The top 5 trending Summer gay events in North America

The countdown to Summer Travel is on. These 5 cities host some of the best parties with the liveliest party scenes on the planet!

Top 5 Summer Gay Events

From Puerto Vallarta to Pensacola, our readers are looking forward to a Summer escape in the Sun! Here are the most popular trending destinations for Summer 2021.

Editor’s Note – Please travel responsibly. Mask-up and vaccinate before you take flight! We don’t judge people wanting to escape and these events need your support after a year of uncertainty. Certain parties have already announced restrictions and access to in-person events will be reduced, so plan accordingly. Keep an eye out on travel advisories before you set off on what will hopefully be an enjoyable Summer escape! Happy traveling.

1. Pensacola Beach Memorial Weekend

Thursday, May 27th, 2021 – Monday, May 31st, 2021

Pensacola Beach Memorial Weekend

Pensacola Memorial Day Weekend marks the start of the US Summer gay circuit scene.

The Summer begins in Pensacola! The memorial weekend is one of the most popular holidays in the USA and the beaches of Pensacola are the perfect place to celebrate the arrival of Summer.

The beach town is home to some great bars, clubs and restaurants and hosts some of the hottest circuit parties in the country.  Johnny Chisholm’s 4 day circuit party will feature some of the best DJs, day time pool parties and night time events, but space will be limited in line with current restrictions. Pensacola Beach is an ideal open air venue for such festivities.

2. Puerto Vallarta Gay Pride

Monday, May 24th, 2021 – Monday, May 31st, 2021

Puerto Vallarta Pride

Puerto Vallarta is the No 1 gay destination in Mexico and home to its best gay beach!

Puerto Vallarta Gay Pride is one of our favourite events of the year. The scene is intimate yet international. The parade is colourful yet accessible. There is a real community spirit and the entire thing takes place with the beautiful Los Muertos beach as its backdrop! What could be better?

Well, add in some of the hottest gay clubs, bars and hotels, and Puerto Vallarta has all the ingredients for a pride to remember. Recent additions such as the Industry Night Club, the One Six One Bar and the Mantamar’s Eden rooftop pool club have cemented the resort’s reputation as one of the top 10 gay destinations in the world. This year the Almar resort is hosting an entire week long series of pool parties and VIP events not to be missed.

For more check out our insider guide to gay Puerto Vallarta and discover the best places to stay and play.

3. Daddyland Circuit Festival, Dallas

Friday, Jul 2nd, 2021 – Monday, Jul 5th, 2021

Daddyland Dallas

Daddy Ersin and the RAW Party NYC come together for one epic 4th of July celebration.

As Circuit Parties go, this one is definitely one of the most anticipated of the year! Postponed from 2020, the Daddyland Festival, Dallas will be the “DADDY” of all parties and what better way to celebrate Independence Day after the year we have all endured!

Expect 4 days of epic events with the top DJs and performers from across the globe descending on Dallas for amazing pool parties, hosted VIP events and hot guys from across the USA!

4. Market Days Chicago

Saturday, Aug 7th, 2021 – Sunday, Aug 8th, 2021

Market Days Chicago is a two day open air street festival at the height of Summer in Chicago.

There’s something “Feel Good” about Market Days Chicago. The city is bustling with Summer energy in August and who doesn’t want to mingle with hot shirtless guys drinking beer and having fun in the open air in one of the coolest gay districts in the US?

Northelsted in Chicago’s trendy Lakeview district will host 5 different stages, showcasing amazing live acts, drag shows, djs and performers. Sideline events include epic circuit parties from promoters such as Alegria and Circuit Mom!

5. Southern Decadence New Orleans

Thursday, Sep 2nd, 2021 – Monday, Sep 6th, 2021

Southern Decadence New Orleans

Southern Decadence New Orleans is the ultimate way to say goodbye to Summer with a bang, or two!

Beads, boys and booze! Everywhere! Well mainly in the French Quarter, but the entire city of New Orleans comes together to celebrate the end of Summer for one memorable weekend in September. Highlights of Southern Decadence include the two main parades and the huge parties at the Bourbon Street Pub that spill out into the streets of one of America’s most unique getaways.

The city of New Orleans is one of our top trending destinations for 2021. Southern Decadence is not just the only event in town with people planning trips for the Jazz Fest, the French Quarter Festival and are even planning for Mardi Gras 2022!

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