I’m going to keep it short and sweet today: There’s no excuse for you not to find community, marvel at our wonderful LGBTQ+ pride events and overall have a good time this weekend! Our community, our sponsors and our city have been working all year long to create this wonderful celebration. Relish in it!
In one year, we’ll be getting ready to vote in a monumental election with huge consequences. So take a few minutes to get to know our political organizations and candidates who can help us keep our rights and turn back this tide of extremism and hate. Love Wins!
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PALM SPRINGS PRIDE WEEKEND
Palm Springs Pride 2023
Palm Springs Pride will take place on November 3–5 in downtown Palm Springs with the theme “Drag Now. Drag Forever.” The event will feature four stages, including the Hornitos Main Stage, the Community Stage, the Oscar’s Pride Stage, and the KGAY/White Party Global Stage. Bookmark our event listing for the Official Pride Events Schedule so you can refer to it all weekend! The Palm Springs Pride Festival Marketplace and Entertainment takes place along Palm Canyon Drive and the Arenas District on Saturday, November 4 from 11 am–11:30 pm, and Sunday, November 5 from 11 am–6 pm.
KGAY/Gay Desert Guide Pink Carpet
KGAY 106.5 & Gay Desert Guide’s Pink Carpet will be the gateway welcoming festival goers to the Arenas District. The carpet will be located on the corner of Arenas & Indian Canyon, and will feature Drag Ambassadors all weekend long. You can meet, greet, and take selfies with the Drag Ambassadors, enter to win Madonna Celebration Tour Tickets, and also take a break and sit in the lounge area with chairs provided by PS HomeBoys. Look for the KGAY/Gay Desert Volvo C40 Recharge, from Volvo Palm Springs, along with the VACAYA LGBT+ Vacations Jeep both parked in the Arenas District. The Pink Carpet (thank you Carpet Empire Plus) will be a great place to meet up with friends, take pictures, and enjoy the festivities!
Don’t miss us also on Friday from 4–6 pm for the Say KGAY T-Shirt Swap at Blackbook, and on Saturday from 4–6 pm at the KGAY/White Party Global Stage, you can pick up your White Party Global/KGAY Commemorative T-Shirt just prior to the Arenas District Block Party. At the Palm Springs Pride Parade Sunday Morning at 10 am, Look for your Gay Desert Guide Brad Fuhr in the lead contingent, driving the KGAY/Gay Desert Guide Volvo C40 Recharge, and John Taylor of the KGAY Morning Show will be giving out “A Beautiful Day in the Gayborhood” fans to our fans!
Entertainment headliners include Lisa Lisa at 7 pm and Idina Menzel at 8 pm on Saturday, and 10,000 Maniacs at 3 pm on Sunday. Check out our event listings for the full Pride Stage Lineups:
- PRIDE STAGES LINE UPS FOR FRIDAY
- PRIDE STAGES LINE UPS FOR SATURDAY
- PRIDE STAGES LINE UPS FOR SUNDAY
During the Festival, stop in for Sobriety Fun at the Recovery Oasis, a welcoming place where everyone can celebrate and make new friends in the recovery lounge, presented by DAP Health. [More info]. Families are invited to join for arts, crafts, and games at the Children’s Headquarters, hosted by Palm Springs Pride. This is a playful place for infants to pre-teens and accompanying adults, with complimentary snacks, drinks, a nap area, a restroom, and a diaper-changing station [More info]. Safe Schools Desert Cities is hosting a Youth Zone, exclusively for LGBTQ youth between ages 14–21 and their allies at Pride, featuring continuous entertainment and activities, free food and drink, games, dancing, music, seating, contests, games, youth-only confidential testing, drag and makeup fun, and much more [More info]
“Say KGAY” T-Shirt Swap at Blackbook
