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The Biggest Pride 2024 Events in Portland

Pride Festivals, Parties, and More This June and July
June 5, 2024
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Iconic Portland drag queen Jinkx Monsoon headlines this year's Portland Pride Waterfront Festival. (Jinkx Monsoon via Facebook)
Last year, the city moved its *official* Pride Month to July, which means that Portlanders are now taking the opportunity to celebrate the LGBTQIA2S+ community for two whole months. It's a queer summer, y'all! We’ve rounded up gag-worthy events happening from Pride Month in June through Portland Pride Month in July. Grab your girls, gays, and theys and sashay to events from the Portland Pride Waterfront Festival to the Portland Trans Pride March and from a Zodiac Rainbow Ball to BuzzCutt's First Annual Summer Fest: PDX's Alcohol-Free Pride Party.

COMMUNITY

Pride at the Museum Remind List
Who doesn't love bright colors and flashing lights? As part of Pride at the Museum, you can play with 20,000 LEDs to freeze your shadow, paint with light, and bounce laser beams. Speaking of lasers—the planetarium will have light shows synced to the music of Lady Gaga, Queen, and Beyoncé. Science-oriented queers can check out demonstrations on flying robots, big data, renewable energy, and explore the museum's featured exhibit, Tyrannosaurs - Meet the Family. Local queen Poison Waters will host drag queen story time in the kid-oriented Science Playground and emcee a drag show later in the evening. Cap things off with a little shopping: Always Here Book Store will be on hand with queer books for all ages, and Gay Crochet Co has some of the cutest handmade products I've ever seen (pride flag octopuses?!?). SL
OMSI, Central Eastside (Fri June 21)

Oaks Park Pride Remind List
Oaks Park celebrates the Portland queer community with a day of discounted rides, limited-edition treats, pride-themed carnival game prizes, special performances, and more. Did I mention free cake and balloons? You can stop by a vendor fair, play a few rounds of mini-golf, and even try out your moves on wheels at a special Pride edition of the popular Gay Skate at the roller rink. Amusement parks already trigger great joy for me, I can't wait to go to one filled with queer folx and covered in rainbows. SL
Oaks Amusement Park, Sellwood (Sun June 30)

Pride Beaverton 2024 Remind List
The seventh annual edition of Pride Beaverton is channeling cosmic energy with the theme "We are all made of stars." The festivities kick off at 11 am with a parade through downtown Beaverton, but the fun will continue all day. Sir Cupcake's Queer Circus, drag musician Saint Syndrome, and '80s girl wave tribute band Blonde Neon are slated to bring their superstar energy to the stage. Plus, a vendor fair will showcase pride gear and other goods from local artisans. JW
Beaverton City Park, Beaverton (Sun June 30)

Rainbow Ride! Remind List
Inclusivity is the word at this Pedalpalooza ride that invites LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, allies, and accomplices of all ages, abilities, and riding levels to show their pride on two wheels. Deck yourself and/or your ride out in vibrant rainbow colors, and head to the starting point at Colonel Summers Park for an approximate five-mile, flat route. The colorful contingent will end up at the Cart Blocks, where a party with three DJs and vogue dance performances by the Legendary House of Ada will go 'til late o'clock. JW
Colonel Summers Park, Buckman (Mon July 1)

Pride Night Market
Remind List Most people know local nonprofit Pride Northwest as the group that puts on the pride parade, but this year they're also partnering with Hotel Zags to host an evening market—everyone loves a night market! All are welcome to check out wares from LGBTQIA2S+ vendors (carrying everything from vintage threads to handcrafted goodies), get groovy on the dance floor, and enjoy a variety of snacks and drinks. Recommended mood: unleashing your inner fabulousness. SL
The Hotel Zags, Downtown (Fri July 12)

