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November 19–21, 2021 

Look! Up on the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s… The Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Fest. Visually stunning and this year encompassing the city’s new pavilion, too.  Check it out below as part of our Top 3.


Or stay grounded at the McCormick’s Exotic Car auction which is free on Friday. See the stars in Del Shores’ “This Side of Crazy”, at the Westin with “Grooves” and much more.

Thanksgiving is almost upon us and we’re keeping you updated with all the top events, LGBTQ+ news and more below!


Don’t miss Ross Mathews’ show on KGAY 106.5 again this Saturday morning at 10 a.m. We’re so excited to have our new “Satur-Gays with Ross” and hope you’ll tune in.

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

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This Weekend in #ILoveGayPalmSprings
November 19–21, 2021

We’re keeping you updated on the weekend’s Top Events: Transgender Day of Remembrance, Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon and Food Truck Fiesta, McCormick’s 71st Palm Springs Exotic Car Auction, Desert Winds Freedom Band goes Broadway, Grooves at the Westin Balloon Glow, ‘This Side of Crazy,’ Props & Hops Beer Fest, AIDS Monument fundraiser…and more! 

Read Brad’s Blog to Learn More!

Transgender Day of Remembrance

This Saturday, November 20 is the International Transgender Day of Remembrance, and we have numerous events going on locally to observe the day and memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia, including an observance at Palm Springs City Hall, events at Oscar’s and V Wine Lounge, and an East Valley observance at the LGBTQ Center Coachella. See our calendar for all the details


Hot Air Balloon Festival

The 7th Annual Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival and Food Truck Fiesta runs Friday through Sunday, November 19–21, featuring nearly 30 hot air balloons, balloon rides, two balloon glows (including Grooves at the Westin), and three-morning balloon launches seen throughout the Coachella Valley. There will also be live entertainment and family-friendly activities in downtown Cathedral City. More info

McCormick’s Exotic Car Auction

McCormick’s 71st Palm Springs Exotic Car Auction is this Friday through Sunday, November 19–21 on the grounds of the Palm Springs Convention Center. This is a live, in-person auction of classic, vintage, and muscle cars with pricing that ranges from just $3,000 to over $250,000, and the general public as well as dealers are welcome. More info

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We have a HOT DEAL for savings at Eagle 501 and Barracks Bar, plus deals at Coachella Valley Coffee Co., Jolene’s Bar & Grill, One Eleven Bar, Destination PSP, Grand Central, Chill Bar, Runway, Rick’s Desert Grill, Mary Pickford Theatre, Desert Mischief and more! See All Deals

Ross Mathews KGAY Show Saturdays in November!

Longtime Coachella Valley resident Ross Mathews joins KGAY 106.5 all month long with his new show airing Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. Ross is seen nationally on RuPaul’s Drag Race, The Drew Barrymore Show, and more. Ross plans to focus his show on what he knows best: show biz, current events and the Coachella Valley. As Ross puts it “KGAY is celebrating Palm Springs Pride month by giving the gayest person in history his own radio show…Me!” Saturdays with Ross Mathews runs through the month of November on KGAY 106.5, on the air in the Coachella Valley and streaming worldwide online!
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