Clear out for these super queer Memorial Weekend getaways

Grand vacations are great, but our LGBTQ neighbors across the region are ready to help weekenders relax, refresh and recharge a whole lot closer to home. And it starts with LGBTQ-specific Memorial Weekend plans.

Bigger trips to far-flung destinations (Check out 10 of the queer-friendliest) may be in the cards further out, but warm weather and a holigay weekend means that it’s officially time for regional road trips. 

Nothing will get you in the summer spirit better than flying your colors with our gay neighbors. Here’s our quick guide to the queerest Southeastern U.S. destinations this weekend. You don’t have to go far to feel like you’re a world away.






Sexacola Beach

May 23 – May 26

Hosted by Atlanta’s own My Sister’s Room, this all-out blast features thousands of lesbian attendees over four beachy days and four ladies’ nights in Pensacola, Fl. Get ready for Foam Party Thursday, GLOW Friday, Nasty Saturday and the infamous Sunday White Party.


Memorial Weekend Pensacola

May 23 – May 27

With an even longer history of queers on the sand, gay bar owner and promoter Johnny Chisholm corrals the queens with DJ beats by day and night. They team up with the women of Sexacola on Friday for Glow and DJ Joe Gauthreaux, then it’s DJs Grind and Toy Armada for Wave on Saturday, and Beach Ball with DJ Alain Jackinsky on Sunday. The parties continue nightly at Park East.


Memorial Weekend at Timberfell

May 24 – May 27

Greenville, Tenn.

Memorial plans at this gay men’s campground are stacking up as much as the campsite and cabin reservations. Music, cookouts and mountain air are waiting.


Festival of Colors at Roy’s Hideaway

May 24 – May 27

Collins, Ga.

This campground flies its rainbow freedom flag with House of Gunt performances, as well as daily, nightly and afterhours parties. Fun in the sun includes carnival games.


Memorial Weekend at River’s Edge

May 24 – May 27

Dewy Rose, Ga.

Clothing is optional, but fun is not. The kitchen has meals planned, and events around the pool, around the fire, in the hot tub and on the dance floor are on tap. Friday Freeballin, Blue Light Party, pool games, Presentation of Colors ceremony, Dog Tag Tea Dance and Champagne on the Trails are just some of what’s in store.

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