2012 Pride Planner




OVMC: Come Fly With Me

June 15-16, 8:00pm – History Theater

One Voice Mixed Chorus—Minnesota’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (GLBT) and straight allies chorus—concludes its 2011-2012 season with Come Fly With Me – a GLBT Romp Around the World.



MN Leather Pride Bootblack Event

8:00pm – Cuppa Java

The boot blacks are hosting the first Leather Pride event this year. We hope our kick off event will help keep everyone looking good in their boots and leather gear they need conditioned.



MN Leather Pride

Through June 24

Multiple events around town – check http://www.mnleatherpride.org/ for details.




Celebrating Our Family Stories

10:00am – 2:00pm – Mpls Public Library

Join us for music, books, and storytelling celebrating LGBT-headed families as part of the larger community! Pre-registration is encouraged at http://bit.ly/familystories2012 or by calling 612-543-8000.



“Slippery when Wet” Pride Pool Party

12:00pm – 5240 33rd Ave N, Golden Valley

This is a GLBTQ friendly event (but all are welcome!) to support Camp Benedict, which is a MN HIV/AIDS non-profit summer camp. For more information or to donate go to: www.campbenedict.org.



The Big Bean Bag Tournament for Minnesotans United

1:00pm – 4:00pm – Lauderdale Community Park

Please join us for an afternoon of fun for the whole family. Every family, no exceptions. Lauderdale City Park will play host to the largest bean bean bag tournament in city history to benefit Minnesotans united for All Families.



Pride River Raft

1:00pm – 4:00pm – St. Croix River, Stillwater

Start your Pride Season with the Rainbow River Raft! Three hours on the St. Croix with friends, music, and prizes! What more could you want? Advance ticket purchase required!





Pride Family Picnic

11:00am – 2:00pm – Como Park Pavilion

Spend a day in the park with LGBT friends, family, and allies at the Pride Family Picnic, Sunday, June 17th in St. Paul’s Como Park, at the East Picnic Pavilion.


STAGS Fundraiser

6:00pm – 9:00pm – The Saloon

All you can drink Beer, Raffle tickets, games AND Boots and Boxers AUCTION!





J-Pride Happy Hour

5:00pm – 8:00pm – Rye Deli

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and every other color of the rainbow including allies, friends, advocates, partners, lovers, sweeties and supporters of LGBTQ Jews are invited to schmooze and mingle at Rye Delicatessen to celebrate PRIDE!





Love Is Love

5:30pm – 7:30pm – Lush

A fundraiser benefitting Minnesotans United for All Families: Preview Performances by CONCERT FOR EQUALITY featuring Erin Schwab & Jay Fuchs; WHEN A MAN LOVES A DIVA featuring Ben Bakken, Julius Collins, Sanford Moore & Dane Stauffer.



Governor’s Pride Reception

6:00pm – 8:00pm – Courtyard at Washington Lofts: 801 Washington Ave N

Please join Governor Mark Dayton for the first-ever Minnesota Governor’s Pride Reception to benefit Minnesotans United for All Families.





2012 Pride Kick Off Party

8:00pm – 2:00am – EL Nuevo Rodeo

GET BUCKED off the mecanical BULL! El Nuevo Rodeo. $5 cover; 2-4-1’s from 8pm- 11pm.



Senses:3 – Art inspired by the Senses

8:00pm – 2:00am – Lush

Red Card Production is Proud to announce the return of the Senses Collection to LUSH. Senses is a collection of art inspired by the 5 senses. We have film, photography, graphic design, illustration, painting, live music & mixology.





Macy’s Pride Party

5:00pm – Macy’s

Enjoy a fashion presentation featuring the men of Delta Airlines, and the music of Wenso Ashby featuring Zsamé; “Contemporary Jazz with Soul”. Savor refreshments compliments of CRAVE, while being pampered by our friends at Winston’s Salon. Visit with the folks from The Aliveness Project.



3rd Annual Cockpit Pre-Pride Party

6:00pm – 9:00pm – Gear for Men

Come have some refreshments with your Uptown buddies. This is the 3rd year for this event. Even though the store name has changed, the party will still be held by COCKPIT MINNEAPOLIS.



Fur Ballers 5th Annual PRIDE Weekend Kick-Off Softball Fundraiser

7:00pm – 10:00pm – Lush

Join us for a night of great music, beautiful people, delicious cocktails and fantastic prizes! DJ Sheik will keep the music hot while Fur Baller Shot Boys and drink specials will help to quench your thirst! $5 cover at the door. Silent Auction from 7pm-9:30pm. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to charity.



“515 – The Tour!” at the Cowles Center

7:30pm – 9:00pm – Cowles Center

Please join us for a one-night-only performance at the new Cowles Center in downtown Minneapolis! The Project 515 Players have recently presented their show “515 – The Tour!” throughout the state, and we’d love to see you at their “homecoming” performance.



Concert for Equality

7:30pm – 9:30pm – The Pourhouse

Erin Schwab and Jay Fuchs and their Mighty BIG Band present a “Concert For Equality”. Tickets are $25 with a portion of the proceeds to benefit MN United For All Families, as the November Vote For The Purposed Marriage Amendment nears.



When a Man Loves a Diva

8:00pm – The Lab Theater

veryone’s favorite hit show returns to the Lab Theater complete with original cast members BEN BAKKEN, JULIUS COLLINS and DANE STAUFFER belting out hits from the Chiffons to the Supremes, and from Whitney and Aretha to Donna, Dolly, Adele and beyond!




