White Party weekend is finally here! After two years on hiatus and with new leadership, the event that helped put #ILoveGayPalmSprings on the map is back! The city has been abuzz all week with men from all over the world converging here. (If they’re wearing cowboy hats, it’s a safe bet they are here for Stagecoach, not WP!)
The Sunday Tea Dance with Paula Abdul will be the highlight. KGAY 106.5 and GayDesertGuide will be on hand for all the fun, and we look forward to celebrating with you!
May is heating up with the Desert Oasis Music Festival, Palm Springs Hot Rodeo and the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast. Find everything to do when you place GayDesertGuide.LGBT on the home screen of your mobile phone for quick access to events, happy hours and attractions.
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
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White Party Palm Springs
White Party Palm Springs is back this weekend, April 29–May 1, at the Hilton Palm Springs and the Palm Springs Convention Center. This is the largest gay circuit party in the United States and typically attracts more than 30,000 attendees for daily pool parties and nightly themed parties with a roster of world-class DJs and dazzling live performances. Paula Abdul headlines this year’s Big Top Circus T-Dance on Sunday. Also scheduled to perform this weekend: Raye, Netta, Karina Raye, Amannda & Nikki, and Beverly Johnson will be crowned “Queen of White Party” on the white carpet. Even if you can’t attend, look up in the direction of the Convention Center at 9:45 pm on Sunday, May 1 for a 10-minute fireworks display! Get tickets
Listen to Paula Abdul on the air with John Taylor on the KGAY 106.5 Morning Show:
Stagecoach, the highest-grossing festival centered on country music in the world, takes place April 29–May 1 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio (on the heels of the Coachella Festival, which wrapped up last weekend). Headliners this year are Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, and Luke Combs. Various artists attend, whether they be mainstream or relatively unknown, ranging from folk, mainstream country, bluegrass, roots rock, and alternative country. Maren Morris, Midland, Brandi Carlile, Jordan Davis, Tanya Tucker, Brothers Osborne, Lee Brice, The Black Crowes, Cody Johnson and many more are scheduled to perform. Get tickets
The Desert Winds Freedom Band will present a free Pops Concert on Sunday, May 1 at 2 pm at Temple Isaiah. This concert is a celebration of their 20th season as well as a thank you to the community, and it’s a great way to check out the group and spend an enjoyable Sunday afternoon. The concert will be an eclectic mix of music from popular Disney Movies, the movie Exodus, standards like “Harlem Nocturne” and “You Raise Me Up,” Beach Boys Greatest Hits, Gershwin’s “Embraceable You,” a few Jewish selections like “Nonantum Bulgar.” “Hatikva,” and a beautiful Yiddish Lullaby as well as a fun “Italian Holiday” medley. More info
Blatino Oasis: Reunion at CCBC
Blatino Oasis takes place April 28–May 1 at CCBC Resort. This retreat for gay and bisexual men of color is a weekend full of pool parties, dancing, brunches and hot guys, far from urban life. It attracts over a thousand men from around the world, and we’ve got the info you need for events, hotel options, and passes: Get tickets
The Palm Springs Animal Shelter’s Annual Yard Sale is taking place this Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 from 7 am–5 pm at the shelter. They literally have hundreds of donated items, with 100% of proceeds benefiting the shelter. Come and check out what they have – you never know what treasure you might find! More info
International Jazz Day
The Palm Springs Women’s Jazz and Blues Association presents the International Jazz Day on Saturday, April 30, from 2–4 pm at Vickie’s of Santa Fe. This donors party celebrates International Jazz Day with Artistic Director Sweet Baby J’ai, and features Yve Evans. Guests will also connect via Zoom with other parties around the country. Limited seating available. More info
Coachella Valley Symphony: It’s a Schuur Thing!
The Coachella Valley Symphony will be joined for a special performance by Grammy® Award winning vocalist in contemporary jazz, Diane Schuur on Sunday, May 1 from 3–5 pm at the Annenberg Theater. Ms. Schuur, nicknamed “Deedles”, has released over 20 albums, and has extended her jazz repertoire to include essences of Latin, gospel, pop, and country music. The Symphony will also perform Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, Richard Wagner’s Overture to Rienzi, themes from the 1942 film Casablanca, and music from the television series Hawaii Five-0. Get tickets
MTU Presents a Musical Theatre Weekend
Musical Theatre University presents A Musical Theatre Weekend at the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater. On Friday, April 29 and Sunday May 1 at 7pm, MTU students are joined by Broadway Veteran Daniel May for Into the Woods, Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical comedy-drama that brings together favorite fairy tale characters Cinderella, Jack (of Beanstalk Fame), Little Red Riding Hood, The Baker and his Wife and more. On Saturday, April 30 at 7 pm it’s Defying Gravity: The Music of Stephen Schwartz (composer of Wicked, Godspell, Pippin) with a cast of twenty Musical Theatre University students joined by Broadway Veterans Eric Kunze, Alix Korey, and Teri Ralston. Get tickets
Country Thunder from Down Under
The Show at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage presents Country Thunder From Down Under on Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30 at 8 pm. Australia’s Thunder From Down Under is the number one male revue in the world! This isn’t the type of show you just sit and watch – Thunder is a fully interactive experience. With chiseled bodies, seductive dance routines, cheeky humor and boy-next-door charm, Thunder From Down Under is a show that you won’t be able to resist. Get tickets