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The Empowering Impact of Palm Springs Drag Queens

Palm Springs is a city that prides itself on its welcoming attitude towards diversity. The community celebrates and embraces differences in people of all backgrounds and cultures, making it a destination for people from all over the world. And we love our drag queens!

Drag Now. Drag Forever.

Taking a stand against anti-drag bills and LGBTQ+ extremism and to support the historic form of artistic expression and advocacy, Greater Palm Springs Pride organizers also announced the Pride Week theme is ‘Drag Now. Drag Forever.’ Pride is November 3 – 5, 2023.

A year-round extravaganza, Palm Springs celebrates all. For all those who are under attack, including straight allies and entertainers, that in this anti-drag, anti-LGBTQ+ era, Palm Springs will be a city of sanctuary and freedom of expression of all forms.

Greater Palm Springs Pride president and CEO Ron deHarte, who is also a City Council member said in a statement, “‘Drag Now. Drag Forever.’ is a theme that calls on the community to unite and support the drag community. Drag is not a crime. Our country has a rich history of drag as an artistic expression, standard of activism, and the backbone of fundraising in the community. We call on everyone to support the drag community and fight all anti-LGBTQ+ bills that threaten the freedom and equality of all.”

drag Now. Drag Forever with Ron
Credit: Taya Gray

Drag Is Art

Drag shows in Palm Springs are not just about the performances themselves, but also the colorful and flamboyant costumes, makeup, and set design that goes into them. Drag artists in the area have created a true art form that not only entertains but also inspires.

Overall, the drag community in Palm Springs is thriving and pushing the boundaries of what drag can be. It’s not just about putting on a show, it’s about creating art that challenges social norms and celebrates individuality.

drag Is Art

Drag Queens are Community

Palm Springs drag queens are not just performers, but an integral part of the local LGBTQ+ community. They have created a space where everyone is accepted and celebrated, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

Many drag queens in Palm Springs are involved in activism and advocacy work, using their platforms to raise awareness about important issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community. They have also become mentors to younger generations, offering a sense of guidance and support to those who may be struggling with their identity or self-esteem.

In addition to their community involvement, Palm Springs drag queens bring a unique and vibrant energy to the city’s nightlife scene. Their performances are incredibly entertaining and bring people together for an unforgettable experience.

Palm Springs drag queens reflect the acceptance and inclusivity that characterize this beautiful desert city. They show us that being different is beautiful, and that through unity and celebration, we can create a better world for all.

william Perez Drag Queen
William Perez, also know by Bijou, was at the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City. He speaks at a rally in Palm Springs on April 18, 2023. Credit: Taya Gray

Palm Springs Drag Happenings

Drag Shows

Get ready for a night of high-energy fun and entertainment at Chill Bar in Palm Springs with their fabulous drag performances! This renowned bar features some of the most talented drag performers in the area, who are sure to leave you breathless with their stunning shows. Enjoy a sassy Sunday night drag show with host Ongina. Performances by Ru All Stars, Aria Williams, Madame LaQueer. The performers at Chill Bar come from all walks of life and backgrounds, but share a passion for putting on a show that will have you laughing, cheering, and feeling alive. Whether you’re a fan of classic drag queen acts or newer, edgier performances, Chill Bar has something for everyone.

drag queen Ongina at chill

Toucan’s Tiki Lounge – The legendary queen and Toucan’s resident drag month extraordinaire, Tommi Rose, present with her Playgirls. This is Palm Spring’s longest running drag revue. Also catch Sabryna Williams, Kickxy Vixen, and Chameleon Jazmyn “The People’s Queen” Simone, who will entertain you with an all-star cast. At Toucans, you can expect an unforgettable evening of entertainment, drinks, and dancing. The atmosphere is lively and welcoming, with a diverse crowd of locals and visitors alike. The staff is friendly and attentive, ensuring that you have the best possible experience.