9:00pm – 2:00am – Hell’s Kitchen

PRidE SoUL FRiDaY is on ThUrsDAy JUnE 21. And it’s a WHITE PARTY!! A WHITE PARTY!! What?! Yup. So get your fly WHITE threads together and mark your calendars!



KASKADE “Freaks of Nature Tour”

9:30pm – 2:00am – Epic

The New York Times may have called him the “new face of electronic dance music” in a recent profile, but Ryan Raddon, known as Kaskade, has been in the trenches of the EDM scene as an original recording artist and in-demand DJ for more than a decade.





Loring Kitchen & Bar Pride Weekend Block Party

June 22-24 – Loring Kitchen & Bar

Ready for a weekend full of bumpin’ musical acts, raging dance parties, ridiculously cheap drink specials, and some of the most fabulous displays of PRIDE this side of the cherry on the spoon? We sure as hell are.



Ladykiller Blush Block Party

6:00pm – 2:00am – Lush

Join us for an interactive community art piece; $10 manicures and beers; educational initiatives and live musical performances.



Pride Week Flash Mob

7:00pm – 8th & Nicollet

The plan is to get together with a whole huge bunch of people and perform a flash mob on the Friday of PRIDE week (June 22, 7pm) in downtown Minneapolis, to the tune of “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson.



They Sang to Me: Our Annual Pride Weekend Concert

(Through June 23) – Ted Mann Concert Hall, U of M

You don’t want to miss the highlight of Pride weekend: Dr. Stan Hill’s final concert as the Artistic Director of Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus. While this concert will highlight some of the top musical movements of the past twelve years (Not in Our Town, Never Ever from NakedMan, They Sang to Me), it will also look to the future featuring new music written for this concert.



Opulence – Pride at JetSet

9:00pm – 2:00am – JetSet

Executive Realness, Luscious Body, Butch Queen First Time in Drags. Come to Jetset for pride and have a ball. We’re going Legendary this year and working the runway.



Grown & Sexy Pride

9:00pm – 2:00am – First Avenue

On Friday, June 22nd, the legendary First Avenue Nightclub will play host to a delicious night of dancing, infused with the hottest burlesque and drag. Local luminaries AND internationally-known stars will grace the stage, while you dance the night away!



The Big Gay Pride Party

9:30pm – 2:30am – Epic

Minneapolis’ craziest and most spectacular party is back for its 5th year and it promises to be bigger, and gayer, than ever!





Pride in Concert: featuring Kelly Rowland

5:30pm – 10:00pm – Loring Park

Twin Cities Pride is excited to announce that our 2012 Pride in Concert headliner is the Grammy Award winning, international sensation Kelly Rowland!



Pride Saturday Block Party with Nina Sky & Cazwell

9:00pm – 2:00am – Lush

With live performances and special guest DJ sets from Nina Sky and Cazwell! $20 cover; 18 +



Booby Trap Pride

9:00pm – 2:00am – Epic

Featuring DJ AJent O…bringing you the sexiest beats all night long and of course The Booby Trap GIRLZ shakin it just for you! Special Performance at Midnight You DO NOT want to miss!





MiX: The Pride Parade

9:00am – 2:00pm – D’Amico Rooftop Lounge at Le Meridien Chambers

Join D’Amico Kitchen for a FREE bird’s eye view of the Ashley Rukes Pride Parade! There is no cover charge, and we’ll offer happy hour drink pricing for the duration. A prix fixe brunch from D’Amico Kitchen is available if you’re hungry, and you’ll be able to dance to the tunes of DJ LENKA PARIS!



Lavender’s Pride Central

9:00am – 2:00pm – Crave

Join Ameriprise, Ketel One, Medica for the LAVENDER PRIDE CENTRAL Brunch & Pride Parade Party benefitting MINNESOTANS UNITED FOR ALL FAMILIES & ALIVENESS PROJECT, organizations fighting for your RIGHTS and HEALTH!




9:30am – 2:00pm – Seven

That’s right kittens…it’s that time again…fer the annual BITCH~N~BRUNCH, hosted by the one and only BITCH FLOWERS! At SEVEN in downtown minne-apple fer the annual PRIDE parade!



Arise & Shine on 609

10:00am – 2:00pm – Rosa Mexicano

At Arise & Shine on Six O’Nine, our first party at Pride, let’s make our presence known! Join us rain or shine on the Rosa Mexicano patio to get optimal views of the parade, and enjoy exciting photo ops, scrumptious food and a complimentary drink.



Pride Sunday Block Party ft DEV, Wynter & Anjulie

6:00pm – 12:00am – Lush

LUSH is proud to welcome DEV, Wynter Gordon & Anjulie to the Pride Sunday Block Party



Saloon Pride Block Party

Time TBD – The Saloon

The party of the year is here and we have two strong women helping us celebrate! Mya and Crystal Waters will be performing at The Saloon Pride Block Party June 24, 2012 with special guests Simon Curtis, Pop Rocks and DJ David B!




Here’s an update on Pride activities at Lush.

Friday, June 22 – Lady Killer Tour – http://ladykillertour.com/

Saturday, June 23 – Pride Block Party – https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150780425196232&set=a.436820381231.233090.58402561231&type=1&theater

Sunday, June 24 – Pride Block Party – https://www.facebook.com/events/353271178068305/


Here’s an update on what eagleBOLTbar is planning for Pride weekend.

Friday, June 22 – Bringing in Frenchie Davis, http://www.frenchiedavis.org/

Saturday, June 23 – Bear Night. Ed is looking at bringing in a Bear porn star, but has not locked that in yet.

Sunday, June 24 – Pride Beer Bust

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