This article was published on February 6th, 2019
Since its inception in 1994, Winter Party Festival has become a staple winter retreat week for the LGBT community. Not your average circuit party, Winter Party Festival is a fundraising event put on by The National LGBTQ Task Force, raising millions of dollars for local charities and queer groups. Much of the gross proceeds from Winter Party Festival support the National LGBTQ Task Force’s efforts to take action, build power and create change for LGBTQ people. A significant amount of the remaining proceeds are also donated to local service organizations through a grant-making process administered by the Miami Foundation. In 2018 alone, the National LGBTQ Task Force donated $215,000 to the LGBTQ Community Fund of the Miami Foundation. In total, more than $3 million has been donated since 1994.
Through the Winter Party Festival, the National LGBTQ Task Force strives to produce world-class fundraisers benefitting LGBT organizations, while creating memories for attendees, volunteers, and the queer community. Held in some of the best venues in Miami Beach, Winter Party Festival serves as a nice break from the wintery months that allows attendees, and everyone involved a chance to feel like they are part of the machine giving back to the gay community.
More than just your basic dance weekend, Winter Party Festival is a week-long affair filled with events, meetups, dance parties, and lots and lots of gays. 2018’s Winter Party Festival was the most epic event to date. World-renowned DJs from all over the planet like Phil Romano, DJ Able, Alex Acosta, Micky Friedman, Joe Gauthreaux, DJ Grind, and more spun some of the most incredible music and dance sets under the Miami sun and moon. Parties like the annual T Dance, Ignite, Heat, Masterbeat Toy Factory, Verve, Sweat, and Action Finale were just some of the dance events heating up Miami during Winter Party Festival 2018.
Now back with more events, DJs, music, and attendees than ever before, Winter Party Festival 2019 is setting the stage to be a sickening snow bunny escape! This year’s festival is already shaping up to be a major success, with passes and tickets selling out at many levels. This year’s theme — With Open Arms — focuses on the organization’s dedication and specific efforts to make WPF a welcoming environment for all.
“Winter Party Festival has always been friendly and inclusive,” WPF Festival Chair Rene Wolfensberger said in a statement.” “This year we wanted to turn it up a notch and encourage everyone, volunteers, committee members, staff and guests to welcome each other with open arms. It’s an international gesture of inclusion and ties very well into our vision statement: ‘Bringing the world together to create change while celebrating you.’”
With more than 18 events already planned, escape the artic weather that has engulfed much of North America and the Northern Hemisphere and head to Miami for warmth, fun, and memories you won’t forget. Some of the same themed parties, like HEAT, Sweat, The Action Finale, Masterbeat Party, and Ignite are back as crowd favorites.
But there are also lots of new happenings that Winter Party Festival 2019 will be delivering for its guests: Several cocktail reception meet and greets, a Theatre Soiree, the AfterGlow party, the Beach Party, and new for Wednesday Feb 27 is the Paradise Déjà vu event, among other sickening parties added to the 2019 lineup.
“The LGBTQ movement is as relevant today as it was when we fought back police raids at the Stonewall Inn 50 years ago,” Task Force Director of Communications Sarah Massey explained. “We still have a lot to do to achieve full liberation and equality for all of us. The Task Force is on the vanguard of this work. We are keeping the Trump administration in check, organizing faith communities to be welcoming, and protecting our hard-earned freedoms while expanding legal protections for all.”
Weekend Passes have already sold out, but a limited number of VIP and Festival passes are still available. Discounted individual event tickets are also on sale now. Mix-and-match to create a unique Winter Party experience. Tickets do tend to sell out for many events, so hurry.
If the stories, photos, memories, and gay ol’ times had by everyone who came to last year’s Winter Party Festival 2018 are any indication, White Party Festival 2019 should be a game changer. Don’t spend your entire winter inside in the cold. Exercise some philanthropy and escape a cold fate and migrate south to the hottest party of the winter: Winter Party Festival 2019.
To purchase tickets or to learn more about Winter Party Festival 2019, please visit: www.winterparty.com.