Pride Weekend What To Do

Let’s face it: Pride weekend comes and goes in the blink of an eye, and if you don’t plan accordingly, you might just end up missing an event that you really wanted to go to. Use this listing of Pride weekend events to plan your weekend. You might just discover something new to do!

Thursday, June 25

Queertopia: 10-Year Anniversary Show! Total Liberation
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave. S, Minneapolis
Through June 27
7:30 p.m.
$15 advance, student, and senior, $18 door
Queertopia is celebrating 10 years of radical and raucous queer love. Bedlam Theatre and Intermedia Arts present the tenth year of the annual Pride cabaret, Queertopia: A Cabaret Celebration of Queer Love. Curators Jeffry Lusiak and Nastalie Bogira present a cabaret-style evening of queer performance highlighting some of the most exciting, provocative, and dynamic queer artists working in the Twin Cities today. This year the Cabaret pays tribute to the performers, performances, and community that has made Queertopia a center for celebration outside mainstream Pride for the past decade.
www.intermediaarts.org/queertopia

Lavender’s Pride Thursday
Orchestra Hall
1111 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis
June 25
5:30–8:00 p.m.
Free
Twin Cities Pride weekend kicks off with the Twin Cities’ biggest happy hour event, followed by a performance by Lily Tomlin. Pre-show happy hour admission is free for Lavender’s Pride Thursday attendees, but tickets for Lily Tomlin must be purchased through www.tcpride.org. Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, drink specials, and a chance to win great prizes.
lavendermagazi.wpengine.com

Lily Tomlin. Photo courtesy of Twin Cities Pride

Lily Tomlin. Photo courtesy of Twin Cities Pride

Twin Cities Pride Presents: An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin
Orchestra Hall
1111 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis
June 25
8:00 p.m.
$40–99
Kicking off the official four-day Twin Cities Pride weekend is Lily Tomlin, one of America’s foremost comedians. Tomlin continues to venture across an ever-widening range of media, starring in television, theater, motion pictures, animation, and video. Throughout her extraordinary career, Tomlin has received numerous awards, including six Emmys, two Tonys, and a Grammy. Most recently, Tomlin was awarded the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors which each year “celebrates five extraordinary individuals who have spent their lives elevating the cultural vibrancy of our nation and the world.” Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein said, “Lily Tomlin has made us laugh and continues to amaze us with her acting talent and quick wit.”
www.minnesotaorchestra.org

Stories Together: Pride
St. Louis Park Library
3240 Library Ln., St. Louis Park
June 25
7:00 p.m.
Registration not required
All are welcome
Celebrate family and self-expression during Pride month through books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. This project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
www.hclib.org

I Woke Up Like Dis — Pride Edition
Honey and Ginger Hop
205 E Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
June 25
9:30 p.m.–2:00 a.m.
$7 Cover
21+
Flip Phone is pulling out all of the stops to kick-off Pride weekend, taking over both Honey and Ginger Hop. Double the space = double the capacity! Beyoncé Inspired Jams (with the obvious Missy, Ciara, TLC hits mixed in) downstairs DJ Fancy Restaurant and 90s and 00s hip hop/R&B jams upstairs in by DJ Feminist Killjoy and Doublestuff. The evening also features Pride weekend fortunes with Madame Claire Voyant (what will your Pride weekend be like?), double the drag queens, roaming surprises, drink specials, and more.
www.facebook.com/events/698996846893687

Gay 90s Pride Weekend
Gay 90s
408 Hennepin Ave. S, Minneapolis
June 25–28
Visit website
18+
Thursday features a foam party, jock strap party, and a meet-and-greet with Alyssa Edwards, Miss City of Lakes. Friday you’ll have fun with guest DJ Tracy Young in the Annex Bar and karaoke in the Happy Hour Bar. Don’t miss more fun on Saturday: Alyssa Edwards and the La Femme queens, ultimate dance party, and karaoke. Sunday hosts the Pride parade breakfast buffet and the infamous La Femme drag show with BeBe Zahara.
www.gay90s.com


