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Best LGBTQ+ Events in NYC

June in New York City isn’t just another month; it’s a jubilant, all-out celebration of Pride, set against the backdrop of the city that sparked a global movement. This city, the birthplace of the modern LGBTQ rights movement with the Stonewall Riots of 1969, continues to embody the spirit of resistance and unity, and invites everyone to party with a purpose.

Each June, NYC transforms into a vibrant tableau of events celebrating Pride, offering a month-long itinerary that caters to all aspects of the LGBTQ community. From dazzling drag shows and profound panels to electrifying parades and vibrant parties, there’s something to ignite joy and pride in everyone. Get ready for a blast of color, culture, and unforgettable memories this Pride Month in NYC!

NYC Pride March (June 30, West Village)

Celebrate Pride with the iconic NYC Pride March through the West Village, marking the 55th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. This all-inclusive event promises a vibrant display of unity and liberation, echoing this year’s theme “Reflect. Empower. Unite.” The march is a staple of NYC Pride, attracting thousands of participants each year in a grand display of community and celebration​.

PrideFest (June 30, Greenwich Village)

Join the 30th anniversary of PrideFest, NYC’s largest LGBTQIA+ street fair, featuring a mix of live music, speeches, and community engagement. This festival is family-friendly with areas like FamilyFest designed specifically for young attendees and CommunityFest focusing on LGBTQIA+ rights and social justice​.

TEAZE (June 22, Club Lambda BK, Brooklyn)

Dive into the ultimate 21+ queer party experience at TEAZE. This event combines high-energy DJ sets and performances that celebrate diversity and inclusion within the LGBTQIA+ community. Tickets include two hours of unlimited drinks, making it a premium party experience​.

Youth Pride (June 29, South Street Seaport Museum)

A day dedicated to LGBTQIA+ youth, offering a safe space for empowerment and education. This event is specifically tailored for ages 13-24, providing a platform for young voices within the community to connect, share experiences, and celebrate their identity in a supportive environment​.

The Stonewall Jukebox – A Documentary Concert (June 28, City Winery)

Experience a unique blend of documentary and live performance at The Stonewall Jukebox. This event combines historical insights with vibrant performances, followed by a DJ afterparty. It’s not just a concert; it’s an educational and celebratory event, reflecting on the pivotal moments of LGBTQ history​.

LadyLand Festival (June 28, Brooklyn)

An outdoor music extravaganza at Under the ‘K’ Bridge Park , featuring a lineup of queer artists and performers. This event is part of a larger series of music and performance that celebrate LGBTQ+ culture and pride. It’s a must-visit for those looking to enjoy great music and an electrifying atmosphere in an inclusive setting​.

Classic Harbor Line Pride Sail (June 29-30, Chelsea Pier 62)

Set sail on New York Harbor with the Classic Harbor Line Pride sails, featuring views of iconic NYC landmarks and a 400-square-foot Pride flag. This cruise offers a unique movie screening experience with films that celebrate LGBTQIA+ themes. The event also supports the Hetrick-Martin Institute, making it both a fun and philanthropic outing​.

Pride at the Whitney (Throughout June, Whitney Museum)

The Whitney Museum turns into a vibrant space for LGBTQ art and expression with special art exhibitions and crafts workshops focusing on queer artists. This month-long event features various programs including gallery talks and LGBTQ artist showcases, providing insight into the influences and impacts of queer artistry​.

Rainbow Bicycle Ride (June 25, Starts at Central Park)

Join the Rainbow Bicycle Ride, a leisurely ride through Central Park dedicated to celebrating Pride and promoting LGBTQ visibility. This event is perfect for those looking to enjoy the outdoors while partaking in a community-oriented activity. The ride concludes with a picnic and live music, creating a festive and inclusive atmosphere​.

Drag Story Hour at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine (June 23)

As part of the Cathedral’s Pride month celebrations, enjoy a special Drag Story Hour which combines the art of drag with children’s storytelling. This event is perfect for families looking to introduce themes of diversity and acceptance through engaging performances and compelling storytelling​.

Maggie Cee (June 24th, 29th)

Attend the “Ladies at A Gay Girls’ Bar,” a solo dance and theater performance by Maggie Cee. This event draws from real histories and explores themes of gender and desire through dance and theater, taking place at Under St. Mark’s on June 24 and 29​.

National Queer Theater (June 21-29)

This innovative theater collective is hosting the 6th Annual Criminal Queerness Festival at the Perelman Performing Arts Center. The festival features new plays from LGBTQIA+ writers fighting criminalization through their art, promoting powerful narratives and voices within the community​.

42nd Annual Mermaid Parade (June 22nd, Brooklyn)

The Mermaid Parade is an iconic Coney Island event celebrating the start of the summer season. Participants dress in hand-made costumes based on themes of the sea, mermaids, and nautical mythology.

Queerly Festival (through July 3rd)

This festival runs from June 13 through July 3 at UNDER St. Marks and features a variety of performances celebrating LGBTQIA+ artists. This year marks its tenth anniversary, highlighting diverse performances ranging from theater to drag and more.

Queer Central Park Tour (June 23rd, 28th)

Explore the LGBTQ history of Central Park through three guided tours on June 8, 23, and 28, all starting at 11 am. This 90-minute, 1.24-mile walk highlights influential New York City figures connected to the park and their impact on LGBTQ history​.

Drag Me to Joanne’s (June 26th)

Experience an electrifying drag show at Lady Gaga’s family restaurant, Joanne Trattoria, on June 26. Starting at 6 pm, enjoy performances by local drag talent along with Italian dining. The event features free admission with dinner, plus a live auction benefitting the Born This Way Foundation​.

The Tuck (June 29th)

Head to Nowadays in Brooklyn on June 29 for a 36-hour festival starting at noon. The event supports trans communities and features an art bazaar, clothing swaps, and night dance parties with performances by notable DJs​.

Rooftop Cinema Club’s Pride Screenings (June 20th-30th)

Enjoy classic and modern LGBTQ films at Rooftop Cinema Club with special Pride Month screenings. Modern Oscar favorites like “Moonlight” and “All Of Us Strangers” along with indie darlings like “But I’m A Cheerleader” will be showing, and $1 from every ticket sold is donated to The Trevor Project​.

Radio Hotel’s Pride Party (June 22nd)

Celebrate at Radio Hotel with a vibrant Pride party featuring a night of music, dance, and entertainment. The event promises a memorable experience for all attendees, though specific details like date and time were not listed and should be confirmed with the venue​.

Hester Street Fair (June 22-23)

Participate in the Pride celebration at the Hester Street Fair, featuring a variety of vendors and themed entertainment. This event is a great opportunity to support local LGBTQ businesses and artists​.