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Aqua Girl® 2015 in Miami Beach on Mark's List

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
 
Mova – This sceney hotspot has helped revive the South Beach glam scene with Miami’s easy-on-the-eyes who’s who. Thursday is Mova’s weekly lesbian night. Location info on Mark's List here: Mova

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!

Eating Out

Juvia - The lines are deservedly long at South Beach’s hottest newcomer, the rooftop Juvia, high atop the architecturally inspiring 1111 Lincoln Road parking garage. Four A-list chefs, hailing from the kitchens of headlining restaurants like Nobu, unite for a pan-Asian-European-Latin American gastronomic extravaganza.
 
Lantao - Also new and noteworthy in South Beach this summer, Lantao in the Surfcomber host hotel presents the diverse and robust flavors of Asia’s food stalls in a circa 1970s vintage luxe setting. The sights, smells, and tastes are sure to evoke nostalgia for those who’ve dabbled in authentic street cuisine during Southeast Asian sojourns.
 
Fontainebleau – The billion-dollar Fontainebleau is about a 1.5 miles north of the Aqua Girl festivities, just far enough to escape “the scene” for a few short hours. The Fontainebleau complex is a foodie’s fantasy, with most of Miami’s best restaurants assembled in a single area. Indeed, the complex has reinstated the fashion novelty that placed it on the map more than half a century ago and reminds us of a Golden Era glamour when Elvis Presley and the Rat Pack once performed at the hotel and partied like it was 1999 in their rooms. For great dining, there’s lots to choose from: Gotham Steak by Michelin-star chef Alfred Portale, Scarpetta by Scott Conant, Michelin-starred Hakkasan from London, and Blade Sushi for those seeking lighter fare. Location info on Mark's List here: Fontainebleau

Aqua Girl® 2015 Events & Ads

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

2015 PrideFest of the Palm Beaches

Packing in over 30,000 people at this two-day waterfront event, PrideFest of the Palm Beaches has become one of Florida's most entertaining Gay Pride festivals. PrideFest of the Palm Beaches is Saturday, March 28th and Sunday, March 29th 2015 at Bryant Park in Lake Worth Florida. Gay Pride Parade Sunday March 29th at 11:30 AM. You can find the location and get more information on Mark's List Here: 2015 PrideFest of the Palm Beaches

Pride Fort Lauderdale Honors City Commissioner Dean Trantalis

On Monday March 30th, Pride Fort Lauderdale will host the first in their Pride Honors series awards, as they celebrate Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Dean Trantalis in his 2015 reelection, by awarding him with the Medallion Award for Meritorious Achievement. The event takes place on Monday, March 30 and will be open to the public at no charge. Join the celebration from 6-8 pm to enjoy hors d'oeuvres, refreshments, and a silent auction at the Pride Center of Equality Park. More information after the Jump: Pride Fort Lauderdale Honors City Commissioner

"RuPaul's Drag Race" Season 7 Episode 4 Recap: "Spoof! (There It Is)"

Catch Amanda Austin's new weekly blog, "The Queen's Corner," where she recaps each week's episode of "RuPaul's Drag Race" Season 7. This week Amanda serves all the juicy details on Episode 4. Find out who sashayed away after the Jump:  "RuPaul's Drag Race" Season 7 Episode 4 Recap: "Spoof! "There It Is"

Shades of Pride Celebrating FTL Leather Pride Month

Beginning on March 1, Shades of Pride is a month-long celebration of leather culture and history in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The event is produced by FTL Leather Pride and proceeds from Shades of Pride will benefit the Stonewall National Museum & Archives, the World AIDS Museum and the Leather Archives & Museum as well as providing seed money for a bigger and better Leather Pride in 2016. More information about all of the scheduled events after the Jump: Shades of Pride Celebrating FTL Leather Pride Month

Bourbon Street Pub Presents "Drag Races"

Presented by Bourbon St. Pub, get ready for the mother of all races as Duval Street explodes with drag queen mayhem. Grab your highest pair of heels for the “Drag Races” on Saturday, April 18 at the 700 Block of Duval Street. Participants get to test run the course, then compete one on one during the qualifying races. The two fastest queens will compete in the finals for the trophy. Registration is free and anyone can enter. All contestants must be in heels and look somewhat like a woman (pretty or ugly). Get more details and register after the Jump: Bourbon Street Pub Presents "Drag Races"

Beach Bear Weekend 2015

The 2015 BeachBear Weekend takes place from Wednesday, May 6 to Monday, May 11. This year's BeachBear Weekend host hotel is the Courtyard Marriott on Fort Lauderdale Beach and is currently offering discounted room rates. BeachBear Weekend was founded by Bob Young, Shannon Spotts, and Chad Bush to bring men from all over the world to experience the exciting and very gay friendly Fort Lauderdale Beach and Wilton Manors Florida, nightlife and other attractions. You can find out more about Beach Bear Weekend and get links here: Beach Bear Weekend Fort Lauderdale 2015

Miami Beach Gay Pride Presents "Pride Run Miami"

