Check out the entire list of day-to-day activities for the largest lesbian party on the planet, this March 28 - April 1 in Palm Springs
PALM SPRINGS -- If you haven't considered getting your tickets for The Dinah coming up at the end of March, you may be doing yourself a disservice.
Today is the absolute last day you can buy advance tickets ONLINE before the event begins this week.
Women will start arriving on Wednesday, March 28th, and party through Sunday, April 1. Check below for the latest added entertainment.
The largest all-women's music festival and party weekend on the planet is still in Palm Springs and still the same weekend it has been for 20+ years.
That weekend has always lined up with the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA)'s Kraft Nabisco Championship, which back in the day, had the real Dinah Shore's name attached to it, hence the name for this weekend of women.
Tickets for this year's Club Skirts Presents The Dinah are available for individual events or in several event package promotions, which are the best deal. Choose from the Pool, Bronze, Platinum and VIP Packages.
You have five fun-filled days of top-notch comedy, celebrity sightings, first class entertainment, dance parties like you have never seen and chart-topping performances, all in store.
And of course there will be a lot of fun and frolic around the infamous pool at the Riviera Resort and Spa, Celebrity dating games and dodgeball matches, vendors, and more dancing, all around the grounds of the weekend's main host hotel.
The Riviera is now sold out, but accommodations are still available at several nearby hotels at the Dinah rate. Make sure you mention "Club Skirts" when you call.
- Hilton Palm Springs -- located at 400 East Tahquitz Canyon Way. If you book here, Club Skirts will give you $20 off your weekend party passes.
- The Spa Resort Casino -- Bring some extra gambling cash, because it will be hard to walk around this hotel at 401 E Amado Rd, without scratching that itch.
- The Hyatt Regency Suites -- Awesome outdoor dining right along the strip. If you don't stay here, make sure you grab a drink there, anyway and watch the world travel past 285 North Palm Canyon Drive.
- The Renaissance Palm Springs -- Known for many years as the Wyndham Hotel, this used to be a Dinah event destination hotel. You can still take in some of its magic at 888 East Tahquitz Canyon Way. For more info, click
- Courtyard Marriott -- 1300 East Tahquitz Canyon Way.
- The Saguaro Palm Springs -- Come "rest your head on a rainbow" at 1800 East Palm Canyon Drive.
- Casitas Laquita -- This is a secluded, lesbian owned and operated resort located at 450 East Palm Canyon Drive.
- Car Rental: Use the Club Skirts official car rental sponsor! Enterprise will take a 15% discount off their rates, PLUS they'll match any low Enterprise rate and offer an additional 15% OFF. Contact Philip.J.Taube@ehi.com, or click HERE and use code: L32N053.
Make sure you don't wait until the last minute, or you may be staying in Riverside! Get those hotel reservations set and review the list of activities below so you can decide on what package suits your needs the best.
Here's the Run Down on the Weekend's Events
Wednesday, March 28
For those who wish to slide into town way ahead of the rest, maybe just relax a little or go enjoy this beautiful city before the ladies all descend later in the week, Wednesday is the perfect day to arrive.
Check in, grab a little lunch on Palm Canyon Drive, hop on the tram to the top of Mount San Jacinto, lay out by your pool, and then clean up and hit the FREE early bird welcoming party!!!
- The Dinah Official Pre-Party -- 8 pm - 12 am Riviera Resort and Spa
The Riviera was revamped several years ago and has a great ambiance at night. To take advantage of this beautiful atmosphere, Club Skirts has planned an ice breaker you won't want to miss.
Have dinner served poolside and bask in the glow of the fire pits. It's the perfect way to mingle with others after a relaxing day and break bread with new friends. Admission is Free!
Thursday, March 29
Whether you are already in town or arrive on Thursday you can do more of the same before heading out to the next big events on the agenda.
Mayor Pro-tem Ginny Foat, on behalf of the City of Palm Springs, will present Club Skirts presents The Dinah founder Mariah Hanson with a proclamation, naming her Honorary Deputy Mayor for the day.
Hanson will also present the city with a special award, thanking them for the hospitality and support for the past 22 years.
- Thursday Night Comedy: Laughing Loud 4 -- 8:30 pm Riviera Grand Ballroom
Join host Fortune Feimster (from Chelsea Lately) along with Suzanne Westenhoefer, Jessica Kirson and Karen Williams for a full night of side-splitting lesbian comedy. Arrive by 7:30 pm to mingle and choose your seat.
