People celebrate the 48th annual Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade on June 25, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois
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Pride 2022: Go-To Guide for Parades, Festivals & More Around The U.S.


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The month of June is widely celebrated as LGBTQIA2S+ Pride Month in the United States -- a collective call back to the Stonewall riots of June 28 to July 3, 1969. The riots began as a stand against police brutality and surveillance of the queer community after a raid on a known Gay Bar in New York City, The Stonewall Inn. Led by Black and Latinx Trans Women Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson, the riots have since been credited as the start of the LGBTQ+ Rights movement on-going today. Starting the very next year on the riots' one-year anniversary, the first pride parade set off from the Stonewall Inn as a form of protest and solidarity; thus, Pride was born. In the years since, June has evolved into a time where festivals, marches, and parties celebrating and defending queer love, identity and family can be found almost anywhere in the U.S.

2022 is seeing a significant number of legal and political attacks on Trans, Queer and gender non-conforming individuals, making celebrating Pride this year all the more important. If you've never been to Pride, or aren't a local wherever you find yourself this summer (hey, nomads!), it can be overwhelming to try and find an event that feels the most comfortable for you. Sound familiar? Don't worry buckaroo, I've done the legwork of rounding up most of the Pride events happening in the country from June through September 2022. Think of me as your super-plugged-in queer bestie *insert hair flip emoji*. While I've almost certainly missed a few (because getting them all would be close to impossible), I hope this serves as a great place for you to start your exploration.

To take it one step further, this list is categorized by event type, state and month. Some are family friendly, some are free to the public, and all of them are guaranteed to be a good time. Whether you yourself are a little fruity (the best of us are, #sorrynotsorry), or you just wanna show your support for the LGBTQIA+ community this summer, keep reading for the first ever edition of Pride Open Roads: a Wide Open Roads guide to Pride around the country.

PrideFests and Parades

People celebrate the 48th annual Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade on June 25, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.

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PrideFests and Parades/Marches are generally what comes to mind when people think of Pride. Gay Pride Parades have been iconic since the very first one in 1970, and there doesn't seem to be any end in sight. These events are generally free and open to the public. They are largely family friendly and include things like vendor booths, food trucks, live music, LGBTQIA+ speakers and rallies, games, healthcare services like STI/HIV/AIDS testing and COVID-19 Vaccinations, and of course, parades.

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June: All Month Long!

  • St. Pete's Pride - St. Petersburg, FL
  • Emporia Celebrates Pride Month - Emporia, KS

June 13-19

Chicago Pride Fest - Chicago, IL (June 17-19): Suggested donation of $15 per person - ALL AGES event. Organized and operated independent from the (FREE) Chicago Pride Parade on June 26.

  • Queen City Pride Week - Manchester, NH (June 11-21)
  • Stonewall Pride Wilton Manors Street Festival - Fort Lauderdale, FL (June 16-19)
  • Riverside Pride - Fort Madison, IA (June 16)
  • Pridefest Legends - Salina, KS (June 17-18)
  • Capitol Pride - Bismarck ND (June 17-19)
  • Brainerd Pride Weekend - Brainerd, MN (June 17-19)
  • Portland Pride Block Party - Portland , OR (June 17-19)
  • Central Wisconsin Pride - Aniwa, WI (June 17-19)
  • Star City Pride - Lincoln, NE (June 17)
  • Evansville Pride in the Park - Evansville, IN (June 18-19)
  • Watertown Pride - Thousand Island, NY (June 18-19)

Saturday, June 18

Pride in the Pines , Flagstaff, AZ: Family Friendly Festival with live music and drag performances held at Thorpe Ball Fields in Flagstaff, AZ. Event begins at 12:00 PM and concludes at 9:00 PM; tickets are available for purchase on the Flagstaff Pride website.

  • Pride Parade - Totem Square - Sitka, AK
  • Bisbee Pride - Bisbee, AZ
  • NWA PrideFest and Parade and Trans March - Fayetteville, AR
  • Stonewall Pride Parade - Manors, FL
  • Quad Cities Pride Parade - Davenport, IL
  • Michigan City Pride Fest - Michigan City, IN
  • Richmond pride - Richmond, KY
  • Family Pride Festival - Easton, MD
  • Kentuckiana Pride - Louisville, KY
  • Iowa City Pride - Iowa City, IA
  • Gardner Pride Celebration - Gardner, KS
  • Portland Pride Parade & Festival - Portland, ME
  • Delmarva Pride Fest - Easton, MD
  • Easton Pride 2022 - North Easton, MA
  • Grosse Pointe Pride - Grosse Pointe, MI
  • St John's Pride Fest - St Johns, MI
  • Grand Rapids Pride Festival - Grand Rapids, MI
  • Queen City PrideFest/Parade - Manchester, NH
  • Catskills Pride Celebration + Callicoon Market Place - Callicoon, NY
  • Hendersonville Pride - Hendersonville, NC
  • Pride Winston-Salem festival and parade - Winston-Salem, NC
  • Pride in the Valley - Warren, OH
  • Pride of the ROC - Bethany, OK
  • Pride Artist Market at Mix Tape - Oklahoma City, OK
  • Lebo Pride - Allentown, PA
  • Ri Pride - Providence, RI
  • Love is Love Pride Festival - Rawlins, WY
  • Pride Month Extravaganza - Clarksville, TN (June 19)
  • Pride Pop - Up Market - Madison, WI (June 19)

June 20-26

Southern Fried Queer Parade and Festival - Atlanta, GA (June 23-26): Three days of events celebrating Black and QTPOC Most events are FREE and 18+. Head to the SFQ website for full event listings and to secure a spot.

