There are so many different ways that you can celebrate Pride this year, whether it’s showing off your colors at a party with friends or marching through the streets to fight for the rights of others. However you like to show off your pride, you’re sure to find all of this and more in Philadelphia. This city knows that community is one of the most important parts of Pride, so you’ll always find an event that will let you meet others and celebrate what makes you unique. Be sure to visit throughout the month and see what this city has in store for you.
Pride Month Celebrations in Philadelphia
Sip City Mixer
There’s always someone new for you to meet at Pride, and no one knows that better than Sip City Mixer. This event invites the women of Philly’s LGBTQ+ community to come together and hang out with good drinks and great friends. On June 3, spend the night with a perfect view of the water at one of the city’s newest restaurants, Liberty Point. There, you’ll find a happy hour, social mixer and other events that let women come together and have fun celebrating who they are. It’s the perfect way to start off Pride Month this year with a new friend by your side.
SWEAT has always been known for creating the best night out for Philadelphia women of color. This year, they’ll be collaborating with Pride to make it their best celebration yet! Visit Cavanaugh’s River Deck on June 4 and spend the day making the most of this riverfront venue. There are five bars in the area to visit, and each one offers something exciting that will have everyone on their feet. You’ll find games and contests throughout the day as well as music performances to dance along to live hip hop, reggae and more.
PHL Pride March & Festival
Pride began with a march over 50 years ago, and that tradition continues today across the country. In Philly, it’s happening on June 5, thanks to the PHL Pride March & Festival. This is the city’s 50th anniversary of their first march, but it’s going to look a little different this year. The march begins at Independence Mall in Center City and moves through the city, acknowledging marginalized communities and local LGBT+ heroes along the way. Once it reaches the Gayborhood, have some fun at their outdoor festival, complete with live performances, youth and family programming area and a world of food to explore.
Pride Bar Crawl
Another way to explore the city this year is through the Pride Bar Crawl. This annual event leads Philly’s gay community through the city streets to find some of the best drinks in the city. Start your crawl on June 18 with a visit to over five bars, including Pulse Nightclub, Top Tomato Bar, Woody’s Nightclub and more. Each bar offers something different such as themed drinks for Pride and live entertainment, so you’ll never know what to expect when you arrive. The best part is that entrance to the bars is free so that you can have all the fun of Pride at no charge.
Science After Hours: Summer Ball
You may not think of science when you think of Pride, but the Franklin Institute is going to change that this year. On June 24, head to the museum to experience their Pride-themed Science After Hours event, Science After Hours: Summer Ball. The fun starts with a dance party inside the Planetarium, so you’ll have the stars hanging over you while you dance. Be sure to stick around for other events you might not find at your typical Pride parties, such as Drag Bingo, ballroom dancing lessons and science demonstrations that are sure to amaze.
If you’re looking for Pride fun that the whole family can enjoy, head to the Philadelphia Zoo on June 25. The zoo will be hosting Pride Day, a family-friendly day filled with events that every age can enjoy. You’ll find local LGBTQ+ organizations alongside the animals talking about what they do to help out the gay community. Visitors are encouraged to wear rainbow or Pride-themed outfits when they visit for a chance to win Zoo tickets as well as to show off their support while seeing their favorite furry friends.