Twin Cities! Pride Weekend is finally here! And as usual, we have an embarrassment of riches here when it comes to amazing Pride celebrations, parties, and events. Here’s but a taste of some of the effervescent events happening in the Twin Cities for Pride Weekend. Visit the venue websites for times, cover charges and more info.
First Time in Drag Show w/ Stacy Layne Matthews
If you’ve ever wanted to shine in a drag show, now’s your chance! Join Stacy Layne Matthews at Honey in Northeast Minneapolis, who will welcome drag neophytes for an incredible night you’ll never forget.
Enjoy a good stogie every now and then? Cigar enthusiasts and newcomers alike are encouraged to stop by EagleBOLTbar, and all are encouraged to bring their own smoking materials to use and share.
Lavender’s Pride Score Thursday
Ain’t no party like a Lavender party! We kick off LUSH’s Pride Weekend with our annual Pride Score Thursday event, with 35 pro, college, and recreational GLBT sports leagues and allied sports organizations celebrating all things sports and Pride!
LUSH Pride Weekend Block Party
Northeast Minneapolis, get ready for one hell of a Pride celebration courtesy of the fab folks of LUSH! Aside from the June 20 Lavender Pride Score Thursday event, experience the popular #DragEvolution showcase with special guest The Only Detox! On Friday, the kickoff block party begins, with performances throughout the evening by DJ David B, Transcendence Cabaret, Melanated Menagerie, and a headlining extravaganza by Ginger Minj, Black Hearts Burlesque, and #DragRevolution!
On Saturday, sate your hunger and thirst with a Pride Brunch Buffet, a Pride Drag Brunch, and Drag Queen Bingo with Bad Karma. Later that evening, the block party continues with a Pride Edition performance of Queerdo, featuring local drag, dance and burlesque performers, hot DJ sets by DJ David B, Miss Scarlett and Leif Anderson, and a headline performance by Latrice Royale and ChiChi DeVayne.
LUSH brings the party to an epic close on Sunday, with a special Stonewall Cabaret Brunch with proceeds benefiting TransChance Health, a block party featuring ChiChi LaRue and MANCANDY (along with an 18+ Foam Party), and a Tea Dance with Kris Holliday!
Queens Of Thrones
Gay 90’s, Minneapolis
The North remembers! Unleash your inner Daenerys (or Cersei) with a weekend-long Pride celebration courtesy of the Gay 90’s, featuring the Miss City Of The Lakes competition on June 20; a Foam Party in the Annex and an appearance by RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Shuga Cain on June 21; and Thursday through Sunday, appearances by Tina Gee and Drag Race contestant Mercedes Iman Diamond, Ladies of Lafemme, and all the happy hour karaoke you can handle!
Xavier’s Dragged Out Pride
The Black Hart, St. Paul
Prepare for a St. Paul-style drag race at The Black Hart on June 21, when Xavier’s Dragged Out Pride takes over for a late night of fun and ferocity. Featured acts include Out Pride-Kings, Alexander Rox, Dexter, Xavier, and Crypt Graves. Also, free jello shots!
Bryant Lake Bowl Pride Party
Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis
Hop down to the Lynlake neighborhood at Bryant Lake Bowl for an unforgettable free block party hosted by MC Foxy Tann, featuring performances by DJ Tricki Miki, Venus DeMars and All The Pretty Horses, Dykes Do Drag, and more!
If you’re looking for hot patios and hot eye candy for Pride Weekend, don’t miss out on what EagleBOLTbar has to offer! On June 21, enjoy a 3-for-1 happy hour outside from 4 to 7 p.m.; the night of June 22 will bring Bear Bar Night, which will lead in to Aleks Buldocek and Lorenzo Flexx; and on June 23 at 4 p.m., It’s Always Sunday Funday, with a beer bust and, of course, show tunes.
2019 Pride Stand-Up Comedy
Sisyphus Brewing, Minneapolis
Celebrate GLBT comedy at Sisyphus Brewing with an epic lineup of hilarious queer comics from in and around Minnesota. Hosted by Maggie Faris.
The Saloon Pride Weekend Block Party
The Saloon, Minneapolis
If anybody’s been around the block, it’s The Saloon, and they ain’t stopping anytime soon! All of Pride Weekend, one of downtown Minneapolis’ premier gay bars will pull out all the stops with their annual Pride Weekend Block Party. On Friday, featured entertainment includes Brandon Stansell, Pop Rocks, and Keri Hilson, with a closing set by DJ Mikey; Saturday will boast live band karaoke with Hurricane Karaoke, as well as sets by 3 Minutes To Midnight and DJ Naughty Boy; and Sunday will close out an epic weekend with performances by Boogie Wonderland, Tinashe, and DJ Leif.
Pride Weekend Fiesta
El Burrito, Minneapolis
Enjoy the beauty of Pride with some great food along the way! Experience eclectic live entertainment courtesy of Ladies of the Eighties Karaoke Night, Expresion Tropical, live cumbia, bachata and salsa, and a live presentation featuring Mexica Shadows.
Red Hot Rascals Pride Performance
The Black Hart, St. Paul
Twin Cities performance group Red Hot Rascals will tear it up at The Black Hart with their signature blend of drag, dance, circus, and burlesque!
Woman’s Club Pride Dance
The Woman’s Club, Minneapolis
As the song goes, girls just wanna have fun, and you can learn that firsthand at The Woman’s Club’s annual Pride Dance! Shake it to tunes spun by DJ Brian Engel of Hipshaker.
MiX: Totally ’80s Pride!
Bar Lurcat, Minneapolis
If you’re Priding it up in Loring Park this weekend and need to amp it up a notch, take a brisk walk over to Café and Bar Lurcat for two days of dancing, drinks, and—for the first time ever—karaoke! This free, 21+ event will whet your 1980s music appetite with classic Reagan-era tunes spun by DJs Shiek, Lenka Paris, and Sxooba!
Arise + Shine
Lavender is proud to sponsor this popular pre-parade party. Enjoy a light continental breakfast, a full bar, Arise Project swag, and special guests. Tickets for this pre-parade party are more affordable than in years’ past! 100 percent of ticket sales will directly impact Arise’s ability to fund agencies and programs that support homeless GLBT youth here in the Twin Cities.
Communion: Pride Edition
The Pourhouse, Minneapolis
If you’re hoping to celebrate Pride and break a serious sweat on the dance floor, consider taking a trip to The Pourhouse in downtown Minneapolis, where you can dance to all the techno and house music you can handle in the alleyway venue from 2 to 10 p.m. Featured DJs include Cory Valentine, Sasha B Ware, Jameen, Knox, DJ Jam E~Z, and Aaron Bliss.
Pride In The Sky
www.eventbrite.com (Search “Pride in the Sky”)
If the parade got your party juices flowing, take to the rooftop of Crave to shake your booty, with a bangin’ set by DJ Izzie P. This 21+ event is first come, first serve, so get there ASAP!