Pedalpalooza: Chappell Roan Ride
Remind List Sure, this Pedalpalooza bike ride isn't explicitly pride-themed, but I mean...come on. Self-proclaimed Midwest princess Chappell Roan drops solid selections of synthy, teen-dream-filled "queer girl bops" (NPR), and her upbeat party vibes (and crazy-ass outfits) mean you can totally get away with dressing as a sequined mermaid as you cruise the streets for your next crush. If "hot pink cowgirl" isn't your speed, may I recommend the Love Lies Bleeding ride (BYO tanning oil, cigarettes, and sweaty bod) on June 20 or the Erasure '80s/'90s dance ride (BYO neon polyester) on June 22? LC
Irving Park, King (Sat July 20)

Portland Trans Pride March
Remind List With the theme "Agitate and Celebrate," this year's Trans Pride rally and march promises to do plenty of both. Take the time to honor the trans folx who have paved the way while recognizing the work ahead to achieve a world in which all are free to be who they are. The event is organized by Greater Portland Trans Unity, whose website header shouts the message, "anti-capitalist, anti-fascist, anti-racist, anti-cop, and pro fucking trans." Sounds like a revolution worth joining! In a country that's increasingly passing laws restricting the rights of trans folx, it's more important than ever to be visible as we come together and celebrate trans lives. SL
North Park Blocks, Northwest Portland (Sat July 20)

Portland Dyke March 2024
Remind List Celebrating 30 years of raising visibility for dyke culture, the Portland Dyke March showcases “dykes of all persuasions,” including "trans and nonbinary dykes, dykes of color, bi and pan dykes, lesbians, disabled and deaf dykes, kink dykes, and dykes with children." Break out the magic markers and make your rowdiest signs, then head over to Tom McCall Waterfront Park to take to the streets with raucous cheers and protest chants. SL
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Downtown (Sat July 20)

Portland Pride Waterfront Festival Remind List
The pride of Portland and Queens of All Queens Jinkx Monsoon will treat us plebs to their musical stylings as the headliner at this year’s Pride Waterfront Festival—it may be summer, but it's monsoon season, baybee! Pride Northwest, the nonprofit behind Portland’s flagship Pride event, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and has declared a “Feast and Love” theme for the occasion. Consider a $10 donation, which goes toward Pride Northwest’s year-round programming, or splurge on a VIP pass to unlock extras like exclusive meet-and-greets, lounge access, and more. JW
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Downtown (July 20–21)

Portland Pride Parade Remind List
Sure, the Pride Parade may include corporate companies and their rainbow-washing ways, but that doesn't mean you should sit it out. This raucous expression of queer joy also features dozens of community groups that support the LGBTQIA2S+ community year-round. Plan ahead, as tens of thousands of people will flood into downtown for the biggest parade in the state—once it's over, head to the Portland Pride Waterfront Festival Remind List to keep the party going. JW
Downtown (Sun July 21)

Sea Sickening Boat pRide Remind List
Time to pop some Dramamine and get in loser—it's time to get sea sickening, not seasick! The Portland Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and Poison Waters will be your cruise directors for the afternoon as local drag royalty Saint Syndrome, Inanna Miss, and Valerie DeVille; DJ QueerCub; and '80s cover band Ursabomb take you on the Pride ride of your life. JW
Portland Spirit Salmon Springs Dock, Downtown (Sun July 21)

LIVE MUSIC/PARTIES & NIGHTLIFE

FLAME Vintage Vinyl Dance Party presents: Queer Country Junction
Past Event List In honor of Pride Month, mid-century vinyl specialist DJ Action Slacks revives her defunct dance night "Queer Country Junction" for one night only, shining a light on pioneering queer voices in American roots music. Stomp your boots to a classic mix of country, Americana, and rockabilly tunes from the '50s-'80s (think Lavender Country, Wilma Burgess, and k.d. Lang) in your best, sparkliest Western wear. Now can I get a "yee-haw?!" AV
The World Famous Kenton Club, Kenton (Sat June 15)

