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Nearly 60 events celebrating Pride Month in the Tampa Bay area

Celebrate the LGBTQ+ community throughout June at these local events.
Erica Charles, 19, dances during the St. Pete Pride Parade and festivities in St. Petersburg.
Erica Charles, 19, dances during the St. Pete Pride Parade and festivities in St. Petersburg. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times (2019) ]
Published Jun. 1|Updated Jun. 15

Celebrate the LGBTQ+ community with these Tampa Bay area Pride events. June is Pride Month, so there are events happening all month long. It culminates in the 20th annual St. Pete Pride Parade, one of the country’s largest Pride parades, on June 25.

ArtOut: Queering the Pandemic: The fifth annual exhibition features artwork created by LGBTQ+ artists and allies that is inspired by experiences during the pandemic. The primary goal of the exhibit is to lift up LGBTQ+ experiences and responses generated by the pandemic: resilience, creativity, suffering, persistence, and more. Free. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays June 1-30. Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S. 727-222-2508.

Philadelphia's new rainbow Pride flag, which includes black and brown stripes, is raised at City Hall in June 2017. Gulfport will raise its flag June 1.
Philadelphia's new rainbow Pride flag, which includes black and brown stripes, is raised at City Hall in June 2017. Gulfport will raise its flag June 1. [ Courtesy City of Philadelphia Office of LGBT Affairs ]

Pride Flag Raising: Start Pride month with the raising of the flag in front of the library. Held in conjunction with the ArtOut exhibit. Free. 6 p.m. June 1. Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S. 727-893-1074.

Pride Party FUNdraiser: Enjoy Pride photos with your pup at this party with live music, food trucks, Jell-O shots and a raffle. Benefits Safe Paws Rescue. Dog fee or membership applies. 7-9 p.m. June 1. Dog Bar, 2300 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-317-4968.

Light Up with Pride: Community organizations and businesses light up buildings and monuments in honor of the 20th annual St. Pete Pride. Free. 8 p.m. June 1. Various locations, downtown St. Petersburg. 727-342-0084.

The Sunshine Skyway bridge lit up in rainbow colors for Pride month, Wednesday, June 23, 2021.
The Sunshine Skyway bridge lit up in rainbow colors for Pride month, Wednesday, June 23, 2021. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]

St. Pete Pride Kick-Off Party: This ticketed event celebrates the start of Pride season with DJ dancing, drag performances and cocktails. Ticket price TBA. 6-9 p.m. June 1. Sirata Beach Resort, 5300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. 727-342-0084.

Love Is Love: Hillsborough County Clerk of Court and Comptroller Cindy Stuart will marry 50 LGBTQ+ couples in the “Love Is Love” community wedding. Participating couples will receive a commemorative marriage certificate before getting the official certificate in the mail a week later. Each couple is limited to four guests. Registration ends May 27. Regular marriage license fee applies. 9:30 a.m. June 2. Joe Chillura Courthouse Square, Kennedy Boulevard and Morgan Street, Tampa. 813-276-8100.

Pride Run: Run or walk along St. Petersburg’s waterfront in this 5K street race. $50, $25 ages 14 and younger. 6-11 a.m. June 4. Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. 602-464-4719.

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Gulfport Pride: The second annual LGBTQ Resource Center Pride includes the Gulfport Gecko Amalgamated Marching Band, the ArtOut exhibit, vendors showcasing art, Pride gear, services and resources that serve the community. Also, live music and a local business decor contest. Free 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 4. 5501 28th Ave. S, Gulfport. 727-322-5217.

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor throws out the ceremonial first pitch on Pride Night at St. Petersburg's Tropicana Field in 2019.
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor throws out the ceremonial first pitch on Pride Night at St. Petersburg's Tropicana Field in 2019. [ Times (2019) ]

Pride Night with the Rays: Rays fans can show their pride when the Tampa Bay Rays face the Chicago White Sox. A $30 ticket includes a seat for the game and a Rays Pride Hat. Hats must be picked up at the redemption center between Gate 3 and the 1st Base Food Hall before the sixth inning. Go to raysbaseball.com/pride and use promo code PRIDE4 to buy tickets. $30. 4:10 p.m. June 4. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. 888-326-7297.

