Inside Key West Womenfest

Now is the time to start making plans to attend the annual Key West Womenfest, the island’s biggest gathering for lesbians and their friends. Scheduled for September 4th through the 7th, 2014, this cornucopia of celebration pulls people in from all over the world for 3 days and nights of female-only playing, partying, and outdoor adventures. Now in its 28th year, this festival offers a plethora of activities guaranteed to appeal to a broad range of interests.

The active and adventurous will go in for the wild clothing-optional pool parties, hot nightlife and dance club scene, sexy & competitive bull riding, and many types of female-only water sports excursions.  Or chill out and indulge in some culture with plentiful offerings of art, comedy, live music, poetry, and theatre, often set in venues that take advantage of the tropical setting and fine Key West fall weather.

The 2013 Womenfest, while a bit less crowded than past festivals, was special because world-record setting distance swimmer and out lesbian Diana Nyad walked ashore September 3rd on a Key West beach having completed the first swim between the U.S. and Cuba without a shark cage. Nyad, age 64, battled powerful currents, sharks, and box jellyfish to finally best the difficult 110-mile crossing that had already defeated her 4 times previously. While Nyad was unable to stay in town for Womefest 2013 because of other commitments, her accomplishment was the talk of the town, and added an additional touch of excitement to the festival. The 2014 festival is sure to have its special moments as well, and is a great opportunity to simply enjoy being part of the pride and friendship that comes from thousands of gay women enjoying life and love, hanging out and about in Key West.

Womenfest 2014 will offer the same rich mix of events and activities as in years past, beginning when you first check in to the festival headquarters at the Gay Key West Visitor Center to pick up guides, maps, tickets, t-shirts, One Human Family Stickers, and other assorted swag. The party really kicks off with a no-cover launch party on September 3rd at Aqua night club, leading into an evening of shows and partying all night long with friends old and new.

Daily activities run the gamut from golf to sea kayaking, parades, photoshoots, watersports, yoga, and jet ski tours. Many of the local Key West tour operators put on special trips for womenfest attendees, allowing you to enjoy the experience of snorkeling, parasailing, sunning, swimming, snacking, and sunset cocktail cruising all in the comfortable company of like-minded companions. When you get off the water, prepare for evenings of happy hour specials, stand-up comedy performances, themed dance parties, all-girl bands, burlesque shows, and bikini competitions. And don’t forget to set an afternoon aside for the Gay Key West Trolley Tour to get an inside look at the history, architecture, and rich gay culture of the island.

If you want to experience the tolerance and diversity that Key West is famous for, a visit to Womenfest 2014 is the perfect way to do it. Plan now to visit Key West next fall and party with pride in a tropical paradise.

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