Pride is back in a big way this year, with the first official parade in Boston since 2019. There are also a bevy of parties and events celebrating the LGBTQ+ community, and we’ve found the best and most exciting for those in the community and allies to enjoy all month long, as well as fundraising drink specials and other ways to support and celebrate! Of course, after you’ve hit one of these exciting events, don’t miss out on the afterparties at the best gay bars in Boston or check out the best drag shows.
The best Pride events in Boston to celebrate Gay Pride
Celebrate the LGBTQ+ community this year with Pride parties, the official parade and specials around the Hub.
The best Boston Gay Pride events
When and where is the Pride Parade?
It’s a big year for Pride in Boston, with the Pride Parade returning on June 10, for the first time since 2019, which is expected to draw one million people or more. It will kick off at 11 am at Copley Square.
Brought to you by Boston Pride for the People, the parade is meant to commemorate the LGBTQ+ people who risked their safety to advocate for the lives and humanity of LGBTQ+ people, to celebrate the richness and complexity of LGBTQ+ community, and to continue to advocate for equity and inclusion for LGBTQ+ people.
Also, Mayor Michelle Wu has announced that on June 1st, the Pride flag will be raised at City Hall Plaza for the month.
"As a city, we're looking forward to celebrating at City Hall Plaza on June 1st," Wu said. "After three long years, once again we'll be able to have an in-person flag raising to kick off Pride Month in Boston."
They will also be unveiling the Portraits of Pride art exhibition that day, which will live at City Hall Plaza for the entire month.
What are the big parties and events?
Boston Proud Wharf Party at Night Shift Brewing (Lovejoy Wharf)
Kick off Pride with Night Shift Brewing and Boston Proud! Sunday June 4th join us at Night Shift Lovejoy to celebrate the start of Pride and the release of Boston Proud IPA beer! Live music with DJ Andrea Stamas, games, food, and more! $1 from every 4 pack of Boston Proud IPA is donated to Boston Proud.
June 4, 1pm – 4pm
Silent Disco on the Rooftop at Revere
The Revere Hotel is partnering with Lesbian Nightlife to host a PRIDE Silent Disco on Friday, June 9 on its rooftop from 7 p.m. to midnight. The event costs $25 per person and will feature three DJs on three different channels playing hit tunes "silently" via guests' headphones all night long, face and body painting from artist Ahna Scione, and two bars slinging craft cocktails all night long. VIP Cabanas are available for groups and bottle service is available upon request.
Friday, June 9, 7pm – 12pm
Gay Bash’d at Roadrunner
Celebrate Pride with Gay Bash’d, Boston’s biggest Pride Dance Party featuring a drag and music festival at Roadrunner, New England's largest indoor general admission. Tickets for the event start at $20 and the event benefits Trans Resistance MA.
The lineup includes live sets from musical acts Baby Tate (recently viral on Tik Tok for the song “Hey Mickey”) and COBRAH (First USA tour, by way of Stockholm, Sweden). The event is hosted once again by Detox (star of VH1’s Rupaul's Drag Race) and more. The event showcases over 20 artists performing drag, aerial acrobatics, DJ sets and more. There is also a full vendor market celebrating queer-makers of many kinds including jewelry, art, wearable items, vintage goods, and more! The event is 18+.
Saturday, June 10, doors at 7:30pm
Citrus & Salt Love Out Loud Late Night Fiesta
Raise a glass to celebrate Pride at Citrus & Salt's Love Out Loud Late Night Fiesta with 818 Tequila! Tickets cost $25, and you’ll get specialty 818 Tequila Pride cocktails, 818 Tequila swag giveaways, a live DJ set and Pride decor for your celebration. Limited VIP tables are available.
