The Hottest Winter in the World Announces Final Event Schedule for Winter Party Festival 2012 in Miami.

Nearly 10,000 guests from around the world are packing up their Speedos and cocktail party outfits to get ready for Winter Party Festival 2012, February 29 to March 5. This year’s schedule of events again runs the gamut – from elegant cocktail parties and an art exhibition to nightclub events and a “Bossa Nova” brunch, all leading up to the Festival’s showcase event, Sunday’s Beach Party.

Produced by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Winter Party Festival raises funds to build power, take action and create change for the LGBT community. The majority of the net proceeds generated from Winter Party Festival go to work in South Florida through grants administered by The Miami Foundation, while the remainder supports the Task Force’s efforts nationally. Since assuming responsibility for the events in 2004, the Task Force has provided nearly $1.2 million from the proceeds of Winter Party Festival and the Miami Recognition Dinner to LGBT organizations in South Florida.

Winter Party Festival 2012 Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, February 29

7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Surfcomber Hotel, 1717 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
The Task Force and the Surfcomber Hotel will greet Winter Party guests at the newly renovated Surfcomber for this Welcome Reception for the entire community.

Spark After Party
10:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m.
Lords South Beach Hotel, 1120 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Opening day excitement continues at the Lords Hotel, voted the “hottest gay resort in Miami.”

Thursday, March 1

Haven-ly Happy Hour
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Haven, 1237 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
No cover
Haven’s mixologists will shake up special, Winter Party-themed libations for this hotter-than-hot happy hour. Or try one of their signature liquid nitrogen cocktails as you enjoy a tasting of Haven’s signature specialty sushi rolls and scrumptious sliders. .

A Women’s Winter Party Event
7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach
Ticket Price (Advance): $25
Ticket Price (Day of): $30
The opening event of Women’s Winter Party will be held at the recently renovated Miami Beach Botanical Garden. This urban greenspace in the heart of South Beach is the backdrop for an evening under the stars featuring a women’s art exhibition and auction, live acoustic set by Cat Shell and the sounds of local DJ Run Sevim Run. Admission includes open bar for selected cocktails and wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Nurse Jackie Presents: Florence Night N’Gayla
8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Score, 727 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
Syringe shots? We’re in. And “playing doctor” was never as much fun as Winter Party’s largest sponsor, Showtime Networks, presents this Ignite pre-party complete with nurses who can fix what ails ya. Complimentary cocktails, hot dancers and fabulous surprises round out this prescription for fun.

10 p.m. – 5 a.m.
Score, 727 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
Ticket Price (Advance): $20
Ticket Price (Day of): $25
Spinning at the first dance party of the week will be Italy’s superhot DJ Phil Romano, with an opening set by DJ Willy G.

Friday, March 2

Hell & Heaven at the Pool
1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Surfcomber Hotel, 1717 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Ticket Price (Advance): $15
Ticket Price (Day of): $20
Surfcomber guests receive free admission.
Winter Party Festival brings a taste of Brazil’s hottest circuit event, Hell & Heaven, to South Beach. DJ Guga Rahner returns to the DJ booth at the event he helped launch last year, joined by fellow H&H resident DJ Rafael Calvente.

Passport to Lincoln Road
Noon to midnight – Rosa Mexicano Restaurant, 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – Babalu, 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
7 p.m. to 10 p.m. – Macy’s, 1675 Meridian Avenue, Miami Beach
8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. – Kiehl’s Since 1851, 832 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
Enjoy the scenery, people watching and shops of Lincoln Road while supporting the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Participating stores will offer one-day discounts to Winter Party guests and will provide complimentary beverages. A percentage of the proceeds from the evening benefit Winter Party Festival.

A Women’s Winter Party Event
10 p.m. – 4 a.m.
The Stage, 170 NE 38th St, Miami
Ticket Price (Advance): $12
Ticket Price (Day of): $15
Feel the heat at one of Miami’s coolest live music venues for a special performance by Jesse, Angie & Nicolle of The Chirino Sisters and their band. DJ GiGi will also spin a musical mix of classic salsa & merengue, sexy reggaeton and pulsating Latin house. The Women’s Winter Party signature Latin event is co-produced by Icandee Events and sponsored in part by Tampico.

MATINÉE: Mercury Rising
10 p.m. – Dawn
Space Terrace, 34 NE 11th Street, Miami
Ticket Price (Advance): $75 / $99 VIP
Ticket Price (Day of): $85 / $139 VIP
VIP Upgrades will be available at the door for $39
After an electrifying debut at last year’s Festival, Circuit giant MATINÉE returns to the Winter Party line-up for another mind-blowing event. DJ Javier Medina will be joined by DJ Hector Fonseca, with an opening set by DJ Billy Lace, for an unforgettable night of music and over-the-top production. VIP includes open Grey Goose bar from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m., express entry and private VIP area.
Saturday, March 3

Under One Sun Pool Party
Noon – 6 p.m.
Surfcomber Hotel, 1717 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Ticket Price (Advance): $45 / $80 VIP
Ticket Price (Day of): $50 / $100 VIP
The Showtime Networks original series The Borgias presents Brazil’s Felipe Lira and Masterbeat maestro Brett Henrichsen for a sizzling afternoon. Guests staying at the Surfcomber will receive two complimentary admissions per room.

