We're coming up on the end of June, which means the biggest Pride events are just beginning. To help you sort through all of your options (there are a lot), we've rounded up our critics' picks for the top dance parties, drag shows, and festivals for the weekend, from Kremwerk Complex Pride Week to PrideFest Capitol Hill. See them all below, and check out even more options on our complete Pride calendar.
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COMMUNITY EVENTS, PARADES & FESTIVALSFRIDAY
Trans Pride Seattle
For the seventh year, the Gender Justice League will host a full day of activities celebrating trans, non-binary, and gender diverse identities on Capitol Hill with live music, speeches, and comedy in Cal Anderson Park following UW Q's Trans Pride Parade at Seattle Central College. Also, check out a cocktail-filled kickoff at Babeland and a laid-back community tea at Friday Afternoon the day after the main event.
Capitol Hill Pride March and Rally
The day before the Seattle Pride Parade, rally and march with your Capitol Hill neighbors to honor the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.
Seattle Central College
PrideFest Capitol Hill
The sixth year of PrideFest Capitol Hill and the 50th anniversary of Stonewall will collide on this merry occasion. Spend all day skipping across the freshly painted rainbow crosswalks in the company of fellow LGBTQ+ Seattleites and allies, stopping along the way for human and canine drag shows, family activities, karaoke, and so much more.
Cal Anderson Park & North Broadway
Seattle Dyke March
For the 25th year, this Pride event will celebrate all identities, with a special focus on queer womxn. Start by rallying in Capitol Hill with speakers and performers before being led in a march by the Seattle Dykes on Bikes.
Seattle Central College
PrideFest Seattle Center
Think of this event as the pot of gold at the end of the Seattle Pride Parade rainbow—one filled with all-ages entertainment from noon to night. This year's event coincides with the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, with "history moments" sandwiched between artist showcases, live music, and performances by everyone from Jinkx Monsoon to Chi Chi LaRue.
Seattle Pride Parade
After a month's worth of Pride events, queers and allies of all stripes join the epic procession that is the Seattle Pride Parade, which goes from Fourth Avenue all the way to PrideFest at Seattle Center. It's a cream-of-the-crop people-watching opportunity, not to mention the best place to wave your rainbow flags in the breeze.
MULTI-DAY CLUB & NIGHTLIFE FESTIVALSWEDNESDAY-SUNDAY
Kremwerk Complex Pride Week
The Kremwerk Complex has spent the last five years establishing itself as a well-respected touchstone within our city's drag, performance, dance music, and DJ scenes, so naturally, their Pride weekend events pull from all their strengths. If you’re on the hunt for the best drag and runway looks in town, kick off the weekend with Thriftease, Day Drag, and Soft Shock on Thursday; Cucci’s Critter Barn, Rapture, and MUGZ on Friday; Arthaus 5.0 All-Stars and Revival: Lights Out on Saturday; and Gothic Barbie Drag Haus on Sunday. If you're a real night owl, stay late on Thursday for Midnight Snack, an indulgent drag revue, and on Saturday for KINGS: A Drag King Show, Pride Saturday with Bézier, Princess Superstar, Larry Tee, Paradox Rei and S L I P: Pride After Hours, a slinky party with our city's best drag and DJ talents that will keep you up through the morning. If the urge to shimmy is guiding your itinerary, then strip down to your panties for HEAT’s Pride Underwear Party on Friday, spin out to Bézier’s genre-defying set on Saturday, enjoy the talents of local DJ collective BabexHouse on Sunday, or wind down at the concluding all-day tea dance co-presented by Re-Bar.
Neighbours Pride Week
The usual weekend activities at Neighbours have been interrupted by Pride, this time with five back-to-back days of high-energy club music, dancing, drag, gamer connections, and more. Things will get started on Wednesday with a Gay Gamers drag and dance party, followed by a special edition of VIBES on Thursday. Come back for a dance party with DJ Billy the Kid on Friday and a special edition of Inferno on Saturday. Finally, wrap things up on Sunday with an early-evening dance party with DJ Flow 206 or a late-night Latin Pride party with DJ Luis.
