Commemorating the Stonewall riots, June is LGBT Pride month. Honoring courage and celebrating diversity, Pride events take place all over the world. While many events occur in June, some cities host festivities throughout the summer, incorporating education, activism, history, motivation, and, of course, fun. Best known are the Pride parades, which feature floats, dancers, abounding rainbows, confetti, drag queens, live music, and more.
Here are a few upcoming events in the U.S. Stay tuned for more event info over the next few weeks.
Washington DC: June 1–8
Capital Pride brings together education and entertainment within a colorful, weeklong street festival in Washington DC. Get your body moving to some Latin beats at the Latino Fiesta Dance Party on Thursday, June 5, or show off your sci-fi costumes at the indoor/outdoor BLAST OFF! party on Friday, June 6. (For $20, you can get your ticket in advance; last year’s party sold out!) Enjoy the parade on Saturday, June 7, and then dance the day away at the Capitol Sunset closing party with DJ Tracy Young on Sunday, June 8.
Boston, MA: June 6–15
Events during Boston Pride celebrate the theme “Be Yourself, Change the World.” If you like dancing, go to the free Zumba class on Saturday, June 7, at Faneuil Hall. On Thursday, June 12, singers can show off at Pride Queeraoke, and baseball fans can watch the Red Sox face off against the Cleveland Indians on Pride Night at Fenway Park. If you’re sore from marching in the parade on Saturday, June 14, make sure to stop by the rest area and get a free massage! The festival that takes place directly after the parade will also offer shopping options with 130 vendors, a beer and wine garden for those over 21, and face painting activities for the younger ones.
Nashville, TN: June 13–14
In a city that is alive with the foot-tapping rhythm of country music, the Public Square Park hosts Nashville Pride, which includes a concert on Friday, June 13, that features acts like Mary Lambert and NONONO. $25 gets you access to both the concert and the festival; attending just the festival costs $5 at the door. (VIP passes are also available.)
Houston, TX: June 20–29
Houston is a city that really knows how to party for Pride. It’s going to be hot this month, so why not start with a dip at a pool party with an open bar on Sunday, June 22? If you’re into fashion, come see the latest summer swimwear and underwear styles hit the runway on Tuesday, June 24. Snow may be extremely rare in Texas, but you’ll get to pretend at Wonderland Houston, the city’s only circuit party, on Friday, June 27. The Pride Houston Parade and Festival will be on Saturday, June 28, with more than 200 contingents and exhibitors. A club experience like no other awaits at South Beach Night Club, the site of the official after-party that features liquid ice jets to keep the place cool. If you’re up for one last party to wrap up Pride week, you can dance your way through several feet of suds (and studs!) at Rapture: A Pride Foam Party on Sunday, June 29.