Annual WomenFest Expected To Draw Thousands Of Ladies

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Pool parties, cruises, trolley tours and more await the thousands of women who are expected to flock to Key West this Labor Day Weekend for WomenFest – one of the largest gatherings of lesbians and friends in North America.

This year's 28th annual festival kicks off Sep. 10 with daily activities starting bright and early at 9 a.m. Guests can catch an early morning thrill at Ripley's Believe It or Not museum located at 108 Duval St. Here guests can experience the history of the weird and bizarre for just $9.99 with an online ticket.

If creepy and odd does not interest you, guests can take a stroll through the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory located at 1316 Duval St. Here, guests can witness a variety of more than 50 butterfly species and more than 20 exotic birds from all around the world. Also open for patrons is the Key West Lighthouse located at 939 Whitehead St.

As the sun sets on the first day of the festival, the nightlife is just picking up. Starting at 5 p.m. is the official kick-off party at popular night club Aqua located at 771 Duval St. Aqua nightclub will be open until 4 a.m. for guests to experience world famous drag shows, a performance by the club's popular Aquanettes and a dance party that will keep guests entertained well into the first night of WomenFest.

Guests will have plenty of time to recover from the night before heading over to the world famous Dante's Inferno Pool Party that starts at noon. Located at 951 Caroline St. guests can enjoy a sweet cocktail while lounging by the pool or dancing in it.

The day will continue with wine tastings at 5 p.m. at The Gardens Hotel located at 526 Angela St., An art gallery at 5:30 p.m. located at 1011 Whitehead St. and the 2nd annual King of WomenFest celebration at 801 Bourbon Bar located at 801 Duval St. at 9 P.M.

One of the more notable events happening on the second day is the Sunset Watersports concert at Sea with Sister Funk. From 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. attendees can board a cruise ship and sail out to the horizon where they can watch the sunset as they are serenaded by the five piece all girl group, Sister Funk.

The price of the cruise is $35, which includes a free draft beer or wine. Guests can upgrade their package for $24 and receive dinner and unlimited wine and draft beer along with access to the ships tropical food buffet.

The third day of the event will find guests all over Key West. From house tours and gay trolley tours, WomenFest plans to have guests exploring all the best sights and landmarks the island city has to offer. Head on down to Bayview Park at 11 a.m. and guests can participate in the Southernmost Tattoo Mustache Ride bicycle parade.

Be sure to grab a few cute bathing suits because back to back pool parties are what guests can expect. The Bourbon Street Pub will be hosting a pool party from noon to 4 p.m. at 724 Duval St., immediately following is Alexander's Hip Hop Pool Party at Alexander's Guesthouse which is located at 1118 Fleming Street.

In between the wet events, guests can take a sunset sail with the jazzy sounds of Jennifer Corday or catch a burlesque show at the Bourbon Street Pub.

Don't change out of your bathing suit just yet because guests are invited to a glow stick dance pool party. The White Party with DJ Citizen Jane is a glow stick pool rave that will have guests dancing until 4 a.m.

The final day of WomenFest is set up to be relaxing and leisurely. Wake up early Sunday morning and have an Old School Brunch at Point 5 located at 915 Duval St. and sip on a yummy mimosa. Enjoy gay bingo at the 801 Bourbon Bar or just enjoy the accommodations the many hotels have to offer their guests.

Whether it is partying into the late night with friends and lovers or just taking a musical sunset sail into the sea, WomenFest 2015 is sure to leave every attendee happy and wanting to come back again.

For hotel bookings, ticketing information and more please visit WomenFest.com or call 305-294-4603


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