Comedy starts at 8:30 pm.
Fans of Fortune, make sure you keep an eye out the whole weekend, as she will be hosting every event and popping up wherever you least expect her!
Tickets for the Comedy are $30 in advance, $40 at the door or available online through the Platinum or VIP passes. Will Call will be available for weekend pass pick-up and Comedy Night ticket purchase, starting at 7 pm.
- Then get ready for The Dinah Opening Party presented by Curve Magazine. 9 pm at Zelda's Nightclub 611 S. Palm Canyon Drive (Note: new location!)
This is where you will get to experience Pussy Cat Doll Jessica Sutta up close and personal. Sutta will be performing her hit, "Show Me." The new facility has two rooms and an outside patio. DJs, women and dancing, too!
Tickets are required for this event. You can buy tickets at the door ($25) or online through the Platinum or VIP Pass. Note: Will Call and advance ticket sales will also be available Thursday afternoon from 2 - 6 pm at the Riviera Starlight Lounge.
Friday, March 30
Fridays are packed full of fun and really start the weekend off.
Head over to the Riviera Lobby, where you can take in all the "sights" (aka eye-candy) arriving for the weekend, grab a drink and pick up your weekend passes at Will Call, from 12 - 5 pm. Advance tickets for some events will also be available for purchase.
Hanging out in the Riviera lobby during check-in has become a long-standing tradition for many, and this year, Sirius XM radio will be broadcasting the Frank DeCaro Show LIVE with Frank and Doria Biddle
Then make sure you pack your sunscreen before heading out to this next event.
- The Thank God It's Dinah Friday (TGIDF) Pool Party, presented by Cherry GRRL -- 12 noon to 5 pm at Riviera Resort Main Pool
So much fun crammed into this big day. Lounging around a pool never felt, sounded (or looked) so good. You'll have DJs all day, dancing, plenty of imbibing, bobbing, girl watching, games, exhibitors, celebrity sightings and more.
Tickets for this all day pool party are available at the door ($40) or online through the Pool, Platinum or VIP Package passes. Will Call and advance tickets for the weekend will be available in the Riviera Lobby from Noon to 5 pm.
Club Skirts' Mariah Hanson has always been a leader in the march towards equality and this year she joins forces with HRC to bring you a fun way to not only raise awareness of HRC's own equality efforts, but also offer you the chance to meet, mingle and network with your favorite network and web series celebrities and the national HRC staff. There is no cover to attend.
After a day filled with sun, fun and networking, hit your rooms to relax and freshen up for the annual best dressed party event and a special event beforehand.
- An Exclusive Q & A with Meredith Baxter -- 7:30 pm Riviera Grand Ballroom
Suzanne Westenhoefer will host an intimate conversation with one of televisions favorite sitcom moms of all time, who came out two years ago and wrote a book about her life experiences. Her book, "Untied" will be available for purchase and Meredith will have a meet and greet and signing after the Q&A.
To learn more about the event, read this previous story in SDGLN this past January.
- The Dinah White Party -- 8 pm Riviera Resort and Spa Grand Ballroom
This event is always the must-attend event and make sure you wear your best white outfit!
Your ticket will get you plenty of dancing and live performances by emerging star showcase entertainers, Nina Sky and this year's pick by Mariah as the new rising star (she's picked them all), Wynter Gordon.
Tickets are $70 in advance, or at the door ($80) or available online through the Bronze, Platinum and VIP packages.
If you were running late or just got to town in time to check-in and get your white party dress on, you can also pick up your weekend passes at Will Call starting at 7 pm inside the Riviera Grand Ballroom.
VIPs get a special treat on Friday, starting at 9 pm at the MTV/LOGO VIP Party with the star-studded celebrity red carpet event from 10:00 - 10:30 pm.
Saturday, March 31
Better get up early to get the best seat for this fun-filled day in the sun.
- Get ready for the Cabana Girl Pool Party presented by LOGO -- 9 am Riviera Resort Main Pool
After you get that perfect spot, rub your eyes, pop some advil or grab a mimosa and then pick up your weekend passes or still-to-be-purchased tickets at the ticket table, poolside, from 9 am - 3 pm.
Don't miss these extra special events at the Cabana party:
- 1 pm: The 3rd Annual Celebrity Dodge Ball Match presented by OB. Come watch celebrity mayhem with Doria Biddle and Frank DeCaro on the garden area between Riviera's buildings 3 and 4.
