Key West’s Womenfest to Feature Fun and Festivities


Thousands of women are expected to flock to Key West Wednesday through Sunday, September 711, for the annual Womenfest celebration in the island city known for its all-welcoming diversity.

The popular festival for lesbians and their friends features activities ranging from snorkeling and water-sports excursions to high-energy late-night parties.

Activities are designed to allow singles, couples and groups of women to experience the atmosphere of openness and acceptance that has made Key West an internationally acclaimed lesbian and gay vacation destination.

Womenfest’s entertainment highlights typically include comedy performances by top female comedians, gallery showings, film screenings and musical offerings by award-winning singers and bands. Headliners in past years have ranged from Sister Funk to Jennifer Corday.

Other offerings include sunset sails on the azure Keys waters, lively pool parties at local guesthouses, drag performances by renowned female impersonators, a themed bike tour of Key West’s historic Old Town and gatherings at leading clubs.

Attendees can discover the island city’s culture and heritage by touring local museums, and take an entertaining trolley tour to learn about the history, contributions, and landmarks associated with the flourishing LGBT community. A curator-guided tour of the acclaimed Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit also is planned, showcasing the playwright’s life and work.

In addition, the Womenfest schedule includes flag football clinics and a friendship game presented by the International Women’s Flag Football Association.

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