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MONTRÉAL
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Montreal, Quebec's Divers/Cité gay pride festival, which means more concerts, more dancing, and overall, more to celebrate this summer. From July 30-August 5, Montreal will go all out to provide the LGBT community with one of its largest celebrations in Canada. What better way to kick off this fabulously flamboyant party than by hosting a spectacular event called Mascara, the worlds largest drag show. If that isn't enough, Divers/Cité is proud to present North America's largest dance party, La Grande Danse, a never-ending night of foot tapping and booty shaking. These outdoor activities are presumed to take place in the Old Port area on Jacques-Cartier Pier. http://www.diverscite.org

NOVA SCOTIA
In 1972, Nova Scotia organized its very first gay and lesbian society in the city of Halifax. Nearly 39 years later, the organization's influence can still be seen, heard, and celebrated throughout the streets of Halifax. Join Halifax Pride as they count down to Atlantic Canada's largest gay pride festival. Celebrating its 25th year this July 20-29th, the nine-day festival has a wide range of activities and events including Queer Acts live theatre, the celebrated Dykes vs. Divas softball game, and a parade fit for any king or queen. http://www.halifaxpride.com

TORONTO
What is second best to enjoying a fine dining experience in Greece? It's enjoying it in Toronto's very own Greek Town in Danforth. Celebrating all the flavors of Greece, the Pilaros Taste of The Danforth is Canada's largest street festival. Beginning on Friday, August 6th, the three-day festival offers more than just delicious food. This 17-year-old Greek Festival also includes live entertainment such as the hilarious Second City comedy act and a tribute to Elton John and Elvis Presley. http://www.tasteofthedanforth.com

VANCOUVER
In honor of experimental queer artist John Cage, the theme for Vancouver's Queer Arts Festival will be "Random Acts of Queerness." Cage's unconventional artistic practice and openly gay lifestyle inspires QAF's main attractions for this year's fest. Beginning July 31st, the three-week long festival features a multitude of events and performances for all ages. The event includes everything from a youth improv dance workshop to Canada's first Lesbian Opera; there is literally something for everybody. queerartsfestival.com

MEXICO
SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE
For an intimate and acoustically stimulating experience, the 34th International Chamber Festival in San Miguel De Allende, is the event to attend from August 3-19. The Festival de Musica de Camara has presented over 100 talented groups in the past, but is also dedicated to the prodigies of the future. For this reason, the festival also includes advanced workshops for passionate music students of Mexico and North America. Performances by several of these young musical talents will also take place during the festival itself. http://www.festivalsanmiguel.com

 


united states
CALIFORNIA
LOS ANGELES
The Outdoor Cinema Food Fest is a summer event series dedicated to creating and nurturing a community of entertainers and food enthusiasts in Los Angeles. Introducing new food trucks every week, as well as the food truck superstars, the Outdoor Cinema Food Fest is the ultimate picnic—no basket required. Bring your family! Watch movies on the LARGEST outdoor movie screen on the West Coast, standing three stories tall and 52 feet wide. July 10 through August 28. http://www.downtownla.com

NAPA VALLEY
This year enjoy a glass of wine accompanied by the sound of string quartets in California's very own, Napa Valley. The Music in the Vineyard Festival starts on July 29 and offers audience members a unique experience, complete with over a dozen concerts throughout extraordinary venues. The 18th annual festival kicks off with performances by Michael and Darla Adams, the Pacifica Quartet, and The Rhythm Sisters. With an abundance of wine and a multitude of musical talent, what more can one ask for this summer? . http://www.napavalleymusic.org

san francisco
Mark the end of Leather Pride Week in San Francisco with the Folsom Street Fair. The festival takes place this year on September 23, in the South of Market district on Folsom Street between 7th and 12th Streets. Take your time perusing 250 sexy exhibitors, grab some food, and enjoy GLBT entertainment. Make sure you put on the chaps (or less) and strut over to the fair's two stages or the huge dance area with its internationally renowned DJs. http://www.folsomstreetfair.com

Calling all foodies, the 4th annual La Cocina's San Francisco Street Food Festival is sure to have mouths watering, as Folsom Street hosts an eclectic mix of street vendors, micro- entrepreneurs, and renowned chefs of the Bay Area. From sun up to sun down, 70 of San Francisco's best food vendors will provide more than 80,000 people with affordable and tasty dishes. In addition, the festival also entices these hungry bellies with live music, a kid-friendly area, and street artists. La Cocina is a non-profit organization that believes "good food is always at the heart of any community," join in on the action this August 18th at the heart of the San Francisco Bay. http://www.sfstreetfoodfest.com

florida
KEY WEST
A women's-only festival in the heart of Key West, Florida will take place this September 4-9. The Womenfest Key West invites all lesbians and their friends to join in on the exclusive event where men are not allowed. For more than 20 years, the festival has offered a wide variety of female friendly activities, including a clothing optional pool party, a dance club to show off everyone's favorite dance moves, live music, a golf tournament, and underwater excursions. Whether you are adventurous or curious, this thrilling island festival is sure to satisfy your desires. http://www.womenfest.com

MIAMI
Taste all the flavors of Miami this summer during the Spice Miami restaurant showcase. For two whole months, this sizzling city exhibits the hottest restaurants it has to offer. From August 1-September 30, some of the world's most renowned chefs will come together to fry, bake, and steam their way into the mouths and hearts of hungry consumers. Enjoy a friendly lunch date starting from $19 to $23 or treat that special someone with a dinner they wont forget for just $33 or $39. Join in and taste all the spices of life this summer. http://www.miamirestaurantmonth.com

georgia
Festival Peachtree Latino is the largest family and multicultural event in the southeast and this year promises an even bigger, better, and more exciting event. On August 26, Atlanta's own Piedmont Park fills with art, music, dancing, sporting events, ethnic food, and the best part about it is that it's entirely free of charge. Watch as stages light up with musical performances by some of the hottest Latino musicians including Jessica Fox, DS the Evolution, and Melvin Cabrera http://www.festivalpeachtreelatino.com

ILLINOIS
chicago
Come join in on all the love at the Second City Tennis Classic GLBT tournament. The tough competition takes place at the Lakeshore Athletic Club-Lincoln Park, and the Mid-Town Tennis Club in Chicago from August 10–12. Either participate or check out the men and women competing for a spot at the top. Either way, you'll take pride knowing that all the proceeds go to local gay-focused charities. http://www.secondcitytennis.com

INDIANA
INDIANAPOLIS
It's not all about racecars in the state that prides itself on the Indy 500. From August 17-26, the Massachusetts Avenue Theatre District hosts an event that supports independent artists and draws diverse elements of the community together through theatre. Of course, we're talking about the Indianapolis Fringe Festival. During these ten-days, 36 theatre companies present more than 50 performance groups in short shows of one hour or less. At only $3 each for 270 live theater performances, you should not overlook this creative experience that funds these fabulous artists. http://www.indyfringe.org

LOUISIANA
new orleans
Big fun is about to take place in the Big Easy August 29-September 3 when the city hosts the 41st Southern Decadence. Most of the events take place on the streets and are completely free, but you can't miss out on the all-night parties at most of the more popular gay bars in the Quarter. So, buy a weekend pass that gives you access to some of the most exclusive parties. Brave the crowds at the parade where men and women take to the streets in outrageous costumes and dance along to the beat of the New Orleans Gay and Lesbian Marching Band. Afterwards, find the Southern gentleman of your dreams at the official party at Oz. http://www.southerndecadence.net

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