This article was published on February 25th, 2019
Winter Party is not your older gay uncle’s 1997 circuit party. Winter Party Festival is not your average winter party. With world class DJs, stunning venues in locations around gorgeous Miami, Florida, insane events, thousands of men, and a philanthropic mission and end goal, Winter Party is also not your everyday circuit party.
A week -long escape from the cold months combined with a delicious array of parties and things to do, Winter Party Festival is a seven-day celebration of life through gatherings and events for queer people. Winter Party 2019: where you should be snow bunnying to this February 27 – March 5, 2019.
Winter Party begins Wednesday February 27 with the Welcome Reception Grand Opening at the Winter Party Host Hotel, the Shelborne South Beach hotel. Meet and greet, pick up your passes, and take selfies with special guest RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars winner Chad Michaels. Wednesday night’s dance party Paradise: Deja-Vu will be held at the Riviera Live. DJ’s Paulo Fragoso, Eli Seda, and Andre Queiroz will be spinning.
Thursday, February 28, 2019, will be the free event Hotel Gaythering at Localize in Miami. This is a meet and greet for people to socialize at and learn about HIV prevention and PrEP, thanks to partner Prevention 305. Thursday night’s dance party, Ignite, is presented by SCRUFF and is being held at all-new venue Mr. Jones. DJs Anne Louise and Joe Pacheco will have you dancing the night away from 10pm-5am.
If you can pull it together by noon, Winter Party Festival does an official brunch on Friday, March 1: Sunny Side Up Brunch at the Palace Bar. Hosted by Tiffany Fantasia. Thursday evening, dress to the nines for the VIP cocktail reception, with a Bacardi Rum hosted bar. Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’s Jai Rodriguez will be hosting and Carla Bordonada will be performing.
Friday night’s party, HEAT, will be held at Miami’s iconic Club Space. DJ’s Dawson and Renato Cecin will spin and DJ Sharon O Love will make her American debut DJing a set at HEAT.
Saturday starts with Winter Party’s signature Saturday event: Under One Sun: Evolution. Brought to you by Impulse Group at new location Nikki Beach Club, you’ll be dancing under the Miami sun thanks to DJs Brett Henrichson and Dan Slater. Watch the sunset at Illuminate party and tea Dance at 5pm on Saturday. Also at the Palace Bar, DJs Ed Wood and Carlos Rojas will be playing Illuminate, a free party.
Saturday evening at 7:30 pm will be Theater Soiree – Every Brilliant Thing. This is an official Winter Party Festival night out at the theatre to see the southern Florida premier of the play Every Brilliant Thing. The leather and fetish event of the festival, SWEAT is free and held March 2 at 9pm, Hunters Nightclub in Wilton Manors. Barry Harris will be DJing. At 10pm, Masterbeat presents Odyssey: A New Era at the James L Knight Center. Ivan Gomez and Micky Friedmann will be DJing this out-of-this-world party!
Sunday March 3 will feature DJs Joe Gauthreaux and Alex Acosta at The Beach Party. The crown jewel event of all of Winter Party Festival, The Beach Party is presented by WorldPride NYC and will be held at the 12thstreet beach Sands of South Beach. Next up, Masterbeat returns to present the wintry wonderland of Avalanche. Morabito and Sagi Kariv will be DJing as Winter Party attendees pack the James L Knight Center in Miami.
In case you don’t get enough dancing in at The Beach Party or Avalanche, AFTERGLOW, the legendary Winter Party after party will be held at the Hanger in Miami from 6am-10am Monday morning, March 4th. DJ Abel will be keeping you awake all night with amazing music. The official closing party, Action! Finale returns to Winter Party Festival, courtesy of Ryan Work Entertainment and Luciano Presents. Lucas Flamefly will make his Winter Party DJ debut and fan favorite Danny Verde will return to close out the party week.
With much of the proceeds from Winter Party Festival going to local Miami and Southern Florida-based LGBT organizations, you can escape the winter, have one hellova week in Miami, and know you’re giving back while you’re doing it. For more details about each of the events, check out Winter Party Festival’s official events page.
Don’t miss out. Get your tickets to Winter Party Festival today!