Aqua Girl® 2015 in Miami Beach, FL

Author: 
Paul Rubio
Curator: 
Carrie Fowler

AQUA GIRL 2015 GUIDE

Ladies, start your engines!

Miami’s most anticipated Lesbian throw down – Aqua Girl - begins on May 13th, 2015! This ‘girls gone wild’ circuit-party unites thousands of beautiful women in America’s sexiest city for a wild and steamy weekend of fun-in-the-sun. More than alcohol-induced shenanigans, Aqua Girl is a party with a cause. One hundred percent of the net proceeds from events benefit the Aqua Foundation for Women, a not-for-profit-foundation whose primary mission is to promote the equality, strength, health, and visibility of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender women.
 
Between May 13th and May 17th, 2015 South Beach transforms into an Aqua Girl playground with 14 culturally diverse events, including comedy shows, film presentations, and a jazz brunch in addition to the happy hours, dance parties, the sensational pool party and the co-ed beach party. As per usual, several rotating local venues downtown and on the beach will transform ordinary spaces into late night party palladiums for Aqua Girl. However, the host hotel pool party, “The Beach House,” on Saturday, is sure to prevail as the paramount “don’t miss” event.
 
Below is a mini travel guide to help you prepare for the legendary Aqua Girl. Carpe diem and thank the weather gods for some great South Beach sunshine! Note: tickets for all official events are available online at http://aquagirl.org   

Slumber Parties National Hotel Miami Beach is this year's Aqua Girl host hotel and the quintessential Miami Art Deco luxury hotel with an authentic character, unmatched in Miami Beach. Every inch of this historic Miami beachfront hotel combines the dignity and nostalgia of yesterday and the glamour of today into timeless encounters that are completely unforgettable. The legend that began at the National in 1939 carries on during each visit today. Location info on Mark's List here:  National Hotel Miami Beach

Libations for the Ladies 

In addition to the mega dance parties, below are a few South Beach institutions for getting’ yo’ drink on during Aqua Girl.
 
Palace Bar – South Beach’s only oceanfront gay bar is a come-as-you-are kind of place, where you can sip cocktails and people-watch in your two-piece and tank-top ANYTIME. The drag queen performances are true showstoppers.  For those wanting a chill, co-ed Sunday afternoon, come hang here! Location info on Mark's List here: Palace Bar
 
Score - Score hit South Beach in the 90s and has looked back since. The chic dance club is always packed and always fun…but mostly with guys! However, there is typically at least one Lesbian party at Score during the Aqua Girl festivities. Location info on Mark's List here: Score

Where to hang in between events

Art Deco District – Stroll Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue, and Washington Avenue and the perpendicular side streets to check out the foremost examples of the art deco design movement circa 1930s and 40s. Day or night, the beautiful and eccentric, fashionable and distasteful passing by Lincoln Road and Ocean Drive provide endless hours of entertainment. More info here: Art Deco Welcome Center
 
12th Street Gay Beach – Between 11th and 12th Streets, down the sands from Palace Bar, you can’t miss America’s hottest gay beach. Look for chiseled bodies and fake breasts!

 

Aqua Foundation's Aqua Girl 2015 AquaMan Pool Party at National Hotel
The Aqua Foundation host a Women's Week party called Aqua Girl at various locations in Miami, FL. The AquaMan CoEd Pool Party was held at National Hotel featured Hostess Adora and DJ Miss M and DJ Tatiana as well as hot Go Go Girls.
Aqua Foundation's Aqua Girl 2015 Aqualicious Pool Party at National Hotel
The Aqua Foundation host a Women's Week party called Aqua Girl at various locations in Miami, FL. The Aqualicious Pool Party at National Hotel featured DJ Tatiana and DJ Citizen Jane as well as hot Go Go Girls.
Aqua Foundation's Aqua Girl 2015 Fuego Latin Dance Party at Tantra Nightclub
The Aqua Foundation host a Women's Week party called Aqua Girl at various locations in Miami Beach, FL. They hosted their Fuego Latin Dance Party at the Tantra Nightclub with DJ Tatiana spinning all night long.
Aqua Foundation's Aqua Girl 2015 Splash Pool Party at National Hotel
The Aqua Foundation host a Women's Week party called Aqua Girl at various locations in Miami, FL. Their Friday Splash Pool Party at National Hotel featured DJ Miss M as well as hot girls hanging pool side.
Aqua Foundation's Aqua Girl 2015 Traffic Jam Party at Dream Nightclub
The Aqua Foundation host a Women's Week party called Aqua Girl at various locations in Miami, FL. The Traffic Jam Party at Dream Nightclub featured DJs Miss M and Citizen Jane, hot Go Go Dancers, and plenty of girls.
Aqua Foundation's Aqua Girl 2015 Speed Dating Party at Radio Bar
The Aqua Foundation host a Women's Week party called Aqua Girl at various locations in Miami Beach, FL. Their Kick Off social event was a Speed Dating Party at Radio Bar.
Aqua Foundation's Aqua Girl 2015 VIP Party at Stonewall Gallery
The Aqua Foundation host a Women's Week party called Aqua Girl in Miami, FL. The VIP Party at Stonewall Gallery in Wilton Manors and awarded various women in the community.
Aqua Foundation's Aqua Girl 2014 Beach House Party at National Hotel
The Aqua Foundation host a Women's Week party called Aqua Girl at various locations in Miami, FL. The Aqualicious Pool Party at National Hotel featured DJ Zehno as well as hot Go Go Girls.
Aqua Foundation's Aqua Girl 2014 Aqualicious Pool Party at National Hotel
The Aqua Foundation host a Women's Week party called Aqua Girl at various locations in Miami, FL. The Aqualicious Pool Party at National Hotel featured DJ Tatiana as well as hot Go Go Girls.
Aqua Foundation's Aqua Girl 2014 Fuego Party at Nikki Beach
The Aqua Foundation host a Women's Week party called Aqua Girl at various locations in Miami, FL. The Fuego Party at Nikki Beach featured DJ Citizen Jane and DJ Tatianna and was the premier Latin party of the festival.
Aqua Foundation's Aqua Girl 2014 Traffic Jam Party at Dream Nightclub
The Aqua Foundation host a Women's Week party called Aqua Girl at various locations in Miami, FL. The Traffic Jam Party at Dream Nightclub featured DJs Vixen and Citizen Jane, hot Go Go Dancers, and plenty of girls.
Aqua Foundation's Aqua Girl 2014 VIP Party at Miami Beach Botanical Garden
The Aqua Foundation host a Women's Week party called Aqua Girl at various locations in Miami, FL. The VIP Party at Miami Beach Botanical Garden featured an Awards Ceremony to those that have helped the foundation along the way.
Aqua Foundation's Aqua Girl 2014 Speed Dating Party at Radio Bar
The Aqua Foundation host a Women's Week party called Aqua Girl at various locations in Miami, FL. Their Kick Off social event was a Speed Dating Party at Radio Bar.

