Below is a guide to the first few events that kick off this year’s Winter Party. Check out SFGN in March for a full listing of events and additional coverage. But start planning now because this year promises to be bigger and better than ever.

 Wednesday, March 5

7 to 9:30 p.m. Spark!
Welcome to Winter Party! Join the festivities at the hotel rooftop for a red carpet cocktail party. Suggested donation $10 to The Gay & Lesbian Task Force.
Gale South Beach and Regent Hotel, 1690 Collins Ave. in Miami Beach

Thursday, March 6

7 to 11 p.m. ArtScape
Calling all ladies! Indulge in a silent art auction, Bacardi cocktails, wine, and delicious bites.
Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive in Miami Beach

10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Ignite
Hit the dance floor at this South Beach club with DJs Eddie Martinez and Joe Gauthreaux.
Cameo, 1445 Washington Ave. in Miami Beach

Friday, March 7

1 to 8 p.m.HEAT Tea Dance
It’s the hottest pool party around -- throw on your sexiest swimsuit and rock out to tunes from DJs Cindel and Brett Henrichsen.
Clevelander South Beach, 1020 Ocean Drive in Miami Beach

7:30 to 10 p.m. VIP Cocktail Reception, Presented by Celebrity Cruises
Dave Cook, a longtime LGBT advocate and a former Task Force employee, is the star of the night at the annual VIP cocktail reception.
The James Royal Palm, 1545 Collins Ave. in Miami Beach

10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Pa'Ella
HER Winter Party gets even hotter with a Latin night — Spam Allstars, one of the best of the best, will get your hips moving.
TSL Lounge, 167 NW 23rd St. in Wynwood

10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Mercury Rising
This massive club is all yours for a night of music, lights and entertainment you’ll never forget. Music from DJs Rosabel and Wayne G. will fill the air, and Power Infiniti and Kitty
Meow will perform.
Space, 34 NE 11th St. in Miami

For more information on Winter Party Festival, including a full schedule, DJ bios, and tickets, visit