It’s June, which means Pride Month is here. Pride Month, which celebrates the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community, is observed annually in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, a turning point for the gay liberation movement in the USA. .
Celebrations in the Louisville area include pride parades, festivals, brunches, readings, runs/walks and more. Here’s how you can celebrate:
WHAT: Buffet-style brunch that includes French toast casserole, bacon, eggs, cookies and gravy, salad, sweet meatball, salad and more. Also a drag performance.
WHERE: 2300 Lexington Road
WHEN: Sunday to June, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
MORE INFORMATION: $40 per person plus tax and tip. lemoorestaurant.com
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WHAT: Celebrate the diversity of the region with this contest. Competitors strut for votes ($1 for 1 vote). A panel of professional drag queens making preliminary judgments on the performances, but the winners will be chosen by the public. Proceeds to benefit Vulnerable Adult Care Advocates, Inc.
WHERE: Mansion 1886, 904 E. Main St., New Albany, Indiana
WHEN: June 2, 6:30-10 p.m.
MORE INFORMATION: Tickets are $30. eventbrite.com
Robley Rex Veterans Medical Center 7th Annual Pride Festival
WHAT: The festival celebrates the LGBTQ+ community and builds connections between veterans, their families, staff and the community. Includes DJ TK, drag shows (1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.), Drag Queen Storytime Kentucky, light refreshments, health resource information, VA swag, speakers and more.
WHERE: Robley Rex Veterans Medical Hospital, 800 Zorn Ave.
WHEN: June 3, 1-3 p.m.
MORE INFORMATION: All ages are welcome. Free. dqstky.org.
Launch of Mile Wide Beer Co.’s “Dorothy’s Riot” beer.
WHAT: Mile Wide Beer Company will launch Dorothy’s Riot, a beer brewed in collaboration with Queer Kentucky. Dorothy’s Riot is a 6% ABV India Pale Ale, brewed with Citra and Enigma hops. Also at the event, Volunteers of America will be offering free HIV testing, Queer DJs spinning all day, Drag Show (7 p.m.), and Louisville Silent Disco (9 p.m. to midnight).
WHERE: Mile Wide Brewery & Taproom, 636 Barret Ave.
WHEN: June 3, 2 p.m. to midnight
MORE INFORMATION: facebook.com/milewidebeer
WHAT: Drag Daddy Productions, makers of ‘Alice In Derbyland’ and ‘Snow White and the Seven Drag Queens’, present this musical revue celebrating the cast’s LGBTQIA heroes with nods to your favorite comic book heroes. Music ranging from rap to musical theatre.
WHERE: Play at Louisville, 1101 E. Washington St.
WHEN: June 3-4, 7:30 p.m.
MORE INFORMATION: $15. dragdaddyproductions.com
WHAT: Parade, vendor’s market, family entertainment area, music, drag shows, beer garden (sponsored by New Albany’s Pints & Union), food trucks and a VIP tent (sponsored by The Alcove). The parade begins at 4 p.m. along Spring St. between W. 7th and Pearl streets (sponsored by Caesars Southern Indiana).
WHERE: Big Four Station Park, Downtown Jeffersonville
WHEN: June 4, 4-11 p.m.
MORE INFORMATION: carepridefest.org
Pride Drag Brunch
WHAT: Hangout with Drag Queen Storytime-Kentucky and Snapshot Studios at the 360 Pride Brunch Cafe Showcase. Enjoy brunch and a drag show.
WHERE: Café 360, 1582 Bardstown Road
WHEN: June 4, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
MORE INFORMATION: $20 for ages 3 and up; free for ages 2 and under. dqstky.org
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WHAT: Ride all your favorite rides, dive down all your favorite waterslides, dishes and shows. Your ticket will include exclusive access to the PRIDE Party in the Picnic Pavilion with Drag Shows, Dance Party, Storytime Reading, Get-togethers, and an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet Meal Ticket with Non-Alcoholic Drinks included.
WHERE: Kingdom of Kentucky, 937 Phillips Lane
WHEN: June 4, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
MORE INFORMATION: Admission starts at $49.99. kentuckykingdom.com
Pride night at Racing Louisville FC
WHAT: Louisville FC versus North Carolina Courage. Women’s football.
WHERE: Lynn Family Stadium, 350 Adams St.
WHEN: June 4, 8 p.m.
MORE INFORMATION: Tickets start at $10. 502-568-2489; racingloufc.com/schedule-2022.
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Pride Month Brunch and Brews Drag Show
WHAT: Includes Louisville’s hottest drag queens, food provided by Happy Belly Bistro and MozzaPi, and brunch drink specials. Queens include Ethel Loveless, Seville Lady Drake, Bianca Nicole, Artemis Silvers, Baby St Jane and Femmtastic DeLaRouge. Beverage specials: $2 Jello shots; Boss shots at $4; Bloody Marys at $7; 5 1020 Micheladas; $5 grapefruit beermosas and $18 pitchers of mimosa.
