What to do during Pride


Pride shhhOUT! Pride Kick-Off Block Party

Friday, June 7, 4 p.m.

Toasted Walnut is hosting a two-day Pride kick-off party, including a block party on Friday, which includes an all-night after party and a dance party on Saturday, complete with go-go girls.

Toasted Walnut, 1316 Walnut St.; 215-546-8888; toastedwalnut.com


William Way Homecoming 2019

Friday, June 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $25-$75

Kick off Pride Weekend in style at the 2019 Annual Homecoming Cocktail Hour at the Center, celebrating love and leadership in the LGBT community. The event will feature live entertainment, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a fabulous silent auction. The dress code is casual/festive.

William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St.; 215-732-2220; waygay.org


Pride Shabbat Dinner

Friday, June 7, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $35

Congregation Rodeph Shalom kicks off Pride Weekend with a celebratory dinner and Pride-themed dessert. Special guest is the Anna Crusis Women’s Choir. BYOB.

Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 N. Broad St.; 215-627-6747. Register in advance at rodephshalom.org.


Philly Pride Run 5K Race and 1.5 Mile Fun Run

Sunday, June 9, 10 a.m.

Philly Pride Run is back for a third year of loud and proud running through the streets of Philadelphia. Lez Run Running Club, Out Philadelphia Athletic League and Philadelphia Front Runners, in collaboration with Philly Pride Presents and the William Way LGBT Community Center, will continue the tradition of starting off the Philly Pride Parade and festivities. The 5K will kick off the running festivities with a chip-timed loop down Locust Street and back up Spruce Street, finishing at the doors of William Way. The Fun Run participants will run a non-timed course and complete the first half of the 5K course, ending once more at the gates of the Great Plaza in Penn’s Landing.

12th and Locust streets; runtheday.com



PrideDay LGBT Parade and Festival

Sunday, June 9, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Celebrating and commemorating the 50th Stonewall anniversary, the parade begins in the Gayborhood and ends at Penn’s Landing, where celebrity guests and drag performers will entertain a proud crowd.

13th and Locust streets; phillygaypride.org


IBA at Philly Pride

Sunday, June 9, 1:30-3:30 p.m., $14 for nonmembers

Join the Independence Business Alliance for networking and community, light fare and drink specials. IBA promotes greater Philadelphia’s LGBT business and leadership communities and is the LGBT Chamber of Commerce for the Greater Philadelphia region.

Cuba Libre, 10 S. Second St.; thinkiba.org


Disability Pride Flag Raising Kick-Off

Monday, June 10, 4:30 p.m.

The ADAPT flag will be raised over Philadelphia City Hall to kick off a week of Disability Pride events, culminating with the Disability Pride Parade and Celebration on June 15. There will be live music, poetry readings, special guests and more.

Philadelphia City Hall, 1400 John F. Kennedy Blvd.; 267-788-5946; disabilitypridephiladelphia.com


Say It Proud

Tuesday, June 11, 4 p.m.

The Philadelphia Free Library invites all teens to join them as they share favorite writings by LGBTQ authors. Teens can also share original work or poems or passages by their favorite LGBTQ author.

Philadelphia City Institute Free Library, 1905 Locust St.; 215-685-6621; freelibrary.org/branches


The HIV Prevention & Education Summit 2019

Tuesday, June 11, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

HIV Prevention and Education Summit is a conference that welcomes all people interested in learning more about the wide range of issues that impact people living with HIV (PLWH/A) and the AIDS epidemic at large. The conference provides information on the latest treatment, research, prevention and outreach strategies and aims to bring forward, explicitly, the social determinants of health that place people at risk. Cosponsored by Philadelphia FIGHT, preregistration required.

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 215-525-0460; aidseducationmonth.org


Drag Queen Story Time

Wednesday, June 12, 10:30 a.m.

A special story time for children of all ages, in honor of Pride, that encourages a safe place for inclusive dialogue. Everyone will enjoy children’s books about diversity and self-love.

Andorra Branch of the Free Library, 705 E. Cathedral Road; 215-685-2552; freelibrary.org/branches


MBH LGBTQ Veterans Pride Benefit Show

Saturday, June 15, 3 p.m.

My Brother’s House, a registered 501c(3) nonprofit providing housing and residential treatment for homeless U.S. military veterans and their families, presents their LGBTQ Veterans Pride Benefit Show at Havana in New Hope.  Appearing will be Tym Moss, Ike Avelli, Marck Angel and more.

Havana, 105 S. Main St., New Hope; 202-379-5571; mbhouse.org


Gender Identity: A Benefit Concert for Trans Equity Project

Sunday, June 16, 4 p.m.

The first of three concerts as part of a joint performance and discussion series with Art of the Heel and Philadelphia Ethical Society, the concert features some of the most innovative and social-justice-minded artists performing a piece that communicates their thoughts, ideas, perspectives and experiences on the topic of gender identity. Featuring performances by Eppchez, Messapotamia LaFae and Pax Ressler and hosted by Cookie Diorio.

Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1906 Rittenhouse Square


The Stonewall Reader with Mark Segal and Karla Jay and Joel Hall

Thursday, June 20, 7:30 p.m.

On the night before the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, the event highlights the movement’s most iconic moments and figures in the years leading up to and following the riots.

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; 215-567-4341; freelibrary.org


Drag Queen Story Time

Friday, June 21, 11 a.m.

A special story time for children of all ages, in honor of Pride, that encourages a safe place for inclusive dialogue. Everyone will enjoy children’s books about diversity and self-love.

Queen Memorial Library, 1201 S. 23rd St.; 215-685-1899; freelibrary.org/branches


Quiet No More: A choral celebration of Stonewall

Saturday, June 22, 7 p.m.

“Quiet No More” tells the story of the Gay Rights Movement through song, poetry, pictures and videos. Set to be performed in multiple locations across the country throughout the month, it is the largest collaboration in the history of LGBTQ-plus choruses. More than just the story of the six days of Stonewall, it’s also a show created to change hearts and minds through an uplifting celebration of life.

International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut St.; 215-731-9230; pgmc.org


Science After Hours: Pride

Tuesday, June 25, 7 p.m.

An evening dedicated to celebrating the rich diversity among the science and arts community, this special Pride Month celebration will be held during the June edition of Science After Hours.

The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St.; 215-448-1200; fi.edu