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Best Gay Events in Florida in 2018

Top Gay Events in Florida in 2018

Gay Events are always big in Florida! Take a look at this list and let us know in the comments if you plan on attending any of them.

Pride Fort Lauderdale(Updated) Pride South Florida, Fort Lauderdale (February 11)

Held for nearly four decades running, this is a well-run and well-attended (some regard it as the largest pride event in the state) event held on Fort Lauderdale Beach South adjacent to B Ocean Resort. Local and national bands entertain those at the outdoor market featuring hundreds of vendors, an array of food and cocktail booths and a large dance floor. The famous Aids Memorial Quilt typically makes an appearance at Pride South Florida – a must-see for those who have not viewed this powerful reminder of the AIDS pandemic up close. Visit their website for more info: www.pridefortlauderdale.org

Winter PartyWinter Party Festival, Miami Beach (February 28-March 6)

The prettiest people seem to turn up for this glamorous six-day party, which takes place during the cooler months in Florida but gets fairly steamy at night. Some of the world’s top DJs are known to perform here under towering tents and streaming lights, and surrounding clubs piggyback the event with special promotions. While it’s a heavily male crowd, the event also features some special events that cater solely to women. Visit their website for more info: www.winterparty.com

PrideFest of the Palm Beaches, Lake Worth (March 24-25)

For a more low-key and family-friendly LGBT festival, PrideFest spreads throughout the Lake Worth and Treasure Coast community with not only a parade, vendors and entertainment but a sense of welcoming among the area’s restaurants and businesses. A feel-good event for sure; even the Mayor of Lake Worth typically gets involved by raising the Pride flag at City Hall each year. Visit their website for more info: www.compassglcc.com/events/pridefest-of-the-palm-beaches

BeachBear Weekend, Fort Lauderdale (March 26-April 1)

One of South Florida’s newest gay events, the BeachBear patterns after California’s LazyBear Weekend and caters to the more rugged, outdoorsy types. Expect to see a lot of bearded, burly men and hairy chests filling the beaches, riding shuttles to and fro and taking advantage of special discounts at area bars and businesses. Proceeds from the sponsored events benefit the Pride Center, which supports the local LGBT community. Visit their website for more info: www.beachbearweekend.com

Miami Beach Gay Pride, Miami Beach (April 2-8)

There’s something for everyone packed into this huge two-day event in lovely Miami Beach. Young and old alike can find live bands that suit their tastes, families can enjoy parade festivities and kid-friendly activities and the party crowd can let loose at a rooftop bar dance party or other gay events. And of course, there are always the bustling beach parties that happen nonstop throughout the weekend. Visit their website for more info: www.miamibeachgaypride.com

OutShine Film Festival, Miami (April 20-29) and Fort Lauderdale (October 12-21)

While the focus of this festival is the dozens of documentaries and short films chronicling the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual people, some come just for the fancy soirees. Film enthusiasts can meet directors and cast members while they wine and dine at cocktail receptions and VIP parties held around the event. Visit their website for more info www.mifofilm.com

Gay Memorial Day WeekendGay Memorial Day Weekend, Pensacola (May 24-28)

This is a four-day Memorial Day weekend that never sleeps. Between the special theme parties for both men and women, the drag bingo, the beach parties, the daytime food vendors and the late-night dancing, this is a memorable experience that draws people of all races and ages to the Florida Panhandle – a refreshing change of scenery from the more popular South Florida. Check out their facebook page for more info: www.facebook.com/events/227292387774720

Gay Days Orlando (May 31-June 4)

What began in 1991 as an unofficial weekend where LGBT visitors show up at Disney World and wear red has blossomed into one of the world’s most popular and well-known weekends for gay and lesbian tourist. “We were voted the number one global destination in 2013, which we’re excited about,” said Chris Alexander-Manley, President of Gay Days, Inc. “It helps that we’re in one of the top tourist destinations in the world.” The weekend’s appeal spans all ages and applies to all of Orlando’s theme parks. Visit their site for more info:
www.gaydays.com