WHERE: Ten20 Craft Brewery, 1020 E. Washington St.
WHEN: June 5, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
MORE INFORMATION: $15. ten20brewery.com
The cheers of Pandora Production at 25 years
WHAT: 25th Anniversary Gala to honor 25 people who have made an impact in the LGBTQ+ community over the past 25 years. The gala includes dinner, souvenirs, drinks, entertainment, a paddle lift and more. Catering by Wiltshire Pantry with dessert from Georgia’s Sweet Potato Pie Company.
WHERE: Henry Clay, Beaux Arts Ballroom, 604 South 3rd St., 3rd floor
WHEN: June 10, 6:30-10 p.m.
MORE INFORMATION: Tickets start at $125. eventbrite.com; pandoraprods.org
Pride month reading celebration
WHAT: Come hang out with Drag Queen Storytime-Kentucky and read stories together. Attendees will read two educational Pride books and learn about the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, a turning point for the gay liberation movement in the United States. After story time, there will be a mini drag show.
WHERE: Carmichael Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Ave.
WHEN: June 11, 1-4 p.m.
MORE INFORMATION: For all ages. $5. carmichaelsbookstore.com; eventbrite.com
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Louisville Pride 5,000km Run/Walk
WHAT: The 5K is a family event for people of all ages, athletic abilities and skill levels. Virtual 5K is available for those unable to attend the 5K in person but still wish to support LPF. Complete the 5K walk/run during the race weekend.
WHERE: Hogan’s Fountain Pavilion, Seneca Park, 3151 Pee Wee Reese Road
WHEN: June 12, 10 a.m.
MORE INFORMATION: For ages 18 and over. Package pickup will be June 11, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Louisville Pride Center, 1244 S. 3rd Street. If you are unable to pick up your package, pick it up at 9:00 a.m. on the morning of the race on site. Registration fee, $30. runsignup.com/Race/KY/Louisville/LouisvillePride5K.
WHAT: With drag queens CeCe Davenport, Monika Monáe, TB Sparrow, Vivika Hart and Bad Berto Baby the Puerto Rican grandpa, food and cocktails. Menu: Bacon, Lettuce and Potato Sandwiches, Shrimp Cocktail, George Bernard Coleslaw, Rose Cheese Puffs, Charlie’s Fruit Salad, Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Hash Brown Casserole, Cookies , sauce and cheesecake. Drinks menu: mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, Sophia’s Shady Pines punch and special cheesecake shot.
WHERE: Pride Bar, 504 State St., New Albany, Indiana
WHEN: June 12, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
MORE INFORMATION: $25. eventbrite.com
WHAT: One of Kentucky’s largest LGBTQ+ events will celebrate the LGBTQ community with a parade, vendor market, food vendors, entertainment and more. The parade begins in the NuLu area at the corner of E. Market and Campbell Streets (near Akasha Brewing) and will run down Market Street turning onto Preston Street to River Road, the base of the Big Four Bridge (presented by the University of Louisville and the UofL Santé). Festival performers include: Dominique Morgan (1 p.m.); Most Wanted (2:20 p.m.); Rich Hennessy (3:40 p.m.); The Gentlemen of Kentucky (5 p.m.); Daisha McBride (6:20); Miki Ratsula (7:40); Tove Lo (9 p.m.).
WHERE: Big Four Lawn, waterfront park
WHEN: June 18, noon to 10 p.m. Parade starts at noon
MORE INFORMATION: Tickets: $5 general admission; $125 VIP and includes snack and meals provided throughout the day, dedicated VIP bar, 5 unlimited drinks, sodas and water tickets, shaded and air-conditioned tent with lounge furniture and tables. 502-649-4851; kypride.com.
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WHAT: LouCiy FC v Orange County SC.
WHERE: Lynn Family Stadium, 350 Adams St.
WHEN: June 18, 8 p.m.
MORE INFORMATION: Tickets start at $14. 502-568-2489; loucity.com/2022-schedule.
WHAT: Dine with Drag Queen Storytime-Kentucky and 10% of your purchase will be donated to Drag Queen Storytime-Kentucky.
WHERE: Texas Roadhouse, 5005 Shelbyville Road
WHEN: June 22, 4-9 p.m.
MORE INFORMATION: Download the flyer and present it to the server and 10% of your purchase will be donated to Drag Queen Storytime-Kentucky. Go to: dqstky.org
Louisville Bat Pride Party
WHAT: Louisville Bats vs. Iowa Cubs. The Louisville Bats partnered with the Louisville Pride Foundation, Derby City Pride League and Queer Kentucky to host Pride Night at the ballpark. With giveaways that include Louisville Bats Pride Koozies (1st 500 fans). Presented by UAW Local 862.
WHERE: Slugger Field, 401 E. Main St.
WHEN: June 23, 7:05 p.m.
MORE INFORMATION: Tickets start at $9. 502-212-2287; milb.com/louisville.
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