Category Archives: Outdoor Fun

Gay Palm Springs – Summer Fun and Deals

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Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to experience some of the best restaurants the Valley has to offer.

Restaurant Week is the perfect time to visit your favorite restaurant or try something new, as chefs prepare delicious 3 courses meals for your dining pleasure, priced at $26 or $38.  JUNE  3-12th!

Desert area hotels and attractions are offering great rates too!

 

4th Annual Splash House Pool Party

Splash House heads back to the desert for this summer for its fourth year in Palm Springs, June 10-12 and August 12-14. The festival returns to the colorful crowd favorite of the Saguaro Hotel and checks in for the first time at the iconic multi-pool Riviera Resort & Spa. After Hours found its home at last year’s memorable Air Museum parties, and Splash House will host its biggest late-night program yet this summer on the tarmac.

Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines   AUGUST  20-21

The Idyllwild Arts Foundation proudly presents the 23rd annual Jazz in the Pines Festival featuring over two dozen bands. Performers and fans of jazz, blues, and R&B have a breathtaking mountain campus to themselves after the departure of the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program’s thousands of arts-lovers and before the first semester of the Foundation’s residential high school, Idyllwild Arts Academy.

And  as always –   shop  local!

Palm Springs VillageFest   THURSDAY NIGHTS

Every Thursday evening in downtown Palm Springs, enjoy a diverse array of artists, artisans, entertainers, assorted fruits, vegetables, fresh flowers, jewelry, international cuisine, and don’t forget the sweets.

COD Alumni Street Fair  SATURDAY  AND  SUNDAY   MORNINGS

Open-air shopping at its best. Open from 7 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays all year. Bargains galore. A great way to start your day.

BEST PLACE  TO  STAY   WITH THE  BEST LOCATION ??  InnDulge!

Free Stuff from Puerto Vallarta

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The start of ­­­­winter in Puerto Vallarta is cause for celebration as December marks the beginning of the whale watching season, traditional pilgrimages in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe, free daily guided Artwalks in historic downtown, culinary treats all around town, the International Pro Am golf tournament, the release of baby sea turtles, perfect weather with temperatures in the low 80’s and a calendar full of holiday festivities and free activities.

The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board is inviting everyone to join in the celebration with the launch of a mega “12 DAYS OF WINTER” (#12DaysOfWinter) promotion and participate for a chance to win daily prizes during the first 12 days of December, including artworks, bottles of tequila and raicilla and trip getaways, with the top prize being a 12-day all-expense paid vacation for two in Puerto Vallarta.

To participate register at visitpuertovallarta.com/12daysofwinter and tell the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board what you would do on a 12-day all-expense paid holiday for two in the destination. All registrants will have a chance to win one of 12 prizes. Drawings will take place every day from December 1st to 12th. Following are the details of the prizes that will be awarded:

 

 

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Winners of the getaway prizes to be awarded between December 5th through 12th will also receive a choice of 2 activities in Puerto Vallarta courtesy of Vallarta Adventures and Dolphin Discovery.

 

ENTER!

Holiday Lights and Music in Palm Springs

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You take a million lights, sprinkle in holiday music and you have party.  Wild Lights at the Living Desert in Palm Desert is the perfect place to get in the holiday spirit.

 

The minute you walk through the official entry, you find yourself in a wonderland. White lights strung through the trees with gigantic snowflakes provide the perfect photo opt.  Then a turn in the pathway brings you to an area with blue lights stretching out on the ground before you.

 

If you want a real holiday jolt of fun and laughter, this is the place to come. For adults, there is much to see and experience, including being able to see the latest in holiday lights—one display kept us all guessing about how in the world they created the look.

WILD LIGHTS AT THE LIVING DESERT

47900 Portola Avenue
Palm Desert, CA
(760) 346-5694
www.LivingDesert.org

Admission:   Adults $10             Members/Children/Military (with ID) $8

Hours:   6 to 9 p.m.  December 4-6, 11-13, 18-31  (Closed Christmas Day)        Free Parking

Palm Springs Gay Pride

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.Palm Springs Pride 2014, Nov. 7-9, is offering free festival admission as it moves to a new location in downtown Palm Springs.

 

PS Pride will also introduce a new parade route and is offering an unprecedented number of performers and attractions with a diverse lineup of performers gathered to celebrate equality, freedom and diversity in the desert’s LGBT community.
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Parties Parties Parties! Beach Party, 5k Walk, Pool Parties, ladies parties – it’s all here this year!
Music, celebrities and more!

