Home #Hwoodtimes Here’s Your Gay Desert Guide Weekend: Nov 17-19, 2023 🌴

Here’s Your Gay Desert Guide Weekend: Nov 17-19, 2023 🌴

November 17–19, 2023

Palm Springs Pride 2023 Drag Now Drag Forever Poster Trevor Wayne

This is a somber time of year for our community. We just marked Veterans Day, and now will commemorate those lost to a different war – the culture war.

Our transgender sisters and brothers have had so many struggles, and I thought a few years ago that our country was heading toward acceptance. Not the case. Transgender Day of Remembrance is Monday, Nov. 20.

And on the heels of that somber event will be World AIDS Day on Dec. 1. This weekend, the AIDS Memorial Quilt Exhibition will be at Mizell Center. (There are many events planned for Dec. 1 and you can easily find them by selecting Dec. 1 on Gay Desert Guide’s Events page.)

As we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and. family – chosen or given – we will reflect on all that troubles us. But we can also be hopeful and thankful that we live in a community that stands together for LGBTQ rights and acceptance. And we must believe that the light of candles memorializing those we have lost will help illuminate the path forward.

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


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This Weekend in #ILoveGayPalmSprings
November 17–19, 2023

We’re keeping you updated on the weekend’s Top Events: La Quinta Art Celebration ENCORE, Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival & Food Truck Fiesta, McCormick’s 75th Exotic Car Auction, ‘Music in Motion’ from Desert Winds Freedom Band, ‘The Fantasticks,’ ‘Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties,’ ‘Kinky Boots,’ Palm Desert Party in the Park Celebrating 50 Years, AIDS Memorial Quilt Exhibition, The Price is Right Live™, PS Art Museum Fall Exhibitions Party, Yucca Valley Art Walk, Magic of Lights, Pinot & Pilates, ‘A Very Holly Moosemas,’ The L-Fund Annual Golf Tournament…and much more! 

Read Brad’s Blog to Learn More!

La Quinta Art Celebration Encore 2023


La Quinta Art Celebration ENCORE will be held at the La Quinta Civic Center from Thursday, November 16–Sunday, November 19 from 10 am–4 pm each day. It will feature over 170 juried exhibiting artists, including 40 new to La Quinta this year. There will also be live music, entertainment, fine wines, crafted cocktails, exquisite culinary offerings, valet parking, and the opportunity to add to your personal collections from exceptional new and established artists. Get tickets

Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival and Food Truck Fiesta

Agua Caliente Casinos present the 9th Annual Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival and Food Truck Fiesta from November 17–19. The official kick-off begins with the balloon launch from Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage on Friday, November 17 at sunrise. The Food Truck Fiesta takes place Friday evening and the following, Saturday, November 18, at the Cathedral City Amphitheater. The fiesta will feature a dozen food truck vendors from all over Southern California, a beer garden, tethered balloon rides, a car show, kid zones, live music, and more. This is ranked as one of the top balloon festivals in the world by U.S. News & World Report! More info

McCormick’s 75th Exotic Car Auction

McCormick’s 75th Exotic Car Auction will take place Friday–Sunday, November 17–19 in the usual outdoor location on the grounds of The Palm Springs Convention Center. This will be a live, in person classic car show & auction of classic, vintage & muscle cars. Prices range from just $3000 to over $250,000. General public and dealers are welcome. Friday admission is FREE, Saturday & Sunday $15 each or $25 for both days. Tickets can be purchased at the gate. More info


