My God, summer is here! Spring flew by and it’s Memorial Day weekend already.

Whether you want to chill out and relax or dive into the deep end and be in the middle of all the action, Philly has everything you need to have the best summer ever. But remember to pace yourselves! The last thing you want to do is burn out before the Pride Parade even gets here.

Happy Bear

Get your Memorial Day Weekend started with a big ol’ bear hug from 5-9 p.m. May 23 at Tabu, 200 S. 12th St. There’s no cover charge to spend happy hour every Friday night with a bunch of big, happy bears!

Ladies 2000 Memorial Day Party

Grab your sunscreen and hit the beach with Ladies 2000 from 4-8 p.m. May 25 at the Rehoboth Ale House, 15 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth Beach, Del. Start your summer off with a live performance by Viki Dee and dance to the tunes of DJ Steve Singer, plus drink specials and much more.


Come watch and listen to an evening of brief speeches and presentations about sex and sexuality from 6-9 p.m. May 29 at William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. And when they say brief, they ain’t kidding! Each presenter will get five minutes to present 20 slides on a topic of their choosing. When their time is up, their mic will be switched off! It’s a challenging format that should result in some very innovative approaches to the material, all in honor of May as National Masturbation Month. Admission is on a sliding scale of $5-$10, and all proceeds go to the William Way Center and event sponsor GALAEI: A Queer Latin@ Social Justice Organization.

A Very Tabu Prom

Get the prom night you always wanted at 8 p.m. May 31 at Tabu, 200 S. 12th St. Black-tie formal wear is suggested. DJ JavaScript will keep you dancing while you enjoy the hors d’oeuvres and drink specials, not to mention the spiked punch! And that’s not all — you can even get your prom photo taken while you’re there, and if you show your advance-purchased ticket at Almeidas Floral Design (1200 Spruce St.), you can get 15 percent off flowers for your date. Seriously, the only thing missing is Molly Ringwald.

Weird Beard Revue

Girls aren’t the only ones who want to have fun! Check it out from 8-9:30 p.m. May 31 at Letage Club, 624 S. Sixth St. Weird Beard is cabaret, boylesque and so much more. Doors open at 7, so you can get there early.

Rock the Boat

Don’t miss the boat at 10 p.m. May 31 at Moshulu, 401 S. Columbus Blvd. There will be live entertainment on the top deck, DJ Trish spinning on the main deck and amazing drink specials, plus lots of hot, sexy dancers. And don’t miss the dunk-a-dyke dunk tank! All this benefits Groove Philly’s CBLSL softball team and the Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk. Cover charge is only $10!

Step Up Against AIDS

Don’t miss Philadelphia FIGHT’s first-ever stepping showcase from 7-10 p.m. July 5 at Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 N. Broad St. DJ Diamond Kuts will be your host at this event that will include spoken-word performances as well as step dancing. Get there early and you can even get tested, starting at 5 p.m. Doors open at 6 and the show starts at 7. Admission is free to this all-ages event.

The Candyshoppe

Kick off Pride month with this amazing extravaganza from 8 p.m.-midnight June 5 at SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Ave. All your favorite performers will be there, plus your favorite host, Brittany Lynn. She’s bringing along members of the Drag Mafia, plus Liberty City Kings, Bearlesque and folks from Songbird, Sinful Sundays and Bob & Barbara’s — all on one stage and all for you! There will be free appetizers during the show and cover charge is only $15, and five bucks of that will go directly to support MANNA.

Questions, comments, suggestions or requests? Contact Jim at [email protected].

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