40+ Gay Circuit Parties & Festivals Around the World
Popular Gay Circuit Parties Worldwide
Discover all the best gay circuit parties around the world, from the most popular festival events to lesser-known gay circuit parties that diehard partiers love.
The parties below are grouped by the world region where they’re hosted. Some are frequent local parties, while others are enormous yearly celebrations (which will have dates included).
In the final section, you’ll find international gay circuit events hosted in cities across multiple continents.
Here are the top gay circuit parties and festival weekends in Europe, the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, and Southeast Asia in the most comprehensive list you can find!
Gay Circuit Parties in Europe
Circuit Festival Barcelona
Dates: Aug 5 – 13, 2023
Host Hotel: NH Gran Hotel Calderón
- Popular Hotels: W Hotel BCN, Axel Hotel Barcelona
Barcelona is home to one of the biggest international gay circuit festivals in the world. Expect some major crowds and all types of men at Circuit Festival Barcelona, produced by the Matinée Group.
Guys love the splashing around while dancing in the massive pool at the Illa Fantasia water park that leads right up to the stage.
We Party – Madrid
- Partner Hotel: Hotel Indigo Gran Vía
- Popular Hotels: Axel Hotel Madrid, Room Mate Óscar, 7 Islas Hotel
Each year during the summer months, the party travels to other popular gay destinations like Torremolinos, Stockholm, and Mexico City.
Infinity Festival – Torremolinos
Infinity Festival is a gay circuit party in Torremolinos, an epic gay resort destination in Spain not far from the city of Málaga.
European gay tourists flock to this gay beach town in southern Spain to party at Infinity Festival, which is typically held during the month of October.
Infinity also hosts a separate yearly Gay Spring Break party in late April to Early May. Get ready for a long weekend packed with beach parties, pool parties, and sex parties!
Matrix Sun Festival – Torremolinos
Matrix Sun Festival is another popular Torremolinos gay festival, but this one has the biggest circuit party vibe of all.
The latest Matrix Events promo video below shows how unbelievable these parties are! It feels like an absolute dream.
Boat parties, gay beach hangouts, and pool parties at the local gay hotels are always part of the lineup. Then in the evenings, dance the night away in the nearby gay clubs.
Revolver – Berlin
The party is hosted at Berlin’s KitKat Club. You’ll find everyone here is wearing leather harnesses and dark, sexy jockstraps.
XLSIOR – Mykonos, Greece
- Dates: Aug 16 – 23, 2023
- Host Hotel: Andronikos Hotel
- Partner Hotels: Riva Suites, Kivotos Mykonos, Aegon Mykonos, Nimbus Mykonos
- Luxury Options: Mykonos Plum Guide Listings
Just about everyone knows about the XLSIOR Mykonos gay festival circuit parties, especially after a video of two gay men fighting during a circuit party went viral.
Even so, this festival on the island of Mykonos attracts an impressive international crowd. You’ll tend to find the stereotypical muscled men at XLSIOR, for better or for worse.
But, whether you love or hate XLSIOR, no one can deny that these parties are some of the best in the world.
La Demence – Brussels, Belgium
Partner Hotels: Pullman Brussels Centre Midi, The Augustin, Warwick Barsey & Aloft Schuman
- Luxury Options: Brussels Plum Guide Listings
La Demence is easily among the top 5 gay circuit parties in Europe, if not the world. The event, hosted at Fuse Nightclub in Brussels, draws thousands of gay men from a huge variety of countries.
The La Demence circuit party is held monthly, but during the summer, there’s often a grand special event. In 2023, the party will set sail on the Explorer of The Seas La Demence gay cruise, also known as The Cruise.
To get a late checkout at a local Brussels hotel, stay at one of the party’s partner hotels listed above. Or, check local Brussels VRBO apartment rentals that will offer a good checkout time!
COX Parties – Italy
The COX parties tend to feature prominent DJs and porn actors. The producers pride themselves on providing good music and a high-testosterone environment, largely popular with the leather and fetish communities.
FunHouse – Amsterdam, Netherlands
FunHouse is one of Amsterdam’s awesome gay circuit parties. There are quite a few FunHouse parties hosted each year all produced by Rapido Events.
