Pride Celebrations Take off This Weekend and Will Last Throughout the Summer
Pittsburghers can support the LGBTQ+ community virtually or in-person with dozens of events scheduled for Pride Month.
Pride month is here, queer and — this year — even has some in-person events.
Dozens of virtual and in-person Pride celebrations are taking place in Pittsburgh this month, with several happening this weekend. However you want to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community this summer, here are some events to mark on your calendar.
Pittsburgh Pride Revolution: June 4-6
Organized by Pittsburgh Pride Group, Pittsburgh Pride Revolution will include a march, mini festivals and a mixture of free and ticketed in-person and virtual events.
The weekend kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday with a Pride Drag Dinner Soiree Friday in Elizabeth, followed by a Pride Kick-off Party at Brewer’s Bar in Lawrenceville at 9 p.m. People may also celebrate virtually by tuning in to Broadcasts From the End of the World, The Cosmic Misfits’ apocalyptic variety show featuring burlesque, cosplay and singing.
The Pittsburgh Pride Revolution March will gather outside Pittsburgh’s City-County building on Grant Street at 11 a.m. and step off at noon on Saturday. The route will move through Downtown, cross over the Andy Warhol Bridge and end in Allegheny Commons Park West on the North Side. The march is free and open to everyone. Participants are encouraged to bring signs, music, flags and hand sanitizer.
Immediately following the march, a mini-festival will occur at Allegheny Commons Park West and last until 6 p.m. The free festival will include food trucks, music, performances and organization booths.
Another free mini-festival takes place from 3 to 10 p.m. Sunday at Trace Brewing in Bloomfield and features food trucks, drag queen story time, music from DJ Huny and a small closing celebration. Those looking to stay home can watch a virtual Pride show hosted by Luna La Creme, Mx Universe and Malcum Tent that highlights acts from all over Pittsburgh. The event takes from 3 to 7 p.m. on Zoom.
For the complete Pittsburgh Pride Revolution schedule, or to register an organization for the march, visit here.
Pride in June and Beyond
- June 5 – Join Pittsburgh FIT for their annual Pride workout and fundraiser. Workouts are free to attend and begin at 8 a.m.
- June 5 – Brewer’s Bar will have a night of hip-hop music for its Gay Pride Party/Ball starting at 9 p.m.
- June 8 and 22; July 13 and 27 – Carnegie Museum of Art will host a book club discussing “Stone Butch Blues,” a queer coming-of-age historical fiction novel. Those interested can pay what they wish to attend any of the series’ four sessions, which will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
- June 12 – The 3rd annual Vigil for the 49 will honor the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting with a live broadcast airing at 2 a.m. that lasts for 49 minutes.
- June 12 – Sanctuary Pittsburgh will celebrate local LGBTQ+ artists and artisans with its Out and Proud Vendor Market in Lawrenceville. The event is free and lasts from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- June 12 – Local jazz vocalist Phat Man Dee will host a concert honoring musician and composer Billy Strayhorn, an openly gay Black man raised in Homewood. People can purchase tickets to view the performance in person or virtually. The concert begins at 7 p.m.
- June 13 – Enjoy drag queen performances over Bingo and brunch at the DoubleTree Pittsburgh Meadow Lands in Washington County. Doors open at noon; Bingo starts at 2 p.m.
- June 13 – Watch family-friendly drag queen performances from Georgia Bea Cummings, Tad Garloch, Victoria L Van Cartier and Divauna Taravella. The event will be outdoors and socially distanced at Black Dog Wine Company in North Fayette Township, and include food truck La Cantina. A meet and greet with the performers starts at 2 p.m.; the show begins at 3 p.m.
- June 18 – 20 – The annual People’s Pride PGH March and Music Festival hosted by SisTers PGH will take place virtually this year. The celebration will mail care packages to registered attendees, include LGBTQ Pittsburgh’s Best Award Ceremony and host a virtual parade and artist festival. Registration for the event is free.
- June 19 – Watch drag queen performances over brunch at Fairmont Pittsburgh Downtown. Dixie Surewood will host the event, which will include performances from Akasha L. Van Cartier, Leia Way LeStat and October. The event begins at 11 a.m.
- June 26 – Millvale’s first Pride event will feature live music, an art fair, food, drink specials, games and performances by queer artists. The event is free to attend and starts at noon.
- June 26 – The Westmoreland Museum of American Art will host a Pride celebration featuring dance pop artist Bryce Bowyn, LGBTQIA+ community organizations and a dance party. The event, free with registration, will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Guests are required to wear masks and practice social distancing.
- June 27 – Ride your bike to support the LGBTQIA+ community with a Pride Ride starting at Millvale Park. The ride is free and begins at 9 a.m. Masks will be required before and after the ride.
- August 27 to 29 – Pittsburgh Black Pride Week will begin Friday at 5 p.m. and end Sunday at 7 p.m. The event will include an annual community BBQ and vendors fair.