How is it already NYC Pride again?! I mean, I’m not complaining, but WHERE DOES THE TIME GO?! I already feel like I’ve overbooked myself the next couple of days, but if you need some help deciding how and where to allocate your time, I’m gonna tell you all about my top picks RIGHT NOW! And if I fail to mention anything near and dear to your queer heart, do feel free to let me know in the comments!
HOUSE OF VOGUE: PRIDE EDITION – Wednesday, 6.20 – $10 – House of Yes
House of Vogue is one of the best queer dance nights around, and so it only makes sense there’d be a special Pride edition to kick off the weekend right! Cash prizes of up to $250, and overall good vibes from 10pm until 4am. Ticket price increases to $15 at the door, just FYI!
SAVOR PRIDE – Thursday, 6.21 – $80+ – GLWD
If you’re into all things queer and all things BBQ, this is the event for you! Chefs on the bill include:
- Amanda Freitag – Food Network’s, “Chopped”, Judge & Chef
- Michael Anthony – Gramercy Tavern, Executive Chef & Partner
- Zac Young – Cooking Channel’s, “Unique Sweets”, Pastry Director – Craveable Hospitality Group
- Lazarus Lynch – Food Network’s, “Comfort Nation”
- Jake Cohen – Culinary Content Creator Extraordinaire
GLITTERBOX NYC – Thursday, 6.21 – $0-$15 – House of Yes
It should come as no surprise that House of Yes is where it’s at this weekend – the queer-friendly space is turning up THIS time with a glitter party ft. tunes by Tedd Patterson, Sabine Blaizin and a “super secret special guest”.
INDEPENDENT WOMEN: BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER – Thursday, 6.21 – $12 – Videology
Go watch everyone’s favorite queer movie EVER, aka But I’m A Cheerleader, over at Videology tonight! DUH!
JOY BEFORE THE RAGE – Friday, 6.22 – The Center
This is an event to organize, energize, and mobilize the contingent for the 14th Annual Trans Day of Action for Social and Economic Justice! Food, poster making with WRRQ collective, chanting and music will take place from 1pm to 3pm. Free to attend!
LADYLAND – Friday, 6.22 – $55+ – Brooklyn Mirage
This is where I’m gonna be, y’all! It’s a Ladyfag-presented outdoor queer music festival/ pride party/ rave/ concert ft. eleven hours of dancing AND a Pop Souk market!
EVE * SOPHIE * TOMMY GENESIS * KING PRINCESS * KIM PETRAS * SSION * IAN ISIAH * 070 SHAKE * KEMBRA PFAHLER * AQUARIA * MIKE SERVITO * DJ MINX * TOTAL FREEDOM * MICHAEL MAGNAN * JD SAMSON * DICAP * OSCAR NÑ * AMRIT AND MORE!
COSPLAY AND PRIDE – Friday, 6.22 – $35+ – Pier 40
Maybe you’re big into ye olde CosPlay, in which case join Geeks Out for a sunset cruise! Do note that your costume cannot include the following:
- Any weapon of any kind—bladed or projectile—that looks or feels real.
- Any prop that is heavy, hard, or sharp enough to injure a person (Err on the side of caution).
FANTASY: LEATHER EDITION – Friday, 6.22 – $40+ – Slate NY
CALLING ALL LEATHER DADDIES! DJ Eddie Elias and DJ Jared Conner will be your musical spirit guides for the evening.
HOT AND BOTHERED – Friday, 6.22 – $20 – Cielo
Lots of female talent bringin’ the tunes to this dance night, so it’s unsurprisingly going to be a lot of female-identified traffic. HOWEVER, they explicitly note that this is a party for everybody, so long as you like to cut a rug!
DJ sets by:
DJ Kate Monroe (Sydney, AU)
DJ Amanda Louise (Heartbreaker Sydney, AU)
26th ANNUAL DYKE MARCH – Saturday, 6.23 – Bryant Park
Kick off your Saturday night at the Dyke March, which begins at Bryant Park at 5pm! Free to attend, duh!
HOT RABBIT’S OFFICIAL DYKE MARCH AFTERPARTY – Saturday, 6.23 – $15+ – Lot 45
Always a solid dance party, so I’d imagine tonight will be no different – tunes live performances, visuals and more!
