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Palm Springs White Party is Back, Baby

White Party returns to Palm Springs for 2022

The hedonism hiatus is over: the gay circuit party returns to the California desert April 29-May 1 2022. 

White Party finally returns to Palm Springs on April 29. The largest gay dance music festival in the world — typically attracting over 30,000 attendees to the California desert — has largely been on hiatus since 2019, due to lockdowns and last year’s death of longtime promoter and figurehead Jeffrey Sanker.

“It is an honor to continue White Party Palm Springs for my dear friend Jeffrey,” White Party global executive producer Chris Diamond said in a statement. “As we move forward with his vision of inclusion, diversity, and decadence, we are truly excited to once again showcase new dance music trends, global DJs, recording artists, state-of-the-art sound & visuals – and most importantly our returning guests…beautiful men from all over the world!”


Paula Abdul and Raye will appear at the 2022 White Party in Palm Springs


Grammy Award winner Paula Abdul will headline Sunday’s T-Dance on Sunday, May 1, and British singer-songwriter Raye will host Saturday’s main event, a six-hour Eternal-themed spectacle.

DJs from Israel, France, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, and Italy are booked to perform for three days of pool parties, T-dances, and nighttime bacchanals, many held at the host hotel, Hilton Palm Springs. A Friday night party at the Palm Springs Convention Center will feature a jungle theme — expect a lot of ripped T-shirts and jeans — while Saturday night’s dance event, also at the convention center, is centered on superheroes, with guests encouraged to dress as a sexy version of their favorite crime fighter. (

If you cannot make the 2022 White Party, we have curated a few of our favorite memories from the 2019 White Party to keep you warm.

This piece originally ran in the Spring 2022 issue of  Out Traveler print magazine. 

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