By Emelina Minero
You’ve likely heard about Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend, the largest queer female party and music festival in the world, bringing 20,000 women to Palm Springs, CA. What you may not know is that during this week, from April 2-6, Palm Springs transforms into a utopia for queer women, and female events pop up all throughout the town like a rainbow pegged Lite-Brite.
Here is a breakdown of what’s happening during The Dinah Shore Weekend.
In 2011, what began as Lucy and Gail Dinah in Color, four days of events hosted during the Dinah Shore weekend for queer women of color, turned into the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival in 2013. Coming back for a second year, April 3-6, the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival emphasizes the great stylistic and thematic diversity of women in jazz by featuring straight-ahead jazz, contemporary jazz, Latin jazz and blues performed by forty national and international female jazz musicians (pswomensjazzfestival.com).
The National Center for Lesbian Rights, NCLR, is hosting their annual Palm Springs Dinah Weekend Reception on Saturday, April 5 from 5 pm to 7 pm. If you’re politically minded and want to network with a lot of like-minded queer and ally activists, then this is your event. Special guests include actor/producer Meredith Baxter, comedian Fortune Feimster and NFL football player Chris Kluwe (nclrights.org).
Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5 at 8 pm, and Sunday, April 6 at 7:30 pm you can laugh at and with Judy Gold, an Emmy award winning actress, producer, writer and comedian best known as the star of her two critically acclaimed long-running Off Broadway hit shows, The Judy Gold Show: My Life as a Sitcom and 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother (copapalmsprings.com).
Frida’s, formerly known as Casa de Frida’s, is owned by a gay and lesbian couple. Frida’s has a great ambiance. Their food is a fusion of Mexican, Spanish, French, Cuban, Caribbean and Central/South American dishes, and it’s delicious, and their mixed drinks are some of the best you’ll ever taste. This event is hosted by The Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival and Girls Night Out!, and will be the perfect place to kick off your Dinah weekend to mingle with a different crowd of queer women in Palm Springs before you head over to The Dinah Official Pre-Party at the Hilton Hotel, from 9 pm to 12 am. Plus, the proceeds from this event are going to The Center, Palm Springs LGBT community center.
Hunter’s is a video bar and nightclub that boasts the longest happy hour in all of the Coachella Valley. From 10 am to 7 pm, they serve draft beers at $1.50, cocktails at $3.50 and Cuervo and Smirnoff at $5. Palm Springs Magazine named Hunter’s the best dance bar in Coachella Valley, compared to all dance bars, gay and straight. And, you can also get in some great games of pool (huntersnightclubs.com).
Toucan’s Tiki Lounge is known for hosting Coachella Valley’s original and longest running drag revue, as well as episode viewings of RuPaul’s Drag Race and two for one drink days. They’ll be Dinah’d out from 12 pm to closing every day, April 2 – 7 (toucanstikilounge.com).
Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend is the reason why so many queer women are traveling from around the world to Palm Springs, CA, and it’s the reason the above events have been created. To find out more about the largest queer female party and music festival in the world, read our article, “A Roadmap of The Dinah Shore and Palm Springs for First Timers.”
On Wednesday and Thursday, all of the official Dinah events don’t start until the evening, which is why you should take full advantage of the Palm Springs Dinah VIP Program for Wednesday and Thursday Dinah guests. The city has provided a VIP card to Dinah guests offering discounts to Palm Springs sites and attractions. Enjoy the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the world’s largest rotating tramcar, The Indian Canyons, shopping and dining out. For more information on what’s going on in Palm Springs, visit Gay Palm Springs.
We’d love to hear about your Dinah Shore and Palm Springs experience. Leave a comment, and let us know what your experience has been at these events!