This year, the Gay8 (GayOcho) Festival will feature sensational live music highlighted by Sonlokos and Lucy Grau, the fabulous Marytrini, popular DJ’s SINNA-G, Alex Ramos, A.J. Ready, D.J. Citizen Jane, Guy DeGiacinto, Alex Ferbeyre and D.J. Otto, great food at the Best Miami Sandwich Competition hosted by the Burger Beast, art exhibits by the Stonewall National Museum and Archives and The American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora (“The Cuban”), a doggie village with an amazing dog obstacle course, and foreign LGBTQ-themed films sponsored and curated by the OUTshine Film Festival and the Miami Film Festival, the hottest dance parties in Miami at Girl Central and Macho, guided tours of Little Havana, fashion shows (both human and doggie), fun merchant booths and a thought provoking literary event Tertulia hosted by the Miami International Book Fair — And it’s all FREE.


“The Festival which drew approximately 17,000 guests year one and nearly doubled its attendance year two with 30,000+ guests, is a uniquely South Florida experience,” comments festival co-founder Joe Cardona. “Diverse people come from all corners of South Florida to experience Gay8. It’s a day when the LGBTQ community hosts everyone for a celebration of living.”

The festival, which is free and open to the pubic, draws corporate support as well as a community fundraiser, the Pa’Lante Awards, which each year honors South Florida individuals who make our community a better place to live.

Each year the Pa’Lante Awards highlights a specific theme – this year it’s immigration. The festival donates 10% of its net profits from the Pa’Lante fundraiser to a local charity which is tied to the theme. This year the fund recipient of our award is the immigrant resource organization WeCount! Please find more info on the Pa’Lante Awards and our 2018 award recipients on the Gay8 Festival website. #LiveYourStoryHere

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