GET THE WHOLE SCHEDULE HERE

Palm Springs Gay Pride and Parade to be moved this Fall

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Pride in Palm Springs will never be the same.  We’ve worked several years to get to this point and on Wednesday night the Palm Springs City Council unanimously approved moving the Pride Festival to Palm Canyon Dr. in Downtown. 

This year’s event logo featuring the palm tree lined Palm Canyon Drive leading directly to Palm Springs Pride couldn’t be more fitting.  We are beyond thrilled with the news.

The road would close at 11 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7, and reopen at 3 a.m. Monday, Nov. 10.

Additional road closures would be held for the Pride Parade, which will be held on Nov. 9.

Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet said the event has a “fabulous, wonderful energy” and that it would inevitably provide a boost to the city’s shops and restaurants.

“The move downtown will have a bigger impact than we realize,” Pougnet said.

Jeffery Sanker Announces ICON Awards

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In celebration of his 25th Anniversary, White Party Founder and Producer Jeffrey Sanker has created the WHITE PARTY PALM SPRINGS ICON AWARDS. These awards recognize a select group whose unique and varied achievements have stood out and best embody the spirit of White Party.  

“We are thrilled to present our special Icon Awards to individuals who have exemplified White Party’s defining principles of unity & celebration, commitment to excellence and leading edge creativity,” said Sanker.  “I look forward to presenting those attending recipients their awards on the White Carpet at this year’s Saturday main event.” 

WHITE PARTY PALM SPRINGS ICON AWARD RECIPIENTS INCLUDE:

ARTIST:

Carmen Electra- Artist, Activist

Cher- Pioneer for LGBT Community; Activist

Jai Rodriguez- Actor, Activist

Kathy Griffin- Comedienne, Philanthropist, Activist

Lady Gaga- Pioneer for LGBT Community, Philanthropist, Activist

Lance Bass- Actor, Activist

 

PHILANTHROPIST:

Aaron Walton- Philanthropist, Activist

Bryan Singer- Director, Activist

David Cooley- Founder of Abbey, Philanthropist

Fred Arens & Jason Duguay- Philanthropist, Activist

Roland Emmerich- Director, Philanthropist

Sir Elton John & David Furnish- Philanthropist, Activist

 

ACTIVIST:

Adam Bouska & Jeff Parshley- NoH8 Campaign, Activist

Bruce Vilanch- Actor, Writer, Activist

Lisa Vanderpump- Reality Star, Activist

Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo- Prop 8 Activists

Ron Oden- Former Mayor of PS, Activist

Ronnie Kroell- Activist

Todd Saporito- Philanthropist, Activist

 

PIONEER:

Andy Cohen- BRAVO TV personality, Activist

Candis Cayne- Pioneer of LGBT Community, Activist

David Stern- Former Publisher of Frontiers, Activist

DJ Abel Aguilera- Deejay, Activist

Reza Farahan – BRAVO TV personality, Pioneer of LGBT Community

 

Congratulations to all WHITE PARTY PALM SPRINGS ICON AWARDS recipients!

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Sanker announced this year’s 25th Anniversary plans include a completely redesigned White Party, boasting the most innovative and elaborate video displays ever experienced. Chart-topping remix production team BENT COLLECTIVE (Danny Verde & Steven Redant) will also make their live DJ performance debut.  And media sponsor SiriusXM is on board to broadcast on-site from the Convention Center White Carpet for this historic event.

White Party will also offer lots of new photo opportunities, such as Instagram “selfie moments” and a special photo set up where groups can get instant pics emailed for free. 

Additionally, to benefit DESERT AIDS PROJECT and fund raising auction efforts, Sanker has enlisted the talents of internationally recognized conceptual photographer Duke Shoman to create beautiful, striking photographic tableaus.  In keeping with the WPPS 25th “Silver Anniversary” theme, a sleek, sexy and modern chamber of shining, brilliant silver will be the setting that stars and VIP guest will step into – following their arrival on the White Carpet – to commemorate this twenty-five year milestone. 

The following afternoon, at the Sunday T-Dance, you can double your pleasure with two giant 100 foot high Ferris wheels, and the day will culminate with the biggest fireworks display in White Party history, choreographed to the music of DJ/Producer Wayne G.

