White Party Palm Springs Planning Tips
White Party Palm Springs: The Basics
White Party Palm Springs is an annual gay dance party festival held in the gay-friendly neighborhood of Palm Springs, California. The event is held during the month of April, typically spanning a long weekend.
Produced by Jeffrey Sanker, the festivities begin Friday afternoon and extend through Monday early morning. Take a look at the White Party Palm Springs Official Website, if you haven’t already.
Gay men from all around the United States and the world make the trip to sunny Southern California. Everyone flocks to this small desert town to enjoy pool parties by day and dance away the weekend nights.
A quite international crowd attends White Party as well! I met several guys from Israel and my friend David also flew in from the UK!
Read more below to learn more about what to wear to White Party Palm Springs, what White Party events are like, where White Party is held, and more tips for a successful White Party Palm Springs weekend!
Where is White Party Palm Springs Held?
In 2019, the Hilton Hotel Palm Springs hosted the famous gay White Party. The daytime pool parties were at the Hilton Hotel pool.
They lined entire pool area with cabanas and small pop-up bars. The energy is super high! A main stage is set up and dancers perform in front of the live DJ all afternoon.
The Palm Springs Convention Center hosts the nighttime dance parties. The space is very large and accommodates the crowd nicely.
There are adequate bathroom facilities, powerful air conditioning and adequate bar staff. It is a relief that you never have to wait more than a few minutes in line!
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What is White Party Like?
Here’s a little clip of one of the Whit Party 2019 performances at the outdoor concert.
What to Wear to White Party Palm Springs
You may be wondering if wearing white at ant parties is mandatory. I’ll fill you in. The trends for WP Palm Springs are a bit different than WP Miami.
White Party has themed nights which they announce in advance. Attendees largely follow the planned themes. In 2019, one dance party was military themed and the majority of men had some sort of themed clothing on.
Given that most people dress quite scantily in the parties, sometimes men only carry a themed accessory.
Most importantly, everyone does in fact wear white at the White Party main event. Most wear some sort of white trunks or shorts. In 2019, the theme of WPPS main event was “gods.” Many gung-ho partiers added some rather elaborate accessories to their look.
Where to Stay in Palm Springs for White Party
Many men choose to stay in the sponsored hotel for WPPS, which in 2019 was the Hilton. My friends and I opted to rent a large house for the weekend. Our own place afforded us more space, a private pool and jacuzzi, a large yard and full kitchen.
If you have a group of friends headed to WPPS, book a place on Airbnb! We were only four minutes away by car to the convention center.
WPPS Travel Tips
Many of my friends took an extra day off of work to have a day to decompress and prepare for the work week ahead.
Sometimes it sounds like a great idea to go straight from a red-eye flight to the office, but you will thank yourself later if you can work remotely or take an extra vacation day.