Home #Hwoodtimes Here’s Your Gay Desert Guide for the Weekend, July 22–24, 2022🌴

Here’s Your Gay Desert Guide for the Weekend, July 22–24, 2022🌴

July 22–24, 2022 

In the foreground, we’re making our way through another hot Summer in the Coachella Valley. (sounds a little cooler than “in the desert”, but that’s where we live!) In the background, plans are in full swing for the “season”.


I’m spending lots of time scheming fun stuff for our Arenas Road stage at Palm Springs Pride, making plans for The Dinah, Modernism Week and the myriad events that brings millions to our destination.

Yesterday, I saw a recap of the past year and a look at things to come from the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism.  The numbers were very good as we emerged from one phase of COVID.  Rob Hampton, Kimber Foster and the team do an amazing job of promoting our destination to the world! “A rising tide lifts all boats!”


Remember to download our calendar of events from the homepage of GayDesertGuide.LGBT.  I keep a copy on my fridge for reference.

Enjoy this great weekend in #GreaterPalmSprings

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




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This Weekend in #ILoveGayPalmSprings
July 22–24, 2022

We’re keeping you updated on the weekend’s Top Events: Gennine Francis performs The Essence of Whitney, Christmas in July at The Roost Lounge, Annie Summer Sing-A-Long, Joshua Tree Summer Theatre Under the Stars, Brothers of the Desert Book Club..and more!

Read Brad’s Blog to Learn More!


The Essence of Whitney

The Show at the Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage presents Gennine Francis in The Essence of Whitney on Friday, July 22 at 8 pm. Gennine Francis has been singing at venues in Palm Springs since 2002 and she quickly became known as the singer who looks and sounds like Whitney Houston. Shortly after Whitney’s passing, it became evident that she should consider doing a Whitney Houston Tribute. By this time, Gennine had built quite a following. Fast forward to today and she now has one of the best Whitney tributes in the country. Get tickets

Christmas in July at The Roost

It’s the culmination of a month-long Christmas in July celebration at The Roost Lounge, on Sunday, July 24. First there’s a Drag Brunch Fundraiser from 11 am–2 pm, featuring Delta Work, Ethylina Canne, & Morgan McMichaels. There is also a Holiday Dinner at 6 pm, but you can drop by anytime this weekend to buy a raffle ticket and sponsor a backpack to provide essential school supplies for local kids! More info


Annie Sing-A-Long


On Saturday, July 23 the Summer Sing-A-Long series continues with Annie, the musical about a fiery young orphan girl who must live in a miserable orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan (Carol Burnett!). Annie’s situation changes when she is selected to spend a short time at the residence of the wealthy Oliver Warbucks, whose offer to help Annie find her long-lost parents inadvertently puts Annie in great danger. Come early for the Schmigadoon happy hour at 5 pm upstairs in the VIP Lounge. Head into the theater for the sing-a-long at 7 pm. Get tickets


We have a featured HOT DEAL for savings at AMP Sports Lounge plus deals at Grand Central, Revel Public House, Men’s Grooming Spot, Zin American Bistro, Just Fabulous, Giuseppe’s Pizza & Pasta, Willie’s Modern Fare, Runway, Coachella Valley Coffee Co., Trevor Wayne Pop Art, Lulu California Bistro, Eight4Nine and more! See All Deals
Featured Events
On the Air at KGAY 106.5

KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide have your passes to Splash House 2022, taking place August 12–14 & August 19–21. We’re giving away a pair of passes for each weekend, getting you into the host resorts, hopping on the festival shuttles for FREE and attending all the pool parties and performances during the day! Enter to win on the KGAY Contest Page


KGAY 106.5 and Gay Desert Guide have your chance to WIN tickets to Out on the Mountain at Six Flags Magic Mountain! The event takes place Friday, September 9 from 6 pm–midnight. The entire park goes gay for the night, which provides a safe and inclusive environment of fun for the LGBTQ community, with rides, dance parties, and performers. Enter to win on the KGAY Contest Page


KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs is “The Pride of the Valley,” and you can show your Pride by proudly wearing our rainbow logo! Check out our selection of apparel and other items emblazoned with the best radio station call letters: KGAY! Shop now


The KGAY 106.5 Retro Lunch airs Monday through Friday at noon, with DJ Galaxy (Vincent Corrales) and DJ Eric Ornelas playing an hour of their high-energy throwback mixes. On Sundays, we put all five hours together for the Retro Sunday Brunch from 11 am–4 pm. Perfect pool party music! Listen Online

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