The Ultimate Guide to the 35th Annual Greater Palm Springs Pride Festival

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He’s back, and he promises to be bigger and better than ever.

The 35th Annual Greater Palm Springs Pride Festival is back from its in-person hiatus, and that’s all you need to know about the must-see events of the week.

Sharing of the exhibition on the LGBTQ + history of our desert

When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday November 4, 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Friday 5 and Saturday 6 November and noon to 5.30 p.m. Sunday 7 November

Or: Welwood Murray Memorial Library, 100 S. Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs

Cost: To free


Immerse yourself in local LGBTQ + history via this timeline of significant events within the queer community starting in the early 20th century and ending in 2020. This exhibit, created by the new LGBTQ + organization History & Archives of the Desert, is composed of 10 panels that explain how the Greater Palm Springs area has become a welcoming place for the LGBTQ + community.

Coming out celebration: “A night of stars”

When: 5-10 p.m. Friday November 5

Or: Main Stage Effen Vodka, Palm Canyon Drive between Amado Road and Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs

Cost: Free, but a $ 45 VIP pre-event cocktail is also available


Kick off Pride Weekend with a mix of local celebrity performances, hosted by actor and comedian Jason Stuart and local flirtatious personality Bella da Ball. The event features appearances from Grammy-winning Jody Watley, club diva Jeanie Tracy, international dance queen Shannon and Los Angeles DJ duo The Perry Twins.

Interfaith pride Kabbalat Shabbat 2021

When: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday November 5

Or: Palm Springs United Methodist Church, 1555 E. Alejo Road, Palm Springs

Cost: To free


People of all faiths and beliefs are welcome to join this online Sabbath service. The virtual prayer service with a core of Jewish liturgy will include songs, ancient poetry, contemporary readings, and meditations led by members of the local clergy.

Pri Pri at the Palm Springs Art Museum

When: 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, November 5

Or: The Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 N. Museum Drive, Palm Springs

Cost: Free, but limited to attendees 21 and over and requires an RSVP at


The Palm Springs Art Museum is celebrating Pride this year with an event called “Pri Pri” hosted by prominent drag idol Charlene with DJs Papi Juice, Brown Skin Hazel and Brontez Purnell and performances by pop and R&B singer Saturn Risin9 and of Charli’s protégé XCX Slayyyter. Multidisciplinary artist Rafa Esparza will also produce a performance art work.

NOTE: Participants will be required to wear masks when not eating or drinking and must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event.

Global Rainbow Art Installation

When: 5 p.m. Friday Nov. 5 and Saturday Nov. 6

Or: Palm Canyon Drive between Amado Road and Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs

Cost: To free


Artist Yvette Mattern will present a light laser sculpture for two consecutive nights celebrating themes such as diverse communities, hope and peace depicting the seven colors of a rainbow.

Palm Springs Pride 5K Run and Walk

When: 8-10 a.m. Saturday 6 November

Or: West Chino Drive and Belardo Road, Palm Springs

Cost: $ 35 before November 3; $ 40 after November 4, same day registration not available.


Run or walk a cobbled-street route through the neighborhood that was home to many celebrities such as Liberace, George Randolph Hearst, Kirk Douglas, Lily Tomlin and more. Profits will be donated to the LGBT Community Center of the Desert and the Transgender Health and Wellness Center.

Pride art

When: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, November 6 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, November 7

Or: Downtown Park near the intersection of Belardo Road and Museum Way, Palm Springs

Cost: To free


Browse this live on-site exhibit of work by Coachella Valley LGBTQ artists in mediums ranging from painting and photography to glass and ceramics. Browse and buy directly from the artists.

C-HQ Kindergarten

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday November 6 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday November 7

Or: Belardo Road and Museum Way, Palm Springs

Cost: To free


This family zone is a place where children and their guardians can enjoy crafts, snacks, games, and other activities that encourage them to be proud of who they are. From infants to pre-teens, LGBTQ + families of all ages can also enjoy cold drinks, a nap area and a clean potty as well as a changing station.

Pride Day 2021

When: 11 a.m. Saturday November 6 to 6 p.m. Sunday November 7

Or: On Palm Canyon Drive between Amado and Tahquitz and in the streets around New Downtown Park on Museum Way, Palm Springs

Cost: To free


Celebrate the epic comeback of Pride Week with performances by Third Eye Blind, Jody Watley, A Flock of Seagulls, The Robyn Party, Shannon and Jeanie Tracy. Grab a snack or a drink, then shop from over 200 exhibitors, nonprofits, and vendors. This event will also feature Get Tested Coachella Valley HIV / AIDS testing.

LGBTQ service members wreath laying

When: 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Saturday, November 6

Or: Pride Festival Main Stage, 285 Palm Canyon Drive

Cost: To free


Honor America’s heroes at this pre-Veterans Day ceremony with a parade of colors hosted by veterans organizations including American Legion Color Guard Station 519, Palm Springs DAV Local Chapter 66, AMVETS and Veterans for Peace, as well as remarks from dignitaries such as board member Grace Garner. The ceremony aims to honor LGBTQ servicemen and to thank all who have served in the United States military.

Girlz Jam skater

When: 5-7 p.m. Saturday November 6

Or: Palm Springs Skate Park, 405 S. Pavilion Way, Palm Springs

Cost: $ 15

Info: Eventbrite

Skateboarding continues to evolve and gain popularity, including among women. The Lesbo Expo will feature an LGBTQIA skateboarding event where women will demonstrate their best tricks and compete for prizes.

PS Drag Brunch

When: 9 a.m. Sunday, November 7

Or: 1107 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Cost: $ 150


Kick off the day of the parade with a morning filled with bikini-clad boys, dim sum, and a ‘top’ drag show (hosted by Principal Resident Rosemary Galore), all accompanied by an ideal balcony view of the descent point of the Pride Parade.

Pride brunch

When: 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, November 7

Or: Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge, 849 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Cost: $ 46 per person (plus taxes and tip)

Info: 760-325-8490 or

Eight4Nine has been offering an endless Champagne and Mimosa Breakfast on Pride Parade Sunday for four years, and this year is no different. Enjoy a three-course pride brunch while helping your local pride organization. EIGHT4NINE will donate 25% of brunch sales to Greater Palm Springs Pride to help keep Pride free and accessible to all.

Trio parade party

When: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday November 7

Or: Trio Palm Springs, 707 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Cost: Call for rates

Info: 760-864-8746

Head to the top of the city and have a seat at the Trio Big Top and Patio, one of the best places to watch the Pride Parade. Catch your loved ones and enjoy this robust brunch buffet, accompanied by champagne.

Pride parade

When: 10 a.m.-12.30 p.m. Sunday November 7

Or: Uptown Design District in Tachevah and Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Cost: To free


Palm Springs’ most colorful parade begins in the Uptown Design District at Tachevah and Palm Canyon Drive and travels south through downtown, ending at the entrance to the Pride Festival in Amado. Gather in sunny Coachella Valley to cheer and support local organizations, activists, and of course, the fabulous floats.

Skater Girlz after parade party

When: 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday November 7

Or: Alibi Palm Springs, 369 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Cost: $ 15


Spend time with the girls at this parade of queer, lesbian and trans women after the party. Enjoy live entertainment from host / comedy Mina Hartong and singer / songwriter Jennifer Corday, a dance party and sports awards that will be given to women who have put their talents to the service of sport in the community. Food will be available.

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