Sarasota's Be Fabulous Music & Arts Fest and celebration of queer joy happens this weekend

It was formerly known as the Harvey Milk Festival.

click to enlarge Palomino Blond, which plays Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center in Sarasota, Florida on May 13, 2023. - Dave Decker
Palomino Blond, which plays Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center in Sarasota, Florida on May 13, 2023.
Formerly known as the Harvey Milk Festival, local nonprofit Fabulous Arts Foundation once again hosts Be Fabulous Music & Arts Fest,  its annual celebration of arts, community and queer joy.

Miami rock band Palomino Blond (pictured) headlines the festival alongside Sarasota-based synth-rock act MeteorEYES, Tampa’s own Proud Miranda, DJ DaliGanja and many more acts.

Tickets to Be Fabulous Music & Arts Fest on Saturday, May 13 at Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center in Sarasota are still available for $5-$7.

Keynote speakers at 2023’s festival include the recently-ousted, former New College Chief Diversity Officer Yoleidy Rosario-Hernandez and Zander Moricz, a 2022 high school graduate who made headlines after suing the state of Florida over DeSantis’ alleged “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

The festival’s opening night—which takes place on Friday, May 12—also features a drag culture history exhibition that happens at The Ringling’s Community Gallery. This weekend marks the 13th year that this Sarasota-based organization hosts its queer celebration.
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