YOUTH PRIDE – Saturday, 6.23 – 14th Street Park
This is a great noon to 6pm event for LGBTQIA+ and ally teens! Tunes from DJs Amira & Kayla AND a live performance from Bea Miller, plus it’s free and open to the public.
SONOS’ MARRIAGE CHAPELS – Saturday, 6.23 – Sonos NYC
Wanna get married? Sonos will have officiants on hand to marry you in their “chapels”, aka converted Listening Rooms! Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown will be there from 1:30pm-3:30pm as an added bonus!
PRIDE ISLAND – Saturday, 6.23 – $75+ – Pier 97
This is happening on Sunday, too, but that is officially SOLD OUT! (Which doesn’t mean you shouldn’t scour the internets for spare tickets, because Kylie Minogue rules, but for now I’m JUST talking about Saturday.) And while Sunday DOES sound tight, I think Saturday is the better situation – Tove Lo, Lizzo, Big Freedia, Sasha Velour and MORE will be at Pier 97, and I am so here for it!
EVERYBOOTY 2018 – Saturday, 6.23 – $30 – BAM
If art vibes are your jam, it would only make sense to hightail it to BAM for Everybooty 2018! Four floors of visual art by:
Catalina Schliebener / David Rios Ferriera / Edwin Gonzalez Ojeda / Emily North / Jason Jackson / La Buruquena / Mark Vinsun / Meer Musa / Phoenix Lindsey Hall / Ricardo Osmondo Francis / Seth Ruggles Hiler
Plus there will be performances, readings, makeover stations, DJs and MORE! This is a great option for any of you under 21s; the event is 18+.
GET WRECKED & CARRY – Saturday, 6.23 – $40 – Elsewhere
In it for the long haul? Get to Elsewhere for a FIFTEEN HOUR LONG DANCE PARTY! Things will kick off at 3pm on the roof, and then the good times will move indoors at 10pm. Tunes by:
Ariel Zetina (Chicago)
Geoffrey LaRue (Detroit)
Hannah Holland (London)
Juliana Huxtable (New York)
Keenan Orr (D.C.)
Octo Octa (Concord)
The Carry Nation (New York)
Wrecked (New York)
Advance tickets have sold out at this point, but you can still snag a limited batch of $40 ones at the door.
SIREN PRIDE 2018 – Saturday, 6.23 – $35+ – Watermark Bar
Presented by Henrietta Hudson + Girl Pride NYC, you can expect this one to be lady-heavy, but it’s open to all members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies! Don’t get confused by the Henrietta Hudson bit – this is NOT happening at HH, it’s happening at Watermark Bar so as to boost capacity to 1500. Musical talent includes:
DJ Whitney Day + DJ Kamikace (Vienna) + DJ Shaked (Tel Aviv) + DJ MO (NYC) + LadyHood (Australia)
PRIDE MARCH – Sunday, 6.24 – 7th Avenue and 16th Street
The main event kicks off at noon! The route has changed this year, so be sure to get the 411 here, and SEE YOU OUT THERE!
GIORGIO MORODER ‘I FEEL PRIDE’ – Sunday, 6.24 – $55 – LPR
Post-parade, get to LPR for an evening w/ the inimitable Giorgio Moroder and special guest JD Samson! Tickets to this one will set you back $55, but the man is a LEGEND, so probably worth it.
FEMME FATALE – Sunday, 6.24 – $30+ – Hudson Terrace
This rooftop party is definitely going to be full of women (1000+ of them), and will feature tunes by DJs RosyQ, Mary Mac, and Tatiana. Hosted By Madison Paige. Open bar from 4pm until 5pm, plus there’s a retractable roof in the event of bad weather, and “Nitro blasts” in case it’s hot AF.
BAD BEHAVIOR – Sunday, 6.24 – $0-$15 – House of Yes
If you wanna bring things back to Brooklyn post-Pride, hit up House of Yes for a big ol’ LGBTQ+ dance party! It’s FREE before 9pm, or if you know you’ll be rolling in late, $10 pre-sale or $15 at the door.
LOVE WINS PRIDE PARTY – Sunday, 6.24 – $5-$8 – C’mon Everybody
Another affordable dance party to get you going post-March! DJ TWILO will be bringing the good tunes all night long.