Kate's Top Picks for Thanksgiving Weekend in Palm Springs

Thanksgiving week is upon us—the time to rest and reflect with gratitude on our many blessings, spend time with beloved friends and family, and help those less fortunate.  Here are some of my top picks for things to enjoy this Thanksgiving weekend in the Coachella Valley. Give back, shop, sweat, gawk…there’s something for everyone in Greater Palm Springs. Happy Thanksgiving, y’all! XOKate            

GIVE BACK

If you’ve never helped out at a local homeless shelter or food bank, this Thanksgiving is the perfect time to start.  Serve food, collect clothing or toys, or write a big, fat check! Check […]

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Top Picks for Family-Friendly Fun in Palm Springs this Halloween!

Greater Palm Springs always has something for everyone, and Halloween is no exception! While there are plenty of events for grown-ups (be sure to check out the Arenas Road Halloween Costume Contest), Palm Springs also has many family-friendly and kid-centric activities and events just in time for a scarily fun Halloween 2017! Here are some top picks. Have a safe, spooky and fun Halloween, everyone! XOKate

Family Fun Night Presents Ken Frawley’s Howlin’ Halloween Party!
Oct 25, 2017: 6 p.m.
Palm Springs Public Library: 300 S Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Come dressed in your Halloween costume and enjoy a fun and only slightly […]

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Greater Palm Springs Pride Announces Grand Marshals for the Annual Palm Springs Pride Parade!

Greater Palm Springs Pride has announced the Grand Marshals for the annual Palm Springs Pride Parade. This year’s marshals are Navy SEAL Kristin Beck, singer-entertainer and restaurateur Michael Holmes, and Fitness expert Craig Ramsay and celebrity hairstylist Brandon Liberati.

Retired United States Navy SEAL Kristin Beck has been named as the National Grand Marshal. Kristin Beck, born Christopher Beck, is known to be the first female Navy SEAL. Beck distinguished herself in 20 years of exceptionally meritorious service with Special Operations Forces (SOF) in the U.S. Navy SEAL teams before retiring in 2011 and after taking part in thirteen […]

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Looking for Something Fun to Do Next Weekend? ACE Is the Place!

The problem:

Looking for the summer fun to continue post-Labor Day? Need a fun staycation or getaway next weekend? Like beer? If you answered yes to any of the preceding questions, have I got a plan for you! The details have been announced for Ace’s sixth annual craft beer weekend, September 9th and 10th—traditionally the largest gathering of local and regional breweries in Palm Springs. The Craft Beer Weekend celebrates the microbrewers, hop heads, cask masters and maltsters who make the world a better place for beer lovers, and those who love them. 

The pitch:

Taste the day away —  Come […]

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Women Take Center Stage as Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival Announces 2017 Lineup and Tickets

The Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival continues with 100% female artists as it announces its fifth season of entertainment with 30 artists, including chart topping, Grammy-winning artists and award winning masters of their craft.  The Festival continues to create stories of its own, creating anecdotes that band members and the audience share about the unique weekend featuring women in jazz.

One story is about the stage. Since launching in 2013, the stage is reserved to exclusively recognize women musicians. “We recognize that men have a greater advantage attaining work as musicians,” says Gail Christian, Executive Producer of the […]

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Celebrity Interior Designer Christopher Kennedy to Design Sanctuary Palm Springs!

Photo: California Home + Design

Christopher Kennedy does it again!

I just learned that one of my faves, celebrity interior designer Christopher Kennedy (pictured at right), is going to donate services for the new Sanctuary Palm Springs House for LGBT youth in foster care. Kennedy will also hold a fundraiser on May 27th to support the home redesign. When I last caught up with the indefatigable Mr. Kennedy it was at his Christopher Kennedy Compound Home Tour (Modernism Week Show House 2017). Not content to rest on his laurels, Kennedy is passionate about giving back to the community, and Sanctuary Palm Springs is truly an excellent […]

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Mark Your Calendars: Comic Con Palm Springs Returns this Year, August 25 - 27, 2017

Now in its second year, Comic Palm Palm Springs will return August 25 – 27, 2017 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, located at 277 N. Avenida Caballeros. As with last year, Comic Con Palm Springs endeavors to bring together some of the most passionate and talented people from the world of comic books and entertainment to produce an exciting new comic con in one of the most famous and fun cities in the world. Its team reports they’ve spent years working, observing, and listening to what people want and sought from their comic con experiences, and seek to reflect that in the […]

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Kate's Top Picks for Ringing in the New Year in Palm Springs!

It seems New Year’s Eve is either one’s favorite—the sparkly dresses, the planning, the sense of anticipation that anything (or anyone!) might be possible in the new year, or least favorite holiday—”Amateur night,” it’s often called. Either way, I’ve put together a list that’s sure to elevate the evening from naughty to nice (or the other way around, if you like). Whether this is your first New Year’s Eve in Palm Springs, or your sixth, sixteen, or sixtieth, there’s something in Greater Palm Springs for everyone. Here are a few of my favorites.

And, if you happen to snap some sparkly selfies or groupies (is that […]

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Make This Season Bright: A Guide to a Palm Springs-style Holiday!

Spending the holidays in Palm Springs? Whether resident or visitor—there’s sure to be no coal in your stocking this year. There’s nothing like the clear, starry skies of a Palm Springs December night, and the days are picture perfect—sunny and bright with impossibly blue skies cradling the stark and steep expanse of the San Jacinto mountains—the perfect climate to enjoy all your favorite outdoor activities: golf, tennis, swimming, hiking, cycling, hot air ballooning, horseback riding, shopping, dining, tours, and so much more. Greater Palm Springs offers a wealth of activities and events to entertain you day and night during this holiday season…from farmer’s markets […]

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Palm Springs: A Perfect Fall Escape

The pool at Colt’s Lodge

It was my birthday weekend, and I was craving wide blue skies and sunshine. But I also wanted incomparable hiking, biking, swimming pools, massages, shopping, and fine dining. Clearly, that leaves only one place: Palm Springs. I have lived in or spent vast amounts of time in Palm Springs since 1998, but the desert in autumn never fails to thrill my senses. My best friend, Tina, also has had a life long love affair with Palm Springs, so we decided to plan the perfect Palm Springs fall escape.

We decided to try out a new (to us) boutique hotel, […]

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