Frequently Asked Question
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I have to be vaccinated to attend?
Is The Dinah expensive?
You will not find this level of event production, talent and service at any other similar event. The best way to attend the Dinah and get the biggest bang for your Dinah buck is to purchase a Festival Pass. With the festival pass, the cost of each individual event is considerably less than if you purchased each one at the door. Many events are free with the purchase of the early bird Festival Pass. If you attend only three main events, you’ve almost paid for the cost of the entire pass which includes seven events, so in effect all other events are free. We encourage early sales so that you may purchase the event at the best possible price. We will remind you of this repeatedly, so get on our mailing list! We do our best to keep our prices down without skimping on production and talent. We also sell individual event tickets one month before the event so that if you are on a budget you can still come for the day or a single event.
Who comes to The Dinah? Is it just for cis women?
No! It’s for all female identified women, non-binary folks and Trans folks, which we will refer to throughout our reading material as queer women, and their supportive friends, of course. We promote an inclusive, empowering environment for all queer women but we also realize we have supportive allies in respectful trans and cis men, so as long as your idea is to empower and respect all things female identified, everyone is welcome but the event is primarily designed to empower and celebrate queer women.
I heard this is just a wild party. Is that true?
NOPE! Sure, it’s a rather large celebration and that can look like a wild party at times, but The Dinah is so much more. If you like the idea of being around queer women from all over the world, who are celebrating their lives out loud and creating community, unity and absolute joy then The Dinah is for you. It’s a very powerful event. Attendees leave it feeling changed, inspired that we can get along, that our differences are the smallest part of who we are, and that when we allow ourselves to, we recognize that we are all one, despite external differences that do not matter in the larger scheme of things. Do come join us. Celebrate our power as queer women and join in the celebration and the freedom to be just who you are, as you are!
What’s the age average? Can my mom come too?
The Dinah is attended by queer women and allies of all ages. There’s something to do for everyone. We love that young queer women are mingling with their more mature counterparts. If you are younger, reach out to someone older and vise versa. This event is about a unique celebration of all of us, no matter our age, ethnicity, size, economic status, et al. The Dinah is about personal freedom and expression, so go for it! And yes, queer women have brought their Mom’s and they both had a blast! The Dinah is inspiring and empowering for all queer women and their friends,
Where is The Dinah?
The Dinah is always and only held in Palm Springs, CA.
How old do I have to be to attend?
If my girlfriend is turning 21 at the Dinah, can she come?
Do you produce other Dinah events?
MT Productions, Inc, dba The Dinah, has been producing the world famous Dinah Shore Weekend for 31 years, only in Palm Springs. At this time, we don’t have plans to produce any other Dinah events in other locations. Imitation is the highest form of flattery and the greatest sign of success. We take it as a compliment that we are always imitated but as the saying goes, and experience has proven, we are never duplicated! If you want The Dinah experience you’ve been reading and hearing about for over three decades, you’ll find only with us, and only in Palm Springs.
Is The Dinah a golf tournament?
Can I go to the Dinah alone? How easy is it to meet people?
Yes! Many queer women and allies come by themselves and end up leaving having made lots of new friends and some have even found their dream partner.
Can my guy friends attend with me?
Are transgender folks welcome to attend?
Do you allow dogs?
Can I bring my kid & my nanny?
You can, but the children are not allowed into any events, including the pool parties. But if you wanted to book a hotel room for them, that would be fine. There are so many things to do in the Palm Springs area for children of all ages. Check with your hotel concierge for more information.
Do you sell out?
We sell out of some events. To avoid that, and to save money, purchase your tickets now by clicking our Dinah ticket link! Tickets are always less expensive in advance. Waiting until the event to purchase does not guarantee admittance but it does guarantee you will pay the highest price. We do make announcements when we are close to a sell-out, so join our fan page on Facebook and/Instagram add your email addy to our newsletter form to be the first to know!
Are there a lot of international queer women attending?
