Things to Do Pride events in NYC beyond the parade By amNewYork staff Updated May 19, 2019 1:50 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email March it out, but don't forget to party during Pride this year. While about 4.5 million people are expected to descend upon New York City for the festivities and with 150,000 people participating in the NYC Pride March on June 30, city organizations are throwing about 100 other events this month dedicated to celebrating and supporting the LGBTQ community. From dance parties and concerts to other boroughwide parades, here's how to show your pride and celebrate Pride Month in the city: 'Spill the Tea' discussion (June 15) Photo Credit: The Illustrious Blacks E. Patrick Johnson will discuss his collection of oral histories for his book "Sweet Tea" and perform an excerpt before the Illustrious Blacks (aka MachildBlack and Monstah Black) perform a DJ set at this night of giving a voice to the experiences of southern, black gay men. ($15; 4 to 8 p.m.; Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Ave.; harlemstage.org) James Bidgood: 'Reveries' (through Sept. 8) Photo Credit: ClampArt New York Learn about the impact of artist James Bidgood's work on gay art history and gay history itself in this exhibit at the Museum of Sex. Through his photographs, from his time as drag queen Terry Howe at Club 82 to his work for vintage physique magazines, you'll follow his journey, which included being out during a pre-Stonewall world. ($17.50-$19.50; 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 233 Fifth Ave., midtown; museumofsex.com) 'Beyond Stonewall': LGBT History Tour Photo Credit: New York Tours1 New York Tour1 is offering a walking tour that covers LGBTQ history within the confines of Greenwich Village every Saturday. ($29; 2:30 p.m.; meet at Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher St.; newyorktour1.com) Drag Queen Weekend Brunch (Saturdays) Photo Credit: Celtic Developers Group/Oscar Wilde Head to Oscar Wilde for a drag queen brunch starring Jasmine Rice LaBeija, who will host two one-hour shows at 1:30 and 3 p.m. with music by DJ 2Face. Guests will have the option to add $1 to their bill for a donation toward the Trevor Project, too. Oscar Wilde will match each guest's $1 donation during the brunch for the entire month of June. (Reserved seating is $25 with one entree and one drink or $40 per person with unlimited booze; 1:30 and 3 p.m.; 45 W. 27th St., Manhattan; oscarwildenyc.com) Public Forum: Queer & Now (June 17) Photo Credit: Joan Marcus This free, one-night showcase of music, poetry, prose, and theater will feature appearances by Trevor Bachman, Kate Bornstein, Lea DeLaria, Ryan J. Haddad, the Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir, Erin Markey, Darnell Moore, Peppermint, Toshi Reagon, Conrad Ricamora, Aneesh Sheth, Chase Strangio and others. Hosted by Jomama Jones (pictured), the event will honor resistance and the ongoing fight for LGBTQ liberation and pride. (Free; 8 p.m.; Delacorte Theater in Central Park; publictheater.org) New York Harbor Pride Sails (Saturdays) Photo Credit: John O'Sullivan Cruise around Manhattan on the Schooner Adirondack and Schooner America 2.0, which will fly a 400-square-foot pride flag as it passes the Statue of Liberty. The ships sail on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. and include a mimosa for $75 per person. Ticket sales will go toward Hetrick-Martin Institute. Then on June 30, there will be several Pride fireworks cruises available that run starting at 8 p.m. for $72 per person with a drink included. You can find the schedule at sail-nyc.com Ascend with Pride (June 15) Photo Credit: FDR Four Freedoms State Park Head to Roosevelt Island's FDR Four Freedoms Park for a picnic on the lawn (food trucks and drinks will be on hand), a drag queen story hour at 12:30 p.m., and an unveiling of the city's largest pride flag painted on the park's staircase, which is 12-by-100 feet. The flag will remain there until June 30. (Free; noon to 6 p.m.; Roosevelt Island's southern point; eventbrite.com) Violet Holdings: LGBTQ+ Highlights from the NYU Special Collections Photo Credit: New York University Archives Look through selections from the NYU Special Collections to learn about a diverse range of queer stories told through archival materials from 19th-century theater, a gay anarchist press in the 1970s, civil rights protests at NYU, transgender community organizing, and women's labor movements. The exhibition is part of NYU's yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. (Free; 7 a.m. and 11 p.m.; 70 Washington Square South, Manhattan; nyu.edu) Ed Sullivan On Acid with Calvin Cato (June 17) Photo Credit: Amy Beckerman Comedian Calvin Cato be celebrating his birthday and Pride during this free comedy show featuring LGBTQ comics like Jess Salomon ("The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon"), Eman El-Husseini (Just For Laughs Festival), Bobby Hankinson (Kweendom Comedy Tour), Nonye Brown-West (Women In Comedy Festival) and more. For each audience member who attends, Cato will donate $1 to Planned Parenthood. (Free; 9 to 10 p.m.; Freddy's Bar, 627 