Saturday, June 10, 10pm – 2am
Boston Proud Comedy Night at Night Shift Everett Taproom
Head to Night Shift’s Everett Taproom for laughs and fresh pints for the HAVE A HOOT comedy night. Comics featured for this show are Amy Tee, Brieana Woodward, Cam O, and Tyler Durniak presented by Moccia Comedy Productions! Tickets are $25/person and a portion of the proceeds from the ticket sales will go to Boston Proud. Ticket includes: One Beer, cocktail, or Non-Alcoholic beverage of your choice.
June 14, doors at 6:15pm
Pride at Liberty Hotel
The Liberty Hotel is hosting events all month long, including Pride Bourbon & Blues with Angels Env: live blues in lobby with a specialty cocktail menu benefitting The Boston Alliance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Youth (BAGLY). (Monday, June 5), Pride Gallery Night featuring a LGBTQ+ Artist and their work on display for purchase in the lobby starting June 6, Pride Yappier Hour featuring a DJ, cocktails, and pets and owners showing their PRIDE on the Liberty Yard on June 7. On June 8, join the Pride Fashionably Late fashion show in the rotunda featuring That’s Binx. There will also be a ticketed PRIDE 5-course wine dinner featuring David Phinney Wines earlier in the evening st CLINK, and finally, on Friday, June 9, kick off Beat Weekends PRIDE DJ BegBick and a live dance performance.
Throughout the week, there will also be a special cocktail menu available with proceeds going towards BAGLY.
Summer Shack Drag Brunches and Dinner
Summer Shack's Boston and Cambridge locations will be hosting a packed schedule of Drag brunches throughout June to celebrate PRIDE! Not-to-miss brunches include Lizzo Drag Brunch on Sunday, June 4; 90's PRIDE Drag Brunch on Saturday, June 10; Britney & Christina Drag Brunch on Sunday, June 11; and "The Holy Trinity" (Beyonce, Nicki, and Rihanna) Drag Brunch on Saturday, June 17.
Additionally, Whitney Rose from Real Housewives Salt Lake City is going to co-host a Drag Dinner at Summer Shack Boston on Friday, June 9 for Pride weekend.
Where can I get Pride cocktails and bites around Boston?
Big Night’s Pride Punch
Bar 10 at the Westin Copley Place
The bar, tucked into the Westin at Copley Place, is featuring five different cocktails (Cherry Aperol Spritz, Pear Sage Vodka Soda, Passionfruit Vodka Spritz, Cucumber Gin and Soda, and Empress Gin and Soda) for $16 each that will each benefit The Trevor Project throughout the month of June. $1 from each cocktail sold will be donated back in support of their mission.
The Banks Fish House’s Miss Frizzle
Working with Lamplighter Brewing for Pride Month, The Banks Fish House, will be pouring Lamplighter's Pride brew called the Miss Frizzle, a sour that is a bright purple color because of added herbs/flowers. For every beer sold, The Banks will be donating a portion of proceeds to BAGLY.
GRECO’s Rainbow Loukoumades
The Greco team is celebrating pride with new Rainbow Loukoumades (Greek style doughnuts) for a cause, with a portion of all proceeds going to Boston Pride. These are available at the Newbury Street, Pier 4 Seaport and Milk Street locations.
Oak Long Bar + Kitchen’s Taste the Rainbow
The elegant bar and kitchen inside the Fairmont Copley Plaza is offering two specials for the month of June, and they’re sure to please. First, the Taste the Rainbow, a dessert special of rainbow ice cream, rainbow sprinkles, salted caramel, cookie dough, chocolate chunks and glitter. Then, there's the Martha P. Johnson, a cocktail of absolut citron vodka, passionfruit, lemon and falernum. $1 from each order will be donated to BAGLY. Plus, Absolut Citron committed to matching donations for the cocktail special.
The Fairmont is also offering a room special, for those looking to make a difference while spending the night during Pride. The Love Limitless room package is available for stays June through September and will donate $20 per room night to BAGLY. Guests will enjoy 10% off the best available rate and a welcome amenity: Rainbow Chocolate Covered Strawberries.
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