Miami, Miami Beach offer LGBTQ+ travelers events for spring

Miami, Miami Beach, Gay Travel, LGBTQ+ Travel

The Axel Hotel is one of two LGBTQ-owned and operated hotels in Miami Beach. Photo: The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

Miami and Miami Beach are getting ready to roll out an array of events for LGBTQ+ travelers.

Miami and Miami Beach have long been leading destinations for LGBTQ+ travelers throughout the year.

Dubbed Rainbow Spring, the initiative is tailored to LGBTQ+ visitors with a spectrum of programming and promotional offers, enhancing their experience in Miami and Miami Beach throughout the spring, according to The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau.

“Rainbow Spring is another way we can offer experiences to ensure ( LGBTQ+ travelers) feel seen and represented when they visit,” Dan Rios, director of LGBTQ+ tourism marketing with the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, said in a statement.

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Miami Beach’s two LGBTQ+ owned hotels, Axel Beach Miami and Hotel Gaythering, will be the program’s mainstays, offering events including karaoke, trivia night, bingo, martini night, and sports events.

Greater Miami and Miami Beach have a diverse offering of LGBTQ+ owned and operated restaurants. Asian fusion restaurant Phuc Yeah offers a menu infused with a queer influence, including the popular “Say Gay” cocktail — a spicy twist on a mezcal margarita.

For dazzling drag performances, Palace Bar & Restaurant and R House offer eclectic and nationally acclaimed food and entertainment.

Looking for an upscale dining experience? Klaw Miami and Pez Loco incorporate sophisticated coastal-inspired menu items.

Here’s a list of events happening during Rainbow Spring.

  • Winter Party Festival is an annual queer music extravaganza that invites the LGBTQ+ community to converge in a celebration of diversity and unity across greater Miami.  (February 28 – March 5)
  • Miami Beach Pride features 10 days of back-to-back events, ranging from rooftop movies to pool parties and VIP events. (April 5 – 14)
  • OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival is the premier LGBTQ+ film festival in greater Miami. It features movies from emerging and established LGBTQ+ filmmakers. (April 18 – 28)
  • SweetHeat is a popular Pride celebration that was created by women, for women. Celebrating its 16th year, the women-focused festival features a variety of events in South Beach, Wynwood, and downtown Miami. (May 14 – 20)
  • Sizzle Miami is a celebrated and highly anticipated urban event with captivating day-time events and pulsating nightlife. In honor of their 21st anniversary, the organization will introduce a new Sizzle Miami Beach Festival. (May 24 – 26)

For comprehensive LGBTQ+ information and exclusive offers, visit The site features special discounts on hotels and attractions and deals at restaurants.

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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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