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Gay Pride Events & Weekends: Dates & Info

Get essential details for over 50 of the best gay pride weekends and pride parades worldwide.

See the latest pride 2021 dates, the best hotels during pride, popular events and afterparties. You’ll also find links to official pride event information within.

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Note: Many cities are hosting 2021 pride events later than usual due to the covid-19 pandemic. A handful of others will hold virtual pride events. All updated 2021 dates are provided!

The pride weekends and festivals listed below are grouped by the world region. Each list is alphabetical by city.

Let’s get started! Here are the top prides in the USA, Canada, Europe, South/Central America, the Middle East, Australia & more!

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USA Gay Pride Events

Below are the most noteworthy pride festivals and biggest pride weekends in the United States.

Atlanta Pride

  • Dates: Events on hold until further notice

Atlanta Pride is typically held right after National Coming Out Day in October. It’s one of the largest pride weekends in the southeastern U.S.

In addition to the main pride parade, the Atlanta Pride Committee hosts three other annual pride marches: the Trans March, Bi & Pan March, and Dyke March.

The most popular circuit parties during gay pride in Atlanta are part of the Big Ol’ Slice of Atlanta lineup, hosted by GA Boy Events. You can grab weekend passes on Universe.com.

Austin Pride

  • Dates: August 14, 2021

Austin Pride weekends attract nearly half a million people each August. The parade and festival main events are on Saturday, showcasing incredibly popular artists. The entire weekend is full of fun events like the Official Pride Comedy Showcase, drag brunch and fashion show.

One of the mainstay events is the “Drip Drop Official Austin Pride Urban Turn Up”, an annual event hosted by Austin Black Pride. Another is the Austin Pride Week Men’s Party, which is usually held at a local gay bar like Oilcan Harry’s or Sellers Underground

See the latest event updates on the Austin Pride Facebook page.

Baltimore Pride

  • Dates: June 13 – 20, 2021

Baltimore Pride is among the oldest gay pride weekends in the United States. The march is on Saturday afternoon, followed by events like the High Heel Race. 

Afterward everyone enjoys the lively Baltimore Pride Block Party. Saturday night is filled with afterparties.

pride weekend Baltimore

On Sunday, get ready for the Pride Park Festival in Druid Hill Park. Enjoy an entire day of entertainment, which typically runs as late as 2am.

If you’re looking for a good afterparty, don’t miss out Baltimore’s Distrkt C Pride Party.

Boston Pride

  • Dates: In-person events postponed, virtual pride events planned

Every year, the Boston Pride Week calendar is packed full of events spanning categories like pride sports, pride arts, youth, black and Latinx pride. Both pride weekends have several large parties, but the second weekend typically has the biggest events!

Closing parties in the past have been held at The Grand Boston and ICON Nightclub.

Charlotte Pride

  • Dates: Aug 21 – 22, 2021

During Charlotte Pride weekend, expect a ton of fun drag events, epic circuit parties at World Nightclub and even some religious services for the LGBTQ+ community. The Charlotte Pride Mass and Interfaith Service is one of the mainstay annual events during pride.

The Charlotte Pride Parade takes place in Uptown Charlotte. Ending the heart of the downtown, there’s plenty of restaurants and relaxing parks to enjoy.

Closing parties and afterparties are typically held at Chasers Charlotte, World Nightclub, and Bassment Charlotte.

Chicago Pride Fest & Parade

  • Dates: June 19 – 20, 2021 (Pride Fest), June 26 – 28, 2021 (Pride in the Park)

Chicago Pride spans multiple weekends in June. The first of the celebratory pride weekends is Chicago Pride Fest, a two-day event held in the trendy Boystown neighborhood.

The following weekend starts with Pride in the Park as well as the Chicago Gay Pride Parade, which always takes place on the last Sunday in June.

Columbus Pride: Stonewall Columbus

  • Dates: June 19, 2021 (virtual)

Here in the state of Ohio, Columbus Pride weekend attracts an annual crowd of over 700,000 people! It’s one of the largest gay pride events in the midwestern U.S.

largest pride weekend in the midwest

Some of the most fun events at the Columbus Pride annual 5K, Tea Dance, Trans March, Pride Brunch at the convention center or the Columbus Lesbian and Gay Softball Association’s annual Bat n’ Rouge Fundraiser.