They’re held north of the Amsterdam city center at either the WesterUnie Nightclub or Studio Westergas, known as Transformatorhuis.
Find an apartment rental close to the party by looking for VRBO rentals in the Westerpark neighborhood.
Rapido – Amsterdam, Netherlands
The hot and sweaty Rapido parties typically happen on Sundays and attract an international crowd. Fit the intense, rugged party theme with some sexy sporty tube socks to go along with your dancing sneakers.
H.I.M. – Antwerp Belgium
H.I.M. is Antwerp’s largest gay circuit party, and it gets pretty wild! The event space has four separate rooms, each with a different theme.
Everyone dresses in their best, most glamorous circuit outfits at H.I.M. parties. Sexy muscled go-go dancers are everywhere too, flexing in their stylish harnesses.
XCAPE – Stockholm, Sweden
Each party has a unique theme, like Jungle Fever, Land of the Vikings, Voodoo, and the X-Cape Space Party.
GATE PARTY – Milan, Italy
GATE Party is the biggest gay circuit party in Milan, typically with 1 to 2 events each month. It’s a sexy, shirtless, and sweaty night of dancing.
The parties take are hosted at the local District 272 Club—a space that seems like it was created for circuit parties. Get ready for epic DJs and gorgeously muscled dancers all around.
Gay Circuit Parties in the United States
The United States has a ton of gay circuit parties. Some cities like San Francisco, Palm Springs, Dallas, and Orlando have multiple events each year.
Here are the most popular parties to know about.
Masterbeat hosts enormous gay circuit parties in Los Angeles, Miami, and New York City. Their venues are always high-quality, like New York’s multilevel Terminal 5 and Miami’s James L. Knight Center.
Expect world-class international DJs at Masterbeat parties. If you’re headed to New York, stay in one of these popular NYC gay hotels I love.
White Party Palm Springs, California
Dates: 2023 Events Finished, 2024 Dates TBA
Host Hotel: Hilton Palm Springs Resort
- Luxury Options: Palm Springs Plum Guide Listings
White Party Palm Springs is a fantastic weekend of gay circuit parties for so many reasons. The weather is perfect, it’s easy to get around, nothing is too crowded and there are tons of cute guys!
If you prefer being in the center of the action while in Palm Springs, staying at the host hotel is ideal. You’ll be able to walk right out of your room down to the pool party!
Make sure you have the perfect White Party outfit for all the extravagant evening parties and poolside events!
Folsom Circuit Parties – San Francisco, California
- Ritual Party Date: July 30, 2023
Real Bad Party Date: Sept 24, 2023
- Stay Here: Gay Friendly San Francisco Hotels
Folsom hosts the largest gay leather and fetish event weeks in the world. They host two separate event weeks in San Francisco. The Folsom Street Fair is in September and their second event, Up Your Alley is in mid-July.
XOXO Entertainment hosts their own circuit parties during Folsom in partnership with international producers like Matinee.
Get into the Folsom vibe with a pair of super sexy tactical military boots. And don’t forget your adjustable leather body harness.
The Dinah Lesbian Weekend – Palm Springs, California
Club Skirts & The Dinah is a massive lesbian party festival, something that’s pretty rare to see these days. This magnificent yearly event was started by Mariah Hanson back in 1991. Every year has brought bigger and more extravagant events.
The Dinah LGBTQ+ event lineup typically includes an opening party, several pool parties, a queer and lesbian circuit party, a comedy show, and of course, a closing party.
Winter Party Festival – Miami Beach, Florida
Dates: 2023 Events Finished, 2024 Dates TBA
- Popular Hotels: Hôtel Gaythering, AxelBeach Miami, Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Winter Party Miami is undoubtedly among the most popular gay circuit parties in Florida, as well as the United States.
The Miami Winter Party Festival is a yearly week-long celebration, produced to raise funds for the LGBT+community. There are a ton of intense circuit parties that attract both Americans and international visitors.
Before you head to Winter Party, make sure you have all the essential gay circuit accessories, including a flip belt to keep your belongings discreetly secure, and a fun circuit party fan, of course!
Gay Days – Orlando, Florida
Disney lovers are obsessed with Gay Days in Orlando. LGBT+ people flood the city of Orlando and the local theme parks.
