Gay & Lesbian Wilton Manors, Mark's List in Wilton Manors, FL

Author: 
Mark Haines
Curator: 
Alexander Northman

About Gay and Lesbian Wilton Manors, Florida

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Wilton Manors (affectionately referred to as WilMa) is a city within the larger city of Fort Lauderdale. Wilton Manors, #WilMa, is home to one of America's largest year-round populations of Gay and Lesbian residents. Wilton Manors was the second city in the country (after West Hollywood, California) to elect a Gay-majority city council.
 

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.

Broward County is home to over 4,100 restaurants and over 120 nightclubs (1/3 of them are Gay or Lesbian oriented). Several of the nightclubs are located in downtown Fort Lauderdale's Arts & Entertainment district, but most LGBT establishments are located in Wilton Manors, the "Gayborhood of South Florida." 

Nearby Fort Lauderdale Beach has recently seen a surge in the building of mega hotels that cater to the high end visitor. In the past few years, Ritz Carlton, Hilton, Westin, The Atlantic and the now famous W Hotel Fort Lauderdale with it's voyeur's dream glass walled pool have stolen the limelight from Fort Lauderdale's long established Gay Guesthouse culture. The Guesthouses, including the Coconut CoveVilla VeniceThe Elysium Resort and the The Grand Resort and Spa nonetheless carry on and are full to capacity virtually every weekend. In many cases, the Guesthouses offer the same world class service as their high end competition, at a lower price and in a frisky atmosphere that appeals to many a Gay traveler. Also within a short distance of Wilton Manors and within a stones throw of most of the Gay guesthouses is the popular Gay Beach at Sebastian Street and you will find another popular LGBT destination at Gatewayabout half way between Wilton Manors and the beach.
 
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Wilton Manors Art & Entertainment Expo
The Wilton Manors Arts & Entertainment Expo is an arts night celebrating art, artists, and commerce in the city of Wilton Manors.
 
Super Bowl Parties 2018 in Fort Lauderdale
There were fun and exciting Super Bowl parties at Alibi, Chardee'sRosie'sRumors, ScandalsMatty's at Wilton Park, The Pub, DrYnk, Hunters, Infinity Lounge, Gym Bar, G Spot, & Southern Nights in Fort Lauderdale.
 
2018 F.L.I.R.T. Tournament at Sawgrass Lanes
The 2018 F.L.I.R.T (The Fort Lauderdale Invitational Regional Tournament) was held at Sawgrass Lanes in Tamarac. This tournament, which is held each year in Mid-January in Fort Lauderdale, welcomed bowlers from all around the country.
 
Fort Lauderdale's Year In Review: 2017
South Florida's 2017 Year in review features event photos from Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors.
 
 
New Year's Eve 2018 in Fort Lauderdale
New Year's Eve 2018 was celebrated at a variety of popular places along Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors and around Fort Lauderdale.
 
Wilton Manors Art & Entertainment Expo
The Wilton Manors Arts & Entertainment Expo is an arts night celebrating art, artists, and commerce in the city of Wilton Manors.
 
Gay Dodgeball at America's Got Soccer
America's Finest Gay Dodgeball League played a pick up game at America's Got Soccer in Oakland Park. 
 
Shop + Play Wilton's Saturday Sidewalk Sale
Hotpsots Media Group, the GFLGLCC and the Wilton Manors Business Association created a five day event titled, "Shop Play Wilton," to help bring customers into the shops and restaurants on Wilton Drive. The featured event, the Saturday Sidewalk Sale, was a huge success!
 
OUT on the Fort Lauderdale Bar Scene Post Hurricane Irma
Many of the the bars of Wilton Manors dusted themselves off and opened after Hurricane Irma strutted through uninvited. Rosie's, Infinity, Rumors, Matty's, HuntersGeorgie's Alibi/Monkey Bar, Gym Bar, and Boardwalk welcomed those who were looking for some much needed R&R and a few cocktails!
 
Island City Stage's Pre-Show Party at Tedds Art Works
Island City Stage hosted a Pre-Show Party at Tedds Art Works in Wilton Manors that featured cast members of their new show, "Shorts Gone Wild 5."
 
Saturday Art Shows on Wilton Drive
Ludwig Framers hosted the Erotic Art Exhibit Opening Night with artwork from David Schrock. Also, down at the Claudia Castillo Art Studio guests enjoyed a Visual Arts event series featuring various artists.

 
Rossetti Fine Arts Gallery Opening
Rossetti Fine Arts Gallery on Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors features art pieces from a variety of local artists, including Steven Shires's "Elementary."
 
