Put in your vacay request, dust off your passport, and stock up on vitamins. Lots of vitamins. There’s a big wide world of LGBTQ parties you need to see to believe, and the list below should be more than enough to help you rack up frequent flyer miles and hazy memories for all of 2017. How many are you down for?
Easter Berlin, Germany: April 12th – 18th 2017
Well established as one Europe’s biggest leather and fetish weeks with a range of parties and events across the city. Our tip – check out Woof!
Dragcon, Los Angeles, USA: April 29th & 30th 2017
With Rupaul mania approaching maximum world domination, this is the holy grail of all things Drag while mingling with the superstars of the show.
World Out Games, Miami, USA: May 26th – June 4th 2017
Held every 4 years, Miami hosts thousands of participants at more than 450 events covering sport, culture, and human rights. They aim to stimulate debate through emotional, competitive, and intellectual events. And maybe a dance party or two.
Korean Queer Culture Festival, Seoul, Korea: June 2017
With just 50 attendees in 2001, Seoul now hosts over 15,000, making it one of the largest LGBT events in Asia. In addition to the political angle, the event places heavy emphasis on art and culture to pack in even bigger audiences.
Queer Arts Festival, Vancouver, Canada: June 20th & 21st 2017
Pushing the boundaries of queer modern art, Vancouver’s QAF aims to curate challenging, thought-provoking work that pushes boundaries and initiates dialogue. Buckle up.
World Pride, Madrid, Spain: June 23rd – July 2nd 2017
Fact: The Spanish know how to party, and this summer they’re celebrating 40 years since the first pride parade in Spain. Madrid hosts with a action-packed schedule of jaw-dropping parties, open air concerts, sport events, and more.
Brighton Pride Festival, UK: August 4th – 6th 2017
The UK’s largest gay pride festival has an impressive line-up this year including Pet Shop Boys (still going strong) and Years Years.
Bear Week Sites, Spain: September 1st – 11th 2017
The picturesque coastal town of Sitges, just 30 minutes from Barcelona, turns into a gay mecca in the summer months with Bears Week rounding off the season.Insert bear hunting joke here.
Homotopia, Liverpool, UK: November 2017
Now in its 14th year, Homotopia showcases an impressive queer art scene in the UK’s cultural melting pot that is Liverpool.
And because it’s never too early to plan ahead….
Sydney Mardi Gras, Australia: March 3rd, 2018
An institution, Sydney’s vibrant, balls-out crazy celebration celebrates its 40th Anniversary next year. You can’t miss this. No, you just can’t.
Special thanks to Oliver Broad from travel agency RB Collection for giving us the low-down.