Here’s how you can make your Labor Day weekend the gayest ever

Four shirtless guys embracing in the sun.

September is traditionally a time for LGBTQ+ folks to prepare for hibernation. It’s a time to tuck away those white Speedos, eat a few more desserts than normal, and let those hard-earned tans recede into the past. However, the fun and games don’t have to end just because it’s September. So, if you’re looking for a hot and memorable Labor Day this year – or if you just want another excuse to wear white – then you might consider one of these sexy summer-ending soirees.

Southern Decadence

Southern Decadence

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

St. Ann and Bourbon

There are hundreds of events happening during the week of Southern Decadence, featuring famous DJs from around the world, drag brunches and performances, dance events like Horsemeat Disco, and lots more. 

According to Southern Decadence founder Robert Laurent, “Cheers to Southern Decadence! What began in 1972 as an end-of-summer party among a small group of friends has transformed itself into a Quarter-wide weekend celebration. The first costume party was a farewell to Michael Evers, who was leaving New Orleans. Now, 41 years later, his spirit, wit and sense of frivolity continue, transformed into a celebration of Laissez les bon temps rouler!”

Sun Festival

Sun Festival

Soak up the sun(fest)

Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, 229 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE, United States

Considering Rehoboth is the “Nation’s Summer Capital,” you might expect that it puts on a good end-of-summer party. And you would be right. Sun Festival is full of dancing, beaching, and drinking.

Rehoboth Beach, DE is one of the more underrated LGBTQ+ beach towns in the US, but its sparkling Poodle Beach is always full of hot boys and girls. Plus, when Sun Fest kicks into high gear, Rehoboth becomes even gayer. Throughout the weekend, you’ll find dance parties, drag shows, and even a drag volleyball event.

Hard Labor Fort Lauderdale

Hard Labor Fort Lauderdale

The daddy of all Labor Day parties

Eagle Wilton Manors, 2209 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, FL

You work hard every year, so why not celebrate with some Hard Labor? It sounds counterintuitive, but trust us: Hard Labor is the destination for all the bears, cubs, daddies, otters, and wolves who need to let off a little steam.

At this Fort Lauderdale blowout, you can expect dance parties, mixers, harness parties, leather parties, and –of course — pool parties.

Splash Days

Splash Days

Come and make a splash

Austin, TX

Splash Days is a Labor Day weekend party raising funds from the LGBTQ+ community in Texas. The biggest event of the weekend, naturally, is the Splash Party. The kicker is that it takes place in the nudist-friendly park Hippy Hollow, which subsequently fills up with party barges. Over the years, the Splash Party has morphed into a weekend-long fête with parties all over the city.

Provincetown White Party

Delft Haven, 7 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA, United States

Essentially a tea party, the Provincetown White Party might just be the classiest Labor Day party in the country. It’s the perfect excuse to come out to Provincetown for a long weekend of soirees, cocktails, and — of course — outrageous white outfits.

You can expect cocktails, entertainment, and fashion moments all afternoon long. As a bonus, your ticket cost benefits the essential Outer Cape Health Services. To cap it all off, you can attend the Tea Dance afterward.

Mr. Gay Ogunquit

Mr. Gay Ogunquit 2023 Contest

Mr. Gay World … of Ogunquit

G Section on the beach.

Presented by Maine Street Gay Bar, Mr. Gay Ogunquit is a can’t-miss event that graces this gayborhood in Maine every summer. Come ogle at the beautiful men — or enter to show off what you worked on all summer! Maybe even earn some cash and prizes while you’re at it.

The events include best basket, best legs, best arms, best chest and, well, best everything. After the pageant, you can find out who won at the night’s tea dance.

Puerto Vallarta Labor Day Weekend

Puerto Vallarta Labor Day Weekend

Enjoy the fruits of your labor

Puerto Vallarta

Though Labor Day in Mexico actually happens in May, Puerto Vallarta knows all too well that the US boys need to let off steam come Labor Day. All weekend long, you can find parties galore in the good old PV. International DJs descend upon the city to deliver ragers, clothing-optional pool parties, drag brunches, and adults-only mixers. 

Saugatuck Labor Day Weekend

Saugatuck Labor Day Weekend

This ‘Tuck is tight

The Dunes Resort, 333 Blue Star Hwy, Wiley Rd, Douglas, MI

Saugatuck and Douglas are another destination for Labor Day revelers who want a little Michigan magic in their lives. Throughout Labor Day weekend, this gay hotspot plays host to tea dances, live shows, and international DJs. Events also include karaoke, cabaret shows, drag bingo, and a pool party, and last from Thursday through Sunday.

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