Gay Days isn’t just about Disney World though. There are various Orlando circuit parties and hotel events like the GayDays Expo.
One Magical Weekend – Orlando, Florida
One Magical Weekend takes place each year on the first weekend of June. The festival’s biggest event is the Disney fantasy waterpark gay party.
Earlier in the weekend, get ready for the amazing Therapy Pool Party. The following four days will be jam-packed with circuit parties all over Orlando. Don’t forget about the red shirt pride days at Walt Disney!
Peach Party – Atlanta, Georgia
Dates: June 8 – 12, 2023
Popular Hotels: Hotel Indigo Midtown, Loews Hotel Atlanta, The Candler Hotel
Peach Party Atlanta has gained a ton more popularity in recent years, even though it’s been happening for over a decade now! Produced by GA Boy Events, this 5-day celebration is quickly joining the ranks of other large circuit parties in the USA.
Joining Hearts Weekend Pool Party – Atlanta, Georgia
Dates: July 14 – 15, 2023
Joining Hearts hosts a fun and carefree pool party event each year. It’s one of Atlanta’s smaller gay circuit parties but is easily just as fun.
The event is the perfect spot to show off a pair of sexy elastic swim trunks or maybe some colorful printed bikini bottoms.
The Joining Hearts mission is to support individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS in Atlanta. In attending their exciting gay parties, guests are encouraged to keep this mission close to their hearts.
Market Days – Chicago, Illinois
Market Days attracts travelers from cities all over the United States as one of the country’s best-known gay circuit weekends. Hosted for over 40 years, the celebration is colorful, energetic, and packed with the world’s most famous LGBTQ+ performers.
The massive half-mile-long party takes place in Chicago’s historic Northalsted district, also known as the Boystown gay neighborhood.
Market Days is also surprisingly affordable, with a $15 suggested donation to cover performer costs. I guess that means you’ll have more money to spend on a hotel!
Southern Decadence – New Orleans, Louisiana
- Dates: Aug 31 – Sept 4, 2023
- Host Hotel: Bourbon Orleans Hotel
- Stay Here: New Orleans Gay Friendly Hotels
Southern Decadence is an enormous yearly gay party event in New Orleans that takes place over Labor Day weekend. It’s pretty much America’s gay version of Mardi Gras!
Hundreds of thousands of gay partiers flock to New Orleans for the Southern Decadence weekend events. Unlike many other circuit parties around the world, Southern Decadence isn’t one specifically ticketed event. There are tons of things to do while everyone congregates around bars in the French Quarter.
Book your accommodations early for the best selection of places to stay! VRBO rentals in the French Quarter are super popular since they’re right in the middle of the action.
Pines Party – Fire Island, New York
- Dates: July 21 – 23, 2023
Pines Party is a huge yearly gay festival weekend in the famous LGBT community of Fire Island Pines. Just a couple of hours outside of New York City, Pines Party is a beachfront gay party event that attracts loads of Americans.
Tickets for Pines Party tend to sell out extremely fast, so try to get them as soon as they’re released. Be sure to show up with your best sexy swim trunks!
MEAT NYC – New York City
As any local gay New Yorker will tell you, MEAT NYC is one of the gay circuit parties in New York City that you absolutely have to experience. It’s one of my personal favorites and never disappoints.
MEAT NYC is held at 3 Dollar Bill, a popular queer nightclub space in Brooklyn’s East Williamsburg neighborhood.
It’s the perfect place in New York to host a circuit party since the venue has a large covered outdoor space and a huge bar. Also, MEAT is one of the few NYC parties with a dark room.
RAM Party by Daddy Ersin is a monthly fetish and gear party based in New York City with additional hosted events like ManFest in Fort Lauderdale and the Plunge Pool Party in both Dallas and Fort Lauderdale.
Purple Party – Dallas, Texas
Down south in the Lone Star State, Purple Party is one of the biggest gay circuit party weekends in the southern United States. It’s an entirely charitable event, too. Purple Party is an all-volunteer non-profit charity dance!
