Celebrate Pride and Community in Denver at These Events

Photo courtesy Visit Denver
Photo courtesy Visit Denver

Denver’s first pride celebration was held in Cheesman Park, 1974. It was quickly followed by the opening of The Center on Colfax in 1975 — a still-running nonprofit organization that supports and services the LGBTQ+ community. There are so many ways to embrace Pride this month and be around community, but you will really want to mark your calendars for the 50th anniversary of Denver PrideFest — the two-day festival event in Civic Center Park. It begins with a Pride 5K, then continues throughout the weekend hosting over 250+ exhibitors, 30 food vendors, live performances, Sunday’s Coors Light Pride Parade and an inaugural Gayborhood Market located in Lincoln Veterans Memorial Park.

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“I’m Harvey Milk” Theater

When: June 11, 7 – 8 p.m. Where: Molly Brown House, 1340 Pennsylvania St., Denver, CO Cost: $35 The Lowdown: 

Colorado Theatre in Non-Traditional Spaces is coming to the Molly Brown House Museum to share stories of notable people through theater. This Tuesday, they are presenting a performance featuring gay rights activist, Harvey Milk, to honor the LGBTQ history of the museum.

Denver Zoo Zooiree Pride, hosted by John Kovacs and R. Tony Smith

When: June 12, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Where: Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., Denver, CO Cost: $65 The Lowdown: 

This event, hosted by John Kovacs & R. Tony Smith begins with an animal ambassador meet-and-greet, followed by brief remarks from Denver Zoo Executive Staff, an exclusive flamingo keeper talk and flamingo walkabout. The goal of the event is to educate guests about Denver Zoo and kick-off Pride month by offering an on-site experience. The cost includes exclusive after hours access in the Zoo’s new Flamingo Habitat, an open beer, wine, seltzer bar and lite bites through the evening.

Denver Pride Accessibility Town Hall

When: June 12, 6 – 7 p.m. Where: Virtual Cost: Free The Lowdown: 

Denver Pride continues to grow and improve in accessibility between sign language interpreters, ADA Center Stage seating and expanded space at the Coors Light Denver Pride Parade. In an effort to further provide access to all, West of 50 and the Disability Program will be hosting a Pride Accessibility Town Hall, an online meeting hosted by Denver Pride’s ADA Coordinator, Doug Wooley.

Black Pride Happy Hour at MCA Denver

When: June 13, 5 – 9 p.m. Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, 1485 Delgany St., Denver, CO Cost: $15 – $20 The Lowdown: 

Black Pride Colorado and Vivent Health are partnering to host this extended happy hour with specialty cocktails and mocktails, live music by DJ Big Styles, and the opportunity to get a black and white portrait taken by photographer MaryV.

Queeridescence 2024

When: June 14, 7 – 10 p.m. Where: History Colorado Center, 1200 N. Broadway, Denver, CO Cost: $10 – $20 The Lowdown: 

This is the third annual Youth Pride Celebration, Queeridescence 2024: A Polychromatic Soiree. The event is for those ages 13+ and alcohol-free. It is meant for youth to embrace the full spectrum of self-expression: walk, pose, dance, play, craft, draw, write and be in community. There will be a runway for aspiring drag queens and kings, lessons in LGBTQ+ history, a trivia game, appearances from special guests JUICCY Misdemeanor and Kaptain.

Tennyson St. Pride Parade

When: June 15, 4 – 9 p.m. Where: Call to Arms Brewing Company, 4526 Tennyson St., Denver, CO Cost: Free The Lowdown: 

The Tennyson St. Pride Parade runs from 4 – 5 p.m. with local businesses and breweries competing in a tiny float competition. Everyone’s a winner at the afterparty as DJ Jen G plays from 5 – 7 p.m. Call to Arms Brewing Company has additional Pride events throughout the month, including Drag Bingo on June 18th and the Pride Hang Over Kick Back on June 30. More information on those events here.

Vizzy Pride Night at the Rockies

When: June 15, 7 – 9:30 p.m. Where: Coors Field, 2001 Blake St., Denver, CO Cost: $26 – $83 The Lowdown: 

With purchase of this ticket package, fans will receive a limited-edition Rockies-themed Vizzy Pride fanny pack and a ticket to watch the Rockies take on the Pirates. A portion of each ticket sold also benefits The Center on Colfax and One Colorado, advocacy organizations for LGBTQIA+ rights.

Pride in the Pines: A Queer Summer Camp Horror Cabaret

When: June 15, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Where: Creepatorium, 1974 S. Acoma St., Denver, CO Cost: $20 The Lowdown: 

Pride in the Pines is an experience that blends together summer camp, a place where many youth first explore themselves and find their way, along with horror elements in the burlesque and drag mediums. It will be a night of storytelling, of gay pride, but also shame — reminiscent of the very experiences that shape queer youth in camp.

