Gay getaways

Feeling impulsive? Escape the city with a late-summer trip.

1. Gay Men's Labor Day Retreat (Greenwich)

2. Gay Men's Retreat (Rowe)
Where: Greenwich, NY, and Rowe, MA
When: Sept 4--7
Two gay men's spiritual retreats compete for your soul this year: One, at Easton Mountain in the Hudson Valley, is the 24th annual such event led by New Yorker Ken Page (who is joined by John Salvato). "It's a personal-growth-oriented weekend,"says Page, adding that workshops focus on topics ranging from meditation and spirituality to drag and "sports for fairies." Andrew Plummer and Benjamin Seaman lead a similar retreat at Rowe Camp and Conference Center, with explorations of relationships, spirituality, movement and theater.,

3. Splash Days
Where: Austin, TX
When: Sept 4--7
The annual Labor Day circuit event lures muscle boys to this pink city in the big red state with a lineup of dance parties that get clever with watery themes. There's Splash Dance (DJ Joe Gauthreaux), Adult Swim (DJ Seth Cooper) and High Tide (DJ Roland Belmares, pictured)—plus a new event, the Get Wet party boat, floating revelers around in beautiful Hippie Hollow on Lake Travis.

4. Sisterspace Weekend
Where: Darlington, MD
When: Sept 11--13
Sure, the grandmommy of all women's music fests took place earlier this month. But if you missed the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, all is not lost, thanks to this scaled-down version along the Susquehanna River. Founded in 1975 as the Lesbian Feminist Weekend, the event has evolved into a festival of camping, workshops, drumming circles, craft fairs and performers. And this year brings talents including comic Sabrina Matthews, drag-king/burlesque troupe the Liberty City Kings and spoken-word artist Staceyann Chin, pictured.

5. Out in the Adirondacks
Where: Blue Mountain Lake, NY
When: Fri 21--Sun 23
Head way upstate for a rustic, relaxing stay in the formerly Vanderbilt-owned Great Camp Sagamore. Enjoy a weekend of performance that includes an outdoor concert from Catie Curtis, an old-fashioned square dance, a forum on the gay voice in literature (with author Ron Bel Bruno), an open-mike night, and plenty of laughter courtesy of actor, comedian and weekend host Steven Hayes, pictured. Or just lounge by the lake and soak up the scenery.

6. Carnival 2009: Summer of Love
Where: Provincetown, MA
When: Through Fri 21
P-town's got special events up its sleeve for any kind of queer you can think of—the bear, the recovering drunk, the cross-dresser, the mom or dad, the circuit boy, the baby dyke, you name it. Carnival, though, is a come-one-come-all kind of affair. Catch the end of the weeklong bash on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 with the annual parade, drag brunch and closing party (with DJ Tony Moran), plus a special night of performance with the cheeky Jennifer Coolidge, pictured. And then stay for the weekend, because, hey, the carnival never really ends here.

7. Southern Decadence
Where: New Orleans, LA
When: Sept 2--7
Shirtless men invade the French Quarter for this annual round-the-clock bacchanalia that's been a NOLA tradition since 1972. This year brings costumed processions, outdoor concerts and dance parties galore, with DJs Max Rodriguez and Lydia Prim and performers including Lady Bunny, Chi Chi LaRue and Deborah Cox.