Gay8 Festival

Gay8 Festival

Feb 19, 2023

Free (VIP $65)

The iconic streets of Calle Ocho (Southwest 8th Street) in Miami’s bustling Little Havana neighborhood will come alive on Sunday, February 19, 2023, for the Gay8 (Gay Ocho) Festival. An annual Hispanic street fair dedicated to LGBTQ+ art, music, dance, food and culture, Gay8 attracts more than 80,000 people from around Greater Miami & Miami Beach, and beyond. In fact, Gay8 is considered to be the largest Hispanic diversity and inclusion festival in the U.S.! Best of all, the festival and block party are free.

What To Expect At Gay8

Little Havana is Miami’s vibrant Cuban heart, with Calle Ocho serving as the center of activity in the neighborhood. During Gay8, the entire street is closed off, with exciting programming filling the blocks from Southwest 14th to 17th avenues. The organizers behind Gay8 describe the festival as “an invitation to come to Little Havana for the ‘fiesta’ of a lifetime.” Let’s party, Miami!

Celebrating all things Hispanic and queer, Gay8 has an action-packed day planned. Free cultural programming will include movie screenings at Miami Dade College’s Tower Theater, salsa dancing classes at Ball & Chain bar and lounge, dance parties, fashion shows, special performances and more. In addition, the festival will host a “Best Miami Sandwich” competition with local restaurants competing for the coveted title. Painters and sculptors will exhibit their art, and other local vendors will offer their wares along the streets.

Live Entertainment At Gay8

Drag queens, DJs and more, oh my! Gay8 will bring the best in live music on its main stage. The 2023 performance lineup is to be announced.

On top of all the live performances, Gay8 will also create dance party zones in various areas. LYNN’s Girl Central is considered one of the party highlights. Created by festival founder Lynn Bove, the dance party will fuse Latin music with EDM, pop and more for a special mix of moods and melodies by DJ Aileen Castro, DJ Zehno and DJ Laura D. Dedicated to lesbian and queer-identifying women, LYNN’s Girl Central is also welcoming to all who want to dance in a safe and inviting space from 2-10 p.m. Also taking place in the afternoon is the Macho Dance Party, featuring tribal and House sounds by internationally acclaimed DJ Abel.

Amplifying Hispanic Voices At Gay8

The Gay8 festival is coming at a time when so many in the Hispanic and Latin community around the world are fighting for freedom, liberty and life. The festival seeks to amplify their voices while also celebrating all the things that make the Hispanic/Latin culture so vibrant and special, and acknowledging the impact of the LGBTQ+ community. Get your Hispanic heritage (and pride flag!) ready for a day of dancing and jubilation.

VIP Tickets To Gay8

While the GAY8 festival is free, donations are welcomed and encouraged. VIP tickets are also available, providing special access to the festival’s VIP area with open bar, complimentary food and more.

A Gala Experience Before Gay8

On Thursday, February 10, from 6-10 p.m., the organizers behind Gay8 will present the 6th Annual 4Ward Gala and the Pa’Lante Awards at the historic Biltmore Hotel Miami - Coral Gables. Celebrating diversity and inclusion, the gala and awards presentation honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the LGBTQ+ community. This year’s honorees include Rosa María Payá Acevedo, Leroy Jones, Judge Victoria Sigler and Grecia Ordonez. Contributions from the event benefit the Gay8 festival, along with other year-round programming. Tickets start at $150.

By: Gino R. Campodónico | January 13,2022


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