Celebrate Your Pride in PA
June is International Pride Month, and what better way to celebrate than with fun-filled parades and festivals? Pennsylvania and its vibrant LGBTQ communities invite you to join the festivities, share your pride, and pursue your happiness at these fun iconic events. If your June is already booked, no worries! Pennsylvania is celebrating Pride all summer long!
Pittsburgh kicks off the Keystone State’s Pride celebrations in a big way with the 10-day This is Me Pittsburgh PRIDE 2018 festival June 1-10. Get ready to bring your rainbow flags and dust off your dancing shoes for Ready. Set. Pride! A VIP ticket gets you complimentary beverages all night, plus other perks! Other events you won’t want to miss include the Pride Rocks Pgh concert on June 8, featuring young recording artist Troye Sivan, and Pittsburgh Pride Fest — two fun and entertainment-filled days June 9-10. The concluding Rally and EQT Equality March on June 10 has floats, marching contingents, and a few surprises you won’t want to miss.
Chester County Pride Festival on June 2 will be no ordinary day in the park. Held at Reeves Park in Phoenixville, festival goers will be treated to live music and entertainment as well as food trucks and over 50+ vendors to visit. Be sure to get your ticket for the 2018 Pride Gala on June 3 for a full-course buffet dinner at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern and a live performance by singing sensation, Jennifer Real! Proceeds from the Gala will support local LGBTQ youth.
Held on June 8-10, Philadelphia’s Pride Parade and Festival brings more than 25,000 participators to the city for a march down Broad Street. The weekend-long celebration begins on June 8 during Philly Pride kickoff party where you’ll find lots of food and amusement. Hint: They’ll be selling tickets to Sunday’s Festival at a great discount! Then, on June 10, leading up to the blockbuster main event festival at Penn’s Landing is the 30th annual parade. It leaves from the heart of the Gayborhood, marches through town, and concludes at the festival grounds at Penn’s Landing. The parade culminates at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, where guests will find areas for dancing, all-ages fun, vendors and much more.
Join the celebration of Lancaster County’s LGBTQ and ally communities at Lancaster Pride’s 11 annual Festival on June 24, capping off a week of celebration and support. An eight-block stretch of Water Street in Lancaster city will be closed for the festivities and include live performances, plenty of arts and crafts and pride regalia to purchase, a wealth of delicious food options, and new this year — a beer garden!
The NW PA Pride Alliance has a slew of fun events celebrating the region’s LGBT community. The fun kicks-off with the 2018 Pride Parade and Fest on June 30 featuring great entertainers, food, and a variety of vendors. The fun continues on August 11 when all are invited to the 2018 Pride Picnic, then bring your friends and family to the final event of the season at the 2018 Pride Day at Waldameer on August 12 at Waldameer Park & Water World for a day guaranteed to make you smile!
Show your pride and enjoy a fun-filled day at the Reading Pride Celebration 2018 festival on July 15. The celebration is headlined with none other than Stacy Layne Matthews, who delighted audiences on the third season of RuPaul’s Drag Race with her amazing voice and sweet personality. A definite must-see!
Enjoy a variety of live performances, street vendors serving up delicious local food, and a whole lot of fun at Harrisburg’s Riverfront Park on July 28 at the 26 Annual Pride Festival of Central PA, COURAGE...It's What It's About. You won’t want to miss the festival’s headliner act — the incomparable, internationally renowned American Drag performer and recording artist and star of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: Alaska!
August 5 marks the first ever Pride Franklin County celebration at Wilson College in Chambersburg. The event will incorporate traditional pride elements and activities including a beer garden for visitors 21 and older, drag performances by local entertainers, a kid’s area sponsored by Creative Minds Learning & Development Centers, and a food truck corner.
Also on August 5 is Equality Fest York which is free and open to the public. The festival features speakers, music, dance, theater, poetry, spoken word and performance art as well as live visual art, strolling performers, a fully interactive children’s area with games, workshops, and activities, retail vendors, informational and organizational displays and a variety of international foods.
Be sure to save the date of August 19 for Allentown’s Pride in the Park Festival 2018 celebrating a quarter century of the achievements and progress made in and by the area’s LGBT community and beyond. New this year is the LGBTQ Artist Promenade featuring artists and crafters, a DJ Tent with dance floor, , Project SILK Teen Space designed by and for teens, and The Pride Pub featuring locally brewed beers and crafted mead. Many festival favorites are returning, including the wine bar, gay bingo, and the Kids Space for those under age 14, along with 100+ vendors and some top-notch entertainment.
You’ll have to save the date for next year’s New Hope PrideFest, because these folks just can’t wait until June each year to party! For the past 15 years New Hope Celebrates PrideFest has been held in May and they have no plans to change as one of the earliest Pride festivals of the season you’ll find anywhere. It’s a week filled with special events, parties and educational activities, with the final day’s grand parade and fair not to be missed!
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