2016 Pride Weekend What To Do


Let’s face it: Pride weekend comes and goes in the blink of an eye, and if you don’t plan accordingly, you might just end up missing an event that you really wanted to go to. Use this listing of Pride weekend events to plan your weekend. You might just discover something new to do!

Thursday, June 23

Lavender’s Pride Thursday
Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis
June 23, 5:30–8:00 p.m.
Twin Cities Pride weekend kicks off with the Twin Cities’ biggest happy hour event, followed by a performance by Kathy Griffin. Pre-show happy hour admission is free for Lavender’s Pride Thursday attendees, but tickets for Kathy Griffin must be purchased through www.tcpride.org. Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, drink specials, and a chance to win great prizes.

TransFabulous: Creating Comics (Event 1 of 6)
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
June 23, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Registration Required
Explore with artist Anna Bongiovanni how comics are created, from character design to storytelling to publication. Use your personal story and voice to create many short comics and produce a final mini-comic. Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Photo courtesy of Kathy Griffin

Photo courtesy of Kathy Griffin

Kathy Griffin
Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis
June 23, 8:00 p.m.
Kicking off the official four-day Twin Cities Pride weekend is Kathy Griffin, one of America’s foremost comedians. Two-time Emmy and Grammy award-winning comedian Kathy Griffin is a towering figure on television, on tour and in publishing. She breaks through the entertainment clutter with her universally recognized brand of pull-no-punches comedy. Currently, Kathy Griffin can be seen as host of the E! hit fashion commentary show, Fashion Police. Last year, Kathy made history with her 6th consecutive Grammy nomination and first win for Best Comedy Album (Kathy Griffin: Calm Down Gurrl), joining Whoopi Goldberg and Lily Tomlin as the only other female comedians to ever win Grammy awards for Best Comedy Album.

Colombian Passion Fashion Party
Muse Event Center, 107 3rd Ave. N, Minneapolis
June 23, 8:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m.

Utku Productions presents an exquisite event which will promote Latin-American talent through its main cultural expression: fashion. The Latin American designers are currently up-to-trend, and aggressively competing on an international scale with innovative designs, combining cultural ancestral techniques with today’s modern fashion.

Pride at Lush
Lush, 990 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis
June 23–25
Enjoy college pride night on Thursday and a boylesque show featuring a special appearance by Mr. Gay USofA titleholder, Taylor Ashton, as well as the weekly Drag Evolution talent contest. Come back Friday for “Pride’s most generous happy hour” and Black Hearts Burlesque. Saturday morning Lush hosts Pride brunch featuring Lush’s famous bottomless mimosas. The rest of the day finishes out with drag queen bingo, a Pride edition of Snatch Game, and a Pride block party featuring Alaska Thunderfuck of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Friday, June 24

Stories Together: Pride
East Lake Library, 2727 E Lake St., Minneapolis
June 24, 10:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m.
Registration not required
All are welcome
Celebrate family and self-expression during Pride month through books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. This project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Friday Night Pride Panel: Intersections
Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 519 Oak Grove St., Minneapolis
June 24, 7:00 p.m.
All are welcome
The Intersections panel will feature members of the Twin Cities community who participate in or serve LGBTQ communities, communities of color, and/or a variety of faith convictions and experiences. As stated, “We seek to recognize the intersections of identity in gender, sexuality, race, and faith. Our hope is to engage attendees with difficult conversations, recognizing the complexity of thought and creating space for opening hearts and minds. Saint Mark’s and the Pride Committee recognize the tension and trauma around these conversations and are dedicated to offering a pastoral and hope-filled presentation.”

Fruit Bowl
Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave. S, Minneapolis
June 24, 5:00–8:00 p.m.
All are welcome
This is an all ages, sober, tobacco-free event. Hosted by the fabulous Mrs. Margie Pederson, enjoy an evening of free bowling, kids activities, taco bar, karaoke, prizes, a photobooth, and more. Sand volleyball begins at 6:30, bowling at 6:15. Please RSVP.