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn; eventbrite.com) Family Movie Night (June 21) Photo Credit: BFA / Griffin Lipson Lounge on the Hudson River Park's Pier 45 and enjoy Disney/Pixar's "Coco" with your family for free. Miss Richfield 1981 will host kid-friendly, outdoor games before the movie starts. Check out how you can have a VIP experience here. Garden Party: A Taste of Pride (June 24) Photo Credit: Donna F. Aceto Taste bites from the city's acclaimed restaurants, meet the culinary visionaries behind them and sip on seasonal cocktails at an open bar as the sun sets over the Hudson River at The Center's garden party. Tastings include Vic's, Butter & Scotch, Sweet Chili and about 20 other eateries. Proceeds go toward The Center. (Starting at $99, 6 to 10 p.m., Hudson River Park's Pier 84, West Side Highway at 44th St., gaycenter.org/gardenparty) Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt: NYC Pride Celebration with Bushwig (June 27) Photo Credit: Cooper Hewitt Join Horrorchata, the co-founder of the annual Brooklyn drag festival Bushwig, will team up with Hannah Lou, West Dakota, Mini Horrorwitz, Jenn D Role, Dynasty and Angelica Sundae for a night of DJ sets and performances. ($14-$16; 6 to 9 p.m.; 90th Street between Madison and Fifth avenues, cooperhewitt.org) Quiet Pride dance party with Shake Shack (June 28) Photo Credit: Quiet Events Head to Crunch Fitness for an outdoor, flash mob-like workout for the LGBTQ community and allies. Put on your headphones and follow trainers through the city as they lead you through various workouts. It will end at Crunch Bowery, where you'll be given cool prizes and refreshments. ($15; 4 to 6 p.m.; 144 W. 38th St., Manhattan; quietevents.com) Savor Pride (June 28) Photo Credit: iStock Join renowned LGBTQ and ally chefs, including Renee Blackman from "Chopped," at a benefit for God's Love We Deliver. The outdoor event will feature five menu items with in-depth cooking demonstrations, technique discussions and tastings centered on down home cooking. ($70-$125, 6 p.m., 166 Sixth Ave., glwd.org) Pride Barbecue and Mister Sunday (June 29-30) Photo Credit: Nowadays Mister Sunday, a popular dance party at Nowadays, is hosting a Pride barbecue on Saturday featuring transgender and queer DJs and performers from New World Dysorder and artist Him Hun. (RSVP grants free entry before 11 p.m., otherwise $10 until midnight; 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.; nowadays.nyc) Then on Sunday, Nowdays will host an outdoor party with FNV and Lex Rodriguez. ($15 before 5 p.m. otherwise $20; 3 to 9 p.m.; 56-06 Cooper Ave., nowadays.nyc) Pride Sail (June 30) Photo Credit: Classic Harbor Lines Set sail under the fireworks for Pride Sunday on one of two boats (Manhattan II or America 2.0) that will pass by the Statue of Liberty and head up the Hudson River. Guests will be privy to a few rounds of champagne, beer wine and soda, and they're welcome to bring their picnic dinners. sail-nyc.com Femme Fatale (June 30) Photo Credit: BFA.com / Zach Hilty This rooftop party for women at Hudson Terrace includes music by DJs Kittens, Mary Mac, Bonnie Beats, Nikki Lions and Lena. ($35-$65; 4 p.m.; 621 W. 46th St., Manhattan; nycpride.frontgatetickets.com) 'La Mama Squirts' festival (May 31, June 1-2) Photo Credit: Yanina May Photography Enjoy a weekend of performances curated by three transgender women -- Cecilia Gentili, Mizz June, and Charlene Incarnate. Transgender artists Julia Rose, Ash RT Yergens, Auset Bennu (aka AB), and Linda Labeija will perform a retelling of Gentili's education about Stonewall in Argentina on May 31. Then on June 1, transgender female musicians of color, Olympia Perez of Black Trans Media, Princess Sasha Fierce, and The Violence will perform and transgender icon Miss Major Griffin-Gracy will phone in, followed by a presentation by FIERCE! NYC. On the last day, an all-transgender and non-binary cast featuring Remy Black, Image Object, Lucia Honey and others will perform a night of musical theater. Queer Liberation March (June 30) Photo Credit: Reclaim Pride NYC Reclaim Pride Coalition, a contingent of political advocates fed up with what they say has been a lack of community input, overpolicing by the NYPD and commercialization of the Pride March, are putting on their own Queer Liberation March in Manhattan on the same day as Pride March. (Free; 9:30 p.m. from the Stonewall Inn to Central Park's Great Lawn; reclaimpridenyc.org) Pride at House of Yes (June 20) Photo Credit: Kenny Rodriguez The House of Yes is celebrating Pride many different ways, including amateur burlesque and drag competitions on June 5, a Brooklyn-themed pride night with Whitney Day on June 8, the "Blunderland Variety Show" on June 14-15, the "House of Vogue: Pride Edition" on June 19, a circus-themed celebration on June 26, "Glitterbox NYC Pride" on June 28, a Pride March after-party on June 30 and more. Youth Pride at SummerStage (June 29) Photo Credit: T Mobile LGBTQ and ally teens (those under 21) are invited for a day of fun interactive games and entertainment. Those over 21 must pay $10 to get in. More details about the entertainment will be released at a later time. 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