While the entire Palm Springs Valley is a powerful magnet for the LGBT community every month of the year, April is a particularly strong draw for gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people—and those who love them—seeing as that month hosts two of the biggest queer desert parties of the year. And while some may think it’s too early to start talking about The Dinah (for the girls) and The White Party (for the boys), packages, passes, and individual tickets are already on sale…and selling out!
For 24 years, Club Skirts has put on the she-extravaganza known as The Dinah, which aptly coincides with the all-lady golfing spectacular The Kraft Nabisco Championship that takes place at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage. This year’s Dinah is being held from Wednesday, April 2 to Sunday, April 6. The Dinah Official Pre-Party happens on Wednesday, with Thursday seeing both the Thursday Night Comedy event and The Dinah Opening Party unfold. Friday starts with the TGIDF Pool Party, then segues through The Dinah Film Festival and The Dinah White Party. More fun is in store on Saturday, with such events as The Cabana Girl Pool Party, Celebrity Dodge Ball, Girls That Rock, Celebrity Poker, and The Main Event. It all winds down in style on Sunday, with The Wet and Wild Pool Party and The Dinah Official Closing Party. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit www.thedinah.com.
Three weekends later, an international gaggle of guys comes to the Valley when Jeffrey Sanker unveils the 25th anniversary edition of his White Party Palm Springs, billed as the largest gay dance musical festival in the world. From April 25 to 28, attendees will be in a celebratory mood as some 30,000 men from around the world descend upon our hot desert.
While the iconic superstar headlining performer has yet to be announced, we do know this at this point: Events taking place at The Renaissance Palm Springs Resort include the Friday Splash Pool Party and “Addicted to White” Friday Underwear Party…Saturday’s Splash Pool Party and Climax Afterhours Party…and Sunday’s Splash Pool Party and Closing Party. The two most heavily attended events—The White Party 25 Icon on Saturday night, and Sunday’s Circus Icon T Dance—take place off-site at the Palm Springs Convention Center and the White Party Park, respectively. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit www.jeffreysanker.com.