Photo by Aaron Davidson

Photo by Aaron Davidson

Pride Beer Dabbler
Loring Park, Minneapolis
June 24, 5:30–9:30 p.m.
The Beer Dabbler craft beer festival kicking off Twin Cities Pride weekend is back for its fifth year. In previous years the festival brought together food trucks and breweries to craft special pairings. With an updated format this year, the 50+ participating Minnesota breweries will each serve special, one-off or infused beers that celebrate and pay homage to the icons and advocates from the GLBT community, who have played a role in bringing awareness and progress to critical issues in the community like marriage equality and transphobia.

Photo by Mike Ruiz

Photo by Mike Ruiz

Grown & Sexy Pride
First Avenue Mainroom, 701 First Ave. N, Minneapolis
June 24, 9:00 p.m.
This year’s Grown & Sexy Pride features Carmen Carrera from RuPaul’s Drag Race season three. Mark your calendars for this all-night dance party infused with incredible onstage performances. The talent is incomparable, the music is amazing, and all are welcome!

Pride Soul Friday
Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Ave. S, Minneapolis
June 24, 9:00 p.m.
$12 in advance/ $15 at the door
Billed as the “flyest night for queer women of color and friends,” you’re invited to come out and get your dance on! Featuring DJ Keezy, DJ Lady L, and DJ Sophia (from GRRRL PRTY), with special guest performers including Alissa Paris, Bdotcroc, K.Raydio, and more.

Flip Phone XXL: Pride
Rev Ultralounge, 731 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
June 24, 9:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.
Join FlipPhone at Rev Ultralounge (underneath Union) for an ultimate dance party. You won’t want to miss this. Rev has one of the best sound systems in the city! DJ Fancy Restaurant will be throwing down Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, and other hot jams. The evening fantastic drink specials and appearances by Naomi Smalls (RuPaul’s Drag Race season eight), Sunny Kiriyama, and Julia Starr.

Plunge Into Pride
Muse Event Center, 107 3rd Ave. N, Minneapolis
June 24, 9:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.
Powered by Scruff, Plunge Into Pride submerges guests in a world filled with stunning performance art installations, exotic mermen, oceanic go-go dancers, aquatic aerialists and acrobats, and surprises around every corner in an underwater wonderland! Enigmatic and Enticing Entertainment are proud to party for a purpose to benefit Open Arms of Minnesota!

Pride Weekend at the 19 Bar
19 Bar19 W 15th St., Minneapolis
June 24–26
Party with the 19 Bar Pride weekend! Located only two blocks from Loring Park and never a cover charge makes it a great place to celebrate!

Pride Weekend at eagleBOLTbar – Scorch Fireball 2016
eagleBOLTbar, 515 Washington Ave., Minneapolis
June 24–26
Events and times vary by day
Friday: The best damn happy hour in town with 3-for-1s on Miller products and rail cocktails. Saturday: Bloody Mary Brunch, Raging Stallion Studios model Aleks Buldocek and Brut from American Muscle Hunk followed by Bear Night. Sunday: Bloody Mary Brunch followed by an “All You Can Swallow” Beer Bust and showtunes.

Pride Weekend at the Saloon
The Saloon, 830 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
June 24–26
Weekend Pass/$50, Sunday Pass/$25
The party is going on all weekend, so visit the website for details. But be sure to come Sunday, both inside and outside bars will be open for parade viewing party on bleachers, $4 Bloody Marys and mimosas, and Pride’s Biggest Sunday Block Party. Don’t miss Jordin Sparks performing!

Pride Weekend at the Gay 90’s
Gay 90’s, 408 Hennepin Ave. S, Minneapolis
June 24–26
The Ladies of Lafemme are performing all weekend, but stop in Friday for Tony Moran, voted one of the top five LGBT DJs and an Annex laser show on Saturday.

Saturday, June 25

Twin Cities Pride Festival
Loring Park, Minneapolis
June 25–26, 10:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.
All are welcome
The 2016 Twin Cities Pride Festival features over 400 exhibitors, 40 food and beverage booths, 20 sponsors and 300,000+ visitors participating in this free celebration of the GLBT community.

