All the IRL Fat Pool Parties We Could Find

A shot from “Pool”, the epic pool party episode of Hulu’s new show Shrill

A shot from “Pool”, the epic pool party episode of Hulu’s new show Shrill

For many of us living in larger bodies, the pool party episode of Shrill on Hulu was a revelation. “Pool” may have reminded us of what it was like to attend a Chunky Dunk (as these fab parties are known in the Pacific Northwest) and feel free. Or the series’ top-rated episode may have been the first time we’d ever seen bodies like ours portrayed as something to celebrate. Or perhaps the episode—written by the fantastic but famously grumpy Samantha Irby—may have been a reminder that we all deserve to live joyfully in the world, no matter our size. 

Whatever you felt watching that scene, there was likely a moment where you imagined yourself at such a party. Perhaps you even tried to find one in your area. Well, I wondered that too and wanted to start a master list of all of these magical, inclusive events this summer. Many of the listings are still in the planning phases, so make sure to like and follow their pages to stay up-to-date on info. And please help us out by adding any events you know of—we want to make sure that every person lives out their pool party dreams this summer!

 

Boise Rad Fat Collective Chunky Dunks in Boise, Idaho, USA

These events are exclusively accessible to members of the Facebook group, Boise Rad Fat Collective. There are 2,000 BRFC members from around the world. The group's Chunky Dunks occur twice per year and often take place at natural mountain hot springs in the area surrounding Boise. The events are always emotional, supportive, and fun!

Apply to join the Facebook group and be the first to learn about upcoming events.

 

Cake Plus Size Resale Fat Splash In Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Cake Plus Size Resale will be holding their 2nd annual Fat Splash pool party this summer! More details will be announced soon--keep an eye on their website and FB page for info!

Cake Plus Size Resale is the host of the Annual Fat Splash. A lively summer pool party with sun, music, and solidarity!

They serve up great tunes, unlimited La Croix, and even fun pool floaties perfect for fab photo ops. But, most importantly, a perfectly curated space for body positivity and fat bliss, all wrapped up in a swimsuit.

This event is open to all fat folks and friends of fat folks. (If you don’t identify as a curvy/fat/plus-size/husky person, please only join us if it’s as a guest of someone who does!) This is an 18+ event.

Follow Cake on Facebook to get the details when they're available.

 

Chunky Dunk PDX in Portland, Oregon, USA

Portland's Chunky Dunks typically occur at public outdoor pools around the city during summer months. The events are always supportive, very queer, and a little awkward.

Follow this Facebook page and be the first to learn about upcoming events.

 

Chunky Dunk Puget Sound in Seattle, Washington, USA

Chunk Dunk Puget Sound is renting the pool at the People's Community Center in Tacoma. This event is all-inclusive of gender, race, age, sexuality, size, ability and class. (children must be supervised by parents or guardians at all times)

May 26, 2019 at 7:00pm
People's Community Center

✅ All Genders Welcome
✅ Trans people specifically welcomed on event page
❌ Pool lift available
❌ Pool ramp available
✅ No stairs in/out of venue
✅ Pool stairs available (not just ladders)

Email Eron Huenefeld with questions.

 

Chunky Dunk Swim Party in Sacramento, California, USA

Chunky Dunk is a radical self-acceptance event hosted by fat folks in Sacramento who want to be free in their own damn bodies at a damn pool party!

The pool is accessible for many people with mobility devices. There are sidewalk ramps and accessible parking near the entrance. Other features include:
- Water lift for up to 350 lbs
- Step down into pool in 2 corners
- 2 rail ladders
- Short water slide tube that fits 350+ bodies

June 22, 2019 at 5:30pm
Glenn Hall Park Pool

✅ All Genders Welcome
✅ Trans people specifically welcomed on event page
✅ Pool lift available
❌ Pool ramp available
✅ No stairs in/out of venue
✅ Pool stairs available (not just ladders)

Visit the event page for more information.

 

Curvy Confidence Pool Party in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

A 21+ pool party hosted at a private home. From 10 am to 12 pm, it is women only, with mimosas and empowering photo opportunities.

June 8, 2019 at 7:00pm
North Las Vegas, NV

✅ All Genders Welcome (see note above about women’s only hours)
✅ Trans people specifically welcomed on event page
❌ Pool lift available
❌ Pool ramp available
✅ No stairs in/out of venue
✅ Pool stairs available (not just ladders)

This event is SOLD OUT. Follow this Facebook page and be the first to learn about upcoming events.

 

Cute Thick Pool Party in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

End the Summer Right with a Turnup, Swim, Drink, & Mingle at The #CuteThick Pool Party Hosted by CuteThickApparel CEO Ashley Marley James!

Flaunt your curves while dancing to a live DJ Playing Hip-Hop, Trap, Reggae, Soca, & Afrobeats. Make sure to take a selfie with our CEO Ashley Marley James at our backdrop for a repost on our social media pages (130,000 followers & growing)!

