Pink Lake Festival 2018: Tips, Program & Highlights of the International LGBTQ+ Event | Austria
Yasss! We as Gay Travel Blogger will attend the 11th edition of the Pink Lake Festival in Southern Austria from 23rd to 27th of August 2018. Just two weeks and less to go before we will depart to Klagenfurt in the South of the Austrian state Carinthia. We cannot wait to be in the mountains again, something we really miss in Amsterdam! This year, the queer festival will turn the small summer resort and lakeside town Pörtschach am Wörthersee into a pink and LGBTQ+ friendly Get-together to celebrate diversity, love, and equality right on the world famous Lake Wört (Wörthersee) nestled in the Alps of Austria. Together with the European gay-community, we will put on our Lederhosen to enjoy the beauty of the Austrian mountains close to the border with Italy and Slovenia.
During the day we will explore the nature of Carinthia, spend four wonderful summer days with BEACH CLUB-ENTERTAINMENT at the flower island in Pörtschach, try the best restaurants around the Lake Wörth, go on a Lake Cruise together with guys, girls, friends, and allies and celebrate unity in diversity in the Alps. With its 11th edition, the Pink Lake Festival looks back on over a decade of LGBTQ+ highlights on the sunny side of the Alps and sets course to conquer new frontiers of European Gay Events for even more wonderful happenings to come. We are happy to be part of the 11th edition after the 10th anniversary the last year and looking forward to showing you the beauty of the Southern Austrian mountains through a couple of men‘s eyes.
The 11th Pink Lake Festival in 2018
To conclude the summer, the Austrian state Carinthia, the region of Lake Wörth (Wörther See) together with the summer resort and lakeside Pörtschach am Wörthersee and the agency COMMUNIGAYTE are inviting the international gay, lesbian, bi- and trans community and their friends to celebrate the 11th edition of the LGBTQ+ event Pink Lake Festival in Southern Austria. The huge Lake Wörth as one of the biggest lakes in Austria is a popular holiday destination in the middle of the south Austrian mountains. During the 4-day LGBTQ+ festival gay couples, friends and rainbow families can explore the cities Klagenfurt and Villach, the Wörthersee, the towns around the Lake Wörth like Velden am Wörthersee, Pörtschach am Wörthersee, Krumpendorf am Wörthersee and the sunny mountains north of the Karawanks.
Aftermovie Pink Lake Festival Cruise 2017
Hiking, Mountain biking, Paragliding, Wake-Board Surfing, canoeing and, of course, swimming are the most favorite activities during a summer holiday in Carinthia, Austria. During the evening and nights, the Wörthersee region transforms into an LGBTQ+ friendly holiday destination with a relaxed summer atmosphere with gay parties, a relaxing and romantic time for (gay) couples at the lake and the culinary highlights of the Austrian, Italian and Slovenian cuisine. We are so excited to meet guest and gay men from all over Europe like Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the UK to sound the bell for the last weeks of summer 2018.
Program Highlights Pink Lake 2018
#1 Pink Island (The Main Beach Club) & (L)EON Beach Club
- Beach Sports, Beach Games, Beach Gastronomie, Boat Shuttle, Beach Sound & more
- Leonbeach Club for Girls who love Girls
- Music Pavillion Pink Pop Up at Flower Promenade
- Thursday, 23th to 26th August 2018
- Starting from 9 am daily
- at Flower Island
Meet us during the day somewhere in the mountains or on the Flower Island by the Lake Wörth. As place-to-be, it is offering chill and relaxing areas with cocktails, club sounds, the two Pink Lake Drag Queen Melli & Mataina, the option to swim and do other water sports at the beach side of the “Wörthersee” during the Pink Lake Festival. For everyone staying in Velden and around with a festival ticket, the beach club is offering a free shuttle service “Speedline” to the island.
