Palm Springs Pride 2023: Everything you need to know

Palm Springs Pride 2023

Palm Springs Pride has designated the theme for 2023 Pride Week as “Drag Now. Drag Forever.” Organizers said the move is a way to take a stand against anti-drag bills that have been proposed or passed around the country and the increase in anti-LGBTQ+ extremism as well as an effort to support the historic form of artistic expression and advocacy. Photo: City of Palm Springs

It’s time for Palm Springs Pride 2023.

It’s California’s largest free Pride festival south of San Francisco.

On Wednesday, crews hoisted more than 30 rainbow flags at city properties, including City Hall and the police and fire departments. It’s believed to be the first time any municipality in the state has displayed Pride flags on all public buildings.

Pride events, including music, parties, and more, started Thursday throughout downtown. Be prepared, the bars and clubs will probably be packed.

Here’s everything you need to know about Palm Springs Pride 2023.


What: Arenas District Pride weekend kickoff, an outdoor party marks the start of the busy weekend with an outdoor dance floor, food trucks, and outdoor beverage lounges. Arenas District will be packed with parties and outdoor activities all weekend.

When: From 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., also on Saturday

Where: The Arenas District

What: LGBTQ servicemember wreath laying ceremony hosted by local veterans’ organizations.

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Pride Festival’s Hornitos main stage, 280 N. Palm Canyon Drive.

What: Interfaith Pride Kabbalat Shabbat. People of all faiths are invited for a pluralistic prayer service with a core of Jewish liturgy led by members of the local clergy

When: 6:3 0 p.m. 

Where: United Methodist Church of Palm Springs 


What: Palm Springs Pride 5k Run and Walk. Join Palm Springs Front Runners and Walkers for this 3.1-mile run (or walk). Proceeds will benefit the LGBT Community Center of the Desert and the Transgender Health & Wellness Center. A portion of registration fees help keep the Pride parade and festival free. In-person registration available Friday from noon to 4 p.m. at The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert.

Where: The trail runs through Old Las Palmas.

When: 8 a.m. 

What: Palm Springs Pride Festival, a street fair and celebration in the heart of Palm Springs. Highlights include the Recovery Oasis, DAP Health Wellness Pavilion, Children’s Garden, and Youth Zone. A number of performers will hit the stage throughout the day, including headliners Lisa Lisa at 7 p.m., “Frozen” and “Wicked” star Idina Menzel at 8 p.m. and Chi Chi LaRue at 9 p.m.

Where: Palm Canyon Drive from East Amado Road to West Baristo Road and the Arenas District

When: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.


What: Greater Palm Springs Pride Parade.

Where: Palm Canyon Drive between Tachevah Drive and East Amado Road. The Deaf Pride reviewing stand is north of East Amado Road at North Palm Canyon Drive and features sign language Interpretation. Seating is available for the deaf community on a first-come, first-served basis.

When: 10 a.m

What: Palm Springs Pride Festival. A number of performers will hit the stage throughout the day, including headliners Kylie Sonique Love at 1:50 p.m. and 10,000 Maniacs at 3 p.m.

Where: Palm Canyon Drive from East Amado Road to West Baristo Road and the Arenas District

When: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m

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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