There is no doubt about it—this one’s for the ladies. On the heels of Vegas’ LGBT Pride festival’s rescheduling from May to September, a new homegrown event will bring thousands of women to Rumor resort for the inaugural Shedonism party weekend, Sept. 15-19.
“Generally the Pride [event] season is in the summer—June, July or August,” says Shedonism’s co-creator Lisa Pittman. “But September in Vegas is perfect.” Perfect for four days and nights of parties for ladies enjoying Rumor’s 150 rooms and resort amenities.
Pittman estimates that 30,000 people descend upon Las Vegas each year for the parade downtown (8 p.m. Sept. 16) and the festival (noon-10 p.m. Sept. 17, LasVegasPride.org). She hopes even more will take part in Vegas’ first Dyke March, a highlight of other cities’ Pride festivities. “We’re giving a voice and platform to women for the first time in Las Vegas. … It’s gonna be pretty historic,” says Pittman, who will spend much of her summer promoting Shedonism (ShedonismVegas.com) at Pride events in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.
In association with Pandora Events, Shedonism is uniquely Vegas, featuring nightly parties on the Strip, two pool parties, Dyke March participation in Friday’s parade and float, a comedy show and a celebrity poker tournament.
She will avoid competing with official Pride events. “We’re not trying to take people away from Pride,” she says, “we’re trying to take people to Pride.” Shuttle buses will get the gals to the event, which cost $10-$15 each or $100 for a weekend pass; rooms are $99 per night.
“Girls love a place to party together, and right now Vegas is pretty behind as far as the gay scene is concerned. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t have an event like this in the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World.’” Pittman has DJ’d in Vegas since 2004. Today you’ll find her at the three newest clubs: Marquee, Gallery and Chateau. She has also served as music/entertainment/marketing director for Krave and her own lesbian parties, CandyBar, KittyDip, Down, BootyBar and a new party launching soon at the Artisan pool.
Entertainment-wise, ladies can expect to hear new talent, female artists and bands with both a lesbian and a mainstream draw. “It’s going to be a star-studded ‘celesbian’ event including celebs, actresses and people that lesbians identify with.” Ladies: Get rooms, get tickets, get ready.