Pride

Here's When & Where To Celebrate Pride Near You This Year

In-person and virtual festivities are taking place in June and beyond.

By Elyssa Goodman
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Last year, Pride events were all but canceled. As COVID restrictions loosen there are many opportunities to gather safely IRL or participate virtually. Here are some places (organized alphabetically) where you can join in and celebrate over the coming months. Happy Pride!

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Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque Pride is New Mexico’s largest Pride event, and it will be a hybrid event in June. Variety shows will take place on Saturdays all month on Zoom, with in-person announcements soon to come.

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Asheville, NC

Blue Ridge Pride is “pulling out all the stops” to make their 2021 event one for the ages. Join them in Asheville’s Pack Square Park on Sept. 25 for their festival and Welcoming Procession from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Atlanta, GA

Atlanta Pride will return on Oct. 8-10 with its market and parade, but to tide you over until then, they’re sponsoring an “Out Night” fundraiser at the Georgia Aquarium on June 25 for guests 21+ with sharks (!) and chill DJ vibes.

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Birmingham, AL

Central Alabama Pride, themed “Together We Rise,” celebrates its 43rd anniversary in 2021. The event will take place in Birmingham’s Avondale neighborhood on June 12 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., so stop by for live entertainment, food, fun, drag, and joy.

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Boise, ID

Boise’s Pride festivities will take place at Cecil D. Andrus Park over Sept. 10 to Sept. 12 to safely spread out attendance.

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Chicago, IL

Chicago Pride Fest turns 20 this year, so look forward to celebrating in the city’s famed Boystown neighborhood during the weekend of June 19-20. There will be four stages of entertainment as well as hundreds of vendors at this iconic event.

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Columbia, SC

Columbia will be home to two big Pride weekends in 2021. Outfest is on June 5, featuring Utica from the most recent season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, as well as drag performances and a drag pageant. Leave Oct. 22-23 open for the annual “famously hot” parade and festival!

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Columbus, OH

Stonewall Columbus Pride celebrates 40 years this June with both virtual and in-person events like a virtual march, an in-person 5K, a tea dance, a bike ride, and more.

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Dallas, TX

On the evenings of June 4 and June 5, join Dallas Pride in person at the city’s historic bandshell or online for variety shows featuring drag, music, and entertainment galore. Kennedy Davenport of RuPaul’s Drag Race will headline on Saturday.

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Denver, CO

Over the weekend of June 26-27, Denver Pride returns with Pride Hubs. People can safely gather in person at mini festivals in places like The Center on Colfax, Hamburger Mary’s, Denver Film, The JCC, and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

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Des Moines, IA

Expanding its annual Pride weekend to an entire month, Capital City Pride in Des Moines will feature in-person events all throughout June. From speakers to silent discos, cooking classes to concerts, there’s something for everyone in venues across town.

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Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas Pride arrives on Oct. 8-9. On Saturday, check out their unique Night Parade, ”the most glamorous, glittering spectacle ever created by the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community of Southern Nevada,” and their festival of “fabulous fun” on Sunday.

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Los Angeles, CA

In addition to offering volunteer opportunities in the LGBTQIA+ community and Los Angeles area during June, LA Pride will also feature a free Charli XCX concert on TikTok and a televised Pride event on local channel ABC7.

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Madison, WI

Madison’s Magic Pride Festival will be virtual this year, so tune in on Aug. 22 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Events include entertainment, speakers, and virtual vendors, and can be accessed via the festival website.

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Miami Beach, FL

Miami’s Pride parade and festival return for the weekend of Sept. 18-19 with all manner of entertainment. Expect events during the week of Sept. 10, too, like pool parties, art, drag competitions, dancing, and a host of other activities.

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Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

The Twin Cities Pride Festival comes back for its 49th year on July 17-18 in Loring Park with LGBTQ+ and BIPOC vendors, food, and music. In lieu of a parade, TC Pride lends its support to the social justice groups marching in Minneapolis on June 27.

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Montana (various cities)

Big Sky Pride reaches several cities in Montana, like Helena and Bozeman. Throughout the week of July 11, look forward to not just parades and rallies, but dancing, drag, manicures, comedy, art, games, parties, and so much more.

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Nashville, TN

Nashville’s 2021 Pride events will take place on Sept. 18-19, and will include their parade and festival, the latter of which has featured headliners like Lizzo and TLC in the past. Keep your eyes and ears open for updates as they appear.

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New York, NY

New York City’s Pride events will be online and IRL beginning May 26. The annual march and rally will be virtual, but PrideFest will be in person in Greenwich Village on June 27. There will also be virtual screenings with the Tribeca Film Festival, among many other events.

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Oklahoma City, OK

Oklahoma City will be celebrating Pride Month throughout June, with its annual Pride Fest and Parade on the weekend of June 25-27. Greyson Chance will headline on June 25, and additional entertainment will be announced at the end of May.

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Omaha, NE

The Heartland Pride parade (in the Old Market) and festival (outdoor activities and live entertainment in Baxter Arena) will return to Omaha on July 10, and expect a Youth Pride in town the day before as well. Hastings Pride returns, too, on June 12.

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Oxford, MS

Held on the University of Mississippi’s campus, Oxford Pride enters its fifth year on June 12. Their event is a festival, and it features a drag show, a lip sync battle, and local vendors and organizations coming together to celebrate.

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Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia’s usual Pride blowout and Outfetst will be reincarnated on a smaller scale with PrideLite, on Sept. 4 at The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. Stay tuned for details as COVID restrictions are updated.

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Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix Pride turns 40 on the weekend of Nov. 6-7, and will celebrate with a parade and festival. The festival lineup includes Neon Trees, Deborah Cox, Jody Watley and RuPaul’s Drag Race alums Yara Sofia, Jessica Wild, and Alexis Mateo.

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Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh’s Pride events will take place from June 4-6 both virtually (the Pittsburgh Pride Revolution show) and in-person (the Pride Parade). This is also the first year the city’s Pride events will be held by a collaboration of LGBTQ+ organizations across the region.

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Portland, OR

Portland’s Pride Northwest will be IRL and virtual from June 12-20: join the virtual festival with drag bingo, film, music and theater events, or attend the Pride parade online. Enjoy socially-distanced events, like drag brunches and outdoor queer cinema, all week.

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Salt Lake City, UT

Join the Utah Pride Center in Salt Lake City for a week of events from June 1-7 with outdoor historical exhibits and their annual march and rally. In Salt Lake City that weekend, you’ll also find events like Loud and Queer, a night of entertainment headlined by Todrick Hall.

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San Francisco, CA

Pride events will take place in San Francisco throughout June, but of note are the Pride Nights at Oracle Park for film screenings on June 11 and June 12, and the Black Liberation Event at the  African American Art & Culture Complex on June 18.

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Seattle, WA

Seattle Pride will be virtual throughout the weekend of June 26-27. It’s free to attend, and Big Freedia will be headlining. You can also support LGBTQIA+ local businesses by purchasing their Pride Box with food and beverage goodies from the area.

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Washington, D.C.

Washington D.C.’s Capital Pride Alliance will be home to Pride events in June and October, like the Colorful Pride Mobile Parade on June 12 and a Taste of Pride Brunch on June 13, followed by the annual Colorful Fest on the weekend of Oct. 22-24.

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