Sanker also revealed the exciting new addition of Uber as the official transportation provider for White Party.  Why drive when you can Uber?  Services will be available all weekend long for White Party attendees.  Uber lounge stations will be set up at White Party locations manned by special Uber concierges.  Uber will also have stretch limos for White Party guests to get around in style.  New users can download the app and enter the code WP25 for a free first ride!  Sign up at: www.uber.com/GO/WP25.   Both new and existing users can also enter the code whiteparty to unlock a flat rate from LA to Palm Springs and back! 

White Party Palm Springs is the largest gay dance music festival in the world, celebrating its 25th Anniversary April 25-28, 2014.  For more information, hotel reservations and tickets, visit:  www.jeffreysanker.com

Coachella Music and Arts Festival April 2014

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BOTH weekends of Coachella Music Festival  are sold out – BUT if have some extra cash burning a hole in your pocket, $6500  will get ya a Safari Tent Lounge.

Access to this private & well-secured area will be solely limited to Safari tent wristband holders. These tents provide the most comfortable way to enjoy Coachella and are fully furnished for your choice of either sleeping or lounging. Sleeping tents come with 1 or 2 Queen size beds, linens, tables, flooring, pillows, chairs, AIR conditioning, electrical outlets and more.

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (commonly known simply as Coachella or the Coachella Festival) is an annual two-weekend, three-day music and arts festival, founded by Paul Tollett, organized by Goldenvoice (a subsidiary of AEG Live), and held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California in the Inland Empire’s Coachella Valley. The event features many music genres, including rock, indie, hip hop, and electronic music, as well as sculpture. Across the grounds, several stages continuously host live music. The main stages are: Coachella Stage, Outdoor Theatre, Gobi Tent, Mojave Tent, and the Sahara Tent (2006 and 2011 also featured the addition of a smaller Oasis Dome and 2013 featured a new Yuma stage.)

The festival showcases popular and established musical artists, as well as emerging artists and reunited groups.

 

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Concert in the Square October 12-13

FREE CONCERT OCT 12 & 13!



FOOD VENDORS, FREE POPCORN, PRIZES AND MORE!!

MUSICIANS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD WILL BE DESCENDING UPON THE COACHELLA
VALLEY FOR THE THIRD ANNUAL IMS EVENT! THIS YEAR, WE’VE ADDED A LOCAL
FLAIR THAT WILL BRING TALENT AND THE PUBLIC TOGETHER FOR MUSIC
INTERACTION:


BE A PART OF THE MUSICAL FUN > >

Marilyn Monroe Statue Comes to Palm Springs

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 “FOREVER MARILYN”
SCULPTURE COMING
 TO PALM SPRINGS!

Last week, the  statue was removed from its current location in Chicago. The 34,000-pound sculpture, which costs about $40,000 to
transport, will be trucked across the country and arrive in Palm Springs
on May 14. It will take a few days — and a few cranes — to reassemble
it at the corner of Palm Canyon and Tahquitz Canyon Way, where it will
reside until June 2013.

The sculpture by Seward Johnson, the 80-year-old artist and Johnson
& Johnson heir who’s known for casting famous images into giant
sculptures, re-creates the scene from the 1955 film “The Seven Year
Itch” in which a drafty New York subway grate blows the sex symbol’s
skirt well above her knees.

The piece did not receive the
warmest reception from the Windy City since its  debut last year, and was the
target of more than a few vandals and critics. Some called the
undergarment-baring pose sexist, while VirtualTourist.com dubbed
“Forever Marilyn” the No. 1 piece of bad public art — ahead of a
Bewitched statue in Salem, Mass.

Several cities tried to bid  to host the massive Marilyn when her Chicago
residency wrapped, including China and Brazil, perhaps because August marks the 50th anniversary of
the Hollywood legend’s death.

“We received many requests as far
away as Tokyo and Madrid and cities in Brazil, and we really felt that
Palm Springs has a special connection to Marilyn because it is the
legendary play land for Hollywood,” said Paula Stoeke, the director and
curator of the Sculpture Foundation, an organization funded and run by
Johnson with offices in Santa Monica.

Palm Springs Gay Pride November 6 and 7

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Palm Springs Pride Festival

Saturday & Sunday Nov. 6-7, 2010
10AM – 8PM Sat., 10AM – 6PM Sun.

