Truly July: Events In Palm Springs

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How many of you read that in your heads as “Truly Julie?” Just me? Maybe it’s the heat. Not gonna lie — we’re in the triples already and it’s hot. It’s not the temperature as much as it is the sun. She’s really laying it on thick this year! Siestas are very popular in mi casa, as is hanging out in the pool with a noodle. Keep in mind it’s the hottest from 3 to 5 p.m., which is the perfect time to plop down for a late lunch/early dinner in a cool spot and ride it out with a cocktail. 

Happy hours are great for those who prefer to keep Rat Pack hours, a.k.a. dinner at 8 p.m. To get the party started, up on the north end of Palm Canyon, try 1501 Gastropub by Arrive Hotel, or PSAir on the south end of Palm Canyon, or Zin American Bistro downtown. 

About dinner: many of our restaurants have summer hours, meaning Thursdays through Sundays, but there’s no set “rule.” Everyone makes their own, so if you’re hankering to go to a very specific spot, do yourself a favor and call first. Alternately, if you’re strolling Palm Canyon it’s pretty easy to tell who’s open for happy hour or dinner.

Although nothing beats an ice cold beer on a hot summer day (fight me), that’s for the working class. You are on a swanky vacation in Palm Springs. How about a fruity beverage at a tiki bar? Tiki culture was very much a Palm Springs thing back in the 1950s, and it lives on at The Tonga Hut and Bootlegger Tiki (that is actually located in the old Don the Beachcomber). For the gay at heart, on Arenas we have Tuesdays Tiki & Trivia at Quadz. If you’re looking to decorate your home in authentic tiki, head over to the Antiques Mall on Industrial and Sunny Dunes (near Townie Bagels) and their tiki section. Plan on being there a couple of hours — that mall is like Labrynith without the Goblin King.

4th of July events in Palm Springs

A man in a baseball uniform on the field holds two baseballs in his left hand

It’s time to play ball in Palm Springs! Photo by Jose Francisco Morales on Unsplash

July 3: Backstreet Art Walk, 5 to 7 p.m.

July 4: Palm Springs Power baseball. Calendar here. Regular admission $10, seniors and students $8, heroes (all active military, police, fire, and EMS personnel) free with ID. POWER tickets (including a hot dog, chips, and soda) are $16. Next to the stadium, the swim center is holding a pool party from 3 to 9:30 p.m.

Rock the City, a concert featuring Fortunate Son (Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band), starts at 7 p.m. at Sunrise Park, between Ramon and Baristo. Park at the library and walk west toward Ramon (it’s in front of the stadium). Plop down on the lawn in the park, enjoy some CCR, vendor food, and probably some beer, and stay for the fireworks show. 

Weekly events in Palm Springs


Adult tap classes 

Cabaret Riot at Revolution Stage Company (full bar)


Trivia Night (5:30 p.m.) at Hunters on Arenas


Drag Me To Bingo Hunters on Arenas


Jueves de Drift at The Drift

Palm Springs Village Fest (free) 7 to 10 p.m.

Free admission to Palm Springs Art Museum 5 to 8 p.m.

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The front marquee at the Palm Springs Cultural Center

Welcome to the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Photo courtesy of the Palm Springs Cultural Center

Palm Springs Cultural Center — Formerly the historic Camelot Theatres, they have the largest screen in town and a state-of-the-art Dolby sound system. They show some of the best old movies ever, and they screen it in whatever format it was shot. Here’s a taste:

July 5: North by Northwest (part of the Hitchcock retrospective)

July 6: Star Wars

July 12: John Waters’ Cry Baby

July 14: Sid and Nancy 

PSUnderground — As always, this is the most creative dinner and brunch club in town, from concept to talent to menu. Price includes your booze, your food, and fabulous fun. I heard they’ll be taking August off, so last chance before September. 

V Wine Lounge — They’ve got three banging entertainers, four nights a week, and karaoke on Wednesday.

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Stay hydrated, stay local, and stay fabulous, you. See you around town!