Each year, Pride Month is held in June. It’s the time to honor, celebrate, and advocate for this diverse community in NYC and beyond. And although pride has been celebrated for over 50 years, June wasn’t officially declared as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month until President Bill Clinton paved the way in 2000. In 2011, President Barack Obama expanded this observance to be all-inclusive with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride.
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Of course, the city is credited as the birthplace of today’s LGBTQ+ rights movement, so it goes without saying that pride events in NYC come in all shapes and sizes. In fact, there are offerings the entire month that include NYC pride parades, outdoor concerts, food specials, plays, educational art exhibits, and the famed Pride March.
These Are The Best Pride Events in NYC
So, how will you celebrate this year’s “Strength in Solidarity” Pride Month in New York City? To make the planning process easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of Pride Events NYC that you don’t want to miss!
If you are looking for some amazing parties to celebrate Pride in NYC check out our article about the best NYC Pride parties!
Gay Pride Week & Christopher Street ParadeParade in Greenwich VillageAdd to myNY added
The New York Gay Pride is one of the oldest parades for gays from all over the world. The beautiful Greenwich Village has been hosting it every year since 1970. Especially Christopher Street is colorfully decorated and you can find the famous rainbow flags everywhere. Also the global company Google decorates its outer facade at this time and shows tolerance. The parade taking place at the end of June is one of the biggest parades in New York. It leads along 5th Avenue to Greenwich Street.
Pride Walking TourWalking Tour in West VillageAdd to myNY added
Learn about the most significant historical event in the LGBTQ movement, the Stonewall Uprising in 1969 in NYC. Visit famous LGBTQ sites, like the Stonewall Inn, on a 1 hour and 15-minute walking tour beginning at Christopher Park.
Pride IslandPark in Park SlopeAdd to myNY added
Pride Island is THE premier LGBTQIA+ 3-day music festival! After nearly three years of virtual events, NYC Pride proudly announced that this year’s event would be held in person at Brooklyn Army Terminal.
This year’s Pride Island Pride event NYC features headliner Christina Aguilera and other guests such as Guy Scheiman (Tel Aviv) featuring Karina Kay and the NYC debut of DJ Mor Avrahmi (Tel Aviv).
Tickets start at $85, and you may want to purchase early, as they may sell out.
- When: June 25, 2023, at 2:00 pm
- Where: Brooklyn Army Terminal (140 58th St., Brooklyn, NY 11220)
Pride In Central ParkPark in Midtown ManhattanOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
This year, join the Conservancy Guides for the Pride in Central Park Tour. It will teach you about the history and impact of the LGBTQ+ community on the world’s most famous urban park. Learn about LGTBQ+ individuals like Emma Stebbins, Fitz-Greene Halleck, and architect Bruce Kelly and their impact on Central Park.
- Friday, June 2, 11:00 am
- Sunday, June 11, 11:00 am
- Friday, June 23, 2:00 pm
- Saturday, June 24, 11:00 am
- Tickets are available here.
Pride Afternoon Booze Cruise: Born This WayCruise in Lower East SideAdd to myNY added
How about a Pride party on the water? On this cruise you can drink delicious cocktails on two decks, dance to the biggest party hits and enjoy the view of the breathtaking city skyline. Pride Afternoon Booze Cruise: Born This Way is the perfect party to celebrate Pride Month in NYC. Get your ticket now and don’t miss this special cruise!
- When? June 23 & 24, 2023, 12 – 4 p.m.
- Where? Pier 36
The Brunch (Pride Event)Other Events in WilliamsburgAdd to myNY added
NYC Pride: The Brunch is a culinary experience like no other! It includes the curation of Juneteenth food stories shared by Black LGBTQIA+ chefs.
Bring your appetite for this four-hour event brought to you by six amazing chefs from the LGBTQIA+ community. This special pride event NYC is hosted by Chef Sicily Sierra and is meant to celebrate local business leaders and their impacts on queer communities. Expect an immersive experience featuring an awards ceremony, networking opportunities, performances, an open bar, and more! Suggested dress code: Brunch chic.
Tickets start at $30.
