We all know that NYC Pride can be overwhelming. So many events and just not enough time (or liver capacity) to make it to them all.
Have no fear. We’ve assembled a survival guide for you — featuring the best events happening all weekend long. From drag shows to festivals, marches to circuit parties, we have the events that just have to be on your radar. With this handy guide to Pride in New York City, you will know exactly where to be and when.
Here are 30 NYC Pride 2017 events you can’t miss:
OP.Lounge: Pride Edition
Out Professionals invites you to Industry for the Pride Edition of OP.LOUNGE, their attitude-free networking series. This is a great opportunity to get into the Pride spirit mid-week while still keep your business face on. More info here.
LOL: A Queer Comedy Event
The hilarious Dave Mizzoni is teaming up with party promoter club kid Vincent Cooper to present LOL, a queer comedy fundraiser. Proceeds from the night go to Callen Lorde Community Health Center. The cast features Josh Sharp, Aaron Jackson, Patti Harrison, Brita Filter, Alex Song, Pat Regan, Pop Roulette, Kiko and Tuna, Christi Chiello and more! Includes free admission to the wildcard semifinals of the Lady Liberty Drag Competition in the same space after. More info here.
The Village Voice Pride Awards
Join Heritage of Pride for the launch of The Village Voice Pride Awards, hosted by Alan Cumming. This inaugural award franchise is dedicated to celebrating the community as only the Village Voice can, by recognizing leaders in the world of arts, politics and business as well as the local heroes who bring pride to New York’s neighborhoods. More info here.
A Conversation of Cinema Through the Lens of Our Community
PRIDE: The Series collaborates with The Trevor Project to host a panel discussion featuring top LGBTQ influencers in the entertainment industry. A Conversation of Cinema Through the Lens of Our Community includes Alexis Michelle, Michael Musto, Mickey Boardman, Arisce Wanzer, Kristen Henderson, Nini Camps, Ilene Kristen, Scott Turner Schofield, Michael Pomarico and Dorell Anthony. These influencers will create a conversation surrounding the difficulties and successes one encounters while being a creative member of the LGBTQ community in the entertainment industry. More info here.
Time Out’s Pride Party
Time Out New York and Visit Austin are hosting a special Thursday night Pride Party, where they’ll be celebrating with a few of their favorite things: Dancing, drinking, divas and drag that will keep you gagging. And to keep partygoers lit, they’ll have unlimited Bud Light and Tito’s Handmade Vodka on hand for guests to enjoy. They’re also raising funds for the Ali Forney Center, New York’s largest LGBTQ youth shelter. For tickets and more info, visit here.
Bears and Bears: Pride Edition
Beers and Bears, a popular weekly bear happy hour upstairs at The Ritz, is hosting a very special Pride edition for a good cause. In addition to the usual fab drink specials, they’re also having a fundraiser and clothing drive benefiting OutMyCloset.org, an organization that shelters and cares for homeless LGBT youth. Bring a clothing donation and receive five free raffle tickets. More info here.
Lets Get It On In Public
Frankie Sharp and Public Arts are hosting Lets Get It On In Public at the Public Hotel’s The Basement. RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9’s Nina Bo’nina Brown performs with the House of LaBeija and the House of Ninja taking the floor. Johnny Dynell, Anthony DiCapua and Hannah Lou DJ. More info here.
This one-of-a-kind event presented by Pornhub will honor outstanding achievement in gay adult film during one ceremonious star-studded evening. Hosted by Sandra Bernhard, the Str8UpGayPorn Awards will bring together the biggest gay porn stars under one roof, along with fans and surprise celebrity guests. Set to wow the crowd during the ceremony is RuPaul’s Drag Race All Star Detox and current Season 9 fan favorite Trinity Taylor. Tickets and more info here.
RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9 Finale
RuPaul’s Drag Race crosses its Season 9 finish line and kicks off Pride weekend in New York City with a special Live Finale and Crowning. Reigning queen Bob The Drag Queen crowns the winner and Bianca Del Rio hosts performances by the top seven finalists: Valentina, Nina Bo’Nina Brown, Alexis Michelle, Peppermint, Sasha Velour, Shea Coulee and Trinity Taylor. The evening will begin at 7:00 pm with a live viewing of the final episode followed by the official crowning of “America’s Next Drag Superstar” and performances by the finalists. More info here.
