The Palm Beaches: LGBT Happenings For 2017

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CULTURE

Visitors have much more to do than just visiting the endless shoreline; they may be surprised by the bounty of cultural attractions that dot the communities. Norton Museum of Art is internationally known for its exhibitions and collection of American, Chinese, contemporary, and European art and photography. From its founding in 1941, the Museum has been acclaimed for masterpieces by Gaugin, Monet, Picasso, and many others. Explore the Chinese Collection as well as its Photography Collection spanning decades in the works. This year, explore the Norton Museum’s exhibition Spotlight: Recent Acquisitions, in celebration of Black History Month or check out the Norton’s sixth RAW (Recognition of Art by Women) exhibition, which will premiere the first solo museum exhibition of artist Svenja Deininger. Admission is free for all visitors through December 2018.

Norton Museum Of Art
Norton Museum Of Art

Kravis Center For The Performing Arts, located in West Palm Beach, Florida, is one of the premier performing arts centers in the Southeast with a growing national and international reputation. True to the spirit in which it was created, the Center is expanding programming by initiating projects on local, national and international levels. Celebrating its 25th Anniversary Season, the Kravis Center provides a diverse array of artistic, theatrical and cultural programming. From blockbuster Broadway hits, to concerts, comedy, regional arts performances, arts education programs and more—the Kravis offers experiences for audiences of all ages. This season, enjoy performances by the Miami City Ballet and Philadelphia Orchestra as well as a comedic piece with author Dan Anderson narrating his work, Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man. Tickets from $20 and range with performances.

The Delray Center for the Arts provides culturally enriching programs and unique arts and entertainment offerings to The Palm Beaches. From musicals and plays, dance and variety shows, Broadway Cabaret, music and concerts, comedy, films, lectures and literary events, the Center’s calendar varies throughout the year.

Royal Room with Performers
Royal Room with Performers

Hailed the “best place for Cabaret on the planet” by the Palm Beach Post, The Royal Room at The Colony Hotel features sizzling, song-filled performances by fast-rising performers straight from New York City’s leading Cabarets. The Wick Theatre & Costume Museum, located in the former Caldwell Theatre, is also a cultural hub with spectacular musicals ranging from timeless classics to lesser-known shows throughout the year. The Costume Museum at the Wick Theatre is an astounding exhibit of the finest costumes ever brought to the Broadway stage by the most honored and respected designers in the history of the American Musical Theatre. This incredible venue houses a collection of original costumes from over 35 Broadway productions and revivals.

SHOPPING

There is no shortage to finding everything and anything you need from luxury looks to one-of-a-kind vintage. Spend time exploring Antique Row located in West Palm Beach. This charming district has over 40 shops offering an impressive selection of 17th– to 20th-century antiques, fine and decorative arts, period deco, vintage and modern furnishings, and much more. All within walking distance, this vast array of quality antique stores, specialty shops, and art galleries are complemented by several award-winning restaurants.

Owner Dina Capehart of Dina C’s Fab & Funky Consignment Boutique offers a curated collection of clothing and accessories dating from the 1940s to the present time by such designers as Azzedine Alaia, Christian Dior, Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Gucci, Lacroix, Yves Saint Laurent, Pucci, Galanos, Bill Blass, Geoffrey Beene, and Pierre Cardin. She also has a separate men’s boutique.

Serendipity High Fashion Consignment Boutique just east of Town Center at Boca Raton, offers couture clothing and accessories from Chanel, Hermès, Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Roberto Cavalli, Emilio Pucci, Fendi, YSL, and many others.

Palm Beach Outlets
Palm Beach Outlets

Worth Avenue is an enchanting resort destination in Palm Beach, Florida with European sophistication and inimitable style and grace; it’s also one of the most beautiful and luxurious shopping venues in the United States.

DINING EXPERIENCES

LGBT-friendly restaurants and bars are plentiful, with ocean-to-table cuisine, cocktail culture, and lively atmospheres to create unforgettable experiences. Rhythm Café is located on West Palm Beach’s Antique Row in a converted 1950’s drugstore, Rhythm Café has been treating the fabulous locals/visitors of The Palm Beaches to the finest, creative home-style cuisine since 1988. Featuring a tapas-tizer menu, redesigned fish menu, renowned entrees and homemade desserts. Stroll the Mango Promenade District in West Palm Beach to find Table 26, a neighborhood restaurant in a sophisticated, casual setting.  Chef Joe Ferro has created delicious dishes to bring back the basics of Global cuisine. This unique neighborhood eatery has a full-service bar and complimentary valet.

Want to sample more than one of the area’s best restaurants? Book the Downtown West Palm Beach Food Tour for a delicious and entertaining way to learn about West Palm Beach with 13 food and drink tastings from six of the best local restaurants. Embrace the opportunity to meet chefs, try a dish that’s been featured on the Food Network and discover the fascinating history of the local downtown area on a leisure one-mile outing. Private tours and cooking classes are also available. Adult tickets start at $65 with an option to add extra alcohol pairings. Save an extra 20 percent when signing up with the discount code: LGBTQI.

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Spend your night just six miles south of West Palm Beach at The Mad Hatter Lounge—one of the area’s most popular gay bars. The friendly neighborhood lounge has a large patio, a pool table and video games, light food and a good mix of cocktails, beers, and wine. The Bar is located in the heart of LGBT-friendly Lake Worth, Florida. With plenty of parking, flat-screen TV’s, a pool table, and dance floor. H.G. Rooster’s, in West Palm Beach, is the heart of The Palm Beach’s gay nightlife.  With daily specials, shows and events scheduled every night of the week; it’s always good time at Roosters.

Need to recharge in the morning? Wake up and head to the Poolside Brunch at Hilton West Palm Beachthe only spot in downtown West Palm Beach where visitors can float on a giant swan or unicorn, enjoy a tasty brunch, practice yoga, try a few lawn games, and much more. While dining on favorites such as Nutella French toast, Okeechobee street corn and chicken and waffles, relax by the hotel’s vibrant pool and jam to the beats of DJ Adam Lipson. Bottomless mimosas, sangria and bloody Mary’s are also available. Be sure to arrive early to participate in poolside yoga, led by expert Jennifer Martin, before chowing down. Entrées up to $18. A la carte brunch begins at 11:00 A.M. with bottomless sangria, bloody mary’s, mimosas for $25 11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. Yoga is $10 at 10 A.M. and taught by Jennifer Martin (complimentary for hotel guests).