Lesbian events in general are hard to find these days, let alone whole festivals. Don’t worry, though, because we have you covered. Go through our list of the best lesbian festivals in the world and pick your next vacation spot.
You heard that right — Lesbian festivals!
We can all agree that festivals are among the most magical places in the world. What beats dancing, good music, dressing the way you want, and feeling free? Not much, in our humble opinion. You’d think that those festivals allow you to be yourself fully, no matter your sexual orientation. Sadly, that isn’t always the case.
Let us introduce you to lesbian festivals! Not many people have heard of them, but they are like regular festivals on a whole different level. Of course, only certain people are allowed to come to these festivals, but at least they’ll feel free to be who they are and express themselves.
So let’s talk about these festivals, where to find them, and what they’re like.
Aqua Girl (Miami)
If you ever find yourself in South Beach, Miami, in autumn, you cannot miss this festival. To ensure this doesn’t happen, you can even plan a trip around this time so that you can attend. One of the best parts of this festival is the fact that it collects money for a good cause. All of the profits go to Aqua Foundation for Women, which supports the local LBT community.
Aside from helping other women, be prepared to dance until you can’t stand anymore, meet some incredible people, and even do some yoga. Although, after a whole day of dancing, you can catch us doing the savasana (the corpse pose) and nothing else.
No party talk can ever happen without mentioning Ibiza, the place where all the parties live. Unlike the previous festival, this one happens around April and May every single year. The festival is a great place to have a summer fling or just prepare for the summer ahead.
You can expect this event to have everything you need and then some. So what’s the best part? Once you arrive, the price is all-inclusive. This means you don’t have to worry about anything and get the party started!
Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend (Palm Springs)
Of course, mentioning The Dinah festival is mandatory. Why? It’s one of the largest and most famous lesbian festivals in the world. You can find people of all ages here, and even some celebrities, not just famous bloggers but people like Lady Gaga too.
Pool fun, clubbing, concerts — this festival has it all. You can attend it from the end of March until April. If you’re not looking for a fling or romance, you can be sure that you’ll at least find a good network of people here. At least they are the kind of people you can feel comfortable being yourself with.
Girl Splash (Provincetown)
Out of all the festivals, we’d say this one is the most customizable to your liking. Of course, you can buy an all-inclusive pass that will ensure entrance to all of the festival activities. On the other hand, you can also buy individual passes for the activities you like. This festival is great for those who don’t want to party day and night and prefer laid-back environments instead.
As this festival happens in July and it lasts an entire week, you can plan your stay in this lovely town accordingly. You’re sure to meet like-minded individuals, many of whom you might even keep in touch with for life.
Girls in Wonderland (Orlando)
How can we make a list of lesbian festivals without mentioning the lesbian Disneyland? As this festival takes place at the end of May, you know what that means — plenty of pool parties. Need we mention other events, nightclubs, and performances that are the signature of this festival? We think not, but this lesbian event has something that many others don’t — It’s quite open.
What does this mean? It doesn’t matter which part of the LGBTQ+ community you belong to — you are more than welcome to join the party. So this festival isn’t exclusive to lesbians, but it might be exclusive to queers.
Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (Sydney)
This is definitely one of the biggest pride events in the whole world. It’s something that should be on your bucket list for sure! The festival begins on the second Thursday of February and ends on the first Saturday of March. When we call it a festival, this time, we really mean it. It’s so much more than just parties day and night.
You can come across and participate in parades, drag shows, burlesque, cabaret, and so much more. It’s a place to be and interact with the rest of your community while celebrating your identities.
If you consider yourself a beach babe, this is the perfect destination for you. Visiting one of the biggest lesbian indoor festivals sounds fun already, but add a touch of beach fun, and it turns into an unforgettable weekend. You can attend it in April or May, and don’t worry about anything because the team behind the event ensures you have everything you need ready.
Of course, we’re talking about pools, markets, places to sleep, etc. You can just relax in the sun, dance the night away, then hit repeat.
Girlie Circuit (Barcelona)
Moving away from sunny beaches into a sunny city. Barcelona has a lot to offer on its own, but it turns into a paradise once you add a lesbian festival to it. This event has everything you could ever need and then some.
What many of these have in common are pool parties because they usually happen in the summer or in warm places. This week-long party does happen in August, but they don’t have a pool — they have a whole waterpark. It’s not something you’ll want to miss.
Ella (Switzerland and Majorca)
Ella isn’t just one festival — it’s two. These sister festivals happen in winter in Switzerland and in summer in Majorca. Unlike other festivals we’ve put on this list, this one is partially educational.
Not only can you experience great nightlife and parties, but you can also attend panels where people talk about current issues the LGBTQ+ community faces. You can ski in the Swiss mountains or bask in the Majorcan sun!
If you’re not sure which of these festivals to visit, we don’t blame you. Not everyone can afford festival hopping, so you can visit one of them each year. Not only will you have plenty of fun, but you will also meet new people from all around the world.