Palm Springs, United States - Mar 28 to Apr 1, 2018
The Dinah, AKA Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend, is the largest lesbian gathering in the U.S. and possibly the world as some 10,000 women turn out for five days of pool parties, sports events, comedy shows, top recording artists and networking. Named after the late Dinah Shore, the golf-playing singer and TV personality who lived nearby, it began informally in 1986 during what is now the Kraft Nabisco Championship in women's golf. Officially it was launched in 1991 at a gala at the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Miami, United States - April 2018 *
Fling - Women's Pride Weekend headquarters in South Beach for three days of sun and fun at she-tea pool parties and mega-dances in April when Miami weather is at its finest. Staged by Pandora & Icandee Events, it also includes some activities across the bay in trendy Wynwood. Tickets can be bought ahead or just show up ready to party.
Atlanta, United States - May 2018 *
The annual LadyFest brings together music, art and Atlanta-based artists and activists for workshops, performance and parties focused on the queer, feminist and gender non-conforming. It's a festival that creates and unites in a feminist space to cultivate a more inclusive and representative art landscape in the city. The events are free and open to all members of the public, and held in venues throughout the city.
Miami, United States - May 17 to 20, 2018
Begun as a one-night benefit dance called Sweet Charity in 1999, Aqua Girl has grown into the largest charity women's week in the country with 100% of the proceeds going to Aqua Foundation for Women which supports projects for lesbian, bisexual and transgender wellness and quality in South Florida. Events include a kick-off dance, pool parties, cocktail reception and an evening of fiery Latin music, Miami style. Host hotels change each year.
Provincetown, United States - May 31 to Jun 3, 2018
The Provincetown Women of Color Weekend is a chance for gay WOC to come together for four days of drinking, eating, parties, and entertainment by stars like Pamela Means and Karen Williams. Friday night is when the party starts, with a burlesque show at the Crown & Anchor followed by a wild dance party at Pied Bar on Commercial Street and capped with a 1 am "pizza meetcha." Saturday brings a Carnival Tea Dance, a pool party with live music, and The Black and White Affair, a formal dance where you might want to wear your finest threads.
Orlando, United States - June 2018 *
Girls in Wonderland takes over the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort during the annual Gay Days at Orlando's Disney World Resort. Events include live women's music, dance parties, pool parties, go-go girls, comedy, theme parks and thousands of women. A portion of the profits benefits the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
Chicago, United States - June 2018 *
Back Lot Bash is held over two weekends during Pride in Chicago and lays claim to being the most popular outdoor lesbian festival in the Midwest. Started in 2004, it usually takes over an outdoor venue in Andersonville, outside the mainstream celebrations in Boystown. Female DJs and performers the likes of Lisa Loeb, JD Samson, Ruby Rose, Nina Sky, Antigone Rising, Cat Fight and Fembot have taken to the stage, and Family Fest activities were added to the programming in 2013 as a meeting place for families with same-sex parents.
Provincetown, United States - July 2018 *
Kicking off with a rowdy party at the end of July, Girl Splash makes the most of its Cape Cod locale with whale watching excursions, pool parties, dune tours, sunset bonfires, clambakes and schooner cruises. Spread over five days, the festivities are high energy and just for women, so you can feel free to let your hair down.
San Diego, United States - July 2018 *
The women-centered SheFest celebrates the talents and contributions of women and fosters meaningful relationships in a day devoted to music, workshops, games and fellowship. The park also has a colorful playground, walking trails, baseball field and tennis courts. Activities begin at 11 am. Admission is free.
Key West, United States - Sep 5 to 9
The southernmost lesbian festival in the US, Womenfest has been drawing a crowd to Key West for nearly a quarter century. Activities include pool parties, cocktail parties, an all-girl body paint dance party, live entertainment, a fair, film, sports activities, a floating tea dance and a commitment ceremony.
Licking County, Ohio - Sep 14 to 17
A womyn-only event designed to promote community, music and art, the long-weekend festival is held at Legend Valley near Buckeye Lake, Ohio with a variety of performers, workshops, games and activities including an annual arm wrestling tournament and a Sunday waffle brunch. All womyn are welcome.
Provincetown, United States - Oct 8 to 14
Every October for over three decades, Provincetown has hosted Women's Week - the largest lesbian cultural event in New England. The schedule is rich and varied, with over 150 distinct events including workshops, performances, sporting events, movie screenings and parties. Lesbian comics are particularly well-represented, with boldface names on the marquee like Suzanne Westenhoefer, Judy Gold, Vickie Shaw, Karen Williams, Jennie McNulty, Poppy Champlin and Mimi Gonzalez. The week reaches its peak at the Saturday Night Dance party, where revelers old and new meet up to celebrate the community with champagne toasts, killer DJs and a dance floor that goes all night long. This is one of the best events on Provincetown's calendar, so plan to book accommodations and air travel well in advance, and be sure to buy advance tickets to the most popular events like the Clambake and Dune Tour.
Miami, United States - Nov 23 to 27
The Women's White Party is four days of parties, shopping, dining and sunning, culminating in the Cirque Blanc at Nikki Beach, the main event, followed by an after party. Other events include a kick-off party up the road in Fort Lauderdale and a Latin Night with dancing and Flamenco show in the center of Little Havana. The festivities benefit CareResource.