Ninth Annual Desilicious: Hot Pink Pride
Sholay Productions is bringing you the hottest, pinkest, Pride party in town with Hot Pink Pride! Kick off NYC Pride weekend with a night of Bollywood-dance beats, hot-pink live acts, big screen visuals and Pride drink specials all at one of New York’s top hot spots—PS 450. Arrive early for reduced admission and hot pink giveaways. More info here.
Jack Chang (Frankfurt) and Jared Connor (NYC) spin at this infamous bear party Furball with two dance floors full of 500 hot and hairy guys. Go-go bears and cubs hang from the ceilings. With great views and great music, Furball was a New York Times pick in 2015 for best Pride Events and picked by Time Out as one of the top events of spring 2016. More info here.
Pride Island: Friday
NYC Pride is proud to launch a new 3-day cultural experience: Pride Island. From legendary soul singers to indie pop bands, this new inclusive experience creates a central hub for the LGBT community to celebrate Pride. Friday night will be the first night of three day event. Multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter Deborah Cox will croon her classic R&B tunes that include “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here” while DJ Lina spins on the 1s and 2s. Finishing the evening, Patti Labelle hits a high note with her powerful vocals and timeless hits such as “On My Own,” “If Only You Knew,” and “Lady Marmalade.” For tickets, visit here.
Dress up in your sexiest uniforms and kick-off Pride weekend off right. After living out your neon fantasy last year, join Heritage of Pride for a Men At Work Fantasy unlike any you’ve ever experienced. With Brian Rafferty Productions, they invite you to experience a whole new Fantasy held at Highline Ballroom. This world renowned concert venue showcases some of the best performance artists, lighting, sound, and special effects in New York City. Ralphi Rosario and Eddie Martinez DJ. Tickets and more info here.
Battle Hymn Pride x 2
At Battle Hymn, Lady Fag and her crew of clubs are pretty proud to let their queer freak flag fly all year long. But this weekend, they are being a little extra with two Battle Hymns on Friday and a special 12 hour one on Sunday. On Friday, Steve Travolta spins with Battle Hymn fav Hex Hector. On Sunday, Honey Dijon plays a twelve hour set with a surprise performance. Proceeds from both nights benefit the Ali Forney Center. Hosts include Amanda Lepore, Aquaria, Boomer Banks and many more fabulous faces. More info here.
Front Runners New York LGBT Pride Run
This year marks the 36th running of this alliance between New York Road Runners and Front Runners New York, a competitive and social club for LGBT runners, multi-sport athletes and their allies. Join more than 5,000 runners and show your Pride at this five-mile run in Central park. Whether you’re a top racer or a novice looking for a healthy run and some good camaraderie, the Pride Run delivers the goods. More info here.
VIP Rooftop Party
NYC Pride and Brian Rafferty Productions present the 7th anniversary of the VIP Rooftop Party! Dance on the most exclusive rooftop venue overlooking the greatest city in the world during the best weekend of the year. This is the official Saturday afternoon event of NYC Pride with DJs Alex Acosta, GSP and Hannah. There are three gorgeous levels: Hudson Terrace Rooftop, Indoor Salon, Outdoor Terrace. More info here.
Pride Island: Saturday
Saturday’s lineup for Pride Island includes the sultry Grammy-nominated “Closer” duo Tegan and Sara and British electronica “King” trio Years & Years. Rounding out the day of new age sounds are Roisin Murphy, Gallant, Dimitri From Paris, and Occupy The Disco. Tickets may be bought here.
One Pride at One World Trade Center
Voss Events is transforming the 102nd floor of the nation’s tallest building into a dance party unlike anything seen before. With music by Hector Fonseca, living art by Darrell Thorne, a performance by Dragonette and exclusive aerial acrobatic performances, this is a elaborate Pride spectacle will rise above all the rest. Cocktail attire suggested. For tickets to One Pride, visit here.
Unleash your deepest, dirtiest desires when M.E.A.T. returns for Pride weekend. Strap on that harness, squeeze into your leather gear and get ready to sweat at their exclusive underground playground: KING. Tel Aviv’S DJ ARON pumps the dance floor with beats. Presented by John Blair and Jake Resnicow in association with Alan Picus and Joe Roszak. Tickets can be bought here.
