distinct two-story floor plans that boast three spacious bedrooms and three bathrooms. These homes are designed with indoor-outdoor living in mind. Moreover, Vallera is ideally situated within walking distance to the heart of downtown Palm Springs. There's no place like home.

Cathedral City welcomes the brand new Staybridge Suites at 67711 30th Avenue. We’ve been by for a couple of mixers (LGBT friendly, of course) and Kevin and his crew look forward to helping you host friends or family who may be visiting. Close to PSP, great mountain views and it boasts a pool, spa, and continental breakfast. More Info


Happy Hour Finder

Chill Bar Palm Springs at 217 E. Arenas Road will be the end all, be all on Monday as it plays host to the Pride Month Mixer on Arenas Road with the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Desert Business Association and Gay Desert Guide.  Starts at 5 PM for members at Latitude 33, then Open to the public 5:30 – 7:30 PM on June 19. That’s in addition to a Happy Hour all day Mondays and from opening to 7 PM Tuesdays through Sundays where a Bloody Mary is $3, well drinks and house wines are $4, Bud and Miller Light is $2 and Chill Beer is $1.75.


Hot Deals

Trio does this sophisticated thing where it makes simple American bar and grill fare, you know, roasted chicken, macaroni and cheese and Yankee pot roast and turns them into something artisanal and uniquely Trio. Try a meal at $50 and pay only $35. The only thing that can compete with the food is the price with this 30%-off deal.


Take friends and save nearly 66% off a $14.50 ticket to the Palm Springs Air Museum. This aircraft hangar at 745 N. Gene Autrey Trail, is the home to the world’s largest collection of flyable WWII aircraft. And now you can see it all for $5.   Limit 2 per person.  Limited quantities! 


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