Jun 7, 2024 - Culture

How to celebrate Pride Month around Boston

Animated illustration of a pattern of waving Pride Flags.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

June and early July are packed with tea dances, marches, talks and other LGBTQ+ celebrations.

  • Here's how the Boston area is commemorating Pride Month.

Friday, 6/7

The Boston Dyke March, an anti-capitalist, intersectional gender liberation, returns to the Parkman bandstand on Boston Common, 6pm.

  • ASL interpretation, accessible by wheelchairs, strollers and scooters. An accessibility vehicle is available for those who need a ride for some or all of the march.
  • Masks required.

Club Cafe hosts the Pride Anthem Friday, a 21+ event hosted by model Ava Glascott, 10pm.

  • Price: $15.

Saturday, 6/8

The Boston Pride for the People parade kicks off on Clarendon Street and continues until the festival on Boston Common, 11am-12:30pm.

Nook at Bow Market in Somerville hosts “Drinks with the Girls,” a sapphic Pride afterparty, 9pm-12am.

Club Cafe is open all day and night for Pride, starting with brunch at 11am.

  • Stop by to cool off, use the bathrooms or charge your phone.
  • DJs start their sets at 2pm and continue until 2am.
  • Price: Free until 8pm, then $20 cover.

Sapphic Nights and O'Keefe's are hosting a Pride Day party at O'Keefe's, 11am-whenever.

  • Free entry, 21+.
  • Followed by a free afterparty at the same spot, 10pm-2am.

Sunday, 6/9

Blend hosts a pop star drag brunch, 2000s edition, 11am-3pm.

Emceed by drag stars Lilly Rose Vlore and Stef_Anya.

Stop by Club Cafe’s Pride Tea Dance, playing everything from 70s disco to today’s anthems, 4pm-10pm.

  • 21+, no cover.

Monday, 6/10

“It’s a Gay Boy Date,” a comedy dating show, returns to Club Cafe, 7:30pm-9pm.

  • 21+
  • Anyone interested in being a contestant can sign up here.
  • Price: $25.

Tuesday, 6/11

Cambridge Public Library’s Central Square branch hosts a queer zine making workshop, 6pm-8pm.

Author Sarah Boyer discusses her book, "Coming Out, Becoming Ourselves: Lesbian Stories from the Boston Daughters of Bilitis, 1969-1999," at the Thomas Crane Public Library in Quincy, 7am-8pm.

The Broadway hosts Pride Community Supper, 7pm-10pm.

Thursday, 6/13

Mingle with other book lovers at the Thomas Crane Public Library's Pride book tasting and mixer, 6pm-8pm.

The Roslindale Film Society is screening "A League of their Own," the 1992 film, at Square Root in Rozzie, 6:30pm.

  • Price: $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Ticket includes one free popcorn.

Friday, 6/14

Boston By Foot and The History Project, a nonprofit that shares New England LGBTQ+ history, lead a LGBTQ past walking tour, 2pm-3:30pm.

  • Tour starts in front of the Massachusetts State House steps on Beacon Street.
  • It also runs on June 15, 3pm-4:30pm; June 25, 5pm-6:30pm; June 28, 2pm-3:30pm; and June 29, 3pm-4:30pm.

Price: $17 for adults; $10 for children; children under 6 can join for free.

Saturday, 6/15

Shop from 15 local LGBTQ+-owned businesses at the PRIDE Market at Night shift Brewing in Everett, 12p-5pm.

  • Organized by Boston Women’s Market.
  • Kids and dogs allowed in the outdoor courtyard.

Sunday, 6/16

Check out a Pride Month wine tasting at Barlette, 2pm-4pm.

  • Price: $55.

Club Cafe hosts a tea dance for the bears, 4pm-10pm.

  • Usually held on the third Sunday of the month.

Monday, 6/17

Queer Board Game Night returns to Club Cafe, 7pm-10pm.

  • Held the third Monday of the month by Boston Gaymers.
  • Price: $5.

Wednesday, 6/19

Sam Adams holds a Pride pop-up vendor market at its downtown taproom, 5:30pm-8:30pm.

Thursday, 6/20

Queer in Cannabis presents the Big Queer Dance Party, 5pm-7pm.

  • Includes a queer market and performances by drag performers Tara Dikhof, Heather Rose and Chanel the Angel.
  • Price: $20. Proceeds benefit the Massachusetts Trans Political Coalition.

East End Books Boston in the Seaport hosts “Thom Gunn: A Cool Queer Life,” a talk between authors Michael Nott and Robert Pinsky, 6pm.