The Say KGAY T-Shirt Swap is back! Bring a gently used t-shirt to Blackbook on Arenas between 4–6 pm on Friday November 3 and we’ll swap it out for a 2023 limited edition Say K-GAY t-shirt. Say hi to KGAY Morning Host John Taylor, appearing live, while you’re at it! Your gently used shirt will be donated to Well in the Desert. Wear your new t-shirt to the Arenas District Pride Weekend kickoff party (see below), which gets underway during the t-shirt swap and continues into the night. Be sure also to stop by the KGAY/VACAYA booth at the West end of Arenas and enter to win MADONNA CELEBRATION TOUR TICKETS! More info
Arenas District Pride Weekend Kickoff
Join us at the KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs & White Party Global Stage in the Arenas District for a weekend-long celebration! Check out our event listings for Pride Stage Lineups: Friday, Saturday & Sunday. On Friday, November 3, the party starts at 3 pm with Ray Rhodes spinning, and continues through 11 pm with high-energy DJs and dancing in the streets. Headliner ISIS MURETECH is one of the most-demanded female DJs today. This is the place to be for house and dance music, food trucks, and outdoor beverage lounges all weekend long. Stop by the KGAY/VACAYA booth at the West end of Arenas and enter to win MADONNA CELEBRATION TOUR TICKETS! Presented by KGAY 106.5, Gay Desert Guide and White Party Global. More info
Palm Springs Art Museum Pride 2023 MEET
The Palm Springs Art Museum presents a night of pure Pride on Friday, November 3 from 6–9 pm. Immerse yourself in the beats of the 70s, 80s, and 90s courtesy of KGAY’s sensational DJ Eric Ornelas. Enjoy a mesmerizing performance by Nickerson-Rossi Dance that will leave you in awe. Sip on delightful concoctions from the hosted bar and indulge in delectable hearty bites by Reforma Palm Springs. This extraordinary evening promises to be a celebration of music, dance, art, and LGBTQIA+ community pride. Get tickets
Grand Opening of New Trevor Wayne Store
The grand opening party for the Trevor Wayne store is Friday, November 3 from 4–7 pm. Formerly known as Trevor Wayne Pop Art, the store has been expanded to include original art by local artists, art books, and art-related decor. You can pick up the Pride Edition of the KGAY/Gay Desert Guide Map & Guide while you’re there! The fun doesn’t stop there, as the opening party will also include the grand openings of neighboring stores Phylum and Cicada Fine Art. This is sure to be a shopping block party to remember! More info
Our Visitor Map & Guide for Pride 2023-24 is Here!
Just in time for Pride season here in Greater Palm Springs, we present our Visitor Map & Guide Pride 2023-24! To help you find everything you need as a visitor or local, we feature the top places for Food & Drink, Nightlife, Shopping, Attractions, Gay Resorts with passes, Dispensaries, and other services. Look for our printed version around town if you’re here, or if planning a visit, you can view and download it right here, right now!
Broadway in Drag! Official Pride Drag Show
The wildly popular Broadway in Drag competition returns – this year on Pride’s Main Stage on Friday, November 3 from 7–9 pm. Produced by Palm Canyon Theatre and hosted by Palm Springs’ beloved drag diva, Bella da Ball, the lavish production will bring the glamour of Broadway to Palm Canyon Drive as revelers delight in the talented lineup of contestants vying for this year’s title! Contenders will weave their own unique panache into impersonations of Broadway’s most treasured stars and starlets. Various competitions guide judges in determining who will earn the coveted crown and pole position in the 2023 Pride Parade! More info
Pride Week Bar Events
Don’t forget to check out our Nightlife Channel‘s Happy Hour and Bar Events listings for all the latest bar and happy hour events, including special Pride Weekend events at all your favorite gathering spots. You’ll find a wide variety of events to choose from, so you’re sure to find something that interests you. Whether you’re looking for a place to relax and have a few drinks or want to dance the night away, our listings have you covered.
Start planning your Pride weekend now!