Queer Women and their allies from all over the world come to The Dinah. There’s always an opportunity to practice what you learned in that French or Russian class you took; or better yet, pick any foreign language and start learning now. The Dinah is international, indeed! ial travel restrictions.
Where do I stay?
We recommend staying at any of the official hotels listed on our website. It’s the only way we can guarantee not only the best rate available, but you’ll have an excellent experience because you’ll be staying at a hotel that appreciates our group. We have input into the level of customer service you will experience. That said, if you want to be in the heart of the action, stay at a main hotel that is hosting Dinah events in Palm Springs. If you want a somewhat quieter experience, stay at one of our overflow hotels. All of our hotels sell out, so please book early. However, there are penalties for canceling once you book, so please only book if you are sure you are going.
How early can I book my trip & reserve my hotel room?
Do you provide room shares? How would I connect with other Dinah attendees ahead of time to work out a roommate arrangement?
Are there group discounts?
If I have a special Hotel Honors rate, does it apply?
Do you give travel agents commission?
If all the hotels are sold out, what do I do?
FLIGHTS AND TRANSPORTATION
How do I get to The Dinah?
Do you pick up at the airport?
We do not offer airport transfers.
Are there shuttles services?
Do you supply airline tickets?
Where do I park if I am not staying at the host hotel?
There’s plenty of street parking around the hotels where ourevents take place. Make sure to always read the street signs to avoid a ticket or getting towed.
What else can I do in Palm Springs while attending the Dinah?
Palm Springs offers a variety of amazing activities to do. We recommend you visit the Visit Gay Palm Springs website for a list of places to visit and things to do around the city.
Are there restaurants nearby?
Our host hotels are located in or around Palm Springs where you’ll find a variety of restaurants, all either in walking distance or a short drive away. Also, the food at the Margaritaville is pretty darn good! We highly recommend Trio Restaurant! Say hi to Tony!
EVENT TICKETS / PACKAGES / WRISTBANDS
When should I buy tickets?
Do you take credit cards?
What kind of package deal can I purchase? What does it give me access to?
You can purchase our Dinah Hotel Package which includes a three night stay and premium passes. Please see details on the website.
Upon arrival where do I pick up my pass and check in?
You can retrieve your Dinah Pass/Wristband at Will Call. Locations and hours will be posted online prior to the event and emailed to all guests who have purchased passes/tickets. You MUST present the Eventbrite confirmation with barcode to retrieve your wristband.
I purchased tickets/passes through the Dinah website, will I get an email confirmation?
Do I need a copy of my email confirmation to pick up my tickets/passes?
Are food & drinks included in these packages?
Food and drinks are not included in any Dinah tickets or packages. However, food and drinks will be available onsite for purchase.
My friend decided to come at the last minute; can she purchase tickets at the door?
I purchased in advance, but now I have an emergency and can’t go. Can I get a refund? If not, can I transfer my ticket to a friend?
Unfortunately, tickets are non-refundable. At the producer’s discretion, tickets can be transferred to a friend for an additional cost, at the discretion of the producer or applied to a future year, also at an additional cost and at the discretion of the Producer. Please make your request in writing with the reason why you need to transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org. We evaluate each requst separately.
Can I slide off my wristband and give it to a friend?
No, you can not. This will result in the forfeiture of your wristband. If your wristband appears to be loose enough to slide off of your wrist, or if the ends are not the same size and it appears you have tampered with the bracelet in any way, your band will be revoked and will have to repurchase a wristband to gain entry.
Will I be able to leave and return to the event?
If I accidentally damage my wristband, can I get a new one?
DURING THE DINAH
Do I need to show my ID to get into each event (Pool parties/Night parties)?
Is there a Lost & Found?
Is smoking allowed?
Where can I find an ATM machine to withdraw some cash?
We list all ATM locations in our digital program book that we release via our email ist about two weeks prior to the event. Get on our mailing list!.
Can I pass out flyers inside/outside the event?
