VALENCIA, Calif. -- The annual LGBT party at Six Flags Magic Mountain - "Out on the Mountain" - returns on Friday, Sept. 20 for an evening of rides, parties, performances and fun.
The entire park in Valencia, Calif. will "go gay" for the night, in an effort to provide an inclusive, fun environment for the LGBT community.
First hosted in 2008, "Out on the Mountain" is produced by popular Los Angeles-based DJ Ray Rhodes. The party is expected to attract more than 6,000 revelers, which runs from 6 pm to 1 am. The theme park is closed to the public during "Out on the Mountain," and only ticketed partygoers will be admitted.
Organizers say that a portion of the proceeds are given back to local LGBT charities, including It Gets Better, The Center Long Beach, The
Center Orange County, USC LGBT Resource Center, UCLA LGBT Campus Resource Center, and API Equality LA.
"This is an exciting event to put on each year, where LGBT of all ages can enjoy an evening together with music, rides, and great fun," Rhodes said. "While I've been a DJ all over North America as well as a club promoter for many years, this event still holds a special place in my heart because of how it helps also so many worthwhile LGBT organizations and charities."
Attendees will have the opportunity to utilize the entire Magic Mountain park with most attractions and thrill rides open including the park's new ride Full Throttle, along with Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom, Green Lantern: First Flight, Superman: Escape from Krypton, Batman the Ride, Tatsu, Apocalypse, The Riddler's Revenge and X2.
Special entertainment will also be presented, with a headline performance by Natalia Kills, a British pop provocateur who released her sophomore set "Trouble" earlier this month. Since her critically acclaimed debut album "Perfectionist" in the summer of 2011, Kills has toured the world with Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and the Black Eyed Peas, that eventually included headlining her own jaunt in Europe.
Two tracks from her debut album, “Free” feat. will.i.am and “Mirrors,”went Top 10 in Europe and sold 750,000 copies. Kills released her video for "Problem" in June to rave reviews and views surpassing 1 million on VEVO.
Other entertainers include popular drag performer Shangela, Jessica Sanchez, Ingenue and Kwanza Jones.
Shangela is a multi-talented artist who has performed all over the world, including being featured as one of OUT Magazine's Most Compelling People of 2011 and the inaugural winner of the California Entertainer of the Year pageant in 2010. She has been on multiple seasons of "RuPaul's Drag Race" seasons, as well as "2 Broke Girls," "Community," "Dance Moms," "Detroit 1-8-7," "The Mentalist," "Toddlers and Tiaras," Lady Gaga's "Applause" lyrics music video, among others.
Her comedy act as LaQuifa has been seen on LOGO and at comedy events nationwide.
Sanchez, the runner-up "American Idol" Season 11, first started out on Showtime at the Apollo at age 10 and "America's Got Talent" at age 11. Her debut album from 19 Recordings/Interscope Records, "Me, You& The Music", features songs including "Tonight" (featuring Ne-Yo) and "No One Compares" (featuring Prince Royce). Earlier this year, she was a guest star on "Glee."
Jones is a four-time Billboard charting indie artist. Her album, "Supercharged", has been described as a “feverish mix of high-energy dance music.” More than a singer and songwriter, Jones is an outspoken advocate of equality and empowerment causes. Her song “#StopHate” has been called “a powerful anti-discrimination anthem.” It serves as a compelling call-to-action to promote human rights and acceptance for all.
Rhodes will be the headline DJ at the dance party, who will follow an opening set by DJ Josh Whitaker.
In addition AJ Stacy from "RuPaul's Drag U" and Shangela as Laquifa will provide comedic entertainment.
If you go
Six Flags Magic Mountain is located 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway in Valencia, Calif. In normal traffic conditions, travelers driving from central San Diego will arrive at the park in about 2 1/2 hours.
Tickets, which include free parking, are on sale in advance for $39 HERE. Gate price will be $50.
Tickets that include an all-you-cat-dinner buffet in the picnic area from 7-9 pm are available for $52. VIP tickets are available for $150 and include front-of-line ride access, all-you-can-eat dinner, beer/wine drink tickets for those 21+, $10 in Bugs Bunny bucks, and premium parking.
Numerous hotels are situated near the park, with the Hitlon Garden Inn Valenica serving as the host hotel with a special $99/night rate for single/double occupancy and includes a hot breakfast buffet.
Additional information about Out on the Mountain is available HERE.