Winter Party 2018: Our Guide to Miami’s Best Gay Beach Party
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Winter Party is a week-long festival of dance and social events, produced to raise critical funds for the National LGBTQ Task Force. Every year thousands flock to South Florida to enjoy pool parties, networking events and a huge rager on the shores of South Beach. Just make sure to pack your suntan lotion so you’re prepared for all the sweaty dancing under the scorching South Florida sun.
Here’s our guide to the wet and wild fun happening this weekend at Winter Party:
After you check-in to your hotel on Friday, there’s a special edition of the “Vagabundos Pool Party,” Miami’s wildly popular weekly pool party. At night, hop over to the awesome Club Space for “Heat,” featuring DJs Alain Jackinsky and Isaac Escalante on the Terrace, and Pablo Lopez in the Basement.
On Saturday, there’s another pool party back at the host hotel, the Kimpton Surfcomber. This one is the annual “Under One Sun Pool Party,” one of Winter Party’s most popular events every year.
You may want to stay in Saturday night, because the most fun is still to be had on Sunday at the beach. But if you’re able to muster through all the day drinking and sun bathing, then check out one of two parties happening at night. “Masterbeat Toy Factory” rages until 6:00 am at the James L. Knight Center thats getting transformed into a giant Toy Factory. If leather is more your style, then head up to Wilton Manors for the official Winter Party event “Sweat” happening at Hunters. The great thing about this event: it’s free.
Sunday morning, enjoy brunch with your boys either up in Wilton Manors at Rosie’s or down in South Beach at Palace. There, drag queens perform doing flips, spread eagles, death drops and dips on the sidewalk for passersby to gawk at (and hopefully tip, too).
Then grab your Speedo and head to “The Beach Party,” Winter Party’s largest and most popular event every year that started it all. The crown jewel of the weekend, the magic of dancing on the sands of South Beach with your chosen family and thousands of new friends from all over the world is an unforgettable experience. One you just have to experience for yourself to understand what it’s all about.
Also while you’re in Miami, stop by the Hotel Gaythering who for sure will be hosting all types of cute trade down for the weekend. Also, popular gay watering hole Score will be packed all weekend long, providing plenty of refreshments for the thirty boys and girls.