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The best LGBTQ outdoor summer parties in NYC

Don't miss these LGBTQ rooftop parties, drag shows, pool parties and Fire Island events this summer

By David Goldberg
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Looking to get wild at an outdoor party this summer? For LGBTQ revelers, NYC Pride is just the beginning. Don't miss these Fire Island events, pool parties, backyard bashes and beyond. 

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Outdoor LGBTQ Parties

Drew Anderson, Marcia Belsky, Sam Taggart
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Comedy Stand-up

Very campy hexes abound at this redoubtable night of free comedy, consecrated in honor of supreme witch Stevie Nicks. Hosts Drew Anderson, Sam Taggart and Marcia Belsky summon their funniest friends to the rooftop to join in—with guests Sasheer Zamata, Kelsey Caine, Julio Torres, Friends Who Folk, Anna Drezen and Larry Owens hitting the stage at this month's edition. Worship your new dark overlords!  

Photograph: Courtesy Bruce-Michael Gelbert

Women's Pride

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Let’s hear it for the fairer sex! This alfresco affair has an all-white dress code and boasts DJs, an open wine and vodka bar, and performances by Alan Cumming and others. The benefit and silent auction benefit the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center. 

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Elsewhere
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Kunst Pride

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A lineup of queer nightlife greatest hits take over the Elsewhere roof for a nasty night of dancing. Pace yourself for a late night with DJs Eli Escobar, Tom Peters, Horrorchata, William Francis, Mazurbate, Amber Valentine and Andy Bradin; performances by Kevin Aviance, Sateen, Gio Black Peter, Horrorchata, Charlene, Harajuku, West Dakota, Panthera and Pan Dulce and many more. 

Furball
Photograph: Courtesy Gustavo Monroy

Rüftop Rooftop Party

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Joe Fiore and Daddy Ersin invite you to throw down on two floors at this decked-out evening Pride bash, featuring DJs Joe Gauthreaux, Dan Darlington and sDOT, plenty of stacked dancers and drink specials. 

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Nowadays
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Mister Sunday Pride

Nightlife Daytime parties

The unbeatable duo of Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin have grounded their world-touring record label and Mister Sunday dance party at the stunning Nowadays space in Ridgewood. Join them every Sunday for jubilant dancing, food truck bites and beyond. LGBTQ revelers will serve their cutest looks for the June 24 Pride edition with DJ Ciel and DJ Python, which benefits the Ali Forney Center. 

Catherine Cohen and Henry Koperski
Photograph: Courtesy Jon Moss

Club Cumming at the Beach

Things to do

Fire Island doyenne Daniel Nardicio brings the greatest hits of the East Village nightlife hub Club Cumming to the Cherry Grove Community Center for an epic week of all-star performances. Hit the Romy & Michele's Saturday Afternoon Tea Dance on July 7 from 3–8pm; catch Jill Sobule in concert on July 8 at 5pm; and join Catherine Cohen and Henry Koperski for a beachside edition of their joyous variety show Cabernet Cabaret on Monday, July 9 at 9pm. Full list of events, times and prices at dworld.us.

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Pines Party

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Sleep, train and brace yourself for this classic three-day free-for-all, with parties, after-parties and poolside after-after-parties all day and night. There’s a rager that goes till 6am, then another one that picks up a half hour later. Start planning your skimpy ensembles now. 

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