And while pride weekend in Columbus is full of events, the month of June has a bunch of other events happening.

Dallas Pride

  • Dates: 2021 events finished, 2022 dates TBA

Dallas Pride events are growing larger every year. As of 2019, the annual Dallas Gay Pride Festival has shifted from September to June and is now hosted at Fair Park in South Dallas.

Dallas Pride afterparties

Daytime parties and afterparties tend to change each year, but there are typically a few big dance parties, like the Brüt Dallas Pride Closing Party.

The Purple Foundation usually hosts some events as well. Check the Dallas Pride Events Calendar to see what’s scheduled.

DC Pride: Capital Pride Alliance

  • Dates: June 11 – 13, 2021
DC Capital Pride parade

Washington DC Capital Pride weekend starts off with the Capital Pride Honors, a gala held to acknowledge and celebrate those who have worked to progress LGBTQ+ causes in the nation’s Capital Region.

Over the rest of the weekend, DC Pride events typically include the Capital Pride rooftop pool party at VIDA, Pride Talks and the Taste of Pride Brunch, among others.

If you want to party, look out for DC Pride Opening Party and the Capital Pride Block Party.

Denver Pride

  • Dates: June 26 – 27, 2021

Produced by The Center on Colfax, Denver PrideFest is a two-day weekend event. First thing on Saturday is usually the Denver Big Gay 5K, followed by the PrideFest Kids Parade.

celebrating PrideFest Denver

Sunday is the main Denver Pride Parade. There’s a bunch of live entertainment planned each year after both days of festivities.

Local gay bars also host a bunch of exciting daytime events like parking lot pool parties, wet underwear shower contests and women’s pride parties! See what’s going on at Charlie’s Denver, The Triangle and the other gay bars I mention in wolfyy’s Denver gay guide.

Detroit Motor City Pride

  • Dates: Sept 18 – 19, 2021

Detroit Pride, known as Motor City Pride, held its first march in 1972. The number of live performances over the weekend is enormous. They probably have the most live entertainment of all pride weekends in the US.

concerts during Motor City Pride weekends

Choose from the Pride Stage, Festival Stage, Pyramid Stage or for circuit party lovers, the Underground Stage. Everything happens along the riverfront with a setup like this.

Fort Lauderdale Pride

  • Dates: Nov 20 – 21, 2021

Pride Fort Lauderdale is also known as Pride of the Americas. It’s a jam-packed week of events which leads into a thrilling weekend of dance parties! Some parties continue through early Monday morning.

LGBT beach celebration

Choose between fashion shows, circuit parties, parades, comedy shows, and of course the unforgettable Pride Block Party, right on the sand of Fort Lauderdale Beach Park.

For more gay Fort Lauderdale recommendations, see wolfyy’s Fort Lauderdale gay guide.

Houston Pride

Houston Pride has one of the most diverse event lineups of all the gay pride festivals in the USA. Past events include movie screenings, Latinx dance nights, art shows, drag shows, pub crawls, queer dance parties and performances by the local gay men’s chorus.

evening march at Houston Pride

The entire month of June is typically filled with events, so if you can’t make Houston’s official gay pride festival weekend, there will still be plenty to take part in.

Key West Pride

  • Dates: June 1 – 5, 2022 (2021 event finished)

Given this slice of paradise is already a popular gay travel destination, you can bet Key West Pride will be loads of fun. It’s a long weekend in June with quite a party-driven schedule, too.

Don’t miss the Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic, the world’s largest annual LGBT bartending competition.

For an intense evening of dancing with a sexy vibe, look for annual parties called Fetish Ball, Purgatory Party, Ultimate Mangoes Neon Party.

Las Vegas Pride

  • Dates: Oct 8 – 9, 2021

Las Vegas Pride weekends happen in October and they certainly support the city’s party-hard reputation Expect a full lineup of dance parties and afterhours events all week through the main pride weekend.

