Pride Month in St. Pete: A complete guide to 30 days of celebrations

Pride Month in St. Pete: A complete guide to 30 days of celebrations

A carriage and participants in the Pride Parade
Photo courtesy City of St. Pete

Florida’s largest LGBTQ+ Pride celebration is back, and the 2022 calendar of festivities is more packed than ever before. Kicking off this June (with events even beginning in May), this year’s St. Pete Pride is set to be the biggest in its history as the month-long festival celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Not only is the Pride Parade back for the first time since 2019, but this year’s festivities will also include a pride concert, LGBTQ+ celebrities, and a massive carnival that will shut down the streets in Grand Central. With the expanded calendar of events and the return of the parade, organizers say they expect this to be the most highly-attended St. Pete Pride in its 20 year history, launching it into the Top 10 of the country’s largest Pride celebrations.

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Local organizations are also doing their part to welcome Pride’s full-scale return to the Burg. Metro Inclusive Health’s inclusivitea cafe is stocked up with unique Pride swag and gifts you won’t find anywhere else, and is hosting a series of month-long events including community yoga, youth socials, game nights, workshops, meetups and more. Check out their calendar for details.

As organizers expect well over 300,000 attendees over the course of the month, St. Pete Pride will continue its mission “to strengthen St. Petersburg’s legacy of inclusion and diversity, providing a safe space for the education, self-exploration, and celebration of our LGBTQIA+ community and allies. By championing equity and representation, we aim to create an open and compassionate community where people are empowered to thrive. No matter who they are.”

20th Annual St. Pete Pride brings incredible event lineup to the Burg

St. Pete Pride 2022 with a slew of big entertainers

As part of the record-setting June, St. Pete Pride is hosting activities for people of all ages, indoors and out, night and day. Scroll through the list and mark your calendar for your favorites. Learn more about St. Pete Pride here. The list includes additional Pride events hosted by independent businesses and organizations throughout St. Pete.

Get Nude: Drippin’ in Melanin

What: St. Pete Pride and the Tampa Bay Black Lesbians Group are collaborating for a night to dance the evening away to DJ Donnie Luv while meeting, mingling and celebrating the beautiful Black & Brown ladies of the St. Petersburg & Tampa Bay LGBTQ+ community. Dress to impress, the attire for the evening is Nudes & Earthtones to celebrate every shade of our Queer rainbow.

When: June 17, 7-11 pm

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Where: Red Mesa Cantina

Birdcage at Bayboro Brewing Co.

What: Bayboro Brewing is hosting an all day celebration benefiting Metro Inclusive Health. In addition an LGBTQ+ art gallery, the brewery will host a kid-friendly drag show at 3 pm, an adult drag show at 5 pm, live music at 6 pm, and a best dressed contest.

When: June 18

Where: Bayboro Brewing

Stonewall Reception

What: The iconic Stonewall Reception honors those brave individuals who have fought for the recognition of civil rights and given hope to so many. Join an original Stonewall demonstrator, meet with contemporary activists, and gain inspiration from young members of the LGBTQ+ community. Share light bites, drinks, and entertainment with powerful luminaries including St Pete Pride sponsors, community partners, and government officials.

When: June 17, 6-9 pm

Where: The James Museum

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LGBTQ+ Youth & Family Day

What: This joy-filled event will bring thousands of LGBTQ+ youth, queer families and allies to North and South Straub Park for this one-of-a-kind Pride event. Last year’s event was a remarkable reflection of St. Pete’s diverse and open-minded community, with many of the attendees being ally families. Guests will enjoy family-focused activities, vendors, and main stage performances.

When: June 18, 10 am – 3 pm

Where: North and South Straub Parks

Tampa Bay Rowdies Pride Night

What: The annual Pride Night for the Tampa Bay Rowdies brings an all-out celebration to the pitch as the hometown soccer team faces off against the Charleston Battery.

When: June 18, 7:30 pm

Where: Al Lang Stadium

Shades of Pride with TS Madison

What: With host Ts Madison, Shades of Pride will celebrate the history of Juneteenth while showcasing the Art and Qulture of our Black and Brown LGBTQ+ siblings. Join in to learn more about the deep impact of Black and Brown qulture on the LGBTQ+ community as a whole and its deep roots in the evolution of Pride.

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When: June 19

Where: The [email protected]

Friday Night Concert with Todrick Hall and Pussy Riot

What: This year’s waterfront concert in Spa Beach Park will be ticketed and feature high-profile national artists Todrick Hall and Pussy Riot, paired with the region’s top LGBTQ+ artists. Thousands of attendees
will stroll the waterfront, enjoying vendors, food trucks and interactive activities.