 

Friday, June 26

Scorch Fireball
eagleBoltbar
515 Washington Ave., Minneapolis
June 26–28
Events and times vary by day
Friday: The best damn happy hour in town with 3-for-1s on Miller products and rail cocktails. Saturday: Bloody Mary Brunch, Raging Stallion Studios model Aleks Buldocek and Brut from American Muscle Hunk followed by Bear Night. Sunday: Bloody Mary Brunch followed by an “All You Can Swallow” Beer Bust and showtunes.
www.eagleboltbar.com

Stories Together: Pride
East Lake Library
2727 E Lake St., Minneapolis
June 26
11:15 a.m.
Registration not required
All are welcome
Celebrate family and self-expression during Pride month through books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. This project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
www.hclib.org

Pride Pool Party
The Calhoun Beach Club
2925 Dean Pkwy., Minneapolis
June 26
4:00–8:30 p.m.
$12–$15 in advance, $20 day-of
21+
Kick off Pride weekend with Flip Phone’s outdoor, sunset pool party at the Calhoun Beach Club. DJ Jeff Kirkwood (Toronto, Provincetown, Sydney) will be spinning Pride anthems. Drink specials and surprises (cash bar only). Each ticket includes a FREE three-day Calhoun Beach Club guest pass; that means you’ll have extra days to party by the pool.
www.facebook.com/events/689021247892800

Beer Dabbler
Loring Park
1382 Willow St., Minneapolis
June 26
5:30–9:30 p.m.
$40 in advance, $50 day-of
For the fourth year in a row, the Beer Dabbler is back at Twin Cities Pride. Kicking off the festival weekend, Dabblers will gather in Loring Park to enjoy pairings between more than 35 different food truck/craft brew combos, a dance party, a killer entertainment lineup, and…humans on wooden poles. That’s right! New this year is human foosball and Black Eye Coffee will have cold press on tap free for all attendees, but intended for designated drivers.
www.beerdabbler.com

8th Annual Fruit Bowl
Memory Lanes
2520 26th Ave. S, Minneapolis
June 26
6:00–9:00 p.m.
$5 Suggested Donation
All ages welcome

This is an all ages, sober, tobacco-free event. Hosted by the fabulous Mrs. Margie Pederson, enjoy an evening of free bowling, kids activities, taco bar, karaoke, prizes, a photobooth, and more. Sand volleyball begins at 6:30, bowling at 6:15. Please RSVP.
www.tcpride.org

2015 Uptown Pride Block Party
Uptown, Bryant Ave. & Lake St. area
810 W Lake St., Minneapolis
June 26
6:00–10:30 p.m.
Free
Our annual Pride Block Party will feature MC Foxy Tann, L’Assassins, North Star Roller Girls, and more! Great brews from Fulton, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Bell’s Brewery, and Lagunitas Brewing Co. will be available, plus a mobile vintage photo booth from Blue Goose. A portion of the event proceedings will benefit OutFront Minnesota.
www.bryantlakebowl.com/theater/2015-uptown-pride-block-party

Comedian Fortune Feimster. Photo courtesy of Brave New Workshop

Comedian Fortune Feimster. Photo courtesy of Brave New Workshop

Comedian Fortune Feimster
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
June 26
Doors at 6:30 p.m., Show at 7:30 p.m.
$40
The Brave New Workshop and The Saloon are proud to present red-hot standup comic Fortune Feimster in the BNW’s ETC Theatre. After the show, guests receive an all-access wristband for the Saloon’s Pride Block Party Friday night, plus an exclusive entrance to the party, happening right next door!
www.theatre.bravenewworkshop.com

Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine Pride Weekend Movie
Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral
519 Oak Grove St., Minneapolis
June 26
7:00 p.m.
Free
All are welcome