VIP Cocktail Reception
7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Dream South Beach, 1111 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Ticket Price (Advance): $85
Ticket Price (Day of): $100
From the dramatic rooftop of his new hotel, mingle and enjoy an elegant evening of complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres with VIPs, special guests, Winter Party sponsors and Task Force representatives while gazing at South Beach below.

Sweat – A Leather Event
9 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Bill’s Filling Station, 2209 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors
Ticket Price (Advance): $10
Ticket Price (Day of): $15
Winter Party Festival’s leather-themed event promises a night of hot and sweaty fun with DJ Herbie James.

A Women’s Winter Party Event
10 p.m. – 4 a.m.
Trio on the Bay, 1601 79th St. Causeway, Miami Beach
Ticket Price (Advance): $15
Ticket Price (Day of): $20
The dancing continues at the annual Industry party, co-produced by Pandora Events, and featuring the sounds of DJ Whitney Day from New York City. With her passion for funky and soulful dance, Hip-Hop, house and electro-pop music, Whitney is a staple in the NYC LGBTQ nightlife scene. Check your inhibitions at the door and come play with hundreds of women.

10 p.m. – Dawn
Ice Palace Film Studios West (formerly Karu & Y), 59 NW 14th Street, Miami
Ticket Price (Advance): $65
Ticket Price (Day of): $85
The unstoppable DJ team of ROSABEL, now GRAMMY-nominated for their hit remix of Rihanna’s Only Girl (in the World), return to Winter Party to set Saturday night on fire at the fantastic Ice Palace Studios. Italy’s DJ Danny Verde, one of the hottest DJ/Producers in the world today, will heat up the dance floor as he makes his Winter Party debut.
Sunday, March 4

Sunday Brunch
A Women’s Winter Party Event
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Tudor House, 1111 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Ticket Price (Advance): $40
Ticket Price (Day of): $45
Relax, mix and mingle on South Beach for a fab soiree featuring Sunday Brunch favorites plus a choice of two Bloody Marys or Mimosas. And don’t be surprised if you feel the need to tap into your inner Brazilian and sway to the tantalizing Bossa Nova sounds of Monica Da Silva.

Palace Winter Party Brunchic
Noon – 3 p.m.
Palace Food Bar, 1200 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
$31.95 price-fixe brunch menu
Grab a mimosa and fasten your seatbelts for the always over-the-top performances by Noel Leon and the Palace’s resident drag queens.

Winter Party Beach Party
Noon – 6 p.m.
Lummus Park, Miami Beach
Ticket Price (Advance): $80 / $130 VIP / $275 Cabana Club
Ticket Price (Day of): $100 / $160 VIP / $375 Cabana Club
The Hottest Winter in the World lands on the Beach at Winter Party Festival’s award-winning main event, the Winter Party Beach Party. Join more than 5,000 Winter Party guests as DJ Joe Gauthreaux takes guests on a six-hour journey in one of the most beautiful settings on earth. VIPs enjoy a premium open bar all afternoon, or for the ultimate VIP experience, the Beach Party Cabana Club adds access to an ultra-exclusive elevated deck overlooking the dance floor. Cabana Club members also enjoy complimentary bag check, snacks and an air-conditioned restroom trailer.

Women’s T-Dance
A Women’s Winter Party Event
2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Lords South Beach Hotel, 1120 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
After Brunch, stroll across the street and keep the party going at Winter Party Festival’s Women’s T-Dance.

Super Nova T-Dance
4 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Palace Food Bar, 1200 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
Nobody does a T-Dance like the Palace. Come as you are. Come from the Beach Party. Featuring DJ Paulie in the Main Room and DJs Oliver and Jalil Z on the stage. You might just bump into Latrice Royale from “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

Boiling Point: Rome is Burning
10 p.m. – 5 a.m.
Cameo, 1445 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach
Ticket Price (Advance): $65
Ticket Price (Day of): $85
Break out the gladiator gear as Winter Party partners with Italy’s Gay Village to transform Winter Party’s Sunday night home, Cameo Nightclub, into Ancient Rome. Gay Village is THE Summer event in Rome, with a weekly turnout of more than 10,000 guests each night from all over Europe (and the world). Hot Italian dancers in over-the-top costumes will be flown in to join DJ Alyson Calagna and Gay Village Resident DJ Giangi Cappai for a night of Roman revelry, sponsored by Grindr.

Monday, March 5

5 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Mekka Miami, 950 NE 2nd Ave., Miami
Ticket Price (Advance): $50
Ticket Price (Day of): $70
Continue the party from dawn until dusk at Winter Party Festival’s final dance event. Afterglow will shine with the sexy tribal beats of DJ Paulo and joining him for the first half of the event is Montreal DJ Alain Jackinsky, making his U.S. debut.

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