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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

Village Pub Presents Lady Bunny Live

New material—same old Bunny. The bitch is back for one night only!  Village Pub presents Lady Bunny live on Thursday, March 5 starting at 9:45 pm. Plus, don’t miss an exclusive signing of, “Beefcake,” the new book by Petra Mason with forward by Lady Bunny. More about the event & Village Pub after the Jump: Village Pub Presents Lady Bunny Live

The Divas Perform Disco at The Manor's Bubble Gum Fridays

Featuring dicso shows by TP Lords, Sasha and Serena, The Manor hosts Bubble Gum Fridays on March 6 starting at 11 pm. Catch beats by DJ JPS in the Main Room and DJ MiiK in the Ultra Lounge. No cover before midnight for 21+. Under 21 is $12 all night. More information about The Manor after the Jump: The Divas Perform Disco at The Manor's Bubble Gum Fridays

Discotekka Hosts La Puta Nota After Hours

Presented by Milancita, don’t miss the Winter Party festivities on March 7 starting at 11 pm. Enjoy no cover and an open bar until midnight. Catch appearances by Poizon Ivy, Sahsa Lords, Lola Lotus, and Marco Perez and his XXX dancers. Featuring beats by DJ Carlos G, Discotekka presents La Puta Nota After Hours starting at 3:30 am every weekend. Also, don’t miss a special appearance by Thiago Oliveira (pictured) direct from Spain starting at 7 am. More information after the Jump: Discotekka Hosts La Puta Nota After Hours

B.Bar & Grille Hosts AIDS Walk Benefit

Hosted by Nikki Adams & Dame Edna, B.Bar & Grille hosts an AIDS Walk Benefit on Saturday, March 7 starting at 9 pm. Be sure to catch performances by Miss Kitty, Sharon Panties, Vanessa Stone, Tailor Maid & Tommy Paduano. Also, don’t miss the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for gift baskets and prizes all night long. More information about B.Bar & Grille after the Jump: B.Bar & Grille Hosts AIDS Walk Benefit

Palace Hosts "Illuminate" Winter Party Block Party

Winter Party is here...are you ready to illuminate?  Don't miss Palace's "Illuminate" Block Party on Sunday, March 8 starting at 4 pm. Also, check out Sunday Brunchic every week. With two seatings at 11:30 am & 2 pm, order your favorites from the delicious new brunch menu. Be sure to grab all the details after the Jump: Palace Hosts "Illuminate" Winter Party Block Party

February's Featured Bartender: Ray (Palace)

The glitz and glamor of old Hollywood is about to take South Beach by storm. The Palace cordially invites you to its 27th Anniversary Soiree: Hollywood on Friday, February 27.  Mark’s List recently caught up with bartender Ray to get all the details on the Palace’s Hollywood-themed anniversary party and what it’s like working behind the bar at one of the most entertaining places on South Beach. Read the interview after the Jump: February's Featured Bartender: Ray (Palace)

Matthew Lombardo & Rick Murray Present South Beach Broadway Series

Matthew Lombardo & Rick Murray present the South Beach Broadway Series at the Colony Theatre with shows in January, February & March. The South Beach Broadway Series features Drama Desk Nominee Linda Eder on Friday, January 30 & Saturday, January 31, Tony Award Winner Betty Buckley on Friday, February 27 & Saturday, February 28, and Tony & Grammy Award Winner Billy Porter on Friday, March 20 & Saturday, March 21.  For tickets & show times visit www.colonytheatremiamibeach.com. More about Colony Theatre after the Jump: Matthew Lombardo & Rick Murray Present South Beach Broadway Series



Winter Party 2015 - Tickets & Events

The countdown has officially started! Wednesday, March 4  to Monday, March 9. 2015 marks the start of Miami’s most anticipated LGBT throw down – Winter Party Festival 2015. Over 10,000 international hotties will gather for an extended weekend of mayhem, hook-ups, and standing, posing, dancing, drinking and living out quintessential South Beach hedonism. Best of all, this circuit scene is a party with a cause, with ticket proceeds benefiting the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Find out more information about Winter Party 2015 events and tickets on Mark's List here: Winter Party 2015 - Tickets & Events



Riding For a Cause: Robert Boo Talks Tough Training

Training for any athletic event requires determination, dedication and hard work. Add to that an unrelenting passion for community service, and you’ve got the perfect equation for achieving greatness. A beacon of the community, Robert Boo, CEO of The Pride Center at Equality Park, has traded free time for training time in his effort to raise funds for HIV/AIDS awareness. Mark’s List recently spoke with Boo about his newfound passion and the trials and tribulations of training. Read the full Robert Boo interview on Mark's List after the Jump: Riding For a Cause - Robert Boo Talks Training



Rosie's Fantastic Sunday Funday Brunch

Mark's List readers love Rosie's for their "Great Burgers, Healthy Food Choices and Fantastic Sunday Brunch." That's right, brunch at Rosie's is fantastic! Every Sunday, ‪‎Rosie‬'s in ‪Wilton Manors serves up some of the best reasons to get out of bed. See and be seen at Sunday Brunch while digging into some of the tastiest pancakes, waffles and eggs Benedict in the area. If breakfast food isn't your style, try a great burger, wrap or salad. Are you on a liquid diet? Order a hurricane bucket to quench your thirst, toast the morning with a refreshing mimosa or chug down a Bloody Mary to fend off that nasty hangover. Be sure to get all the details about Rosie's Sunday Brunch menu after the Jump: Sunday Brunch at Rosie's in Wilton Manors

