Top Gay Events in Miami

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By: George Neary

Miami hosts some of the hottest gay-friendly parties in the country.

From action-packed Winter Party Festival in March, to the never-to-be-missed White Party near the end of the year, Miami hosts some of the hottest gay-friendly events in the country.

Gay8 Festival (January)

Gay8 is a free Latino LGBT art, music and food street festival in Miami. This annual one-day festival takes place in January, and blends all of South Florida’s delights into one gigantic party in the heart of Miami’s historic Little Havana. In its first year, 2016, over 17,000 were in attendance.

Winter Party Festival (March)

Join more than 10,000 party-goers from around the world for an action-packed six day party featuring celebrity DJ performances, swanky cocktail receptions and the hottest hotel pool parties on the planet. The event culminates with a non-stop dance party on the beach. Proceeds benefit the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and local LGBT organizations. 

OUTshine Film Festival (April)

Experience a strong dose of Miami’s vibrant art and culture scene at this exclusive film festival held each spring. Enrich your understanding and perspective of the LGBT community through on-screen presentations, documentaries and movies. More than 65 screenings and events take place on South Beach and satellite locations across the city.

Miami Beach Gay Pride (April)

Show your support for Miami’s colorful LGBT community at the annual Gay Pride Festival held each spring. Join tens of thousands of community members, civic leaders, business owners and supporters for a big and bold celebration held on infamous Ocean Drive on South Beach.

Aqua Girl (May)

A fun-filled event designed especially for the ladies, Aqua Girl is a week-long celebration of women, wellness and equality. Enjoy dance parties, live music, comedy shows, dining events and a VIP reception. Proceeds benefit the Aqua Foundation and go towards scholarships and grants promoting the LGBT community.

Sizzle Miami (May) 

With the sizzling hot Miami beaches as a back drop, this five-day festival is where the world’s party-seekers come to celebrate life and pride. Sizzle is predominately attended by black males, but everyone 21 and over is welcome to join in on the high-energy fun.

Out In The Tropics (July)

Artists from around the world take the stage at Out in the Tropics, South Florida’s first LGBT contemporary performing arts festival. Expect a combination of comedy, circus arts, Cuban theater and much more.

Celebrate Orgullo Festival (October) 

Free and open to the public, Celebrate Orgullo is a one-day festival showcasing Hispanic LGBT pride and featuring music, dance, refreshments, vendor booths and more. A portion of proceeds from the sale of food and beverages will benefit the LGBT Scholarship Fund.

White Party Week (November)

An unparalleled week of fundraising parties and events culminates with the legendary White Party. Now more than 25 years old, White Party has been the preeminent never-to-be-missed LGBT event of the season. More than 15,000 party-goers enjoy six days and nights of nonstop entertainment, all while raising awareness of the fight against HIV/AIDS.

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