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2010 Greater Palm Springs Pride Parade
Sunday Nov. 7, 2010 10AM

Known for its crystal blue skies, year-round sunshine, stunning landscape, palm tree lined streets and starry nights the City of Palm Springs comes alive during the annual pride celebration. The 24th anniversary of Pride celebrations in Palm Springs will be held over the weekend of November 6 and 7, 2010.

On Sunday, November 7 rainbow flags and glitter will fill the streets as the ever present Mount San Jacinto Mountains star in the most scenic pride parade in the world. The downtown parade steps off at 10am and travels along historic Palm Canyon Drive.

Only a rainbow mile from downtown, the unique two-day pride festival is held at the former spring training home of the California Angels and Chicago White Sox. On pride weekend, thousands take to the field with the baseball diamond serving as the gathering spot for friends and a celebration of diversity and unity. Complete with gay-owned and LGBT friendly companies, the festival includes music, dancing, food vendors, and booths staffed by local organizations.

With over 125 parade contingents, 100 exhibitors, and several entertainment venues, the Palm Springs Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest annual gathering of LGBT people and allies in the Greater Palm Springs area.

More  info  at  PS  PRIDE !

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Coachella Music and Art Fest a Success Despite Economy



Although mostly hetero, a fair number of gay boys and girls do attend. The critically acclaimed Coachella Music and Arts festival  is one of several music festivals in the United States, that  carries a certain cachet that’s hard to match. It is ranked as the number one music festival in the world.

Perhaps it’s the scenery — listening to music on a grassy polo field surrounded by swaying palm trees and craggy desert mountains. Or maybe it’s the thrill of discovering new artists and rediscovering old ones standing shoulder-to-shoulder with friends, strangers and the random Hollywood celebrity. Like Paris Hilton!
Always lots of eye candy!







The three day event takes place every year in India, California, just outside of Palm Springs. Organized by Goldenvoice  and held at the Empire Polo Fields . The event features many genres of music including alternative rock, hip hop, and Electronic music as well as large sculptural art.

The event has several stages/tents set-up throughout the grounds, each playing live music continuously. This years BIG NAME  was  Paul McCartney. Previous year names ranged from Madonna to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.








Despite economic times, promoters say the turnout exceeded expectations, and this year’s attendance figure might be the third largest in the festival’s 10-year history.


The three-day ticket price may have been steep — roughly $300, including service charges — but when divided among the 131 acts on the bill, that breaks down to less than $2.50 per act.














Each year, the festival also features interesting installation art and sculptures. Most of the pieces are interactive, and provide entertainment and eye candy for attendees walking throughout the Polo grounds.

Some of the works were initially created for the Burning Man festival. In contrast to the largely non-repeating roster of musical artists represented at the festival, a few of the visual artists, such as Robochrist Industries, the Tesla Coil (Cauac), Cyclecide, and The Do LaB, have appeared during several consecutive years at Coachella.







EVERY APRIL,   COACHCELLA draws in thousands from around the world. 

The evening dance event and visual light presentations are like nothing you have ever seen.  WATCH THE YOU TUBE COACHELLA CLIP.


And see ya there next  year!













ES Collection – The Hottest Gay Mens Swimsuits and Underwear this side of the Desert!

Gay Beach Season
is just weeks away!



and if you want something NO ONE ELSE has yet, this hot new line from Barcelona is what you need! 

ES COLLECTION

Previously only available in Spain, it is spreading worldwide this year, but still in limited quantities.

Now going into its fourth  year of production they will be unveiling the 2010  underwear collection this fall in the US. I just got back from Barcelona and bought a couple of the swimsuits from the 2009 collection – VERY HOT! Clean lines, fresh styles, bold color combinations and amazing fit!

This swimwear and underwear for men, is honestly some of the hottest styles we have seen with PERFECT construction and craftsmanship. Made in Barcelona, “ES tries to be unique, different and fresh in a market that is fast and more brands are joining this fast market every day. Made in Barcelona with the best fabrics that we can get from the EU market but still we can be competitive with any other brand out there on quality, price,design and delivery.”


     
                      

Their designs have a wonderful cut to them, accenting your body perfectly!  I purchased some of  their men’s underwear and men’s swimwear, and they fit comfortable and like a glove!  Many of the swimsuits  features the “Pack Up” system which can easily be removed if aren’t in the mood for extra padding however is perfect for giving you that perfect “beach bulge” if you want it! It does not make your package look HUGE or anything. But it just accentuates your own package nicely and provides a wonderful  smooth fit.