Denver Pridefest Official Opening Party – WRECKNO’S BIG GAY SOIRÉE

When: June 20, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. (another show on June 21) Where: Reelworks, 1399 35th St., Denver, CO + Tracks Night Club, 3500 Walnut St., Denver, CO Cost: $30 – $35, weekend pass $105 The Lowdown: 

Wreckno comes from a small town in Michigan, but these days, the 27-year-old queer rapper/producer/DJ is considered of the electronic music’s “brightest rising stars.” Wreckno brings an evening of great music, vendors, food trucks, activations, a super secret surprise special guest, performances by AJA (RPDR season 9/All Stars season 3), Lala Ri (RPDR season 13), music by Kaleena Zanders, So Sus and Ava Sparks.

Gender Euphoria: An Unapologetically Queer Variety Show

When: June 21, 9:30 – 11 p.m. Where: The Clocktower Cabaret, 1601 Arapahoe St., Denver, CO Cost: $46 The Lowdown: 

This variety show, presented by Dazzling Drake, is a night of aerialists, burlesque and powerful performances from trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming artists. There are additional Pride-related events at The Clocktower Cabaret this month, including The Golden Gays Musical Game Show (June 14), Drag Queen Bingo (June 20) and Nevertheless, We Persisted (June 28).

2024 Denver Pride 5K

When: June 22, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO Cost: 5 and under: free, youth 6-18: $34.99, adults 19 and over: $39.99 The Lowdown: 

The Denver Pride 5K raises funds for essential programs and services to Colorado’s LGBTQ+ community. Participants are encouraged to run, walk, roll or sashay through the 5K — every dollar raised will go towards supporting social support groups, mental health services, youth center and more.

Photo courtesy Denver Pride

2024 Denver PrideFest

When: June 22, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., June 23, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: Civic Center Park, 101 W. 14th Ave., Denver, CO Cost: Free The Lowdown: 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Denver PrideFest. It is a two-day festival that celebrates love, diversity and equality while also bringing together the community from across Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. The event hosts 250+ exhibitors, 30 food vendors, live performances, Coors Light Pride Parade and much more. At PrideFest, attendees may find the Transgender Oasis, West of 50, Youth Alley, Health and Wellness Lounge and a Family Area.

Read more about the event here.

Blockwide Pride

When: June 22, 11 a.m – 2 p.m. Where: Dairy Block, 1800 Wazee St., Denver, CO Cost: Free The Lowdown: 

When you stop by the alley, enjoy a drag show, VW Bus photo booth, Pride themed cocktails and more. There are also Pride pastries to satisfy your sweet tooth at LoDough Bakery, a Glitter-ita at Kachina Cantina and Pride wine flights at Blanchard Family Wines. Denver Milk Market is hosting Drag Queen Bingo on June 16th, Drag Race trivia on the 20th and Pop Diva Karaoke on the 26th. View Dairy Block Pride happenings here.

4th Annual HCO Pride Day Party

When: June 22, 2 – 10 p.m. Where: Number Thirty Eight, 3560 Chestnut Pl., Denver, CO Cost: $30 GA, $50 VIP The Lowdown: 

This year’s 4th annual HCO Day Party features live music, DJs, a MissFitts Entertainment Variety Show, sand volleyball, two stages with indoor and outdoor entertainment and a variety of brews, food, cocktails and mocktails.

Denver Pride Official Sober Party

When: June 22, 7 – 10 p.m. Where: The Phoenix, 2233 Champa St., Denver, CO Cost: Free The Lowdown: 

Prioritize wellness and fun with likeminded folks, a live DJ, drag queen performances, NA craft drinks, a glitter and body art bar, dancing, community connection and more. The event is open to anyone in the community with at least 48 hours substance free (free of alcohol, non-prescription drugs or misuse of prescription medication).

Coors Light Denver Pride Parade

When: June 23, 9:30 a.m. Where: West on Colfax, ending near Civic Center Park Cost: Free The Lowdown: 

The parade will head west on Colfax, spanning 14 blocks and ending near Civic Center Park. It is free to attend the parade and nearly 100,000+ people are expected to be present, lining the streets. Witness the colorful floats, marchers, music and more along those 14 blocks of Colfax Ave.

Pride Month at HashTAG

When: The month of June Where: Available at all HashTAG locations Cost: $19 The Lowdown: 

HashTAG is offering “Drag Me To Pride” mimosa flights for the month of June, where guests can choose four rainbow-colored mimosas for $19, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting The Trevor Project. The mimosa options include red: pomegranate juice, orange: carrot juice, yellow: “fuzzy navel,” orange juice and peach schnapps, green: matcha lemonade, blue: blue citrus, and purple: butterfly pea flower.

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