Stonewall Street FestivalStonewall Pride Parade and Festival (June 16)

It’s an 11-hour LGBT blast, with performances late into the evening on three different stages, along with a marketplace featuring vendors selling arts, crafts and more. There are also food trucks, frozen drink tents and a Kids Zone and the Stonewall Summer Pride Twilight Parade. Visit their site for more info: www.wiltonmanorsstonewall.com

St. Pete Pride, St. Petersburg (June 23-24)

This humongous festival draws around 100,000 marchers to the parade in downtown St. Petersburg’s Historic Grand Central District, as well as hundreds of thousands of visitors enjoying the area’s clubs and beaches. As an added bonus this year, the parade has been moved to nighttime rather than its usual mid-day launch, giving attendees a relief from the heat and giving visitors more time to relax at BBQs, tailgates and parties during the day. Visit their site for more info: www.stpetepride.com

Tropical Heat, Key West (August 15-19)

Held in the thick of summer, this event is possibly the hottest – both figuratively and literally – event in Florida. All events are male-oriented and most are clothing optional, including the morning yoga, the pool parties, the happy hours and the charity fundraiser parties. Not for the timid! This event draws men from all over the world and seems to grow in size every year. Visit their site for more info: www.tropicalheatkw.com

Key West WomenfestKey West Womenfest, Key West (September 5-9)

Womenfest is the female answer to Tropical Heat, though a lot less risqué. This week of fun includes watersports, hot tub parties, dancing, comedy shows, happy hours, trolley tours and other outings. For those looking for romance, there are plenty of mixers and matchmaking activities – in 2013, the “speed meeting” event at Pearl’s Patio Bar & Grill was a hit. Visit their site for more info: www.womenfest.com

Come Out With Pride, Orlando (Oct 13)

An entertaining and exciting event for both LGBT and non-LGBT visitors alike, Come Out With Pride – also known as Orlando Pride – takes over downtown and other areas for a week. With big-name sponsors such as Macy’s and Universal Studios, the parade and its colorful costumes and elaborate floats is something to behold, and the fireworks show is one of the best you’ll see outside of July 4th. Vivst their site for more info: www.comeoutwithpride.com

Tampa Gay and Lesbian Film Fest, Tampa (October)

The Tampa Bay Business Guild, the Bay Area Human Rights Coalition, and the Tampa Bay Gay Men’s Chorus come together to host this film festival, screened at the historic Tampa Theatre. While a few parties and galas surround the event, it is centered mainly on film and the arts, attracting a more cerebral crowd. Visit their site for more info: www.tiglff.com

Fantasy Fest, Key West (October 19-28)

Fantasy Fest is like Comic Con meets gay pride, with a different theme for each year – superheroes, anime characters, cartoons. Don’t skimp on your costumes and makeup for this one and bring your camera! Duval Street converts to a mile-long parade and street festival of fantasy and frivolity, and prizes are awarded to the most convincing characters. Visit their site for more info: www.fantasyfest.com

white party weekWhite Party Week, Miami Beach (late November)

As the world’s biggest LGBT holiday party, White Party Week’s notoriety has grown over the last three decades to extend adults of all orientations. Multiple parties take place over several days, ranging from classy and elegant to hot and high-energy, and the official Saturday night White Party event is the oldest and largest HIV fundraiser in the country. Visit their site for more info: www.whiteparty.org

Santa Speedo Run Tampa Bay, Tampa/Ybor City (December – World AIDS Day)

Joining this light-hearted, Christmas-themed run at Centennial Park is a good excuse to check out Ybor City’s holiday decorations, courtesy of the GaYBOR District, which began gaining ground years ago and helped shape the area’s business and nightclub scene. Proceeds from the run benefit Brighter Seasons for Children and AIDS Service Association of Pinellas, which serves the Tampa Bay region. Visit their site for more info: www.ssrunners.org

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