- When: June 18th at 11:30 am
- Where? The Altman Building, 135 W 18th St
The Rally (Pride Event)Other Events in The BatteryAdd to myNY added
The Rally is another event that has been hosted virtually for the past two years and is finally a live event again for 2023! This is a significant Pride event in NYC because the first Rally was held in June 1969, just one month after the Stonewall Uprising. If you’re unaware, the Uprising hosted around 500 people gathering for a “Gay Power” demonstration inside of Washington Square Park and was followed by a candlelight vigil at Sheridan Square. NYC Pride has carried on this proud tradition every year since in a new location within NYC. This year’s venue is TBA, but the event is free to attend and open to the general public.
- When: June 17th at 4:30 pm
- Where? Outdoors, in front of The Archive (154 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014)
Youth Pride (Pride Event)Other Events in Upper East SideAdd to myNY added
If you’re looking to celebrate Pride events in New York City with the youth, be sure to check out Youth Pride on June 24, 2023. The celebration is for teens and allies of the LGBTQIA+ community.
There will be plenty of events and fun things to do at this year’s celebration, but details are slim at the moment. So, be sure to check back soon! This is a free event that’s open to the public. However, you must pre-register before the event.
- When: June 24th at 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
- Where? Domino Park (15 River St., Brooklyn, NY 11249)
Yankees Pride NightSport Events in ConcourseAdd to myNY added
At their June 21 game, the New York Yankees welcome the entire LGBTQIA+ community, as well as friends and families to the first-ever Pride Night! With the purchase of a special ticket, you will receive a New York Yankees cap, a hot dog and your first drink for free.
A portion of the admission fee will benefit the Heritage of Pride organization. This organization organizes the official LGBTQIA+ events in New York City.
You can buy the special tickets here.
- When? June 21, 2023 – 7:05 pm
- Where? Yankee Stadium, Bronx
Teaze (Pride Event)Other Events in WilliamsburgAdd to myNY added
If a party is what you’re looking for, don’t miss out on Teaze, the celebration of Queer existence. After two years, TEAZE is back with a unique party that “teazes” one of the most diverse parties in New York City!
Billed as one of the most inclusive parties in Brooklyn, participants can choose between four different party experiences in which to attend. So, visit one or all four; it’s up to you! Wear your dancing shoes, as you’ll have the opportunity to dance the day away to some of the most beloved performers and DJs.
Tickets start at just $27, and keep in mind that this is a 21+ celebration.
- When: June 24th at 2:00 pm
- Where? Club Lambda BK
PrideFestOther Events in Greenwich VillageAdd to myNY added
Back for their annual street fair, check out this year’s PrideFest on June 25, 2023, in Greenwich Village. This will be the festival’s 29th year, and you can expect entertainers, exhibitors, food, and lots of activities packed into just one day.
You can even turn your pride up a notch by getting the PrideFest Passport! Buying this ticket allows you to access a curated path that leads through the street festival and ensure that you see all the hottest artists and exhibits throughout the day. And the best part is that this ticket allows you access to a VIP lounge, a viewing platform during StageFest, and unlimited drinks and food!
This event is FREE and open to the public.
- When: June 25th at 11:00 am
- Where? Greenwich Village
The March (Pride Event)Other Events in West VillageAdd to myNY added
One of the most famed of all NYC pride parties is The March. The first event was held in 1970, and each year since has served as an essential annual rights demonstration. And the best part is that The March has evolved over the years, so it’s no longer just about one issue. In fact, this celebration recognizes the fight against AIDS and other illnesses, as well as neglect and violence.
This event is free, but you need to register beforehand. Spots are filling up quickly, and registration may end soon, so claim your spot now!
- When: June 25th at 12:00 pm
- Where? 25th Street and 5th Avenue
Pride at the WhitneyMuseum in Meatpacking DistrictAdd to myNY added
From June 8-21, there will be free parties, history tours, art and more for LGBTQ+ visitors. The festivities extend to the neighborhood as well, as Gansevoort Street becomes the Whitney Lawn, a relaxing green space just for pedestrians. Look forward to special giveaways and floral installations by visiting the L.E.A.F. Festival of Flowers June 9-11 in the Meatpacking District.