Night Parade Las Vegas

One of the most unique things about Las Vegas Pride is the Pride Night Parade. Don’t forget all your gay party accessories!

Los Angeles Pride

  • Dates: June 1 – 30, 2021 (all virtual)

Los Angeles Pride lights up the West Hollywood gay neighborhood. In addition to the main pride parade, events like the Dyke March and LA Pride Festival take over Santa Monica Boulevard.

dancers at GPS party Los Angeles

One of the most popular circuit parties during LA Pride is GPS (Gay Pride Saturday), which is a pride version of the traditional GPS (Gay Party Saturday) event. The famous closing party for LA Pride is Sunset Tea at 1OAK Los Angeles.

From MLK Day through June, West Hollywood also celebrates pride by hosting their One City One Pride LGBTQ arts festival.

Miami Beach Pride

  • Dates: Sept 10 – 19, 2021

Miami Beach Pride celebrations typically take place in early April, and they’re full of celebrity performers and DJs. They’re set up on various stages taking over the Lummus Park along the ocean in Miami’s Art Deco District. It all happens on Sunday after the pride parade.

Popular nighttime pride parties in Miami include special events from Urge, LPN Party and Climax Miami.

For more gay Miami recommendations, see wolfyy’s Miami gay guide.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Twin Cities Pride

  • Dates: July 17 – 18, 2021

Twin Cities Pride itself is a nonprofit organization that hosts an enormous number of LGBTQ+ events in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area year-round, including Twin Cities Pride Weekend in early summer.

Twin Cities Pride weekend

On Saturday, everyone enjoys the Twin Cities Pride Festival. The stage is in Loring Park and entry is completely free! Sunday is the official Ashley Rukes Pride Parade through downtown Minneapolis.

Nashville Pride

  • Dates: Sept 18 – 19, 2021

Get excited for some handsome southern men showing off in the parade at Nashville Pride! The event is typically held in late June.

sexy men at Nashville Pride

Their parade starts relatively early around 10 AM. But afterward, everyone gears up for Nashville’s Pride Festival, now hosted at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Entertainment continues through Saturday evening and resume Sunday.

Nashville gay bars host fantastic parties each evening. Check out what’s going on at Play Dance Bar or Pecker’s Bar & Grill!

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New York City Pride

  • Dates: June 14 – 28, 2021

New York City holds the world record for hosting the biggest gay pride in the world. Nearly five million people showed up for New York City Pride in 2019 for World Pride.

Typical New York City Pride weekends are glamorously hectic! There are dozens of nightly circuit parties and hundreds of events. Make sure you buy tickets to events as soon as possible to avoid higher prices!

For the best circuit parties in New York, check out events hosted by Jake Resnicow, as well as boiparty. Don’t forget some fierce circuit party accessories to make a statement at the club!

Orlando Come Out With Pride

  • Dates: Oct 9, 2021

Orlando Come Out With Pride, takes place in early October. Events span a full week and more are being added every year. Things start off with the Drag Race 5K hosted by Zebra Coalition.

Orlando Pride event

Expect a rowdy launch party before the big COWP Festival and Pride Parade at Lake Eola Park. Afterward, there will be an official afterparty. The next Sunday morning is the fabulous recovery brunch at Celine Orlando in Downtown Orlando.

Palm Springs Pride

  • Dates: Nov 6 – 7, 2021

Escape fall weather and head to the steamy Greater Palm Springs Pride in early November. Palm Springs is notoriously gay-friendly and their pride weekends show a great deal of LGBTQ+ diversity.

pride weekend in Palm Springs

Bring some stylish and sexy swimwear for poolside events like Desert Heat. Pride weekends here in Palm Springs are jam-packed with pool parties. I also recommend grabbing tickets to the pride brunch.

Barracks always has a sexy pride event planned. For official afterhours parties, check the latest agenda on the Palm Springs Pride site.

Philly Pride

  • Dates: Sept 4, 2021

Philly Pride weekend kicks off with a fabulous block party in the gayborhood on Friday.

