Thousands of women are expected in Key West Tuesday through Sunday, Sept. 3-8, for the 27th annual Womenfest. At the acclaimed festival, singles, couples and groups of women can experience the all-welcoming diversity and attractions that have helped make Key West an internationally acclaimed LGBT vacation spot.
Image compliments of Womenfest.com
The festival’s opening party is set for 3:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Aqua Nightclub, 711 Duval St. An “Aqua Idol” local version of television’s iconic “American Idol” is to follow, as is a drag show and dance party at Aqua.
Subsequent events include lively pool parties and happy hours with live entertainment, kayaking and paddleboard eco-tours, snorkeling and dolphin watching cruises, all-day watersports adventures, musical and comedy performances, offbeat art classes and late-night dance parties at Key West emporiums.
Entertainment highlights include a comedy showcase Friday, Sept. 6, starring award-winning lesbian comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer at the San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval St. Acclaimed as the first openly gay comedian to appear on television, she has performed on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and HBO, and tours around the U.S. Doors open at 8 p.m. and Westenhoefer’s show begins at 8:30 p.m.
Other performers include comedians Christine O’Leary and Key West’s “Postal” Wendy Carlisle, high-energy live music by Jennifer Corday and Sister Funk, “The Girly–Burly Burlesque Show” and a Key West rooster-painting class with renowned local artist Rick Worth.
Additional festival standouts include a dinner cruise with rocking entertainment and a trolley tour spotlighting Key West’s LGBT history and landmarks. Event schedules, information and tickets are available at Womenfest headquarters, open daily at the Key West Business Guild’s Gay Key West Visitor Center, 513 Truman Ave.
Event information: www.womenfest.com