Gay getaways across the Southeast for Memorial Weekend

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Grand vacations are great, but our gay neighbors across the region are ready and able to help weekenders relax, refresh and recharge.

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 long weekend mean that it’s officially time for regional road trips.

Nothing will get you in the summer spirit better than flying your rainbow colors. Here’s our quick guide to the LGBTQ-est desitnation events next weekend. You don’t have to go far to feel like you’re a world away.


Sexacola Beach

May 27 – May 31

Hosted by Atlanta’s own My Sister’s Room, this all-out blast features thousands of lesbian and gay attendees over four beach-y days and four ladies’ nights in Pensacola at Cap’t Fun. 18+ admitted, 21+ to drink, rain or shine.


Memorial Weekend Pensacola

May 28 – May 30

With an even longer history of queers on the sands of Pensy, gay bar owner and promoter Johnny Chisholm corrals the queens with DJ beats by day and night. Daily and nightly beach and dance parties with DJs including Joe Gauthreaux, Dan Slater, Roland Belmares, Will Lowe and Joe Ross.


Memorial Weekend at Timberfell

May 27 – May 31
Greenville, Tenn.

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


Festival of Colors at Roy’s Hideaway

May 28 – May 31
Collins, Ga.

This campground flies its rainbow freedom flag with daily, nightly and after hours parties. Fun in the sun includes carnival games, camper crawl and male revue.


Memorial Weekend at River’s Edge

May 28 – May 31
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. Past events have a reputation with names like Friday Freeballin and Dog Tag Tea Dance.


One Magical Weekend

June 2- 6
Orlando, Fla.

OK, so technically it’s not Memorial Day at all, but you may need an extra week to prepare yourself. Orlando opens wide for one of the biggest circuit parties still in existence. There are pumping beats, Red Shirt Day at Walt Disney World, and so much more.

This column also appeared in Q ATLus magazine. Read the full issue online here:

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