Year-round LGBTQ Events in Palm Springs

Posted By: Palm Springs Insider Thursday, May 11, 2017

The biggest LGBT events happen in the spring.  The women take their turn first in April with the world-famous “Club Skirts presents The Dinah,” which boasts that it is the largest lesbian event in the world.    Gay men take their turn a few weeks later with Jeffrey Sanker’s the White Party, which packs the city every year.

The Blatino Oasis is a weekend circuit party generally held in late April.  It lives up to its billing as California's Ultimate Gay and Bisexual Men Of Color Getaway & Retreat.

Calling all foodies, be sure to check out Dining Out for Life and annual fundraiser supporting the Desert AIDS Project.   Check the organization’s Web site for the next date.  At least 30% of the proceeds of each meal go to Desert AIDS Project.   If you would like to experience a real home-cooked meal, check out Dinner at My Place.  It happens for a month during the springtime and also benefits the Desert AIDS Project.  The hosts hold a private dinner party, donating all the cash from your dinner reservation.

Palm Spring Hot Rodeo weekend, run by the Golden State Gay Rodeo Association, heats up in late April or May.  Check the organization's Web site for dates.  The event includes a ladies night, pool parties and country dancing in addition to rodeo events.

While there are no huge gay events in Palm Springs over the summer, the city’s LGBT business owners offer a number of deals and discounts throughout the summer with the summer splash program.   For the offers check out,

The fall is a busy time for LGBT Palm Springs. It starts to cool down in September and it’s a perfect uncrowded time in the city to enjoy Cinema Diverse! Palm Springs’ LGBT film festival that has been growing every year since it was founded in 2007.

The Desert AIDS Walk happens in mid-October.  This Desert AIDS Project benefit has been going strong since 1987, when the walk was chaired by Kirk and Anne Douglas and former First Lady Betty Ford.

The city does Halloween right with a block party on Arenas Road every year.  Desert Leather Pride is generally held on the last weekend of October, mixing it up with Halloween.  Palm Springs Pride quickly follows over the first weekend of November.  The festival lasts two days.  The parade is on Sunday.

The Steve Chase Humanitarian Award Gala is named for the brilliant designer who died of AIDS in 1994.  The star-studded event is held in February and benefits the Desert AIDS Project. 


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