A feature length documentary about Matthew Shepard that goes beyond the headlines of his tragic murder. The film seeks to tell the story of the Matthew the world hardly knows and to make sense of of this senseless tragedy.
www.ourcathedral.org/pride-movies

Grown & Sexy Pride. Photo by Photo Deviance

Grown & Sexy Pride. Photo by Photo Deviance

Grown & Sexy Pride
First Avenue Mainroom
701 First Ave. N, Minneapolis
June 26
9:00 p.m.
$15
This year’s Grown & Sexy Pride features Latrice Royale from RuPaul’s Drag Race season four. Mark your calendars for this all-night dance party infused with incredible onstage performances. The talent is incomparable, the music is amazing, and all are welcome! Special Performances by: Foxy Tann and the Wham Bam Thank You Ma’ams, In New Company, Dykes Do Drag, The Vigilantease Collective, and Dragged Out.
www.first-avenue.com

Hey Sailor at Jetset
Jetset Bar
115 N 1st St., Minneapolis
June 26
10:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.
21+
All aboard the S.S. Jetset for Pride 2015. Celebrate Pride in one of the gayest ways possible…sailors! Nautical attire is encouraged, but not required. As always, there is no cover, and the entire weekend is 21+.
www.facebook.com/events/867442493337776

ReUnion
Union Rooftop / Rev Ultralounge
731 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
June 26
10:00 p.m.
$20/Advance, $50/VIP
21+
It’s Pride! Time to dance! Three unique levels, two superstar DJs, one Pride event like no other! DJ Joe Gauthreaux in Rev Ultra Lounge and DJ Roland Belmares on the rooftop.
www.simshows.com


 

Saturday, June 27

GLASS on Grass: Pride Volleyball
Loring Park
1382 Willow St., Minneapolis
8:00–9:00 a.m.

$60 per four-person team
This annual, one-day grass volleyball tournament put on by GLASS (Gay Lesbian Amateur Sport Society) takes place during the Twin Cities GLBT Pride celebration at the Pride festival grounds. The number of games played will depend on the number of teams participating in the event. There will be competitive, intermediate, and recreational divisions offered.
www.glassports.org/vb

Twin Cities Pride Festival
Loring Park
1382 Willow St., Minneapolis
June 27–28
10:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.
Free
The 2015 Twin Cities Pride Festival features over 400 exhibitors, 40 food and beverage booths, 20 sponsors and 300,000+ visitors participating in this free celebration of the GLBT community.
www.tcpride.org

Stories Together: Pride
Minneapolis Central Library, Children’s Library
300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
June 27
11:00 a.m.
Registration not required
All are welcome
Celebrate family and self-expression during Pride month through books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. This project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
www.hclib.org

Dragged Out. Judd's Eye Photography

Dragged Out. Judd’s Eye Photography

Dragged Out
Stonewall Stage at Loring Park
1382 Willow St., Minneapolis
June 27
3:00 p.m.
Free
Come check out Dragged Out at Twin Cities Pride! Bring all your family and/or friends as it’s not too often Dragged Out is at an all ages event! Some of your favorites from the cast will be performing: Ty Torres, Blaze Bordeaux, Andre 1000, Damien D’Luxe, Xavier, and the host Jamie Monroe.
www.facebook.com/Dragged.Out.MN

Pride in Concert
Loring Park
1382 Willow St., Minneapolis
June 27
5:00 p.m.
$10 General Admission, $75 VIP
Pride in Concert features Mayda, Hunter Valentine, Peaches, and Deborah Cox. Fireworks follow the concert at 10:00 p.m. General admission tickets include admission to the Beer Garden (at any point on Saturday). The Beer Garden will be serving assorted Budweiser and Coke products. VIP admission includes access to a tented lounge area with couches and the DJ booth next to the stage, free bar which includes Budweiser and other assorted beer, Ménage à Trois wine, and vodka (new this year). There will also be food provided by Macy’s Design Cuisine. A VIP ticket means a separate entry (avoid the line!) and other surprises throughout the night.
www.tcpride.org

