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IML Welcome Home Party
June 14 • 9pm – 2am
eagleBOLTbar • 515 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis
June’s Gear Night is extra special as the eagleBoltbar welcomes back Jason Little & Greg Menzel from IML and Bootblack Kai from IMBB. It’s a night in gear celebrating the guys who represented Minnesota at IML. Stop by and offer your congratulations and welcome them home. Dress code enforced in the Eagle. The Bolt is open to everyone. Visit for more information.

Lavender’s OUT at the Movies
Tuesday, June 17 • Doors 6:45pm • Movie 7:30pm
Heights Theatre • 3951 Central Ave. NE, Columbia Heights
Join us for Out at the Movies presentation of THE 10 YEAR PLAN, a new romantic comedy about two best friends who make a pact to be together if the are both still single in ten year’s time. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Redeem your ticket stub for 2 for 1 at Dairy Queen next to theatre. See the movie trailer at Ticket sales benefit the Minneapolis Movie Bears. Purchase tickets at

Big Gay Sing
June 20-21 • 8pm
Ted Mann Concert Hall • 2128 4th St. S., Minneapolis
“Camp it up” with the Chorus as they perform some of your most favorite songs – guaranteed to get you to sing along! You won’t want to miss the highlight of Pride month – and with Miss Richfield 1981 as your host, an evening of wacky fun awaits! Come out and sing and you’ll have a gay old time! “We are so delighted to work with Miss Richfield 1981,” said Artistic Director Dr. Ben Riggs. “She’s so busy traveling all around the country – especially in June (during Pride month), so it is truly special to have her join us. She also has not performed with us since 1999, so it is an even more exciting time for the Chorus and our audience who should expect a few surprises throughout the evening.” This year’s concert breaks with tradition and will be performed the weekend prior to Pride Festival. “We are excited about this change, getting on stage as we come in to Pride Week,” said Executive Director Jeff Heine. “But don’t worry; we’ll still be in the Parade on Pride Weekend!” Tickets start at $25. Visit for tickets and more information.

Dragged Out’s Pride Show
June 20 • 9:45pm-2am
Town House Bar • 1415 University Ave. W., St. Paul
Here is the perfect way to get a jumpstart on Pride festivities! Come celebrate with your favorite cast of Dragged Out and a few special guests. The regular cast includes Taiyo, Andre 1000, Ethan Prince, Alfonso Leon, Xavier, and their special guests include Vivienne Le Détruire, Nadi A’marena, Kamaree Williams, and Goldie Peacock who is coming all the way from New York. Your host for the evening is the one and only Miss Trish. Don’t forget, light rail starts June 14, so now you have more ways to get to the Town House. Search “Dragged Out’s Pride Show” on Facebook for more information.

Town House’s Pre-Pride Party
June 21 • 8:30pm-2am
Town House Bar • 1415 University Ave. W., St. Paul
It’s starting to get close to that time again! Mark your calendars for this year’s pre-pride party! Past years have included impromptu drag show, Jell-O shots, karaoke, Elvis, fire spinners, etc. You never know what this year is going to bring! Shannon Blowtorch will be the special guest DJ for the night, and there will be some special guest performances! FREE pool & darts from 8:30-10:30pm, and Karaoke in the back bar at 10pm. As for food and drink, they’ll be FREE Jell-O shots, drink specials and lots of delicious food to devour! Visit for more information.

Pride Boat Cruise
June 22 • 5:30pm
Leaver from Bohemian Flats Park • 2150 W. River Pkwy., Minneapolis
ICOM presents the Annual Pride Boat Cruise aboard the Mississippi Queen Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the dock. Your ticket includes a pre-cruise kick-off party and complimentary round trip bus transportation from the Saloon to the Bohemian Flats! The party starts at 3pm with the bus leaving promptly at 5pm. Visit for tickets and more information.

J-Pride Happy Hour
June 23 • 5:30-8:30pm
Mort’s Deli • 525 Winnetka Ave. N., Golden Valley
Come celebrate the start of Pride Week with a fabulous J-PRIDE happy hour at Mort’s Deli. Share a little nosh, a drink and some laughs with your favorite GLBT Jews + their friends + allies! Search “J-Pride Happy Hour” on Facebook for more information.

Annual MFB Pride Concert in the Park
Monday, June 23 • 7:30-9pm
Lake Harriet Band Shell • 4135 W. Lake Harriet Pkwy., Minneapolis
It’s an annual rite of Pride, the Minnesota Freedom Band’s Pride Concert, part of the Minneapolis Park and Rec’s Music in the Parks Series! Free for the public! Make a picnic dinner or grill out at one of the many grills onsite. Come here “American Overture”, music by Percy Grainger, and other great band works!