Before the Purple Party main event, enjoy several opening and welcome parties as well as the Shine Pool Party. On Sunday, finish off the weekend with the Revival Tea Dance and Glow Closing Party.
In addition to the Purple Party weekend held in late spring, the Purple Foundation also produces smaller local circuit parties in the Dallas area.
Revelry – Houston, Texas
Dates: March 29 – 31, 2024
Reverly is a popular gay circuit party in Houston over the Easter holiday weekend. The event has been gaining significant popularity over the past several years, noteworthy for an impressive line of themed circuit parties.
CherryPop Weekend – Washington, DC
The yearly CherryPop Weekend is a huge gay circuit party festival benefit that supports LGBTQ+ service organizations for HIV/AIDS and mental health.
International DJ line-ups bring world-renowned beats to crowds at a slew of parties over a long weekend, all with a pop-art theme.
Kinetic Presents – Washington, DC
Kinetic Presents is a relatively new producer of monthly gay circuit parties in Washinton, DC. They’re a conglomeration of well-established gay party producers like Dougie Meyer Presents.
The sexy, high-energy parties by Kinetic Presents are hosted in different clubs around Washington, DC, some of which have “play zone” dark rooms. Performing DJs are always of the highest caliber, too.
Independence Week – Provincetown, Massachusetts
Dates: July 1 – 4, 2023
- Popular Hotels: White Porch Inn, Crowne Pointe Inn & Spa, Brass Key Guesthouse, Salt House Inn
Here in the popular summer gay destination of Provincetown, the week straddling the July 4th holiday is called Independence Week, and it will be packed full of gay circuit parties.
Get excited for popular parties like Rough Trade, the Trade Pool Party, and the Freedom Beach Party! Don’t forget your best gay Independence Day outfits.
Gay Circuit Parties in Canada
RUFF – Vancouver, Canada
RUFF is an inclusive gay circuit party in Vancouver that started in 2012. The party’s producers make it known that RUFF is a party that welcomes everyone, regardless of body type, age, or ethnicity.
Party locations usually rotate between a few Vancouver venues including The Pint, Celebrities Underground, and Central Studios, among others. Visit founder Michael Nadeau’s Soundcloud page to hear the style of the RUFF party music.
Prism Events – Toronto, Canada
Parties hosted by Toronto’s Prism Events are beloved for their disco, house, and of course, circuit beats!
A few of their regularly hosted circuit parties include Revival, Joy, and Resist. And if you’re in Toronto for pride, you can’t miss the enormously epic parties hosted by Prism.
Black and Blue – Montreal, Canada
Dates: 2023 Dates Not Announced
Black and Blue is the most popular gay circuit party in Montréal. This circuit party is a celebration dedicated to the unique style and culture of the gay community.
While the party is largely gay, the event openly welcomes straight patrons as well. The party is hosted by the BBCM Foundation, which supports social, financial, and medical assistance to individuals living with HIV/AIDS.
Gay Circuit Parties in Mexico
Arena Riviera Maya
Dates: Jan 31 – Feb 6, 2024
Arena Riviera Maya is a hugely popular international gay circuit festival in Mexico. The party takes place on a stunning tropical island off Mexico’s west coast, embracing the stunningly blue waters of the Caribbean Sea.
This year, events will be held on the island of Cozumel, which is just a boat ride away from the gay-popular Mexican destination of Playa del Carmen. It’s bound to be a gorgeous, sexy, and humid time!
White Party Puerto Vallarta
While Puerto Vallarta is always buzzing with parties, White Party really brings a crowd. It’s one of the biggest local gay events of the year!
While there is no separate website for the Puerto Vallarta White Party events, you can search for and purchase tickets on Eventbrite for the individual parties.
UTOPIA Festival - Isla Mujeres
Dates: 2023 Events Finished, 2024 Dates TBA
- Host Hotels: Must book through Utopia (see site)
- Popular Hotels: Isla Mujeres Palace, Casa de la Luna Loca
UTOPIA Festival takes over Mexico’s Isla Mujeres once a year, located just off the Cancun coastline.
From Thursday to Monday, gay party lovers enjoy dancing to international DJs, taking fitness classes, hanging out poolside, and basking in the sun along beautiful blue-water beaches.
