The Heat Is On – goes the Glenn Frey song (he also wrote and sang the Miami Vice song “You Belong To the City” circa 1985.) Yes, the pools are now tipping toward bath water temp, and the UV index hit 11 this week. Kinda like “This Is Spinal Tap”…
Why all the 80s references? Well, I’m felling a little nostalgic this week and looking forward to the Mid-Summer Dance Party. We’re bringing it back in a few weeks at the Palm Springs Art Museum July 15.
This weekend, we celebrate the 4th of July with lots of fireworks, random roller skating and music. Let KGAY 106.5 be the soundtrack to your weekend – or maybe 103.1 MeTV FM is more your style with special music salutes to the red, white and blue. See you at the fireworks!
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide on KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
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All American Fourth of July
The City of Palm Springs presents a series of FREE family-friendly festivities throughout the holiday with their All American Fourth of July weekend, July 1–4. It all culminates with the City’s magnificent “All American Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular” at Palm Springs Stadium on Tuesday, July 4 starting at 9:15 pm. Before that, there’s a free concert in the Downtown Park by The Long Run Tribute to The Eagles on Saturday at 7 pm, a Dive-In Movie Night featuring the film In the Heights on Sunday at 7 pm at the Palm Springs Swim Center, and a Movie Night at Ruth Hardy Park on Monday at 7:30 pm (showing A League of Their Own). Then Tuesday, July 4 features Palm Springs Power Baseball, a Led Zepagain Tribute Band concert in the park, and a pool party at Palm Springs Swim Center, leading up to the fireworks show, which you can watch from the pool! More info
Agua Caliente Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular
Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage and the City of Rancho Mirage present a Fourth of July Independence Day Celebration Fireworks Spectacular on Tuesday, July 4 from 7–9:30 pm. The event is free and the parking lot opens at 3 pm with only 700 first-come, first-served spaces available. A drive-in experience with live music starts at 7 pm with the fireworks show taking place from approximately 9–9:25 pm. More info
Palm Desert Independence Day Celebration
The City of Palm Desert presents a concert and fireworks at Civic Center Park on Tuesday, July 4 from 7:30–9:30 pm. The festive celebration will feature a variety of food trucks and vendors on hand with tasty treats and cool beverages. Attendees may also bring picnic dinners. More info
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Viewing Party Replay Saturday
If you’re too busy to catch the currently airing season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars on Fridays, or you just want to watch it again with a fun crowd, One Eleven Bar has their Replay Saturday Viewing Party this Saturday, July 1 at 7:30 pm. Catch the latest episode, followed by a live show at 9 pm: The Durbins After Dark with Erica Carrington and Durbin, featuring Carol Kamenis, Taylor Vaughn, Valentine Anger, Pearl O’Wisdom and the incomparable Marina Mac. More info. And don’t forget to follow our own drag correspondent, Dante Noto, as he recaps each and every episode of RuPaul’s current season on his blog!
Recap: Season 8 RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, Episode 8
Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent Dante Noto has your latest recap for RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 8, Episode 8: You’re a Winner Baby, and he says “Today’s recap will be informational at the start, fairly dull in the middle and EXPLOSIVE at the end! A queen has been gagged, gooped, stunned, betrayed and had her fantasy ruined. I’m talking about me, of course!” Find out just what has him feeling all the feelings when you read Dante’s full recap of Episode 8 [here].
Agua Caliente Fourth of July Pre-Party
Agua Caliente Cathedral City presents a Fourth of July Pre-Party on Saturday and Sunday, July 1 and 2, from 7 pm–midnight. There will be fun for all ages with food, music and gaming. A roller skating rink will be open to all ages from 7–9 pm and then 21+ only from 9 pm–midnight. Skating sessions are $10 with $5 skate rental available. The July 2 party will also feature a hot dog eating contest. More info
Early Fireworks in DHS and Coachella
You can also celebrate the Fourth of July early with the City of Desert Hot Springs‘ Fireworks Spectacular on Saturday, July 1 from 6–10 pm at Mission Springs Park. This free event features music food, and the fireworks show starts at 9:15 pm. More info
The City of Coachella presents their annual Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, July 1 from 6–9 pm at Bagdouma Park. This free family event will offer guests the excitement of onsite games, carnival rides, a variety of local food vendors, and live music topped off by an exciting fireworks grand finale at 9 pm. Guests will also enjoy live music from Avenida Music, a local band who plays a diverse mix of music, including Classic Rock, Rock en Español, Motown, Funk, Cumbia, Top 40 and more. More info
Boyz Night Out
On Friday, June 30—and every Friday night!— Zoso Fun presents Boyz Night Out at Hotel Zoso from 4–8 pm. This legendary pool party and happy hour is hosted by Snatch and features music from K-Gay’s own multi award-winning deejay Vincente Corrales as DJ Galaxy! Come and enjoy go-go boys, awesome drink specials, pop up drag events, PS Flaggers and more, and kick off the weekend! More info
Broadway to the BIG SCREEN – Grease
Every Saturday this summer, the Palm Springs Cultural Center presents the great musicals that made it from Broadway to the BIG SCREEN (and sometimes back again). On Saturday, July 1 at 4 pm, return to the singing and dancing world of Grease, the most successful movie musical of all time! A wholesome exchange student (Olivia Newton-John) and a leather-clad Danny (John Travolta) have a Summer romance, but will it cross clique lines when summer ends and they end up in the same high school? The answer shakes the friendships, romances and adventures of a group of high school kids in the 1950s. MeTV 103.1 fm is a proud media sponsor of the Broadway to the BIG SCREEN Film Series! Get tickets
Sing Along With Us – Guys and Dolls
The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents classic movie musicals in the Sing Along With Us Film Series all summer long, on the largest screen in the valley at the Historic Camelot Theatre. The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus will lead the singing. On Sunday, July 2 at 3 pm, come sing along to Guys and Dolls – Gambler Nathan Detroit (Frank Sinatra) has few options for the location of his big craps game. Needing $1,000 to pay a garage owner to host the game, Nathan bets Sky Masterson (Marlon Brando) that Sky cannot get virtuous Sarah Brown (Jean Simmons) out on a date. Despite some resistance, Sky negotiates a date with her in exchange for bringing people into her mission. Meanwhile, Nathan’s longtime fiancée, Adelaide (Vivian Blaine), wants him to go legit and marry her. Gay Desert Guide and KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs are proud media sponsors of the Sing Along With Us This Summer Film Series! Get tickets