Tel Aviv Pride’s Top 12 Events

By Kristof Steiner
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Forget Googling and drop your calendar –  we have you covered. Here are all the unmissable stops on your White City LGBTQ checklist throughout Pride Week 2017.

Tel Aviv Pride Beach
Warm sun, golden sand, hot guys and beautiful girls - what more could anyone ask for? Hilton Beach is the LGBTQ community’s second home throughout the year, but during Pride it is Tel Aviv’s official gay beach, as the party starts and ends right here. It’s also worth a visit, for the tourist info truck at the entrance, doling out updates on events.

From June 4-10, Hilton Hotel beachfront

Hilton Beach

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Drag Queens in Stilettos

It’s time for the annual drag queen race. Dress to impress and cheer the drag queens on while they show off their extravagant outfits and race down Dizengoff Center. This is not to be missed!

June 5 at 18:30, Dizengoff Center 50 Dizengoff St 

Women in the Arts Craft Fair

Women’s creative powers have a very important and deep impact on Israel’s cultural and art scenes, and the ladies are ready to show their many talents: creators, designers, and artists from the LGBTQ community will showcase their work, celebrating female power in the arts. 

June 5 at 19:00, Dov Hoz Community Center, 16 Dov Hoz St

The Israeli Opera Presents: ABBA Hits NYX Hotel

Take a chance, lay all your love on the Israeli Opera, as it’s presenting its first ever partnership with Tel Aviv Pride, introducing an unforgettable tribute to ABBA on an outdoor stage at the foot of the NYX Tel Aviv, the official Pride hotel of Tel Aviv Pride 2017.

June 5 at 19.30, NYX Hotel, 46 HaRakevet St

Abba

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VIP Pool Party

As the sun sets over Tel Aviv, join designer Andrew Christian and his Trophy Boys for a party by the rooftop pool of the new Poli House Hotel. Bring your swim gear – jumping in the pool is mandatory.

June 7 at 16.00, The Poli House, 1 Nachalat Binyamin St

Wigstock Drag Queen Show

A huge event at Meir Park featuring dozens of drag queens held in honor of the late Gila Golstein, one of Israel’s most iconic drag queens. The event will raise awareness of HIV within the LGBTQ community, with an emphasis on bisexuality.

June 7 at 19.30, Meir Garden 

Pride Parade Launch Party

Be an early bird prior to the march, and kick off the Pride Parade with a launch party in Meir Park . The over-the-top festivities of the day will just be beginning. Expect a stream of drag shows, inspirational speeches given by local and international influencers and activists, and adrenaline-pumping music that will be sure to get your body ready to rock out like everybody’s watching. 

June 9 at 10.00, Meir Garden

Tel Aviv Pride Parade

This festive celebration departs from the Meir Park, winds through the city, and ends with a bang at the famous sunset beach party, attracting countless spectators and participants. Expect special performances, DJs and a raging party. 

June 9 at 12.00 – until we drop. Charles Clore Park

Pride parade

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Fashion tours with Nonachalant
Internationally-acclaimed fashion artist and drag queen Nonachalant will take you on a fascinating journey of local design, art and nightlife in the proudest city in Israel. During the tours, visitors will get to peek into the  studios of Israeli fashion and accessories designers who have made a name for themselves all over the world. 
The June 2 tour is in Hebrew; June 7 tour in English. To sign up: (050-6916542/nonachalant.com

The 1st LGBTQ Photography Conference & Exhibition

For the first time ever, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art is collaborating with the LGBTQ community and putting together an expansive photography exhibition. Photographers and creators will discuss their work and the interplay between art and the LGBTQ community. Also, Doron Rabina, the new chief curator of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art is one to watch. As an artist who presented black and Arab men as a part of homosexual imagery, he was a truly brave choice by the institution. Israeli and international creatives, free thinkers and rebels will rejoice with Mr. Rabina at the throne. 

From June 1-10, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 27 Sha’ul HaMelech St (tamuseum.org.il

Evita is BACK!
Tel Aviv’s most iconic gay bar, Evita, may have closed its doors, but the organizers promised they would return one way or another, so here they are.  Dance all night with superstar DJs Moti Saadia, Ron Shmuel and Guy Lants, and glamorous drag queen Talula Bonet hosting. Take note:  the venue moved to the Abraham Hostel’s rooftop. 
21 Levontin St, Tel Aviv (facebook.com/evitathursdays)

Talula

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Pride Market
With the Tel Aviv Pride Parade just around the corner, the city’s most awesome market puts on its rainbow-colored coat. The Pride Market will take place at the Rothschild- Allenby Market, and will be hosting  festivities all week long, featuring some of the best DJs from Israel and around the world, surprising and funny drag shows, and even activities for the kids and families. Special meals and drinks dedicated to Tel Aviv Pride will be up for grabs – and the entry is free. Need we say more?

June 1-9 (rmarket.co.il)

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