​Comic Con Palm Springs is Here!

Comic Con Palm Springs 2017

Friday 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM  to 7:00 PM, and Sunday 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

Explain organizers, "Comic Con Palm Springs has brought together some of the most passionate and talented people from the world of comic books and entertainment to produce an exciting new comic con in one of the most famous and fun cities in the world. We’ve spent years working, observing, and listening to what people want and sought from their comic con experiences. Not only working with talent and exhibitors, but also being passionate fans ourselves, we wanted to apply all the great ideas and suggestions everyone had – yours and ours together. Each year we plan to make Comic Con Palm Springs something special."

Back for its second year this weekend, Comic Con Palm Springs had its debut last year with Stan Lee, Marvel Comics founder and many other beloved names in the industry.

DestinationPSP Comic Con T-ShirtsHeadquarters at Destination PSP

Destination PSP is the official location for Comic Con Palm Springs attendees to pick up entry badges, purchase additional tickets and browse their wide selection of branded merchandise.

At Destination PSP’s Downtown Palm Springs flagship store at 170 N. Palm Canyon, attendees may pick up their passes or purchase daily event tickets. The store will also serve as an information center for Comic Con Palm Springs events.  More on the store.

Wonder Woman in Concert?

Wonder Woman Lynda CarterComic Con Palm Springs will feature a one-night-only performance by singer and actress Lynda Carter on Saturday, August 26 at 8:00 PM in an intimate custom-built theater in the Palm Springs Convention Center. Carter, best known for her role of Wonder Woman in the 1970’s television series, is an accomplished singer who has performed to rave reviews for sold-out crowds around the world. Her 90-minute show at Comic Con Palm Springs will feature her distinctive versions of jazz, blues, country, pop and original songs from her popular “The Other Side of Trouble” tour. This will be the first time the actress and singer will perform at any Comic Con event.  GayDesertGuide.com has more stories about Comic Con 2017 which you may find here.

 Happy Anniversary, Streetbar!

Streetbar Palm Springs Congratulations to Dick Haskamp and the great team of employees that he has on board at Streetbar.  Dick has a long rich history of service to the LGBTQ communities through the numerous charities he supports.  Dick serves on the board of the LGBT Community Center of the Desert.  Here's his bio from a 2013 "roast" which honored him:  

"Born and raised in suburban Detroit, MI, Dick Haskamp received his BA in Communication and Theatre Arts from Eastern Michigan University in 1976. Upon graduation, and having served in the US Army, Dick moved to Santa Monica, CA where he lived for fifteen years until moving to the desert in 1990. In 1991, Dick and good friend Hank Morgan bought a little 'hole in the wall' bar/restaurant known as "A StreetBar Named Desire", now known simply as "StreetBar". 

StreetBar was the first Gay business on Arenas Road and it is the oldest and longest running bar serving the LGBT community in the desert. In the course of his 25+ years in the desert, Dick has served on the Boards of Directors for the original Desert Gay Rodeo Association, The Desert Business Association, The Desert Gay Tourism Guild and the AIDS Assistance Program. Dick and his staff at StreetBar have been very active in fundraising for various charities including AAP, DAP, The Center, Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Smile Train, and many others."

Saturday and Sunday, Streetbar's 26th Anniversary starts with Smokin Bloody Mary's with Vince and Paul at 10:00 AM and goes to 2:00 PM. Then its Steve and Dane's Fresh Margaritas in Shirley's Temple from noon to 4:00 PM.  Robbie Wayne performs from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  Come and join the celebration.  More Info

Out on The Mountain 2017 

Six Flags Magic Mountain will host a private party for the LGBT community from 6 PM to 1 AM Sept. 22 and Sept. 23. During the 10th annual event, called Out On The Mountain, the entire park goes "rainbow" and provides a safe and inclusive environment of fun for the LGBTQ community, with rides, dance party, performers and thrills such as the New Revolution Galactic Attack and Justice League: Battle for Metropolis. Regular tickets are $49 or $63 with a meal voucher. VIP packages are $150. Buy tickets through GayDesertGuide and save with free parking.  More Info

30,000 Preparing for Gay Days Anaheim

Gay Days Anaheim
Gay Days Anaheim is an annual event that attracts 30,000 to Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA. This year’s 21st annual event, will feature two dance parties, a pool party, a scavenger hunt, and special events for ladies, bears, families, and youth. So break out your red shirt and join us at Disneyland! More Info

It's Time for Yappy Hour!

