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Hibernation is officially over when International Bear Convergence (IBC) comes to Palm Springs this weekend, February 24–28 at Hotel Zoso. IBC is the premier winter event for Bears, welcoming thousands of frisky muscle bears, cubs, chubs, chasers, admirers and their fans to have the time of their lives. Organizers are expecting record-breaking attendance in 2022 with live DJs, live entertainment, pool parties, dance parties, drag & comedy shows. KGAY’s own DJ Galaxy will be spinning at Sunday’s Redemption in Paradise Pool Party, taking place from 10 am–4 pm. After all the fun you’ll be having, you’re going to need to redeem your sins, why not do it by the pool!? More info
Western Xposure presents “Bear Naked” from February 24–27 at CCBC Resort as an alternative party to IBC for guys looking to get naked. This is not part of IBC, but is meant to welcome bears for all-day pool parties with no interruptions or shows, from 10 am–7 pm every day, with after-hours cruising starting at 9 pm. More info
In celebration of Black History Month, the Palm Springs Black History Committee and the City of Palm Springs James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center will host the 35th Annual City of Palm Springs Black History Month Parade and Town Fair on Saturday, February 26 from 11 am–4 pm. This year’s 2022 Black History Month theme is “Black Health & Wellness.” The Parade will take place on Palm Canyon Drive in Downtown Palm Springs. Immediately following the Parade, the Town Fair will be held at the New City Park in Downtown Palm Springs located across the street from the Palm Springs Art Museum. More info
Modernism Week 2022: Yard Sale Sunday
Modernism Week’s annual 11-day festival continues through February 28, and features more than 350 events including, tours of iconic homes in more than 30 neighborhoods, and the popular Signature Home Tour on both weekends. [Get tickets]
On Sunday, February 27, Modern Bear and H3K Home present the annual Modernism Week Yard Sale from 8 am–Noon in the H3K parking lot (501 S. Palm Canyon Dr). This is one of Modernism Week’s most popular free events, with carefully curated vendors offering their highly coveted mix of vintage Mid-century decorative furnishings, fashion, and collectibles ~ you may score a deal or a total steal!
All Modernism Week events are open to the public, and many events are free or low cost. Modernism Week’s CAMP (“Community and Meeting Place”) is the central hub, located for the first time this year in the spacious atrium-style lobby of the Hyatt Palm Springs. CAMP will include an information desk, a box office, a shop by Modernism Week’s merchandise and branding partner Destination PSP, a theater, and many interactive sponsor booths. Entrance into CAMP is free and open to the public daily from February 18–28 from 9 am–6 pm. And while you’re at CAMP, don’t forget to pick up your free copy of our hot-off-the-press Spring edition of the Gay Desert Guide Visitor Map & Guide!
The McCallum Theatre presents Jersey Boys from Friday, February 25–Sunday, February 27. Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in this Tony Award®-winning true-life musical phenomenon. They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story—a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. Get tickets
McCormick’s 72nd Palm Springs Exotic Car Auction is this Friday through Sunday, February 25–27 on the grounds of the Palm Springs Convention Center. This is a live, in-person auction of classic, vintage and muscle cars in the usual outdoor setting, operating under all CDC guidelines to protect guests and staff alike. Prices range from just $3,000 to over $250,000 and the general public as well as dealers are welcome. Friday admission is FREE, Saturday & Sunday $15 each or $25 for both days. More info
The Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic takes place February 24–27 at Big League Dreams in Cathedral City. This is the nation’s largest and most prestigious preseason college softball tourney, featuring more than 25 top Division I teams. More info
Palm Canyon Theatre presents the world premiere of the original musical: Palm Springs Getaway running February 25–March 13. This nostalgic romp features glimpses of history, icons and the celebrities who made the city famous. With a collection of well-known and original songs, the show transports audiences from the early desert landscape to the vibrant and inclusive community people know and love today – and every decade in between. Get tickets