LGBTQ Servicemember Wreath Laying Ceremony
A pre-Veterans Day ceremony to honor LGBTQ servicemembers and all who served in the United States Armed Forces will take place on Friday, November 3 from 6–6:30 pm on the Pride Festival Hornitos Main Stage. The ceremony will include remarks from dignitaries and a wreath-laying ceremony. Participating organizations include the American Legion Post 519, VFW, Palm Springs DAV local chapter 66, AMVETS, US Army Special Forces Association, and Veterans for Peace. More info
Interfaith Pride Kabbalat Shabbat
People of all faith communities and beliefs are invited to join the 2023 Pride Welcoming of the Sabbath Service on Friday, November 3 from 6:30–7:30 pm at United Methodist Church of Palm Springs. This will be a pluralistic prayer service with a core of Jewish liturgy led by members of our local clergy, presented by Or Hamidbar PS, United Methodist Church of Palm Springs, Bloom in the Desert Ministries UCC, Hope Palm Springs, and Saint Gilles Catholic Community. More info
Out on the Walk
The LGBTQ+ History & Archives of the Desert presents Out on the Walk, an exhibition celebrating the LGBT individuals on the Palm Springs Walk of the Stars, open Thursdays–Sundays through November 12 at the Village Green. The Walk contains more than 450 stars honoring notable entertainers, humanitarians, civic leaders, architects, artists, authors, athletes, and veterans, and some of the honorees were known to live openly as LGBT individuals, while others due to time and personal preference did not. By identifying and celebrating these LGBT celebrities, business people, humanitarians, philanthropists, authors, artists, and civic leaders, organizers hope to share the story of how each one helped to make the greater Palm Springs area the welcoming place for the LGBTQ community it is today. The Walk of the Stars website and app also features information about the honorees. More info
Just Be Yourself Party
Firefly Shines Events is hosting a Pride kickoff Just Be Yourself Party celebrating women supporting women, on Friday, November 3 from 6–10 pm. The event features a mix and mingle with live music, dancing, psychic readings, and more. Get a free psychic reading by Sheena Metal, who is a psychic, medium, energetic healer, TV/Radio host, and founder of the RaisingThevibration.org movement. There will also be live music by Sean Wiggins and special guests Paul Houston and Vicci Stewart. Proceeds from the event will benefit women and children’s health organizations. LGBTQ community members and supporters of diversity are welcome to join in the fun. Get tickets
DRAG-A-LICIOUS is a spectacular drag show featuring stars from RuPaul’s Drag Race, including Lady Camden, Willam, Jorgeous, and Kimora Blac, on Friday, November 3 at 6 pm at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Your enchanting host, the one and only Ethylina Canne of Palm Springs, will lead you through a night of unforgettable performances, perhaps some lip-sync battles and boundless energy. VIP ticket holders will also get access to a meet and greet with the cast. More info
Inclusion – Art Show Celebrating Pride
Desert Art Center celebrates Pride in unity with the Coachella Valley LGBTQ community with a special featured show: Inclusion, which runs from November 3–5. Come to the Opening Reception on Friday, November 3 from 5–7 pm. More info
The LGBTQ Journey
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute presents The LGBTQ Journey on Friday, November 3, at 5 pm at California State University San Bernardino – Palm Desert Campus. Maya Angelou once observed that, “You can’t really know where you’re going until you know where you have been.” Those prescient words capture the focus of the presentation, The LGBTQ Journey, as offered by Vinny Stoppia. On the occasion of celebrating LGBTQ Pride in our valley, let us reflect on the painful struggles for equality that we have endured, the valiant gains that we have achieved, and the fearless courage we project to guarantee our permanent place in a world that embraces everyone. More info
We have a new Pride Finder on the Gay Desert Guide homepage, with links to the hottest shows, shops and much more. Whether you’re interested in finding a cool place to stay, seeing a show, or shopping for Pride gear, the Pride Finder has you covered.
Check it out!
Arenas District Block Party
The free Arenas District Block Party, on Saturday, November 4 from 5–11 pm, is a signature event of Pride Weekend in Palm Springs. It features White Party Global DJs DJ JAE FUSZ, and DJ MOHAMMAD on the KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs & White Party Global Stage. The Arenas District Block Party is a celebration of Pride and the symbolic embrace of the Arenas District. Pick up your White Party Global/KGAY Commemorative T-Shirt as the party is getting started, from 4–6 pm. LGBTQ+ bars and local businesses pack the streets for the biggest free LGBTQ+ street party in Palm Springs. Residents and visitors are invited to join Pride revelers and dancers at the open-air beverage lounge. The block party is a great opportunity to discover all that the Arenas District has to offer! More info
White Party Global Presents Saturday Night Fever
Saturday Night Fever – The Official Palm Springs Pride Main Event is on Saturday, November 4 at 10 pm at Margaritaville Resort. White Party Global is joining forces with Masterbeat to present this officially sanctioned main event. You’ll be mesmerized by the sounds of Deanne and Karsten Sollors, two major international superstar DJs rarely heard on the West Coast. Deanne’s driving melodic sound will get you into your groove and then Karsten will transport you into the late night with his world famous house sounds mixing irresistible grooves and vocals. Throw on those flares, add a sparkly accessory and get ready to get down! Get tickets