Asian/Pacific Gays and Friends
Asian/Pacific Gays and Friends

The International Friendship Conference (IFCON) is an annual gathering hosted over the years by members of the International Friendship Alliance (IFA) and Long Yang Club (LYC), two groups dedicated to providing social activities for gay Asians and their friends.

 

In 2018, the 29th edition of IFCON will be held in the scenic resort city of Palm Springs, California from August 31st to September 3rd.

 

Palm Springs has one of the highest per capita LGBT populations in the country. It’s history as a gay oasis in the desert began during Hollywood’s golden age, when it became a getaway for celebrities, both gay and straight, trying to escape the prying eyes of the paparazzi. Actors were restricted from traveling more than 200 miles from Los Angeles during filming, and Palm Springs provided a nearby and laid-back place to relax.

 

Today Palm Springs is renowned as a vacation and retirement mecca for gays and lesbians. You’ll find numerous bars, clubs, restaurants, resorts and other businesses catering to the gay traveler. The highest concentration of bars is located on Arenas Road east of Indian Canyon Drive, while the Warm Sands neighborhood is home to a number of clothing-optional resorts.

 

The Coachella Valley is famous for its natural beauty and offers an array of outdoor activities, including biking, golf, hiking, horseback riding, swimming, and tennis in the nearby desert and mountain areas. The city’s mid-century modern architecture and design elements also attract enthusiasts, especially during Modernism Week.  Downtown Palm Springs features a walkable main street with hundreds of art and antique shops, vintage and trendy clothing boutiques and classic and modern home furnishing outlets. Downtown events include a weekly street fair held every Thursday evening.

 

So please make plans to join us in 2018!

 

For more information go to:  www.ifcon2018.org

 

Tentative Schedule Of Events:

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 30, 2018
  • 12 pm  – 5:30 pm:  IFCON Early Bird Registration
  • 6 pm – 9 pm:  Pre IFCON welcome party
FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 2018
  • 12 pm – 5:30 pm:  IFCON Registration
  • 6 pm – 8 pm: Palm Springs – Gayest place on earth.  Welcome reception.
  • 9 pm – 2 am: It’s Palm Springs IFCON. Fun on Arenas
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2018
  • 9 am – 3 pm:  Various tours throughout the day
  • 10 am – 12 pm: Hospitality suite open
  • 5 pm – 9 pm:  Wet ‘n’ Wild water park.  1500 S Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2018
  • 9 am – 4 pm:  Various tours throughout the day
  • 9 am – 12 pm:  Hospitality suite open
  • 9 am – 10 am:  IFCON Board meeting
  • 7 pm – 10 pm:  IFCON Redcarpet Gala
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2018
  • 11 am – 1 pm:  Farewell brunch
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September

Wednesday, September 27th - Rainbow Skate Night at 8 PM in Glendale  (Information Only)

 

Saturday, September 30th - Movie/Potluck Night at 6:30 PM featuring Night Flight

 

NOTE:  No Bowling in September - will resume in October

October

Sunday, October 15th - AIDS WALK Los Angeles  (Information Only)

 

Monday, October 16th - Bowling at Pickwick in Burbank starting at 7 PM - RSVP Required

 

Tuesday, October 17th at 3:45 PM - TV Show Taping of Superior Donuts - Tickets Required

 

Saturday, October 21st - Movie/Potluck Night at 6:30 PM

 

Wednesday, October 25th - Rainbow Skate Night at 8 PM in Glendale  (Information Only)

 

Thursday, October 26th - Theatre Night featuring Yohen at the East West Players at 8 PM