Happy Pride Month, Boston! Throughout June, there will be tons of Pride events and happenings in Boston, from outdoor festivals and dance parties to markets featuring LGBTQ+ business owners. In lieu of the Boston Pride parade, the two major marches this year will be the Dyke March and Trans Resistance. Read on to find the best events to celebrate Pride this year in the city!
1. Watertown Pride Extravaganza: June 4 at 11 a.m.
Hosted by the Watertown Free Public Library and the Watertown Public Arts and Culture Committee, the Watertown Pride festival will feature a mini parade, as well as live music, drag performances, dancing, and celebrations!
2. Pride Market by BWM x Night Shift Brewing : June 4 at 11 a.m.
This market, hosted in Everett by Boston Women’s Market and Night Shift Brewing, will feature products and artwork by more than 14 local LGBTQIA+ vendors. While you shop, you can sip on Night Shift’s newest pride-themed brew, Proud, as well as enjoy live music and snag a bite from the food trucks.
3. Quincy Pride Day Festival: June 5 at 12 p.m.
Quincy’s Pride celebration will have a live band setting the tone for a day of celebrations, including drag performances, local LGBTQ+ vendors, and arts and crafts.
4. 25th Boston Dyke March: June 10 at 6 p.m.
Starting in the Boston Common, the 25th Annual Dyke March will celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community in an alternative Pride march inclusive to all populations. The march is ASL interpreted, and wheelchair, stroller and scooter accessible.
5. Boston’s LGBTQ Past Walking Tour: June 11 at 11 a.m., June 13 at 6 p.m.
In this historical tour of Downtown Boston, you’ll learn about Boston’s LGBT history, from the 1840s to the 1980s. Starting at the Massachusetts State House and winding its way throughout Downtown Boston, you learn how the city’s history is intertwined with prominent LGBT figures.
6. Pride Bar Fest 2022: June 11 at 11 a.m.
This first annual Pride Bar Festival in Fenway will feature drag performances, DJs, live music, and queer markets at more than 10 venues around the neighborhood. Proceeds from the event will go towards the Trans Resistance organization.
7. SomerPride!: June 11 at 12 p.m.
This all-day festival in Union Square will showcase a vibrant selection of local bands, plus food and art vendors, games, and performances throughout the day.
8. Big Gay Dance Party: June 11 at 5:30 p.m.
This outdoor dance party in Union Square will have a live DJ, drag performances, and arts & crafts vendors, as well as tables from organizations like RESPOND and Cambridge Health Alliance.
9. Jamaica Plain Pride Block Party: June 12 at 12 p.m.
JP’s neighborhood block party will be featuring music by DJ JamilaAfrika, Ray Liriano, and The Lisa Bello Band, plus live drag performances, a market of local art and food vendors.
10. Back Bay Pride Block Party: June 12 at 2 p.m.
Back Bay’s block party will feature live DJ sets from DJs Wayne Michael & Marco Da Silva. Plus, you can sip drinks at a beer and wine garden, grab a snack at the food trucks, and watch vibrant performances throughout the night.
11. Pride Night at Fenway Park: June 15
Wednesday, June 15 is Fenway Park’s annual Pride Night. Ticket holders who purchase via the special Pride offer will receive a Red Sox Hat in Pride colors. Additionally, you can arrive early for a pre-game social on the Sam Deck.
12. Trans Resistance MA March and Festival : June 25
Although Boston Pride officially dissolved in 2021, Trans Resistance MA will be hosting a Pride march on June 25 as a demonstration for the safety, joy, and liberation of TQBIPOC. That same day, the organization will also host a festival filled with performances, vendors, and mutual aid drives.
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