One of the great things about ES Collection Swimwear is the high quality of craftsmanship.  With extras like the metal grommet holes and the plastic tips on the drawstring you’ll never have to “fish” out the drawstring. They also use high quality zippers, rubber logos, and just overall high quality finishing.

Word of advice for  Americans – As for sizing, I would suggest, if ordering from the US, order 1 size larger than usual. Both my partner and I are 32-33″ waist, and would normally buy  Medium – but  their Large fits perfect.  I always find European clothes run smaller than most US brands are labeled.

And who doesn’t love a  SALE!  Each collection features “X” number of pieces in so many sizes. Each year when the new collection is launched, anything that did not sell from the previous collection, is marked down! So when you visit their website ES COLLECTION, make sure you check out the SALE OUTLET.

MUST SEE – VIDEO of the NEWEST ES STYLES and all of their HOT models!


If you are visiting Barcelona, stop by their main store and see the entire collection on display.
Consell de Cent, 218  and right around the corner is ES4U, the outlet store at Casanova, 56!

They also have a shop at 35007 Las Palmas de G.C., Carnary Islands and soon will  have stores in Bilbao, Valencia, and Madrid!
And of course, you can order  worldwide via their ES COLLECTION site!


The New Gay Travel Guides  and  Best Gay Cities



The Dinah Shore Parties and The White Party

 



3 HUGE  Parties  take  over 
Palm Springs in just a  couple weeks!



For the girls, 2 sets of parties – GIRL BAR does 19th Annual DINAH SHORE WEEK  April 1-5th  as well as CLUB SKIRTS THE DINAH!  Sunrise to sunset, non-stop events geared towards the lesbian community.

and  for the boys –  the 20th Annual WHITE PARTY PALM SPINGS  April 10 – 13th. Lady Gaga headlines this Easter  Weekend party. One of the crown jewels of the circuit party scene!



 Grab your cape and spring into action, beginning at 9pm and continuing until 5am. The time has come to join forces for the most incredible gathering the world has ever seen. 


Inside the Palm Springs Convention Center, heroes from all over the universe will converge for the biggest and most anticipated event of the weekend!  

Headlining DJs Tony Moran (NYC), Manny Lehman (LA) and Ana Paula (Brazil) deliver the surge of musical excitement as men of steel, boys of wonder and all sorts of amazing avengers invade the dance floor.


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Gay Golfing in Palm Springs with Stonewall Golfers



GOLF is very big in Palm Springs!

And The Stonewall Golfers is an organization of gay and lesbian golfers in PS. Golf enthusiasts meet every other week for rounds on area courses.

Our membership includes golfers of all ages and abilities. We schedule  social golf dates several times per month at golf courses in the greater Palm Springs area and elsewhere. Additionally, we organize several golf tournaments each year. Visitors to Palm Springs are encouraged to sign-up online and join us for our social
golf dates and tournaments.”

Stonewall Golfers welcomes visitors and non-members and have a schedule online of their upcoming events.


In other Outdoof fun, you can check out:

 


Different Spokes
Bicycle Club of Palm Springs


New club featuring non-competitive Sunday and holiday outings for adult rides of all interest levels (casual, moderately serious, or brisk-to-fast). Helmets required on all club rides.
Email: bike.club@verizon.net  Phone: (760) 318.1229.


Frontwalkers/Frontrunners
Gay & Lesbian running/walking club

It’s a nice way to spend time outside, get some exercise and make some friends. The group is mostly men, but they welcome women!
Phone: (760) 416-3734     Website: Psfr.org


Softball
Palm Springs Gay Softball League (PSGSL) 
For the GLBT community.
Call Tommie at 818-470-4837 or Stephen at 760-641-4230.
The Spring Season starts March 2nd at Demuth Park in Palm Springs, fields 7 and 8 at 3pm. 
Website: Palmspringssoftball.com


Hiking Group


An informal group that hikes trails in the local area. Hikes are generally local, on weekend mornings. If you are interested in getting on the mailing list for the group, send an email to ArtOfLiving2@aol.com. Patty Curtiss (pattycurtiss@msn.com) has been doing many of the hikes recently, and may be the one who replies to you. “We are also looking for women interested in helping to organize informal hikes, since we are not always available!”