MiX at Lurcat
Cafe & Bar Lurcat, 1624 Harmon Place, Minneapolis
June 25, 12:00–10:00 p.m.
MiX it up all day Saturday at Cafe & Bar Lurcat. Enjoy food and drink specials while you bop to the Pride beats of MiX resident DJs Lenka Paris and Shiek. There’s no cover and Pride-goers will be rocking both inside the bar and out on the patio. You’ll have many food options from which to choose and they’ll be serving up drink specials all day courtesy of Absolut.

Dragged Out
Stonewall Stage at Loring Park, Minneapolis
June 25–26, 2:00 p.m.
All are welcome
Come check out Dragged Out at Twin Cities Pride! Bring all your family and/or friends as it’s not too often Dragged Out is at an all ages event! Some of your favorites from the cast will be performing: Blaze Bordeaux,  Damien D’Luxe, Xavier, and the host Christina Jackson.

Pride Social Potluck
Town House Bar, 1415 University Ave. W, St. Paul 
June 25, 3:00–8:00 p.m.
Stop in at the Town House for the Pride Social Potluck before you head across the river, or come from across the river and join in the fun. Lots of activities planned for the day including a beer bust, games, prizes, music, and a happy hour. Stay after the potluck for Pride After Dark!

The Pointer Sisters

The Pointer Sisters

Pride in Concert
Loring Park, Minneapolis
June 25, 6:00–10:00 p.m.
$10 General Admission, $75 VIP
The centerpiece of the celebration is Saturday’s Pride in Concert show, featuring The Pointer Sisters, Adore Delano and The Phoenix Philosophy. Fireworks follow the concert at 10:00 p.m. General admission tickets include admission to the Beer Garden (at any point on Saturday). The Beer Garden will be serving assorted Budweiser and Coke products. VIP is 21+ and includes complimentary adult beverages and snacks in a tent close to the stage. It’s the only place you can get vodka in the park. A VIP ticket means a separate entry (avoid the line!) and other surprises throughout the night.

The Woman’s Club Pride Dance
The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis, 410 Oak Grove St., Minneapolis
June 25, 8:00 p.m.
Members $20, Nonmembers $25
The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis will be hosting its annual Pride Dance with DJ Sheik. View fireworks from the fabulous rooftop overlooking Loring Park. Everyone is welcome.

Grrrl Scout Summer Camp Pride Party
The Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, MN
June 25, 9:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.
Ready to earn those patches? Grrrl Scout is gearing up for its third annual Pride event, Summer Camp. With a strong commitment to breaking conformity, Grrrl Scout curates a unique array of entertainment, partners, and offerings for each and every event. Summer Camp is no different. This year they promise to be pulling out all the stops with a slumber party theme.

Flip Phone XXL: Pride
First Avenue Mainroom, 701 N 1st Ave., Minneapolis
June 25, 9:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.
$10/Advance, $12/Door
Flip Phone is taking over the largest dance floor in town: the legendary First Avenue Mainroom for the ultimate Pride party. Pay tribute to the most popular Flip Phone artists. You’ll be dancing all night, celebrating Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Missy Elliott, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Katy Perry. These amazing ladies have provided the soundtrack to Prides since the mid-’90s.

Velvet – Queer Dance Party
Coup d’Etat, 2923 Girard Ave., Minneapolis
June 25, 10:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.
The last Saturday of the month means VELVET in Uptown. Get down at the swanky, LGBTQ-supportive Coup d’Etat, where DJ Seven will be laying down the sexiest beats from beneath the chandeliers. Special guest DJ appearances from The Insomniac & Jax. Whether you feel like dancing or lounging, watching or partaking, sipping or snacking, you’re covered. We’re in the sign of Cancer! That means VIP! If your birthday is between June 21 and July 22, you’re in for free and get a free drink.

