White Party Palm Springs returns with gay men, parties, DJs

White Party Palm Springs returns this weekend for three days of gay men,  DJs, and dance parties.

It’s one of the largest, if not the largest, circuit parties in the U.S., typically attracting more than 25,000 attendees to the desert oasis.

White Party Palm Springs launched in 1990 and has been an annual pilgrimage for men for 30 years. The event had a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19 restrictions in 2020 and 2021.

Tickets for White Party Palm Springs range from $25 to $9,000, plus service fees.

Here are a few highlights. 


Fluidity at the Palm Springs Convention Center from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

  •  DJs Dan Slater and Tom Stephen
  • Fluidity will celebrate the soulful beats of house music and the vibrant energy of the ballroom and drag scene. The category of the night is Live Your Life, “an explosive and energetic theme that invites attendees to unleash their inner diva and let their confidence shine through. We’re talking about bold outfits, fierce poses, and a general spirit of fearless self-expression,” organizers said.
  • Queer singer-songwriter Vincint and New York City drag queen and performance artist Kevin Aviance will take the stage. 


White Out at the Palm Springs Convention Center from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

  •  DJs GSP, Mor Avrahami, and Shane Marcus
  • Trans influencer Dylan Mulvaney will be crowned the 2023 Queen of White Party at White Out. Mulvaney, who received the TikTok Trailblazer award last year, has not only shattered barriers, but also inspired a younger generation to embrace and celebrate diversity.
  • “I am over the moon honored to be crowned the queen of White Party 2023,” Mulvaney said in a statement. “When I heard about their Fluidity event I was especially excited. The entire weekend is a space that can be enjoyed by all. I’m ready to dance the night away with my LGBTQ+ fam.”


Orbit T-Dance at the White Party Park field from 3 to 10 p.m.

  • DJs Dawna Montell, Manny Lehman, and Tony Moran
  • Four dance music legends will perform at the iconic event: 
  • Inaya Day (“Nasty Girl,” “Keep Pushin,” and “Movin  Up”)
  • CeCe Peniston (“Finally,” “We Got a Love Thang”)
  • Robin S (“Show Me Love,” “Luv 4 Luv”)
  • Crystal Waters (“Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless),” “100% Pure Love”)

About the author

Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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