The days are getting longer and St. Pete is getting a little more colorful! June is Pride Month, and St. Pete Pride is celebrating all month long with a calendar full of diverse experiences. Whether you’re in the mood for an outdoor street festival or a cabaret, there’s an event perfect for everyone in the family to celebrate Pride their way.
The Birchwood is a proud ally, and we work to ensure our property is open and welcoming for all. It’s the perfect spot for a romantic Pride getaway or just for some bubbles and brunch before the day’s festivities. Here are a few of the amazing events happening throughout St. Pete, many of which are steps away from The Birchwood.
Drag performer Matthew McGee; Photo: Visit St. Petersburg Arts Alliance/ Photo: St. Pete Pride
Once Upon a Shine – A Very Gay Musical Scavenger Hunt – Through June 19
Join St. Pete drag performer favorite Matthew McGee on a campy, sparkly saunter through the streets of St. Pete. All that glitters is comedy gold as you help Cinderella find her missing stiletto. Download the free App (see link below) and join your “Fairy Godmother” as she recounts Cinderella’s wild night. The hunt can be started anytime now through June 19 at 6pm, and begins at 421 4th Avenue N. Allow three to four hours to complete the hunt. Visit https://www.stpeteartsalliance.org/PRIDE for more information and to download the App.
Enter to win fabulous prizes as you lip-sync for the crown; Photo: Dog Bar
Pride Lip Sync Battle – June 18
Channel your inner Lip Sync Assassin for the 3rd Annual Pride Lip Sync Battle hosted by DJ Shannon C at Dog Bar on June 18, 8pm. Enter with your favorite song at https://dogbarstpete.com/events/lip-sync-battle-form-2/ for the chance to win a prize for best Lip Syncer! Entry is free to the competition, and the cost for dogs to enter (the park, not the contest) are $5, humans are always free.
St. Pete Pridefest – Arts + Qulture – June 19
Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Pride as St. Pete Pride celebrates queer art, dance and music. Explore The Factory, a new 8-acre mixed-use space in the Warehouse District. This diverse group of performers will fill the space from 4pm-10pm and offer visitors a memorable way to enjoy the many voices of the St. Pete LGBTQIA+ community. Tickets are $5. Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arts-qulture-presented-by-aids-healthcare-foundation-tickets-153074194035 for more information and tickets.
Sunday Tea Dance at The Garage – June 20
Enjoy St. Pete’s version of the iconic Sunday Tea Dance at The Garage on Central. Join drag performers for a happy hour is until 10pm, while you peruse local vendors and spill a little tea. Visit https://shorelinedj.com/garagebar/ for more information.
Photo: Pride in the Edge District
Pride in the Edge District – June 24
Head to the Edge Neighborhood and look for the rainbow windsocks for a family-friendly free celebration with music, specials and Pride-themed activities from 12pm-5pm. Then from 5pm-9pm grab a ticket for Savor the Edge, an outdoor tasting event at Edge Collective Urban Marketplace. Enjoy a myriad of unique food, wine and spirit tastings that benefits a great cause. Visit https://edgedistrict.org/pride-in-the-edge/ to purchase tickets to the Savor the Edge tasting event ($25-40).
Pride in Grand Central Block Party – June 26
Join RuPauls Drag Race alum Acid Betty and Kristin W. on the 2300 and 2400 blocks of Central for a Pride Block Party to kick off the final weekend of Pride month. Enjoy eclectic entertainment throughout the Grand Central district from 12p-6pm.
Photo: St. Pete Pride
Pride Picnic + Fireworks – June 26
Join us from 2pm-9pm in South Straub Park for an evening celebration to send PrideFest out with a bang. PrideFest’s final weekend explodes with color into the night sky along the beautiful downtown waterfront with a colorful fireworks show at 9pm. Tickets are $5. Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pride-picnic-fireworks-presented-by-trulieve-tickets-153074811883 for tickets and more info.
Paw Proud Fashion Show – June 27
Bring your favorite furry friend to Dog Bar on June 27th from 3pm to 6pm for a “furrrrbulous” fashion show competition. Dress your doggy companion up in their most fabulous pride finery for a chance to win $100 worth of prizes! Sign up at https://dogbarstpete.com/events/doggie-fashion-show/
No matter how you choose to celebrate Pride, there’s a whole spectrum to enjoy in St. Pete! For more information about Pride events happening around St. Pete, visit https://stpetepride.org/st-pete-pridefest-2021/ for more information. Happy Pride from all of us at The Birchwood and Teak!