The Palm Springs Valley Celebrates LGBT Pride

Autumn in the Palm Springs Valley is such a glorious time of year, and, as always, there’s plenty to do. Although the desert can’t quite compete with the kaleidoscopic foliage in other parts of the country, we do have one of the most rainbow-hued line-ups of fun and fabulous events to offer in the fall.

As tens of thousand of visitors make their way to the country’s final LGBT Pride Festival of the year—as well as to satellite events of interest surrounding its dates—many lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender men and women (and their friends and family) choose to stay at the exquisite resorts in Rancho Mirage so as to be able to live in high style while having to make just a short trek to the majority of the events in downtown Palm Springs. And during their visit, these folks take full advantage of my hometown’s plethora of fab food and beverage options, soothing spa services, and healthy hiking—all within, or nearby, our beautiful quartet of deluxe accommodations. For those who need reminding, they are: Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage, and The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa.

Whether it’s dress up, dress down, charity fundraisers, entertainment, or parades, you won’t be disappointed in the many choices on offer. Here’s just a smattering of things to do and people to see! Of course, my fellow blogger Potter Palma and I will be out and about celebrating the beautiful diversity of our desert community. See you there!

October 28: CENTER STAGE. A gala benefiting the LGBT Community Center of the Desert, hosted by comedian Kate Clinton, with a performance by singer Steve Grand.
www.thecenterps.org

October 29: HALLOWEEN ON ARENAS ROAD. Extravagant costumes, contests, DJs, dancing, and a special concert by dance diva Christine W.
www.halloweenpalmsprings.com

October 27–30: PALM SPRINGS LEATHER PRIDE. A full weekend of events, including a grand affair at the Palm Springs Air Museum.
www.desertleatherpride.com

November 4–6: PALM SPRINGS PRIDE. Three jam-packed days of LGBT events, including parties, a two-day street fair, and one of the most well-attended—and family friendly—parades of the year!
www.pspride.org

November 5: HRC GARDEN PARTY. A Human Rights Campaign benefit, it’s a great way to spend a sunny autumn afternoon at a beautiful private estate while supporting the country’s largest LGBT equality non-profit group.
www.hrc.org/events/palm-springs-garden-party