#2 Almdudler Almrausch Party
- Thursday, 23th August 2018
- Preparty starting from 6:30 pm (Beergarden), 10:30 pm Almdudler Party
- at Hotel Schloss Leonstain (Pörtschach)
- Highlight: Partyband „die Stockhiatla“ (www.stockhiatla.at)
- Dress Code: optional – traditional garbs from the Alps in all forms
- DJane Käry & DJ James Munich: Turntables at „Sissy-Lounge“ & „Franzl-Lounge“
This year, the “big opening” will take place at Hotel Schloss Leonstain where the party band „die Stockhiatla“ will entertain the guests from all over the world with the best of the party-Alps-dance-music mix. The two popular Drag Queens from Berlin Melli & Mataina will kick off the four days festival from 6:30 pm at the Schloss Garden with drinks, music and a fun program before the pink Lederhosen crowd move in the inner castle yard to dance together into the night. But that’s not all for the first night. Meet you there for some drinks?
#3 Pink & Blue Club Night
- Friday, 24th August 2018
- Preparty starting from 7 pm, Main Party at Fabrik from 9 pm to morning
- at Fabrik Techelsberg
- Dress Code: ANYTHING in Pink and/or Blue
DANCE, DANCE, DANCE! One of the highlights of the last couple of years was the party night in an old factory building in the town Techelsberg. After a day in nature and/or the Lake Wörth, the guest of the festival are invited to dance the night away in between old machines, cogs and old furnaces. The PINK&BLUE-Club Night offers two dance floors and the option to win the best costume contest in the colors pink and blue. Good to know: there will be a free bus shuttle from Monte-Carlo-Platz in Pörtschach to Techelsberg and back.
#4 Lake Boat Cruise Party
- Friday, 25th August 2018
- Boarding time: 7:30 pm at Werzers Casino
- Starting from 8 pm until 11:45 pm
- NEW: Surprise Party: from Midnight to Morning
- all around the Lake Wörth (Wörthersee)
- Dress Code: Come as you are – sailor men and women are always sexy!
The event highlight during the Pink Lake Festival already for years is the popular Boat-Cruise Party on the Lake Wörth. Due to the great demand, there will be three boats in total cruising under the flag of shipping company “Wörthersee-Schifffahrt” over the Lake Wörth. The well-known DJs DJ James Munich, DJane Käry and one surprise guest will be on board to make the Lake Wörth itself for one night to become the biggest dance-floor of the Alps. Undoubtedly, this “gay cruise” will be the highlight of the festival for us but also for the LGBTQ+ scene of Europe and the Alps…
Gay Travel Blogger in Carinthia, Southern Austria
Especially Karl knows the Alps very good and even Carinthia is not completely new to him. He cannot wait to show Daan and you how beautiful a summer holiday in the Alps can be, especially in late August and in the Austrian state Carinthia (Kärnten). Together we will show you the best of the sunny side of the Alps. Therefore, we will show gay-friendly accommodations, the best restaurants around, all you need know about buying real Austrian Lederhosen and what activity opportunities nature and the mountains around Lake Wörth has to offer. Stay tuned on our blog, on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram and we are looking forward to meeting you in Austria or around the world!
All about Pink Lake Festival 2018:
– Facebook Pink Lake: facebook.com/pinklake
– Facebook Kärnten: facebook.com/lust.am.leben
– Website Pink Lake: pinklake.at/en/
– Website Carinthia: carinthia.at/en/
– Instagram Pink Lake: Instagram.com/pinklake/
– Instagram Carinthia: Instagram.com/visitcarinthia/
Gay Travel Alps: Good to know!
Austria is one of the most famous countries in the Alps. The southern state Carinthia is well known for its sunny and warm weather in summer and for its various lakes that warm up during summer time. Additional to the Pink Lake Festival in Summer, Austria is hosting one of the 13 Gay Ski Weeks worldwide at Ski Resort Sölden. In 2017, we attended our first gay ski week in the Rocky Mountains in Jasper and in 2018 the Gay Ski Week in Whistler, Western Canada.