Pride Amplified
Past Event List If you like to be in bed before midnight, skip the late-night pride dance parties for this low-key tribute concert. Band After Midnight will bring the infectious tunes, harmonies, and colorful fashions of ABBA to the stage alongside Depeche Mode cover band Hiding From Love and queer '80s dance band Ursabomb. Plus, there will be refreshing brews and food trucks to keep you fueled. Best part? It'll be over by 11 pm. AV
503 Distilling, Brooklyn (Sat June 15)

A Goon's Moon in June: A Pre-Pride Goon's Swoon Party
Remind List I'm honestly shocked that there are not more Pride events that coincide with this month's full moon. I mean, the moon is arguably the most world-renowned gay icon. Dance in the luminous glow of Lady Lunar at this selenic dance party that embraces "the freedom to be sexy, goofy, and wildly expressive." No matter which expression of pride you feel the strongest gravitational pull toward, this party will have it all: drag performers, go-go dancers, DJs (DJ Dissolve, MAWMIE, and Summerofmitch), and delicious food. AV
Secret location TBA (Fri June 21)

Gay Prom
Remind List Prom makes more sense for adults than it does for high schoolers. For one, most of us have shed our teenage insecurities and are more willing to take fashion risks and take up space on the dance floor. Plus, we likely have love in our lives worth celebrating—whether that be romantic or platonic. And, we’re old enough to drink alcohol, which naturally makes a party more tolerable. Give yourself the prom experience you deserve at this queer prom aiming to "support and celebrate [the] ever-growing community of acceptance and diversity." Come dressed to impress in something glamorous, bold, or just something that makes you feel, as the promoters put it, "fabulous and free." AV
The Aura Nightclub & Lounge, Metzger (Sat June 22)

Our Corner of the Sky: Pride on Broadway
Remind List Are you ready to get gay?! The Portland Gay Men's Chorus can help—as one of the longest-running gay men's choruses in the country, they'll be feeling extra-festive for Pride season. Our Corner of the Sky: Pride on Broadway worships at the shrine of musical theater—you'll hear numbers from Carousel, Anything Goes, Wicked, Dear Evan Hansen, Newsies, Into the Woods, Six, Pippin, and many other productions. The show's eclectic program "celebrates and affirms our right to lives of authenticity and joy," so you'll leave feeling all warm and fuzzy, too. LC
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks (Sat June 22)

Wild Queer
Remind List Take a walk on the wild side at this queer dance party and fundraiser supporting local nonprofit Wild Diversity in their mission to connect Black, Indigenous, POC, and LGBTQ+ communities to nature through outdoor adventures and education. All community members and allies are invited to bust a move as DJs Sltwtr, ALoSo, and Black Daria control the decks. This year's theme is inspired by the style of Sex Education's Eric Effiong—that means vibrant colors, pattern clashing, and ’80s-style garb. AV
Revolution Hall, Buckman (Sat July 13)

Zodiac Rainbow Ball
Remind List Where are my Virgo baddies at?! If you're familiar with your Big Three, I wouldn't miss Rebound's monthly ball this time around–they'll kick off Portland Pride weekend with a Zodiac-themed kiki. (Categories include "cunt vs. cunt," "realness," and "vogue performance.") "Your zodiac is your house for this ball," the event announcement explains. I assume this means you should dress with your sun sign in mind—each sign has been assigned a color for monochromatic looks. Am I slightly let down, yet not surprised, that Virgos have been assigned brown?! Yes!! But whatever, we're gonna slay anyway. LC
The Get Down, Buckman (Fri July 19)

Gaylabration Presents: ASCENSION
Remind List Gear up for "the biggest dance party of Portland Pride weekend." DJs Roland Belmares, Dance Mom, and Chelsea Starr will play bouncy beats until the wee hours of the morning along with performances from LED hula hoopers Revol Artists. All profits will be donated to Pride Northwest, Cascade Aids Project, and New Avenues for Youth. AV
Crystal Ballroom, West End (Sat July 20)

