Pride in Pittsburgh: Celebrations to Add to Your Calendar
June is Pride Month, the annual celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community, and Pittsburghers can march, dance and even root for the Pirates to celebrate it.
Pride events in Pittsburgh include an array of music festivals, marches and local businesses showing their support. Here are some — but certainly not all — of the many ways to celebrate.
- This year’s official celebration, dubbed Pittsburgh Pride Revolution, kicks off on June 2 with Too Hot for July, an HIV awareness event that features dancing, DJs and free HIV and STD testing. This event, aimed at honoring those lost to, living with and affected by HIV, will be held outdoors at Klvn Coffee Lab in East Liberty.
- Ball on the Bridge, a mix of ballroom, drag and fashion contests with a total cash prize of $2,500, will take place on the Andy Warhol Bridge on June 3. The event ends at 4 p.m., giving attendees enough time to get to Pittsburgh Pride Revolution’s next event of the day …
- Pride on the Shore is an eight-hour music festival headlined by pop musician Jessie J. The festival starts at 6 p.m. and features performances by drag icons and artists representing the LGBTQIA+ community, such as Trixie Mattel and PENNYWILD. Tickets are required and can be purchased online.
- The annual Pride March and Parade, with Pittsburgh-born Billy Porter serving as Grand Marshall, begins at Downtown’s City-County Building on Grant Street at noon on June 4. The parade will be led by motorcyclists; this year’s Grand Marshal, drag queens and the community will follow in this always-festive event that ends on the North Side.
- Pittsburgh Pride Revolution celebrations wrap up with a festival in the North Side on June 4 and a festival in Bloomfield on June 5. Both festivals feature performances from local, national and international acts such as Venus de Mars & All The Pretty Horses, the headlining act of this year’s Pittsburgh Pride Revolution. For more information on each of these events, visit the Pittsburgh Pride website.
- Another march, the People’s Pride PGH March and Festival, is taking place in Swissvale for the first time. Since 2017, this event has been hosted by SisTers PGH, a Black- and transgender-led nonprofit that aims to serve queer, trans and nonbinary people of color throughout southwestern Pennsylvania. In previous years, the march has progressed through the North Side and Hill District. This year, the march and festival centers around improving legislation in the Borough of Swissvale, including efforts aimed at police training, inclusivity and improving the lives of marginalized groups two years into the coronavirus pandemic. Shea Diamond, a singer-songwriter and transgender rights activist, will be the main musical act, joining six other artists, most of whom are Pittsburgh-based. The event takes place on June 5; visit the SisTers PGH website to see the full lineup of artists and schedule.
- Lawrenceville has its own local festival later in the month, scheduled for June 18. This festival is a small business fair where attendees can purchase art or other goods from local LGBTQIA+ and allied businesses and artists.
- Pittsburgh Fit is holding a free-to-attend Pride workout and fundraiser on June 4. Registration is required.
- 5801 Video Lounge and Café is holding 10 Days of Pride from June 3 to June 12. The events range from Pride-themed trivia to a drag show to benefit the Hugh Lane Wellness Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving LGBTQIA+ healthcare, along with other local organizations.
- Arcade Comedy Theater will also be bringing in national touring comedian and BBC podcaster Jess Salomon to kick off a month of Pride-centric programming. Performances are at 8 p.m. on June 10 and 11. This event will kick off the theater’s 9th annual Pride celebration, with Saloman joining a line-up of local LGBTQIA+ comics — including a guest set by her wife, Eman El-Husseini. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online.
- Pride in the Park will be held in Allegheny RiverTrail Park in Aspinwall on June 8. The event features a vendor fair, a poetry reading and a clothing swap.
- The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh will be hosting two Zoom seminars on the Jewish LGBTQIA+ experience in history and in the modern day. Registration is available through the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s website.
- For sports fans, the Pittsburgh Pirates will host Pride Night on June 17 as part of a game against the San Francisco Giants. The first 2,000 fans will receive a Pride-themed Pirates t-shirt. Tickets are available online; fans can choose to have some of the proceeds go to one of the charities that have partnered with Major League Baseball for Pride Night.