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Featured Events
Welcome New Partner This Week
Barbara Barrett has been practicing law since 1983. She had a law office in San Francisco for many years and then a second office in Sonoma County. She opened her Palm Springs office in 2002. Barbara practices in the following areas of law: Gay/Lesbian relationship law (prenuptial’s, postnuptial’s, divorce, property agreements, estate planning, etc.), divorce without custody and child support issues, estate planning, trust administration, probate law, Heggstad petitions, wills & trusts, real estate litigations (no evictions). Barbara studied law at Golden Gate University and taught writing and research at Golden Gate to first-year law students, and she was selected to be on Law Review. Learn more
On the Air
It’s your last chance to enter the KGAY 106.5 VACAYA Song of the Day Contest to win a LGBT+ Vacation to the Caribbean on a full-ship LGBTQ+ cruise! You’ll be sharing and celebrating with 3,000 new friends in February 2024, setting sail from Fort Lauderdale onboard the brand new Celebrity Apex for 7 nights while enjoying world class dining, dazzling entertainment, signature VACAYA activities and mind-blowing parties. On Friday, November 17, listen for the final VACAYA LGBT+ CARIBBEAN CRUISE SONG OF THE DAY on KGAY 106.5 at 8 am, 1 pm and 5 pm! Then visit the KGAY contest page, put in the name of the song, and you’re entered. Brought to you by VACAYA LGBT+ Vacations and VisitLauderdale.comMore info at kgaypalmsprings.com/contests
KGAY 106.5 is giving away tickets to The Cher Show, the Tony Award-winning musical about the life of the iconic singer and actress. The show will be running at the McCallum Theatre from November 24-26. Cher’s story is one of rags to riches, as she rose from a childhood in poverty to become one of the most successful entertainers of all time. The show features 35 of her smash hits, spanning six decades of stardom. It also tells the story of her two marriages to rock stars Sonny Bono and Gregg Allman. The Cher Show is a must-see for any fan of the star, or anyone who loves a good musical. Enter to WIN at kgaypalmsprings.com/contests
KGAY 106.5 wants you to win tickets to feed the giraffes at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens! Have you ever wanted to get up-close and personal with the world’s tallest mammal? Do you dream of gazing eye-to-eye with a giraffe while hand-feeding it lettuce? Who doesn’t, right? Well now you can win General Admission tickets to the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens with a FREE giraffe feeding encounter! Enter to WIN at kgaypalmsprings.com/contests
The Trilogy Tour, featuring Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull, and Ricky Martin, is coming to Acrisure Arena on February 2, 2024 and tickets are on sale today [more info]. You can WIN TICKETS from KGAY 106.5 with our online contest ending tonight (Friday, November 15) at midnight. Enter to WIN at kgaypalmsprings.com/contests
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 party music! Listen Online. DJ Galaxy can also be found spinning at Impala Bar & Grill for Divas on the Dance Floor on Thursdays at 8 pm, and the new Friday Fusion T-Dance Happy Hour Social, Fridays from 4–8 pm also at Impala.
The KGAY 106.5 Sunday Tea Dance with DJ Modgirl airs every Sunday from 4–6 pm (right after the Retro Brunch). DJ Modgirl (AKA Kellee McQuinn) is all about “Music! Dancing! Fashion! Fun!” and she throws down the most irresistible, uplifting beats each week. Listen online.
MeTV fm will feature Songs Too Good for Words and the Classical Influence on Timeless and Memorable Music starting at 7 pm Friday on 103.1 MeTV fm or listen online! 103.1 MeTV FM is KGAY’s sister station, featuring a unique mix of timeless and memorable music incorporating a wide variety of classic hits, deep tracks and softer sounds spanning several decades of popular music, including the ‘60s and ‘70s with a touch of the ‘50s and ‘80s. Listen online
103.1 MeTV fm has your chance to WIN tickets to see The Eagles – the Long Goodbye Final Tour with special guest Steely Dan at Acrisure Arena on January 16, 2024. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 17 [more info] but you can Enter to Win on the 103.1 MeTV fm Contest Page until midnight on Friday!
103.1 MeTV fm also has your chance to WIN tickets to see Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire in the Heart & Soul Tour 2024 at Acrisure Arena on September 7, 2024. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 17 [more info] but you can Enter to Win on the 103.1 MeTV fm Contest Page until midnight on Friday!
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