Happy Pride Weekend, Philly!
However you paint the rainbow over the next few days, be sure to do it with love, kindness, respect and as a remembrance of all of those who fought to give us the glitter covered life we breathe today…because we truly wouldn’t be here without them.
And of course, may you never ask the DJ anything this weekend……they’ve got it all under control.
So, let’s celebrate, shall we? Yas.
Sing Your Life Karaoke Barbara, Celine, Whitney, Ariana, Bey. Yas, Pride kween, the fabulous Sara Sherr has them all in her always shimmering Sing Your Life Karaoke collection, so go sing your little heart out this weekend you fabulous diva-in-training, you. Fri/9-1 Southhouse, 2535 S. 13th St.Sat/9-1:45 Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap,1301 E Susquehanna Ave Sun/9-2 Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street Tues/9-2 12 Steps Down, 9th and Christian Thurs/9-2 Milkboy South Street/401 South St.
Mamma Mia! Since there’s still quite some time until the gayest movie sequel ever made descends into our worlds (now until July 20th is, like, forever in Cher and Meryl time) why not go see the critically acclaimed national production of the original to help pass the grueling seconds along while it’s in Philly this summer? Yes. Just a word to your bell bottoms…tickets are going quick–because as we all know this show is life within itself–so don’t delay and shimmy on over to them right here and right now. Ready, set, “Fernando.” Tonight-through July 15th/various showtimes/ticket prices/Walnut Street Theater/825 Walnut St.
Photo Pop Pride Party If you check yourself right here, you’ll notice that Toasted Walnut is the Pride place to be this weekend. So, to properly kick things off, Philly Drag Mafia Mother and Academy Award Winning Actress, Brittany Lynn, is taking over tonight…so, you better be ready, kween. So, join Ms. Lynn as she’ll be sipping tea and serving out beads, boas and instructions on how to have a respectful Pride weekend. But perhaps the best part of tonight’s fab shindig is that $1 from every ticket sold will be donated to the Leeway Foundation, which supports women and trans artists, as well as cultural producers working in communities to make it better for all of us. Werk. Now, sashay over to Toasted Walnut tonight, kids!, and go right here for those tickets. Tonight/6 pm/Toasted Walnut Bar & Kitchen/1315 Walnut St.
Jay Rock/Sir/Ab-Soul/SZA/ScHoolboy Q/Lance Skiiiwalker/Kendrick Lamar That lineup, though. Hurry up and get those tickets right here..if you still can. Tonight/730 pm/BB & T Pavilion/1 Harbour Blvd.
Please Touch Pride Philadelphia Family Pride is also hosting a fun event this weekend….and it’s fun for the whole pham!! Because, hey, it’s never too soon to teach the kids about all of this love stuff. So, at 9AM, bring all of yours and meet in front of the Torch and Please Touch will be waking you up with a morning full of special crafts, special musical performance by the Pop Ups and what breakfast wouldn’t be complete without a little Drag Queen Story Time. For more info on this sure-to-br beloved event, you should email email@example.com and he’ll tell you what to do next. Have fun, kids! Saturday/9 am
Proud AF/The B2B Pre-Pride Party and Drag King Show First….an outstanding showing of Philly’s hottest Drag Kings including Molasses Jones, Mo’Betta & Gavin Carpenter, all while the ATL’s very own and very hilarious Kia Comedy owns the Tabu stage…and ya damn life. And then? We dance like nobody’s f@#king business and leave ALL drama behind. So, do it and then..let’s werk. Saturday/9 pm/Tabu/200 South 12th St.
Big Gay Boat Party The time has come…to once again celebrate your love with not just the grandest event (or, according to Brittany Lynn, the gaaayyyest) of Pride weekend….but of the summer. Yes, kids and kweens, the oh, so Big Gay Boat Party is about to set sail once again, so grab Gilligan and your gaggle of gays and get ready for a night of beats, eats, boys and lots and lots of dancing on the deck of the Moshulu!! All with your VIP Pre Party hosted by the dynamic duo of Amber Hikes and Brian Sims to properly kickstart...it all. Now, what could be better than that? Absolutely nothing. So, go on gurl, and get your tickets and more info right here, right now.…and then…let’s dance. Also…a big shout out to Toasted Walnut and Philly Gay Calendar for putting this one together for the weekend! Slay. Saturday/10 pm/The Deck/401 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philly Pride Run 5K & 1.5 Mile There’s only one thing that would make this run for love that much more fabulous….if East Coast slaying drag goddess Pissi Myles would be there to sing the National Anthem. Oh, wait…..yaaaaas she is. Now the question is….will she dare to run in those heels? It really would make a fun You Tube video, wouldn’t it? But there’s only one to find out…go and show your love this Sunday, bitch, and get ready to stride for your unicorn filled life and Ms. Myles will see you there! And of course, a big shout out to William Way Center for all that you do for the community. Keep on. Sunday/9 am/William Way LGBT Community Center/1315 Spruce St.
