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The Biggest Pride Month 2022 Events in Portland You Need to Know About

Mark Your Calendars for the Pride Parade, Drag Brunches, and More
June 7, 2022
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Bubbles, rainbows, and queer joy abound at the Portland Pride Parade. (Doug Brown)
It’s raining rainbows, hallelujah! That’s right beautiful people, another Pride Month is upon us, and there’s plenty of ways to get loud and proud, from family-friendly celebrations to events that are a little friskier in nature. Read on for our top picks, from Pride Pics to Made With Pride: A Queer Wine Festival and from Gaylabration to PDX Underground Pride: Dollapalooza. For more ideas, check out our full Pride calendar.


COMMUNITY

Portland Pride Waterfront Festival & Parade Add to a List
After a two-year COVID hiatus, the beloved Pride Waterfront Festival and Parade will return with a unifying, rainbow-tinted message of equality (and a whole lot of fun, too) from premier queer performers like Bolivia Carmichaels, Jayla Rose, and BeautyBoiz. On Sunday, get loud and proud with queer folks and allies at the Portland Pride Parade Add to a List  in celebration of love and equality.
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Downtown (June 18-19)

Beaverton 2022 Pride Parade & Pride in the Park Add to a List
Pride Beaverton invites you to have a gay ol' time, which starts with checking out a grand procession as it makes its way through downtown. The rest of the day will be just as exhuberant, with Poison Waters taking up emcee duties, a Pride DJ spinning the best bops, Sir Cupcake's Queer Circus entertaining the masses, and plenty of food and vendors around.
Beaverton City Park (Sun June 26)

Hillsboro Pride Party Add to a List
Drag diva Poison Waters and dance-pop bunch The CJ Mickens Band will make this a Pride party to remember. The free, all-ages, family-friendly event will also include art vendors, surprise performances, resource sharing, and plenty of snacks to nosh on.
Jerry Willey Plaza, Hillsboro (Sat June 11)

ARTS

History of Black Drag in Portland: An Evening of Conversation & Performance Add to a List
This evening of conversation and performance celebrates Juneteenth, Pride, and the history of Black drag in Portland with a discussion panel featuring drag greats Lawanda Jackson, Cicely, Maria Peters Lake, and Sheniqua Volt, plus dazzling drag performances by Coco Jem Holiday and Nay-Nay Leakes Cartier. DJ No.Bi.Es will set the mood.
McMenamins Kennedy School, Concordia (Thurs June 16)

PRIDE at the Museum Add to a List
This all-ages, science-centered Pride celebration has a little something for everyone. Laser light shows will catapult music by Lady Gaga and Queen to trippy new heights, and the museum's newest exhibit, The World of Leonardo da Vinci Add to a List , will be open with the artist's authentic folios and replicas of his greatest inventions on display. For those whose ideal Pride includes hard science, there'll be demos and lectures in the Empirical Theater, too.
OMSI, Central Eastside (Fri June 10)

Pride Pics Add to a List
LGBTQIA+ films hit the big screen in this outdoor film experience on the waterfront. Sit back with a bevvy and a picnic blanket for curated films each evening and decompress for a good cause—donation-based ticket proceeds benefit the community service work and programming of Pride Northwest. Saturday's screening includes a round-up of short films spotlighting social justice. The Glorious Ones celebrates uplifting moments in the lives of queer, lesbian, and non-binary Black women, while For Love looks closely at the impact of immigration on a relationship. On Sunday, the Oregon premiere of Being Bebe will dig into drag star BeBe Zahara Benet's hard-fought road to success.
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Downtown (June 18-19)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Pride Show Edition Add to a List
Rocky Horror virgins and veterans alike are welcome to this extra naughty Pride edition of Portland's landmark Rocky Horror Picture Show Add to a List , featuring the Clinton Street Cabaret's "shadow cast" performance in front of a screening in original 35mm.
Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy (Sat June 18)

FOOD & DRINK

Big Hats Brunch Show Add to a List
Don your most outrageously oversized chapeau for this drag brunch, which explores the intersection of Black culture and drag and features a lineup of local Black performers.
Curious Comedy Theater, King (Sat June 11)