  • Kremwork Pride Week - Seattle, WA (June 22-27)
  • River Pride - Clayton, NY (June 23-26)
  • Houston Pride - Houston, TX (June 23-26
  • NEPA Pridefest Royale, Scranton, PA (June 23)
  • March For Equality - Rock Hill, SC (June 23)
  • Lawrence Pride - Lawrence, KS (June 24-26)
  • OKC Pride Fest - Oklahoma City, OK (June 24-26)
  • Tulsa Pride - Tulsa, OK (June 24-26)

Denver Pride - Denver, CO (June 25-26)

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Matt Egan, right, takes part in the Denver Pride Parade on June 16, 2019 in Denver, Colorado.

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  • Baltimore Pride - Baltimore, MD (June 20-26)
  • Queer/Pride Festival - Seattle, WA (June 24-26)
  • Hilo Pride Lu'au - Hilo, HI (June 24)
  • Flint Pride Festival - Flint, MI (June 24)
  • Sandusky Pride Festival - Sandusky, OH (June 24)
  • Twin Cities Pride Fest - Minneapolis, MN (June 25-26)
  • Pridefest 2022 - St. Louis, MO (June 25-26)
  • Pride Island - Governor's Island, NYC (June 25-26)

Saturday, June 25

Pride On The Plaza & Pride After Dark - Santa Fe, NM: This is a 21+ event hosted at Tumbleroot Brewery and Distillery following the Santa Fe Pride on the Plaza event. Doors open at 8:30 PM local time and the event is expected to end at roughly 1:00 AM local time. Tickets are available for purchase on the event website for $25.

  • Alaska PrideFest - Anchorage, AK
  • OC Pride Parade & Festival - Santa Ana, CA
  • Hartford Pride - West Hartford, CT
  • Pride Day - Wilmington, DE
  • St. Pete's Pride Parade - St. Petersburg, FL
  • Idaho Falls Pride - Idaho Falls, ID
  • Pride in the Park - Burlington, IA
  • Playchella Pride Arts Festival - Wichita, KS
  • Baton Rouge Pride Fest 2022 - Baton Rouge, LA
  • Farmington Pride - Farmington, ME
  • Bangor Pride Parade and Festival - Bangor, ME
  • Great Lakes Bay Pride - Bay City, MI

Pop Up Bookshop Warwick Pride Day - Warwick, RI: The scholastic book-fair revamp we didn't know we needed. Grab your coins and head to the West Warwick Civic Center to shop a curated selection of works from LGBTQIA+ authors. The event will run from 12-4 PM local time.

  • Billings Pride - Billings, MT
  • Frederick Pride - Frederick, MD
  • Salisbury Pride Parade and Festival - Salisbury, MD
  • Holland Pride - Holland, MI
  • Flint Pride - Flint, MI
  • Aurora Pride March - Aurora, NE
  • Portsmouth Pride - Portsmouth, NH
  • White Mountains Pride - North Conway, NH
  • Nashua Pride Fest - Nashua, NH
  • Ottumwa Pride Festival - Ottumwa, IA
  • Lexington pride festival - Lexington, KY

Harlem Pride - New York City, NY

Drag Zarria Van Wales Powell performs as she attends the Harlem Pride parade in New York on June 29, 2019.

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  • Morris County Pride - Randolph, NJ
  • Raleigh Pride - Raleigh, NC
  • Salisbury Pride Festival - Salisbury, NC
  • LGBTQ+ Walk for Pride - Burlington, NC
  • Fayetteville PrideFest - Fayetteville, NC
  • Stonewall Columbus Family Pride Network & Land Grant Event - Columbus, OH
  • 2022 YS Pride Festival - Yellow Springs, OH
  • Cincy Pride Parade - Cincinnati, OH
  • Parade Memorial - Cincinnati, OH
  • Reynoldsburg Pride - Reynoldsburg, OH

Nashville Pride - Nashville, TN

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Participants in the Nashville Pride Parade are seen on June 22, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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  • Seaside's 1st Pride - Seaside, OR
  • Family Pride Festival at The Market - Perkasie, PA
  • Charleston Pride Festival and Parade - North Charleston, SC
  • Rainbow Festival - Johnson City, TN
  • Pride Bigger Than Texas Parade and Festival - San Antonio, TX
  • Hampton Roads Pride - Norfolk, VA
  • Arlington Pride Festival - Arlington, VA
  • Pridefest Capitol Hill - Seattle, WA
  • Huntington's Pride Fest - Huntington, WV
  • Pride in the Park @ Elkin's City Park - Elkins, WV

Sunday June, 26

  • Hagerstown Pride - Hagerstown, MD
  • Rockville Pride - Rockville, MD
  • San Francisco PrideFest and Parade - San Francisco, CA
  • PRIDE - Panama City Beach, FL
  • Lilburn Pride in the Park - Lilburn, GA
  • Chicago Pride Parade - Chicago, IL
  • NYC PrideFest and Parade - New York City
  • Pride Beaverton - Beaverton, OR
  • Bucks Mont Pride - Jenkintown, PA
  • NEPA Pridefest - Wilkes-Barre , PA
  • Seattle Pride - Seattle, WA

June 27 to July 3

Jeffrey poses in front of the Stonewall Inn to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the NYC Pride March on Christopher Street.

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Stonewall Anniversary - Stonewall National Monument (June 28): While there's almost guaranteed to be a vigil, memorial or event around the Stonewall National Monument on the 28th of June, it's also just a spot you should pop by if you find yourself in the area this Summer. Pay our Transcestors a visit and thank them for their trailblazing spirits, and see if you can't take a piece of that with you as you move forward through your summer, if not your life.