TransDykeQueerMarch 2015
Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
June 27
6:00 p.m.
It’s that time of year again: time to remind the corporate political system that our voices and lives are the foundation of culture. That they can ignore us and try to destroy us, but we always come back, to challenge and improve society.
www.facebook.com/events/548437658631285

Big Bad Burlesque: A Plus Sized Celebration
Ground Zero
15 4th St. NE, Minneapolis
June 27
8:00 p.m.
$8
Great things do come in big packages for this show! Add some extra sexy and sass to your Pride weekend as we celebrate the big beautiful performers of the Twin Cities burlesque community, including your host for the evening, Smokey Throbinson.
www.facebook.com/events/868278339912527

The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis 5th Annual Pride Dance
The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis
410 Oak Grove St., Minneapolis
June 27
8:00 p.m.
Members $10/Advance, $15/Door, Non-members $20/Advance, $25/Door
Put on your party pants, grab a friend, and join us for a Pride dance! Featuring DJ Butch Dandy. Fireworks at dusk. Tickets are non-refundable.
www.pridedancewomansclubmpls.eventbrite.com

Grrrl Scout: Summer Camp 2015
The Cabooze
917 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, MN
June 27
9:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.
$10
21+
Ready to earn those patches? Grrrl Scout is gearing up for its second annual Pride event, Summer Camp. With a strong commitment to breaking conformity, Grrrl Scout curates a unique array of entertainment, partners, and offerings for each and every event. Summer Camp is no different. This year they promise to be pulling out all the stops.
www.cabooze.com

Flip Phone Presents: Robyn Vs. Taylor
Rev Ultralounge
731 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis
June 27
9:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.
$57
21+
Robyn. Taylor. They’ll both be part of your Pride weekend. Join FlipPhone at Rev Ultralounge (underneath Union) for an ultimate dance party. You won’t want to miss this. Rev has one of the best sound systems in the city! DJ Fancy Restaurant will be throwing down Robyn, Taylor, and other hot jams. The evening includes surprise performances and fantastic drink specials.
www.facebook.com/FlipPhone

Soul Friday Pride Party
Icehouse Minneapolis
2528 Nicollet Ave. S, Minneapolis
June 27
9:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.
$12/Advance, $15/Door, $25 VIP seated section in mezzanine
21+
Queer women of color and friends, come out and get your pride and soul on. Hosted by Alicia Steele and featuring Pam the Funktress of the Coup, DJ Lady L, DJ Shannon Blowtorch, Manchita of Grrrl Prty, and more! One of the Twin Cities’ hottest parties celebrating QWOC is brought to you by the Soul Friday crew. Soul Friday is proud to be an event that celebrates brown folks living the LGBTQ life… Lesbian/Bi/Trans/Queer sisters of color and friends. Looking forward to seeing all shades of brown on that dance floor.
www.facebook.com/SoulFridayMinneapolis

Booby Trap Pride
Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
June 27
10:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.
$15/General Admission, $25/VIP, $400/Bottle Service Package
21+
Known as the longest standing women’s queer pride event, Booby Trap Pride is bringing you an extremely sexy event this year. Featuring your favorite Booby Trap Girls, special performances and of course resident DJ, D-baz, as well as nationally recognized DJ DMIL. This year the event is at a new venue with multiple bars, VIP, bottle service and a special “Throwback Hip Hop” Lounge as well as the main room that will feature all your dancing favorites.
www.facebook.com/boobytrap.mpls

Pride Crawl
Various bars
June 27
10:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.
$20
21+
Price includes entry to the top Minneapolis venues and drink specials, Featured parties at Lush, Gay 90s & the Cowles Center, with party bus rides between northeast and downtown. Roundup your group and pick up your Pride all access ticket! Buy your ticket early and save.
www.pridecrawl.com

Pride Weekend at the 19 Bar
19 Bar
19 W 15th St., Minneapolis
June 27–28
Visit website
Party with The 19 Bar Pride weekend! Located only two blocks from Loring Park and never a cover charge makes it a great place to celebrate!
www.facebook.com/The19Bar


