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Beyond the Parade: Uncovering Miami Beach Pride’s Hidden Gems for Queer Women

Miami Beach Pride isn’t just an event; it’s a colossal celebration that ignites the city’s biggest celebration of the year. From its humble beginnings as a neighborhood gathering, Miami Beach Pride has evolved into a global phenomenon that anticipates over 150,000 attendees, drawing in international stars and a lineup of entertainment that will leave you speechless. 

Mark your calendars, take off work, book a flight, rent a car, whatever it is you need to do because from April 4th to the 14th, the streets of Ocean Drive and Lummus Park will burst to life with the vibrant spirit of Pride. But the main festival happens over the weekend of April 13th and 14th, where the iconic Pride Parade and Festival take center stage. Picture this: a kaleidoscope of colors parading down the picturesque Ocean Drive, followed by an epic beachside festival that will have you dancing into the night. 

Get ready to dance to big-name DJs, catch live performances that’ll make your heart sing, browse the 125 LGBTQ-friendly vendors, and sample an array of food and beverage options. The lineup events are so much more than just the parade. This year’s schedule includes a Family Picnic intended to celebrate and help connect LGBTQ families. As well as a rooftop Pride Movie Night and panel discussion about important issues facing the community at O, Cinema on April 10th.

Oh, and did we mention that this article is your insider’s guide to the hottest spots for queer and lesbian women during Miami Beach Pride? We all know LGBTQ events end up leaning more toward the boys so let us act as your queer fairy godmothers pointing you toward the hottest parties and events over the 10 days. Get ready to celebrate love, diversity, and all things fabulous at Miami Beach Pride!

In the WYLD

When: April 6th, 2024 at 8pm

Where: Hotel Gaythering

Cost: $15

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As one of the officially scheduled Miami Beach Pride events, In the WYLD, is a special preview of  Garden of Eve, the women’s pavilion. The women of the community are taking over and will transform Hotel Gaythering on Lincoln Road into the ultimate party destination for LGBTQ women. From 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., guests can step into the Wyld and experience the magic as DJ Zehno spins beats that’ll have everyone dancing all night long. Rub shoulders with celebrity guest host Julia Lemigova from The Real Housewives of Miami and the fabulous Chicky Lulu, guiding the evening’s festivities.

For just $15, attendees can snag themselves a ticket to this exclusive event, which includes a complimentary drink courtesy of Tito’s Handmade Vodka or Mexican Tequila.

SIN by Pandora Events

When: Friday, April 12, 2024 at 10 PM 

Where: The Sylvester

Cost: $15-20

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Get ready for an electrifying kickoff to Miami Beach Pride as queer women take center stage at SIN! Hosted by Pandora Events, the powerhouse team behind Girls in Wonderland and historic Miami favorite, Aquagirl, this event promises to be an unforgettable celebration.

Picture this: a vibrant crowd dressed to impress in black, corsets, leather wear, fetish wear, or lace, setting the stage for a night of unbridled fun. Located in a retro Miami gem, The Sylvester oozes cool vibes with its locally sourced ingredients, sustainable cocktails, and culturally influenced sounds. It’s the perfect blend of old-school charm and modern-day excitement.

As DJ SMMII BLENDZ spins beats that’ll make you move, you’ll find yourself immersed in the colorful vintage wallpaper and tropical touches that give The Sylvester its unique flair. It’s like stepping back in time while still being firmly rooted in the present.

So, whether you’re sipping on handcrafted cocktails, dancing the night away, or playing on the retro pinball machine, one thing’s for sure: this party will set the tone for the weekend to come.

Eden Miami: Miami Pride’s Premier Queer Women’s Party In South Beach

When: April 13 · 10pm – April 14 · 5am

Where: Palace Bar & Restaurant

Cost: $15-20

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The Saturday night party is Eden Miami, hosted by Eden Entertainment Group, one of the leading nightlife brands for the queer community. Eden is known for partnering with top-level lesbian influencers and celebrities so keep your eye out for their host announcement.  

This event will be held at The Palace, Miami’s premier LGBTQ+ bar and restaurant, where the vibes are always high. Conveniently located on Ocean Drive, near where both the festival and parade take place.  The Palace is an LGBTQ institution in Miami and has been serving up fabulous cocktails, extraordinary dining experiences, and dazzling drag shows for over three decades. 

Plus, with Eden Entertainment Group at the helm, you know you’re in for a night of inclusivity and queer joy.

She Tea presented by Pandora Events

When: April 14, 2024 at 3 pm

Where: High Bar + Bar + Sky

Cost: $20-30

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SHE TEA the pool party for queer women is back and better than ever. The team from Pandora Events is putting this event on at the stunning High Bar + Bar + Sky, this rooftop oasis located in the Dream Hotel Miami Beach offers the quintessential South Beach rooftop vibe.

Plan to soak up the South Florida sun by the infinity pool, with ocean views. Order a signature cocktail and indulge in delicious Mexican fare from Naked Taco restaurant, to close out your Miami Beach Pride weekend. 

With beats provided by DJ Citizen Jane & DJ Aileen, the party kicks off at 3 pm and promises non-stop fun until the stars come out.

Miami Beach Pride Festival

The nightlife events are incredible but make time to step out of the house and swing by Lummus Park to check out some of the festivals. Of course, swing by the famed ‘Garden of Eve’ Women’s Pavilion a special area dedicated to female attendees. Featuring an all-female lineup of DJs, this tent. Similarly, there is a Trans Pavillion that shines the spotlight on Trans, artworks, DJs, and other musical performers.

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