Seattle Alternative Pride Festival
True to the diverse spectrum of sexuality and identity, Pride runs in several currents. NARK magazine's event series bills itself as being "for EVERYONE, EVERYBODY and EVERY BODY." Kick things off Wednesday with a market at Grim's filled with possible party looks for your weekend. At Thursday's Laser Show at Pacific Science Center, dance to curated sets by DJ Gag Reflex and s O F T P E A K s, and spend Friday sampling rooftop happy hour drinks at MBar, making out with strangers at Queer/Bar, or partying at the Pigs Fly Fetish Night at Grim's. Recover Saturday with a special double-boat Pride cruise, and/or the 28-hour Pride Is For Everyone dance party at Grim's, and finish up on Sunday at the Backdoor with South East, Gluttony, Matt Troy, and many more. Some money from the parties will benefit Gay City and its health projects.
Beloved gay haunt Pony will stick to their talents this Pride, with night after night of eclectic DJ sets and sweaty go-gos galore. They'll kick off on Thursday with Robust, a night of high-energy Italodisco hits spun by DJs Saturn.9 and Caravaggio's Lover. Friday night will feature Butt Stuff, a sexy-messy concoction of comedy, drag, and party music with Strawberry Shartcake, Woody Shticks, and DJ Sugar. Let Beach Bum take you from afternoon into evening on Saturday, with Ursula Major's spooky drag and DJ Skiddle's sun-soaked soundtrack. The weekend's star event will be Pandemonium on Saturday, a freaky-deaky drag and dance night featuring local talents like Amoania, Britt Brutality, and Hot Pink Shade, and DJs Saturn.9 and Livwutang on the decks. Bask in a Pride weekend cool-down on Sunday with the World's Tiniest Tea Dance, a long-running afternoon-into-evening celebration with campy classics slung by DJs King of Pants and Sling Dion, Adé on the mic, and James Darling on the pole.
Queer Bar's Queer/Pride Festival
Queer Bar’s three-day Pride party features go-go performers, DJs, a celebrity guest (Carson Kressley, one of the original Queer Eye guys, currently a RuPaul's Drag Race judge), drag and performance artists (including Drag Race finalists), and live music by some very special guests. LGBTQ icon and New Orleans–brewed “Queen of Bounce” Big Freedia headlines the festivities with big, booming hip-hop that finds her shouting over rapid-fire beats and engaging in nasty, call-and-response lyrics, all of it whirring to a loud, make-ya-ass-shake climax (see: “Booty-Whop”), or segueing directly into her next banger. Grammy-winning breathy-sweet R&B songbird and Dancing with the Stars alum Mýa is also on the bill. You know her from (1) the 2008 “Lady Marmalade” redux (with Pink, Christina Aguilera, and Lil' Kim); (2) “Case of the Ex (Whatcha Gonna Do),” a 2000-era jam about a creeper ex-girlfriend; and (3) “Best of Me, Part 2,” that sexy grooving hip-hop joint with Jay Z circa 2000 (it was a good year for Mýa). Seattle pop maker Left at London, ethereal rapper DoNormaal, and surrealist drag band the Loungettes also perform. A portion of the ticket proceeds go to nonprofit group OutRight Action International, which fights for the safety, dignity, freedom and equality of LGBTQ people around the world. LEILANI POLK
Wildrose PRIDE with GayEXP
Lesbian holdout the Wildrose will revamp their annual 15,000 sq. ft. block party for Pride with live music, all-day and all-night DJ sets, gogo dancers, multiple bars, and food from Pettirosso. If you want to bro down, they’ll have an eight-team beer pong table. If you’re more of the boogie type, enjoy the services of DJ Riz all day Sunday and sets by ManDate, MirrorGloss, and Chanarah on Saturday.
Cuff Pride Block Party
Brush shoulders with talents from American Idol and The Voice at this two-day Pride celebration filled with DJs and live performances hosted by local queen Vicky Vox. Saturday's lineup is Steve Grand, Tony Moran, and David Hernandez, with Ada Vox Thelma Houston, Thea Austin, and Oneup rolling in on Sunday.
LIVE MUSIC & DANCE PARTIESTHURSDAY
Pride Kick Off with Moon Palace, MANiCA, Seaside Tryst
In honor of Pride Week, Seattle indie-rockers MANiCA and Seaside Tryst will donate proceeds from this gig to the Lavender Rights Project, which provides social services to trans and queer low-income people. You can also buy goods from Queer Love Mart & Kiki Robinson at a pop-up market.
Mamma Mia! Pride Edition
Shimmy and shake to the biggest, sparkliest hits of the '70s, with a special feature of tracks from the ABBA discography, thanks to DJ Disco Vinnie.
