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Tampa Bay Hosts 20+ Pride Events This June



Tampa Bay 20+ Pride Events This June

St. Pete Pride’s big parade—the largest in the Sunshine State—happens later this month, but venues and organizations on both sides of Tampa Bay celebrate gay pride all month long. From brunches, to drag shows, concerts, and gaylas, here are 20 Pride events to get into over the next few weeks.

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St. Pete Flag Raising Join St. Pete Mayor Ken Welsch and St. Pete Pride Executive Director Nicole Berman as they raise the classic rainbow flag to help kick off 2024’s Pride season. Friday, May 31. 9 a.m. St. Petersburg City Hall, 175 5th St. N, St. Petersburg.

The Outies Inaugural Awards GAYLA Local nonprofit the LGBTQ Resource Center recently rebranded to Out Arts & Culture (stylized “OUT”), and it’s hosting a gay gala (aka gayla) to celebrate. It honors several LGBTQ-friendly organizations, media outlets, small businesses, and local foundations at the first annual “Outies” awards. Dress code is anything from “glam to flip-flops.” Friday, May 31. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. $25 & up. Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport.

St. Pete Pride: Kick-off Block Party St. Pete Pride teams up with Cocktail to host a free block party kicking off 2024’s Pride season. Organizers say to expect DJs, performers, outdoor games, and a “few surprises.” Saturday, June 1. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. No cover. 2300 & 2400 blocks of Central Avenue, St. Petersburg.

Loveher Pride Party LuvHer Lounge event promoter is bringing its “sexy, sapphic, social space” to St. Pete’s Lost & Found, and its upcoming party features gogo dancers, burlesque performers, fire acts, and a drag show from local queen Brianna Summers. Sunday, June 2. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. $15. Lost & Found, 2420 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. @luvher_lounge on Instagram

Brunch of Pride Downtown Tampa’s Hotel Riverwalk hosts a loaded brunch with performances from Esme Russell, Kylie C. Augusto, Joey Brooks, and Veronica Foxx. For an extra $20, you can add bottomless mimosas to your brunch spread. Sunday, June 2. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $50. Hotel Tampa Riverwalk, 200 North Ashley Dr., Tampa.

Dyke Night St. Pete x We’re Sweet Girls: Queer Joy Party Two local event organizers are teaming up to host a Pride month launch party featuring DJ sets from We’re Sweet Girls, a photobooth, a collage table, and food and drink specials from Good Intentions. Monday, June 3. 7 p.m.-midnight. $10 (free for BIPOC). Good Intentions, 1900 1st Ave. S, St. Petersburg. @dykenitestpete on Instagram

St. Pete Pride: Stonewall Reception This museum-hosted fundraiser with an open bar, guest speakers, “and some other special treats” raises funds for St. Pete Pride each year. Thursday, June 6. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. $75. The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art, 150 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Welcome to Pride Drag Show Bearded wonder Adriana Sparkle hosts a “Drag Kings vs Queens” show and competition in downtown St. Pete to celebrate both Pride and Gemini season. Thursday, June 6. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. $6-$10. The Floridian Social, 687 Central Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

St. Pete Pride: Family Youth & Family Day The kids are alright, and St. Pete Pride’s annual Family Youth and Family Day helps celebrate all of the LGBTQIA+ youth, queer families and allies out there. Attendees can enjoy family-friendly activities, vendors, and performances. Saturday, June 8. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. No cover. North Straub Park, 400 Bayshore Dr. NE, St. Petersburg.

What Pride Means to Me The Gulf Coast Artists’ Alliance’s springtime exhibition coincides with Pride month and the Second Saturday Art Walk, featuring over 30 artists who will display their own interpretations of Pride. The exhibit will remain up through the end of June. Saturday, June 8. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. No cover. St. Pete Artworks, 2604 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Rhythms of Pride St. Pete Pride hosts a night of Latin-filled music, drag performances, and art. Thursday, June 13. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. No cover. Wet Spot, 2355 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Emerald Rabbit Cabaret There are two nights of exciting, Pride-themed drag, acrobatic and circus performances happening at downtown St. Pete’s Floridian Social, courtesy of local entertainment group Emerald Rabbit Cabaret. Thursday-Friday, June 13-14. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. $15-$20. The Floridian Social, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

St. Pete Pride: Shades of Pride Juneteenth and Pride coincide at this annual, two-day Pride event that “showcases the Black and Brown experience of the LGBTQIA+ community in the Tampa Bay region” through art, culture, music, panel discussions, and more. Friday’s festivities include a poetry slam and dance party, while Saturday’s main event is a concert and massive ballroom competition featuring celebrity commentator Kevin Jz Prodigy. Friday-Saturday, June 14-15. 5:30 p.m.-3 a.m. & 1 p.m.-3 a.m. No cover (VIP upgrades available). The Factory, 2606 Fairfield Ave. S., St. Petersburg.