Other things to entertain you on Mark's List

David Thorpe's New Documentary: Do I Sound Gay?

The film Do I Sound Gay? is a self-analysis of David Thorpe, who made the film over the past several years because he didn’t like the way he sounds; he grew to resent his “gay voice.” Thorpe sets out to change his voice and along the way he has a chance to speak to some really big hitters in the LGBT community. Activist Dan Savage lends his voice and advice along with actor George Takei, CNN host Don Lemon, comedienne Margaret Cho, and humorist/author David Sedaris. Thorpe spoke to Ian Maloney about why he made the film, the hard work he put into making it, and why he thinks the topic resonates with so many people. Read the full interview after the Jump: David Thorpe's New Documentary: Do I Sound Gay?

Going OUT in Wilton Manors?

Going OUT in Fort Lauderdale or #WilMa this weekend? Here are direct links to gay or gay-friendly restaurants, bars and nightclubs in Fort Lauderdale: B.Bar & Grille, Dream Wine LoungeHuntersThe Manor, Progress BarRosie’s  & Village Pub. View all upcoming gay events in Fort Lauderdale here: Gay and Lesbian Bars Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors, Florida

Going OUT in Miami or Miami Beach?

Here are the direct links to bars and restaurants that support Mark's List so you can check out what's up if you're going OUT in Miami & Miami Beach this weekend: Club Boi 3.0The Floppy Rooster, Hotel Gaythering and Palace. 

Rapper Trina Live at Southern Nights Orlando

Straight from the 305, rapper Trina will perform as part of BJ's Birthday Bash on Sunday, August 2 at Southern Nights Orlando. The doors open at 10 p.m. and DJs Big D and Booda will spin all night long. Help wish BJ a happy birthday, and after you hear Trina perform, you'll find out why Trina is the "baddest chick"! More about Orlando after the Jump: Rapper Trina Live at Southern Nights Orlando

Hollywood ArtsPark Experience: Bahia (Brazil)

The Hollywood ArtsPark Experience: Bahia is Saturday, August 1 from 7 pm to 11 pm. Orkestra Rumpilezz is a bracing 20-piece big band from Bahia, Brazil. The band combines the percussive power of sacred Afro-Brazilian drumming with the beautiful brass sonorities, harmonic sweep and jolt of a jazz orchestra. It’s a big band informed by Gil Evans and the gods of Candomblé, featuring five percussionists, 14 brass and reeds – with a tuba, four trombones and baritone sax, they get a deep, soulful sound – and a Candomblé “drum master” who plays the tall wood hand drums called atabaques. The ensemble, which won the Brazilian Music Award for Best New Artist and Best Instrumental Group in 2010, is led by Letieres Leite, a composer, woodwind player and arranger who has worked with top Brazilian musicians like Hermeto Pascoal, Gilberto Gil and Elba Ramalho, and American jazz players such as Stanley Jordan. Opening set by Batuke Samba Funk. Free admission. Lawn seating. Bring a blanket or beach chair. More information: www.VisitHollywoodFL.org/events

Back on Board: Greg Louganis Documentary on HBO

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis is universally recognized as the greatest diver ever, but his greatest impact may ultimately come from being one of the first openly gay athletes in America. The intimate documentary Back On Board: Greg Louganis looks at the public triumphs and private struggles of this LGBT trailblazer when it debuts on Tuesday, August 4 from 10:00-11:30 pm exclusively on HBO. Back On Board: Greg Louganis traces his story from a difficult childhood, through his Olympic conquests, to a transformative post-Olympic life, outlining the discrimination and other obstacles he has faced throughout his remarkable journey.