The festival has four host hotels that are exclusively for event guests. These can only be booked through Utopia’s website. Other nearby hotels are a quieter option. There will surely be guys staying in non-host hotels that attend the festival.
Karmabeat - Mexico City
Karmabeat is the absolute best gay circuit party in Mexico City and has been hosted for over 15 years. Always featuring big-name DJs like Alex Acosta and Dani Brasil, you can bet Karmabeat’s music will be epic.
Gay Circuit Parties in the Middle East
Forever Tel Aviv
You’ll see this brand partnering with other top world circuit events like Madrid’s WE Party, and bringing local versions of the Forever Tel Aviv brand to other cities, which is how Forever Paris was created.
The Main Party is Forever Tel Aviv’s prized event that’s hosted in an epic indoor-outdoor space in the old port area of Tel Aviv. I attended one of their pride parties here and had the time of my life.
Gay Circuit Festivals in Southeast Asia
White Party Bangkok
White Party Bangkok is the largest gay circuit party in Bangkok during New Year’s in December. The yearly themes are pretty awesome, which have previously included Guardians of the Gay-laxy.
G Circuit Songkran – Bangkok, Thailand
Dates: 2023 Events Finished, 2024 Dates TBA
Host Hotel: Novotel Sukhumvit 4
- More Options: Bangkok Hostels
Circuit Asia Weekend – This Year: Pattaya, Thailand
The Matinée Group’s famous international gay circuit lineup always includes an event in Asia. Circuit Asia Weekend is held in Pattaya, a small city in Thailand outside of Bangkok.
Gay Circuit Festivals in South America
H&H (Hell & Heaven) Festival – Brazil
H&H Festival is one of the larger gay circuit parties in Brazil. Expect the men here to be ungodly attractive. Plus, Brazilians know how to throw some of the best circuit parties in the world.
Hell & Heaven Resort Edition events include a legendary pool party as well as evening circuit parties all spanning a long weekend. Some years, H&H offers a special cruise edition!
In 2023, there will be two separate events simultaneously. One will be the H&H Cruise Edition and the other will be the H&H Resort Edition.
Party locations in previous years have been in all different Brazilian destinations, including the northern coast of Bahia as well as the island of Florianopolis to the south.
Post-pandemic events returned to the popular Villa Galé Resort in Cumbuco, just outside the Brazilian city of Fortaleza.
Carnival Parties – Rio de Janeiro
Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is hugely popular with gay travelers all over the world. While the Rio Carnival events are not specifically gay, there are many gay circuit party-type events in Rio during Carnival.
Revolution Party hosts some of the most popular yearly gay circuit events during Carnival in Rio. A couple of them include the Original Brazilian Pool Party and various parties held at the city’s popular gay club, Heaven.
International Gay Circuit Festivals
Hustlaball gay circuit parties originally started as cabaret parties. Today, Hustlaball events are a huge gathering of porn stars, gay entertainers, and all their admirers.
You can find all types of guys at Hustlaball, from twinks to jocks to leather daddies. Other cities that host Hustlaball include New York, Las Vegas, and London.
Horse Meat Disco
Horse Meat Disco originally began in London and has since become an iconic gay dance party with an international presence. It’s one of my personal favorites!
Atlantis Cruise Parties
Atlantis Cruises are immensely popular with gay men around the world. So popular, that their gay cruises quickly sell out! As you can imagine, gay circuit parties on a cruise ship are pretty much like an enormous playground for gay men.
There are several Atlantis Cruises every year. For a little insight on what one of these gay cruises is like, read this first-hand Atlantis Cruise experience post!
Some of the Atlantis gay circuit cruises start in Miami, Florida and often stop in places like Costa Rica, Panama, and the Cayman Islands.
If dates are sold out for any specific cruise, add your name to Atlantis’ gay cruise waitlist.
Israeli gay party icon Eliad Cohen hosts Papa Party events all over the world. Papa Parties truly tour internationally, spanning cities from Guayaquil, Ecuador to Lyon, France.
Some of the more frequent cities that Papa Parties tour include Paris, Rio de Janeiro, and Barcelona.
No matter what gay circuit party you’re planning on attending, you’ve got to have the perfect circuit party gear and clothing.
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