R&B Vibes with Pride DJ Donnie Luv spins R&B tunes at this inclusive, Pride-themed party with flowing drinks and local vendors in tow. Saturday, June 15. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $9 & up. 1920 Ybor, 1920 E 7th Ave., Ybor City.

St. Pete Pride: Friday Night Concert Season 15 “RuPaul’s Drag Race” winner Sasha Colby headlines Jannus Live at this St. Pete Pride-hosted concert, which also features a slew of local performers like Adriana Sparkle, Justine B. Knights, and Mr. Vyn Suazion, plus many more. Friday, June 21. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. $25. Jannus Live, 200 1st Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

Pride Kick-Off Party Downtown St. Pete’s The Salty Nun kicks off St. Pete’s parade weekend with a silent disco dance party. Friday, June 21. 8 p.m.-11 p.m. $7-$9. Salty Nun, 2501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

St. Pete Pride Parade & Festival The main event of the month, which draws thousands of queer Floridians and allies alike to the streets of downtown St. Pete each summer, finally returns to North & South Straub Parks. It’s kicked off by the sixth annual Trans March and continues with its annual street parade, a performance by main stage headliner Saucy Santana, tons of local food trucks, vendors, and local drag entertainers. The parade itself begins at 6 p.m. and travels from Albert Whitted Park to Vinoy Park along Bayshore Drive. And please, remember to stay hydrated. Saturday, June 22. 2 p.m.-10 p.m. North Straub Park (400 Bayshore Dr. NE) and South Straub Park (198 Bayshore Dr. NE), St. Petersburg.

St. Pete Pride: Get Nude 3 Tampa Bay Black Lesbians hosts its annual “Get Nude” Pride celebration and parade after-party with the theme of “Nothing But Your Flag.” Ladies are encouraged to bare it all in their Carnival or Carribean-themed attire while they enjoy the event’s live music, food, and entertainment. Saturday, June 22. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $15. Nova 535, 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr St. N, St Petersburg.

4th Annual After-Parade Block Party Jannus Live’s annual afterparty is just a few blocks from the parade route and features a massive dance floor, carnival games, professional dancers, and elaborate decor. Saturday, June 22. 6 p.m.-11:30 p.m. $5. Jannus Live, 200 1st Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

Pride Pub Crawl This Pride-themed crawl gives guests a tour of downtown St. Pete’s LGBTQ-friendly bars and restaurants, and businesses like Crafty Squirrel, Enigma, Tequila Daisy, and Where’s Jubes are stops on the journey. A ticket includes shots at each location, exclusive drink specials, and more. Saturday, June 22. 4 p.m.-midnight. $15-$20. Where’s Jubes, 277 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

St. Pete Pride: Grand Central Street Fair This daytime block party and market is a great way to spend your hungover, post-parade morning. Tens of thousands are anticipated to attend this annual Pride event filled with vendors, food trucks, local organizations, entertainment, street performers, and family-friendly activities. Sunday, June 23. Noon-5 p.m. No cover. 2000-3100 Blocks, Central Avenue, St. Petersburg.

Queer and Fearless Tombolo Books celebrates author Rob Sanders’ newest non-fiction picture book “Queer and Fearless,” an aptly named work about the nature of Pride and importance of queer joy. The event also features a few local poets and authors who will read excerpts from the new book. Tuesday, June 25. 7 p.m.-8 p.m. No cover. Allendale United Methodist Church, 3803 Haines Rd. N, St. Petersburg.

St. Pete Pride: Transtastic St. Pete Pride’s last event of the month will honor the transgender and gender non-conforming community “through a celebration of music, art, and social gathering.” There will be light bites and a cash bar, too. Friday, June 28. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. $10. The Museum of Fine Art, 255 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg.

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