Key West’s Tropical Heat Kicks Off Aug. 14

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Tropical Heat, Key West’s weekend of all-male activities, kicks off Wednesday, Aug. 14 at the iconic gay resort Island House. The launch party starts at 5 p.m. and will feature poolside drink specials, appetizers and prize giveaways. 

“The roster of revelry includes pool parties, brunch with local female impersonators, sizzling dance parties and adult-themed gatherings held at the island’s LGBTQ resorts, guesthouses and entertainment venues,” organizers said in a press release.  

The event is in its seventh-year and is produced by the Key West Business Guild. Tropical Heat VIP access passes are available for $99 per person. Attendees can also pay individual event admissions. 

Two new events this year include the Drunken Drag Brunch and the The Big Game Party. 
The Drunken Drag Brunch at Mangoes will feature bottomless mimosas and a Cuban buffet taking place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. The Big Game Party at Alexanders Guest House takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, and will feature a themed party where attendees are encouraged to dress in theirfavorite hot sports gear. 

Thursday’s festivities also include a noontime pool at Equator Resort.

Friday’s festivities feature a noontime pool party at Bourbon St. Pub/New Orleans House. The event typically offers an afternoon of spirited pool games, a DJ and live entertainment, food and drinks. 

Saturday’s highlights include the Equator Resort’s 13th annual Toga Party at 7 p.m. with prizes for the best togas.

Sunday’sattractions feature Key West’s famed Tea Dance at 4 p.m. at La Te Da.  

Closing events include a late-night “Afterglow Party” at Saloon 1. 

The Key West Business Guild also produces “Pride,” “Womanfest,” and the “Headdress Ball.” 

The non-profit KWBG is devoted to “promoting Key West to LGBTA travelers.” The organization’s work helps to attract about 250,000 LGBTA travelers annually, earning Key West the “well-deserved reputation as one of the most appealing gay-friendly destinations in the world.”

Visit TropicalHeatkKW.comto purchase VIP passes and for more information. Visit GayKeyWestFL.comto learn more about the Key West Business Guild and the other events they produce throughout the year.