The largest party of its kind on Fire Island, Ascension benefits the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, among other charities, and attracts 5,000 revelers from around the world to the relatively secluded gay paradise of Fire Island Pines. A full weekend of activities is on tap, including a Saturday afternoon pool party and evening tea dance complete with fireworks, plus concerts nightly by Kristine W, Crystal Waters and Martha Wash.
The main Ascension party Sunday, Aug. 21, offers DJs Brett Henrichsen and Lee Dagger, better known as one-half of duo Bimbo Jones. DJ Drew G closes the official events with a Sunday tea dance, while later that night DJ Paulo closes the weekend with what will surely be a sweaty set at the resort's storied Pavilion Nightclub. Friday, Aug. 19, through Sunday, Aug. 21, in New York's Fire Island Pines. A beach pass to the main events starts at $200. Visit ascensionparty.com for more details, including information on places to stay.