The Philly Pride Parade on Sunday makes its way from the gayborhood to Penn’s Landing, where the Philly Pride Festival takes place. Get ready for a full afternoon of live shows, food and vendor stands.

Typical pride weekend events include the Philly Pride run, gay bingo, the Philadelphia Dyke March and the Equality March.

Phoenix Pride

  • Dates: Nov 6 – 7, 2021
Phoenix gay pride afterparty

Pride weekends in Phoenix include the fun, local Phoenix Pride parade, plus an entertainment-filled Phoenix Pride Festival. Check out the Erotic World tent for some dark, passionate exhibitions and love shows.

Consider attend the Miss and Mister Phoenix Pride Pageant, another staple of the city’s weekend festivities.

Portland Pride, Oregon

  • Dates: June 12 – 20, 2021 (partially virtual)

Portland Pride, also known as Pride Northwest, consists of the Pride Waterfront Festival and the Portland Pride Parade. Official events begin with the annual PDX Pride Kickoff Party.

PDX pride Portland block party

The annual block party is called “Taking Pride on Stark,” hosted by Scandals PDX. All support goes to the Cascade Aids Project.

Provincetown Pride

  • Dates: 2021 events finished, 2022 dates TBA

You probably already knew Provincetown is a classic gay travel destination, but did you know Provincetown Pride is actually one of the newest pride weekends in the United States?

fun outfits at Provincetown Pride

Events begin on Friday with two official pride ferries from Boston to Provincetown, followed by a kick-off party. Saturday and Sunday will have Pride Yoga, art installation and dance party events.

Puerto Rico Pride

  • Dates: Dec 27, 2021 (virtual event)

Puerto Rico Pride is called Winter Pride Fest. The annual event in San Juan is relatively new among gay pride weekends in the USA. The first celebration was in January 2019.

Winter Pride Fest in Puerto Rico

For the past couple of years, Puerto Rico Pride events were in early December. Attending events here in San Juan is a fantastic opportunity to escape cooler weather! Plus, the entire event is free.

Enjoy animated outdoor events, watersport adventures and epic drag shows. Follow Puerto Rico’s Winter Pride Fest on Facebook for the latest updates.

San Diego Pride

  • Dates: July 10 – 18, 2021

Held in July, San Diego Pride weekends take over the North Park neighborhood. The pride parade makes its way down to the glorious Balboa Park, where the SD Pride Festival hosts a ton of exhibits and a concert lineup. Don’t miss the parade’s magical 300-foot rainbow flag!

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Out at The Park, Lunch Bruch, and SheFest are all fantastic events to celebrate at. There are a ton of annual circuit parties too, many of which change names from year to year. Browse the latest party lineup on Eventbrite.

Grab some unique gay pride accessories to show off at the parade!

San Francisco Pride

  • Dates: June 11 – 12, 2021

San Francisco Pride is one of the most popular gay pride weekends in the United States. Saturday kicks off with Dykes on Bikes, followed by live performances on dozens of stages throughout the city’s heart.

Pride weekend afterparties

The monumental San Francisco Pride parade is on Sunday. After the march, grab your sexiest swimsuit and attend one of the many planned pool parties.

Popular circuit party events over the weekend include Afterglow and Colossus. For daytime afterparties, look out for Pink Mammoth and Hard French Pride events.

Seattle Pride

  • Dates: June 26 – 27, 2021 (virtual parade)

Seattle has events just about every day throughout pride month. Earlier in June, expect Seattle Pride events like the annual 4K/10K race, film festivals and evening events like Queeraoke at queer/bar.

Seattle Pride events

Everyone looks forward to “The World’s Tiniest Tea Dance,” a weekly Sunday outdoor dance party at Pony. You also have the hysterically funny Prom Dress Rugby event hosted by Seattle Quake Rugby.

Lesbians and other queer attendees should definitely try the Seattle Women’s Pride festival. Additionally, Lambert House hosts events for LGBTQ youth, many of them over the Seattle Pride weekends.

Tampa Pride

  • Dates: 2021 events finished, 2022 dates TBA

Tampa Pride weekend is one of the newest pride events in the United States. Normally held in late March, it’s packed with parties and shows Thursday night through Sunday. Look out for Amateur Strip, La Cage Aux Folle and other events at Bradley’s on 7th!