Pride Splash Party: Show support for the LGBTQ+ community at this pool party with DJ dancing, the Play Express mobile recreation trailer, food, games and contests. $7, $5 with rec card. 7:30-9:30 p.m. June 10. Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. 727-518-3016.

Dunedin Pride Golf Cart Parade: Join the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce for a colorful cart parade from Mease to the Blue Jays’ stadium for live music, food, drinks and a baseball game. Free. 4 p.m. June 11. Staging area, New York and Virginia avenues, Dunedin. 727-733-3197.

Official Pride Bar Crawl: Join Top Shelf Crawls to celebrate Pride with food and drink specials at each location, no cover for crawlers, photos and souvenirs. $14. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. June 11. One Night Stand, 149 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-350-5822.

Pride at TD Ballpark: It’s Pride at the Ballpark night, and kids run the bases when the Blue Jays face Lakeland. $8. 6:30 p.m. June 11. TD Ballpark, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. 727-733-9302.

Emmy-winning television personality and fashion guru Carson Kressley serves as host for Queer-E-Okee.
Emmy-winning television personality and fashion guru Carson Kressley serves as host for Queer-E-Okee. [ Courtesy of Rainer Hosch ]

Queer-E-Okee: St. Pete Pride: Host Carson Kressley introduces a roster of local queer musicians who perform some of the LGBTQ+ community’s most beloved songs while the audience sings along with the help of karaoke-style lyrics projected onto a large screen. $45-$75. 7 p.m. June 11. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-342-0084.

Dunedin Pride Silent Disco: Grab a set of headphones and choose your genre of music to groove the night away. $10. 8-11 p.m. June 11. HOB Brewing, 931 Huntley Ave., Dunedin. 727-733-3197.

Pride: A Mythological Toga Party: The presence of all gods and goddesses is requested at Mt. Olympus for an epic Pride party. The bar is transformed into Purgatory, where all creatures await their fate. Takes place as part of Big Gay Weekend. $10, $30 VIP. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. June 11. Oasis Restaurant and Bar, 1525 Fourth St., Sarasota. 941-217-5082.

Pride Pool Party: Grab a drink at this poolside party with a drag show. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 12. Fenway Hotel, 215 Locklie St., Dunedin. 727-733-3197.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
Kenny Lawson performs as Juno Vibrantz, right. You're sure to find plenty of drag shows during Pride month.
DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times Kenny Lawson performs as Juno Vibrantz, right. You're sure to find plenty of drag shows during Pride month. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times (2016) ]

Sandra Bernhard: St. Pete Pride: A pioneer of the one-woman show, Bernhard will bring a raucous mix of cabaret, standup, rock-n-roll, and social commentary to the 20th annual St. Pete Pride celebration. $45. 7 p.m. June 12. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-342-0084.

LGBTQ+ Game Night: The LGBTQ+ community is invited to make new friends as you hop from table to table playing traditional board games, card games, coloring or just sitting to chat. Snacks and drinks welcome. Free (donations appreciated). 7-9:45 p.m. June 13. First Unity Spiritual Campus, 460 46th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-322-4610.

Dunedin Pride Movie Night: A night of adult-themed short films. 7:25-8 p.m. June 15. Scottish American Society Hall, 917 Louden Ave., Dunedin. 727-733-3197.

Dunedin Pride After Party: The group heads to Caledonia for a beer after the Pride short movies. No cover (food/drink additional). 8-10:10 p.m. June 15. Caledonia Brewing, 587 Main St., Dunedin. 727-733-3197.

