Almost half a century after the first Pride, this weekend we celebrate in the city where it all began. New York Pride kicks off with a series of must-attend events. From Pride Island to the March, the official events are a rite of passage for any queer New Yorker.
But some of the most amazing experiences are taking place all over the city, outside of the official lineup. From art exhibits and drag shows to music festivals and rooftop parties, the city is full of Pride. Build your own Pride itinerary with these must-attend events.
One World Observatory
June 21-24, 9am-9pm
Sponsored by Metrosource, this exhibit showcases the 10 finalists of Reclaiming My Pride, an art contest showcasing “the spirit of community, creativity, and charity in America’s LGBTQ populace.” A portion of the proceeds go to the Ali Forney Center.
What She Said: Gender Identity
W Union Square
June 21, 6-8:30pm
This free panel is open to the public. Featuring activists, business owners, models, and actresses, it will cover their personal experiences with gender identity, fluidity, and sexuality.
June 21, 10pm
Hosted by Jeff Perla and Natti Vogel, this evening of food, drinks, music, and dancing at one of our favorite NoHo eateries features a set by DJ Kasey Lynn.
June 22, 5pm-4am
Hosted by Ladyfag, this outdoor queer music festival is a safe space for Pride, welcoming all. It features 11 hours of intimate performances by Tommy Genesis, Kim Petras, Aquaria, Eve, and more.
June 22, 8pm-12am
The popular Brooklyn drag festival celebrates Pride. Featuring Horrorchata, Willam, Dida Ritz, Neon Calypso, Salami Sisters, and more, this event will be full of queer ‘90s nostalgia. Plus, there’s an open bar.
June 22-23, 9-9:30pm
Brought to you by Drag Queen Story Hour, this special event brings the children’s classics to an adult setting. Marti Cummings and Markus Kelle will read some of our favorite bedtime stories and serve some tunes and standup over some Pride-themed cocktails. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Ali Forney Center.
Glitterati Pride: No Place Like Home
House of Yes
June 22, 10pm-4am
Sparkles, glitter, and glitz are required for entry, with sustainable biodegradable glitter available from BioGlitz. The event features performances by Amber Valentine, Mike Swells, Johnny Five, and more.
June 24, 2-10pm
Hosted by Brandon Voss and Michael Cohen, Candis Cayne headlines this rooftop Pride party. The free event also features sets by DJs Ryan Kenny and Valissa Yoe, as well as living art by Darrel Thorne.
June 24, 3-10pm
Hosted by Nylon and Frankie Sharp, this free event will feature performances by Logan’s Run, Juan Garcia, Antitwink, and more. Shangela and cast members of Pose on FX will also be in attendance.
Bad Behavior: NYC Pride Afterparty
House of Yes
June 24, 8pm-3am
Wrap up Pride with music by JD Samson at this popular Brooklyn venue. Partnering with OkCupid, dark room activities are provided by NYC Inferno.