A Lesbian’s Guide to Palm Springs This Dinah Weekend

Club Skirts The Dinah officially kicked off last night in Palm Springs, and the desert oasis is going to be filled with women all weekend long. What began as a golf tournament that brought all the girls to the green has turned into a four-day excursion of pool parties, musical and comedy performances, celebrity appearances and all-night dancing with thousands of other lesbians, bisexual and queer-identified women.

To accommodate the growing number of bikini and sports bra wearing babes, there are several promoters working to keep the party going all over Palm Springs, and some are even free. Consider this your official guide to what’s going on this Dinah weekend, and we hope to catch you at one of these stellar situations.

All official Dinah events will be marked with a dollar sign ($). All other events will be marked with an asterisk (*). Some are free, but others require a ticket purchase. Check the links for more info.


Thursday, March 31

Tonight DEVMO will perform at The Opening Party at Zelda’s Nightclub, presented by GO Magazine ($). 


Krave Spring Break will kick off at the Hard Rock Hotel with their Spring Break and Chill party at 9 pm (*).


If you’re feeling like checking out comedy instead, Ever Mainard will perform as part of JASHfesht (*), a comedy festival going on in Palm Springs all weekend. (You can also catch her on April 2nd on the outdoor stage.)


Friday, April 1

The party really begins as the descent of even more women becomes apparent at the first official pool party. This one is Showtime’s “Hot as L” party at The Hilton ($), with guest appearances from former L Word and Real L Word stars Elizabeth Keener, Clementine Ford, and Tracy Ryerson. At 5:30 pm, Hunter Valentine will perform at their last Dinah ever (for now).


Krave’s Free Pool Party (*) is on from 11am-5pm before their ONYX All Black Affair with a performance by Gal Kreesha Turner.


At the Ace Hotel, Portland DJs Chelsea Starr, Mister Charming, and friends will spin as Ladies’ Leisure Club. This goes on all weekend long, Friday through Sunday, poolside and in the Amigo Room (*). 


An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin is happening at the McCallum Theater in nearby Palm Desert (*).

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That night is the famous White Party with DJ Mary Mac spinning and Elle King playing for the ladies at 9 pm ($).


Out musician Jennifer Corday will bring her all-girl band to Oscars Cafe & Bar (*). (If you miss her this night, she’s also performing here for brunch on Sunday.)


Saturday, April 2

Saturday is the Cabana Pool Party at the Hilton, featuring a Battle of the DJs and a set from The X Names, aka Camila Grey and Kate Moennig ($). There is also a round of celebrity beer pong and a meet-and-greet with stars of web series and the small screen.


At the Hard Rock, Krave enlists Sisterhood of Hip Hop star Siya to host their Drip Pool Party (*).


At 5:30 pm, The National Center for Lesbian Rights throws their annual Garden Party (*). This year, they’ll be honoring California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and Salt Lake City’s first openly lesbian Mayor Jackie Biskupski.


Later that night, Lea DeLaria will perform music and comedy at the Palm Springs Convention Center, right before The Hollywood Party ($) that has Samantha Ronson spinning and a can’t-miss performance from Angel Haze.

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Flawless Entertainment is throwing a Tropicana Dinah Shore party at the Palm House featuring dancers, Chicas Karisma and DJ Erika Starr (*).


Krave has Kehlani slated to sing at their Slay Saturday Night event (*), but no word on if that’s still happening after a recent hospitalization.



Sunday, April 3

On Sunday, join us for the AfterEllen Wet & Wild Pool Party, featuring DJ Taryn Manning and It Girl Madison Paige performing live for the first time ($). You can also meet some of your YouTube faves at 2 pm.

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Whitney Mixter and Sada Bettencourt host Selfie Sunday at the Hard Rock, and later that night, there will be the final Krave event, CHILL Bar (*).

Queer performer Dynasty Handbag will play the Indoor Stage of Jashfesht at 7 pm (*).

Jolivi will perform at that night’s Closing Party at Zelda’s ($), where the weekend started.


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