  • NOLA Pride Sunday Funday - New Orleans, LA (July 3)

July 4-10

Long Beach Pride - Long Beach, CA (July 9-10): Head over to Shoreline Drive to enjoy a roller rink, activities and of course live music at this ALL AGES event. Tickets start at $40 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

  • Black Hills Pride Festival - Rapid City, SD (July 7-10)
  • Hagerstown Pride - Hagerstown, MD (July 9)
  • South Lyon Pride - South Lyon, MI (July 9)
  • West St. Paul: Pride in the Park - St. Paul, MN (July 9)
  • Saturday in the Park Pride - Vancouver, WA (July 9)
  • Kenosha Pride Festival - Kenosha, WI (July 10)

July 11-17

San Diego Pride Festival + Parade - San Diego, CA (July 16-17): PrideFest weekend kicks off with the Annual San Diego Pride Parade (FREE Admission) at Hillcrest Pride Flag on University and ends at the entrance to PrideFest on Laurel St. Tickets to the festival are $26 USD for one day and $32 for 2-Day admission. Children High School Age or younger are free.

  • NoWoCo Pride Week - Fitchburg, MA (July 13-17)
  • Pride Festival - Sandpoint, ID (July 15-16)
  • Heartland Pride Festival - Omaha, NE (July 15-16)
  • Klamath Pride - Klamath Falls, OR (July 16)
  • Pride Week - Helena, MT (July 17-23)
  • Bainbridge Pride Waterfront Festival - Bainbridge Island, WA (July 17)

July 18-24

  • Fort Wayne Pride - Fort Wayne, IN (July 22-23)
  • Northern Nevada Pride - Reno, NV (July 23)
  • Kitsap Pride - Bremerton, WA (July 23)

August 8-14

Austin Gay Pride - Austin, TX (August 11)

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GLG employees march in the 2019 Austin Pride Parade on August 10, 2019 in Austin, Texas

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  • Charlotte Pride - Charlotte, NC (August 12-21)
  • Fargo-Moorhead Pride In The Park & Parade - Fargo, ND (August 13)
  • Pride in the Park Fest - Eugene, OR (August 13)
  • Provincetown Pride - Provincetown, MA (August 14)

August 15-21

  • Toledo Pride kickoff - Toledo, OH (August 19)
  • OUTFest - Lafayette, IN (August 20)
  • Charlotte Pride Festival - Charlotte, NC (August 20)
  • Toledo Pride Parade - Toledo OH (August 20)
  • Lehigh Valley Pride - Allentown, PA (August 21)

August 22-28

Pride Fest - Bloomington, IN (August 27): Join Bloomington Pride along East Kirkwood Ave for a vendor expo, wellness activities and more! This event is FREE for all ages, however the website lists that donations are welcome.

  • Akron Pride Festival and Equity March - Akron, OH (August 27)
  • Pocatello Pride - Pocatello, ID (August 27)

August 29 to September 4

  • Southern Decadence - New Orleans, LA (Sept. 1-5)
  • Trans Pride - Seattle, WA (Sept. 2)
  • Duluth Superior Pride Fest - Duluth, MN (Sept. 3)

September 5-11

  • Southeast Kansas Pride - Independence, KS (Sept. 6-10)
  • South Central Minnesota Pride - St. Peter, MN (Sept. 9-10)
  • St. Joe Pride Festival - St. Joseph, MO (Sept. 9-10)
  • JoMo Pride Fest - Joplin, MO (Sept. 9-11)

Kings Island Pride Night - Mason, OH (Sept. 9): Tickets to Kings Island Pride Night can be purchased on the Cincinnati Pride website. Cost begins at $43 dollars with parking included in ticket cost. The event is scheduled to run from 6 p.m. local time to 12:00 a.m. Midnight.

  • Boise Pride Festival - Boise, ID (Sept. 9)
  • Alton Pride Fest - Alton IL (Sept. 10-11)
  • St. Cloud Pride Week - St. Cloud, MN (Sept. 11-18)

September 12-18

  • Pride in the Park - Lenexa, KS (Sept. 17)
  • Lousiville Pride Festival - Louisville KY (Sept. 17-18)
  • Union County Pride in the Park - Monroe, NC (Sept. 18)

September 19-25

  • Grand Forks Pride - Grand Forks, ND (Sept. 22-25)
  • Gay Pride 2022 - Las Vegas, NV (Sept. 23-24)
  • Mid Mo Pride Fest - Columbia, MO (Sept. 23-25)
  • Columbus IN Pride Fest - Columbus, IN (Sept. 24)
  • Wichita Pride Festival - Wichita, KS (Sept. 25)
  • Blue Ridge Pride - Asheville, NC (Sept. 25)
  • Tower Grove Pride - St. Louis, MO (Sept. 25-26)
  • Knoxville PrideFest - Knoxville, TN (Sept. 30 - Oct. 2)
  • Knox Pride Kickoff - Knoxville, TN (Sept. 30)

Pride at the Intersections

Members of the LGBTQ community, activists and supporters participating in Pride parade outside Shaheed Bhagat Singh College Sheikh Sarai on June 16, 2022

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These events are intended to create safe spaces for folks with intersecting identities to celebrate their pride and cultural heritage all in one. Many of these events focus on not only the historical developments of each respective group in the Pride Movement, but the futures as well. Some of these events are open to all ages, while others are geared towards helping adult LGBTQIA2S+ individuals find community in their area.

June

Historic Selma Black Pride - Selma, AL (June 16-19): A hybrid event spanning three days, this event celebrates Black Queer Magic via virtual & in person workshops, live performances, a Black Business Expo, Open MIc Night and more all against the backdrop of Historic Downtown Selma.

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Juneteenth Celebration (Dallas Southern Black Pride) - Dallas, TX (June 16-20): Several pool parties to beat the Texas heat, as well as balls and parties. The weekend's events are all individually ticketed and can be purchased via eventbrite.

