Finally, Come Out with Pride Orlando weekend is here! I’ve looked forward to this weekend for so long and now I can do what I do best (apart from writing): mingle! If I come up to you and ask to take a photograph, smile and say cheese! Your photo just might be in a future issue of Hotspots! I can’t wait to visit Parliament House, Hamburger Mary’s, Stonewall, SAVOY, BarCodes, and many more places! Lots of love to you all!
Thursday October 9
Tonight at Bradley’s on 7th in Tampa, The First Lady of Ybor City, Joey Brooks, will be hosting the amateur strip contest with the lovely Summer Alexander! $200 in cash goes to the winner! Bradley’s has great drag shows on Friday and Saturday too: on Friday, Joey welcomes Esme Russell and Felicity Lane, and on Saturday Joey performs alongside Chi Chi Lalique and Shontelle Sparkles! Showtimes are at 11:30 and 1:15 both nights.
Southern Nights presents the House of Blues Night Out featuring singer Lykke Li. $40 gets you a general admission ticket to the show, round-trip transportation between Southern Nights and House of Blues in Lake Buena Vista, an open bar on the bus, and admission to a pre-concert party at Southern Nights. The price also entitles you to free cover at the official after party! To buy tickets, go to comeoutwithpride.com/events/lykkeli.
Sawmill Resort in Dade City is celebrating country weekend starting today with lots of fun events! Thursday is bare as you dare night (oh là là), Friday is the “Sawmill virgin” dance party, and Saturday is the main event. Phil Garris and Friends will be performing country music at 9 p.m., right before the country dance party.
Friday October 10
Experience SeaWorld’s water park Aquatica with other people who are celebrating Orlando Pride! Buy tickets at comeoutwithpride.com/events/aquatica; $59 gets you admission into the park, a complimentary T-shirt, and a 10th anniversary Come Out with Pride koozie. The group “invades” the park starting at 10 a.m.
Amy Armstrong and Freddy Allen are coming back to Hamburger Mary’s Orlando for Come Out with Pride! Find out why they are fan favorite performers, having been invited back to Mary’s every single year the restaurant’s been in business! Seating starts at 7:30 p.m. You must call ahead to reserve your spot, dial (321) 319-0600.
BarCodes is celebrating Orlando Pride weekend by having a dance party tonight! DJ Thom will be spinning today’s hits with a touch of yesterday’s classics tonight from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Want to close out the weekend on a steamy note? Remember, underwear night is coming up on Sunday!
Saturday October 11
Save the Date! Today is the big day for Come Out with Pride Orlando! The pride festival starts at noon at Lake Eola and the pride parade kicks off at 4 p.m.
Ginger Minj and The Minx from Hamburger Mary’s Orlando are holding their famous Broadway Brunch right on the banks of Lake Eola, at the Central Avenue-adjacent promenade. Catering is provided by John Michael Weddings and Special Events. Showtime is at 1 p.m. and tickets are $35 in advance or $45 the day of the brunch. Buy your tickets at comeoutwithpride.com/events/brunch.
After the festivities are over at the lake, head on over to Parliament House where you can see the final show in the Pride in Concert series. Lil’ Kim will be taking the stage after the midnight Footlight Players show. Tickets cost $15 if you buy them in advance, and they are $20 at the door. $100 gets you VIP status and a meet and greet with Lil’ Kim. For more information, visit parliamenthouse.com.
Monday October 13
Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg is starting a talent night on Mondays, starting at 10:30 p.m.! The winners get $100 and the runner ups receive $25 as a bar tab. All of the weekly winners will move on to the grand finale set for December 1. Miss City Side, Miss InCahoots, “Miss Fabulous” (okay, that last one I made up but it’s true!) Anjila Cavalier will be your event hostess and emcee.