Key West is known for its year-round subtropical weather, but temperatures are predicted to increase dramatically Thursday through Sunday, August 11-14. The cause: the annual Tropical Heat celebration, an adventurous long weekend of all-male adult fun.
Tropical Heat offers four days of sizzling happenings in the island city whose openness and respect for diversity have made it a world-renowned gay vacation destination. The festival’s intriguing events range from pool parties to drag shows to late-night gatherings at island clubs.
Here are a handful of things to put on your list.
The official start of the heat wave is set for 5 p.m. Thursday, August 11, with a kick-off party at Island House, 1129 Fleming St.
The festival schedule offers attendees the chance to be “best dressed” at a tropical toga get-together at Equator Resort, 818 Fleming St.; take a snorkel cruise with Key West’s Blu Q; try naked paddleboarding with Nomadic SUP; enjoy late-night parties at Saloon One, 801 Duval St. rear, and Bourbon St. Pub, 724 Duval St.; and much more.
In addition, Saturday’s schedule features an acclaimed trolley tour showcasing Key West’s LGBT heritage and hotspots, as well as an on-the-water tea dance with Fury Water Adventures.
Sunday’s festival highlight is an island city tradition: the 4 p.m. tea dance at La Te Da, 1125 Duval St.