LGBTQ South Florida

Winter Party in full swing until Monday with social events throughout South Beach, Miami

The big beach dance party during the 2014 Winter Party Festival in Miami Beach.
The big beach dance party during the 2014 Winter Party Festival in Miami Beach. Miami Herald File

Winter Party 2015, which benefits the GLBT Community Projects Fund of The Miami Foundation and the National LGBTQ Task Force, runs through March 9 in Miami Beach.

The big beach party is noon to 8 p.m. Sunday at 12th Street and Ocean Drive in South Beach.

Here’s the latest news release of other Winter Party 2015 social events from publicist Richard Murry, followed by a list of major women’s events this weekend:

MIAMI BEACH – March 5, 2015 – The celebration isn’t just confined to the dance floor. Known throughout the world for electrifying dance parties, Winter Party Festival also has a social side – events where Festival guests can mix, mingle and meet new friends in exciting, yet more relaxed settings. Winter Party Festival runs March 4 to 9 at venues throughout Miami Beach and Miami.

“We promised this year’s Festival would be bigger, better and more exciting than ever, and we are delivering on that promise with our social events,” says Justin Bell, Winter Party Festival Chair. “Our line-up spans from sexy to sublime, yet all our events embody that unique spirit of celebration that is Winter Party Festival.”

Art enthusiasts of all kinds are drawn to ArtScape at the beautiful Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Guests at ArtScape will enjoy a live performance by Emily Sheila, tasty hors d’oeuvres, and enticing cocktails, while mingling with friends and admiring some incredible works of art. Some of the best-established artists in South Florida will be represented at ArtScape along with rising-star undiscovered talents. The evening wraps up with a silent art auction benefitting the National LGBTQ Task Force and local LGBTQ charities. Thursday, March 5, 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach.

The National LGBTQ Task Force and The Art of Shaving will host the VIP Cocktail Reception on Friday, March 6th to honor Joe Plana of Bacardi USA. Plana has been tireless in his support of the LGBTQ community, enabling the Task Force and dozens of local community organizations to raise much-needed funding for their respective programs. Held at a private waterfront home in Miami Beach, the invitation-only VIP Reception will feature gourmet hors d’oeuvres, live music and an open bar courtesy of GREY GOOSE® Vodka. A minimum donation of $100 will be requested at the door.

Winter Party is nothing if not a worldwide gathering of the LGBTQ community, so in that spirit Hôtel Gaythering is hosting an official Happy Hour Mixer on Saturday, March 7, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Guests will be treated to complimentary Absolut cocktails from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Hiro Sake libations from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission is free with attendees receiving a one-day pass to the property’s Men’s Self-Spa, courtesy of the hotel, which is located at 1409 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach.

Partnering with Miami-Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival, Winter Party will bring a touch of Hollywood glam to this year’s celebration with the world premiere screening of “IN THE GRAYSCALE” (“EN LA GAME DE LOS GRISES”) by renowned film director Claudio Marcone. Filmed in Spanish with English subtitles, the film chronicles Bruno, who is a husband and father recently separated from his wife. Bruno finds himself unexpectedly falling for a co-worker who happens to be a young gay male. After the screening, director Marcone will hold a question-and-answer session, followed by a reception for Winter Party guests with an open bar courtesy of GREY GOOSE® Vodka for moviegoers 21 and older. The premiere will take place on Saturday, March 7th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Regal Cinema South Beach, 1120 Lincoln Road. Tickets are $13 and available at the MIFF website: www.miamiff-tickets.com.

Known as the company that cares, Kiehl’s Since 1851 has provided great personal care products throughout the world, as well as community support in cities where they are located. For one exclusive night, the Lincoln Road store will host “Kiehl’s 20/20,” where shoppers will receive 20% off of all their purchases and Kiehl’s will donate 20% of its total sales to Winter Party. While shopping, guests will enjoy GREY GOOSE® cocktails, complimentary “Healthy Skin” checks, free product samples, and an art exhibit by VANDER. The shopping night takes place on Saturday, March 7th, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Kiehl’s new location, 540 Lincoln Road Miami Beach. Admission is free.

