September is typically the quiet month in Key West.

Kids have gone back to school and, after a long, sweaty summer season, bartenders and waiters can finally go on vacation. But the sleepy time doesn’t begin until Womenfest is over.

Along with Pride and Tropical Heat, Womenfest is one of the core events produced and promoted by the Key West Business Guild. Thousands of women are expected to flock to the island Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 7-11 for fun and relaxation.


The popular festival for lesbians and their friends feature activities ranging from snorkeling and water-sports excursions to high-energy late-night parties.

Activities are designed to allow singles, couples and groups of women to experience the atmosphere of openness and acceptance that has made Key West an internationally acclaimed lesbian and gay vacation destination.

Womenfest's entertainment highlights typically include comedy performances by top female comedians, film screenings and musical offerings by award-winning singers and bands. Headliners in past years have ranged from Sister Funk to Jennifer Corday.

Key West Contemporary Art, a new gallery near the intersection of Fleming Street and White Street will be showcasing the work of Annette Elizabeth Fournet and Alaina Marie Plowdrey at a reception Thursday, September 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Both women’s art explores the exotic, spiritual, esoteric qualities of women

Other offerings include sunset sails on the azure Keys waters, lively pool parties at local guesthouses, drag performances by renowned female impersonators, a themed bike tour of Key West's historic Old Town and gatherings at leading clubs.

In addition, the Womenfest schedule includes flag football clinics and a friendship game presented by the International Women's Flag Football Association.