Illusions  – Illusions the Drag Queen Show is the perfect combination of spectacular burlesque style and comedy performances by celebrity impersonators and the funniest drag queen hosts you’ll ever have the pleasure of encountering.

illusion drag show

Drag Brunch

Mile High Boozy Brunch is always fun at PS Air.  This drag brunch is a popular event that combines aviation, food, and drinks for a unique experience. The airplane used for the brunch is a beautifully restored 1954 DC-3 aircraft that adds to the unique charm of the event. It has become a must-visit destination for anyone looking for a fun and memorable experience in Palm Springs. There’s nothing quite like this event space.

ps air show brunch

Come see why Oscar’s Bitchiest Brunch is the longest-running ‘Drag Brunch’ in Palm Springs. Meet some of the most outrageous drag queens in town. The one thing we never run out of is attitude!  Arrive an hour early to ensure proper food ordering and delivery time.   Brunch and Bottomless Mimosas sold separately. Saturdays with alternating hosts Sherry Vine, Jackie Beat, and Billy L’Amour.

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A new player in town, Reforma Palm Springs, brings a variety of drag brunches Palm Canyon Drive. Brought to you by the owners of Chill Bar, enjoy big names parities like Dolly Parton and Spice Girls, to fun music themes drag brunches like Studio 54 and Broadway. This popular event combines delicious food with unique and captivating performances by fabulous drag queens, making it a must-see experience for anyone visiting Palm Springs.

Drag Dinner Show

Oscar’s is the scene of Palm Springs with great events. At Oscar’s Cabaret you’ll enjoy celebrity impersonator superstars perform during this dinner show. The show is currently hosted by local Palm Springs favorite, Tommi Rose. They also have a Latin Fever Monday Night featuring the best of Latinx drag performers. Produced and hosted by Jesus Cora aka La Tal Monica, who you’ll know from Toucan’s.

Oscar's Cabaret

The sophistication and glamour of the Rat Pack era comes alive at Michael Holmes’ Purple Room, the desert’s premier supper club.  Tucked away in the Club Trinidad Hotel, The Purple Room is where Frank, Sammy, Dean, and their pals cavorted on and off the stage in the swinging 60s. Don’t forget Sunday nights. Experience the hysterical smash hit, The Judy Show, a parody of the great icons of the 60s, staring Michael Holmes.

The Judy Show flyer

Look for special shows throughout the season like Randy Roberts. Randy Roberts brings his acclaimed “One Of The Girls (who’s One of the Boys)” to Palm Springs, an old school, classic drag show with a modern twist.

Palm Springs Drag Bingo

Drag Me To Bingo Wednesdays is at Hunters on Arenas. Drag artists Rusty Waters and Alexa Steal are your hosts. Their lively drag queens will keep you entertained throughout the evening as they call out numbers and dish out sass. It’s not your average bingo night, so be prepared for surprises and laughs.

Hunters Drag Me to Bingo

And we can’t forget the ever popular master of ceremonies, Bella da Ball. Bella da Ball is a beloved Palm Springs drag queen and entertainer who has been performing for over 40 years. Known affectionately as the “Queen of the Desert,” Bella is a local icon who has dedicated her life to bringing joy and laughter to audiences far and wide.

Bella’s performances are a blend of comedy, music, and glamour, featuring stunning costumes and witty banter. She has hosted countless events throughout her career, from charity fundraisers to LGBT pride celebrations, and is a staple of the Palm Springs entertainment scene. In short, Bella da Ball is not just a drag queen – she is a true Palm Springs legend, and a shining example of what it means to be a part of this vibrant and welcoming community.

You’ll find her Monday Nights hosting Drag Bingo & Trivial Night in King’s Highway at the Ace Hotel (among many other places).

bella da Ball drag queen

A Palm Springs Drag Queen Motel

Welcome to the fabulous Palm Springs Trixie Motel, where guests are always greeted with a warm welcome and a touch of glamour! The Trixie Motel is a unique and quirky accommodation, created and owned by our most famous drag queen, Trixie Mattel.

Trixie Mattel is a drag queen, singer-songwriter, comedian, and television personality. Her real name is Brian Michael Firkus and she first gained fame after competing on the seventh season of RuPaul’s Drag Race in 2015. Trixie become a fan-favorite and was invited to compete on the third season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars in 2018, where she won the crown and $100,000.

Her motel features a vibrant pink exterior and interior décor that reflects Trixie Mattel’s signature style, creating a fun and playful atmosphere throughout the property. The hotel offers 10 uniquely designed guest rooms each with their own special touch, from vintage furnishings to custom artwork, ensuring that each stay is a unique experience.

FLOWER room at TRIXIE. motel

Note: Please always check dates and times as events can change without notice.

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