Sunday, June 26

Rainbow Run 5K
Boom Island Park, 724 Sibley St. NE, Minneapolis
June 26
Registration required
Show your Pride by taking part in the Twin Cities Pride Rainbow Run! Starting at Boom Island and ending near Loring Park, the route takes runners along Hennepin Avenue as spectators begin to gather for the annual Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade.

Pride in the Sky: Parade Rooftop Viewing Party
Crave, 825 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
June 26
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Join Flip Phone and OutFront Minnesota to watch the parade from the sky. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. with the parade beginning two hours later, but dancing goes on all day. Tickets get you a free cocktail, a $5 donation to OutFront, and non-stop music. To reserve a table contact Crave at [email protected]

Bubbles & Bass
Union Rooftop , 731 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
June 26, 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Enigmatic and Enticing Entertainment are excited to bring an elevated Pride brunch to Union Rooftop! Watch the Twin Cities Pride Parade from a VIP booth, or dance under the sunshine to the beats of DJ Shiek. Union Rooftop will have a large open dance floor and up-beat Pride party atmosphere with fabulous entertainment. Hosted by the legendary drag queen Lady Vajayjay featuring stunning drag queens, bubblicious dancers, avante garde fashion models, and beautiful bubble art to top off the perfect Pride parade experience.

Arise + Shine 2016
Rosa Mexicano, 609 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
June 26, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
All are welcome
Join in the fun on Rosa Mexicano’s covered patio (rain or shine) and/or be part of the parade in the roped-off sidewalk area. Enjoy the signature drink, the Arise-a-rita, fun photo opportunities, energetic music, and delicious Mexican food while watching the Pride Parade, and most importantly give back to the community. This event is in partnership with the United Way Arise Project supporting homeless youth.

Photo courtesy of Seven Steakhouse

Photo courtesy of Seven Steakhouse

Bitch ‘N’ Brunch
Seven Restaurant, 700 Hennepin Ave. S, Minneapolis
June 26, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
$10 advance, $15 at the door, brunch and bottomless mimosas are an additional $15
Join Bitch Flowers and watch the 2016 Twin Cities Pride parade from the fabulous rooftop of the Seven Skybar. Enjoy the view from the largest rooftop on Hennepin Avenue! The location is a great indoor spot with floor-to-ceiling windows with air conditioned comfort overlooking Hennepin Avenue and will also have the parade on live television monitors. Featuring live sets from DJ Attitude City (Jeff Dubois) and DJ Moose Knuckle (Kris Gigstad). 

Asley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade
3rd St. and Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
June 26, 11:00 a.m.
All are welcome
The 2016 Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade will be held, as always, along Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. The parade route starts at 3rd and Hennepin and ends at Spruce and Hennepin.

Pride Party
Café & Bar Lurcat, 1624 Harmon Place, Minneapolis
June 26, 12:00–6:30 p.m.
The parade ends where the party starts: at Café & Bar Lurcat! Party comes without a cover and features a giant dance floor. Party goers can enjoy satellite bars both indoors and outdoors, bar-front patio with gorgeous open-air seating, and vodka drink specials and beer tubs. Nibble on Lurcat burgers, Lurcat chicken sandwiches, fries with béarnaise, and of course… signature warm sugar cinnamon donuts!

Musical Presentation: One Voice Mixed Chorus
Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 519 Oak Grove St., Minneapolis
June 26, 3:00 p.m.
All are welcome
One Voice Mixed Chorus is Minnesota’s only — and the nation’s largest — lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and straight allies mixed chorus. Founded in 1988, One Voice has been “building community and creating social change by raising our voices in song” for more than 25 years.

Queer Voices: An LGBT Reading Series
Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S, Minneapolis
June 28, 7:00 p.m.
$5-25 suggested donation
Since 2005, Intermedia Arts’ Queer Voices reading series has been creating a safe space for LGBT writers and audiences to explore the day-to-day material of life without internal or external censorship. Curated by John Medeiros and Andrea Jenkins, Queer Voices is the longest running series of its kind in the nation.

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