Drag Brunch at Shine Add to a List
Take in a fabulous performance by "colorful, kooky, and highly caffeinated" queen Nicole Onoscopi and guests over brunch fare like eggs Benedict and mimosas at this queer-owned restaurant.
Shine Distillery, Boise (Sat June 18)

Made With Pride: A Queer Wine Festival, by and for the Community! Add to a List
This queer wine festival from Wine Country Pride, which celebrates the LGBTQ+ community of Willamette Valley, will showcase over 30 wines from 15 wineries from Oregon, California, and Washington, all of them queer-made, queer-grown, or from queer-owned wineries. The lineup includes Hooray for You Wine Company, Franchere Wine Company, RAM Cellars, Circadian Cellars, Sis & Mae Wine Co., Hip Chicks Do Wine, Statera Cellars, Koop Kitchen, and more. The night will also include food pairings and live music from Camp Crush. All proceeds from the $20 ticket go to wine Country Pride, while 100% of sales go directly to the producers.
Cellar 503, South Portland (Sat June 11)

LIVE MUSIC

Portland’s Gay Men Chorus Presents Let’s Get Proud Add to a List
Celebrate Pride with the sweet sounds of The Portland Gay Men's Chorus, who will lift your spirits with choral renditions of pop tunes centered around "self-love, reflection, and celebration" (think: Whitney Houston, Gloria Gaynor, Cher, Dolly Parton, etc).
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks (Sat June 18)

Portland Lesbian Choir: Hold Fast to Dreams Add to a List
The Portland Lesbian Choir will return to the stage for the first time in two years for a Pride celebration concert that will include the premiere of "Reverie," a dream-filled new work by Baltimore-based composer Alysia Lee.
Parkrose High School, Parkrose (Sat June 11)

PARTIES & NIGHTLIFE

BETTY: A queer dance party featuring Detox Add to a List
Detox, the self-described "most killingest crossdresser on the planet," will steal the show for this Pride-ful dance party. Join the RuPaul's Drag Race season five and All Stars season two contestant for a night of queer grooves, complete with DJ sets by Freak Daddy and Veruca and additional drag performances by Mona Chrome, Angel Darko, Zander, and Ruby Delish. Fierce!
Produce Row Cafe, Central Eastside (Thurs June 16)

Gaylabration 2022 - decaDANCE Add to a List
Gear up for "the biggest party of Portland Pride weekend" with DJ Deanne playing bouncy beats until the wee hours of the morning alongside LED hula hoopers, laser lights, and an airbrush body painting station.
Crystal Ballroom, West End (Sat June 18)

Let's Pride Together Block Party Add to a List
Welcome to the future: an augmented reality mural will make its debut on the side of the Badlands Building (formerly home to the iconic gay bar and club Embers). Portland Arts Laureate Joaquin Lopez will host a block party in celebration bursting with local color, including a Pride-themed flash mob, a drag queen show, vendors, and a performance of the original song "It's Rainin' Love" by the Portland Gay Men's Chorus, Portland Lesbian Choir, and Maybelle Community Singers.
NW Couch between 6th and Broadway, Old Town-Chinatown (Sat June 25)

PDX Underground Pride: Dollapalooza Add to a List
Klip Klop and Birthdaygurl are "calling all dolls, baes, faes, theys, daddies, baddies, mothers, partyboys, material girls, and allianas” for this epic Pride weekend extravaganza where you can tear up the dance floor and gag over performances by a pack of Pacific Northwest talent and special guests Willow Pill (RPDR S14 winner), Angeria Paris VanMicheals (RPDR S14 finalist), Majesty (Dragula S2), and Flawless Shade (Painted with Raven).
The North Warehouse, Eliot (June 17-19)

Pride on the Plaza Add to a List
Frolic around Portland's Pride Plaza where Scandals will have live music from Don't Tell Mary and the Scandals Sunday Jazz band, local DJs, and artists displaying and selling their art. If you'd like to party with a bit of exclusivity, a nominal cover will get you a spot on Scandals' patio, with all proceeds going to the nonprofit Peacock Productions and Audria M. Edwards Scholarship Fund.
Pride Plaza, West End (June 18-19)

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