After a long and bustling winter of partying, sunbathing, cruising, and clothing-optional resort fun, the city of Palm Springs enjoys perhaps its most exciting spell for GLBT travelers in early spring, when Jeffrey Sanker's most amazing circuit event, the Palm Springs White Party, pulls in masses of shirtless, buffed and bronzed gay men for an extended weekend of A-list parties and revelry. The White Party has been moved back this year and will take place May 5–8, 2017; it takes place about a month after Dinah Shore Week, which brings thousands of lesbians to town in early April.
The acclaimed White Party, which is now in its 28th year, takes place from May 5 to May 8, 2017, and includes a slew of much-anticipated events and parties over several days and featuring such acclaimed DJs as Offer Nissim, Alex Acosta, Dan Slater, Danny Verde, Dawna Montell, Ralphi Rosario, Sagi Kariv, Thiago Oliveira. Also, check back here for updates on this year's celeb guests.
More specifics will be posted as the date approaches. Here's a look back at last year's event, just to give an idea of what you can expect.
Festivities kicked off in PS on Friday at Renaissance Palm Springs, the site of the first two fetes, a pool party from noon until 6 pm; followed by The All-New Commando - Military Ball in the Renaissance Hotel Event Center, which took place from 9 pm until well past your bedtime. The party featured several top DJs, plus there's a lobby lounge and clothes-check available.
On Saturday, revelers headed out to the Wet & Wild Water Park party, held from 11 am until 6 pm at the only water park in Palm Springs. There was free shuttle service between the Renaissance Hotel and this fab 21-acre park packed with water slides, pools, and rides.
Next was the main event, the the White Party, from 9 pm until 7 am at the Palm Springs Convention Center and featuring a slew of talented DJs and musicians.
On Sunday, don't think you're going to simply sit back and do nothing. Yet again, there was a pool party, this time from 11 am until 4 pm. It's followed from 4 pm until 10 pm by the Sunday Sunset T-Dance, which is held at White Party Park, across from the Palm Springs Convention Center, and had Ferris Wheel rides and a huge fireworks show. Billed the world's largest T-Dance, it's hosted by DJ Grind and Ralphi Rosario.
Finally, the weekend culminated with the Sunday Closing Party in the Renaissance Event Center from 10 pm until 7 am - DJs Sagi Kariv and Danny Verde lead this event. Then you can rest.
Hotels tend to be packed this weekend, so book as soon as you can. Also note that the host hotel, the swanky Downtown Renaissance Palm Springs has special rates for this weekend - you can book online or call 760-322-6000, requesting special White Party rates, to take advantage of this offer.
For tickets to White Party events, book online at the official website - consider booking a White Party VIP Weekend Pass to take full advantage of every event at a great price ($399). You can also buy a standard weekend pass for $325.
Note that the White Party organizers are also behind some other amazing parties around the world, including the White Party Puerto Vallarta, held November 26, 2016 - you can purchase tickets here. And there's the White Party Bangkok, scheduled to take place Dec. 30, 2016–January 1, 2017 - it's quite a way to ring in the New Year. You can buy White Party Bangkok tickets here.
Palm Springs Gay Resources
You can be sure that the many Palm Springs gay bars as well as area restaurants, hotels and gay resorts will be making GLBT visitors feel extra welcome throughout the weekend. A number of resources out there offer extensive information on the city's gay scene, including the very useful site Gay Desert Guide (which also powers the events page for the Desert Gay Tourism Guild, another excellent resource), the online LGBT guide produced by the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism, the weekly Desert Daily Guide, and the Rage Monthly magazine.