The Winter Party Festival, produced by the National LGBTQ Task Force, can be described as one of the hottest events of the winter, and it takes place in Miami Beach from February 27-March 5.
This exciting LGBT Festival has evolved into a week-long series of events with parties happening all day and all night; and it’s designed to benefit the LGBTQ community both locally and nationally. Much of the proceeds from Winter Party Festival support the 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.
Founded in 1994, the original Winter Party featured just one event, a huge dance party held on the sands of South Beach. Now, thousands of LGBTQ people are pouring in from around the world, making this one of the hottest weekends on the queer calendar of South Florida. Over the years, Winter Party has grown and evolved to a weeklong celebration with dozens of events, from cocktail parties, to stage shows to health advocacy programs — drawing more than 10,000 attendees to the festival. The roster of international DJ talent and Miami’s unparalleled venues provide the kind of events that could never happen anyplace else in the world,
This year’s theme, With Open Arms, hopes to encourage everyone in the queer community to embrace our diversity. In 2018, a study conducted by the Task Force and the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau articulated that 55% percent of attendees at WPF identify as non-Caucasian. This year, organizers worked to diversify the talent on the DJ roster by including more women, featuring the skills of Sharon O Love (making her US debut), Anne Louise and MORABITO behind the turntables.
“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.”
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. Click here to purchase tickets or to learn more about Winter Party Festival 2019.