Things to Do in Miami: 2022 LGBTQ and Gay Events and Parties



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If you’re under the misconception that South Florida’s LGBTQ+ events calendar starts and ends in the first week of April, you’re wrong. Miami Beach Pride is just the start of a crowded social calendar of queer events in South Florida.

From film festivals to art exhibits, make room for the rainbow-colored events on the horizon.

Miami Beach Pride

There’s a lot to love about Miami Beach Pride. It takes place in April, so you don’t have to make Sophie’s choice about which Pride event to attend. There are events at any time of the day, whether you like to sleep in or go out while the sun is still up. This year’s festivities will take place from April 1-10, with highlights being the second annual Legends Ball (April 7) and the VIP Beach Affair at Lummus Park (April 8). The main event that people attend is, of course, the parade along Ocean Drive (April 10). This year, expect a return to the pre-pandemic days, with performances by Raye and Tai’Aysha. April 1-10, at various locations; miamibeachpride.com. Ticket prices vary.

“Marisol and Warhol Take New York” at the Pérez Art Museum Miami

“Marisol and Warhol Take Take New York,” which premieres April 15, looks at two influential figures at the dawn of the pop art era in the early 1960s. The exhibition explores the parallel rise of Marisol and Andy Warhol during their early careers from 1960 to 1968. The exhibition showcases similar themes in the artists’ work, as well as Warhol’s queer-coded early paintings and Marisol’s exploration of the female experience. All in all, PAMM’s exhibition offers a rare juxtaposition of two artists who share many similarities while simultaneously producing work that differs greatly from each other. April 15 to September 5, at Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-375-3000; pamm.org. Tickets cost $12 to $16.

Outshine Film Festival

With 45 international feature films and premieres, Outshine Film Festival returns from April 22 to May 1. The Miami edition of the festival opens with the comedic drama B Boy Blues at the Black Archives History Lyric Theater on April 22. Other movies on deck are romantic French comedy Anaïs in lovewinner of the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award girl photoand Australian erotic romance Lonely† The festival ends with Icelandic action comedy police secret at the Sandrell Rivers Theater on May 1. Outshine returns later in the year with the Fort Lauderdale October 13-23 edition. April 22 to May 1 at various locations; outshinefilm.com. Ticket prices vary.

“I Am What I Am: A Tribute To South Florida’s Drag Pioneers”

In honor of Pride Month in June, History Fort Lauderdale presents “I Am What I Am: A Tribute to South Florida’s Drag Pioneers.” The exhibit kicks off with a special celebration at the Galleria in Fort Lauderdale on May 31. Through images, videos, costumes and artifacts, the show highlights six drag pioneers: Nikki Adams, Tiffany Arieagus, Cathy Craig, Daisy Deadpetals, Electra and Latrice Royale. Best of all? It is a free interactive experience. On display May 31 at the Galleria in Fort Lauderdale, 2414 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; historyfortlauderdale.org. Admission is free.

The mystery of Irma Vep at Island City Stage

Island City Stage is celebrating its tenth anniversary season and is dedicated to telling LGBTQ+ stories on stage. The Wilton Manors-based company currently produces Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly, last summer until April 17. Later this summer, however, he will return with The mystery of Irma Vep† The play by Charles Ludlum, directed by Andy Rogow, runs from June 9 to July 10 and is a suspenseful installment of gothic romance and horror films. The play features only two actors and quick costume changes. June 9 to July 10, at Island City Stage, 2304 N. Dixie Hwy., Wilton Manors; 954-928-9800; islandcitystage.com. Tickets cost $35.

Stonewall Pride Parade & Street Festival

Coinciding with June’s Pride celebrations worldwide, the Stonewall Pride Parade & Street Festival returns on June 18. The event is South Florida’s oldest Pride parade, drawing more than 35,000 spectators. While most Pride parades are free, Stone Pride charges a $5 entry fee to cover security costs and support the initiative year-round. Last year’s event featured six stages, drag performances, live music and more. 3pm to 11pm Saturday, June 18, along Wilton Manors Drive, Wilton Manors; stonewallpride.lgbt. Tickets cost $5.

Wynwood Pride

Wynwood Pride returns in a new location from June 10-12. The three-day event promises top headliners, great drag performances and international DJs. Also returning is Miss Toto’s Funhouse, a seller’s market and not-for-profit community village. It will be Wynwood Pride’s largest event to date. Past headliners include Charli XCX and Pablo Vittar, so there’s high hopes the event will book a different name. June 10-21, on location TBA; wynwoodpride.com. Admission is free; VIP tickets cost $85 to $320 through tixr.com.

Celebrate pride

Celebrate Orgullo has been celebrating Pride since 2011 with a focus on Latinx and Indigenous people. It is set to return in October with music, art, dance and theater. In 2011, co-founder Josue Santiago told the New Times, “From our experience at the successful Miami Beach Pride, we noticed that, like the makeup of the mainstream community, a significant portion of the attendees were Hispanic and most were interested in those things that mattered. she might identify.” Last year’s event spanned 15 days, with a series of activations – from film screenings to a town hall – taking place all over the city. October; celebrationorgullo.com. Ticket prices vary.

The National LGBTQ Task Force Gala

Based in both Washington, DC and Miami Beach, the National LGBTQ Task Force works year-round to advance the advancement of freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ+ people. The annual gala returns on October 22 where it will present the 2022 National Leadership Award and the 2022 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award to the honorees. Funds raised during the gala will help educate elected officials and thought leaders about the need for non-discrimination protection at the federal level. It also benefits the Miami Foundation’s LGBTQ Community Fund, which gives grants to local organizations that serve the community. 6:30 p.m. October 22 at Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach; thetaskforcegala.org.

SAVE Halloween Ball

“They’re using me to be invited to gay Halloween so they can meet hot girls!” exclaimed Jenna Maroney on 30 Rock. Well, you don’t have to wait to score an invite to South Florida’s happiest Halloween event, SAVE’s Halloween Ball. This year’s date hasn’t been announced yet, but expect it to fall over the Halloween weekend. Last year’s theme was ‘Under the Big Top’ and there were drag shows and music late into the night. There’s always a costume contest, so you better look fierce if you expect to win. Of course, proceeds from the party will benefit SAVE’s mission to empower South Florida’s LGBTQ+ community. October; save.lgbt/halloween_ball.

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