Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Womenfest returns to Key West

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The lush tropical paradise of gay Key West is celebrating the largest ladies party in the southernmost tip of the U.S. Womenfest, held Thursday Sept. 4-7, is the year's most anticipated celebration of lesbians and their friends.

Greg Kabel

Thousands of singles and couples will flock to the diverse island town to engage in daily woman-only water sports excursions, clothing-optional resorts, luscious food and late-night dance parties at premier LGBT Key West landmark locations.

Daily Activities include a sailboat vacation abroad the Lion's Paw. It is the most intimate way to experience the true beauty Key West has to offer. While in town, take a stroll down the cultured Duvall street. Make time to stop in the trendy Evolution clothing shop to receive exclusive discounts when you mention Womenfest.

The festival highlights include the edgy Toronto based all-girl lesbian band Hunter Valentine. Valentine, known from the hit Showtime series “The Real L Word” is an alternative rock band who toured last year with the iconic pop legend Cyndi Laupnerand have continued to make themselves a household name throughout the LGBT community. The performance is set for 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at Key West's historic San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval St. Don't miss the opportunity to grab a drink and meet the girls in person at a preconcert happy hour at Aqua Key West. Aqua located at 711 Duval St, will all be holding the concerts exclusive after-party.

Friday night will feature the five piece all female funk band Sister Funk who have just released there highly anticipated new CD titled "Therapy Sessions" Conch Key West describing sister funk said “Sister fun gave the most animated rock performance in memory; these ladies impressed even seasoned rockaholics at the 2006 Key West Women’s Music Festival."

They will be rocking out on the waterfront with a Sunset Watersports concert Friday evening and will also be guest hosting the Sunset Water-sports “Do it All” day of watersport festivities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday. The 6-hour watersport excursion includes snorkeling, parasailing and jet skiing along with free beer and lunch.

The weekend will also feature a comedy performance, with the headline act “One Funny Family.” Three of the funniest female comedians, Julie Goldman, Sandra Valls, and Gloria Bigelow, known for touring with my comedic legend Wanda Sykes, are to set to rock the island in laughter Saturday night. The event is set for 8:30 pm, at the San Carlos 516 Duvall Street.

Other festivities will include topless-optional paddle-boarding, a tube-a-thon on the Atlantic Ocean which will be stationed at Salute Restaurant on Key West's Higgs Beach, as well as Fury Water Adventure cruises. Week long pool parties will take place at all of the hottest resorts and Key West clubs. Womenfest will conclude late Sunday night at Aqua with a drag show and closing dance party.

For more information and ticketing information visit (www.womenfest.com).


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