Coolest LGBT Party Destinations This Summer

Published Date Author: , July 31st, 2013

August is the month for record summer heat, endless pool parties, and global LGBT parties. I hope you’ve asked for the entire month off from work, because these parties couldn’t get any hotter — without a doubt, you won’t want to miss any of them.

Some of them support charitable environmental causes, while others raise money for LGBT not-for-profit groups. All are hosted at year-round gay-friendly locations. Get your tickets now and choose one of these eight places to enjoy some of the summer’s best gay parties.

Carnival Provincetown, MA

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Aug. 17-22

New England welcomes gays into its harbor as Provincetown throws its annual Carnival celebration. This week-long Mardi Gras style party lets boaters, and land-lovers alike party on this coastal town in Massachusetts. This year’s theme is “Viva Las Vegas,” where sinful play never leaves the Carnival.

With an overabundance of events like pool parties, the “Carnivals Original Costume Party: Don’t be Yourself” party, boat parties, and dance parties, you’re sure to find a shindig that fits your style. The Carnival Parade gathers all party-goers to Commercial Street 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 22nd. Enjoy colorful floats, bartering for beads, and outrageous costumes during this fun parade.

Tropical Heat Key West, FL

Aug. 18-21

This all men’s party heats up during the sticky summer month of August at Florida’s most Southern Tip, Key West. From clothing-optional pool parties (along with every event), to party cruises, there’s everything a man could dream of available for this sizzling vacation. All of the bars, restaurants, and cheap hotels of Key West are working with Tropical Heat to make this event as welcoming and sexy as possible. If you like the heat of the dance floor, or the coolness of the pools, you’ll find your perfect temperature in this tropical setting.

Gay Nights Las Vegas, Nevada

Aug. 4-7

Hosted by MGM Resorts in the steamy sin city, Gay Nights Las Vegas is the party destination for gay people who love flashing lights and glitter. Pool parties during the days will give you a break from gambling, while the wild dance parties at night will let you make memories you’ll soon forget.

If you already love Las Vegas, then find your perfect party at Gay Nights. If you’ve never been, then get your ticket now to experience Las Vegas the best way, surrounded by sexy people and bright lights. Don’t expect to get too much sleep, because Gay Nights events don’t pause during the day.

Ascension Fire Island, NY

Aug. 16-18

Swim, float, or cruise over to New York’s Fire Island for this heavenly weekend party. If you love the salt, the pool, or just want to dance all weekend, Ascension will have any style of party you desire. Popular Djs will keep your booty moving all day and night.

Have you ever danced for a cause? Well, now you can because Ascension benefits The Fund in the Sun Foundation. They support the environment and the pines of Fire Island. Ascension also supports many other LGBT not-for-profit groups, making it a party you don’t have to feel guilty about.

Pride Amsterdam, Holland

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July 27 – Aug. 4

The heart of Amsterdam thumps to the beat of pulsing euro-house music as the gay community gathers in celebration for Pride Amsterdam. You won’t want to miss the famous canal parade where 80 boats cruise down the canal beginning at Westerdok harbour.

This unique parade lets onlookers anchor up along the parade path, or catch beads from the land. A one-of-a-kind parade, Amsterdam (per usual) throws down a party to remember. Partiers will get to access all of the clubs, bars, restaurants, and of course infamous street parties with the purchase of tickets.

Pride Stockholm, Sweden

July 29-Aug. 4

As the largest LGBT party in Scandinavia, Pride Stockholm celebrates its 15th year. Speakers and bands gather to perform to honor the accomplishments of the gay movement in Sweden. The theme of this year’s party is, “Reflect,” as attendees are encouraged to reflect on their own personal accomplishments as well as those of the gay community.

Some people party to remember, others party to forget, but this party encourages those people to remember how important Pride is in the gay community. Combining activism with celebration, Pride Stockholm knows how to throw a party with a positive impact.

Rainbow Festival Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Aug. 8-11

More than 3,000 travelers unite for this LGBT celebration in one of Brazil’s greatest cities, Rio de Janeiro. If exotic, tropical, and proud are all your style, then this party is the perfect destination for you.

Brazilian colors and flare sparkle the city, while tropical trees and vegetation offer you the Brazilian setting you’ve been craving. Don’t let the language barrier discourage you; whether you’re Brazilian or international, everyone will find a welcoming home in this Brazilian city during the Rainbow Festival.

Southern Decadence New Orleans, Louisiana

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Aug. 28 – Sept. 2

This 42-year-old party is known as the “Gay Mardi Gras.” In the most magical southern city, New Orleans invites gays, lesbians, and transsexuals all to celebrate. Always falling on Labor Day weekend, this party always tops out at about 120,000 partiers. With 24-hour parties in the French Quarter, and a Parade, this party is probably even wilder than Mardi Gras. The theme of the 2013 Southern Decadence party is “Live, Laugh and Love” while the colors are fuchsia pink, tangerine orange, and a New Orleans classic, gold. This year’s party donates to the Belle Reve organization who support families and patients of AIDS and HIV.

LGBT parties are about more than summer hook-ups and wild costumes, though neither are discouraged, they are also about uniting as a community to celebrate the progress and pride of the gay community. These parties are also about supporting communities, restaurants, hotels, and other venues that year-round support the gay community. Many of them donate to charities, as well, which gives you even more reason to party. Which one of these destinations are you planning to attend? 

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