June is Pride Month. Portland has a variety of events to celebrate our LGBTQ+ community.
Did you know Pride has been celebrated in Portland since the early 1970s? Portland’s long history of acceptance and inclusion is honored throughout the year with many gay-friendly and focused events.
During Pride Month, our whole city proudly shows its stripes with a multitude of events celebrating the LGBTQ+ community.
Here is a list of events open to all during Pride Month. Do you know of a fun Pride event? Send me a email with the details.
2022 Portland Pride Month Events
Portland Pride Waterfront Festival
The annual Portland Pride Waterfront Festival and Parade has been a tradition in our city since 1994. This event is the single largest visibility opportunity for our region’s LGBTQ+ community organizations and businesses with more than 170 vendors.
An $8 donation is accepted at the gate entrance, but no one is turned away for lack of funds. Proof of vaccination is required and masks are encouraged.
The Portland Pride Waterfront Festival is Saturday, June 18, from 12-6 p.m., and Sunday, June 19, from 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Visit Portland Pride’s websitefor more details.
Portland Pride Parade
For the most dazzling display of Pride in our city, you won’t want to miss the Portland Pride Parade. You’ll see people from just about every walk of life come together to proudly show their colors at this supportive, inclusive celebration.
The parade steps off at NW Couch St. and NW Broadway traveling east down NW Couch St. Once the parade reaches Naito Pkwy, it turns south and proceeds down to the Portland Pride Waterfront Festival.
The Portland Pride Parade is Sunday, June 19, at 11 a.m. For more info, visit Portland Pride’s website.
Portland Pride Paddle
Dress in your Pride best and bring your stand-up paddle board or kayak for a day of rainbows and sunshine on the water.
The pride paddle launches from the Willamette Park boat ramp promptly at 11 a.m. The paddle route goes first to Toe Island to gather and have some snacks and a beverage. Then the group heads to Ross Island for another stop and makes their way around Ross Island back to Willamette Park.
If you don’t participate in the water, you’ll still have a great view along the shore of everyone adorned in Pride.
Portland Pride Paddle is Saturday, June 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting at the Willamette Park boat ramp, 6500 S Macadam Ave. To register for free, visit Pride Paddle’s website.
Pride Ride on World Bicycle Day
Ride along on a family-friendly bicycle parade commemorating Pride Month and World Bicycle Day. The event is hosted by celebrated Portland drag queen Poison Waters.
The two-mile route will feature mini dance party stops in three street plazas and takes you past points of interest from Portland’s 2SLGBTQIA+ past and present, including the office and residence of famed 1900’s lesbian Doc Marie Equi; Vera Katz Park, former mayor and gay ally; and Pride Plaza.
The ride ends with a dance party and special guest appearances.
The ride starts at Shemanski Park, 1010 SW Park Ave. and ends at The Cart Blocks, 770 W Burnside St.
This event is free to attend.
Pride Ride is Friday, June 3 at 3 p.m. For more info, visit Downtown Portland’s website.
Pride at the Museum
OMSI’s Pride at the Museum welcomes visitors of all ages for a night of Pride-inspired science demos, lectures, Drag performances, music, and complimentary admission to the featured exhibit, The World of da Vinci.
This event is family friendly and inclusive of any allies interested in attending.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for kids 3-13, and include access to the featured exhibit, all activities and parking.
Pride at the Museum is Friday, June 10, from 6-10 p.m. More info is available at OMSI’s website.
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