FlockFest Heads Back To The Beach: A Week-Long Celebration of Community and Joy in South Florida | WATCH

In what was once a day of quirky fun at the beach, FlockFest has now blossomed into a week-long event that not only raises funds for the community but also spreads joy throughout South Florida. Known for its iconic images of inflatable flamingos floating off Fort Lauderdale beach, FlockFest has evolved into a beloved tradition that brings together people from all walks of life.

Founded by Stephen Crawford, FlockFest has grown steadily over the past eight years, becoming a staple of the mostly empty summer party schedule. The success of the event, according to Crawford, lies in its deliberate focus on building their brand and expanding their reach. Throughout the year, they host fundraisers and parties every few weeks, but it is during this special week that FlockFest truly shines. This year's FlockFest promises to be bigger and better than ever. While Saturday's beach event and Sunday's pool party have already sold out, there are still opportunities to win tickets and join in on the festivities. On Thursday, attendees can participate in lit Bingo for a chance to win coveted passes. Friday brings "Flock the Block" at Hunter's nightclub, a night filled with excitement and energy. One of the highlights of FlockFest is the much-anticipated cabana decorating contest. With nearly twice as many Cabanas this year, participants have a chance to showcase their creativity and win accolades from the judges. Speaking of judges, the contest will be judged by none other than Stephen Crawford himself and Andrew Christian, renowned for his attention to detail and vibrant designs. They are looking for cabanas that go beyond the ordinary, bursting with lights, colors, and unique elements that catch the eye. When asked about what catches his attention on the beach, Crawford emphasized his desire for vibrancy and a wow factor. He encourages participants to think beyond simply adorning their cabanas with progressive flags or sticking a flamingo from the water onto them. Instead, he seeks dazzling displays of lights, captivating colors, and something truly different. Andrew Christian, known for his less-is-more approach, seeks designs that pop and stand out among the rest. Together, they aim to create a cabana decorating contest that leaves spectators amazed. FlockFest is not only about the festivities but also about giving back to the community. As the event has grown in popularity, it has increasingly become an opportunity to raise funds for various causes. Through their efforts, FlockFest supports and uplifts the LGBTQ+ community, making a positive impact that extends far beyond the week-long celebration. FlockFest represents the spirit of South Florida, where diversity and inclusivity are celebrated. It brings together individuals from different backgrounds, fostering a sense of unity and solidarity. As the event continues to evolve, organizers strive to create an atmosphere where everyone feels welcome and embraced. As the countdown to FlockFest begins, excitement fills the air in South Florida. People eagerly anticipate the beach event and pool party, knowing they are in for a week filled with joy, entertainment, and a chance to make lasting memories. FlockFest is more than just a summer party—it's a celebration of community, an expression of creativity, and a reminder of the power of unity and acceptance. So, mark your calendars, gather your friends, and join the flock as FlockFest heads back to the beach, ready to make a splash and leave an indelible mark on South Florida once again. Let the vibrant cabanas, lively atmosphere, and contagious joy inspire you to live authentically and embrace the spirit of FlockFest. Together, let's keep the story going, uplift the LGBTQ+ community, and celebrate.


Phone: 954-514-7095
Hours: Monday - Friday 9AM - 2PM


Corrections: editorial@outsfl.com

2520 N. Dixie Highway,
Wilton Manors, FL 33305



Got a juicy lead or story idea? Let us know!



Out South Florida

Hello from OutSFL! We hope you'll consider donating to us. Starting a business can be a scary prospect, but with your support so far, we've had tremendous success. Thank you!

donate button