City of Pride

Make the most of Seattle’s Pride celebrations this summer, from top-notch LGBTQ establishments to rainbow crosswalks and lively festivities.

Isabelle Johnson

Home to one of the oldest Pride celebrations in the country, Seattle hosts a seemingly endless variety of LGBTQ festivities each June. From Seattle Center’s PrideFest (June 29–30) to the Dyke March (June 29) around Capitol Hill, there are plenty of ways to join the action. Discover all that Pride month has to offer with these entertaining activities and colorful eats.

Pride Performs

It’s not Pride until you’ve seen a drag show. On Sundays, start your day off right with a drag and brunch combo at the award-winning Mimosas Cabaret (recurring), featuring Glamazon Goddess Isabella Extynn at Unicorn. Or pair a sassy cocktail like “Bitchy Queen” with the elaborate costumes and songs at Julia’s Queen of the Brunch (weekends). Prefer a later start? Check out Unicorn’s Gayme Night every Tuesday at 8pm for a drag queen bingo extravaganza. Grab some fried rainbow cheese and a bright “Unicorn Jizz” cocktail and join these queens for a chance to win prizes galore. Kremwerk’s Kings (June 29) provides another twist on drag—it’s Seattle’s only drag king show. And for a performance with a side of history, don’t pass up Seattle Men’s Chorus Summer of ’69 (June 21–22). This musical joins LGBTQ choruses from all over the country to tell stories of queer struggles and resilience, this year highlighting the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

Family Festivities

Kick off the celebrations by bringing the kids to Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) for Pride Family Fun (June 6). This free event includes entrance to the museum as well as crafts, local LGBTQ film screenings, and music. Venture outside and explore Capitol Hill’s Queer Art Walk (June 13). A full map of the walking route and a vendor list will be released the week before the event; past vendors have included The Factory, Vermillion, and Gay City. Finally, watch the laser show at the Pacific Science Center Laser Dome (June 27) as part of Seattle Alternative Pride.

Queer Eats

In between parades, you’ll need some tasty snacks to keep your energy up. On Tuesdays, Wildrose Bar, the oldest lesbian bar on the west coast, has $1 tacos and $2 Tecates starting at 3pm. Snag more Pride deals at the 37 different bars and restaurants offering specials throughout June as part of the Dine With Pride program. With meal options at $15, $25, and $35, you can sample local favorites like Taylor Shellfish Farms, Outlier, and Paseo. Finish out the day with one of Cupcake Royale’s two rainbow cupcake options. Each June, Cupcake Royale releases the regular-sized Gay Cupcake and the mini “Gaybie” cupcake, both of which are topped with vanilla buttercream and sprinkles. For an even wider variety of Pride-themed desserts, swing by Bakery Nouveau, home of such delicacies as melt-in-your-mouth rainbow macarons.

Party with Pride

Still eager for more? During the last few days of June, Seattle Alternative Pride offers nightly events ranging from the laid-back LQQKS Market (June 27), a “mini queer group-garage sale,” to the more adventurous and leather-filled Pigs Fly Fetish Night (June 28)—both at Grim’s Seattle. If you’re looking to dance the night away, head to Kremwerk for REVIVAL (June 8) featuring BeautyBoiz. Bringing queer communities together through dance, REVIVAL features music ranging from dance pop to nu disco.


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