This month the Magic City offers up a wide range of events aimed at the LGTBQ crowd. From the ever-colorful Shelly Novak awards to Winter Party, yoga, practically shirtless parties, and more highbrow culture at the Miami Film Festival. We're rounded up the best of March's events. Have fun.
Spark: Winter Party Opening Reception at The Gale South Beach, Wednesday, March 4, 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Winter Party is the yearly six day celebration of LGBTQ people from all over the world. It got its start back in 1994 when the founders decided to party on the sands of South Beach. Today, under the leadership of the National LGBT Task Force, Winter Party is bigger than ever and this Wednesday it all kicks off with the opening reception at The Gale South Beach. DJ Reddy will provide tunage, accompanied with small bites and drinks courtesy of Grey Goose Vodka. There's a suggested donation of $10, and all are welcome.
YoGay Yoga at The LGBT Visitor Center, Wednesday, March 4, 7 to 8 p.m.
Sukhashanti certified yoga instructor, Joseph Armstrong, is giving you a chance to align to chakras, and cleans your nahlis right across the street from some of the most happening nightlife in town. Exercise, make new friends, and get ready for Winter Party all at the same time. Special introductory offer of $15 per person, email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
Artscape at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, Thursday, March 5, 7 to 11 p.m.
Winter Party isn't just about the thumping beats, drinks, and go go dancers, it's also a chance to support the local art scene. At Artscape you'll have the chance to sample hors d'oeuvres, sip cocktails, and mingle amongst South Florida's most prominent artist, all while admiring some of their great work. You'll also get a chance to take home a masterpiece as the evening wraps up with a silent auction. Tickets are $25 in advanced, and $35 at the door.
VIP Cocktail Reception at Private Residence, Friday, March 6, 7:30 to 10 p.m.
Need a break from all the heavy techno thumping, shirtless men, body paint, sweat and glitter? Well Winter Party is hosting a private cocktail reception at the waterfront residence of Tom Bercu, presented by The Art of Shaving honoring Joe Plana of Bacardi. DJ Maximus 3000 will spin the mellow beats, with hors d'oeuvres and an open bar courtesy of Grey Goose. Tickets are a healthy $100 per person, but the cause and atmosphere are well worth it.
Kiehl's 20/20 at Kiehl's Since 1851, Saturday, March 7, 8 to 10 p.m.
Bring your newly found Winter Party buds to a night of shopping at the Kiehl's location on Lincoln Road. All items are 20 percent off, and the store will donate 20 percent of it's sales that night to Winter Party. Grey Goose Cocktails, complimentary skin checks, Art by Vander and more will pepper you Saturday night sojourn from the circuit party madness.
In The Grayscale Screening at Regal Cinemas South Beach 18, Saturday, March 7, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Winter Party is partnering up with the Miami International Film Festival for the world premiere of In The Grayscale (En La Gama De Los Grises) a film by Chilean director Claudio Marcone. The plot follows a recently divorcee, as he falls in love with a younger male co-worker. Marcone will be in attendance at the screening, and at the post screening reception. Tickets are $13 available through the MIFF website.
The Beach Party at Lummus Park South Beach, Sunday, March 8, noon to 7 p.m.
Looking for a quiet place to spend your Sunday afternoon? Well look away, as Winter Party closes it's doors with the iconic party on the sands of South South Beach. Come celebrate with other 6,000 attendants, tunes spun by DJs Seth Cooper and Phil Romano, and the mild ocean breezes to keep you cool. Tickets range from $110- $225.
The Shelley Novak Awards at Score, Monday, March 9, show starts at midnight
Miami's first and only award show celebrating our best and brightest drag minds celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year. Thought the Oscars were bitchy? Well, Monday night Miami's best queens will come out in style, giving you legs for days. This year fans will witness a Katy Perry opening number helmed by Nicole Haliwell with cameos by Juliesy y Karla, and others. Check out the Facebook page for more details.
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