Afrolesque: Juneteenth Pride Celebration II -- Red Light Café, Atlanta, GA (June 18): A very special rendition of Atlanta's Afrolesque Burlesque show. This is the second annual Juneteenth Pride Celebration with tickets available for purchase on the Red Light Cafe website.

Back + Black (Black Pride) - Portland, OR (June 19): An all ages event from 4-6 p.m. local time. A self-described Kickback, this party is specifically for Black Queer, Trans and Non-Binary folks. There will be free food, gratitude sessions and card games. The party ends at 8:00, so don't be late!

PNW Black Pride's Juneteenth Lituation - Kent, WA (June 19): This event is listed as having no cover, however VIP tickets can be purchased with proceeds benefiting PNW Black Pride Scholarships. More information can be found on the NW Black Pride Organization's website.

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Latinx Pride - Indianapolis IN (June 24): The doors to this jam packed event open at 8:00 pm local time. There will be drag performers, DJs, and dancing, as well as HIV & STI testing, covid vaccines and rapid tests. The event is free to attend and intended for adults aged 21+.

Oakland Black Pride Festival - Oakland, CA (June 24-26): A full weekend of events centered around Black Queer Joy and wellness, including a masquerade party, pub crawl, picnic and more. Tickets for OBP events are available on the official Oakland Black Pride website.

Black Pride - HardRock Hotel San Diego, CA (June 24-26): Three days of Black Queer Fabulosity kicking off with a Ballroom Extravaganza at the Hard Rock Hotel. Programming includes day and pool parties as well; most events are 21+ only and tickets can be found on Eventbrite.

Navajo Nation Pride - Window Rock, AZ (June 25): Navajo Nation is home to the largest Indigenous Pride Parade in the U.S., and they welcome anyone who wishes to attend to join in the celebration. The parade begins at the Navajo Nation Museum Parking lot at 10 a.m. local time and concludes at the Council Chambers. The One Nation Festival begins immediately following the parade and concludes at 5:00 p.m.

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Black Pride Upstate Pride March + Festival - Greenville, SC (June 25): March begins at 11 a.m. local time, with the festival to follow at 12:00; the event ends at 5:00 p.m.. Admission is free and the event is open to all ages. There will be a Gender Expansive Fashion Show to follow at Zen; tickets begin at $25 USD.

SF Black Pride Diaspora Stage + Village - San Francisco, CA (June 26): Free outdoor hip hop dance party happening near Castro and 18th Streets in San Francisco. The event is open to all ages and intended to be a safe space for the LGBTQ community.

July

Boston Urban Pride Black Pride - Boston, MA (June 30 - July 4): In person events include a Welcome to Boston Mixer, a Youth "Kiki" Ball and a Health and brunch summit. This is four days of truly family inclusive fun. Every day, there's something new that's family friendly, however there are also plenty of adults only events. Tickets for all events are available on the event website.

Chicago Black Pride - Chicago, IL (June 30 - July 4): Pick your party and this celebration has it: Cocktail, Blackout, Pool, or Block! Most if not all of these events are 21+ and a Black Pride Club Hopper Pass (grants access to 4 events) can be purchased on Eventbrite.

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"Culture" Black NOLA Pride - New Orleans, LA (June 30 - July 3): Three days of celebrating the Black LGBTQ+ community in New Orleans. There's a pool party, an after party, and a networking event to kick things off. Events are ticketed individually, with tickets available for purchase on Eventbrite.

Dayton Black Pride - Dayton, OH (July 9): Head to McIntosh Park beginning at 11 a.m. to partake in the festivities. This is a free for all ages event. Attendees can expect food, vendors and entertainment until doors close at 6 p.m. local time.

Black Pride OutRVA - Richmond, VA (July 13-17): Four days of events packed with block parties, panels, balls and awards ceremonies. More information and tickets for individual events can be found on the Black Pride RVA website.

Hotter Than July LGBTQ Presents Da Brat at Sound Board - Detroit, MI (July 16): Tickets to this event are available starting at $41 USD on Ticketmaster. This is a traditional stadium show, attendees must be 21+.

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Twin Cities Black Pride - Minneapolis/St.Paul MN (July 18-21): If you're in the area, you're not going to want to miss it. Past years have included festivals, drag performances, educational events and more all celebrating the Black LGBTQ+ community in the twin cities.

August

PNW Black Pride - Seattle, WA (Aug. 18-21): Three days dedicated to celebrating the Black LGBTQIA+ community in the pacific Northwest. Parties, health festivals, musical performances and more are all on the agenda. Details to be announced on the Pacific Northwest Black Pride website.

Atlanta Black Pride 2022 - Atlanta, GA (Aug. 31 - Sept. 6): Another week long celebration of all things Black and Queer. ATL Black Pride includes several activities split along the binary (Mens and Womens' Events) and some mixers like the Sept. 4th Pure Heat Community Festival. Check out the Atlanta Pride Weekend website for more information.

September

Kentucky Black Pride 2022 - Lexington, KY (Sept. 16-18): A long weekend devoted to celebrating the Black LGBTQIA2S+ Community in Lexington KY. Events include a Thursday night Meet & Greet, Friday night Gala, Pride in the Park on Saturday, and wrap up with a Gospel Brunch on Sunday. Tune into the Kentucky Black Pride Facebook page for more details.

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OUTdoor Excursions

Camp Ga'avah is a LGBTQ day camp for children ages 6-16 and their allies

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Take your pride outside with one of these outdoor excursions. Sprinkled throughout the summer, outdoor events are a great way for LGBTQIA2S+ individuals to meet friends, find community and share their love of the great outdoors. What could be more fun than that?