Honu Luau Women’s Party: Takes place as part of Dunedin Pride. 5-10 p.m. June 16. Honu Restaurant and Tiki Bar, 516 Grant St., Dunedin. 727-733-3197.

PRIDE Writers Panel: Join local LGBTQ+ writers for a round-table discussion about writing form and craft. Speakers include Sheree L. Greer, Tenea D. Johnson and Maria Ingrande Mora. Free. 7-8 p.m. June 16. Tombolo Books, 2153 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. 727-755-9456.

Queens, Kings and Burlesque Things: Enjoy sassy performances from Dahlia Dupre, Mary Strawberry, Lady Bri Adonis, and KTwo LeMew, with Aquariius and Wally. $20, $100 front-row table for four. 7:30 p.m. June 16. The Potion Portal, 2329 28th St. N, St. Petersburg. 727-592-2658.

LGBTQ+ Youth Pride Prom: Ages 14 to 20 can attend this “Down the Rabbit Hole for ... A Night in Wonderland”-themed party with light appetizers, pizza, non-alcoholic drinks, dancing to music by Billboard Magazine Club DJ Greg Anderson and two “Wonderland” character drag shows featuring Brianna Summers, Charlotte Diamond Star and 92 Era Lords. Prom semiformal to formal attire required. $30-$40. 7-11 p.m. June 17. The Regent, 6437 Watson Road, Riverview. 813-571-2494.

Pride Party: A dance party and show as part of Dunedin Pride. 9 p.m.-3 a.m. June 17. Blur, 325 Main St., Dunedin. 727-733-3197.

A rainbow light display illuminates the night sky in the West Village near The Stonewall Inn, birthplace of the gay rights movement. The Stonewall Reception will be held June 17.
A rainbow light display illuminates the night sky in the West Village near The Stonewall Inn, birthplace of the gay rights movement. The Stonewall Reception will be held June 17. [ Associated Press ]

Stonewall Reception: St. Pete Pride: Mix and mingle as you enjoy drinks, light bites, entertainment and casino gaming. $75. 6-9 p.m. June 17. The James Museum, 150 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-342-0084.

Get Nude: Drippin’ in Melanin: Ashlee T. Bangkx hosts this Tampa Bay Black Lesbians party with music by DJ Donnie Luv. Dress in shades of nude and earth tones. $10. 7-11 p.m. June 17. Red Mesa Cantina, 128 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. 800-584-5414.

Pride Bar Crawl — St Petersburg: Meet at Yard of Ale for a six-stop crawl with two free drinks or shots, an event cup, drink specials, photos, an after-party and a custom Pride badge. Benefits the Trevor Project for suicide prevention for LGBTQ+ youth. $10-$15. 4 p.m.-midnight June 18. Yard of Ale St. Pete, 260 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 612-460-0094.

CoCo Montrese from "RuPaul's Drag Race" headlines Pride at the Village June 18 at the Pinellas Art Village.
CoCo Montrese from "RuPaul's Drag Race" headlines Pride at the Village June 18 at the Pinellas Art Village. [ Courtesy of VH1 ]

Pride at the Village: Coco Montrese of Season 5 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” headlines the entertainment, which includes Daphne Ferraro, Kori Stevens, Aquarius Sidmons and Georgia Moore. There will be hundreds of vendors, food trucks, music and more. No cover (food/drink additional). 4-9 p.m. June 18. Pinellas Art Village, 5663 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. 727-342-2593.

Pride Gayla: The official Dunedin Pride Gayla. 7-11 p.m. June 18. Fenway Hotel, 215 Locklie St., Dunedin. 727-733-3197.

LGBTQ+ Youth and Family Day: Guests can enjoy family-focused activities, vendors and main-stage performances. This is an ally family event celebrating St. Pete’s diverse and open minded-community. Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 18. Straub Park, Beach Drive and Fifth Avenue NE, St. Petersburg. 727-342-0084.

