Between Stockholm's 16-hours-of-daylight "Swedish Sin" EuroPride (Aug), Berlin's annual Folsom Street Fair (Sept), and Barcelona's jab-hook combo of a gay circus and week-long circuit party festival (Aug), international party queens should be almost Black and Blue (Oct) with partying by now.
But, for those who need a last shout before high-tailing it to Montréal for the Bad Boy Club's bruising weekend in October, there is one more party -- the first annual Pink Wave. Thankfully, this one takes place on the peaceful shores of Lake Wöerthersee, Austria.
Off the beaten Euro track, even for EU natives, Lake Wöerthersee is a 14-kilometer stretch of blue calm in the gorgeously mountainous borderlands of southern Austria, northern Italy and Slovenia. Bars, cafés, boutiques, boathouses and villas polish off the region's getaway charm.
Pink Wave, which will dip into the region from September 11th to 14th, promises to maintain the area's relaxing tone -- the perfect "come-down" to a summer spent circuiting -- even as it also promises to ripple poor Lake Wöerthersee with cruise and promenade parties. For those who want to ripple a little farther afield, there are also sporting and fitness events and day trips to Venice and Ljubljana.