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How to Celebrate Pride in the Twin Cities

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June 1

Toast the start of Pride Month with a coffee from Spyhouse or a drink from Lakes and Legends Brewing Company. Head out on the town, pick up a beer at any of the participating venues (there are over 50!) and cheer on the start of the most colorful time of the year (literally!). Each location will donate a portion of their profits to The Rainbow Circle, which offers programming for LGBTQ youth. tcpride.org

Opening party of the exhibition “Go Out, Go In”

June 1

Explore the history of the LGBTQ community in Minneapolis, how they survived and thrived while facing social and legal discrimination. While the exhibit at the Mill City Museum is on view through October 8, this opening reception from 7-9pm on the first day of June will be accompanied by appetizers, drinks and DJ Michel.Be.. mnhs.org

Northern Minnesota LGBTQ Camp Weekend

June 2 to 4

Campfires, hiking, biking and kayaking are some of the featured activities designed to connect members of the LGBTQ community in the context of Minnesota’s Iron Range. So get out of the city in search of good company and the outdoors. West Forty RV Park and Campground, westfortyrvpark.com

Queer Women’s Pride Dance

June 2nd

Inviting all non-binary girls and friends. She dances the night away from 7:30pm to 10:00pm at Eagles Club #34 with other female-identifying members of the LGBTQ community, plus non-binary friends. Get a chair massage, take pictures in the photo booth, or grab a bite to eat at Eagles #34 restaurant. So get your girls and non-binary friends together for a fun night out! $10, minneapoliseagles34.org

3rd Annual Pride Festival

3 of June

All ages, all genders – join the fun at this festival celebrating Pride in Hasting’s Levee Park, which starts with a parade, then music, face painting, bouncy houses and lots of games. tcpride.org

Queer Dharma Morning

3 of June

Escape to relax and unwind at this relaxing queer event run by and for members of the LGBTQ community. Following Buddhist methods, this event encourages locals to breathe and relax with some guided meditation, yoga, and reflection from 9 am to 1 pm at St. Paul’s Clouds in Water Zen Center. nubesenelagua.org

Featured Science: SciPride

3 of June

Celebrate the scientific achievements and contributions of the LGBTQ community to the University of Minnesota from 10 am to 12 pm at the Bell Museum. Explore notable research projects through demonstrations, hands-on activities, and presentations. $12, bellmuseo.umn.edu

Pride of East Central Minnesota

3 of June

In collaboration with five boroughs, this event is big and bold, with live music, food, and a garage sale fundraiser. Known as the state’s first rural pride celebration, East Center Minnesota Pride has had more than 15 years of creating colorful and vibrant experiences for LGBTQ youth and adults. See for yourself from 12 to 5 pm at Pine City’s Robinson Park. eastcentralminnesotapride.org

MNSOC Youth Pride 2023

3 of June

Designed specifically for LGBTQ youth, this Pride festival includes all the hallmarks of an inclusive Pride celebration, plus extra fun for the kids, including dancing, inflatables, giveaways and more from 1 pm to 6 pm in St. Paul’s Como Park Pavilion. tcpride.org

Reception of the Grand Marshal

3 of June

Dr. Angela Kade Goepferd has been a leader in gender-affirming healthcare as medical director of Children’s Minnesota’s Gender Health Program and this year was elected Twin Cities Pride Grand Marshal. Ella celebrate her impact at this celebration hosted by TCPride starting at 5 pm at the Midtown Global Market. Munch on appetizers, participate in a silent auction, and put your hands together for the prize celebration. tcpride.org

Telling the Queer Story: Legacy

3 of June

It’s not every day a local mainstay celebrates a decade of walking the road. Telling Queer History celebrates 10 years of LGBTQ legacy-building through storytelling with a silent auction, dance party, food, and of course, storytelling from 6-9pm at St. Paul’s Wilder Foundation . Tickets start at $50. tellthestoryqueer.com

One Voice Pride Yard Party

June 7th

Come for the drinks, stay for the company (and a special surprise, hint: it’s a raffle!). From 3-11pm enjoy live music, food and drinks at Minny’s Indeed Brewing Company, with all proceeds supporting local LGBTQ organization One Voice Mixed Chorus, whose goal is to create social change and unite people through music. facebook.com

Saint Paul Pride Festival

June 10th

One of the biggest Twin Cities Pride festivals envisions a future without discrimination and invites you to be a part of it. Catch live music, food trucks and educational programs from 10 am to 7 pm at St. Paul’s Rice Park. stppride.org

