Early September signals the end of summer for most people in the U.S. But here in Key West, that warm and sunny summertime vibe continues on — both with our marvelous year-round subtropical weather, and with our entertaining fall events that celebrate the “official” end of summer with island flair.

Tig Notaro Womenfest Key West

The highlights of Womenfest 2017 include two performances by brilliant comedian and writer Tig Notaro.

One such event has been attracting female revelers for more than 30 years. In early September, thousands of women converge on Key West for one of the largest gatherings of lesbians and their friends in North America. It’s called Womenfest.

This year’s celebration takes place Sept. 6-10 — and it features an incredible lineup of top-notch entertainment, dance parties, sports events, pool parties, an LGBT trolley tour and a sunset dinner cruise on the clear waters surrounding Key West.

The action-packed affair revs up Wednesday, Sept. 6, with an opening night party at 5 p.m. at the popular Sidebar (located at 504 Angela St.).

Then at 7 p.m., the hilarious and very talented Aquanettes will perform in a special Aquanettes Womenfest drag show at the Aqua nightclub at 711 Duval St.

Yes, the girls do love to party, but they also love their sports. Well, the five-day festival has that covered too — and will include flag football clinics, a friendship game and a “rock roller derby.”

For gals who are history buffs, the event will not disappoint. A very unique LGBT trolley tour is planned that not only helps first-time visitors get their bearings on the island, but also provides a fascinating in-depth look into the LGBT history of Key West.

Festival attendees can also experience a curator-guided tour of the Tennessee Williams Exhibit.

The award-winning playwright of “The Glass Menagerie,” “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” called Key West home for more than three decades. The exhibit honoring him is located at 513 Truman Ave. and contains the largest permanent collection of Williams memorabilia currently available to the public.

Womenfest Key West couple

Singles, couples and groups of women flock to Key West each year to enjoy parties, performances and camaraderie. (Photo courtesy of Womenfest Key West)

On Saturday, the generally male-only Bourbon St. Pub pool and Jacuzzi are transformed to host an all-welcome party at 724 Duval St. The high-energy pool party, with its fantastic music, food, and libations, is always a big hit with both locals and visitors.

And while visiting the pool, I highly recommend taking a stroll up to the property’s top sundeck to enjoy some fantastic views of the island.

On Sunday, Sept. 10, Womenfest attendees can “get their dance on” at our world-famous Sunday Tea Dance, which begins at 4 p.m. at the fabulous La Te Da at 1125 Duval St.

Afterwards the show must go on — and it certainly does, with two much-anticipated comedy performances by highly praised and award-winning comedian Tig Notaro. These sure-to-be-amazing shows are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at the Key West Theater, located at 512 Eaton St.

For more Womenfest information, and a complete schedule of events, just click here. Whether you’re planning a girlfriend getaway or are traveling solo, come discover why our welcoming island of Key West, with its One Human Family philosophy, is the perfect destination for your next vacation.

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