Restaurants on Wilton Drive
We created a special page for the restaurats on Wilton Drive that featured a weekend-long journey around the Drive.
 
Bars & Nightclubs on Wilton Drive
We created a special page for the Bars & Nightclubs on Wilton Drive that featured a weekend-long journey around the Drive.
 
Mod Wine Lounge's 2nd Anniversary Party
Mod Wine Lounge held their 2nd Anniversary with a groovy 60's theme featuring The Pop Tarts singing live all night long.
 
2017 Memorial Day Weekend Pool Parties in Wilton Manors
Memorial Day Weekend was action-packed with two pool parties in Wilton Manors, including a swimwear fashion show  at Timothy Christopher's Yoga House and Andy Perrott's 6th Aniversary Party sponsored by Lightship Media.
  
Forever Young Fort Lauderdale Opens
4Ever Anti-Aging Solutions recently hosted a Grand Opening Party for their Fort Lauderdale location.
 
The Transgender Pride Flag Raising in Wilton Manors
The City Council of Wilton Manors voted to raise the Transgender Pride Flag in JayCee Park to be flown on special occasions in conjunction with the permanent rainbow flag.  The ceremony was attended by city council and community members.
 
Wilton Manors Business Association Expo at Hagan Park
The Wilton Manors Business Association Expo was held at Hagan Park in Wilton Manors.
 
Wilton Manors Art & Entertainment Expo
The Wilton Manors Arts & Entertainment Expo is an arts night that celebrates art, artists, and commerce in the city of Wilton Manors.
 
2017 Sunshine Cup Flag Football Tournament
The 2017 Sunshine Cup is a weekend flag football tournament in Fort Lauderdale, FL. This event features teams from Fort Lauderdale, Washington D.C., Atlanta, and NY.
 
Dennis Dean's Heartthrob 2 Show At Tedds Art Works
Photographer Dennis Dean recently hosted a show titled "Heartthrob 2" at Ted Art Works in Wilton Manors that featured live art pieces as well as his collection spanning his career.
 
Super Bowl Parties in Fort Lauderdale
There were fun and exciting Super Bowl parties at Alibi, Progress Bar, Rosie's, Rumors, LeBoy, Boardwalk, Matty's at Wilton Park, Village Pub in Fort Lauderdale. The energy surrounding Lady Gaga's Half Time performance was astounding!
 
New Year's Eve 2017 Parties in Fort Lauderdale
New Year's Eve 2017 in Fort Lauderdale was spectacular! There were fun and exciting parties at Rumors, Village PubLeBoyAlibi, Rosie's, Progress Bar, Scandals Saloon and Hunters.
 
Wilton Manors Holiday Tree Lighting
The City of Wilton Manors hosted a Holiday Tree Lighting. Most of the City Commissioners were on hand, entertainment from various local groups, storytelling all for this festive occasion.
 
The Zigzag Building Opens in Wilton Manors
The Zigzag Building held their Grand Opening Party at their newly renovated space in Wilton Manors. The event featured light bites, cocktails and lots of networking.
 
Election Night Parties on Wilton Drive
Leading up to Election Night, there were exciting and nerve-racking parties at Rumors, Village Pub, Rosie's, Progress Bar, and Gym Bar in Wilton Manors.
 
Trantalis & Associates Law Firm Opening
The Trantalis & Associates Law Firm held their grand opening at their new location on Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. There were many important local political figures on hand from Wilton Manors City Commission and members of the community.
 
Love Always Wins Rally in Oakland Park
The Law Offices of Tom Runyan and Fastprintz sponsored a Love Always Wins Orlando Rally at the corner of Oakland Park and US1 at the Coral Ridge Mall. The rally featured about 100 people with signs bringing attention to the recent tragedy in Orlando.
 
Wilton Manors Town Hall Meeting
The Wilton Manors Town Hall Meeting in Wilton Manors, FL honored community legend Pompano Bill with a Key to the City and a dedicated day of honor. 
 
Coco Alarcon's Devious Saints Show at Tedd's Art Works
Photographer Coco Alarcon recently hosted a show named Devious Saints at Ted Art Works in Wilton Manors, FL. The show also featured work by others such as painter Hilma Koelman and mixed media artist Susan David.
 
Gay Softball Sundays at Mills Pond Park
Sundays are great for Gay Softball at Mills Pond Park in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

El Jimador Margarita Bar Crawl in Wilton Manors
There was a fun and exciting El Jimador Margarita Bar Crawl at Hunters, Alibi-Monkey Bar, Gym Bar, and Progress Bar with a mass migration with Hostesses Amanda Austin and Willow Bierce Austin all along Wilton Drive.

