22 August 2017
KEY WEST, Florida Keys — For several thousand women, early September in Key West means enjoying adventures in Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico waters, entertainment and parties with like-minded people and relaxation on an accepting subtropical island — all during the island city’s Womenfest.
Described as one of North America’s largest gatherings of lesbians and their friends, the 2017 festival is scheduled Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 6-10.
The festival’s entertainment highlight is a pair of performances by acclaimed comedian Tig Notaro. A writer, executive producer and star of the Amazon.com series “One Mississippi,” Notaro has been nominated for Grammy and Emmy awards for her innovative and insightful comedic offerings. Her shows are set for 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. 
Other entertainers include DJ Citizen Jane, who has played Pride festivals across the U.S.  
The Womenfest schedule begins with an opening night party set for 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, at Key West’s Sidebar, 504 Angela St.
Subsequent offerings include a sunset dinner cruise on the clear Keys waters, late-night parties, a drag show featuring renowned female impersonators and gatherings at leading clubs.  A “rock roller derby” and a flag football friendship game are planned for fans of high-energy sports. 
In addition, festival attendees can take an entertaining trolley tour to learn about the history, contributions and landmarks associated with Key West’s flourishing LGBT community. A curator-guided tour of the Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit also is planned, showcasing the famed playwright’s life in the island city.
Before Notaro’s shows, Womenfest participants can share in a weekly tradition for local residents and those who wish they were: the 4 p.m. Sunday Tea Dance at La Te Da, 1125 Duval St.
Womenfest information and schedule: womenfest.com
Key West visitor information: fla-keys.com/keywest or gaykeywestfl.com
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