Bringing a weekend of much-needed color to an otherwise fairly lily-white outpost, the very popular annual Fire Island Black Out (or FIBO) will return to the hallowed New York City gay getaway of Fire Island from August 12 to 14, 2011. The event is expected to draw 3,000 attendees this year, its ninth incarnation.
Held every second full weekend in August, FIBO is pegged as "the premier multicultural beach event for the LGBT community and their families and friends," though all are welcome, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation. (As the event's organizers put it, "The eye candy at FIBO is a delicious assortment of dark, milk, and white chocolates.")
Throughout the three-day weekend, FIBO attendees will enjoy the event's unparalleled beach experience, as well as an array of special barbeques, volleyball tournaments, pool parties, live entertainment, and dance parties. The organization donates its net profits to charities that support the LGBT community of color.
Saturday, August 13 will feature the weekend's main highlights, but attendees can purchase one, two, or three day FIBO passes, good for all or part of the Friday to Sunday events.
For full admission information for FIBO, click here.
For information about getting to and from Fire Island for FIBO, click here.
For information about lodging during FIBO, click here.
Fire Island Black Out's main events:
Welcome reception, Friday, August 12, 2011, 8-9pm
Hilton Garden Inn, lobby
Tropical Heat, Friday, August 12, 2011, 9pm-2am
Hilton Garden Inn, Green Room
Hosted by actor and director Maurice Jamal, prizes for most tropically dressed male and female
Free admission with FIBO bracelet, $10 at door for others
Best Tent Contest, Saturday, August 13, 2011, 4-5pm
Cherry Grove Beach
Stars of the online series Drama Queenz will scour the beach looking for the best tent. Winners will be judged on originality, creativity, and fabulousness.
Ultimate Dating Game, Saturday, August 13, 2011, 6-7pm
Comedian Tammy Peay hosts a same-sex dating game, as contestants compete for a dinner date with TV personalities DeMarco Majors and Cherie Johnson.
Robbyne Demyse Kaamil, Saturday, August 13, 2011, 7:30-8:30pm
The comedian performs at the Cherry Grove Community Theater.
$15 with FIBO bracelet, $25 without
Swimsuit Heat: Sexy Swimwear Revue, Saturday, August 13, 2011, 9-10pm
Harmonica Sunbeam hosts this hot swimwear fashion show with the men of Porn Star Diaries, the ladies of Lovers & Friends, and the winners of the FIBO Hotties Contest.
All Star Show, Saturday, August 13, 2011, 10-11pm
RuPaul's Drag Race winner Tyra Sanchez and model Zeric host an all-star entertainment line-up featuring R&B legend Evelyn "Champagne" King.
Bump & Dip: Dance and Pool Party, Saturday, August 13, 2011, 11pm-4am
The 9th annual legendary dance and heated pool party
Free admission with FIBO bracelet, $40 at door without
Exclusive Pines Pool Party, Sunday, August 14, 2011, 1-5pm
Pines Deck Pool
Model/actors JR Rolley and Stanley Etoty host this Pines pool party.
Free admission with FIBO bracelet, $10 without (ferry service available from Cherry Grove)