The crown jewel of the Circuit has moved from Vizcaya, but that only means the main event is bigger than ever. The week is filled with events during the day, afternoon, evening, night and early-morning hours. Other than the main event, don’t miss Muscle Beach. All of the proceeds go to Care Resource, a local AIDS service organization.
Winter Party Festival
The mega-dance on the beach is only the culmination of this weeklong whirl of events (and there’s more after!) that includes everything from a shopping excursion to a female dance and plenty of parties. All of the proceeds go to the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and local gay charities.
Winter Music Conference
Now in its 29th year, WMC has grown to become one of the largest annual music gatherings in the world — and certainly the largest dance-music industry event. The biggest-name DJs from around the world play local clubs, as do many gay favorites. With 100,000 attendees, there’s an audience for every taste.
Miami Beach Pride
It’s hard to believe a gay mecca like Miami Beach only began celebrating Pride in 2009. They’ve played catch-up like the party pros they are. The whole town gets in on the festivities, which includes a march and, of course, plenty of parties.
This South Beach institution is the place to go if you want to do some serious dancing on the beach.
Its Key West-like labyrinthine warren of rooms and outdoor bars give this venerable nightspot a homey feel. If you want to meet the locals, this is the place.
This large three-room venue packs them in every Saturday night.
If there’s one club that embodies the Miami ethos of “play hard,” it’s this giant Downtown club. It gets going late and stays open even later.
Often overshadowed by the Latino community, Miami is home to a thriving black gay scene, and there is no better place to groove to hip-hop, dancehall, R&B, House and hot go-go dancers.