Tampa Bay Rowdies Pride Night: The Tampa Bay Rowdies take on the Charleston Battery for Pride Night. The first 500 tickets include a free Rowdies Pride hat. $5 from each ticket benefits Tampa Pride. To buy tickets, go to fevo.me/tbrtpapride. $29. 7:30 p.m. June 18. Al Lang Stadium, 230 First St. SE, St. Petersburg. 727-222-2000.

Queer in Colors; A-List Community Programmer Series: This portion of the series of films selected by community leaders will be chosen by Bob Devin Jones, founder of Studio@620. This screening takes place in part of the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival’s Queer in Colors. 3 p.m. June 19. Green Light Cinema, 221 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 508-816-8968. The film schedule can be found at tiglff.com/2nd-annual-queer-in-color.

Pesky Pride: A day of entertainment by Jennifer for Reals, LCNV, Steven and Begert-Clark. No cover (food/drink additional). Noon-9 p.m. June 19. Pesky Pelican Brew Pub, 923 72nd St. N, St. Petersburg. 727-302-9600.

Shade of Pride: Juneteenth Celebration: Celebrate the history of Juneteenth at this showcase of “Art and Qulture” of the Black and Brown LGBTQ+ community. Ts Madison Hinton serves as host for this event aiming to uplift the Black and Brown LGBTQ+ community by centering their voices and experiences through an educational panel, “The Legends Panel: The Intersection of Pride and Juneteenth,” local entertainment and vendors. Free. 2 p.m. June 19. Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. 727-342-0084.

Show Your Pride Beer Yoga: DJ Ekin provides the jams for this upbeat cardio yoga session with a mellow vinyasa flow before free time to roam the brewery. Also, shopping from the vintage boutique and one craft beer. $20-$25. 6-7 p.m. June 22. Grand Central Brewhouse, 2340 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-202-6071.

Pride Kick off Night: Kick off Pride weekend at this meet and greet with members of the LGBTQ+ community. Free. 7:30-10:30 p.m. June 22. Yard of Ale, 260 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-822-2027.

Pride Finale Concert: This year’s waterfront concert will feature Todrick Hall, Pussy Riot and some of the region’s top LGBTQ+ artists. Also, stroll the waterfront, enjoying vendors, food trucks and interactive activities. $10. 4-10 p.m. June 24. Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. 727-342-0084.

Love is Love Pride Pub Crawl: Get food and BOGO drink specials along this eight-stop crawl with music and giveaways. $20-$25. 5 p.m. June 24. Whiskey Exchange, 540 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Pride Shabbat: A service celebrating the temple’s LGBTQ+ members, friends, family and allies. Free. 6 p.m. June 24. Temple Beth-El, 400 Pasadena Ave. S, St. Petersburg. 727-347-6136.

Rainbros Pride Party: Celebrate the LGBTQ+ community with open bar, DJ, dancers, performers and a raffle. $100-$130. 6-10 p.m. June 24. Park and Rec, 100 Fourth St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-245-9100.

Fourth Friday Pride Night: Celebrate Pride on the Riverwalk with DJ Mike Sklarz and two drag shows featuring special guests Aquariius, Ashlee T Bangkx, Ripp Lee and more. Free. 6:30-9 p.m. June 24. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

Pride Kick-Off Silent Party: Grab a set of headphones and choose from three DJs playing mixed genres for a night of silent dancing. $10. 7-11 p.m. June 24. Salty Nun, 2501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-329-9994.

Pride Puff and Paint: Wear your colors, grab a paint brush and show your pride in this “Puff and Paint” session at the CBD/Wellness shop. $40. 7-10 p.m. June 24. BattleBuds, 2608 N Armenia Ave., Tampa. 813-304-6004.

