LGBT Pride Calendar for 2016
Another summer of LGBT Pride is coming up, and in case you’re still deciding on a Pride event to check out or a new one to experience, hopefully this little calendar can help you plan where to go and what to see the rest of this year:
Pride Calendar 2016
May 27-30: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Kicking off the season before June’s Pride month, it’s not too late to make your way down to the coastal Mexican gay mecca of Puerto Vallarta. Yours truly will be there, typing this as I prepare to hit the airport actually. Follow along on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat for all the haps: @VeeTravels. Check a gay travel guide to PV here.
June 3-6: Tel Aviv, Israel
I haven’t been to every Pride festival, but did get to visit for Tel Aviv Pride last year. It made me fall in love with the destination more and really feel all the joy from the citizens and visitors. One of my favorite, if not my most favorite Pride experience. Photos from last year here.
June 10-13: Los Angeles, CA
Just one word, WeHo. All to most of the Pride action takes place here, and it can be the funnest time hopping around from bar to bar, to a club, back to bar and then back to a club.
June 17-20: Providence, RI
While the state is tiny compared to the rest of the 50, Providence’s LGBT nightlife is quite fun and flirty. It’s such a good time, it’s enough for the city to claim all of Rhode Island Pride (which takes place during the night).
June 24-27: St. Louis, MO
While New York and San Francisco are the powerhouse destinations of Pride month travel, if you’ve been before to either or both, you might want to check out some place new. While I personally haven’t been, Explore St. Louis shares that this welcoming river city will win you over with its charming neighborhoods, exceptional arts and cultural attractions, amazing dining and nightlife and warm, friendly locals. Always filled with festivals, theatre and musical performances, St. Louis is home of one of the Midwest’s largest PrideFests. The city is also proud to be selected as one of the entries in the book, 50 Fabulous Gay-Friendly Places to Live and is equally proud to have been named one of Advocate magazine’s top 10 LGBT friendly cities. Make sure to visit the rainbow flag waving Grove neighborhood, the epicenter of St. Louis’ LGBT nightlife. More info can be found here on it and other LGBT-friendly neighborhoods.
For the rest of the year, I wrote a Pride event guide for Food & Wine’s FWx website and picked out highlights from it below:
August 13-19: Provincetown, MA
A historically, major LGBT destination year-round, Ptown, named the gayest city in America by the US Census Bureau, plays host to several major LGBT celebrations in July and August. The PTown Carnival has to be the biggest, consider one of the largest outdoor celebrations in Massachusetts, and attracts around 90,000 revelers from all walks of life to celebrate diversity and the community. Events during Carnival include a vendor fair, boat cruise, dance parties, inn strolls and the must-see Parade.
August 13-14: Chicago, IL
Chicago Northalsted Market Days has to be one of the largest street festivals in the Midwest, Northalsted Market Days takes place on Chicago’s Halsted Street in Boystown (the first officially recognized gay village in the U.S). Although geared towards the LGBT community, it is open to all. Unique artisans and crafters gather at the two-day event and past musical performances have included Neon Trees, Karmin, Olivia Newton-John, Salt-N-Pepa and others. The festival also attracts local craft breweries, food trucks and other off-beat culinary institutions. A $10 donation is request that goes to support The Legacy Project, the first outdoor museum which features LGBT icons thoughout history.
August 31-September 5: New Orleans, MS
Also known as Gay Mardi Gras, New Orleans Southern Decadence is ultimate gay party in New Orleans for both locals and visitors. The annual six-day event held over Labor Day Weekend, hits a high with a parade through the French Quarter on the Sunday. The corner of Bourbon and St. Ann Streets is considered to be the epicenter of Gay New Orleans, so expect street parties to take place here throughout the weekend. Also, at this intersection you can find the largest gay nightclub in town, The Bourbon Pub Video Bar and Parade dance club.
September 15 – October 15: Miami, FL
While Miami Pride takes place every April, Celebrate Orgullo, or Hispanic LGBT Pride, takes place in September through October to coincide with Hispanic History Month and LGBT History Month. This year, Celebrate Orgullo’s events will include salsa dance contests, an artists showcase at the LGBT Visitors Center, a jazz series, and the Orgullo Carnaval at Museum Park on the final night. The lively outdoor festival features multiple stages, international talent, workshops, games and other activities taking place in downtown Miami’s 55 acre Museum Park, which is adjacent to the PAMM & Science Miami museums.
October 22-23: Las Vegas, NV
In the past decade, Vegas has become a premier destination for LGBT travelers thanks to its wide variety of LGBT-driven entertainment, dining, nightlife and special events year round. If visiting Vegas this summer, make sure to check out the weekly LGBT pool party, Temptation Sundays, at the Luxor Hotel & Casino. If you happen to be there in October, Las Vegas Pride annual parade happens October 22 in Downtown Las Vegas and festivities continue in Sunset Park throughout the weekend. That weekend also is the World Gay Rodeo Finals. Spectators can enjoy a multitude of events from bull riding and roping to barrel racing and steer decorating as well as the crowning of the TGRA royal court.
October 27-31: Palm Springs, CA
No one does Halloween quite like Palm Springs. A gay mecca since Hollywood made the desert city it’s playground in early 1900s, Palm Springs hosts several events during the days leading up to and on All Hallows Eve. Halloween night head to Arenas Road to scopt out some of the most incredible, over-the-top costumes. All are welcome to enter the contest or come to enjoy the talent and contestants dance around the stage, while the local bars and restaurants hosts parties. Stay on through the first week in November for Palm Springs Pride!