Fabulous pool parties. Stylish bars and impeccably designed hotels. Pampering spas and energetic nightclubs. Lavish events. There’s no question that the Palm Springs ranks as one of the world’s top destinations for LGBTQ travelers. Whether traveling as a couple or looking for a singles scene, Palm Springsoffers a splashy summer scene.
A wide range of stay options include men’s resorts, welcoming hotels, and romantic boutique retreats. In fact, there are more gay resorts in Palm Springs than anywhere in the world.
Nightlife abounds in both Uptown and downtown, with a concentration of nightclubs on centrally located Arenas Road. See six drag and female impersonator shows, from Sunday brunch to a rat-pack inspired supper club. Catch a show at the Copa Nightclub, just next door to the popular gay-owned restaurant Tropicale. Or win at Fabulous Bingo at the Ace Hotel every Monday.
Palm Springs has a number of well-attended LGBTQ events throughout the year. In September, cinephiles flock to Cinema Diverse, the Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival. Palm Springs Leather Pride weekend kicks off in late October and ends with the crowning of Mr. Leather. Show off your best costume at the huge block party on Arenas every Halloween then stay for the eye-popping Greater Palm Springs Pride that follows in early November.
As a leading LGBTQ destination, Palm Springs honors and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. Attend the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast May 15 commemorating this event at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Palm Springs Cultural Center presents the Stonewall Humanitarian Awards, Tuesday, June 13, supporting the Transgender Health and Wellness Center and the Transgender Community Coalition (TCC).