SLAY "Pride Edition"
SLAY, Seattle’s LGBTQ+ and POC hip-hop dance party, will ramp up for Pride and donate proceeds to Planned Parenthood and local LGBTQ-focused charities. DJs Ronin Roc and Automaton will be on the decks, a photo booth will be up and running for all your memory-capturing needs, and drink specials will be flowing.
Stayin' Alive at the Roller Disco!
Take your disco outfit to the next level by adding a pair of roller skates and going around the rink (or grooving at the bar) to funky beats from DJs Ajax, Doc the Lion, Jame$ervin, Jesse Leer, Koister, Lady Auds, Pezzner, Zac Levine, and Live Sax by Spencer Edgers.
Southgate Roller Rink
Day Crush to Night Crush
Night Crush is a monthly dance party for queers that centers on people of color to maintain a safe space for QTPOC, people of varying abilities, and all bodies. This popular night will be doubled in duration for Pride, taking its attendees through a day of gogo crews and DJs—including Stas Thee Boss and Kween Kay$h—into a night of queer magic with Casual Aztec, Delish Da Goddess, and more.
Thank U, Next
Whip your high pony around to tracks that graced our Top 40 pop charts this year, with hits by all your favorite "Dangerous Women" in music.
Train Car Pride Party: Riz and Rob = Won Love!
Celebrate Pride by dancing the night away to house music inside an old train car.
Flammable Pride Edition!
Flammable, the "longest-running house music night on the West Coast" will get an extra dose of Pride energy courtesy of Derek Pavone, Spaceotter, Brian Lyons, and Mich Eugene.
DRAG SHOWS & PERFORMANCESTHURSDAY
Gender Is a Joke
Queer comedians will inspire you to raise your voice in laughter and cheers while you raise money for the Gender Alliance of the South Sound. Hear jokes from delightful locals like Andy Iwancio, El Sanchez, Nancy Jean Naly, Chocolate the Entertainer, and others.
Stand Up for Pride
Get irreverent with prolific, delightful local comedians Bobby Higley and Woody Shticks, who'll host a night of queer laughs with stand-up comics Caitlin Weierhauser, Sabrina Jalees, Patti Harrison, and Matteo Lane. Some proceeds will benefit Seattle PrideFest. On Higley, Dave Segal writes: "Growing up in a Mormon family in Utah and Idaho, thin white androgyne Bobby Higley must have stuck out like '70s-era David Bowie at a hardcore-punk gig. She has turned the pain of being bullied in school and misunderstood at home into one of the raunchiest and funniest acts on Seattle's comedy stages."
SIFF Cinema Egyptian
According to Chase Burns, the regular drag night TUSH! is proof that "the best drag in town doesn't just happen on Capitol Hill anymore." Join host Betty Wetter and DJ Arson Nicki for what no doubt will be an extra-rowdy Pride edition, starring Angel Baby Kill! Kill! Kill!, Beau Degas, Miss Texas 1988, and special guests Strawberry Shartcake and Stasia Coup.
BeautyBoiz Queer AF
Live large with a gaggle of queer talent and see aerial, burlesque, and drag performances by the likes of Thadayus, Kimber Shade, LüChi, Karmen Korbel, Beau Degas, Angela Visalia, Cody James, Faggedy Randy, Gunner Field, and Brandon Lentz.
Fred Wildlife Refuge
Gender Tender: Melted Riot
For a conceptual take on Pride, Fox Whitney, the 2018 Velocity Dance Center Artist in Residence, has created a reverie based on "drag artist and cabaret singer Stormé DeLarverie throwing the first punch at the Stonewall Riots." MELTED RIOT evokes the queer community's reactions to oppression and support through durational performance, visuals, and dance.
Velocity Dance Center
Mae West's The Drag: A Homosexual Comedy in Three Acts
When The Drag first opened in 1927, a reviewer for Variety apparently called it "an inexpressibly brutal and vulgar attempt to capitalize on a dirty matter for profit." After only 10 performances, the play was shut down for "indecency." So, in honor of indecency, in honor of the vulgar, and in honor of capitalizing on dirty matters, we must all go see this historical revival about a gay man named Rolly Kingsbury coming out in much more homo-hostile times (in America, at least), and then marvel at how far we've come, and how far we've yet to go. RICH SMITH
They/Them: The Festival
Drag king and former Intiman Emerging Artist Sam I'Am presents They/Them: The Musical, a solo show. Sam I'Am plays an expecting mother imagining the ways the life of their child would change depending on gender. Though their character explores the slipperiness of gender, the music will be "kinda more traditional," according to Annex. Each night of the festival will kick off with a little cabaret featuring stand-up comedy, burlesque, and musical performances from trans, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming performance artists. RICH SMITH
Love Out Loud
The hotel will play host to Pride activities all weekend long, starting with a drag show with diva titaness Mama Tits on Friday, followed by a feather-clad burlesque show with Waxie Moon, J Von Stratton, Moscato Extatique, Ruby Mimosa, and Faggedy Randy on Saturday, and ending with a mimosa-filled brunch (Mama Tits will return for this one) to cure your hangover on Sunday.