2016 Sunshine Cup
The 2016 Sunshine Cup is a weekend flag football tournament in Fort Lauderdale, FL. This event features teams from Fort Lauderdale, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Ohio, Colorado, and Tampa.

Super Bowl Parties in Fort Lauderdale
There were fun and exciting Super Bowl Parties at Alibi, Progress Bar, Rosie's, Rumors, Progress Bar, Boardwalk, Matty's at Wilton Park, Village Pub all located in Fort Lauderdale.

ArtPop Kinetic Art Show
The ArtPop Kinetic Art Show was held in Pompano and featured about 60 local artists who showed, demonstrated, or performed their work to a very excited crowd.

New Year's Eve Parties in South Florida
Were you out and about in South Florida during New Year's Eve 2016? There were a variety of fun and exciting New Year's Eve Parties in Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach, Florida.
 
New Year's Eve Parties in Fort Lauderdale
There were fun and exciting New Year's Eve Parties at Rumors, The Village Pub, Hunters, Alibi, Rosie's, Wolf Bar, Ballz and Progress Baras well as Scandals Saloon, LeBoy and Ramrod all in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Sebastian Kross at LeBoy
LeBoy gay stripper bar in Fort Lauderdale, FL hosted Gay Adult Porn Star Sebastian Kross with performances and a Meet & Greet.
Matty's at Wilton Park Grand Opening
Matty's recently hosted their Grand Opening Night Party to celebrate their newest location at Wilton Park in Wilton Manors.

El Jimador Margarita Bar Crawl in Wilton Manors
There was a fun and exciting El Jimador Margarita Bar Crawl at Rosie's, Rumors, and B. Bar with a mass migration all along Wilton Drive.
Dennis Dean's Show at Ted Art Works
Photographer Dennis Dean recently hosted a show at Ted Art Works in Wilton Manors, FL that featured live art pieces as well as his collection spanning his career.
Super Bowl Parties in Wilton Manors
There were fun and exciting Super Bowl Parties at Alibi, Hunters, Progress Bar, Rosie's, Rumors, and B. Bar all along Wilton Drive.
New Year's Eve Parties in Fort Lauderdale
There were fun and exciting New Year's Eve Parties at Rumors, The Village Pub, Hunters, Sidelines Sports Bar, Alibi, Rosie's, Bill's, Infinity Lounge, The Drive, 13 Even, as well as Scandals Saloon, Boardwalk all in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
The 2013 What the Heel Benefit
The 2013 What the Heel Benefit in Fort Lauderdale, FL helped raise funds for the Broward Children's Center through donations. The only request was that each participant break out their best high heels and have fun.
Marriage Equality Rally in Wilton Manors City Hall
The City of Wilton Manors hosted a Marriage Equality Celebration at City Hall after the recent Supreme Court ruling. Most of the City Commissioners were on hand, the Broward Sheriff's Department as well as The Mayor for this momentous occasion.
HRC Club Blue Monthly Mixer at Chill Wine Lounge
The HRC host many events in Fort Lauderdale, FL to raise funds and awareness to the political struggles of our communities. Their most recent Club Blue Monthly Mixer was held at Chill Wine Lounge in the Gateway Shopping District.
Cindo de Mayo Parties in Wilton Manors
There were fun and exciting Cinco de Mayo Parties going on at Rumors, The Manor, New Moon, Alibi, 13/Eleven, and Sidelines all along Wilton Drive.
2013 Kentucky Derby Parties at Alibi and Village Pub
Both Alibi and The Village Pub in Wilton Manors, FL held parties for the 2013 Kentucky Derby. Cashetta hosted the Alibi party with prizes handed out to those who chose the right horses.
HRC's Party for Congresswoman Lois Frankel at Dapur
The HRC hosted a party for Congresswoman Lois Frankel at Dapur in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The HRC's main objective is to raise funds and awareness to the political struggles we all face and bring these issues to lawmakers in Washington, D.C.
St. Patrick's Day in Wilton Manors
There were fun and exciting St. Patrick's Day Parties at Rumors, Alibi, Rosie's, Boom, Sidelines, and Bill's all along Wilton Drive.
Fat Tuesday Parties in Wilton Manors
There were fun and exciting Fat Tuesday Parties at Rumors, The Village Pub, Boom, Sidelines Sports Bar, Alibi, Rosie's, and Bill's all along Wilton Drive.
Super Bowl Parties in Wilton Manors
There were fun and exciting Super Bowl Parties at Rumors, The Manor, The Village Pub, Boom, and Bill's all along Wilton Drive.

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