Tampa Pride Weekend

Sometimes there are additional events earlier in the week, notably the LGBTea Party and religious service events. After the parade on Saturday, let loose anywhere you like as the city celebrates Tampa Pride At Night.

Canada Pride Events

Montréal Pride: Fierté Montréal

  • Dates: Aug 9 – 15, 2021

Montréal Pride is the biggest pride in Canada, attracting millions of people annually. Events span an entire week in mid-August.

One of the best things about Montréal Pride is their commitment to supporting grassroots LGBTQ organizations in an effort to prevent over-corporatization of the celebration.

drag queen at Montréal Pride

Some of the most popular events include the Drag Superstars Concert, Community Day, and Mega T-Dance. After the parade, celebrate continue the festivities at official Post-Parade events.

See more about planned events on the Fierté Montréal Facebook page. For local restaurant and gat bar recommendations, see wolfyy’s Montréal gay guide.

Toronto Pride

  • Dates: June 1 – 30, 2021 (all virtual)

Toronto Pride pretty much spans the entire month of June, with several weekends packed with pride parties!

Start out your weekend of celebration at the Pride Street Fair in the village, where you can support local businesses and organizations.

Popular parties and events include Toronto Pride’s Drag Ball, Drag King Hour, and the nighttime Dirty Disco. For the women, get excited about GirlPlay, a lineup of parties that focus on the ladies!

Vancouver Pride

  • Dates: July 30 – Aug 1 2021 (subject to change)
men kissing at Vancouver Pride

Vancouver Pride is another one of the best pride weekends in Canada. The Sunset Beach Festival is an epic event where everyone socializes on the sand and peruses street vendors. It runs all day on the same afternoon of the parade.

Other notable events include the substance-free Untoxicated party hosted by Last Door, and the annual Pier Dance.

Pride Weekends & Festivals in Europe

Amsterdam Pride

  • Dates: Aug 6 – 8, 2021

Everyone loves the glorious canal parade at Amsterdam Pride. It’s truly a unique event! Don’t miss the popular Pride Drag Queen Olympics, where you can watch a bunch of international drag queens compete.

Amsterdam Pride parade

For the best parties, check out FunHouse XL Pride in WesterUnie. And of course there’s the Pride Closing Party!

Barcelona Pride

  • Dates: 2021 Events TBA

Barcelona Pride is known to be incredibly sex-positive. There’s never a shortage of erotic afterhours parties and cruising events over the week-long celebration.

One of my favorite gay clubs in Barcelona is The Black Room. They’ll definitely have some fantastic late-night circuit parties. The Dirty Beach pride party is another crowd favorite, as is the epic WE Party pride event!

The Sex Pride BCN Closing Party at Berlin Dark is also quite popular. It’s surely a memorable way to finish off your pride weekend!

For more gay Barcelona recommendations, see wolfyy’s Barcelona gay guide.

Berlin Pride (CSD Berlin)

  • Dates: July 24, 2021

Berlin Pride, also known as Christopher Street Day Berlin, is a one-day event in July, consisting of both a pride march and a rally. Everything takes place right in the heart of the city.

The official main party is Unity, one of the largest pride parties in Europe. You also can’t miss the world famous KitkatClub, the usual host of the beloved Revolver Party.

See the latest updates on the CSD Berlin Pride Facebook page.

Cologne Pride

  • Dates: Sept 26 – Oct 11, 2021

Cologne is among the top ten cities with the biggest gay pride parades in the world. Cologne Pride events consistently attract over one million visitors!

celebrating Cologne Pride

The city of Cologne truly embraces diversity. Join the community at the Demonstration for Diversity in the beautiful Old Town.

The main party over Cologne Pride weekend is Sexy Pride Land. Enjoy various dance floors, outdoor areas, food, cruising section and a sea of shirtless men.

For authentic gay Cologne recommendations, visit the Köeln Tourism site’s Queer Cologne page.

