There are plenty of no-shirts-required parties and colorful parades (also no shirts required!) in honor of Pride Month, but Pride has a softer, more serious side, too. Join us at these very cultured celebrations, won’t you?
Queer|Art|Mentorship‘s summer showcase of emerging artists and talent returns for its second year, taking over the Wythe Hotel with various viewing parties, performances, and screenings. Kicking things off on June 21 is QA|Pride: Live, a salon-style evening hosted by Moe Angelos of the Five Lesbian Brothers; then there’s QA|Pride: Cinema on June 22, featuring a work-in-progress screening of Rodrigo Bellott’s Tu Me Manques, and the late-night QA|Pride: Alumni Art Jam hosted by the Illustrious Blacks. A percentage of ticket proceeds will go to Visual AIDS, a New York–based nonprofit that uses art to fight HIV/AIDS. Thursday, June 21 and Friday, June 22; Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg
Not full yet? This special evening will feature some of New York City’s most renowned LGBTQ chefs and allies, including Chopped judge Amanda Freitag, Unique Sweets’s Zac Young, and Comfort Nation’s Lazarus Lynch. Each chef will cook five menu items with a barbecue theme, providing attendees with cooking tips and tastings one could even master in a tiny apartment kitchen. Proceeds from the event will go to NYC Pride and God’s Love We Deliver, providing meals to those who are too ill to shop or cook for themselves. Thursday, June 21; God’s Love We Deliver, 166 Sixth Avenue (between Prince and Spring Streets), SoHo
The titular “garden” party is more of a Hudson River windswept pier party, but we won’t quibble with semantics. Did somebody say nibble? Because there will be an eclectic selection of bites from some of our favorite restaurants, including tapas from Boqueria, grilled goods from Dinosaur BBQ, dumplings from Dale Talde’s Rice & Gold, New American snacks from The Wayferer, and slurpable mollusks from Island Oyster (taking a trip outside of its Governors Island outpost). On top of all that: seasonal cocktails and a glorious sunset view. Monday, June 18; Hudson River Park’s Pier 84 (at West 44th Street), Hell’s Kitchen
The not-so-stuffy-anymore Metropolitan Museum of Art is hosting its own Pride shindig in collaboration with Housing Works, a local minority-led nonprofit focused on fighting both AIDS and homelessness. Anticipate a silent dance party featuring DJ sets from queer-trans collective Papi Juice, JD Samson, and Helado Negro; a voguing workshop led by choreographer Nahum McLean; and a performance by RuPaul’s Drag Race star Alexis Michelle. Friday, June 15; Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street)
Here’s a party you can bring your kids and your parents to. This all-ages, daylong celebration takes over the whole New York Live Arts building in Chelsea, plus the sidewalk in front. Stroll through to catch performances from local queer collectives (Casa Diva, Papi Juice, and Switch n’ Play, to name a few); see fun drag acts; and peruse pop-up shops owned by LGBTQ designers—then ghost whenever you want! A portion of tickets proceeds will go to the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center. Sunday, June 24; New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenues), Chelsea
The Pride Luminaries Brunch returns for its sixth year, celebrating business and political leaders who have championed LGBTQ equality in the workplace. This event will honor New York City councilman Ritchie Torres, the first openly gay candidate to be elected as councilman in the Bronx. Tickets are $60, with all proceeds going to NYC Pride. Sunday, June 17; David Burke Kitchen, 23 Grand Street (between Thompson Street and Sixth Avenue), SoHo
One of downtown’s best and most beloved performers, Justin Vivian Bond, performs their unique brand of cabaret. If you’ve never seen them perform live before, Pride is the perfect time. Friday, June 22; (Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street (between Sullivan and Thompson Streets), SoHo; 8 p.m.
(RED)’s annual campaign to fight AIDS returns with a unique pop-up dining experience in a secret West Village home—who doesn’t love secret food? Your hosts for the night are none other than elite chefs Angie Mar of Beatrice Inn fame and Delaware and Hudson’s Patti Jackson. (Belvedere) Red cocktails and wine pairings by Josh Cellars will also be lovingly poured. Friday, June 22–Sunday, June 24
Let us help you plan the perfect Pride day, whether you want to keep your shirt on or off.