Pride Ride and Film Showing (Mama Bears) - Sun Valley, ID (June 17-18): This event kicks off with a screening of the film "Mama Bears" at 7 p.m. local time at the Sun Valley Opera House on the 17th. The 18th sees a Pride Ride take off from the Sun Valley Pavillion parking lot at 11 a.m. Free tickets can be downloaded from the Sun Valley website.

Let's Go Birding Together! Queer Birding - Greenwich, CT (June 18): Greenwich Audubon Center presents a Queer Birding experience to remember. Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair for this free event. Registration is online and the event is free and open to folks ages 6+.

Pride Outside Photo Walk - Topsham, ME (June 19): Join photographer Kyle Warnock on a golden hour photo walk. Queer Photographyers and Models are welcome but experience isn't necessary. The event starts at 5 PM local time and tickets are available for a suggested donation of $5; registration is available online.

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Pride Outside Fairy Houses - Topsham, ME (June 25): There will be two separate opportunities for you to build the fairy house or toad abode of your dreams (and learn about local Maine wildlife) at this Pride Outside event. Sign up online for either the 11:00 AM-12:00 PM or 12:30-1:30 PM time slots. Tickets are $10 for everyone over the age of 10, and fairy costumes are encouraged.

OUTside Together Cleanup with Carvana PRIDE - Phoenix, AZ (June 25): Registration for this FREE event is available on Eventbrite. Join Carvana PRIDE, AZ On The Rocks and Athletic Brewing for a cleanup session at South Mountain. Attendees will meet near the Holbert Trailhead at 8:00 AM for a day of cleaning and free non-alcoholic beer from Athletic Brewing.

iHeart Pride Weekend HIke - Kau Desert Trail, HI (June 26): Free ALL AGES event exploring the Ka'? Heart Rock Fissure. Register on the Equality HI website.

Camp Queer - Twin Bears Camp - Fairbanks, AK (July 1-3): All ages event beginning 5 pm Friday continuing through 11 a.m. the following Monday. Activities include fishing, crafts, games, hiking and more. Attendees can register and book a spot at bitly.com/CampQueer.

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Ride with Pride at Kentucky Kingdom - Louisville, KY (July 2): Drag Queen Story Time, Drag Shows and Dance Party, as well as an all you can eat buffet comprise this inaugural event at Kentucky Kingdom. Tickets can be purchased online, and season pass holders can purchase tickets with a discount. The event is all ages and all day, with doors closing at 7 p.m. local time.

PrideArts Summer Film Festival- Chicago, IL (July 5-19): Two weeks of Queer art and filmmaking from around the world in the heart of Chicago. Each week features specific films that will be available for streaming for one week only. Tickets are $10 and available online.

Pride Skate Night - Lincoln, NE (August 17): This monthly event at The Bay Lincoln seeks to create an inclusive and fun environment for LGBTQ+ Skaters. Skateboarders and skaters of all ages are invited to come and hang out beginning at 5:00 p.m. local time. The event is donation based and donations can be made on Eventbrite.

Drag and Burlesque Performances

Athena Dion performs at the Drag Brunch at R House Wynwood during Day 3 of Wynwood Pride on June 20, 2021 in Miami, Florida

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Drag Shows/Brunches and burlesque performances are, in my opinion, synonymous with Pride. Of course, if you play your cards right, you can indulge in the wonder year round, but Pride is a great place to dip your toes in. Attendees are generally welcomed to dress up or down to their comfort and encouraged to remain respectful of performers and the safe space for gender fluidity and expression that is innate to Drag and Burlesque performances. Oh, and don't forget to bring cash to tip the performers; it's part of the culture!

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Drag Show @ SIPPS - Gulfport, MS (June 18): Show begins at midnight at Gulfport's favorite gay bar. Featuring performances by Zia, TayTay, Roacha and more. This event is 21+ and there is a $10 cover charge at the door.

The Brunch @ 74Wythe - New York City (June 19): The Brunch is a culinary experience hosted in partnership with chef Sicily Sierra and five other Black LGBTQIA+ chefs, intended to celebrate Black LGBTQIA+ leaders in honor of Juneteenth. There will be networking opportunities, an awards ceremony, and performances. There will also be a sponsored open bar. Tickets to this event are available for $30 on the event website.

Pride Drag Show and 90s Dance Party - Bangor, ME (June 24): This event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. local time at the Bangor Arts Exchange and features an amateur drag contest, drag performances and a 90's throwback dance party. Attendees must be 18+. Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite.

90s Drag Brunch - Chicago, IL (June 25): 90s-themed drag brunch held at Macy's Walnut Room in Chicago beginning at 2:00. Tickets for this all ages event are $20 USD and available online.

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Draglesque - Laramie, WY (June 25): Tickets to this 21+ event are on sale on Eventbrite ranging from $15 - $125 USD. There will be performances by local favorites like Laramie Burlesque, The Gem City Dolls and The Stilettos. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. local time and proceeds benefit Wyoming AIDS Assistance.

Dragalicious Pride Gospel Brunch @ SIPPS - Gulfport, MS (June 26): There will be vegan options at this pride brunch fusing Drag Queens and Gospel Music. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online or behind the bar prior to the event. Doors open at 11 a.m. local time, event is 21+.

Chow Chow Appalachian Pride Brunch - Asheville, NC (June 26): This is by far one of the bougiest brunches on this list. The event begins with a cocktail hour and drag show, followed by a four course meal featuring local chefs and craft beverages. Tickets for this event area available for $125 USD on the explore asheville website, and doors open at 11:30 a.m. local time.

