The Biggest LGBTQ Events Hitting Philly This Summer

Parades, huge concerts, festivals and more make for an amazing summer in Philly...

LGBTQ life heats up with rising temps in Philadelphia, and the summer of 2017 is no exception. Just after Memorial Day, the region puts Pride on display, with city parades and parties (Philadelphia Dyke March and PrideDay LGBT Parade and Festival).

Check out the City of Philadelphia’s event lineup for even more ways to celebrate Pride in June.

Martha Graham Cracker hits play on the soundtrack to summer with her Made in Philadelphia Festival, a two-night showcase highlighting local musical talents. Concerts by gay-loved international acts Blondie, Mary J. Blige and Diana Ross keep the tunes going throughout the season.

To maximize the season’s offerings, visitors can book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, featuring free hotel parking, at visitphilly.com.

Here’s a look at what to expect from Philadelphia’s LGBTQ scene this summer:

Pool at the Raven Resort

Regulars and newcomers dreamed all winter of the legendary Pool at The Raven Resort on the edge of scenic New Hope in Bucks County. The popular oasis, decked with a cabana bar and 150 loungers, reopens officially for the swimming season on Memorial Day. After that, it’s open seven days a week, weather permitting, through Labor Day.

Pool at the Raven Resort

When:Through Monday, September 4
Where:385 W Bridge Street, New Hope

www.theravennewhope.com

Philadelphia Dyke March

The historic Philadelphia Dyke March returns for a rally that calls—no, yells—for equal rights for female dyke-identified Philadelphians. The day begins at Khan Park with a parade through Center City that loops back for an all-out rally featuring speakers, live performances and fired-up voices raised for the cause.

Philadelphia Dyke March

When:Saturday, June 10, 3 p.m.
Where:11th & Pine Streets

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GayBINGO

Photo courtesy GayBINGO

The campiest, most irreverent game in town—for the past 20 years now—GayBINGO gathers hundreds each month for a most rousing rendition of the game, as led—and, at times, sung—by the famed drag queen Bingo Verifying Divas, to raise money for AIDS Fund Philly. In June, GayBINGO is all about Cher.

GayBINGO

When:Saturday, June 10, 7 p.m.
Where:Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad Street
Cost:$25 and up

www.aidsfundphilly.org

Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret

Philadelphia’s preeminent live-singing—and very hairy—drag queen Martha Graham Cracker waltzes into FringeArts this June for a cabaret performance on the venue’s expansive main stage. The towering diva takes on covers of pop and jazz hits alongside guest performers Molly Pope, a New York singer and actress, and Philly trombonist extraordinaire Ernest Stuart. In July, she hosts the two-day Made in Philadelphia Festival at Johnny Brenda’s, which spotlights a host of talented musicians and comedians such as Judith Priest, Mary Radzinski and Eliza Hardy-Jones.

Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret

When:Monday, June 12, 8 p.m.
Where:FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:General: $20–$35; Members: $20.30–$24.50; Students and under 25: $15

www.fringearts.com

Pride Kick-Off Party

The Pride Kick-Off Party officially launches Philadelphia’s Pride celebrations with a jam-packed block party in the heart of the Gayborhood. Local gay bars hold their own parties indoors, while outdoors, dancing in the street and live performances take place all evening.

Pride Kick-Off Party

When:Friday, June 16, 6-10 p.m.
Where:12th & Locust Streets
Cost:Free

www.phillygaypride.org

Get Pegged Cabaret

New York queer performance artist Nath Ann Carrera joins The Bearded Ladies Artistic Director John Jarboe for his final Get Pegged Cabaret of the summer season. Taking place at FringeArts, the spectacle also welcomes a host of local LGBTQ talents for a night of uncensored, glitter-filled musical performances inspired by early-19th-century French and German cabarets.

Get Pegged Cabaret

When:Friday, June 16, 10:30 p.m.
Where:FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Standing Room $5; Table $15 per seat

www.fringearts.com

PrideDay LGBT Parade and Festival

Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Philadelphia celebrates big with the PrideDay LGBT Parade and Festival, which features a lively parade that winds its way from Center City to Penn’s Landing for a bash along the Delaware. The festival’s center is a booming stage featuring drag shows and musical performances. Guests can also browse booths by area businesses and nonprofits and try their hands at carnival-style games.

PrideDay LGBT Parade and Festival

When:Sunday, June 18, 11:30 a.m.
Where:Parade begins at 13th & Locust Streets; Festival, Penn's Landing 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.phillygaypride.org

Gypsy at the Arden Theatre

Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Mary Martello stars in Arden Theatre Company’s adaptation of the gay-loved musical Gypsy. The show follows Mama Rose, a role popularized by some of Broadway’s biggest divas, as she struggles to raise two daughters and keep her fading vaudeville career alive.