Get yourself to Linda's for a boozy brunch with DJ Mobilhomo, who will be spinning "vinyl queer weirdness" to soundtrack your egg-eating and cocktail-sipping. Then, after a little nap, come back in the evening for "the best free drag show on Capitol Hill" starring Shar Cooterie and Puke Nukeum, with special guests Stacey Starstruck, Londyn Bradshaw, Kaleena Markos, Klaudya Markos, Siren, Karmen Korbel, and Old Witch.
Watch queers like Moon Palace, Lola Meraz, Lesbian Death Bed, Stres, Randy Ford (so graceful, so worth seeing!), and Kiki Larson pay tribute to dyke icons, with a "queer ass dance party with DJ Onesies" following at Vermillion.
Lipstick Libations: A Dark Violet Production
Adra Boo will "femmce" a "glam, queer, dirty, grindy" burlesque show with much-admired dancers like Nox Falls, Violet Tendencies, Briq House, Mia Maravilla, Seraphina Fiero, Carson St. Clair, and Sapphire Savant.
Palace Theatre & Art Bar
Terrific burlesque/boylesque stars Waxie Moon, Jamie Von Stratton, Moscato Extatique, Ruby Mimosa, and Faggedy Randy will shake it to the beats in this sexy-sounding Pride celebration.
Scrambled Drags: West End Brunch
Savor a special brunch menu (not included in ticket price, but you do get a free mimosa or orange juice) and enjoy performances by beloved queens Amora Dior Black, Betty Wetter, Fraya Love, Londyn Bradshaw, and Old Witch.
Skylark Cafe & Club
Spec Script: Transparent
This Portland podcast is based on a delightfully silly concept: A comic who has never seen a popular TV show like Game of Thrones or Black Mirror writes a "spec script" for an episode, which is then read by other comedians. For this special edition, Lexi Haack has written her version of Transparent, to be performed exclusively by trans actors Max Delsohn, Corina Lucas, Vee Chattie, Nancy Jean Naly, D Martin Austin, and Juliet Mylan. Andy Iwancio and Chris Khatami will host.
Blue Moon Tavern
FOOD & DRINK EVENTSWEDNESDAY–SUNDAY
Pride at Hotel Sorrento
Kicking off with a drag show starring Tipsy Rose Lee, the historic Hotel Sorrento will host five days of activities for Pride. Thursday brings a chance to flirt with fellow LGBTQ+ singles over rainbow punch, Friday brings a temporary tattoo station and a dance party with DJ Josh Quest, Saturday brings a day-drinking garden party, and Sunday brings a jazz brunch.
After Hours: aQUEERium
Are you a queer adult who loves marine life and cocktails? Head to the Seattle Aquarium after hours for some educational fun.
As the official beer sponsors of Pride, Elysian brewers concocted a special fruit-forward ale by adding blackberry and raspberry purees to the fermenter—and naturally, it's glittery, too. Try it for yourself at Friday's funk-themed "pre-funk" and groove to tunes from excellent local DJ Stas THEE Boss. During the main event on Saturday, hang out in the beer garden all day to partake in temporary tattoos, a photo booth, and even more music from DJ Riz, DJ LGSP, DJ Trinitron and DJ Ramiro. A drag show headlined by RuPaul's Drag Race season five winner Jinkx Monsoon will cap things off.
FOOD & DRINK
Capitol Cider Pride Drag Brunch
Start your morning off right with Visage "Legs" LaRue and Smokey Brown, who will put on a fun and feisty show while you tuck into a gluten-free, boozy brunch menu.