Big Rainbow Brunch Crawl - Toledo, OH (Aug. 21): A $5 fee gets you a wristband and access to food and bars on the crawl route. Each stop will have special drinks and a dish with a rainbow colored theme according to the event hosts. More information can be found on the Toledo Pride Facebook page.

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Queer Proms

Guests attend as BuzzFeed hosts its 2nd Annual Queer Prom Powered by Samsung For LGBTQ+ Youth at Samsung 837 on June 1, 2018 in New York City

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Prom brings up mixed feelings for a lot of folks. Queer folks are no exception. Queer proms have grown in popularity over the past few years, and frankly, I love it. They give LGBTQIA2S+ adults the freedom to attend prom the way their younger selves would have never dared - from their date choice to their gender identity and everything in between. There are several family friendly and youth centered events geared at cultivating the safe space for self expression that many queer adults find they wished they'd had as children.

Queer Prom - West Hartford, CT (June 18): This is an event geared towards LGBTQ+ high schoolers. The event will be held from 6-9 p.m. Local time at the West Hartford Town Hall. There will be a live DJ, Drag Performances, pizza and snacks. Suggested donation for entry is $20.

Queer Prom - Lilburn, GA (June 18): The theme of this year's adult prom is "Once Upon a PRIDE". Enjoy throwback tunes and good vibes as you enjoy the Prom experience of your younger self's dreams. Taking place at the Hanarry Swim and Racket Club in Lilburn, inclusive meal and alcohol tickets are available on the eventbrite page and there will also be non-alcoholic beverages available.

Queer As In... Pride Dance Party - Portland, ME (June 18): Beginning at 8 p.m. local time and ragin' until 1 a.m., Queer As In... is a benefit prom for Portland Outright, a local LGBTQ rights and advocacy organization. Tickets are $15-$20 at the door on a sliding scale, though accommodations can be made by contacting [email protected] Masks are encouraged, and the first 50 attendees will receive a limited edition letterpress made for the event.

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Pride Prom at Hard Rock Cafe - Cincinnati, OH (June 18): Party starts at 9 p.m. local time and continues until 1 a.m. A 21+ event, there will be pop up drag shows throughout with themes TBA. Entry is free, but reservations and registration is needed to secure a table at the venue. Head to Eventbrite for more info.

Pride Rave - Enid, OK (June 18): 21+ event with EDM music, glow and blacklight vibes at Boondocks Tavern in Enid. Drink specials available all night, party starts at 8:00 p.m.

Youth Pride Night at Factory Obscura - Oklahoma City, OK (June 22): Event geared towards teens, enjoy a special and inclusive night to explore Factory Obscura. Admission to the event is FREE but space is limited, according to the event website.

Pride Prom 2022 - Decatur, AL (June 25): This year's prom theme is "Let's Groove Tonight!" so either come prepared to serve disco realness, come as the version of you your 17-year-old self would most be excited to see, or come as you are. There will be food, drinks, a DJ, Photobooth and more, according to the website, and tickets start at $25 with all proceeds benefiting the Human Rights Campaign. This event is for adults aged 21+.

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Pride Prom - Juneau, AK (June 25): This is an all ages event at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall. This year's theme is Midnight Masquerade, and activities include a mask decorating station, Dj, and photobooth. Suggested donation is $10 USD per adult and $5 USD per child, though donations are not required.

Pride Prom at Rose Park - Columbia, MO (June 26): All ages event, doors open at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $8 online before the event or $10 at the door. Come dressed to impress, and dance the evening away.

Queer Prom - Atlanta, GA (Sept. 3): The theme is LGBTQ+ Royalty. Meet other Black Queer folks at the Dawn Event Center in Northwest Atlanta for free food, music and mingling. There will be a Court Crowning so be sure to dress to impress. Tickets to this 18+ event are available via eventbrite.

Bar Crawls

Bar crawls are pretty self-explanatory: go out, meet up with a bunch of other folks, have a drink or two at each stop along the way, make a million new best friends, and go home the next day not remembering a single one of them. The following is a list of pride themed events across the country that will help you meet other LGBTQIA2S+ folks and allies who like to party wherever you are this Pride month. Please recreate responsibly and designate a safe way home prior to participating in any bar crawls or alcohol consumption, period.

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Pride Bar Crawl: Scottsdale - Scottsdale, AZ (June 18): The fun kicks off at Boondocks Patio & Grill in downtown Scottsdale at 4:00 p.m. local and continues until midnight. Tickets include bus transportation, 2+ drinks or shots per bar and more. Tickets are available for $15-20 USD on Eventbrite. Hosted by the same nationwide organizers responsible for the others on this list, a portion of ticket proceeds go to the Trevor Project.

Pride Bar Crawl - Savannah, GA (June 18): This event will kick off at Staffords Public House around 4:00 p.m. local time and continue into the night. Tickets include bus transportation, 2+ drinks or shots per bar and more. Tickets are available for $15-20 USD on Eventbrite. A portion of ticket proceeds go to the Trevor Project.

Pride Bar Crawl - Boise, ID (June 18): Beginning at Somewhere Bar and ending up who knows where. Tickets include bus transportation, 2+ drinks or shots per bar and more. Tickets are available for $15-20 USD on Eventbrite. A portion of ticket proceeds go to the Trevor Project.

Pride Bar Crawl: Boston, Boston, MA (June 18): Crawl begins at The Point Boston at 4:00 p.m. local time. Tickets include bus transportation, 2+ drinks or shots per bar and more. Tickets are available for $15-20 USD on Eventbrite. A portion of ticket proceeds go to the Trevor Project.

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Pride Bar Crawl: Detroit - Detroit, MI (June 18): Crawl begins at Bookie's Bar and Grill on Cass Ave. at 4:00 p.m. local time. Tickets include bus transportation, 2+ drinks or shots per bar and more. Tickets are available for $15-20 USD on Eventbrite. A portion of ticket proceeds go to the Trevor Project.

