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Pride Month is celebrated in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, a tipping point for the LGBTQIA+ rights movement in the United States. The Stonewall Uprising occurred at the Stonewall Inn, a bar that was meant to be a safe space for the LGBTQIA+ community. In the early morning on June 28, 1969, police raided the bar which caused riots, six days of protesting, and clashes with the police. The Stonewall Inn is still open today and is now a national monument in New York City.
On June 28, 1970, the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, the first Pride marches were held in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Since then, annual Pride traditions have been embraced across the country and around the world.
If you’re looking for ways to keep the momentum going and continue celebrating Pride Month, here are the must-attend parades, festivals and events happening in a city near you.
In a city known for its live music scene, the best way to celebrate Pride is with a music festival! Head to 4th Street on Saturday, June 24 for the fourth annual Pride in Local Music festival, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Austin LGBT Chamber Education Fund which provides scholarships to LGBTQ+ students in Texas. With two stages featuring local artists and a Pride marketplace, the event promises to be a full block party. Head over to the festival’s website to pregame with the Official Pride in Local Music Playlist.
For a family friendly option, grab a blanket and join Pease Park Conservancy and Future Front Texas for the second annual Pease Park Pride Picnic on Sunday, June 25. Enjoy a day of abundant sunshine, community, and a fabulous celebration of the summer solstice. Shop the Future Front market featuring 30 LGBTQ+ creatives, artists and small businesses and enjoy local Austin food trucks and snow cones. As they say, it’s a Pride Picnic, y’all.
Celebrate Pride Night at the Hangar during happy hour on Tuesday, June 27 at Hangar 72 Sports Tavern in North Charleston, featuring a partnership with Common House Ale Works. Then keep the party going with the Pride after party on the patio.
Interested in celebrating Pride all year long? Visit Charleston Pride, producers of the annual Charleston Pride Parade and Festival, to learn about other events throughout the year focused on promoting the visibility of the LGBTQ community through education, honoring heritage, advocacy and celebration of our diverse society.
To celebrate 40 years of Dallas Pride, AT&T and Dallas Pride unite to present Turn Up the Love on Friday, June 23. This music event at the AT&T Discovery District in Dallas supports The Trevor Project and furthers the mission to amplify LGBTQ+ voices and harness the power of musicians and artists to create awareness of the importance of love and acceptance. Arrive early for the LGBTQ+ Night Market featuring local vendors, followed by entertainment and musical performances beginning at 8 p.m.
On Saturday, June 24, head over to Fort Worth for the Trinity Pride Fest beginning at 6 p.m. at Magnolia Green. This free event features live music, local food and a vendor market. Bring your pets and your own chair and enjoy an evening on the Green!
Go back to where it all began with a series of LGBTQIA+ Pride events in New York City that commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Uprising. Join the annual NYC Pride March on Sunday, June 25, beginning at the corner of 25th Street and 5th Avenue and continuing onto Christopher Street and past the Stonewall National Monument. If you can’t join in person, watch the broadcast special starting at noon and available on streaming platforms. Visit NYC Pride for more events designed to inspire, educate and celebrate the diverse community.
Experience "Brilliant Resilience" at this year's OC Pride Parade & Festival in downtown Santa Ana on Saturday, June 24. The parade starts at 10 a.m. at Birch Park followed by a festival including live musical performances throughout the day and into the night. This free event has something for the entire family, featuring The Kids Zone and The Teen Space, and pets are welcome too!
Keep the party going on Sunday, June 25 at the OC Pride Beach Party at Strut Beach Club in Huntington Beach. Bring your towels and umbrellas and get ready for a day filled with tropical vibes, beach volleyball and dancing on the sand into the night.
With this year marking 50 years of Pittsburgh Pride, beginning with the 1973 march from Market Square to Schenley Park in commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, Pittsburgh is celebrating Pride Month will parades and festivals all month long.
Join the community for the annual Pride Millvale celebration on Saturday, June 24. The event features eight hours of live entertainment, including a Rising Star Showcase, Spoken Word Showcase, Comedy Showcase and more, along with 70 vendors and more than 50 participating Millvale businesses. This third annual event remains free to the community, entirely produced by volunteers, and promises to be bigger and more exciting than ever!
Close out Pride Month with celebrations all the way through Friday, June 30. Visit the return of the Queer Craft Market: Pride Edition at Union Project in Highland Park, featuring the work of local LGBTQIA+ makers, artists and creators. Or take the family to the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium for Family Pride Night to celebrate with a variety of fun, inclusive activities for families of all ages, including crafts, music and animal visits.
For those in the City of Oaks, head over to Fayetteville Street on Saturday, June 24 for the Out! Raleigh Pride event. Returning for its eleventh year, this inclusive and family-friendly event has activities for all ages, including live entertainment, local vendors and artists, a KidsZone, food trucks, a beer garden, and so much more! Come out to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community, friends and families and support the LGBT Center of Raleigh and its 20+ community programs.
Continue celebrating Pride Month with a variety of events and fundraisers to support the LGBTQIA+ community. Visit Raleigh Pride to see the full roundup, including live music at Ruby Deluxe on Tuesday, June 27 and a Pride Comedy Night at the Watts & Ward speakeasy on Wednesday, June 28.
Celebrating its 21st year, you don’t want to miss the St Pete Pride Parade & Festival, one of the largest pride parades in the country. Presented by Visit St Pete Clearwater, this free event features a variety of local vendors, food trucks, a DJ and beer garden at North Straub Park and live entertainment at Vinoy Park with a nonstop lineup all afternoon and into the night. Watch for a special appearance by the Humane Society of Tampa Bay!
Visit St Pete Pride for even more events to celebrate the local LGBTQIA+ community, including the Friday Night Concert at Jannus Live featuring Tony Award winner Idina Menzel!
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