Winter Party Festival is an annual, week-long celebration of music, dance, and community, produced to raise critical funds for the LGBTQ community. In 2021 we present an exclusive virtual experience! Save the date: March 4-6, 2021.
For the LGBTQ community and our allies, Winter Party is a place to rejuvenate and recharge. A place to clear our heads, fill our hearts, and engage our minds. A place to let loose and kick up our heels. We live in a world that challenges us everyday; telling us we’re different, less than, other. And while that may be changing, progress is slow, and inequality persists. It can wear on even the strongest among us. It makes us long for safe havens, places where we can be ourselves, surrounded by our chosen family and accepted and loved just the way we are. Winter Party is that place, a safe haven where we can LIVE FREE.
Founded in 1994, the original Winter Party featured a single event: a dance party on the beach. It was an instant hit, and Winter Party has grown ever since, becoming an iconic week-long festival featuring dozens of events and drawing crowds by the thousands from around the globe. Our method is part genius and part magic. We feature an amazing mix of people, music, entertainment and international DJ talent, and we do so in the exhilarating, world-class venues of Miami Beach. So why not take a break from the icy cold winter? Soak up the sun, breathe in the ocean air, and get ready to PLAY HARD.
Our underlying purpose is much larger than the festival itself. Winter Party is a fundraising venture produced by, and in support of, the National LGBTQ Task Force. We are committed to forward-thinking progressive change, both locally and nationally. The Task Force also donates a significant portion of the proceeds raised at Winter Party and its sister event, the Task Force Gala, to like-minded community advocacy groups in South Florida, through a grant-making process administered by the LGBTQ Community Fund of The Miami Foundation. In 2020 the Task Force donated $207,000 to The Miami Foundation, and in 2021 we donated another $50,000. This money will directly support 11 organizations providing important services to transgender youth, senior citizens, people of color, and immigrants in the Miami area. Since 2005, we’ve given back more than $3.3 million and supported nearly 90 community organizations in South Florida. This money plays an essential role in empowering and elevating the community, would not be possible without your support! With your help, let’s move freedom, justice, and equality forward – let’s GIVE BACK.
Proceeds from the 2021 Festival will fund the Task Force’s All of Me, All the Time campaign, our work to persuade people to contact their federal elected officials to educate them about the problem of discrimination and the need for a federal policy solution to that problem. In most states it is legal for stores, movie theaters, hotels and other public spaces to deny service based on sexual orientation or gender identity. We need to update federal non-discrimination policies to explicitly ban this type of discrimination and provide nationwide protections for LGBTQ individuals in housing, employment, healthcare, education and many other spaces. Your support of Winter Party will directly fund this important work.
To produce world-class fundraising events benefiting LGBTQ organizations while creating memories for attendees, volunteers, and our community.