• Joey Amato

Sunday Funday in Florida’s LGBT+ Capital


From golden beaches to amazing dining and entertainment, every kind of fun awaits in Greater Fort Lauderdale. Here, we’ve mapped out the perfect Sunday funday with just a few of the many unforgettable offerings.


Sunday Boozy Babes Drag Brunch Party

Everyone knows that there’s no better way to kick off a Sunday funday than with a boozy brunch. And Daisy Deadpetals at Holy Mackerel is ready to get the party started! Drinks include such delights as a Pancake Breakfast Shot (Irish whiskey, butterscotch liqueur and a touch of OJ and bacon) and bottomless mimosas and beermosas. You’ll enjoy performances from some of South Florida’s most fabulous drag performers and a brunch menu with specialties like the Nashville Hot French Toast. Yes, please.


Sebastian Street Beach and Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

You’re going to need a power nap after that kind of indulgence, so head to Sebastian Street Beach to find your spot in the sand. Located across from The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale Beach at Sebastian Street and A1A, this beach has been named the “Hottest U.S. Gay Beach” by Out Traveler.


After some relaxation and sunbathing, it’s time to get some exercise and explore the area’s natural beauty. Nearby Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is a great place to do both. Rent a kayak or canoe and travel the mile-long freshwater lagoon. You’re sure to get a fascinating look at nature as this park is home to butterflies, gopher tortoises, sea turtles, gray squirrels and marsh rabbits, plus more than 200 species of wading birds, hawks and ducks. Stop by the visitor center which was formerly the Art Deco home of the park’s namesake, Hugh Taylor Birch, a Chicago attorney who fell in love with this part of the Sunshine State, acquired 180 acres, and built his dream home in 1940, naming it “Terramar” (“land to the sea”). Today the park is revered by locals and visitors as Fort Lauderdale’s “Central Park.”


Explore Wilton Manors

You’ll discover numerous gay-owned businesses, bars and hotspots in this vibrant and welcoming “Island City” – a nickname stemming from the city being surrounded by forks in the Middle River, making it an actual island. But Wilton Manors’ biggest claim to fame is its ranking as the “Second Gayest City” in the United States for its thriving LGBT+ population.


To The Moon Marketplace

There are plenty one-of-a-kind discoveries in this famous gayborhood, and a good place to start is To The Moon Marketplace. It’s a neighborhood market unlike any other that will both satisfy your sweet tooth and take you on a trip down memory lane. Featuring 13,000 types of candy from 60 different countries, this unique store’s shelves are stocked with everything from old-time penny candies dating back to 1806 to 90 types of dark chocolates, 80 types of black licorice, 40 types of gummies and more.




Bubbles and Pearls

Champagne and oysters anyone? Chef Josie Smith-Malave has infused Bubbles and Pearls with her own exuberant spirit and dinner here will feel like a celebration. While this eclectic eatery’s featured offering is fresh East and West Coast oysters and a variety of champagnes, diners can also enjoy small plates of seafood and specialties like the “Off The Chain Ribeye.” Smith-Malave spent decades working under some of New York City’s top chefs and competed on Bravo’s “Top Chef” for four seasons. No doubt there will be plenty of surprise and delight during your dinner here.


Island City Stage

After dinner, it’s time to laugh and cry and cheer in the intimate setting of the Island City Stage. This award-winning theater creates quality theatrical experiences that focus on the LGBT+ community but have a heart and soul that is truly universal. They specialize in original plays and feature the works of playwrights who expose audiences to different voices and experiences. These works are brought to life on stage through the talents of professional artists whose credits include Broadway, Off Broadway, national tours, major regional theaters, film and television. So if you enjoy inspiring performances on the stage, this is a great way to ease your Sunday funday into the evening.


Drynk Bar & Lounge

End your Sunday funday with a kiss: The Kiwi Kiss (Ketel One Citreon Vodka, muddled kiwi and lychee, and fresh lemon) at Drynk Bar & Lounge, renowned for its craft cocktails, inviting lounge feel and friendly staff. Relax in their backyard garden oasis and raise a glass to one of your best Sunday fundays ever.