Pride Bar Crawl - Kansas City, MO (June 18): Crawl begins at John's Big Deck on Wyandotte St. at 4:00 p.m. local time. Tickets include bus transportation, 2+ drinks or shots per bar and more. Tickets are available for $15-20 USD on Eventbrite. A portion of ticket proceeds go to the Trevor Project.

Omaha Bar Crawl - Omaha NE (June 18): Crawl begins at Flixx on S. 10th St. at 4:00 p.m. local time. Tickets include bus transportation, 2+ drinks or shots per bar and more. Tickets are available for $15-20 USD on Eventbrite. A portion of ticket proceeds go to the Trevor Project.

Pride Bar Crawl - Las Vegas, NV (June 18): Crawl begins at Hennesey's Tavern at 4:00 p.m. local time. Tickets include bus transportation, 2+ drinks or shots per bar and more. Tickets are available for $15-20 USD on Eventbrite. A portion of ticket proceeds go to the Trevor Project.

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Hoboken Bar Crawl - Hoboken, NJ (June 18): Bar Crawl beginning at Wicked Wolf in Hoboken. This event has tickets available on Eventbrite for $20-$30 depending on when you sign up. Ticket price includes up to 50% off drink specials, food specials, exclusive themed drinks. Transportation is not available so please make sure to plan accordingly.

Asheville Bar Crawl - Asheville, NC (June 18): Crawl begins at Catawba Brewing Company South Slope Asheville at 4:00 p.m. local time. Tickets include bus transportation, 2+ drinks or shots per bar and more. Tickets are available for $15-20 USD on Eventbrite. A portion of ticket proceeds go to the Trevor Project.

Charlotte Bar Crawl - Charlotte, NC (June 18): Crawl begins at World of Beer at Epicentre at 4:00 p.m. local time. Tickets include bus transportation, 2+ drinks or shots per bar and more. Tickets are available for $15-20 USD on Eventbrite. A portion of ticket proceeds go to the Trevor Project.

Pride Bar Crawl - Columbus, OH (June 18): Crawl begins at Howl at the Moon Columbus at 4:00 p.m. local time. Tickets include bus transportation, 2+ drinks or shots per bar and more. Tickets are available for $15-20 USD on Eventbrite. A portion of ticket proceeds go to the Trevor Project.

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Pride Bar Crawl: Cleveland - Cleveland, OH (June 18): Crawl begins at The Velvet Dog on W. 6th Streetat 4:00 p.m. local time. Tickets include bus transportation, 2+ drinks or shots per bar and more. Tickets are available for $15-20 USD on Eventbrite. A portion of ticket proceeds go to the Trevor Project.

OKC Pride Bar Crawl - Oklahoma City, OK (June 18): Crawl begins at FACES Night Club & Bar in OKC at 4:00 p.m. local time. Tickets include bus transportation, 2+ drinks or shots per bar and more. Tickets are available for $15-20 USD on Eventbrite. A portion of ticket proceeds go to the Trevor Project.

Pride Bar Crawl - Spokane, WA (June 18): Crawl begins at Globe Bar & Kitchen in Spokane at 4:00 p.m. local time. Tickets include bus transportation, 2+ drinks or shots per bar and more. Tickets are available for $15-20 USD on Eventbrite. A portion of ticket proceeds go to the Trevor Project.

Juneau Pride Pub Crawl - Juneau, AK (June 24): At time of publishing, the meeting spot for this event is TBD, but Southeast Alaska LGBTQ+ Alliance (SEAGLA) organizers promise that the pub crawl will take you all over downtown Juneau between the hours of 7:00 and 11:00 p.m. local time. Get there early and see if you can scope out the happy group of folks stumbling from bar to bar. (And if that sounds terrifying, maybe just check the SEAGLA website a day or two ahead of time.)

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Pride Crawl - Minneapolis MN (June 25): Crawl begins at The Pourhouse on S. 5th Street at 4:00 p.m. local time. Tickets include bus transportation, 2+ drinks or shots per bar and more. Tickets are available for $15-20 USD on Eventbrite. A portion of ticket proceeds go to the Trevor Project.

Pride Bar Crawl: Charlotte - Charlotte, NC (June 26): Crawl begins at The Local on E. 5th Street at 4:00 p.m. local time. Tickets include bus transportation, 2+ drinks or shots per bar and more. Tickets are available for $15-20 USD on Eventbrite. A portion of ticket proceeds go to the Trevor Project.

Pride Bar Crawl: Baltimore - Baltimore, MD (July 9): Crawl begins at Angels Rock Bar in Baltimore at 4:00 PM local time. Tickets include bus transportation, 2+ drinks or shots per bar and more. Tickets are available for $15-20 USD on Eventbrite. A portion of ticket proceeds go to the Trevor Project.

Family-Centered Events

When most people think of pride, they tend to think that it's exclusively for adults. While there was probably a time when that was true, tides are shifting in a cultural sense, and now events are catering to families and folks with children abound. Below are several of these style events that include family-friendly entertainment and educational opportunities for LGBTQIA2S+ families and allies with children.

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Pride Family Fun Day - St. Paul, MN (June 19): Twin Cities Pride presents a Family Fun Day held at Como Park East Pavilions to celebrate LGBTQ+ Families on Father's Day. There will be free food (hot dogs, chips and yummy drinks!) and games for kids. There will also be pride merchandise and yard signs for purchase. The event is scheduled to begin at 11:00 am local time and run until 2:30 pm.