IBA Pride Brunch If you’re looking to mix a lil’ business with brunch this weekend, this event is just for you as Cuba Libre over on 2nd & Market will be hosting a shiny afternoon filled with munchies and a fab cash bar, all while you get to know the Philadelphia Independent Business Alliance. So, after the parade, put on those power lunch worthy white Keds and go mingle it up…you never know who you’re going to meet at one of these things…just sayin.’ Plus, it’s free, so bring some friends! Sunday/1 pm-5 pm/Cuba Libre/10 S. 2nd St.
Philly Loves Bowie night @Hedwig & The Angry Inch If there’s one event that’s guaranteed to close out Pride weekend in a most fablous way, it’s this one right here, kids and kweens. This Sunday night, join the always yas-worthy Ms. Mimi Imfurst as she not only slays another spectacular Hedwig romp for the city of Philadelphia, but she’ll be pouring out the love as proceeds from Sunday’s ticket sales will go into the PHILLY LOVES BOWIE WEEK FUND, which magnificently helps out our little brothers and sisters at CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF PHILADELPHIA. In a word…don’t miss any of it for one second. For more love-filled info, check this out right here. Sunday/7 pm/Ruba Club/416 Green St.
Philly Pride Presents Hard to believe, but it’s been thirty years since Philly began serving up its annual Pride festivities. So, you know this year is made to be extra special…so let’s do it. Of course, the mother of all events will once again be served up by Philly Pride Presents, who have all of this weekend’s details lined up right here, including details on tomorrow’s annual Philly Dyke March, where you can get your best spot for this Sunday’s sure-to-be fabulous Pride parade, and how you can get up close and personal with this year’s Pride headliner, the always fabulous, Ms. Margaret Cho. Check it all out and don’t miss a sassy second of any of it this weekend! Happy Pride, Philly!
Also on the shimmering local and legendary entertainment decks for your……..
Lots of fabulous dancing @Woody’s(202 S. 13th St.) & @Tavern on Camac (243 S. Camac St.)all Pride Weekend Long…………..Parquet Courts @Union Transfer (830 pm/1024 Spring Garden St.)………..The Wonder Years @The Fillmore (730 pm/29 East Allen St.)………..Shwayze @The Trocadero(8 pm/1003 Arch St.)……….Vicetone@NOTO(10 pm/1209 Vine St.)………..Too Many Zooz@The Foundry(9 pm/1000 Frankford Ave)……….Walter Beasley@South(10 pm/600 N. Broad St.)………..Bent Knee @Boot & Saddle(730 pm/1131 S. Broad St.)……….West Philadelphia Orchestra@Johnny Brenda’s(9 pm/1201 Frankford Ave)……….Control Freak @The Dolphin Tavern(9 pm/1539 S. Broad St.)……….Darla@Bourbon & Branch(730 pm/705 N. 2nd St.)
Kenny Chesney@Lincoln Financial Field(5 pm/One Nova Care Way)……………Horse Feathers@Boot & Saddle(830 pm/1131 S. Broad St.)…………Combichrist@The Trocadero(8 pm/1003 Arch St.)………….Hot Snakes@Union Transfer(9 pm/1024 Spring Garden St.)…………Skating Polly@Kung Fu Necktie(730 pm/1248 N. Front St.)………..Logan Henderson@The Foundry(8 pm/1000 Frankford Ave)………….DJ Scene@NOTO(10 pm/1209 Vine St.)………Sold& Dull Knoves@Ortlieb’s(8 pm/847 N. 3rd St.)………Thomas Blondet@The Barbary(10 pm/951 Frankford Ave)……..Pat Finnerty@Johnny Brenda’s(830 pm/1201 Frankford Ave)
Big Gay Brunch @Amis (10 am/412 S. 13th St.)………………Sunday TEA:The Pride Edition @Cibo(4 pm/1227 Walnut St.)…………Sinful Sundays w/The Goddess Isis @Tabu(9 pm/200 S. 12th St.)……….Showtunes Sundays@Tavern On Camac (9 pm/243 S. Camac St.)…….DJ SOJO @Vesper Dayclub(11 am/1031 Germantown Ave)………….Congenital Heart Walk@Philadelphia Zoo(830 am/3400 W. Girard Ave)…………
Cover photo courtesy of Philadelphia Magazine