September may be the hottest month in Florida.
But in Key West, the five days of Womenfest are the hottest of the year for the thousands of lesbians, transwomen, and allies who come to what is one of the top LGBTQ+ vacation destinations in the country.
Organizers say Womenfest has a simple goal: “To celebrate all women!”
Key West Womenfest, set for Sept. 1-5, offers a range of activities for those who want to socialize, feel comfortable being themselves, soak up some sun, then party and dance the night away.
Since its introduction over 20 years ago, Key West Womenfest has grown to become a standard for celebrating women ranging from all ages 21 and over. Couples, singles, and those in between are all welcome.
Here’s a schedule of events. For details and links to reservations, visit www.gaykeywestfl.com/womenfest/.
Wednesday, Sept. 1
6-8 p.m. — Welcome Party at Alexanders featuring Sister Funk. Free drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Sponsored by Fourth and Pride Vodka.
9 p.m. — Drag Show featuring the Aquanettes at Aqua Nightclub.
Thursday, Sept. 2
Noon-4 p.m. — Ultimate Beach Bash and Cornhole Tournament at Higgs Beach. Music by Party 105.7 Live broadcasting with Laurie T. Happy Hour menu for all Womenfest party goers! To Register, go to Eventbrite and register as a team member.
9 p.m. — THURSGAYS Dance Party featuring dancers at Sidebar.
10 p.m.-2 a.m. — “Poke Her” at Poké in the Rear. Clothing optional dance party. Entry is $20 per person; includes a clothing check. Cash bar. Tickets can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com.
Friday, Sept. 3
11 a.m. — Clothing Optional Sandbar Snorkel trip on the Blu Q. Enjoy the Sandbar and an amazing Key West snorkel spot. This will be an all-women sail. There will be an all-women crew. $119 per person and a $20 off with coupon code: WomenFest21. Limited spots.
Noon-4 p.m. — All Welcome Pool Party at Bourbon St. Pub with Dj Rude Girl — clothing optional.
7-9 p.m. — “Real Women Do Drag” at Marylin’s $10 entry to benefit the Key West Business Guild. Contact Valerie at val.edgington at gmail.com.
9 p.m. — “Outside the Box” Dance Party at Sidebar with DJ Mira & DJ Citizen Jane.
Saturday, Sept. 4
Noon-3 p.m. — KAT and Megan “Are You Wet” Pool Party featuring DJ Rude Girl at Alexander’s Guesthouse — clothing optional.
6:30-8:30 p.m. — Women’s Only Sunset Sail aboard the SV Argo Navis, a 75-foot-long, 35-foot beam, luxury catamaran, and the last boat built in Key West, Florida. Enjoy three members of Sister Funk as they play a stripped-down, intimate set of acoustic covers and originals on the open sea. Also included: unlimited beer, wine, champagne, and passed appetizers. The cost is $75, plus tax, per person. Book at www.sailargonavis.com early to secure your spot. Check-in at 6:15 p.m.
9 p.m. — All White Party featuring DJ Mira & DJ Citizen Jane at Sidebar.
Sunday, Sept. 5
Noon-3 p.m. — “50 Shades of Pink” Drag Brunch at Mangoes. Special guest appearances to be announced. Get tickets at www.eventbrite.com.
4:30-6:30 p.m. — Tea Dance at La Te Da.
8 p.m. — Final Dance at Sidebar. ¦