Miami is one of great world capitals for gay circuit parties, with a steady roster of parties held throughout the year. One event that's gained rapidly in popularity each year is Sizzle Miami, a five-day event held over Memorial Day Weekend and catering to gay men of color. Sizzle Miami includes dozens of spectacular, high-energy parties - its success has led promoters to bill it "America's most celebrated and anticipated black gay event." The dates this year are Memorial Day Weekend, May 26 to 30, 2016.
Sizzle Miami consists of more than a dozen parties and events, with the main ones centered around downtown, although many attendees also spend time across the causeway in South Beach. Past gatherings have included a "takeover" of gay-popular Haulover Beach, pool parties, a comedy show, brunch, jet-skiing and other watersports, special dinners, and night-time clubbing at top gay venues around the region. You can view a full schedule of events at the Sizzle Miami website, and purchase both full lodging/events and events packages as well as Sizzle Express Cards - note that prices are significantly cheaper if you purchase in advance.
The main Sizzle events include a series huge parties, the centerpiece of which is the Sizzle Live Mega Concert and Dance Party, on Saturday, May 28, featuring a slew of celebrity DJs and performers. It's held at the Ice Palace Complex from 10 pm until 6 am, and tickets range from $40 to $65. Other must-attends include the South Beach Yacht Party Cruise on Friday afternoon, the Soak Him Pool Party at the swish Viceroy Miami on Saturday afternoon, the Beach Festival Party at Virginia Key Beach Park on Sunday afternoon and early evening, and Monday's 15th Anniversary Customer Appreciation Picnic.
Where to Stay During Sizzle Miami
Sizzle Miami has made arrangements with several local lodgings in downtown Miami to serve as host hotels during the weekend, although none of these properties is offering specific discounts, the organizers suggest booking well ahead to ensure the most favorite prices. The four Sizzle Miami host hotels are the Hyatt Regency Miami, the Courtyard Marriott Miami Downtown, the swanky Kimpton-brand Epic Miami, and the JW Marriott Marquis Miami.
Miami Gay Resources
Find out more about Miami's dynamic gay scene at sites like SoBeGayInfo.com, Mark's List on South Beach, and SoBeSocialClub.com, and also by checking out the Miami and South Beach Gay Nightlife Guide.
There are also two excellent tourism resources on the region: the GLBT Travel Site produced by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau has tons o information on the entire region, while the Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce has a visitor center right in South Beach.