Yappy HourIn this dog-eat-dog world, take a break, grab your favorite furry friend, and cool off at The Westin Mission Hills’ Yappy Hour and adopted dog “reunion” event. The complementary special event celebrates the hotel’s partnership with Animal Samaritans animal shelter and the successful adoption of 86 dogs.  

At the Yappy Hour on August 25th, human guests will enjoy a howlin’ good time with drink specials like the Regal Beagle (whisky, peach schnapps and sweet and sour) or the Frisky Chihuahua (hot-spiced Margarita). Four-legged partygoers will enjoy haute hound cuisine from the Patio Pooch Menu with nibbles like doggy Crudo, Canine Chicken Casserole and a sweet peanut butter and banana cookie. No bones about it, your pup will be begging for a doggy bag. More Info

Get Ready to Audition for the Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus

PSGMC Auditions
Leading into its 19th Season, The Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus (PSGMC) will be holding open call auditions Tuesday, August 29 at 7:00p.m. at the Mizell Senior Center, 480 South Sunrise Way in Palm Springs. This special evening of camaraderie will also be an opportunity to volunteer and get involved with one of the chorus' many committees. Interested singers can also attend open rehearsals on Tuesdays, August 15 and 22 at 7:00 p.m. to get a feel of what it's like to perform with the chorus and meet the members. 
Auditioning isn't so scary as demonstrated in the above video.  More Info

Keeping Boots on the Ground in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS.  The End of the Epidemic is in Full View!

Desert AIDS Walk 2017
Desert AIDS Walk 2017 is Saturday, October 21st. Join our "Community in Action" by committing to walk and registering at this link.

Explain organizers, "We have a big goal this year to increase our HIV testing and expand the comprehensive, compassionate care we provide for nearly 4,200 people every day. You can get us to a new reality of zero new HIV infections. You can make it all happen, and it starts with the Desert AIDS Walk."

It takes 60 seconds to start igniting this change. Register now to be an integral part of a new chapter. The funds you raise will directly transform the health of our neighbors for the better.  Thank you for supporting Desert AIDS Project!

Happy Hour Finder

Blackbook Bar on Arenas is the new hot spot in town! Not only do they have a wall dedicated to a fabulous selection of scotch and whisky, they’ve got great food too! The bar is perfect for any occasion especially happy hour!

Moxie on Palm Canyon is a crowd favorite for locals and tourists alike! With it’s second floor patio facing the heart of downtown, you can enjoy a cocktail and bites with a view of gorgeous mountains. And it makes for great people watching! When it comes to happy hour, Moxie offers some of the best deals in town! With bar bites starting at only $3 and $4 cocktails, it’s sure to be a great night! 

C'mon, C'mon.  Get Happy!

Hot Deals!

Buy Gift Cards and Save!

It’s easy to drop $20 on coffee and scones, muffins, croissants, cinnamon Ristretto, bear claws, bagels, cookies and more at Ristretto, 500 S. Palm Canyon Drive. Everything is fresh baked and delicious. Not to mention the full variety of coffee drinks, Italian sodas and the lunch menu. Start your day with coffee and nosh at 30%-off so a $20-order is just $14

WatercressEnjoy a great lunch or dinner with $25 of food and drinks for 40% off at Watercress Vietnamese Bistro! Buy $25 of food & drinks in a cozy atmosphere at Watercress Vietnamese Bistro for $15.00!  Great for lunch or a date night. 

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