Infamous worldwide for over-the-top drag queen shows on Miami Beach, the Palace has teamed up with Winter Party Festival for a “special edition’’ Sunday brunch event -- Brunchic! Drag Queens and other special guests will entertain while mimosas flow freely. Brunchic happens on Sunday, March 8th with two shows at 11:30 a.m. and again at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $34.99 at the door by reservation only. To make reservations, email info@palacesouthbeach.com. For more information about The Palace and Brunchic! visit www.palacesouthbeach.com/special-events/. The Palace is located at 1200 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach.

Winter Party Official Women’s Events

ArtScape

Thursday, March 5, 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach

Pass Access: Women’s Access

Individual Tickets: $30

Art enthusiasts of all kinds are drawn to ArtScape at the beautiful Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Guests at ArtScape will enjoy a live performance by Emily Sheila, tasty hors d’oeuvres, and enticing cocktails, while mingling with friends and admiring some incredible works of art. Some of the best established artists in South Florida will be represented at ArtScape along with rising-star undiscovered talents. The evening wraps up with a silent art auction benefitting the National LGBTQ Task Force and local LGBTQ charities. Participating artists will include: Angel Valentin, Carolina Bonnelly, Claudia Cebrian, Chisolm, Diego Duran, Havi Schanz, Hikmat Bouhamdan, Janet Gonzalez, Javier Echenique-Vico, John Defaro, Jonathan Brooks, Jonathan Cole, Ligia Gonzalez, Marta Neira, Meluka Cartaya, Oscar Alberto Valdez, Oscar Fuentes - the Biscayne Poet Live, Paul Stephen Urdahl, Silvia Ros, and Star Trauth.

Pa’Ella

Friday, March 6, 10:00 pm - 3:00 am

Hush Bar + Lounge, 1661 Pennsylvania Ave, Miami Beach

Pass Access: Women’s Access

Individual Tickets: $10 Advance / $15 at the Door

With South Florida’s rich mix of Latin and Caribbean culture, Pa'ella promises a sizzling and sultry night infused with Latin music, where three-time Grammy nominee Leslie Cartaya will perform live on stage. This Cuban singer has the rhythms of her land pulsating through her veins. DJ, vocalist, producer and jet-setter Inaia will keep the energy alive with music ranging from Afro-funk and Latin jazz to traditional salsa and merengue.

Industry

Saturday, March 7, 10:00 pm - 3:00 am

Cafeina

297 NW 23rd Street, Miami

Pass Access: Women’s Access

Individual Tickets: $15

Winter Party Festival’s signature event for women, Industry, will feature DJ Crush at one of Wynwood’s most spectacular venues, Cafeina. Produced in partnership with Pandora Events, Industry promises plenty of sexy women and rhythmic tunes.

Winter Party 2015

Winter Party Festival will run March 4 - 9, 2015, at venues throughout Miami Beach and Miami. To purchase tickets, visit www.winterparty.com/buy.

Winter Party Festival is an annual fund- and consciousness-raising event committed to supporting, inspiring and activating the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community and its supporters worldwide through a celebration of identity, equality and unity. Now in its 22nd year, Winter Party Festival takes place annually in one of the world’s hottest destinations – Miami Beach.

Proceeds from the annual Winter Party Festival and its sister event, the Miami Recognition Dinner, support the important work of the National LGBTQ Task Force to advance full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people. A significant portion of the proceeds also funds multiple organizations serving the LGBTQ community in South Florida through grants made by the Task Force to the GLBT Community Projects Fund of The Miami Foundation. Since taking over responsibilities for the two events, the Task Force has contributed more than $1.85 million to South Florida grassroots LGBTQ organizations.

Winter Party Festival is produced with the cooperation of the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority.

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