- 5 pm: 3rd Annual Battle of the Web Series brought to you by One More Lesbian (OML). See your favorite web series stars go head-to-head with some unexpected results. Join Doria Biddle and Suzanne Westenhoefer host this crazy event on the pool stage area.
Note: There is a second pool area at the Riviera that is quieter and much lower key, with music from every decade to keep you entertained while you soak up the sun and prepare for a trip to Rio later in the evening.
Tickets for the Cabana Pool Party are available at the door ($40) or online through the Pool, Bronze, Platinum and VIP Package passes.
Saturday night get ready for party that will be off-the-hook. ** NEW ** Entertainment added!
- Bacardi presents, The Dinah Goes to Rio! -- 8 pm Palm Springs Convention Center
Neon's music and moves is sure to get you into the groove and mood for one of the biggest Divas ever to hit the pop charts and R&B scene, the legendary Chaka Khan! Expect her to bring her best of the best, just for the ladies, along with one of her big hits that will undoubtably become an awesome tribute to the late Whitney Houston.
VIPs get more "very important person" treatment, on Saturday, starting at 9 pm at the SheWired.com VIP Party with another star-studded celebrity red carpet event from 10:00 - 10:30 pm.
Sunday, April 1 ** NEW ** Entertainment added!
This is your final day to recuperate and relax in the sun, so make the most of it.
- The Sunday Dinah Pool Party and Tea Dance presented by SheWired.com -- 9 am at Riviera Resort Main Pool
Anjulie another top notch entertainer in the emerging artists showcase will perform, taking the stage before none other than DEV. Dev appeared last year (with The Cataracs) but is currently on tour to support the release of her first solo album, The Night the Sun Came Up.
In addition to these great performances, there will be go-go dancers, more vendors, and more. If your head is throbbing from the last two nights of fun, don't forget there is a second, quieter pool to relax around.
Passes and tickets for remaining events are still available poolside, from 9 am - 3 pm, but if you haven't already picked them up, what have you been doing all this time!??
Tickets for the final pool party are available at the door ($40) or online through the Pool, Bronze, Platinum or VIP party package passes. See thedinah.com for more information.
No April Fools going on here, there is still ONE MORE PARTY left!!
- The Official Closing Dance Party presented by GO! -- 9 pm at Zelda's Nightclub (Note: new location)
Don't miss the fabulous CeCe Peniston performing her big hits along with great DJs and fabulous go-go dancers. Ms Peniston has become a veteran of The Dinah so show her the same support she is showing this amazing weekend, year after year.
Tickets are available at the door ($25) or in advance online through a Platinum or VIP Party Package pass.
Wondering about all those DJs before you make your final purchase?
Here is a list of the biggest DJs from all over the country who are coming to town to rock the Dinah:
- DJ Lisa Pittman
- DJ Lezlee
- DJ Asha
- DJ Saratonin
- DJ Amara
- DJ Von Kiss
- DJ Sysco
- DJ Susan Levine
If you want more info on any of them, just google them!!
PLUS you'll see various celesbians from your favorite television and web series programs all weekend long.
For information about tickets for each event, scroll upward and look for specifics you are looking for.
Otherwise, go to The Dinah website for all your party passes and event tickets.
You can always get tickets to individual events at the door, but expect to pay the highest prices. Party passes are always the best deal.
Kick Off party at Rich's in San Diego
Don't miss the last local kick-off party right here in San Diego.
If you can't make it to Palm Springs this year, or even if you can but are getting a little antsy and want to get your dancing shoes oiled up, you will have one last chance.
March 8th presented by 607 Events, it is The Dinah Kick-Off at Rich's on University Ave in Hillcrest.
This Dinah pre-party soiree will have the fabulous Rich's decked out in beach decor, offer discounted cover before 10 pm, and a chance to win two tickets to The Dinah's Rio event (see details above).
A taste of Chaka
Chaka Khan told Club Skirts in a recent interview that "Ain't No Body" is her favorite song in her catalogue. Take a listen and remind yourself just how good this song is.
Photos: Top, left: Suzanne Westenhoefer, Comedy Night headliner, co-host of Celebrity Dodgeball, and moderator for Q & A with Meredith Baxter; Middle: An example of The Dinah's legendary pool party mischief; Bottom: Ladies attend one of The Dinah's nighttime dance party events.