Oye, chicas! The snow has melted, the sun is finally shining, and it’s time for all of us to start making plans to get together and do exciting things, yeah? Now that the only winter that’s coming is on TV (looking at you, Thrones), we’ve rounded up some of the best and most exciting events geared towards us queer Latinas. Some of these will be parties (okay, a LOT of them will be parties), while others are more about personal and professional development. Cause hey, balance, right? Jot them down on your calendar stat, make your travel plans, and enjoy!
The party to end all parties, The Dinah is an annual event that celebrates queer women everywhere. The first Dinah Shore Weekend happened back in 1991 and was created by Mariah Hanson, and has since become a rite of passage for any queer femme, Latina or otherwise. This year’s festivities begin April 3rd and include dance parties, DJs, comedians, dancers, vendors, celeb meet and greets, and so much more all across Palm Springs. Join thousands of other queer babes (and yes, many Latinas, including The Real L Word’s Rose Garcia) at this truly spectacular event.
For 13 years, LGBTQIA women of color (as well as non-binary and gender fluid POC) have all been flocking to Provincetown, Massachusetts for a weekend of workshops, networking, dancing, and then some. This year’s Womxn of Color Weekend will be no different, with attendees partaking in everything from Zumba classes to entrepreneurship classes and even a Wakanda Forever party. Few events cater more toward queer women of color, so gather up your besties and get yourselves some tickets stat.
By now most of y’all probably know about We All Grow. While it’s not exclusively an event for LGBTQIA folks, it is a very inclusive event for Latinas. What’s more, this year’s guest speaker line-up features a ton of amazing Latinx talent, including Vida’s fabulous queer writer and creator Tanya Saracho, and Vida’s highly talented non-binary actor Ser Anzoategui (not to mention our own HipLatina editor-in-chief, Mariela Rosario). And while the 2019 schedule has yet to be announced, we know there will be plenty of inspiring panels, workshops, and networking to be done.
While we must wait until fall for the return of Aqua Girl, Florida’s queer Latina population can enjoy an equally fun fiesta known as Girls In Wonderland. Kicking off on May 30th, Girls In Wonderland is a nonstop fiesta filled with speed dating, pool parties, drag brunches, and most importantly: queer women!
We’ve all heard about the San Diego Comic Con and the New York Comic Con, but there’s another convention that’s got the LGBTQIA femme community in mind: ClexaCon. Happening this April in Las Vegas, ClexaCon is the largest convention for queer women and allies in the entertainment space. This year’s convention has plenty of exciting guests, including Latinx stars Mishel Prada (Emma) from Vida and Isabella Gomez (Elena) from One Day At A Time. You can also take part in panels, meetups, a film festival, and workshops like a Queer Women’s Writing Workshop, Queer Representation in Burlesque, and more topics that sound too damn good to be true.
You might be familiar with the Mothership Women’s Festival of the past few years. This year, the babes at Mothership are putting together a more low-key intimate camping experience at Lake Hemet Campground (near Palm Springs). Open to queer women and non-binary/gender non-conforming folks, this inclusive campout will feature campfires complete with s’mores and ghost stories, plus meditation work, and plenty of time to get wet and wild at the floating water park. If you’re less about parties and more into laid-back events, this is the one for you.
UnidosUS is a non-profit working toward equality for all Latinos by working with other grassroots Latinx organizations and creating opportunities to elevate our community. Formerly known as the National Council of La Raza, UnidosUS also hosts a large scale convention each year where Latinxs from around the country come together to network and take part in workshops on everything from Latinas in STEM to learning to write proposals to Latinxs in Congress.
Formerly the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival, the LALIFF showcases the work of emergingLatinxx filmmakers. While not exclusively an LGBTQIA event, it’s not exactly rare to find queer-friendly cinema within the festival. Now in its 22nd year, the LALIFF will also include the works of student filmmakers created via the festival’s Youth Cinema Project — a public school educational film program that will continue to help even the playing field for Latinxs in Hollywood.
Dinah Shore isn’t the only queer-friendly event in early April. Krave Spring Break is another competitor with plenty to offer the LGBTQ community. As the name suggests, Krave is mainly a multi-day party for queer women and non-binary folks to meet up, dance, and see where the night takes them. Pool parties and Wake ‘n’ Bake brunches are all part of the itinerary, so don’t go unless you know you’re down for a whole lot of fun.