Miami Beach Gay Pride brings together members of the LGBT community, their friends, and allies. Miami Beach Gay Pride will play host to this year’s inaugural “Pride Run Miami” 5K run/walk on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 at Lummus Park starting at 9 am. This event is to raise awareness about human rights and equality for our LGBT community. Register and find out more information after the Jump: Miami Beach Gay Pride Presents "Pride Run Miami"

The Hollywood Odd Duck Bazaar Indie Craft Show

Don't miss the Hollywood Odd Duck Bazaar Indie Craft Show at the Fred Lippmann Multi-Purpose Center, 2030 Polk Street, Hollywood on Saturday, April 11 & Sunday, April 12 from 12:00 pm to  6:00 pm. The Hollywood Odd Duck Bazaar is an annual two-day, indoor, indie craft show complete with handmades, collectibles, live art and demonstrations with more than 65 artists from near and far. Complimentary swag bags full of goodies go to our first 50 guests each day, plus door prizes! Admission $5 (children under 12 FREE). More information after the Jump: www.OddDuckBazaar.com 

Miami Beach Gay Pride Schedule of Events

Miami Beach Gay Pride is an extraordinary two-day event that features a Beach Party and a Festival & Parade with more than 125 LGBT-friendly vendors and businesses, exciting celebrities, musical performances, refreshments, food and a family-friendly play area. Find out all information about the events after the Jump: Miami Beach Gay Pride Schedule of Events 

Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2015

The 17th Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival takes place from Friday, April 24th through Sunday, May 3rd. The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, a critically acclaimed event, is based in the world-renowned historic South Beach neighborhood with additional films screened at locations throughout Miami-Dade County. Find out more information and get tickets after the Jump: Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2015

The 27th Annual AIDS Walk Miami 2015

Get ready South Florida. The 27th Annual AIDS Walk Miami 5K walk-a-thon fundraiser steps off from the Miami Beach Convention Center on Sunday, April 26th. Register today and start raising funds to help support over 15,000 individuals living in our Miami-Dade and Broward Communities who have been affected by or infected with HIV/AIDS.  The Walk benefits Care Resource, a non-profit, multi-cultural, community based HIV/AIDS service organization. More including registration link after the Jump: The 27th Annual AIDS Walk Miami 2015

Going OUT in Fort Lauderdale?

Going OUT in Fort Lauderdale or #WilMa this week? Here are direct links to gay or gay-friendly restaurants, bars and nightclubs in Fort Lauderdale that support Mark's List: B.Bar & Grille, Boardwalk, Dapur, Dream Wine LoungeHuntersThe Manor, Progress BarRosie’s, Scandals Saloon, Sidelines Sports & Video Bar, The Stable & 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 BoiDiscotekka, The Floppy Rooster, Hotel Gaythering and Palace. More weekend party information on Mark's List after the Jump: OUT in Miami - Weekly Gay Party Guide

Catch NCAA March Madness Action at Sidelines Sports & Video Bar

NCAA March Madness is coming to Sidelines Sports & Video Bar from Sunday, March 15 to Monday, April 6. Watch every game live and enjoy great drink specials. Also, don’t miss Karoke Sundays with DJ Shawn and Keith Allen every Sunday starting at 7 pm. Enjoy $5 Skyy and $12/$15 beer buckets. More about Sidelines Sports & Video Bar after the Jump: Catch NCAA March Madness Action at Sidelines Sports & Video Bar

Island House Key West, Tropical, All Male, Gay Resort

Island House All Male Resort Key West
Imagine a place where everyone is Gay – and you have the Island House in Key West. Island House is a very tropical and a not-so-far away all-male compound that’s safe from the influences of the outside world. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner poolside and is one of the most complete Gay resorts in Key West offering a steam room, sauna, weight room and both an indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi. Lots more after the Jump: Island House Tropical Men's Resort Key West

March's Featured Bartender: Paul (The Floppy Rooster)

Since opening with a bang in Miami a little over a year ago. The Floppy Rooster has showcased some of the sexiest, most chiseled men in Florida. Speaking of sexy, one of Tampa’s hottest dancers, Javy, is going all nude on the Floppy Rooster stage for one night only on Friday, February 6. Another face you will see at The Floppy Rooster is Paul, who prefers to work his magic behind the bar. Mark’s List recently spoke with Paul to get the inside scoop on working at The Floppy Rooster. Read the full interview after the Jump: March's Featured Bartender: Paul

Rooster Auditions Every Sunday at The Floppy Rooster

Do you think you have what it takes to join the Roosters? The Floppy Rooster holds auditions for new cast members every Sunday. Sip on $3 domestic beers and $4 well cocktails. Only $5 cover before midnight. Find out more information about The Floppy Rooster after the Jump: Rooster Auditions Every Sunday at The Floppy Rooster

Sushi Song Fridays & Saturdays at Dream Wine Lounge

Nothing sets off a Hiro Saketini like Sushi Song’s Sushi. That’s right! Dream Wine Lounge now features Sushi Song sushi every Friday and Saturday night starting at 7 pm. You can get the location and find out more about Dream Wine Lounge on Mark's List here: Sushi Song Fridays & Saturdays at Dream Wine Lounge

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