London Pride

  • Dates: Sept 10 – 12, 2021

Pride in London is packed with impressive events that typically span several weeks in July. It’s one of the biggest gay pride festivals in Europe!

Some of the biggest events are the Pride’s Got Talent Finals, the Pride Spotlight Party, and of course the epic London Pride Parade.

Pride in the Park is also an annual favorite. Everyone gathers in Victoria Park all three days over the main pride weekend.

Madrid Pride (Madrid Orgullo)

  • Dates: June 25 – July 4, 2021

Madrid Orgullo is one of the world’s largest gay pride events. Expect hundreds of performing artists on stages all throughout the city.

Pride in Madrid unites LGBTQ+ people from all over the world and is truly an international celebration. It typically runs from the last few days in June into the beginning of July.

largest Europe pride festivals

Madrid is a huge party destination, so grab your gay party gear and get ready to dance the night away. La Riviera is an enormous venue known for hosting iconic parties during pride.

WE Party Pride Festival and the Tanga Party Madrid events are epic. I definitely recommend attending! Also see what’s planned at Baila Cariño.

Paris Pride

  • Dates: June 26, 2021

The Paris Pride Marche de Fierté embodies both a celebratory spirit as well as a strong call for equal rights. Pride here in France’s capital unites over half a million people. The spirit of equality is immensely important, as France is experiencing a sharp rise in anti-LGBT attacks.

At the end of the parade route, everyone gathers for a live concert and a rowdy good time.

Paris pride parade

The Le Marais gay district will certainly be buzzing with afterhours celebrations. For local gay Paris gay bars and other recommendations, see wolfyy’s Paris gay guide.

Paris Pride afterparties are typically hosted by Flash Cocotte club, Barbi(e)turix Parisian Lesbian Collective, MENERGY and House of Moda.

Reykjavík Pride, Iceland

  • Dates: Aug 2 – 8, 2021

One of the coolest Reykjavík Pride events is Let’s Paint a Rainbow. Each year the location changes. Not many other pride weekends around the world have such a fun, supportive and social event like this!

live entertainment Reykjavík Pride

Typical Reykjavík Pride events include queer nights, drag competitions, a queer cruise, TV festival and official dance parties.

Rome Pride

  • Dates: June 26, 2021

The Rome Pride parade gloriously passes by the ancient Colosseum. It’s a tremendous and assertive protest for LGBT+ rights and equality each June. There are tons of colorful drag queens and sexy dancers, too.

For parties after the parade, check events hosted by Men2Men, Cox Italy.

See more gay Rome recommendations in wolfyy’s Rome gay guide.

Stockholm Pride

  • Dates: Aug 2 – 8, 2021

Celebrate your LGBTQ+ pride in Scandinavia here at Stockholm Pride! The two main components of pride are Pride House and Pride Park. Dates for Stockholm Pride are typically the last few days of July into the beginning of August.

Pride House is a group of events consisting of seminars, workshops and other professional activities. It’s typically held in a local hotel.

Stockholm Pride afterparties

Pride Park is where the party happens! Take part in the KinkyKvarteret for some leather fetish and kink appreciation and enjoy several stages with live entertainment by well-known artists.

The festivities normally span multiple days, so there’s lots of flexibility to attend. Don’t forget your gay party and leather accessories!

Afterward, look out for the scheduled local afterparty concerts. If you’re having trouble translating their website or using the English version, get updates on the Stockholm Pride Facebook page.

Middle East & Asia Gay Pride Events

Tel Aviv Pride

  • Dates: June 25, 2021

Without a doubt, Tel Aviv Pride is the best in the Middle East. Everyone who’s experienced pride in Tel Aviv raves about how much fun they had.

During the day, everyone hangs out at Hilton gay beach and explores the local culture. Later on, gay bars like Lima Lima host evening parties before the massive circuit parties like Tel A Beef.

Atraf is the official hub where you can find all the scheduled parties and buy pride weekend wristbands.

Bring your best gay pride accessories to the party!

Taiwan Pride

  • Dates: TBA

Taiwan Pride was first held in 2003, and now with nearly 200,000 annual participants, Taipei hosts the largest pride festival in East Asia.

