In South Florida, we're not used to frigid temperatures, but one thing we know well is how to throw a party. Dubbed "the hottest winter in the world," the Winter Party Festival, a popular gay event that raises money for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, returns to Miami this Wednesday through Monday.
This year's roster of DJs includes notables such as AJ Reddy, Alyson Calagna, Brett Henrichsen, Chris Cox, Giangi Cappai and Tony Moran.
Here's a roundup of the festival's best bets.
Spark: The kickoff soiree will take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Winter Party's headquarters, the Shelborne hotel, at 1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. The party will continue at Twist (1057 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) starting at 10 p.m.
ArtScape: From 7 to 11 p.m., "True Blood" actress Jessica Clark will host a bash 50 stories up on the rooftop of the Viceroy Miami (485 Brickell Ave.). The party will include an open bar, an art auction and artwork by local artists. Admission is $30.
Lincoln Road shopping event: If you need something sexy to wear over the weekend, American Apparel (720 Lincoln Road) is offering 10 percent purchases Friday. Complimentary cocktails will be provided by Grey Goose. From 7 to 9 p.m., the Macy's down the block (1675 Meridian Ave) will host a party with a fashion show, a raffle giveaway and free cocktails.
Pa'Ella: Icandee Events will present a party for lesbians from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. with Afro-Cuban funk band Palo at TSL Lounge (167 NW 23rd St., Wynwood). Admission is $15.
Under One Sun Pool Party: Brazilian DJ Rafael Calvente will spin poolside noon to 6 p.m. at the Shelborne (1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach). Admission is $60.
Industry: The "official signature" women's event of the Winter Party will feature sounds by DJ La Trice and K. Rose. Produced by Pandora Events, the party will be preceded by a dinner. Industry will take place from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. at the Safi Lounge ( 20 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). Admission is $20.
Beach Party: DJs Brett Henrichsen and Joe Gauthreaux will spin on the sands of South Beach from noon to 7 p.m. at Lummus Park, from Fifth to 15th streets on Ocean Drive. Admission is $100.
Afterglow: You may need some Red Bull when DJ Paulo closes out the festival from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mekka (950 NE Second Ave., Miami). Admission is $70.
A shuttle will leave from Fort Lauderdale for select parties. For a complete list of events, go to WinterParty.com.