Every year for the past 26 years, the city of Palm Springs (CA) has been home to the largest all-girl event and music festival in the world: The Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend popularly known as The Dinah.
Coinciding with the Ladies Professional Golf Association’s Kraft Nabisco Championship Golf Tournament (formerly the Dinah Shore Golf Championship), The Dinah has become the world’s largest lesbian event, bringing in national sponsors and booking entire high-end hotels , with our host hotel, The Hilton 100 percent occupied by our group!
Created in1991 and produced by Mariah Hanson under her Club Skirts’ marquee, The Dinah is a 5-day one-stop destination and international world-class event packed with non-stop activities, a series of outrageously fun pool parties, spectacular night entertainment at all of our mega events, live concerts by Top Ten Billboard recording artists, comedy shows, sport-games and social networking opportunities. The Dinah is a one-of-a-kind place where women of all ages, interests, ability relationship status, cultural background and profession come together for a long weekend getaway to meet and connect with other women, make new friends, reunite with old ones, and yes, find their dream girl!
Most of all, The Dinah is a unique travel destination for lesbians because it gives gay women from all over the world the opportunity to escape for five days from the rest of their 360-day life of make believe, in the closet, and provides them the freedom to be who they are and gain an extraordinary amount of self worth.
The Dinah is a unique vacation destination for lesbians because it brings women together for one big giant celebration of the community and women in general.
It’s about sharing a mutual respect and understanding for the different lives women live, the struggles they face, the obstacles they’ve overcome, the battles they won, and the successes they have accomplished.
What the Dinah offers is a glimpse of what life would be if everyone was accepting of each other -no matter what the size of their body, the color of their skin and/or the tax bracket they belong to – and, on an universal scale, how perfect the world would be if we could all be free to feel free!
The Dinah truly is a magical place where unforgettable memories and unbreakable bonds are created and cherished forever.
Palm Springs was reported as one of the world’s most famous destinations for LGBT leisure travelers by Community Marketing, Inc., a market research firm specializing in LGBT travel.
There is something truly special about Palm Springs beyond its beautiful oasis setting in the arid Southern California desert. The city, dubbed “the new Gay Mecca” boasts more gay and gay-friendly restaurants, nightclubs, hotels, retailers and other businesses than any other one gay destination in the world.
Nowhere else in the world do lesbians get such a strong sense of community, solidarity and acceptance, feeling as much as home within the walls of the event as anywhere else on Palm Springs’ playground.
Major media outlets from all over the world, whether TV Networks, News stations, talk shows, magazines, weeklies, dailies, online media, radio shows, syndicated press, or wire photo agencies, provide extensive coverage to the event every year. The Dinah has been featured (among others) in
Marie-Claire Elle (France) The San Francisco Chronicle Alice Magazine (South Africa) Curve Magazine BLIKK Magazine (Norway) FOX News/KDFX ABC / KESQ 97.1 AMP Radio
MTV/Logo/AfterEllen.com Out Magazine The Desert Sun Diva Magazine (UK) Cherry Magazine (Australia) The L Magazine (Germany) CBS 2 / KPSP NBC / KMIR 102.7 KIIS FM
The Dinah has been the subject of countless documentaries and TV segments including “Last Call With Carson Daly” on NBC. It also served as the focal location for Showtime’s hugely popular television drama series “The L Word”, and its equally successful TV reality spinoff “The Real L Word” – Showtime’s top-performing unscripted show in prime time, and the only all-lesbian cable reality TV show to remain on the air for more than one season.
The Real L Word shot episodes of Season One and Two at Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend and notably dedicated two back-to-back full episodes to the event in its third season.
Building on its reputation as the ultimate entertainment hub, The Dinah continuously delivers a spectacular slate of legendary headliners, rising pop stars and celebrities alike.
Covering the entire spectrum of the entertainment industry, The Dinah’s Talent roster runs the full gamut from Film, TV, Music, Fashion, Theater and Sports, among others.
The Dinah Shore Weekend is now a trendsetting event that entertainment industry insiders watch and jockey to book their artists’ performances. The Dinah features a phenomenal line-up of talent ever to perform at a lesbian event:
Meghan Trainor Christina Perri Bebe Rexha Lady Gaga Katy Perry Chaka Khan The Pussycat Dolls Natasha Bedingfield Dev Ke$ha Neon Hitch Salt’n Pepa India Arie Colbie Caillat Uh Huh Her
Drawing top-name celebrities, The Dinah restlessly sets its sights on raising the bar even higher year after year. Enjoying stratospheric success, Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend has positioned itself as an event the entertainment industry’s most elite go to. Celebrities who have attended Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend include:
Fernanda Rocha Jamie Lauren Michelle Babin Lea Lorraine
Committed to use its public impact to promote the greater good and travail for the LGBT community, The Dinah famously partnered with a variety of activist associations and charity organizations such as GLAAD, NOH8, Love is Louder, Equality California, and The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center, among others. The Dinah is not just a party but is also a platform for participants to take a stand, act and make a difference.
Held March 30th to April 3, 2016, The Dinah Shore Weekend, now in its 26th year, off the heels of the 25th Anniversary celebration with Meghan Trainor and Christina Perri, is expected to be the biggest it’s ever been.
One ticket gets Dinah goers into everything: pay once, play over multiple days! Individual tickets are available at the door. Entrance is only guaranteed with a weekend pass.
Twenty-six years is certainly a milestone for an all woman/all-lesbian event, and speaks volume with regards to the tight bond between not only The Dinah and the City of Palm Springs, but also, and most importantly, between the two entities and the thousands of lesbian travelers (either returning or attending for the first time) who uniquely create The Dinah family.
A successful marriage that year after year is going stronger than ever!
“It’s all about celebrating our formidably vibrant community, and the wonderful experiences and exceptional accomplishments we have created and shared together with our Dinah family members over these past 25 years,”
says Mariah Hanson, founder and producer of The Dinah Shore Weekend.