Not into the gay bar scene? Here are 7 gay social alternatives

For many the gay bar scene is not their cup of tea, whether it’s the late night hours, loud music, or feeling like they don’t fit in with the crowds or simply hate large crowds. Whatever their reasons for having a dislike for the gay nightlife. I have listed some other social and/or active events that may or may not provide a solution to the community that feels like that have limited options for having fun. If you are new to this website, we promote parties and events on a weekly, monthly and annual basis.

1 – Gay Cruises


Gay cruises have been in recent years controversy due to Covid-19 with viral videos of gay men cruising and participating in wild shenanigans on the dancefloor. However, there are some benefits to traveling on a gay cruise is the abilities to visit various islands and cities in different countries and continents. Abroad a gay cruise are the activities and live shows that homophobic-free along with the comfort of having a safe space aboard a ship that caters exclusively to the gay community. Now, it’s not to say that ones experience will be completely problematic-free; however, you’ll have the ability to roam around the ship and find your own tribe to connect with for a memorable experience. If you feel that you didn’t enjoy a particular gay cruise vibe, then I recommend trying other cruise ships. The gay cruise industry is constantly expanding and these companies are adding more trips on their rosters so definitely check out our gay cruise page for a list of cruise companies. Check out our listing of gay cruises like Atlantis Events, RSVP and more. Click Here

*sidenote* some cities have gay cruise events during gay pride so make sure to check out our gay pride guides for events in your local or visiting city

2 – Gay Campgrounds/Resorts


Gay Campgrounds have been flying under the radar for years and have sent seen a resurgence since Covid-19 that many clubgoers are opting for the outdoors. Gay camps are mostly located in remote/rural areas of the United States and Canada with some even having events held annually not just seasonally. The variety of events are constantly changing from week to week which allow gay men the optional to find events that cater to their needs and wants. Some gay camps are inclusive while others are men-only (check with the camp if it’s cisgender men only or includes transmen as well). Clothing is optional at most campsites so if nudity isn’t your thing; make sure to steer clear of those locations. Check out our listing of gay campgrounds and camp resorts. Click Here

3 – Gay Ski Trips


If you’re looking for something a little more active then look no further than gay ski trips. Gay ski season begins in November and ends in late March. Gay ski trips occur in several countries: United States, Canada, France and Switzerland to name a few. These events are held beautiful resort/ski lodges with various ski slopes from novice to avid skiers. All events include Apres-ski events from mild to wild so there’s parties for everyone. Gay ski events like Elevation Gay Ski Week, Whistler Gay Ski Week and more. Click Here.

4 – Gay Business Network


Whether or not you’re starting your own gay business, gay business owner or gay professional. Gay business networks are great social events that occur at bars, restaurants community centers and other non-traditional venues to provide a safe space to meet other members of the LGBTQ+ community. Most events occur during happy hours which allows the patrons to come and have some fun during reasonable hours and not disrupt their weekday business schedule. StartOut, National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and more. Click Here.

5 – Gay Sports/eSports Leagues


Another gay social gathering that doesn’t get enough attention are the gay leagues spread throughout the United States in various cities. Sports include volleyball, soccer, kickball and more. Gay sporting leagues are a community of their own with many forming lasting relationship on and off the fields/courts. Some gay sport leagues are even international with countries from around the world. In additions to traditional sports, eSports also known as video games have been on the rise in the past couple of decades for gaymers to compete in a safe space for gaymers. Check out our gay sports page for listing of gay sports as well as eSports. Click here

6 – Gay Attractions (Amusement Parks)


For gay parents and queer people are kids at heart, amusement parks have always been a place of joy and discomfort with many straight parents not wanting their children to be exposed to openly queer people. Thus many attractions have created gay nights or gay days where gay parents and adults can come and experience rollercoasters, thrill rides and their favorite animated characters in person at their favorite theme parks. One Magical Weekend specifically creates club like experience at night and tea dance parties during the day. One Magical Weekend, Gay Days and more listed on our site. Click Here

7 – Annual Gay Events


Some gay events are special events happen annually that don’t necessarily fit into a particular category due to fact that there’s not many events like it. For instance, Out In the Vineyard is a gay annual weekend wine tasting event held in Sonoma Valley, California. Other events include Market Days in Chicago, Austin Splash in Austin, Texas and Newfest Film Festival in New York City. Click Here

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