Where to Celebrate Pride Month in the Hudson Valley

Show your LGBTQ support and have a blast at these local events.


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Hudson Valley Pride is back and better than ever this June. With an abundance of events and activities scattered throughout Pride Month, the celebrations offer something for everyone. Round up your friends and get ready to show your support in style.

 

Pride Dance Party

The Beverly, Kingston
May 31, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Kick off the weekend with a truly epic Hudson Valley dance party. Expect DJs, drag queens, and a whole lot of dancing. Tickets cost $10, and drink specials will be on tap all night.

 

 

Repaint the Town Proud

Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center, Kingston
June 1, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Start Pride Month strong by giving back to Kingston during its community paint event. As part of what’s becoming an annual tradition, the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center invites locals to help repaint the rainbow crosswalks at Wall and John Streets. If you’d like to participate, email the center at info@lgbtqcenter.org.

 

 

The Out List Art Exhibit

Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center, Kingston
June 1, 1-4 p.m.

After painting the town rainbow, the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center keeps the festivities going with an opening reception for “The Out List” by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. The portrait series spotlights individuals who openly recognize their LGBTQ status in various realms of society. Everyone is welcome to attend, and light bites will be available for noshing.

 

Board Reception and Volunteer Recognition

LGBTQ Community Center, Kingston
June 1, 5-7 p.m.

On Saturday evening, the LGBTQ Center honors its volunteers. Light bites and drinks will be served as the group, the board of directors, and local supporters join together for a night of thanks.

 

 

Miss Coco Peru: The Taming of the Tension

SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz​
June 1, 8:30-10 p.m.

Hudson Valley favorite Miss Coco Peru comes to SUNY New Paltz on the first day of Pride Month for a fun, sassy show that will help you laugh your cares away. Expect stories, songs, and a little risqué humor to bring more than a few chuckles throughout the evening.

 

 

Pride March and Festival

New Paltz​
June 2, 12-5 p.m.

Venture on over to New Paltz for the city’s colorful full-day festival. The March kicks off at 1 p.m. on Main Street. Music, food trucks, and local vendors will set up shop around town, and Emcee Quay Smith will announce the colorful performances throughout the afternoon.

 

LGBTQ+ Pride Flag Raising Ceremony

Haverstraw Village Hall, Haverstraw​
June 3, 5-6 p.m.

The rainbow flag will fly high in the sky when the Village of Haverstraw raises it on June 3. The community is welcome to attend the celebratory event, which raises both the LGBTQ+ and the transgender pride flags.

 

 

Peekskill Pride and Progress Celebration

Dramatic Hall, Peekskill
June 14, 7:30p.m.-1a.m.

Come out and celebrate! Peekskill Pride and Progress 2019 is a night of fun and laughter as a wide host of guests take the stage, including Julia Scotti, a transgender comedian previously seen on America’s Got Talent. Tickets are $35 for the show, and $15 for the after-party.

 

Poughkeepsie Pride Weekend

Poughkeepsie
June 7-9

Poughkeepsie brings the party to Pride Month with a full weekend of family-friendly events. On Friday, head to Earth, Wind and Fuego for Fiesta Friday with live music and poetry readings. The following day, the city comes together to paint the sidewalks rainbow. Then, on Sunday, the grand PK GO Pride Parade marches down Main Street at 1 p.m. on its way to the Pride Festival at Waryas Park.

 

Pride Picnic

Victor C. Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie
June 8, 12-5 p.m.

Pack your picnic basket and find the perfect spot to dine al fresco at Waryas Park in June. The bring-your-own event will award prizes for best picnicscapes, so plan accordingly.

 

 

Capital Pride Parade & Festival

Washington Park, Albany
June 9, 12-5 p.m.

The Capital Region turns technicolor during its high energy annual fest on June 9. The action begins at noon when the parade steps off at Washington Park. Throughout the day, singer and songwriter Mya wows the crowd, while hundreds of vendors, food trucks, and artisans offer to-dos around town.

 

LGBTQ+ Community Dinner

Rockland County Pride Center, Nyack​
June 10, 6-10 p.m.

To honor Pride Month, the Rockland County Pride Center hosts a special dinner that recognizes the local LGBTQ community. The free event is open to all, and information about parking is available on the event website.

 

Author Reading with Karen Williams and Camille Spencer

Spotty Dog Books & Ale, Hudson
June 12, 7-9 p.m.

Hudson’s Spotty Dog opens its doors to authors Karen Williams and Camille Spencer for a literary evening of philosophical debates, humor, and deep discussions. Williams, a writer and psychotherapist, explores the bonds between humans and animals, while Spencer, a fiction and romance writer, brings meaningful narratives to the queer literary scene.

 

 

Movie Screening: The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

House Rules Café, Hudson
June 13, 8-10 p.m.

Swing by House Rules Café for this free movie screening of the 2017 film, which explores the 1992 death of African American gay rights activist Marsha P. Johnson. Victor Cruz investigates the event, and features interviews with Johnson’s family, friends, and fellow activists within the flick.

 

Faerie Tale Boat Cruise

Henry Hudson Waterfront Park, Hudson
June 14, 7-9 p.m.

OutHudson invites the community to hop aboard for a scenic sunset cruise along the Hudson River. The ride is hosted by Davon! and features performances by Merrie Cherry, Celeste, Showponii, and Valkyrie Hail. Hungry while aboard? Feel free to snack on the gourmet cookies by Trixie’s Oven.

 

Pride Kick-Off Party

Backbar, Hudson
June 14, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.

It’s about to get lit in Hudson! On June 14, OutHudson joins forces with Backbar to host its 10th annual pride celebration in town. A cover charge of $5 will get you in, and the party will continue to the wee hours of the night.

 

 

OutHudson Pride Parade

Hudson
June 15, 12-6 p.m.

Hudson’s tenth annual pride parade goes down on the afternoon of June 15. Sign up in advance if you’d like to march, then prepare to line up at noon for the promenade. Afterward, the family fun continues at Wm. Farmer & Sons and at Promenade Hill Park, where Etsy will host a family craft fair.

 

Drag Brunch & Benefit

Pamela’s on the Hudson, Newburgh
June 16, 1-3 p.m.

Dine by the river at Pamela’s drag brunch and benefit for the Newburgh LGBTQ Center. Just for the day, the restaurant invites New York City’s Merrie Cherrie, the creator of the Brooklyn Nightlife Awards, to bring the wild side to the Sunday brunch. In addition to the drag show, the afternoon will also feature games, prizes, and special cocktails.

 

Tea Dance

Red Dot Restaurant & Bar, Hudson
June 16, 4-9 p.m.

Move and groove at OutHudson’s annual tea dance, held at Red Dot Restaurant & Bar this year. There’s a $5 cover to get in, and Girlgantua Jones will lead the drag performances and evening festivities.

 

Pride Sunday 2019

Haverstraw Village Hall, Haverstraw​
June 23, 12-5 p.m.

Get ready to party Pride-style at Haverstraw’s village-wide fest on June 23. Throughout the day, live music by Funk Salsa Urban and Drag Queen Story Hours will provide entertainment for the whole family. Kids can have a blast on the inflatable obstacle course, while teens can craft at stations hosted by the Rockland County Pride Center.


Related: Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center Brings Free Mental Health Services to Kingston

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