• Pride 2012 kicked off with a mixer at the famed Island House.


  • By: Steve Smith
  • August 5, 2015

Summer is here and, yes, in Key West we experience Tropical Heat — though perhaps it’s not exactly what you think. We’re set to sizzle with a long weekend of all-male grownup fun Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 13-16. It will be hot, but you can chill with four days of revelry and more than a dozen events on the island whose openness and respect for diversity have made it a world-renowned gay vacation destination.

Island House Key West

A party a Key West’s famed Island House kicks off Tropical Heat.

Start the weekend with a kick-off party at the Island House, voted the number-one guesthouse for men worldwide. During the weekend, enjoy sunset sailing on the Blu Q as well as a snorkel trip and a sunset sail for the guys during Fury’s Sunset Tea Dance on the Sea — with a DJ, top-shelf libations and hors d’oeuvres included.

Complete the weekend on a paddleboard excursion with Nomadic SUP, pool parties at Bourbon St. Pub, the 10th annual toga party at the Equator Resort and much more. Yes, there’s something for everyone during August’s Tropical Heat weekend!

If you’re visiting this weekend, be sure to spend some time at Key West’s Lobsterfest events. Friday night’s Duval Crawl benefits the Key West High School Scholarship fund. The crawl goes from sunset to midnight and includes a collectors’ T-shirt, lanyard and drink specials. On Saturday, Duval Street is closed from Front to Fleming streets for a street fair featuring arts and crafts, unique island merchandise, live entertainment and, of course, lots of lobster!

Bingo games on Sundays, directed by the lovely and talented Mitch, are among the reasons to come to Key West in any season.

Sunday bingo games, directed by the lovely and talented QMitch, raise funds for local charities while entertaining scores of residents and visitors.

On Sunday, you might relax with brunch at the Hot Tin Roof, located at the Ocean Key Resort & Spa at Zero Duval Street. Upstairs you can sit on the patio overlooking the Gulf of Mexico while you sample Key West pink shrimp, oysters on the half shell, benedicts and omelets, and a selection of tapas-sized entrees. Free-flowing mimosas and bloody Mary’s top off your brunch — and it all costs under $50 per person.

After brunch, head to the fabled La Te Da for Sunday Tea Dance. Locals and visitors mingle while dancing poolside to music spun by Key West’s own Rude Girl and Molly Blue. The music is great, and the socializing is even better.

If you’re not into dancing, check out Sunday Bingo at the 801 Cabaret. Emceed by the fabulous QMitch Jones, bingo has been raising dollars for local charities for more years than I can count. Be prepared, however … this is not your grandma’s bingo and you’ve never seen a caller quite like QMitch!

Till next time, have fun, enjoy Key West, make new friends and discover why we choose to live at the end of the rainbow.

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