Hotel Gaythering Hosts Trivia Night Wednesdays

Are you a beer drinker? Hotel Gaythering hosts $2 PBR & Trivia Night Wednesdays every week starting at 8 pm. For all the game aficionados out there, join your friends for board games, group trivia, video games and $3 Fireball shots. First place wins $50 off open tab. Find out more about the event here: Hotel Gaythering Hosts Trivia Night Wednesdays

Florida AIDS Walk 2015 Featuring Salt-N-Pepa

Florida AIDS Walk and Music Festival is a 5k walk fundraiser that takes place on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 9 am at South Beach Park on Fort Lauderdale Beach to raise awareness and help reverse the continuing epidemic of HIV/AIDS in South Florida. This year's music festival entertainment features Salt-N-Pepa performing live. You can sign up to walk or simply donate through the links after the Jump: Florida AIDS Walk and Music Festival 2015 Featuring Salt-N-Pepa

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

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, Floppy Rooster, Hotel Gaythering, PalaceScore and Twist. More weekend party information on Mark's List after the Jump: OUT in Miami

Hunters Hosts "Finally Furr Fridays"

Featuring music by DJ Sol from 4 pm to 9:30 pm, Hunters hosts "Finally Fur Fridays" every week. Sip on $2 well, wine and draft during happy hour from 4 pm to 9:30 pm. Hunters Ft. Lauderdale is located in the Shoppes of Wilton Manors. You can find out more details on Mark's List here: Hunters Hosts "Finally Furr Fridays" 

Scandals Saloon Presents Miss Anastasia's Gospel Revival

Hallelujah! Scandals Saloon presents Miss Anastasia's Gospel Revival every Sunday starting at 6 pm. Come experience a "joyful celebration of southern gospel music." Also, don't miss the Sunday T-Dance from 4 to 11 pm & karaoke starting at 9 pm. Scandals is open Sundays through Thursdays from noon to 2 am and Fridays & Saturdays from noon to 3 am. At Scandals saloon, there is frequent line-dancing and Country Western dancing. The bar includes a game room and an oversized outdoor patio. More information after the Jump. Scandals Saloon Presents Miss Anastasia's Gospel Revival

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

The Floppy Rooster Hosts "Cock Fight" Amateur Strip Contest

Have you been hitting the gym? The Floppy Rooster, Miami's only all nude gay gentlemen's lounge, hosts "Cock Fight" every third Sunday of the month. Join some of the hottest amateur strippers as they battle it out for $500 in cash and prizes. Enjoy $4 well cocktails & $3 domestic beers all night. $5 cover before midnight. Floppy Rooster is located just 15 minutes from downtown Miami . You can find out more on Mark's List right here: The Floppy Rooster Hosts "Cock Fight" Amateur Strip Contest

Florida's LGBT Gayborhood, Wilton Manors

Wilton Manors (affectionately referred to as WilMa) is a city within the larger city of Fort Lauderdale. Wilton Manors is home to one of America's largest year-round populations of Gay and Lesbian residents. In the past decade downtown Wilton Manors has evolved into a nearly one mile long corridor of Gay and Lesbian owned, shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. The main street, Wilton Drive, is closed several times a year for LGBT festivals and events that are sponsored by Mark's List. The larger of the events are Stonewall Pride Wilton Manors in June and Wicked Manors, a Halloween event that attracts tens of thousands of costumed revelers from all over the world. You can check out a map of the Gayborhood and get information on virtually every business "on the Drive" here: Florda's LGBT Gayborhood, Wilton Manors

Bourbon Street Pub Celebrates St. Patrick's Day

Featuring a special performance by Jessica Grabbit at 8 pm, join the Men of Bourbon and VJ/DJ Neil at Bourbon Street Pub in Key West during St. Patrick’s Day on Tuesday, March 17. Sip on $4 Jameson Irish Whiskey and $3 Midori Melon Balls, and enjoy $1 off from 8 pm to close on domestic beer for those wearing green. Be sure to get all the details of what's going on after the Jump: Bourbon Street Pub Celebrates St. Patrick's Day

Dapur's Bubble Bash Thursdays

Featuring $8 flutes & $35 bottles of wine, Dapur Asian Tapas Restaurant & Lounge hosts Bubble Bash Thursdays every week.  Also, don't miss happy hour from 5 to 8 pm from Monday to Saturday and all night on Sunday. Dapur is also now open for lunch from noon to 2:30 pm. You can get the location and more information about Dapur after the Jump: Dapur's Bubble Bash Thursdays

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

Mario Lopez to be Grand Marshal for Miami Beach Gay Pride 2015

Emmy Award winning host of the popular nationally syndicated entertainment program "Extra," Mario Lopez will preside over the 2015 Miami Beach Gay Pride parade and festival as Grand Marshal, announced Mark Fernandes, chair of the Pride Board. You can find out more about the event on Mark's List here: Mario Lopez to be Grand Marshal for Miami Beach Gay Pride 2015



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