What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving Day weekend? We’re thankful that South Florida has such a vibrant and diverse scene, with literally something for everyone. If you don’t believe us, just take a look at some of the exciting events in store for the long holiday weekend. Whether you’re visiting for the legendary White Party or just hanging out with friends in one of the many neighborhood bars, there’s plenty going on.
Here’s a look at some of the highlights for the upcoming weekend:
Wednesday, Nov. 23
Kick off your holiday early at Score, 727 Lincoln Rd. in Miami Beach. The irrepressible Lady Bunny will be making a special appearance in the DJ booth, providing a perfect opportunity to burn off a few calories before Thursday’s foodfest.
Just down the street, MOVA marks the start of the White Party Week with White Heat. Local favorite Daisy D. will be spinning and Finlandia vodka cocktails are $4 all night long. MOVA is located just off Lincoln Rd. at 1625 Michigan Ave. in Miami Beach.
Thursday, Nov. 24
Don’t have anywhere to go for Turkey Day? Head over to the Alibi, in the Shoppes of Wilton Manors, for the annual orphans Thanksgiving buffet at 5 p.m. Enjoy the Alibi’s award-winning cuisine with all the hunky softball players in town for the Hurricane Showdown.
Lots of local bars celebrate Turnabout, with the staff offering some gender-bending fun for the customers. Tonight’s that memorable night at The Stable, 205 E. Oakland Park Blvd. in Oakland Park. The bar opens at 4 p.m. with the show starting at 9 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 25
Tonight is Evolution, the White Party, which moves to its new venue at the Miami Seaquarium. And, with a new location comes new, longer hours and special attractions, including a fireworks show. DJ Joe Gauthreaux and Pagano will be providing the music and JES will perform live. Tickets and weekend passes are still available at WhiteParty.org and proceeds from the week benefit local HIV/AIDS service organization CareResource.
Not headed to the White Party main event, check out the grand opening of Swinging Richards, South Florida’s most revealing new stripper bar, 17450 Biscayne Blvd. in North Miami Beach. Funnyman Leslie Jordan (“Will and Grace,” “Sordid Lives”) will be your host, but we have the feeling your eyes will be locked on something else!
Saturday, Nov. 26
“Attitude is gratitude” is the motto of the night at Discotekka, which is celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday with a Pilgrims vs. Indians theme. DJ George Ferrero headlines, with DJ Carlos G. for the afterhours event. Discotekka is located at 950 NE 2nd Ave. in downtown Miami.
This is your last chance to catch RandyBlue.com star Reese Rideout performing at the Boardwalk, 1721 N. Andrews Ave. in Ft. Lauderdale. This hot young man is performing two big shows each night, Nov. 23-26.
Sunday, Nov. 27
One of the signature events of White Party week is Muscle Beach, the surfside tea dance on Miami Beach. This year, the party features DJs Michael Tank and Gustavo Scorpio. It’s an amazing setting for an amazing party on the 12th Street Beach. Tickets are still available at WhiteParty.org.
DJ Marc Scott has always been one of our favorites with his signature retro sound. He launches a new monthly party tonight at the The Manor, Teddy Bear. Enjoy the best dance hits of the ‘70s and ‘80s, along with plenty of drink specials at Wilton Manors’ largest dance club. The Manor is located at 2345 Wilton Dr.
Monday, Nov. 28
Promoter Hilton Wolman and Score Productions bring back URGE to cap off the long holiday weekend. The party gets started early at 8 a.m. runs all day long at Dream, 1532 Washington Ave. in Miami Beach.