Switch Pride: Ariel Zetina, Emoji Heap, and othrwrld
Remind List Blossoming out of the extinct Portland bar Killingsworth Dynasty (RIP), this periodic queer dance party has entered a new era at their new home of Holocene. Diane Rott and Witch Prince will host this annual pride party featuring house, techno, and Belizean punta beats from Chicago-based selector Ariel Zetina. She will be joined by local DJs Emoji Heap and othrwrld. AV
Holocene, Buckman (Sat July 20)

FOOD & DRINK

Kindness Farm Pride Party Past Event List
Get dolled up in your most cottagecore ensemble to frolic amongst your fellow queers in the idyllic pastoral setting of Kindness Farm, a community farm led by queer, immigrant, and refugee volunteers. The festivities will include a tea tent with blends made with herbs grown on the farm, outdoor games like cornhole and giant Jenga, picnic table painting, flower printing, farm tours, dancing, and freebies (including kombucha, CBD soda, and snacks). You're also welcome to help participate in building a pride altar—bring candles and  offerings. JB
Kindness Farm, Pleasant Valley (Sat June 15)

Drag Brunch at Freeland Spirits Past Event List
Dig into brunch and imbibe boozy beverages while the fabulous queens Boujee Cherry, Kharisma, Jocelyn Knobs, and Jayla Rose stun with their jaw-dropping performances. We queer people love our multiple beverages, so it's extra fitting that Freeland Spirits has concocted a fruity little rainbow-hued pride cocktail flight, featuring the passion fruit-flavored "Dancing Queen," pineapple-flavored "Born This Way," blueberry-flavored "Over the Rainbow," and dragonfruit-flavored "Unicorn Gimlet." A percentage of proceeds from the event and from flight purchases will go to Basic Rights Oregon, the state's leading LGBTQ2SIA+ advocacy group. JB
Freeland Spirits, Northwest Portland (Sat June 15)

The 2nd Annual Pride Color Throw Remind List
Wear an all-white ensemble and prepare to be pelted with vibrant, colorful powder at this joyful all-ages Pride event hosted by Portland Beer Week and Threshold Brewing. Just exchange your suggested donation to Pride Northwest for some color packets, and enjoy the explosion of color spilling out over Threshold's outdoor street plaza. The event is followed by a parade around the Montavilla neighborhood, so you can strut around and show off your new rainbow raiment for all to see. JB
Threshold Brewing & Blending, Montavilla (Sat June 22)

The Flip Side Vegan Pride Market Remind List
A group of scrappy vegan vendors will sell their wares at this queer POC-organized event. This month's festivities feature over 30 booths, face painting, antics from Haha the Clown, ink from Liv of Awake N Woke Tattoo, and more. While you're there, grab a gooey "cinnasnail" from Hail Snail and a crisp beverage from Arbor Beer Lodge. The nonprofit Green Acres Farm Sanctuary will also be present to talk about their work caring for rescued animals. JB
Arbor Beer Lodge & Brewery, Arbor Lodge (Sat June 29)

Queer Wine Fest 2024 Remind List
The LGBTQ+ community doesn't often get its due in the wine world, and that's where this annual wine festival comes in. The picturesque Willamette Valley winery Remy Wines will host 15 queer-owned wineries from across the country at this al fresco tasting and Pride celebration, featuring food from Renegade Catering, live music from the local New Wave duo Camp Crush, ice cream from Salt & Straw, and an art show with a lineup of queer artists curated by designer and illustrator Zab Shavrick. JB
Remy Wines Tasting Room, Dayton (Sun June 30)