Golden Valley Pride Festival

June 10th

This upscale suburb welcomes people of all identities to celebrate those who identify as LGBTQ with a more localized focus, with live music, food trucks and more for the fifth year of this festival from 12 to 6 p.m. at Brookview Park. goldenvalleypride.com

PRIDE Market Series

June 10 and 11, June 17 and 18

Support local LGBTQ businesses by visiting the Lakes and Legends Brewing Company Tavern from 12 to 4 pm More than 60 total vendors will participate, featuring handmade items ranging from jewelry, housewares, food and clothing. eventbrite.com

One Voice Mixed Choir Presents: ONEarth

June 10 and 11

If you couldn’t make it to their backyard party, or if you loved it so much that you want more, then ONEarth invites you to a one-of-a-kind concert experience. Spend the night swaying to music sung by the LGBTQ choir or dancing with friends from 7-8:30pm on Raspberry Island. There are many ways to enjoy this LGBTQ summer concert series. onevoicemn.org/oneearth

Elevate Pride Meat Raffle

June 14th

Yes, you heard right: a meat raffle. From 5-7 pm at The Saloon, enter for a chance to win meat products to support LGBTQ scholarships and grants. It may sound strange, but it will surely cure your summer boredom. pfundfoundation.org/events

Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus

June 16 and 17

And I will always love… the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus singing Whitney Houston! Clap along to songs by this iconic artist as you stand up for equality and justice for all at this multifaceted event. Tickets start at $18. tcgmc.org

Pride Night with the MN Twins

June 16

Rock some specialized merch from this classic sporting event when the Twins take on the Detroit Tigers in baseball. A portion of each ticket will be donated to Twin Cities Pride, so grab a hot dog and get ready to sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” while supporting your local pride. Tickets start at $18.00. mlb.com/twins

Chaska Pride Picnic

June 17

Nothing brings people together from all walks of life like food. From 3-6 pm, join the fun at Chaska’s McKnight Park with ice cream, dancing, games and hands-on activities for all ages. tcpride.org

Pride Family Fun Day

June 18

Combine your pride celebrations with Father’s Day this year hosted by the Twins, (yes, THOSE Twins). Buy TCPride products or play games, eat hot dogs, but also have fun! 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Como Park East Pavilion, mlb.com/twins/play-ball

-ING: a night to celebrate queer beauty and resilience

June 18

Add some art and culture to your Sunday night by attending Studio Apparatus’s second Artist of the Year event from 6-9pm in St. Paul. See art by world-renowned artists, including the Rob Woodcox film “Honey to the Moon.” Food and drinks will be available, as well as artwork from local artisans. $20, tcpride.org

Elevate Pride Trivia Challenge

June 22nd

Finally, your pop culture and knowledge of random facts can pay off! Grab a friend or two, or show off your trivia skills solo, to raise money for LGBTQ scholarships and grants from 5-7 pm at Black Heart of St. Paul. Just don’t be too late to answer the question! eventbrite.com

Twin Cities Pride Festival

June 23–25

Minnesota’s largest Pride celebration is back for 51 years! Whether you’ve attended early on, or this year is your first, there are always new and exciting things to experience, from food trucks to live music, plus art vendors and celebrations galore, all at Loring Park and Parade. Minneapolis Park. . tcpride.org/festival

Pride Beer Fan

June 23

This alcoholic event encourages LGBTQ and allied beer enthusiasts to sample some of the best beer, cider and mineral water the Twin Cities has to offer, starting at 6:30 pm in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Of course, there will be music, dancing, and food trucks. beerdabbler.com

Just Pickles Pride Tournament

June 24

No, not that kind of pickles, pickles! Join a team at Loring Park from 10 am to 4 pm to compete against other teams for special prizes. If you’ve never had a chance to try pickleball, now’s your time to shine. Choose your level of experience, whether you are an expert or just starting out, you can join. $30, planner.leaguelobster.com

Uptown Rooftop Pride Drag Lunch

June 24

Brunch, tickets and beautiful drag queens. What more do you need from a Pride drag show? Oh yeah, maybe food? From noon to 2:30 pm, enjoy a memorable show at Uptown Ties while savoring a delicious meal. eventbrite.com

Rainbow Run 5K My Way

June 25th

Take in panoramic views of downtown Minneapolis as you run a 5K run through our beautiful city streets from 9-11am starting at Boom Island Park. You can dress up or come as you are and if that’s not enough incentive, all runners 21 and over. you will get a beer at the end! raceroster.com