VISUAL ART SHOWSTHURSDAY
Boozy Snow Cones and Naked Art
Through the LooQing Glass is a group show about queer bodies, featuring work by Matthew-Mary Caruchet, Mischa Ally, Mahogany LaPiranha, Bird Lindsay, Dev McCauley, OctoEyes, James Prost, Grego Rachko, Darby Rages, Panic Volkushka, and Timothy White Eagle. As you discover sculptures, collages, "odalisques," and more, sip spiked snow cones with suggestive names like "Timothée Chalamet's Summer Sweat," "Banana Hammock Split," "Unicorn Dandruff," and "Cisgender Tears."
Kevin Kauer: Nark
For many queers new to the Queen City, Nark Magazine’s photographs of Seattle queer parties are the first images that stand out to them about this city’s scene. They’re slick, gay, rowdy, hot—some would say intimidatingly so. But under the leadership of Kevin Kauer (with photography from Roman Robinson), Nark has captured much of the Seattle underground like no one else has. They are perfect archives of blissed out Seattle club kid moments. This show will dig deep into Nark’s archives, while also displaying club-inspired installations and new photography. CHASE BURNS
Look How Far We've Come: A Queer Art Show 902 Feet in the Air
Look How Far We've Come: A Queer Art Show 902 Feet in the Air is literally that—a bunch of queer art really high off the ground. Curated by Factory director Timothy Rysdyke, the show is featured right off the elevators at the 360-degree Sky View Observatory in the Columbia Center, Seattle's tallest skyscraper. And while I'm usually not super thrilled at the idea of grouping work solely by marginalized identity, this show works in its straightforwardness and the talent of all involved. Sequoia Day O'Connell's use of sickly greens and blues and bright neon pinks and oranges is an unexpected color combination that really works. After a night performing as Femme Daddy, Jessica Marie Mercy presses her made-up face into a baby wipe, creating these distinct portraits of drag, gender, and labor. Julian Peña's Black John Doe has a beautiful cool palette. Its perspective is like looking at a body through a pane of dewy glass, a slowly uploaded picture of a friend, someone who you know, but can't quite place, an idea, a projection, etc. JASMYNE KEIMIG
Sky View Observatory
Stay Gay: A Big Gay Art Show
Local artist/curator Jazz Mom has chosen some excellent Seattle-area queer artists to feature, such as rock musician/animator/sculptor Clyde Petersen, neon queen Nikita Ares, embroidery portraitist Michael Volz, and many others.
Gay Camp Classics
What better time to revisit campy gay short films from the '60s, presented by Scarecrow and Something Weird, than during Pride Week? What Really Happened to Baby Jane ("a spirited reimagining of the Crawford/Davis classic"), Always on Sunday (a boring bar turns abruptly fabulous), and Spy on the Fly (in which Agent 0069’s goes after Fonda Peters) were made by the Gay Girls Riding Club. DJ Risk Management will open the event with some tunes.
Before Stonewall: The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community
In the wee hours of June 28, 1969, NYC police raided a Greenwich Village gay bar called Stonewall Inn, which led to three nights of rioting and ultimately initiated the modern gay and lesbian liberation movement. Originally released in 1984, Before Stonewall: The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community offered a decade-by-decade history of homosexuality in America leading up to the charged moment with archival footage and interviews with pioneering cultural figures and activists who experienced the closeted history firsthand, many of whom have since passed—Audre Lorde, Allen Ginsberg, Richard Bruce Nugent, and Barbara Gittings among them. While it may seem like ancient history, LGBTQ Americans are still fighting for equality, whether it’s in the bathroom or a wedding cake shop, which makes the theatrical rerelease of a newly restored edition of the doc (which is screening at NWFF in conjunction with Seattle Pride) feel more relevant than ever. LEILANI POLK
Northwest Film Forum
READINGS & TALKSTHURSDAY
Walt Odets: Out of the Shadows
Love won, right? Not exactly, argues clinical psychologist Walt Odets in his new book, Out of the Shadows, which the New York Times describes as "part polemic, part memoir, and part road map for gay people hoping to live fully." Odets watched his friends and patients die during the AIDS crisis, and now he watches survivors of the plague continue to suffer from the lingering psychological effects of intense stigmatization in the face of claims that we're living in a "post-homophobic society." Focusing on gay men specifically, Odet finds increasing isolation and generational friction, as well as a constant struggle with a society that continues to pathologize them. Though the Times thinks Odet's solutions to these problems are a bit pat and dated, the memoir sections read with "aching" beauty and poignancy.RICH SMITH