Update: Florida’s Harvey Milk Festival schedule released


After a successful Kickstarter campaign last month, the 4th Annual Harvey Milk Festival in Sarasota, Florida is on for May 16-18; the official schedule detailing the activities is up on its website.

The festival’s About page describes it as featuring “a variety of attractions including live music, film, performing and visual artists, speakers, and vendors designed to engage a large and diverse audience.” Donations are encouraged, but admission is free to the music and art installations; tickets are required only for the feature film and the Official After Party.

This year’s Filmfest feature is I Am Divine, a biography of the drag queen superstar Divine; it will be shown in downtown Sarasota’s Burns Court Cinema at 9:30 pm on Thursday, May 16. Tickets are $10; seating is limited, so they can be purchased in advance here until May 15.

Artfest’s Equality Gallery opening will be on Friday, May 17 from 7:00 – 11:00 pm, at the MillerBrady Fine Art Gallery. The gallery will be open through May 18, and this year’s theme is “Beyond Bullying.” Live art pieces, with the theme “Change & Equality,” will also be performed during Musicfest, at Selby Five Points Park on Saturday, May 18.

Musicfest itself is being held from 4:00 pm to midnight at Five Points Park on May 18; in addition to featuring live performances from bands such as headliners French Horn Rebellion and MeteorEYES, there will be presentations from guest speakers ALSO Youth facilitator Tesla Gunderson, a high school sophomore seeking to create middle school LGBT support programs, and Equality Florida’s Statewide Field Director, Michael Farmer. The full lineup can be seen here. 

Wrapping everything up is the HMF Official After Party, to be held May 19 at the Throb Nightclub from midnight to 2:00 am. The cover is $5, and the fee from attendees wearing an official festival bracelet will be donated to the HMF.


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