Pride in the Plaza: Drag Queen Story Hour - Silver Spring, MD (June 21): From 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. local time, join Drag Queen Story Hour and Montgomery County Public Libraries at the Charles E. McGee Library in Silver Spring Maryland. The book(s) that will be read are currently TBA.

Pride Week Screening of "Mama Bears" - Amarillo, TX (June 22): Head to the Cinemark Hollywood 16 in Amarillo for an exclusive local screening of the documentary "Mama Bears," which follows conservative parents and their LGBTQ Childrens' journeys to acceptance and advocacy. Sara Cunningham, the founder of Free Mom Hugs will be hosting a Q&A session following the film. Tickets are $12.24 all fees included and must be purchased in advance via Eventbrite.

Rainbow Safari - Blank Park Zoo - Des Moines, IA (June 24): Beginning at 5:30 PM Local time, this family friendly evening of adventure includes animal grazing and feeding, carousel and train rides as well as food and drink offerings. Tickets to the event are available for $7 on Eventbrite; children 12 and under are admitted for free.

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Pride Night at Knoxville Zoo - Knoxville, TN (June 24): KnoxPride and Zoo Knoxville have teamed up to celebrate Pride Month with a family-friendly after hours event. Attractions include a DJ, goat contact yard, budgie and giraffe feeding, carousel, splash pad and a new Soaring Eagle Ride. For adults, there will be a unique offering of cocktails and an extensive beer and wine selection. Tickets cost $24.95 USD for adults (13-64) and $19.95 for children (3-13). Tickets are available on the Zoo Knoxville website and must be purchased in advance. $5 of each ticket purchase is donated to KnoxPride to fund "educational and cultural programs regarding the LGBTQ+ community in East Tennessee."

Rainbow Picnic - Veterans Memorial Park Fairbanks, AK (June 25): A free family friendly event with food, open mic performances, entertainment and games at Veterans Memorial Park.

Pride Community Picnic - Honolulu, HI (June 25): All Day event in Kapiolani Park following the Honolulu AIDS walk providing games, entertainment and more for ALL AGES.

Multicultural Family Center Pride Picnic - Dubuque, IA (June 25): From 12-3 p.m. local time enjoy family friendly entertainment including bounce houses, photo booths and music at the Port of Dubuque between Grand Harbor Resort and the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. Tickets aren't necessary for this event, so feel free to roll on through.

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Pride Weekend at Seashore Trolley Museum - Kennebunkport, ME (June 25-26): The Seashore Trolley Museum's first Pride Weekend event. There will be live music and entertainment, food trucks, trolley rides and more. The museum will donate $3 of every admission ticket to Out Maine and will host a raffle benefiting the organization at the Pride Weekend Event.

Pride Family Picnic - Des Moines, IA (June 26): Evelyn K Davis Park is the place to be on Sunday the 26th if you're a LGBTQ+ family. There will be lawn games, face painting, a splash pad and drag queen story time beginning at 1:30. The event begins at 1:00 Local Time and is expected to run until 4:00. There will be refreshments including grilled foods, beverages and chips available, though picnic blankets, baskets and coolers are also welcome.

Family Friendly Pride Day - Biloxi, MS (June 26): Join the Gulf Coast Association of Pride at the Point Cadet Plaza Splashpad for a day of fun, entertainment (drag shows and musicians), arts and crafts and splashpad fun. Admission is free, and the event is scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time.

Pride Day at Busch Gardens - Williamsburg, VA (July 10): The Hampton Roads Business OUTReach (LGBT Chamber of Commerce) has partnered with Busch Gardens to host the park's first-ever Pride Day. The event promises performances from local and nationally recognized LGBTQ musicians, comedians and more. Access to the event is included in purchase of all Day Passes.

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Virtual Pride Events

Virtual pride events bring members of our community together no matter how far. They are also actively increasing access to pride for disabled and chronically ill individuals who have historically been left out of pride and pride celebrations.

Navajo Nation Loud & Proud Virtual Roundtable (June 21): Event runs from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. local time. There are no tickets; programming is available for streaming on the Navajo Nation Pride Facebook and YouTube pages.

Pride Our Way (June 24-25): A global two-way pride event geared towards making pride accessible to the disabled and chronically ill communities. Roundtables and panels are scheduled to take place over the course of the two day event- closed captions and ASL will be available. Ticket holders will be able to have questions answered by panelists and speakers. Tickets are available for free via event brite, though organizers ask that you consider a donation of $5 or more to support the work. The event will also be live streamed on YouTube if you'd rather just observe.

Queens in the Kitchen (June 21 and June 28): Live cooking class held each Tuesday of Pride Month. Each session is 15 minutes long, and grocery lists can be found on the Capital City Pride (Des Moines, IA) facebook page prior to the demo for those who'd like to cook along.

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As we finish off our list, and If you've made it this far, you'll notice that some notable party destinations are missing from the list. That's because some areas celebrate Pride during LGBTQIA+ History Month which happens in October. That list includes Las Vegas, Nevada and Atlanta, Georgia, most notably. If you find yourself in either city in October, take a look at their respective pride websites and see if there's an event of interest near you!

Pride is a beautiful and wonderful way to celebrate not only the history and progress of the LGBTQIA2S+ community, but the breadth and brilliance of our futures. While it should, in my opinion, be a year-round process of celebration and acknowledgement, taking over the entire summer is a great start.

I hope this guide finds you and serves you well, friend. Stay safe, party responsibly and have a happy, happy Pride.

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Jupiter (they/them) is a twenty-something wanderer who has traveled the United States full-time in a Class C RV since 2019. They are accompanied by their two dogs and spend their time hiking, writing, reading, seeking out the best food on the road, and finding new Black & LGBTQ+ friendly places to explore. Instagram: @doesthiscountasvanlife

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