Gypsy at the Arden Theatre

When:Through Sunday, June 25
Where:Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd Street
Cost:Adults: $36-$50; Teens: $15; Kids: $15

www.ardentheatre.org

Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert

The queen of hip-hop soul, Mary J. Blige headlines this summer’s free Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Among those joining the nine-time Grammy® winner are the Philly POPS Big Band and Broadway star Mandy Gonzalez, who’s performed in Hamilton.

Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert

When:Tuesday, July 4, 7 p.m.
Where:Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

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Ballet X Summer Series

BalletXPhoto courtesy BalletX

Contemporary dance troupe BalletX promises a world premiere by celebrated out choreographer Matthew Neenan at their Summer Series 2017. The series also sees a reprisal of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s dazzling Castrati, which delves into the phenomenon of castrated singers in 16th-18th century Italy.

Ballet X Summer Series

When:July 12-16
Where:Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street

www.balletx.org

Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary

Bastille Day FestivalPhoto by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

The Bearded Ladies also headline Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary. Emceed by artistic director John Jarboe as Edith Piaf, this historically inaccurate reenactment of the storming of the Bastille is a Fairmount summertime tradition, Tastykakes and all.

Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary

When:Saturday, July 15, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Where:Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue
Cost:Free

www.easternstate.org

Boys of Summer

The Speedo-clad come out in full force for Philly Gay Calendar’s Boys of Summer weekend, a series of events taking place throughout the city in late July. The itinerary includes the Oasis Pool Party at Monarch Beach Club, a daytime block party outside Tavern on Camac and the sexy main event that’s practically swimming with buff lifeguards at Voyeur Nightclub.

Boys of Summer

When:July 28-30
Where:Multiple locations including Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 Saint James Street

Diana Ross at the Mann Center

Supreme diva Diana Ross brings her furs, feathers and mountainous piles of hair to the Mann Center for an open-air, late July concert. Miss Ross performs her massive catalogue of hits spanning nearly six decades and myriad genres—from Motown to disco to jazz.

Diana Ross at the Mann Center

When:Saturday, July 29, 8 p.m.
Where:The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue
Cost:$41.50 – $129.50

www.manncenter.org

Queen + Adam Lambert

The glam gods smile upon Philadelphia in late July when rock legends Queen come to the Wells Fargo Center with Adam Lambert. The out American Idol alum steps into Freddie Mercury’s hallowed loafers, taking on those high notes that slayed radio airwaves in the 1970s and ’80s.

Queen + Adam Lambert

When:Sunday, July 30, 8 p.m.
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:$49.50 and up

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Blondie and Garbage: The Rage and Rapture Tour

Rock queens Debbie Harry and Shirley Manson share the stage this summer when the Mann Center welcomes the co-headlining show Blondie and Garbage: The Rage and Rapture Tour. Philadelphia is one of a handful of final stops on the North American outing, which spotlights new music and time-tested favorites from both groups.

Blondie and Garbage: The Rage and Rapture Tour

When:Wednesday, August 2, 7 p.m.
Where:The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue
Cost:$39.50 - $99.50

www.manncenter.org

Transparency: An LGBTQ + Glass Art Exhibition

As part of Pride Month, the National Liberty Museum welcomes a first-in-the-nation exhibition of art glass exclusively by LGBT artisans. Transparency: An LGBTQ + Glass Art Exhibition features stunning works that explore the themes of identity and freedom.

Transparency: An LGBTQ + Glass Art Exhibition

When:Through Sunday, August 6
Where:National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut Street
Cost:Free with museum admission

www.libertymuseum.org

The Journeys of John Laub: Fire Island and Beyond

The late Philadelphia native and landscape artist returns to his hometown via The Journeys of John Laub: Fire Island and Beyond. On display at the Woodmere Art Museum, the paintings inspire wanderlust with vibrant portraits representing Laub’s travels to places such as the Coral Gables, the Adirondacks and gay-friendly summer beach destination Fire Island.

The Journeys of John Laub: Fire Island and Beyond

When:Through Sunday, August 13
Where:Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Avenue
Cost:Free with museum admission

www.woodmereartmuseum.org

Pride Night At Citizen's Bank Park

Citizen's Bank ParkPhoto by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

LGBTQ sports fans fill a whole section at Citizens Bank Park for Pride Night. Allies and gay-friendly organizations are welcome to join the community that evening, when the Philadelphia Phillies take on the Florida Marlins. The first 1,000 fans to purchase tickets through the Pride Night promotion receive a special Phillies Pride Night giveaway.

Pride Night At Citizen's Bank Park

When:Tuesday, August 22, 4:05 p.m.
Where:Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way

www.mlb.com

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