Kick off the new decade at Gay8 (Gay Ocho) Festival, Miami’s multi-platform celebration, this President’s Day weekend. The yearly event is hosted by 4Ward Miami, a non-profit organization connecting many of South Florida’s diverse communities and providing inclusion for the LGBTQI community. The weekend festivities begin with the 4Ward Americas LGBTQI Human Rights, Business Expo and Life Symposium on Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15, and the Gay8 Festival, a celebration of diversity, inclusion, dance, music, art and culture on Sunday, February 16 in Little Havana. The three-day scintillating event will combine top notch, live entertainment with diverse cultural programming and community engagement as individuals and organizations with unique backgrounds and experiences gather to create positive action towards a better South Florida future.
The free festival will feature live entertainment by Grammy and Emmy award-winning artist, Albita, along with Lucy Grau, Pepper Mashay, Son Lokos, Robbie Elias, and internationally acclaimed DJ Abel, of the Rosabel duo. Gay8 Festival attendees will enjoy music, dancing, art, filmand tasty food, highlighting the best of South Florida. The family-friendly celebration will also feature Miami’s Best Sandwich competition hosted by local food blogger Sef Gonzalez, aka Burger Beast, along with a variety of fashion shows, drag performances and a Comparsa sponsored by CubaOcho to close out the night. The festival is set to attract over 80,000 guests and 70 vendors, making it the largest Hispanic/Latino/Latinx LGBTQ hosted festival in the nation. People from all over South Florida and the worldwillgathertocelebratediversity and inclusion in one of Miami’shistoricLatinneighborhoodsfacingwidespreadgentrification.