Experience summer vibes while you enjoy the pool and take a relaxing swim! Our special upscale, pool event will attract men and women from all over to enjoy a night of celebration, entertainment, and fun!

September 14, 2019 at 4:00pm
Location TBD

✅ All Genders Welcome
❌ Trans people specifically welcomed on event page
❓ Pool lift available
❓ Pool ramp available
❓ No stairs in/out of venue
❓ Pool stairs available (not just ladders)

Visit the event page for more information.

 

Denver Fatties Pool Party in Denver, Colorado, USA

Denver’s Fatties Pool Party typically occur at outdoor pools around the city during summer months. The events are always supportive, a little loud, and very fun.

Follow this Facebook page and be the first to learn about upcoming events.

 

DFW Bash in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Three days full of pool parties, music, club nights, off-location chartered events, food, and a much more!

June 22, 2019 at 2:00pm
Holiday Inn Dallas-Forth Worth, TX

✅ All Genders Welcome
❌ Trans people specifically welcomed on event page
❌ Pool lift available
❌ Pool ramp available
✅ No stairs in/out of venue
✅ Pool stairs available (not just ladders)

Email the planning committee with questions.

 

Fat Positive Pool Party in Santa Rosa, California, USA

This event is for fat/plus size/chubby folks. Super fat, queer and disabled folks especially welcome! Please don’t hesitate to email about accessibility needs. Children must be ages 13 and up, attending with a grown up.

Bring your own picnic snacks. No alcohol allowed.

August 10, 2019 at 6:30pm
Location disclosed upon registration

✅ All Genders Welcome (some events are women-only; check website for details)
❌ Trans people specifically welcomed on event page
✅ Pool lift available
✅ Pool ramp available
❓ No stairs in/out of venue
❓ Pool stairs available (not just ladders)

Email Megan to sign up to attend and receive more info.

 

Making Waves Fat Swim in Albany, California, USA

Making Waves is a volunteer-run weekly swim for all self-identified fat people held most Sundays throughout the year. Making Waves has been a Bay Area tradition for 35 years. Making Waves is a fat-positive space and discussions of dieting or weight loss are strongly discouraged. All self-identified fat people are welcome, alternating between women only and all genders (see their website for dates). On fifth Sundays the swim is open to all sizes, all genders, when accompanied by a fat person.

Every Sunday at 11:05am
Albany Aquatic Center

✅ All Genders Welcome (some events are women-only; check website for details)
✅ Trans people specifically welcomed on event page
✅ Pool lift available
❌ Pool ramp available
✅ No stairs in/out of venue
✅ Pool stairs available (not just ladders)

Visit the event website for more information.

 

Philadelphia Curve Weekend's Swim Soiree in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

This year we are taking our swim party to new heights by providing you with an entire water park! This Night glow party will include music, foam machine, dancing, and loads of slipping and sliding. Come Join us at Sahara Sams for our marquee event!

August 2, 2019 at 8:30pm
Sahara Sams Swim Park

✅ All Genders Welcome
❌ Trans people specifically welcomed on event page
❌ Pool lift available
❌ Pool ramp available
✅ No stairs in/out of venue
✅ Pool stairs available (not just ladders)

Visit the event page for more information.

 

Red, White, & Bougie in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Taking it back to the beginning and going BACK to one of our favorite places!

July 6, 2019 at 1:00pm
Crowne Plaza in Northbrook, IL

✅ All Genders Welcome
❌ Trans people specifically welcomed on event page
❓ Pool lift available
❓ Pool ramp available
❓ No stairs in/out of venue
❓ Pool stairs available (not just ladders)

Visit the event page for more information.

 

Secondhand Curves Con Pool Party in Rockford, Illinois, USA

Secondhand Curves will be hosting a body positive pool party the day before their annual Curves Con!

October 12, 2019 at 2:00pm

Contact Rachel Cadie with questions.

 

SF South Bay Chunky Dunk in San Francisco, California, USA

Inspired by Chunky Dunk PDX "Chunky Dunk is a focused and intentional space where the natural diversity of human bodies is respected and revered. We know it can be daunting to put on a suit and swim in public. We're not going to let anything stop us, or you, from enjoying a refreshing summer cool-down! Chunky Dunks are a safer, fun environment to test the waters of your own empowerment and swim, lounge, splash! HOT SUN. COOL WATER. NO SHAME.

This event is all-inclusive of gender, race, age, sexuality, size, ability and class. (children must be supervised by parents or guardians at all times).

June 15, 2019 at 5:00pm
The Hayward Plunge

✅ All Genders Welcome
✅ Trans people specifically welcomed on event page
❓ Pool lift available
❓ Pool ramp available
❓ No stairs in/out of venue
❓ Pool stairs available (not just ladders)

Email Maika Clarke with questions.