With so much happening at Pride in New York City, it’s hard to know where to start when it comes to events and planning your week. Here are some fun events to check out during Pride this June, from a party at the Met to film festivals in Brooklyn.
Now – July 15
Lissa Rivera’s captivating new exhibition of her photographs of her partner, BJ, will be on display at Clamp Art until July 15. The photos explore gender freely and uniquely. The photos examine femininity down to its DNA, beginning the series in all early 20th century attire and design. This will be Rivera’s first solo show with the gallery and is not to be missed.
Thursday, June 15
This tour will allow visitors to explore pieces from the MoMA’s collection that speak to how artists from different generations portray, comment on, conform to or reject the conventional roles of masculinity and femininity. Artists such as Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock will be discussed after the tour. The session is led by Tamara Kostianovsky and will run on June 15 at 1:30 p.m. and on June 22 at 11:30 a.m.
Friday, June 16
An official NYC Pre-Pride Event, Rainbow Fashion Week is seven days full of fashion from queer and creative designers. Events include “Rainbow Tots,” “Urban Knights,” “Body Gods,” “Drag Stars” and more. A week pass to all of the events costs $150, and individual events cost from $10 to $35.
In response to the recent political environment, NYC Pride will be holding a Rally at Foley Square. Community activists, organizers, and politicians will be in attendance. General admission for the event is free and no tickets are required.
Saturday, June 17
Two exhibitions will be on display during Pride at The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art Exhibition. The first, “FOUND: Queer Archaeology, Queer Abstraction” will be open all summer and features 28 artists who examine queer identity through abstraction. The second, “FORBIDDEN: Gay Erotic Photography Show” consists of the work of nine artists examining all aspects of male sexuality and will run from June 17 to June 18. FORBIDDEN will be located at the Project Space at 127-B Prince Street.
Sunday, June 18
For the fifth year, the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and NYC Pride will be hosting their Pride Luminaries Brunch to honor business leaders making an impact on the LGBT community. The brunch will be held outdoors at The Garden at David Burke Kitchen, from noon to 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $60 and include access to an open bar, brunch buffet, and VIP gift bag.
Monday, June 19
The Center (The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center) will be hosting a Garden Party at Hudson River Park’s Pier 84. They will feature a diverse range of tastings from the best restaurants in New York City. An open bar will also be available. All proceeds will go toward the Center’s life-changing work and services. Tickets are $99, or $85 for Center members.
Tuesday, June 20
Come learn how to make these beautiful dumplings from Chef Frances Tariga-Weshnak at Megu. Chicken, seafood and vegan fillings will all be available. A portion of the proceeds will go toward the Center. H’ors-d’oeuvres, wine, beer and sake will all be available. Registration is $135.
Whether you have kids or just want a laid-back night, Pride will be holding its annual Family Movie Night at Hudson River Park’s Pier 45. This year, Pride will be screening Disney’s The Lion King. The event is free and no tickets are required. However, families can purchase premium seating packages in advance.
Thursday, June 22
WQXR will be holding an Opera Party at The Greene Space on June 22. Featuring delicious dishes, drinks and live performances, the party is curated by Doug Fitch to have a blend of classical opera, twists on the genre, and of course, chefs. Justin Vivian Bond will co-host, Anthony Roth Costanzo and Anthony Dean Griffey will perform, and baker Elizabeth Hodes will present the dessert. Tickets are $30.
Every Thursday in June, the Brooklyn Museum will screen films by young, black, queer, female-identifying or gender-nonconforming filmmakers in Brooklyn. Inspired by the Combahee River Collective, started in 1974, the series continues their Black Feminist Statement. Screenings are included in museum admission.
Friday, June 23
Join the Met for a very special MetFriday in honor of Pride on June 23. Kicking off with a silent dance party at 5:00 p.m., the night will feature 9-minute talks from activists, curators, and educators. The evening will also include panel discussions, selfie stations, and bars. Admission to the event is included with museum admission.
This year, Pride will have its very own music festival: Pride Island. Performers include Deborah Cox, Tegan & Sara, Pati Labelle, and Years & Years. Nelly Furtado will headline the performance on Sunday. Tickets for each individual day are $85 and drink tickets are available in advance.
Sunday, June 25
The big event will start at noon this year at 36th Street and Fifth Avenue and will end at Christopher and Greenwich streets. Come join the fun and watch the thousands of marchers, dozens of floats and celebrate the community. The March has been a political demonstration since 1970, and this 47th march, the biggest in the world, is not to be missed. Admission is free, and for the first time ever, the march will also be aired live on ABC7 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The annual Sunday street festival is back this year with LeAnn Rimes headlining. The LGBT street fair brings hundreds of vendors and visitors onto the street together; several activities and food will be available. Attendance is free, and the Fest will be located on Hudson Street between Abingdon Square and W. 14th Street.