Sweaty bodies, pulsing music and flashing lights – it’s our favorite time of year.
White Party returns to Miami for its 29th year for a week of hard partying with the theme “In Full Bloom,” benefiting Care Resource, and HIV/AIDS agency, and Food for Life Network.
“After a busy and hectic year, we all need time to recharge ourselves" Joe DePiro, public relations manager for Care Resource, said in an email. “ ‘It's my annual Thanksgiving tradition’ and ‘I love running into friends from all over the world’ are all common refrains heard throughout White Party Week.”
Last year, more than 9,000 people attended the annual event raising almost $500,000.
With plenty of parties planned at various clubs throughout Miami and the Beach, DJs from around the world are flying in for hours of dancing and fun (check out our schedule, you won’t be disappointed). However, the biggest acts to grace the stage are being saved for the grand White Party on November 30 at Soho Studios: DJ Offer Nissim and singer Kerli.
Both are huge supporters of the LGBT community. Nissim of Israel is well known for performing at gay concerts and for all-male venues in his home country. The DJ has worked with the likes of Madonna, Deborah Cox, Christina Aguilera, and other heavy hitters in the industry. Kerli, hailing from Estonia, has made a stand for gay rights in an area of the world that has none, as well as performing at gay pride festivals.
In the past, guests have been graced with performances by Jennifer Lopez, Cyndi Lauper and Yoko Ono.
But the clubs aren’t the only places where people will be flocking for this annual rager. For day partiers, check out the White Splash Pool Party at the National Hotel on November 30 or the Muscle Beach Party on December 1. The latter is significant as it falls on World AIDS Day, and the theme is all about peace and love.
For those who have shopaholic tendencies, put your skills to good use at the Kenneth Cole Charity Shopping Event with a portion of proceeds going to charity.
While White Party is all about fun and celebration, bringing people from around the world to Miami, the purpose is a dire one. Decades after the AIDS crisis of the ‘80s, the disease is still impacting the LGBT community as well as many others.
Care Resource has been serving the South Florida community for 30 years, providing testing, drug abuse counseling, dental care, pediatric resources, mental health services, and other health care. In just the last year, the agency has expanded from an $8 million organization to a full-blown $17 million center.
With Food for Life Network, the two agencies work together to serve more than 3,000 medical clients, 42,000 home-delivered meals, and provide more than 12,000 HIV tests every year.
“Affordable healthcare tops the list of every American’s priorities; so is access to service for those whose immigration or citizenship status is questionable or illegal,” DePiro said. “Care Resource helps those people, with a special emphasis on the LGBT community, get the health services they need in a cost efficient, friendly and helpful manner.”
So get ready for the biggest party of the year, and remember that you’re doing it to better the community you’re living in. For more information and to purchase tickets for specific events, visit WhiteParty.org.
White Party Schedule
Wednesday, November 27
9 p.m. to 3 a.m. White Martini
Kick off White Party at this gay bar that specializes in the perfect martini. Music by DJ La Trice Perry. No cover.
Mova Lounge, 1625 Michigan Ave. in Miami Beach
Thursday, November 28
10 p.m. to 5 a.m. White Journey
Check out Score’s new location in the heart of South Beach, as well as music from hotties DJ Eddie Elias and DJ Escape. Tickets $25.
Score Bar, 1437 Washington Ave. in Miami Beach
Friday, November 29
10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Salvation: White Dreams
Literally dance the night away with booming music and an impressive lights display by DJ Danny Verde and DJ Isaac Escalante. Tickets $60.
Club Space, 34 NE 11th St. in Miami
Saturday, November 30
5 to 8 p.m. Kenneth Cole: Charity Shopping Event
Calling all shopaholics! Browse through beautiful clothing while sipping on libations, all for a cause. A portion of proceeds will go to Care Resource, the benefactor of White Party.
Kenneth Cole South Beach, 190 SW Eighth St. in Miami Beach
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. White Splash Pool Party
It ain’t a fête in the Magic City without a pool party. Lounge in the sun with bronzed bods, splash around in the 205-foot infinity pool, or park it at one of the many bars. Tickets $30.
National Hotel, 1677 Collins Ave. in Miami Beach
10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Cirque Blanc
It’s all about the ladies, with high-end luxury wins at the silent auction and female DJs hitting the turntables for a dance floor. Don’t forget to wear all white! Tickets $20 to $60.
Trade Nightclub, 1437 Washington Ave. in Miami Beach
10 p.m. to 5 a.m. The White Party
It’s official -- the party to end all parties! Tucked in the art village of Wynwood, dress in all white as you dance to entertainer Kerli and DJs Joe Gauthreaux and Offer Nissim. With dancers, artists and free open bar from 10 p.m. to midnight, you’re in for a night you’ll never forget -- or if you party hard enough, one you won’t remember anything from. Tickets $100 to $150, valet $10.
Soho Studios, 2136 NW First Ave. in Miami
Sunday, December 1
Noon to 11 p.m. White Sunset Tea
Nurse your White Party hangover with brunch, cocktails, drag queens, dancers, DJs and cuties. Trust us, you’ll feel much better. No cover.
The Palace Bar, 1200 Ocean Drive in Miami Beach.
1 to 9 p.m. Muscle Beach Party
Dubbed “Woodstock on the Beach,” throw on your hottest suit for fun in the sun, including an exporting Flower POwer bomb emitting peace, flowers and love. Tickets $100.
12th Street Beach in Miami Beach.
10 p.m. to 5 a.m. URGE: Noche Blanca
It’s back! After a few years slumber, Noche Blanca is back with dancers brought in from around the world and Dj Abel celebrating his 20th year mixing at Mansion. Tickets $65 to $100.
Mansion Nightclub, 1235 Washington Ave. in Miami Beach
Monday, December 2
5 a.m. to Noon White Horizons
Not ready to go home yet? After the bash at Mansion, head over to Mekka and continue the dancing marathon. Plus, tickets are reduced this year! Tickets $30.
Mekka, 950 NE Second Ave. in Miami
8 p.m. to 4 a.m. Whitehaus 2
Head way down south for the men only party in the Keys with DJ Robbie Leslie, who’s performed at the original Studio 54. Must wear all white. No cover.
Island House, 1129 Fleming St. in Key West
11 p.m. to 5 p.m. Swan Song
The final send off for White Party, hang out with all your new friends at this massive club with multiple rooms and an outdoor entertainment area. Until next year! No cover.
Twist, 1057 Washington Ave. in Miami Beach