BuzzCutt's First Annual Summer Fest: PDX's Alcohol-Free Pride Party Remind List
Just because you're abstaining from alcohol doesn't mean you have to resign yourself to a tame existence (unless that's what you want, in which case, more power to you!). This event from the team behind the app BuzzCutt, which helps you find bars, restaurants, markets, and grocery stores serving non-alcoholic options, proves that you can have all of the revelry with none of the booze. Festivities will include your choice of three free canned non-alcoholic beverages, tastings, food available for purchase, tunes from DJ Jess the Ripper, a photobooth, raffles, and even a Jell-O wrestling tournament. Going zero-proof has never been so fun. JB
For Bitter For Worse, Piedmont (Sat Jul 20)

ARTS & PERFORMANCE

Pride 2024 Film Series
Remind List Portland officially celebrates Pride in July, but a little pregaming never hurt anyone. Go on ahead and celebrate gay stuff (and gender/sexuality in all its gloriously fluid forms) with this month-long screening series; it's also a pointed "fuck you" to the flagrantly fascistic who would try to censor our media choices. Clinton Street Theater's month of Pride films includes some of my favorites, like Paul Verhoeven’s young-and-hungry eleganza Showgirls and gaggy wasteland The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Desert Hearts will screen on June 18, a film that elicited a concise review from EverOut food and drink editor Julianne Bell: "I am very gay." LC
Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy (June 1–21)

Love Lies Bleeding // Dress Up Night
Past Event List In sophomore director Rose Glass’ queer melodrama Love Lies Bleeding, Kristen Stewart plays Lou, a chain-smoking dirtbag dyke and gym manager who splits her time between unclogging toilets, fending off the unwanted advances of her overzealous admirer Daisy (Anna Baryshnikov), worrying about her sister Beth (Jena Malone), reheating frozen dinners in a drab apartment, and masturbating on a faded couch in full view of her cat. When she meets ambitious muscle mommy Jackie (Katy O’Brian), who’s passing through town on her way to a bodybuilding competition in Las Vegas, the star-crossed sapphic lovers immediately fall into a spiral of toxic U-haul infatuation. Glass, who directed the 2019 psychological horror flick Saint Maud, brings a startlingly singular and stylish vision to life. She’s cited David Cronenberg’s Crash and Paul Verhoeven’s Showgirls as influences for Love Lies Bleeding, and the carnal obsession of those films shines through in her work. The result is a seedy, sexy, high-octane ride that holds its own amongst the erotic thriller canon. My advice? Give them daddy at this Father's Day screening—sweatpants, mullets, and muscle tees are highly encouraged. JB
Tomorrow Theater, Richmond (Sun June 16)

History Pub - Defining Moments: LGBTQ+ Stories from Past to Present
Remind List Paul Iarrobino, storyteller, Our Bold Voices founding director, and author of the fresh anthology Defining Moments: Essential Queer Stories, will head to the stage to share "pivotal moments of struggle...and journeys toward self-acceptance and empowerment from the intergenerational LGBTQ+ community." Iarrobino's just-released anthology spotlights LGBTQ+ perspectives from varying age groups; panelists at this talk will include book contributors Stacey Rice, Heidi Bruins Green, Jamison Green, and Joshua Thomas. Show up for the feel-good vibes, and stick around for the panel's emphasis on the resilience of queer folks across generations. LC
McMenamins Kennedy School, Concordia (Mon June 24)

Thank God It's Queer: Rope with Matinee Baby
Remind List Glamorous drag clown Carla Rossi will set the freaky scene for Thank God It's Queer's Pride Month screening of Hitchcock's '48 murder tale Rope. The film follows two "dapper psychopaths" (me and who?) as they strangle a guy, stuff his body in an antique chest, and proceed to host a dinner party. Naturally, they start acting weird about it, and dramatics ensue. (In the cunty words of Hitchcock himself, "Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.") The screening will be paired with Portland-born filmmaker Thom Hilton's Matinee Baby, a new short centering two Clinton Street Theater employees and a cast of their "increasingly wacky, genre-tinged suitors." LC
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District (Mon July 15)

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