June is Pride Month and we know you’ve been waiting patiently for an acceptable excuse to bust out the glitter and head to toe rainbow gear like it’s gay Christmas. Lots of us will be marching or rallying like civic-minded, politically aware pride warriors have been doing since the birth of the gay liberation struggle. But when the rally’s over, it’s time to rage! To that end, here’s a list of kick-ass women-focused events for lesbian and bi women in a few major US cities.
NYC PRIDE EVENTS:
What: Lap dance classes, a silent disco DJ battle, aphrodisiac oyster-tainment tastes, a pleasingly provocative spanking booth, and one critically acclaimed electrified viola. And that’s just some of what we have in store for you.
Where: The DL , 95 Delancy Street
When: Saturday June 23, 2018 from 5 pm – Midnight
More Info: https://www.nycpride.org/events/teaze/
Just because The March is over doesn’t mean the party is! NYC Pride is thrilled to bring back Femme Fatale, our official Sunday event for women. Things are going to get crazy at this exclusive rooftop party as you dance atop the greatest city in the world.
Finally a women’s rooftop party where you can eat, drink, dance, and mingle with over 1000+ women from all over the country!
Where: Hudson Terrace, 621 W. 46th St.
When: Sunday June 24th, 2018 Show at 4 pm
What: An exciting experience for LGBTQIA+ teens and allies! Bring your kids, nieces, nephews, neighbors, the young people in your life to celebrate NYC Pride. Come enjoy fun interactive experiences, games, and entertainment for all that attend.
This event is free and open to the public.
Where: 14th Street Park
When: Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 from 12 – 6 pm
More info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/youth-pride-2018-tickets-45740067774
For a complete list of events during NYC Pride Week visit the NYC Pride website.
SAN FRANCISCO PRIDE EVENTS
SF Dyke March & Rally 2018
What: The 26th San Francisco Dyke March is a call to action. We’re calling all dykes. Each and every one of you – to take up your space and hold it close to you as we hold on for our lives. As we hold on to each other. This event offers talks by community activists, live DJ sets, poetry readings and musical artists.
When: Saturday June 23, 2018 from 5 pm
Where: Dolores Park
More info: http://www.thedykemarch.org/
Uhaul SF Dkye March After Party
What: This event which has been called the most “Epic Girl Party of the Year,” will feature all female DJ sets, strong drinks and a fancy as f**k atmosphere. Show your ID with proof of U-hauling with your wifey & get in FREE before 10:30pm (Matching address on both IDs).
When: Saturday, June 15, 2018 from 10 pm – 2 am
Where: F8, 1192 Folsom Street
More Info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/uhaul-sf-at-f8-pre-pride-kick-off-w-dj-liv-china-g-tickets-46310883098?aff=erelexpmlt
CHICAGO PRIDE EVENTS
Back Lot Bash Music Festival
Sarah Shahi, who played a DJ on The L Word, is the headlining DJ IRL at Back Lot Bash!
You’ll also hear KITTENS, Brooke Candy, rapper and Chicagoan Jade The Ivy, Bridget Lyons, Whitney Mixter, Rose Garcia & Chicago’s own rock goddesses, Catfight.
Back Lot Bash has established itself as one of the nation’s top destinations during Pride Weekend celebrations. Since 2004, the event has grown from one wild day for lesbian and bi women, to multiple stages and activities in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. Back Lot Bash is set apart — for one thing the party spans over two weekends — June 15th and June 22-24. It also features Chicago’s first LGBT family day.
Where: 5238 N Clark St.
More Info and full DJ lineup: http://www.backlotbashchicago.com/home-page/
Women2Women Dance with Pride. Community, Salsa and Body Movement
What: An evening of connecting and engaging with other great women. Through our special Speed Conversations, you’ll connect, have wonderful, real conversations with other amazing women. YES, you’ll have tons of fun as you make new friends to develop personal and professional relationships.
Get your feet ready to shine the floor with our personal and private Salsa-Merengue Class lead by Dance Academy of salsa, followed by an *Intuitive Non-linear Movement activity led by Claudia VillaCova Hinton.
When: Friday, June 16, 2018 5:30 pm
Where: Evolve Her, 358 W Ontario 3W
Chicago Dyke March
What: Chicago Dyke March presented by Queer, Ill + Okay. Post march festival will include music, information booth, HIV testing and medical cannabis information.
When: June 23, 2018 2 pm
Where: Piotrowski Park
More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/257708284800365/
Inside the Black Triangle
Rachael Zimmerman, photojournalist and creator of lesbian photo documentary series “Inside the Black Triangle” will host a photo booth at Denver Pride. Zimmerman has photographed Olympians, artists, singers, and professionals in order to show the diversity of the lesbian experience. She will also have selections from her new clothing line.
Denver PrideFest’s Paparazzi: Official Women’s Party
What: Dancing, music, aerialists, acrobatics, this party is extra!
DJ Sosan and DJ Soup (Hip Hop in the lounge) are special guests for the evening and SJ Stone will spin country in the lounge from 7-10.
The Fractal Tribe Troupe will highlight the evening with all kinds of entertainment including, aerial, acrobatics, burlesque, Lollipop pole dancing and more.
Performances by Bootzy Edward Collins as Bruno Mars, Jessica LaHore and more.
When: June 15, 2018, 7 pm – 2 am
Where: Tracks Studios, 3500 Walnut St.
More Info: https://denverpride.org/event/denver-pridefest-official-womens-party/
Kiss Off: Kremwerk Stage: Pride! Samantha Ronson, Kittens, Ultra Naté, Landon Cider
What: Kremwerk + Timbre Room Complex Party
Join us in celebrating Seattle Pride 2018! The hottest pride Saturday party in town bringing you world renowned super stars and beloved local talent!
When: Saturday, June 23, 2018, 5 pm – 2 am
Where: Kremwerk, 1809 Minor Ave
More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/195011341309795/
Seattle Women’s Pride
What: Stand up with Julie Goldman, a raffle benefiting community organizations, music, dancing, and awards.
When: June 16, 2018 6 pm – 10 pm
Where: Sole Repair 1001 E Pike St
More Info: https://www.facebook.com/seattlewomenspride/?ref=br_rs
This is by no means an exhaustive list, so if you’ve got the scoop on some hidden gem girl parties, dyke days or other women’s events that need to be mentioned, please write them in the comments!