Seattle Pride runs nearly the entire month of June, beginning on the 1st with a Pride Ale release party at Elysian Brewing in Capitol Hill, and ending with a parade and festival at Seattle Center on the 24th. If you’re stopping by the city for even just a quick trip in June, there are plenty of ways that you can participate and support the local LGBTQ+ community. Snag a spot along 4th Street to revel with parade-goers, or join the community for Trans Pride Seattle on the 22nd.
Volunteer Park Pride Festival – June 9
The Volunteer Park Pride Festival runs Saturday, 6/9 from noon until 7PM. It offers live music, a beer garden, food trucks, craft booths, and games throughout the event. Meant as a celebration of LGBTQ+ community and culture, the festival gives families and friends the opportunity to connect in one of Seattle’s most iconic parks. This year’s musical line-up includes London-based soul singer Desi Valentine, and popular local blues-rocker, Betsy Olson.
Garrard Conley Presents Boy Erased – June 21
Join author Garrard Conley on Seattle’s Google Campus on 6/21 for an intimate introduction to, and conversation about his 2016 memoir, Boy Erased. The memoir focuses on Conley’s struggle to reconcile his sexuality with his conservative, Baptist upbringing. The book was recently turned into a film starring Lucas Hedges, heading to theaters in late September 2018.
Pride Night at Key Arena – June 23
Catch the Seattle Storm game on 6/23, and watch the women inch closer to a run at the WNBA national championship. As an added bonus, non-profit organization Equal Rights Washington will receive a portion of every ticket sold, enabling them to continue to fight for all LGBTQ+ Washingtonians.
Pride Parade – June 24
The main event! This 2.5 hour long parade kicks off at 4th & Union in Downtown Seattle, and winds towards Second Avenue and Denny Way near Seattle Center. This year’s theme is “Pride Without Borders.” Organizers hope to highlight the intersectionality of the LGBT+ community in Seattle, as well as the work that still needs to be done to ensure freedom and safety for all.
Pride and Beyond
Visiting Seattle for Pride? Check out our blog for more tips on what to see, where to eat, and more.