Palm Springs or Bust!

For 25 years lesbians from all walks of life, and from the furthest reaches of the globe, have make the annual pilgrimage to Palm Spring in search of everything from fun in the sun to live performances by some of today’s freshest female musical acts.

This over-the-top celebration of women, by women and for women – also billed as the “biggest lesbian event of its kind on the planet” – takes place just four hours away from Phoenix, making it a perfect road trip-worthy weekend getaway. Read more in "The Dinah Turns 25" and "Meet the Funny Ladies of The Dinah."

Echo caught up with two Arizonans, who also happen to be “Dinah virgins,” before they hit the road.

Jacqueline Weinstein, an Arizona native, said she’s looking forward to her first visit to Palm Springs and plans to incorporate some shopping and hiking into her wild weekend.

“I’m going to The Dinah with a really fun group of girls because I heard it’s a blast and it is a present to myself for recently coming out to both my family and professionally,” Weinstein said. “I’m more of a spectator when it comes to crazy pool parties, so I’m hoping to be entertained. I’m just excited to be a part of this big anniversary – and to see Meghan Trainor perform!”

Jacqueline Weinstein (left) and Briana Milam prepare for their first-ever weekend trip to The Dinah. All photos by Fernando Hernández.

According to Briana Lyn Milam, who lives in Surprise, Ariz., the 25th anniversary – combined with the fact that she’s single – was reason enough to finally see what all the fuss was about.

“In the past 25 years styles have changed, attitudes have changed and The Dinah continues to attract different crowds of people from all over the world to come and party,” Milam said. “I’m finally making the trip because my friends said it’s a blast. Palm Springs is gorgeous and it’s always nice to take a break from the Arizona heat.

I’m looking forward to relaxing for a couple days, meeting new friends and making some great memories.”

Because of the proximity, Arizona has always been well represented at the event.

“We love our Arizona contingency,” said Mariah Hanson, the event’s founder and producer, adding that the Grand Canyon State is a really important market. “The Arizona girls know how to party! We’re welcoming you guys with big smiles. It’s going to be an incredible year. We’re just really excited.”

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