 

Sunday, June 28

Pride in the Sky: Parade Rooftop Viewing Party
Crave
825 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
June 28
9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
$10
21+
Join Flip Phone and OutFront Minnesota to watch the parade from the sky. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. with the parade beginning two hours later, but dancing goes on all day. Tickets get you a free cocktail, a $5 donation to OutFront, and non-stop music.
www.outfront.ticketleap.com/parade

Solar Sunday. Photo by Sophia Hantzes

Solar Sunday. Photo by Sophia Hantzes

Solar Sundays Pride Edition
Union Restaurant
731 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
June 28
Doors open at 9:00 a.m., Party begins at 10:00 a.m.
$10
Join a rooftop party high above the parade! DJs Lindsay ‘Shiek’ Earney and Lenka Paris will take this weekly party to new heights for the 2nd Annual Pride Parade Party! Full brunch menu available, Absolut Dancers, Softball Shot Men and drink specials.
www.simshows.com

Pride’s Biggest Sunday Block Party
The Saloon
830 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
June 28
Doors open at 9:00 a.m., Post-Parade Party at 1:00 p.m., Stage Show at 7:00 p.m.
Visit website for details
18+
For the parade, both inside and outside bars will be open, parade viewing party on bleachers, $4 Bloody Marys and mimosas. The post-parade party includes Power Bottom’s Power Tower and carnival food trucks. the stage show is hosted by Scott Nevins with Kat Perkins, Pop Rocks, Alaska Thunderfuck, and Adore Delano, complete with fireworks after show.
www.saloonmn.com

5th Annual Rainbow Run
Boom Island Park
800 Sibley Ave. NE, Minneapolis
June 28
9:30 a.m.
$30
Show your Pride by taking part in the Twin Cities Pride Rainbow Run! Starting at Boom Island and ending near Loring Park, the route takes runners along Hennepin Avenue as spectators begin to gather for the annual Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade.
www.tcpride.org

8th Annual Bitch ‘n’ Brunch
Seven Restaurant
700 Hennepin Ave. S, Minneapolis
June 28
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
$30
Bitch Flowers invites you to enjoy the 2015 Twin Cities Pride parade from the fabulous rooftop of the Seven Skybar. Enjoy the view from the largest rooftop on Hennepin Avenue! The location is a great indoor spot with floor to ceiling windows with air conditioned comfort overlooking Hennepin Avenue and will also have the parade on live television monitors.
www.7mpls.net

2015 Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade
Downtown Minneapolis
June 28
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Free on street, $40 for Grandstand
The 2015 Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade will be held, as always, along Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. The parade route starts at 3rd and Hennepin and ends at Spruce and Hennepin.
www.tcpride.org

Pride Party
Café & Bar Lurcat
1624 Harmon Place, Minneapolis
June 28
12:00–8:00 p.m.
21+
The parade ends where the party starts: at Café & Bar Lurcat! Party comes without a cover and features a giant dance floor with three local DJs: Lenka Paris, Lindsay Sheik, and Steve Silas. Party goers can enjoy satellite bars both indoors and outdoors, bar-front patio with gorgeous open-air seating, and vodka drink specials and beer tubs. Nibble on Lurcat burgers, Lurcat chicken sandwiches, fries with béarnaise, and of course… signature warm sugar cinnamon donuts!
www.cafelurcat.com

Showcase Your P.R.I.D.E.
The Pourhouse
10 S 5th St., Minneapolis
June 28
7:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.
$8
All ages until 10:00 p.m., 21+ after 10:00 p.m.
Shift Forward presents its first GLBT showcase, creating space for members of the community to show off their musical prowess. After all, P.R.I.D.E. stands for Performing, Rhyming, Inventing, Dancing, Everything. Proceeds are donated to Avenues for Homeless Youth.
www.shiftforwardagency.com

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