Brad Fuhr

One of the unsung events that happens rather quietly each year in Banning is the Hot Rodeo. The organization provides scholarships and donations to many of our local non-profits and works year-round in the community. You may see the members dressed in their pressed white shirts and donning cowboy hats.

This weekend’s events brings in participants from far and wide. Parties are open to all, so find a way to support them this weekend! How does that saying go? “Ride a…”

Happy Mother’s Day weekend! I’m celebrating with my mother in Michigan, and am fortunate to have her in my life for her unwavering support, unconditional love and great baking skills!

Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs 

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Palm Springs Hot Rodeo

The 2022 Palm Springs Hot Rodeo is this weekend, May 6–8. Rodeo Weekend activities begin on Thursday, May 5 with a Country Dance Contest and Welcome Party at Trunks Bar in Cathedral City, and continue Friday, May 6 with a Pool Party and contestant registration at the host hotel (Quality Inn Palm Springs Downtown). Friday night will feature happy hours and mixers in Palm Springs and Cathedral City bars; and Dancing Under the Stars on Saturday Night, May 7 is sponsored by Oscars Palm Springs. Rodeo action will be held at the A.C. Dysart Equestrian Park in Banning on Saturday and Sunday, May 7 & 8More info

Peace by Chocolate – Ukraine Fundraiser

Peace by Chocolate

The Desert Film Society presents Peace By Chocolate – Ukraine Fundraiser on Saturday, May 7 at 10 am at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Jonathan Keijser’s narrative feature film debut, Peace by Chocolate, is based on an inspiring true story of a family who immigrated to Canada after their chocolate factory was bombed in the Syrian war. Raise money for the people of Ukraine as 100% of money raised will be donated to help those affected by the Ukraine war. More info

Mother’s Day is Sunday

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8 and if you’re looking for an LGBTQ-friendly place to take your mom or favorite mother figure out for Mother’s Day Brunch, check out the Gay Desert Guide Dine & Sip Directory “Brunch Places” section for some great options! More info

“Call Your Mother” Comedy Show

Jason Stuart headlines a “Call Your Mother” Comedy Show on Saturday, May 7 from 8:30–10 pm at The Rustic Theatre in Idyllwild. Also featuring Melissa Greenberg, with Mina Hartong serving as MC for this hilarious comedy night. More info

Palm Springs Craft Cocktail Week

Craft Cocktail May 2

The fifth-annual Palm Springs Craft Cocktail Week takes place April 29–May 7. Bars and restaurants across the Coachella Valley create a special craft cocktail or highlight one of their existing craft cocktails; the participants then donate a portion of the proceeds from the sales of that special craft cocktail to DAP Health’s Food Depot and the LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert’s Community Food Bank. See our event detail page for a list of participating bars and restaurants! More info

ShortFest Passes on Sale Now

28th ShortFest

The 28th Palm Springs International ShortFest will be back with in-person screenings at the Palm Springs Cultural Center from June 21–27, and passes are on sale now. Passholders who have reserved in advance will continue to have priority access to seating at the venue for each show. Tickets go on sale to the public on Wednesday, June 8. Designated by AMPAS, BAFTA, BIFA and Goya Awards as an award-qualifying festival, and accredited by the International Short Film Conference, the Palm Springs International ShortFest & Short Film Market is one of the most acclaimed short film showcases in the world! More info

Wilson Phillips at The Show

Wilson Phillips

The Show at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage presents Wilson Phillips on Saturday, May 7 at 8 pm. Since the beginning of their union in 1990, Wilson Phillips have won the Billboard Music Award for Hot 100 Single of the Year for the now iconic single “Hold On,” were nominated for four Grammy Awards, as well as two American Music Awards. After a 10-year hiatus, Wilson Phillips reunited and were back to business releasing albums and making appearances. In 2011, they appeared in the blockbuster hit comedy “Bridesmaids” and starred in a TV Guide Network reality show: Wilson Phillips: Still Holding OnGet tickets

Bouschet and PS Air 3rd Anniversary Party

Bouschet PS Air

Bouschet & PS Air invite you to their 3rd Anniversary Party on Saturday, May 7 from 10 am–6 pm. Drop in to enjoy free wine and spirits tastings entertainment and 15% off all day. More info

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