Can I get food and drinks inside the event?
Can I bring my own drinks?
Are there accessible power plugs to recharge computers and cell phones?
Are the cabanas at the pool accessible on a first come first serve basis, or do you have to reserve them?
Cabanas have to be reserved ahead of time and are offered first to our Dinah Hotel Package and Premium Pass Holders, and then the general public. You can purchase them online on The Dinah’s website provided they are available for sale. Each year is different. 2024 looks like very few cabanas will be available.
I want to buy a Dinah hat or t-shirt to show everyone I was here! Where do you sell it?
STAY CONNECTED AT THE DINAH
While at The Dinah, how do I find out about the activities for the day?
It is so not cool to fake or exaggerate a disability to gain access to disability accommodations. We are a small company with limited resources and need to utilize our resources to help those who legitimately require assistance.
Each venue has ADA parking. Please contact the hotel 30 days ahead of time to see if they can reserve you a space as ADA parking is limited.
We encourage patrons with mobility disabilities to utilize personal forms of transportation, including wheelchairs and scooters. Crutches, walkers and canes are also encouraged. Please note that we will not be renting assisted mobility devices onsite.
The Venue is navigable for people with mobility disabilities. Please be advised that the venue’s terrain is partially grass. Premium Pass areas are accessible. Guests will need to traverse throughout the festival grounds between stages independently or with the assistance of a companion as the festival does not provide transportation between stages.
Our venues provide limited ADA parking. Please email the venue at least 30 days in advance to let them know you will need ADA parking so your spot can be reserved. Please write us at email@example.com at least 30 days in advance if you have trouble reaching the hotel so we may help to reasonably accommodate you. To utilize ADA Parking, you must have:
Reasonable Accommodations Viewing Areas
Viewing areas for ADA attendees and their 1 companion are available at the main evening events Friday and Saturday at Margaritaville for those who may need to see above the crowd for our performances. If you have more than one companion, they will need to purchase a premium pass in order for them to view the performances with you. You must write us at firstname.lastname@example.org a minimum of 30 days in advance to gain access to these areas.
American Sign Language interpreters will be available for select performances upon request.
Requests for these services must be emailed to us at least 30 days prior to the event to allow for preparation. To submit a request, please write is us at email@example.com.
The deadline receive ADA requests is July 24th, 2024.
All concessions are accessible and located throughout the venue. If assistance is required, please confer with a hotel and or Dinah staff member.
A designated medical site staffed by trained personnel are located at the pool parties and the main weekend night events to manage any medical issues. Check the Festival Maps for locations.
All prescription medications must be in the original manufacturer container with your name on it, which matches your government-issued photo ID. Please only bring a sufficient amount of medication for the duration of the event.
Additional Service Requests
The Dinah will consider any request by an attendee with a disability for reasonable modification of its policies, practices or procedures. We encourage you to make any such request as far in advance as possible, but a minimum of 30 days to enhance our ability to evaluate and fulfill the request. The deadline is July 24, 2024.
In continually trying to make our festival more accessible, we encourage you to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any of your accessibility-related needs. Additionally, if you have any questions about ADA policies or our services, please reach out to us.
Please note that it may take up to three business days (weekends not included) to receive a response. During the week of the event, you can expect a response within 24 hours. If you are already onsite at the event and require assistance, please visit any of our staff onsite to receive direct assistance.
We welcome and encourage any feedback and suggestions from our attendees. Please email us at email@example.com. We will do our best to help you have an unforgettable experience.
BE PART OF THE DINAH TEAM
How do I join the Dinah team?
We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated people like you to join our team! You must have music festival experience. We are specifically looking for an assistant Production Manager. Learn how to join the Team Dinah here.
I want to sell my goods at The Dinah! How do I become a vendor?
All vendors must be approved. The first step in the process is to complete this Dinah Vendor Application and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once approved, you will be sent instructions outlining how to make payment for the vendor spot.
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