The iconic streets of Calle Ocho in Miami’s bustling Little Havana neighborhood will come alive on Sunday, February 19, 2023, for the 7th annual Gay8 (Gay Ocho) Festival. An annual Hispanic street fair dedicated to LGBTQ+ art, music, dance, food, and culture, Gay8 attracts more than 100,000 people from around Greater Miami & Miami Beach and beyond. In fact, Gay8 is considered to be the largest Hispanic diversity and inclusion festival in the U.S. Best of all, the festival and block party are free. The festival starts at 11 AM and features Dancing Queen: An ABBA Salute, live Latin music, 8 performance stages, international DJs, a fashion show, a street parade, free films, a comedy show, great bites and so much more. Make sure to purchase VIP tickets for a great experience. Stage performance times and other important information is available at Gay8festival.com.
During Gay8, the entire street is closed off from Southwest 14th to 17th avenues, with exciting programming filling these blocks. The organizers behind Gay8 describe the festival as “an invitation to come to Little Havana for the ‘fiesta’ of a lifetime.”
The Gay Ocho Festival is produced by 4Ward Miami.