After sold out events for the last six years, Everybooty returns to BAM to take over the entire four-floor Fisher Building (including an incredible rooftop) for one queer night that mashes up performance, bands, art, DJs and readings. Event curators Sean Be, Sarah Jenny, Jason Roe and
Ricardo Francis mold all the magic. More info here and tickets here.
Holy Mountain Pride: Journey XXXII
Ladyfag’s monthly queer rage Holy Mountain is extra turned up this month for a very special Pride edition. Three floors, four rooms and eight DJs spin all types of music — so you’ll always be sure to find something you can groove to. More info here.
Pride in New York City wouldn’t be complete without celebrating your dark side at America’s favorite underground party. Dance all night to BRÜT’s most called on DJs: Amanda Louise (AUS), Manny Ward, Peter Napoli and Dan Darlington. The Cube Guys headline. Dance until the sun rises and express how Brütally Proud you can be. Tickets can be purchased here.
Unleash your inner diva at Brandon Voss’ Drag Brunch at Highline Ballroom with wild performances by NYC’s top female impersonators and special guests. Shangela hosts this week’s very special Pride edition. Make reservations here.
PrideFest, which will be going into its 24th year in 2017, is the annual LGBT street fair that combines vendors, entertainers and activities for a day of fun and celebration in the name of equality. PrideFest attracts thousands of out-of-state visitors and brings them together with local residents and families, corporate sponsors, community leaders, and local business owners. Round out your Pride experience with a trip to PrideFest. It’s the perfect place to stop to listen to a few tunes, grab a bite to eat, or score some great Pride gear. Multi-platinum selling artist LeAnn Rimes is set to headline. And the best part is, attendance is totally free! More info here.
The first March was held in 1970 and has since become an annual civil rights demonstration. Over the years, its purpose has broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those we have lost to illness, violence and neglect. The March is a celebration of our lives and our community. In 2016, we were joined by over 350 unique marching contingents, representing a vast array of nonprofits, community organizations, corporate partners, small businesses, political candidates and activists! With over 80 floats making the trek down Fifth Avenue, last year’s March was one of the largest and most exciting in history. Can this year’s be any less? More info here.
Occupy Hudson Street
Join Girl Pride NYC and Henrietta Hudson for their annual gay Pride Day celebration Occupy Hudson Street for the biggest girl party of the year. DJ Culi and DJ Nikki Lion spin as the masses descend upon Henrietta Hudson for their 26th annual event. More info here.
Love on Top
Kiki with New York’s brightest nightlife stars on the brand new rooftop of the Dream Hotel in Midtown for Monica Blewinsky’s Love on Top. Dance to beats by three of New York’s favorite DJs while raising funds for OutRight International’s efforts in the Middle East, Chechnya and other places around the world where being gay is criminalized. Brita Filter, Chadillac, Cory Alexander, Dahlia Sin, Marti Gould Cummings and Vinny Vega host with special appearances by Bianca Del Rio and Pearl. More info here.
Pride Island: Sunday
Nelly Furtado headlines Sunday’s lineup for Pride Island, NYC Pride’s closing event on Pier 26. Rising star DJ Scott Martin will open. Next, DJ Cindel and his legendary house beats will continue to energize the crowd. Finally, what will likely be one of the largest DJ duos to ever spin Pier 26, Chus & Ceballos spin before recording Nelly Furtado performs her closing set. For tickets, visit here.
International all-star DJ duo Sexshooters (London) spin this special edition of Brian Rafferty’s Trade. Open bar 11:00 pm to 12:00 am. Advance tickets available here.
Alegria: Pirates of Pride
Finish off the Pride weekend right and party till dawn with the crazy antics of Alegria. Music by Brazil DJ’s Mauro Mozart and Renato Cecin, with the amazing Morabito in the Marlin Room. Production design by Ric Sena. 11:00 pm. More info here.
Battle Hymn Pride x 2
At Battle Hymn, Lady Fag and her crew of clubs are pretty proud to let their queer freak flag fly all year long. But this weekend, they are being a little extra with two Battle Hymns on Friday and a special 12 hour one on Sunday. On Sunday, Honey Dijon plays a twelve hour set with a surprise performance. Proceeds from both nights benefit the Ali Forney Center. Hosts include Amanda Lepore, Aquaria, Boomer Banks and many more fabulous faces. More info here.