Whether you’re a beach boy or a cool city kid, summer 2018 offers up a whole stack of great gay events for all sections of our queer community. So, not including the many gay prides you're bound to attend, here’s misterb&b’s countdown of the Top 10 gay events in Europe that you simply can’t miss this summer!
1) What? Circuit Festival Gran Canaria
Where? Gran Canaria
When? 10-13 May
Taking place during Maspalomas Gay Pride, this spring edition of Circuit Festival will get you warmed up for summer (and hopefully make a start on your tan!). This weekend gay event rocks Maspalomas in super sunny Gran Canaria. This Circuit edition features some big-name clubbing action: Friday is We Party and Fake Recharged, Saturday is Matinée’s Pervert and Mega Woof! is on Sunday. Expect a huge, shirts-off queer crowd from Europe and beyond looking to party. Book a place in Gran Canaria.
© Circuit Festival
2) What? Life Ball
When? 2 June
The Life Ball is the biggest European charity event for HIV/AIDS and this year is the 25th edition of this major gay event. Each Life Ball sees Vienna’s City Hall come to life with fabulous, extravagant and eccentric costumes, as people come together to enjoy live acts, international DJs and the occasional celebrity performance. Tickets to Life Ball are limited and slightly pricey, but it’s a once-in-a-lifetime gay event that raises money for an important cause, so put it in your summer calendar! Book a place in Vienna.© Life Ball/Maximilian Röder
3) What? London Fetish Week
When? 8-15 July
If you’re serious about kink or just curious, join thousands of guys at this gay event in the UK capital this summer. London Fetish Week welcomes those guys with an interest in leather, rubber, uniform, sports gear, puppy play and every other fetish you can think of. The kink-tastic London Fetish Week features seven days of parties but also film screenings, classes and other activities. Book a place in London.
4) What? Milkshake Festival
When? 28-29 July
Love a summer festival in a parkful of peeps? Then this is the gay event for you. Described as hetero-friendly, Milkshake Festival is a weekend gay event set in Amsterdam’s Westerpark. It featured DJs, performances and a whole lot of fun. Milkshake celebrates the diversity of Amsterdam and visitors: thick, thin, small, large, gay, straight, trans, black or white: are all welcomed to come shake their thang at Milkshake! Book a place in Amsterdam.
5) Gay Games 2018
When? 4-12 August
If you prefer sports over clubbing, the 2018 Gay Games could be a great summer break for you: it’s the biggest sporting, cultural and festive gay event in the world. In 2018 more than 15,000 athletes from over 70 countries will gather in Paris to participate! This gay event will bring together 36 sports and 14 cultural events in the City of Light and misterb&b are excited to be official accommodation partners! Book a place in Paris.
© Facebook/Paris 2018/G. Galmiche
6) What? Circuit Festival
When? 9-19 August
One of the busiest (and sexiest) gay events in the calendar, the Circuit Festival from Matinée brings together 30,000 visitors to Barcelona every year. With a line-up of big-name parties, international DJs and the infamous Waterpark Day, all taking place beachside in Barcelona, it’s easy to see why Circuit Festival attracts gay guys from all over the world every year. Book a room in Barcelona.
© Tarek Del Moreno/Circuit/Facebook
7) What? XLSIOR
When? 22-29 August
Xlsior is an international gay dance festival held in the beautiful LGBT haven of Mykonos. During Xlsior this stunning Greek island fills up with over 30,000 people from all over the world, coming to party with some of the best gay Circuit DJs in town, fabulous shows, sexy dancers and party productions. The island, the parties, the beaches… Xlsior adds up to a summer gay event you won’t easily forget! Book a place in Mykonos.
8) What? Sitges Bears Week 2018
Where? Sitges, Spain
When? 1-11 Sep
Sitges Bears week is one of the biggest and most popular gay bear bashes in the world. This gay event draws in over 5,000 bears, cubs, otters and admirers to the super LGBT-friendly town of Sitges, for almost two weeks of all things beefy 'n' hairy! Aside from the main parties, there's a bears village and a Mr Bear Sitges competition, not forgetting, the fantastic beaches of this resort on the Mediterranean.
Bear bonus: If you wanna avoid the crowds and heat at Sitges Bear Week, a great alternative is Bears on Ice in Iceland from 30 Aug - 2 Sep! This bear gathering explores Iceland’s natural landscape of geysers, waterfalls and the amazing Blue Lagoon. There will, of course, be time for our furry friends to party once the exploring is over! Book a room in Iceland.
9) What? Folsom Europe
When? 5-9 September
Folsom in Berlin is the European edition of infamous San Francisco Folsom Street party. Thousands of leather and fetish guys ram the German capital. The main gay event is the street fair itself on 9 Sep starting at noon, where a section of Schöneberg – Berlin’s gayborhood – fills with DJs, bars and stalls. This year there’s also a fetish boat party on 7 September. Folsom is Europe’s biggest Fetish Event with more than 20,000 fetish expected to attend! Book a room in Berlin.© folsomeurope.info/Clemens Pfeiffer
10) Open Sea Cruises x Axel gay cruise
Where? Starting from Barcelona
When? 29 Sep-6 October
Last but definitely not least, keep summer alive with this new and inclusive gay cruise event which promises something different. Leaving from Barcelona and stopping off at Ajaccio, Toulon, Palamós and Ibiza, the Open Sea Cruises x Axel gay cruise will feature Europe's coolest parties, international music stars and stop-off accommodation and local experiences from us here at misterb&b. Book the cruise! ●
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Main image © Milkshakefestival.com