Opera Tampa: OUTloud: The “oh-so-catty” Ot’s Annual Amici Awards are interspersed with the Vaudeville Variety Hour featuring classical piano works, arias and Broadway favorites by Opera Tampa. $25 and up. 7:30 p.m. June 24. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg glows with rainbow colors, representing Pride Month in 2021.
The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg glows with rainbow colors, representing Pride Month in 2021. [ BOYZELL HOSEY | Times ]

Pride Ride: Dress in Pride colors and light up your bike or golf cart for the 1.8-mile parade through Gulfport. Free. 8 p.m. June 24. Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S. 727-893-1068.

PRXDE: A night of sweaty dancing to celebrate “the queer history of house music.” Benefits CampOUT, a LGBTQ+ summer camp program. Donations appreciated. 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. June 24. St. Pete Brewing Co., 544 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-692-8809.

PrideWOD: All fitness levels are invited to sport their rainbow colors and join one of three workout sessions to benefit Metro Inclusive Health. $20. 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. June 25. CrossFit9, 2727 Sixth Ave. S, St. Petersburg. 727-469-3240.

St. Pete Pride Parade: One of the country’s largest pride parades is expected to bring tens of thousands of marchers and attendees to the St. Pete waterfront to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. The largest of St. Pete Pride’s signature events, the parade features national musical artists, some of Florida’s LGBTQ+ talent, food, drink and hundreds of vendors and organizations. Free. Approximately 4 p.m. June 25. Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. 727-342-0084.

Pride Dance Party: The elegant ballroom turns into a nightclub for a dance party with Pride decor, go-go dancers, aerial art, drag performances and music by DJs Alex Ferberye and Bruce Devery. Free, $10 after 7 p.m. 5 p.m.-3 a.m. June 25. Floridian Social Club, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-513-8981.

Drag Docent Art Crawl: Bak Lava takes you on an immersive art walk with interaction with the artists, trivia, challenges, a scavenger hunt and prizes. Free. 7-9 p.m. June 25. The Factory, 2622 Fairfield Ave. S, St. Petersburg.

St. Pete Pride Ball: Chazzie West and Tymier Prodogy serve as emcees for this ball with contests for a total of $5,000 cash prizes. $35. 8 p.m. June 25. Coastal Creative, 2201 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. 813-452-9799.

Ladies of St. Pete Pride: After the parade, Kori Stevens hosts a show with appearances by Miss St. Pete Pride 2022 Delores T Van-Cartier, Miss St. Pete Pride 2019 Kenya M Black and Miss St. Pete Pride 2014 Stephanie Stuart. No cover. 11 p.m. June 25. The Garage, 2729 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-258-4850.

Pride in Grand Central Street Carnival: St. Pete Pride’s popular Sunday street festival has been reimagined as a carnival and features block after block of entertainment, vendors, food, community partners, interactive carnival games, live music, roaming street performers and hundreds of participating businesses and organizations Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 26. Grand Central District, near the 1800 block of Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. 727-342-0084.

St. Pete Pride Pool Party: DJs Brianna and Scott Robert spin the tunes for dancing on the pool deck. Wear your bathing suit. The pool is open to anyone attending the party. 21 and older only. No cover (food/drink additional). 1-5 p.m. June 26. Hollander Hotel, 421 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-873-7900.

Taste the Rainbow: Miss Tigerlily, Gaby Rosa, Ivy Les Vixens, Dani Gumi, Joseph Kenneth, Roxie Mae, Lady Bri Adonis and Carmen Lai Garden present a night of burlesque, dancing, fire and circus acts. Come early for happy hour. $25. 7:30 p.m. June 26. Showbar Ybor, 1613 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. 813-443-8581.

Transtastic: Celebrate Tampa Bay’s trans and nonbinary community at this party showcasing a variety of talent, artistry, poetry and more. Includes appetizers and a cash bar. $10. 6-9 p.m. June 28. Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, 255 Beach Drive NE. 727-896-2667.

Pride Wrap Party: Say goodbye to Pride month with dancing on the beach and a performance by Miss St. Pete Pride 2022. No cover. 7-10 p.m. June 30. Postcard Inn, 6300 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach. 727-367-2711.

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