Find out more here.
Celebrate Pride at Lincoln CenterBuilding in Upper West SideAdd to myNY added
The famous Lincoln Center is indisputably the cultural hotspot of New York. Even if you don’t have tickets for an upcoming event, you have to visit New York to see it! There is always something going on here. Lincoln Center consists of several theatres and concert halls, and the world-famous Metropolitan Opera is located here. The Lincoln Centre is one of the world’s largest performing arts centres consisting of numerous buildings providing a total of 61,000 m² of cultural space in the centre of New York. Here you will also find New York’s largest and most prestigious art college: The Juilliard School.
During Pride Month there will be several events – you can find all information about these events here.
So Many Issues With Lukas!Broadway Show in ChelseaAdd to myNY added
So Many Issues with Lukas is a late-night talk show that takes place every month at Chelsea Music Hall. Here, Lukas Thimm talks about a variety of topics, there are panel discussions, and comedic and musical performances to keep the audience entertained.
In celebration of Pride Month, the show will be bigger and better than ever! This year’s So Many Issues with Lukas: The JUST SAY GAY Show features some well-known talents from the LGBTQIA+ community, including Asha Ward, Freeda Kulo, Nick Gaga and more.
Don’t miss out on this show and get your ticket fast! These are available from as little as $12.
- When? June 21, 2023 – 7:00 pm
- Where? Chelsea Music Hall
Bliss DaysRooftop Bar in Lower East SideAdd to myNY added
The Bliss Days is an annual celebration, where rotating DJs, dancers and other performances celebrate LGBTQIA+ womxn.
Tickets start at $31,50 and should be purchased early.
- When? June 25, 2023 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
- Where? The DL Rooftop Bar (95 Delancey St., New York, NY 10002)
Alegria PrideOther Events in WilliamsburgAdd to myNY added
ALEGRIA PRIDE is a day & night event for Pride Month in NYC. This year will be the fourth production at Avant Gardner in East Williamsburg. The event starts at 5:00 pm.
Tickets start at $120 and are selling fast!
- When? June 25, 5:00 pm
- Where? Avant Gardner, Williamsburg
RESET (Pride Event)Other Events in WilliamsburgAdd to myNY added
Reset is an after hour event that will take place on Saturday, June 24 in the early morning hours. A live DJ will provide the musical entertainment! The Meadows location is in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Tickets start at $33 and you should be fast to get yours!
- When? June 24, 5:00 am
- Where? The Meadows, Brooklyn
Brütally Proud in Hell's KitchenOther Art & Culture in Hell's KitchenAdd to myNY added
Celebrate Pride Month with Brütally Proud in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan. There will be 8 hours of non-stop house music from DJs Dan Darlington and Hector Fonseca. Plus there will be a great show with GoGos and other performances so you can just dance your way through this evening.
Tickets start at $55 plus fees.
- When? Friday, June 23, 2023
- Where? HK Hall in Hell’s Kitchen
Liberaunchy (Pride Event)Other Events in WilliamsburgAdd to myNY added
The Pride event Liberaunchy takes place on both floors of the 3 Dollar Bill, where the international DJ duo Heidi Lawden & Lovefingers headline the dance floor of the Main Floor. In the Raunch Room you’ll find DJs Waly Verdun and Justin Cudmore, who will get you dancing with their tech house sounds. At this event, dance worlds collide and all the kinks are gathered under one roof.
Tickets start at $45.
- When? June 22, 2023 – 10:00 pm
- Where? 3 Dollar Bill, Brooklyn
PRIDE at the High LineOther Events in ChelseaAdd to myNY added
At the Stories of Transformation event, LGBTQIA+ people of all ages and backgrounds share their stories. All storytellers here celebrate the journey to their true selves, drawing inspiration from the evolution of the High Line, which is also seen as a place of queer expression. This event will be hosted by drag artist Castrata. Registration is recommended, but you are also welcome to attend spontaneously, as long as capacity allows.
- Thursday, June 29, 2023 – 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- On the High Line at 17th Street & 10th Avenue
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