July's Featured Bartender: Eliezer

With a unique blend of talent that creates an incredible experience, Progress Bar features a space unlike anything else on Wilton Drive. The sexy bar is engineered to be visually impactful and conceptually profound in almost every way. With an expansive floor plan and a large outdoor patio, the space flows, breathes and welcomes WilMa. Mark’s List recently caught up with bartender Eliezer Flores to talk about his experiences working at Progress Bar, his tattoo design and his fitness tips. Read the full interview after the Jump: July's Featured Bartender: Eliezer

Village Pub Hosts “Male Revue & Underwear Auction”

Don’t miss the “Magic Mayhem XXL Male Revue & Underwear Auction” at Village Pub on Saturday, August 8 starting at 7 pm. Hosted by Carol Channing Tatum, the event stars the men of Mayhem softball and benefits the Mayhem softball team trip to the Gay Softball World Series in Columbus, Ohio.  Find out more information about Village Pub after the Jump: Village Pub Hosts “Magic Mayhem XXL Male Revue & Underwear Auction”

Balance Tampa Bay Hosts Masquerade Ball

On Saturday, August 8, Balance Tampa Bay presents a Masquerade Ball complete with entertainment, unparalleled ambiance and a world class DJ. The best part? Proceeds benefit ASAP/Empath Health.  The event is in the spectacular District 3 Arts & Events Venue, which features elegant chandeliers, classic mirror balls and an unrivaled sound/light package with lasers. More information after the Jump:  Balance Tampa Bay Hosts Masquerade Ball

43rd Annual F.I. Miss Florida Pageant

Join the reigning Miss Florida F.I., Brittany T. Moore when the social event of the summer season returns this year on Monday, August 10 at 7:00 pm. Executive producer Alyson Thomas along with Gary Santis, Scott Holland and Victor Zepka present the 43rd Annual Miss Florida Pageant at the beautiful Deauville Beach Resort on Miami Beach. The hotel is offering a special room rate to people interested in staying at the host hotel. To take advantage of the special rate enter code MissFl2015. Miss Florida Pageant tickets are now on sale at http://MissFloridaFIPageant.com

Progress Bar Hosts "Lip Service" Wednesdays

Join Progress Bar for "Lip Service" every Wednesday night. Hosted by Amanda Austin, listen out for beats by resident DJ Aulden Brown and catch the drag show starting at 11:30 pm. Drink specials include $3 beers & $5 Jameson. You can check out all the details and find out more about Progress Bar on Mark's List here: Progress Bar Hosts "Lip Service" Wednesdays

Key West Sizzles With Tropical Heat

Key West is set to sizzle with a long weekend of all-male adult fun Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 13-16, 2015 during the annual Tropical Heat Festival. Tropical Heat offers four days of revelry and more than a dozen events in the island city whose openness and respect for diversity have made it a world-renowned gay vacation destination. More information after the Jump: Key West Sizzles With Tropical Heat

Hard Rock Live Presents Culture Club

For the first time in 10 years, Hard Rock Live is proud to present the original members of the Culture Club, including lead singer Boy George, on Sunday, August 16 at 8 pm.  Grammy Award winners Culture Club sold in excess of 100 million singles and over 50 million albums, and were one of the biggest pop bands of the 1980s. They achieved seven straight Top 10 hits in the UK, nine Top 10 singles in the USA and nine Top 20 singles in Australia. More about Hard Rock Live after the Jump: Hard Rock Live Presents Culture Club 

Brunchic at Miami's Sunday Funday Headquarters

Featuring unlimited mimosas and incredibly fun drag shows, check out the Palace's Brunchic every Sunday. With two seatings at 11:30 am & 2:00 pm, order your favorites from the tasty Brunchic menu. Still hungry for more fun? Don't miss the T-Dance at 4:00 pm. Why go home directly after hanging out on Miami's 12th Street Gay Beach? Show off that sexy tan and sporty swim suit on Ocean Drive! Be sure to grab all the details after the Jump: Brunchic at Miami's Sunday Funday Headquarters, The Palace

Hunters Nightclub Fort Lauderdale Hosts “Legends of Vinyl”

Hunters Nightclub Fort Lauderdale hosts “Legends of Vinyl,” a three-part event with legends in the music industry, on Wednesday, August 19 starting at 4 pm.  Look for live performances by Ray Martinez of Amant, and don’t miss beats by the after-party DJs, inluding Jellybean Benitez, Luis Mario & Frank Corr. More information about Hunters after the Jump: Hunters Nightclub Fort Lauderdale Hosts “Legends of Vinyl”

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