When: June 24

Where: Spa Beach Park

St. Pete Pride Brunch and Bar Crawl

What: Downtown Crawlers is teaming up with some of the best St. Pete Bars to bring you a Pride Brunch and Bar Crawl to get your day started right. The action starts at 10am at The Avenue with unlimited Brunch Buffett and Mimosas. This is your perfect pre-game to the Pride Parade happening that day. The Crawlers have access to 5+ bars, free welcome shot at 5 locations and free cover, their best ticket deal ever.

When: June 15, 10 am

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Where: Check-in at The Avenue

’90s Drag Brunch at Red Mesa Cantina

What: Hosted by Brianna Summers and Company, there will be two shows for this ’90s-themed drag brunch. Enjoy brunch bites, bottomless mimosas, a ’90s-themed costume contest, and of course, great margaritas and food specials from Red Mesa Cantina. Tickets are available for shows at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm.

When: June 25

Where: Red Mesa Cantina, 128 3rd Street South

Pride Parade Pre-Game Block Party

What: Central Avenue is becoming a massive party zone from the 600 block to the 1000 block for some pre-parade shenanigans. Shops, restaurants and bars along the route will be participating in the block party. There will be music, DJs, drag performances, pride swag, drink specials, deals and more, all benefitting Metro Inclusive Health

When: June 25, 1-6 pm

Where: Central Avenue from 6th Street to 10th Street

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Pride Parade Watch Party at The Vinoy

What: The historic Vinoy Renaissance is hosting a gigantic party along the parade route in its grassy esplanade alongside Paul’s Landing. In partnership with Absolut, the party will feature a DJ, tasty bites, cocktail specials and more

When: June 25, 4 pm

Where: Vinoy Renaissance

St. Pete Pride Parade

What: One of the country’s largest pride parades will bring tens of thousands of marchers and attendees to the St. Pete waterfront to celebrate our community. The largest of St Pete Pride’s signature events, the parade brings together members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies to enjoy the parade and a large-scale event. National musical artists will anchor a dynamic mainstage lineup that also features Florida’s most-beloved LGBTQ+ talent.

When: June 25, 4 pm

Where: Downtown

Pride Disco at Intermezzo

What: The EDGE District’s favorite spot for coffee and cocktails is hosting a gigantic disco night to cap off Saturday’s festivities. The party starts at 9 pm with colorful cocktails, disco decor, a live DJ spinning the best of the disco era, and a night full of dancing.

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When: June 25, 9 pm – until

Where: Intermezzo Coffee and Cocktails

Pride at the Walk-In

What: Hosted at Valhalla Bakery in Grand Central, the two-day celebration on their back patio features live DJs, mocktails, rainbow cake, shopping, and of course, tons of delicious goodies from the bakery

When: June 25 from 6-10 pm, June 26 from 1-7 pm

Where: Valhalla Bakery

‘Pride in Grand Central’ Street Carnival

What: St Pete Pride’s popular Sunday street festival will be reimagined as a carnival, bringing tens of thousands of people of all ages to the Grand Central District to enjoy block after block of entertainment, vendors, food, community partners, and interactive carnival games. With multiple performance stages, roaming street performers, and hundreds of participating businesses and organizations, there will be something for everyone.

When: June 26, 11 am – 5 pm

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Where: Grand Central District

VIP Pride Experience at Cocktail

What: The always-hoppin’ Cocktail St. Pete is hosting an afternoon and evening of live music, great drinks and big fun alongside the Street Carnival. Tickets start at $100 and include performances by CeCe Peniston, Rose and Crystal Waters. VIP tickets include two drinks, a private bar, private bathrooms, and covered seating to the show.

When: June 26

Where: Cocktail

Pride Carnival at The Studio Public House

What: As part of the Grand Central Pride Carnival, Studio Pub is hosting a mini extravaganza of its own. The celebration includes food and drink specials, a live DJ, Louis Gelato’s ice cream truck, the Altered Craft “Merman Lagoon,” and an arts and crafts market; plus a costume contest and prizes.

When: June 26, 11 am – 4 pm

Where: Studio Public House

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Transtastic

What: Join St. Pete Pride and celebrate Tampa Bay’s Trans and Non-Binary community. This is a welcoming evening at the Museum of Fine Arts showcasing a variety of talent, artistry, poetry and more from the community. Guests will meander through both indoor and outdoor spaces enjoying appetizers and a cash bar.

When: June 28, 6-9 pm

Where: Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg

Pride Month Wrap Party Presented by Postcard Inn

What: Close out Pride Month in true St Pete style with a sunset, cold drink, and great music on the beach. Join St Pete Pride in celebrating the fantastic people who make Pride happen, with dancing on the beach, a performance from Miss St Pete Pride 2022, and a giant thank you to the hardworking and dedicated volunteers who will be the evening’s VIPs.

When: June 30, 7-10 pm

Where: Postcard Inn on the Beach

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