Happy Pride, everyone. This June not only marks the return to in-person celebrations, but a major shift in LA’s headline events. The LA Pride Parade is returning to its Hollywood roots and will be hosted on Hollywood Blvd. followed by a separate festival in the LA State Historic Park in Chinatown. West Hollywood, on the other hand, will now be hosting their own Pride, complete with a parade, concerts, and more. Confused? Don’t be. We’ve got you covered.
CHECK OUT THE INAUGURAL WEHO PRIDE
The city of West Hollywood will be hosting their own Pride Festival this year from June 3rd-5th. Events will run throughout the weekend, including the Women’s Freedom Festival on the 3rd, the official parade on June 5th, and the Outloud Music Festival featuring Lil Kym, Jessie J, and Years & Years.
CATCH THE LA PRIDE PARADE
In 1970, LA hosted the first permitted gay parade in the world on Hollywood Blvd. This year, it’s returning to the neighborhood on Sunday, June 12th with a full parade and separate Pride Village featuring food vendors, performance stages, and a ferris wheel.
PARTY IN THE PARK
If you can’t make it to the parade this year, don’t stress. There will also be an all-day music festival called “Pride In The Park” on Saturday, June 11th at the LA State Historic Park. The event runs from 1-11pm and will feature food vendors, dance floors, and performances by Christina Aguilera, Eureka, Bob The Drag Queen, Anitta, and more. Tickets are $60—and they will sell out.
SEE A MOVIE AT THE CEMETARY
Nothing says summer in LA like the return of movies in the cemetery, and Cinespia is back with a great line-up throughout June. Pride night, however, is being held Saturday, June 25th with the showing of the 1999 queer classic But I’m A Cheerleader. Expect photo booths, food trucks, and a full bar—plus whatever you pack in the picnic basket, of course. General admission is $22.
OR AT A QUEER BAR
In the event Cinespia sells out—or watching movies on gravestones isn’t your thing—head over to Stache in Weho on Mondays for queer movie night hosted by drag queen Jonnie Reinhart. There will be comfy couches, popcorn machines, and lots of catty banter. Upcoming movies include Burlesque, Legally Blond, and Death Becomes Her. Follow Stache for all the weekly updates.
photo credit: Holly Liss
CHEER AT DODGERS STADIUM
On Friday, June 3rd, the LA Dodgers are kicking off Pride month with their annual LGBTQ+ night. The event will feature a pre-game party at the Right Field Plaza bar, special celebrity appearances, commemorative t-shirts, and more. Grab your tickets here.
SKATE WITH THE COMMUNITY
Glendale’s iconic roller rink is currently hosting rainbow skate nights every Wednesday from 8-11pm. The event is alcohol-free and tickets are $18. This event does sell out, so we recommend getting tickets well in advance.
DO SOME BAR HOPPING
Even if you can’t catch any of the above events, Pride is the perfect time to revel in the city’s vibrant queer nightlife scene. West Hollywood is the current undisputed king for bar-hopping, but this city’s gay culture is vast: here are our 17 favorite LGBTQ+ bars in LA for a thrilling night out.