Pride weekends in Taiwan happen on the last Saturday of October, which is officially Pride Month in Taiwan. Each year has a different theme.

Taipei Rainbow Festival

Taipei Rainbow Festival happens both Saturday and Sunday. It’s a free outdoor market and party that brings together LGBTQ+ friendly brands along with well-known DJs.

The most popular circuit parties during Taiwan Pride are hosted by Pride Formosa. Also keep an eye out for the pride party edition of C.U.M. (Create Ur Mmmagic) to see some renowned drag queens.

Central & South America Gay Prides

Mexico City Pride – Marcha Del Orgullo

  • Dates: June 26, 2021

Mexico City Pride is much larger than you might expect! Over a quarter of a million people attend the city’s pride events each year.

The Zona Rosa gay neighborhood is definitely the place to be after the pride parade. There are dozens of gay bars and clubs throughout this small and vibrant area of the city.

Updates can be found on the official Marcha del Orgullo Mexico City Facebook page as well as the main Marcha LGBT CDMX website.

Vallarta Pride

  • Dates: May 23 – 30, 2022 (2021 event finished)

Vallarta Pride is a week-long celebration and features some of the best drag queen talent in the world. Typical events include the Wet and Wild Cruise, Drag Derby, an LGBT art walk and a ton of other cultural experiences.

You should absolutely hang out at the gay beach, which is always a good time. Don’t forget to bring some stylish and sexy swimwear!

Gay bars in Puerto Vallarta are concentrated in one area, where everyone will naturally gather for a fabulously fun time. See wolfyy’s Puerto Vallarta gay guide for local recommendations.

Sao Paulo Pride: Parada do Orgulho LGBT

  • Dates: 2021 events finished, 2022 dates TBA

Sao Paulo Pride holds the record for hosting the second largest pride festival in the world. Events in 2011 attracted over four million attendees. The colossal pride parade has a fun carnival-like atmosphere.

For evening parties, check out events at Espeto Bambu LGBT+ bar and the massive nightclub The Week.

See more Sao Paulo Pride updates on the Parada Sao Paulo Instagram page.

Rio de Janeiro Pride

  • Dates: Sept 5 – 7, 2021

Take part in the Rio Pride Parade along the breathtaking Copacabana Beach. Pride in Rio is one of the biggest pride weekends in South America. It’s typically scheduled in September or early October.

Rio Pride events and parade

Rio’s official Parada do Orgulho LGBTI+ has a different theme each year. Each themeslogan aims to advance LGBT+ visibility and rights in Brazil, as well as to celebrate the community’s achievements.

Follow the latest updates on the Rio de Janeiro Pride Facebook page.

Australia Pride Festivals

Melbourne Midsumma Pride March

  • Dates: 2021 events finished, 2022 dates TBA

Melbourne’s Midsumma Festival is a massive queer arts and cultural celebration that spans several weeks each January/February. There are over 150 special events, parties, talks and performances!

gay pride in Melbourne

Things start off with the Midsumma Carnival in downtown Melbourne. Enjoy all types of social activities followed by the nighttime T Dance. You can browse and filter all planned events on the Midsumma Festival website.

The Midsumma Melbourne Pride March happens toward the festival’s later dates (although 2021 is an exception due to Covid-19). After the parade, there are plenty of afterparties to choose from. You’ve definitely got options!

Sydney Pride Festival & Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

  • Dates: June 3 – 30, 2021 (Sydney Pride Festival), June 18 – 19, 2021 (Pride Weekender), March 5, 2022 (Mardi Gras)

Sydney Pride can be a little confusing at first since events happen at different times of the year.

The official Sydney Pride Parade is part of Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, which happens over a weekend in late February/early March. It’s a hugely popular event, the biggest of all pride weekends in Australia.

dates for Sydney Gay Mardi Gras

Importantly though, the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras organization also hosts events during the Sydney Pride Festival, which spans the month of June.

These include the all-new Sydney Pride Weekender. It’s a series consists of four LGBTQ+ events at the Metro Theatre.

By the way, Sydney is slated to host World Pride 2023. It’s never too early to get a great hotel deal!

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