Thank heaven for May Days! Can’t you taste the Summer? May welcomes the arrival of the worldwide pride season with a massive 10-day celebration in Maspalomas, Gran Canaria.
On the other side of the pond, Palm Springs becomes party central in mid-May with the White Party and later during Memorial Weekend with epic pool parties and circuit celebrations. Other famous Memorial Day escapes include Provincetown and Pensacola.
While it might be white-hot in the desert, Dallas goes Purple with an epic 4-day celebration, taking over the city’s biggest clubs and venues for a series of day and night theme parties, all for a good cause!
Lovers of all things “drag” should check out DragCon in LA, featuring the top Ru Paul Queens, celebrity after-parties and a zillion gallons of glitter and hair spray! Finally, why celebrate Memorial Day outside the USA at the annual Puerto Vallarta Pride Festival if you can find a room?
Gay Ski Weeks are very popular in January, including Aspen Gay Ski Week. Puerto Vallarta is buzzing with the Beef Dip Bears Event and Puerto Rico celebrates the most amazing street party during the San Sebastian Festival
February is typically the start of Carnival Season. Sitges in Spain is one of the top 10 carnivals in the world while Cologne reigns supreme in Germany. In the US, Galveston is home to one of the countries top Mardi Gras Celebrations. Meanwhile Sydney is the pace to be to celebrate pride in the sun!
In March gay visitors descend upon Miami for the annual Spring Break featuring the world’s top DJs, pool parties and circuit events. Palm Springs hosts the popular Dress Red Party while Alice Springs is taken over by drag queens, how fab! Meanwhile those looking for a sunny Pride escape should head to Tampa one of the first gay pride celebrations.
Cherry Weekend in Washington is one of April’s biggest events in the USA. Rubber lovers unite in San Diego for the West Coast Rubber while bears gather for a long weekend of fun in Sitges! Berlin hosts the annual Easter Leather Fetish event while the temperatures sizzle in Puerto Vallarta for the Easter Circuit Event.
These 10 Memorial Day Weekend Events kick off the gay summer season in the US from Pensacola to Palm Springs. Meanwhile Puerto Vallarta becomes Mexico’s gay capital for 7 days of amazing events, parades and parties during the resort’s annual parade. The Vegas Gay Pool Party returns to the Luxor hotel while Maspalomas becomes the European epicentre of all things gay during Pride in Gran Canaria.
June hosts more than 200+ gay pride events, from New York to Tel Aviv. Gay Capital, San Francisco, sees hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city and hosts some of the world’s biggest circuit events, including Vivah, an epic, 12-hour, Pride main event at the MidWay.
Madrid Gay pride is one of the top 3 pride parades in the world. The entire city transforms into a party zone for 7 days and nights in July. The US celebrates the 4th of July with some signature summer parties include the Pines Party on Fire Island and Independence in PTown. Meanwhile San Diego hosts epic circuit events during their pride celebrations mid-July.
At the height of Summer, August is one of the busiest months of the year for gay events. Mykonos is host to the Xlsior circuit festival; think buff boys and beach parties. In the US, New Orleans is party central for Southern Decadence and the annual carnival celebrations bring thousands to Provincetown. Chicago is home to the Market Days outdoor festival while Torremolinos hosts the Mad Beach bear event.
5000+ bears descend upon Sitges in Barcelona for what is arguably the biggest bear event in Europe. Meanwhile the gay tent at the Munich Oktoberfest is one of the most popular! Those in the US can celebrate the Oktoberfest in Cincinnati, the biggest beer fest outside of Germany. Miami is host to a late Pride this year and Detroit sees the return of the classic Motorball Circuit event.
Halloween, or Gay Christmas, is the perfect time to dress up and party. Los Angeles is host to some epic costume events while the Dallas block party is certainly a night you will not forget. Europe celebrates the hottest fetish week, literally on the beach in Maspalomas. The White Party in Palm Springs is a little later than normal this year, while Atlanta Pride makes for a great great Autumn escape.
November is a great time to top up your suntan and catch a winter pride event. Maspalomas, Buenos Aires and Palm Springs all host great pride events in November. Other circuit events to watch out for include the Mystiko event in beautiful Tulum and the Thanksgiving festivities in Puerto Vallarta. This year Fort Lauderdale Pride is later than usual and Taipei Pride is set to become the biggest gay event in Asia.