  • Price: $5+. In person and virtual.

TransitMatters hosts a pride and transit event at Cathedral Station in the South End, 6pm-8:30pm.

  • Includes light snacks.

The Harvard Book Store hosts psychiatrist Jack Turban to discuss his new book, "Free to Be: Understanding Kids & Gender Identity," 7pm.

  • Joining him is author Schuyler Bailar, who was the first transgender athlete to compete on an NCAA Division 1 men's team.

The National Park Service leads an LGBTQ+ history tour on Beacon Hill, 12pm-1:30pm.

  • Starts at the State House and ends at Faneuil Hall.
  • Tour also runs Sunday, 12pm-1:30pm.

Saturday, 6/22

Lamplighter Broadway in Cambridge hosts its first Drag Story Hour, 11am-12pm.

  • Lamplighter serves beers, kombuchas, coffees and iced tea.
  • A dollar from every pour of their Pride beer, Ms. Fizzle, and Pride lemonade benefits BAGLY.

Meanwhile, Lamplighter at Cambridge Crossing hosts a Pride patio party, 2pm-8pm.

  • A dollar from every pour of their pride beer, Ms. Fizzle, and pride lemonade benefits BAGLY.

Club Cafe hosts Pride Trivia Cabaret Brunch, 12pm-3pm.

  • Presented by MassOpera and Opera on Tap.
  • Price: $30+.

The Gibson House Museum will host a talk about Charlie Gibson's queer Boston, 4pm-5pm.

  • Price: $15.

Sunday, 6/23

Catch the third annual Revere Beach Pride, 2pm-7pm.

Monday, 6/24

Redi in Newton hosts “We are here and we are queer,” a retrospective discussion about the contributions the LGBTQ+ community has made in cannabis, 4pm-5pm.

  • Catch the discussion Monday in Newton or Tuesday, 3pm-4pm at Redi in Natick.

Drop by LGBT speed dating at Castle Island Brewing in Southie, 6:30pm-8:30pm.

  • Price: $29.

Bow Market hosts queer punk yoga upstairs, 6:30pm. All levels, cultures and body types welcome.

  • Geared for LGBTQ+ people and supportive allies.
  • Suggested donations: $15-25. Proceeds benefit the Trevor Project.
  • Bring your own mat and water bottle.

Sunday, 6/23

Beantown Softball League hosts CommuniTEA, a dance party and fundraiser, at Club Cafe 4pm-10pm.

Thursday, 6/27

Bonds Fine Wine Shop dedicates its wine-themed bingo night to LGBTQ+ winemakers, 7pm.

  • Price: $55. Includes 2-ounce tastings of four wines and light snacks.

Short Path Distillery in Everett hosts a Pride trivia night, 8pm-10pm.

  • Allows teams of up to six people.
  • Includes a dog-friendly heated patio.

Friday, 6/28

The Boston Public Library’s Parker Hill Branch in Lower Roxbury hosts a Pride friendship bracelet workshop, 3pm-4:30pm.

Sam Adams Boston Brewery in Jamaica Plain hosts a Pride party, 6pm-9pm.

  • Price: $12.

Saturday, 6/29

The Black Pride Health Summit and Brunch return, this time a the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, 11am-3pm.

  • Includes talks about cancer and Prep in Black and Latino communities, along with a simultaneous youth session on substance use disorder.
  • Brunch by Dudley Cafe.

Catch “The So Homo” comedy show at Kushala Sip & Tapas Bar in Chelsea, 7pm-10pm.

Sunday, 6/30

The Longfellow House in Cambridge hosts a Pride picnic, 12pm-3pm.

  • Includes some snacks and drinks, LGBTQ+ history, lawn games, food and music.
  • Rain date: July 7.

Tuesday, 7/2

Catch the Youth Pride & Resource Fair at Roxbury Youth Works, 12pm-6pm.

  • Includes games, activities, free burgers and hot dogs, gift card giveaways and more.

Saturday, 7/6

Ocean Side Ballroom in Revere hosts Entourage 3.0, 9:30pm-1:30am.

  • Price: 35 in advance; $40 at the door.

Sunday, 7/7

The Black Pride Parade and Music and Arts Festival kicks off at Lena Park in Dorchester, 12pm-6pm.

  • The parade ends at the festival in Franklin Park in the Shattuck picnic area.

That’s followed by Recovery “The Finale,” at sunset Cantina in Boston, 10pm-2am.

  • Price: $30.

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