Aqua Girl, the largest Women’s Week celebration in the country kicks off later this month. This annual springtime party will be held from May 11-15 at the Raleigh Hotel on South Beach.

“I think attendees can expect the parties to go full blast from beginning to end,” says Caitlin Wood, Executive Director of the Aqua Foundation. “We want people to have an unforgettable time and have fun. All of the entertainment was designed to support the theme of "come play with us!"

All of the proceeds benefit the Aqua Foundation for Women, a not-for-profit whose mission is to serve as the funding catalyst for LBT wellness and equality in South Florida through grants, scholarships, and initiatives.

“The funds raised will support our grant recipients and while we will choose new recipients in the fall that will benefit from these funds, I am proud to say that this year, we supported Lotus House, Project Safe, Pridelines Youth Services, SunServe and Legal Aid of Miami,” Wood said.

Highlights of the weeklong events range from dance parties at South Beach nightclubs, a comedy night, pool and beach parties, a jazz brunch, rock concert and more.

“I think we have a talent line up that is better than ever,” Wood said. “From recording artists Dev and Vela to the top Brazilian male DJ, Tommy Love for our Sunday pool party, and all our world-class DJs, I don't think we have ever had talent this deep. Plus, we have relocated to the incredible Raleigh and their breathtaking pool.”

It all begins with a Game Night on Wednesday night. The next night there’s Speed Dating and a dance party to really get things started. For those who like to show off how limber they are, there’s Yoga on Friday morning, followed by a Splash Party at the Raleigh.

Later that night, there’s a VIP party at the Betsy. As late night turns into early morning, the fun moves to Senor Frogs for a fuego party with sounds by Elisa Seda.

On Saturday, there’s an all-day pool party at the Raleigh from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The talent lineup includes DJ MISS M, dj.shErOck*, DJ CITIZEN JANE, DJ Pat Pat, and DJ ZEHNO. The nighttime fun goes down at a dance party at Heart Nightclub, featuring DEV.

Sunday there’s another pool party at the Raleigh featuring Tommy Love. Later on from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., ladies can channel their inner rock star at Karaoke at the Catalina.

Aqua Girl, which began in 1999, continues to grow every year – as does the ever-expanding variety of events, including cocktail receptions, gourmet dinners and an art exhibit.

But Wood admits there are a couple of parties that should not be missed.

“I would say, the Saturday and Sunday pool parties, Miami VIP at the Betsy for sure and then Temptation on Saturday night with recording sensation Dev and Fuego on Friday night with Columbian recording artist and chart topper, VELA,” she told SFGN.

All events are 21 and over (with the exception of a few events that are 18 and over).


For more on ticketed events and pricing, visit Aqua Girl's website at