Black Hearts Burlesque Pride
June 25 • Doors: 9:30pm Show: 10pm
Hell’s Kitchen • 80 9th St. S., Minneapolis
With a theme of “We’re All Going To Hell,” you know this is going to be good. Join the cast of Black Hearts Burlesque and some of their fabulous friends for a sexy Pride party with more drag and burlesque than you can shake a rainbow flag at! They’re proud to welcome Shea Couleé, an extraordinary drag artist from Chicago who’s going to show you some serious #face! New York City gender-bender Goldie Peacock will make a debut appearance with the Black Hearts, Nudie Nubies champion and local leggy lovely Vivienne Le Détruire struts her stuff, and the HOT HOT HOT Hank Heat is ready to make you sweat! $10 cover. 21+. Search “We’re All Going To Hell: Black Hearts Burlesque Pride” on Facebook for more information.

Lavender’s Pride Thursday
Twin Cities Pride Presents Margaret Cho
June 26 • Pride Thursday: 5:30-8pm • Margaret Cho: 8pm
Orchestra Hall • 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
Kick off the Twin Cities Pride Weekend with the Twin Cities biggest Happy Hour event, followed by a performance by comedienne Margaret Cho. Stop by for a FREE Lavender Pride Thursday Happy Hour featuring complimentary hors d’oeuvres, wine and cocktail sampling, drink specials, and a chance to register to win great prizes. Afterward, Twin Cities Pride presents an evening of comedy by the incomparable Margaret Cho. What a fantastic way to start Twin Cities Pride Weekend. For tickets, visit

Gay 90’s Pride Weekend
June 26-29
408 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis
The Gay 90’s is like walking up to a buffet where there’s so much to choose from, you’re not sure if you can eat it all. Well, the Gay 90’s has a buffet of Pride events you’re sure to enjoy. One of the highlights of the weekend is the Miss City of the Lakes Pageant, and of course, they have the best Drag Show in the Midwest. Special guests include BeBe Zahara Benet and Asia O’Hare. As the Gay 90’s likes to say, with six bars and multiple dance floors, size does matter. For a complete list of Pride events at Gay 90’s, visit

Scorch Fireball 15
June 26-29
eagleBOLTbar • 515 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis
Since I’m only 29 years old (LOL), can it be I was only 14 when the first Scorch Fireball was held? Well, regardless of my age, one of the most popular Pride events is turning 15, and shows now signs of slowing down. Titled “Party under the big top,” the highlight of the weekend is Saturday night, which includes Bear Night, and Andrew Christian models Murray Swanby and Cory Zwierzynski performing. For a complete list of eagleBOLTbar’s Pride events, visit

Flip Phone Pride
June 26 • 9:30pm
Honey Mpls • 205 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Flip Phone does Pride Beyoncé style with a celebration of Queen Bey, Pride and summer. Get ready for an evening of amazing jamz and visuals, Beyoncé tracks and other amazing artists, $4 drink special and taps, fun stuff, beautiful glances and sketchy corners, and late night performances by Belize Rodgers. $5 cover. Search “Flip Phone Pride” on Facebook for more information.

Lush Food Bar
June 27-28
990 Central Ave., Minneapolis
Lush Food Bar in NE Minneapolis hits it’s 5th anniversary during Pride month, and their planning to celebrate with a hot, hot, hot Pride weekend. And the hottest of the nights is June 28, which features DJ Pornstar, Brent Corrigan, the face of Fleshjack, and the hottest male dancers from Vegas and LA! All I can say is WOOF and GRRR! For all of the LUSH Pride events, including presale of their Pride dog tags, visit

Grown & Sexy Pride
June 27 • 9pm
First Avenue • 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis
Mark your calendars for this all-night dance party infused with incredible onstage performances. The talent is great, the music is amazing, and all are welcome! This year’s event stars William from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 4, features Burlesque superstars The Luminous Pariah and Iva Handfull, and includes special performances by Suck It – Gag on the Drag, Dykes Do Drag, and The Vigilantease Collective. Of course, DJ Shannon Blowtorch will be providing the best beats all night. $15 cover. Search “Grown & Sexy Pride” on Facebook for more information.

Saloon’s Sunday Pride Block Party
June 29
The Saloon • 830 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Few things are certainties in this world, but one certainty is every year the Saloon will throw a block party to end all block parties, and they’re at it again. As part of their 7 Days of Pride Events, the Saloon’s Sunday Block Party will feature performances by Natalia Kill, Alex Newell, Pop Rocks, and DJ Perez. But wait, there’s even more. The block party will feature a 60 ft. Ferris Wheel and carnival theme. And if that was not enough, you can win $1,000 cold hard cash by entering their underwear contest. Join host, Camille Collins, for all the fun. For more information about The Saloon’s Sunday Pride Block Party and all of their Pride events, visit

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