Miami’s top bands, businesses, community leaders, and all of Miami will once again come together on January 15, 2017 for the second annual Gay8 Festival. Gay8 (GayOcho!) is the first Latino LGBT art, music and food street festival in Miami’s historic Little Havana, and features some of Miami’s most celebrated musical talent – bands like Lucy Grau, the Spam Allstars, and Locos Por Juana. The inaugural festival surpassed all expectations with an estimated 17,000 in attendance in 2016.
“We were so thrilled to see such a great response on a first-year event. The LGBTA* community is honored to host a festival meant to open doors and connect people who traditionally don’t connect” said organizer Damian Pardo. “We hope Gay8 will continue to represent a fun-filled day for all Miamians where we celebrate connection and collaboration.”
Gay8 also features a number of events surrounding the street festival – including dance parties, food tastings, free film showcase, cigar tastings and pop-up art performances. Miami’s richest flavors fill the air with captivating aromas, as noted local restaurants host booths that will feature some of the best South Florida cuisine.
Miami Dade College’s Tower Theater and the Miami International Film Festival will showcase 3 LGBT themed movies during the festival. Visual arts are also aplenty at Gay8, as some of the best artists South Florida has to offer will punctuate the festival at booths displaying unique, authentic works of art.
There will be spontaneous performances throughout the festival in varying locations, free historic walking tours of the area and much more.
Further, the festival will highlight the issue of gun violence in our community, including an exhibit by the Stonewall National Museum and Archives related to the Pulse nightclub shootings.
For more information including schedule of events, booths and sponsorships, visit gay8festival.com.