This article was published on April 15th, 2017
Circuit party kweens are rejoicing as Ascension Party returns for it’s 12th year, to its new location at Asbury Park, New Jersey, this August 4-6, 2017, following a two-year sabbatical in Mykonos. Thousands of guys from all over the globe will descend upon the Jersey Shore for one of the most epic gay weekend music festivals on the east coast as Ascension celebrates its grand return to the United States.
“We are thrilled to bring Ascension back to the states this year,” said event producer, Eric von Kuersteiner. “2017 is a new chapter for Ascension and we are pulling out all the stops. We brought on a new partner for the weekend who brought a lot of fresh ideas including the idea to take the party to the beautiful beaches on the Jersey Shore. Ascension is going to bring thousands of visitors from all over the tristate area as well as the world to Asbury. It will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase the local businesses to thousands of new visitors.”
Originally launched in 2006 in Fire Island Pines, the festival has always been a charity event, with 100% of proceeds going to local LGBT charities. More than $1 million has been raised over the years from the proceeds of Ascension.
Ascension was held on Fire Island until 2014 when the party moved its location to the stunning island of Mykonos in Greece. Recent infrastructural changes in Asbury Park lead to party producers relocating Ascension to Asbury Park. Millions of dollars in renovations and investments have been made in the city and boardwalk area of Asbury Park that have completed changed the city into a walkable, family friendly location featuring beautiful facades and stunning architecture. The host hotel, The Hotel Asbury, was just voted the best new U.S. hotel in 2016.
Ascension is a three day, 11 event dance and music festival with DJs from around the world. Party revelers will begin Friday night at 7pm with the VIP cocktail party hosted by DJ Lina. The big event Friday night is the annual Ascension Underwear Party, spun by world-famous DJ Eddie Martinez. Saturday’s main event is an all-day party on the strand; The Ascension Beach Party starts at 1pm and will be hosted by DJ’s Dani Toro and Hansel and will end at 8 pm. Saturday Night Celebration is the theme of the party Saturday night, played by DJ Paulo. Sunday is the annual Ascension Pool Party, with tracks spun by DJ Dan Slater. The weekend ends with the fabulous Closing Party Sunday night at 10:30pm.
Ascension Party is one of the wildest and fun summer events, and it is all for a great cause. Come to Asbury Park on the Jersey Shore August 4-6, 2017 for a weekend of great music, hot sun-drenched men, lots of cool events, and the best parties around. Tickets for Ascension Party are on sale now.