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Pride Weekend in St. Pete: A complete guide to all the celebrations

Pride Weekend in St. Pete: A complete guide to all the 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 2023 calendar of festivities is as packed as ever. This year’s St. Pete Pride is set to be one of the best in its history as the month-long festival celebrates its 21st anniversary.

This year’s festivities are headlined by an Idina Menzel concert, the annual downtown Pride Parade, and the Pride in Grand Central Street Fair. As part of the month of events, 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.

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This list includes additional Pride events hosted by independent businesses and organizations throughout St. Pete, and not all are officially affiliated with St. Pete Pride. Know a great Pride event we missed? Shoot us an email at info(at)ilovetheburg.com so we can get it on the list.

2023 Pride Events

Pride Immersive Experience

What: Have you ever wanted to step inside a rainbow? Immerse yourself in the second annual Fairgrounds St. Pete PRIDE Immersive Experience radiating rainbows for Pride month. Don’t miss this opportunity to see some of your favorite Mermaid Star Motel attractions in an array of new colors, and swing by their latest installation, “Shrimpfinity”, for a glimpse of some larger-than-life spangled shrimp!

When & Where: All Month at Fairgrounds St. Pete (2606 Fairfield Ave S)

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Lines exhibition by Tommy Bayot at The Factory

What: A queer artist, Bayot’s gallery is part of The Factory’s Pride month celebrations, and opening night is June 9th from 6-9 pm. The Lines exhibition is an exploration of lines in both the literal and metaphorical senses, all of which, Bayot says, “embrace love, peace and inclusivity.” His works are an exploration of hidden meanings, clearly defined ideas, and even bursts of nostalgia.

When & Where: June 9th-July 2nd at The Factory (2622 Fairfield Avenue South)

BayPride at BayFirst National Bank

What: Local favorite BayFirst Financial is bringing back their mega-popular street fair for a Pride edition, featuring free coffee and desserts, interactive activities, a live DJ, and much more right in their courtyard on Central Avenue in downtown St. Pete

When & Where: June 23, 3-7 pm at BayFirst Bank (700 Central Avenue)

POSE: An LGBTQIA+ Art and Drag Show

What: Coastal Creative , St. Pete Is Super Cool, & Populoum will be teaming up to bring the best Pride art show of the year! An LGBTQIA+ art & drag performance show that brings together local artists, performers, and vendors to celebrate and showcase the vibrant creativity within the LGBTQIA+ community. This exciting event combines visual arts, fire performances, drag queens and a marketplace for attendees to immerse themselves in a diverse and engaging experience.

When & Where: June 23, 7 pm at Coastal Creative (2201 1st Ave S)

Fabulous AF Circus at Park & Rec

What: Downtown’s favorite game bar is being transformed into a Pride-themed big top, complete withd rink specials, fire eaters, aerialists, hula hoopers, stilt walkers, live DJs, and plenty more.

When & Where: June 23, 7 pm at Park & Rec (100 4th St S)

Bayboro Brewing Pride Party

What: Bayboro Brewing is hosting its 3rd annual Pride celebration, featuring an incredible drag show followed by Cannonball Cabaret.

When & Where: June 23, 7 pm at Bayboro Brewing (2390 5th Ave S)

Pride Weekend at Good Fortune

What: Downtown’s newest hotspot for Asian cuisine and delectable cocktails is going all out for Pride weekend with three full days of celebrations. Enjoy drink specials, rainbow roll sushi, and much more as the festivities help to benefit Metro Inclusive Health.

When & Where: June 23-25 at Good Fortune (260 1st Ave S)

Pride Weekend Bar Crawls

What: Brought to you by our friends at Downtown Crawlers, join one of 3 bar crawls during Pride Weekend launching from all over St. Pete

When/Where: June 23-25, Multiple Locations in St. Pete.

Friday Night Concert with Idina Menzel

What: Presented by the Aids Health Foundation and featuring Tony Award Winner, Idina Menzel, get excited to see some of your local favorites, Brianna Summers, Ashlee T. Bangkx, Miss St Pete Pride Ceazia Giovanni Kreshé , Mr St Pete Pride Mr. Vyn Suazion, Mx St Pete Pride KaMarion Lavish, Girls Rock Camp St. Pete band Anarkitty, Queen Sheba Bethsheba A. Rem, and hosted by Angelique Young-Cavalier.

When: June 23, 7 pm

Where: Jannus Live

Sidewalk Social at Book + Bottle

What: One of our favorite downtown hangouts is going all out for Pride, complete with local vendors, live music, free wine tastings, and as always, plenty of books, wine and coffee to enjoy during Pride weekend.

When: June 24

Where: Book + Bottle

Pride Party at Lost & Found

What: Our favorite vintage cocktail bar is exploding with all the colors of the rainbow for a massive Pride party with special guests Autumn Vee and Viktoria D. Summers, alongside special Pride cocktails, live music, DJ Serafin, DJ Danny Vintage, and food truck Drunk Pizza on Saturday.

When: June 24 and 25, 12 pm

Where: Lost & Found

St Pete Pride Parade, TransMarch, and Festival presented by Visit St Pete Clearwater

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 24, 2-10 pm

Where: North Straub and Vinoy Parks

Pridetopia in the EDGE District

What:

The EDGE District has announced its inaugural Pridetopia after-parade party on Saturday, June 24, bringing a district-wide celebration to the area following downtown’s Pride parade. EDGE District restaurants, bars and shops will be going all out for Pride with special offers, extended hours, live music, colorful decorations and much more. With 12 eateries, nine bars, five coffee/dessert locations, and a slew of great local shops, the EDGE District is primed for a celebration befitting the occasion.

When: June 24, 8 pm – late

Where: The EDGE District

Studio 54 Pride Party at Park & Rec

What: We’re taking it back to the old school at Park & Rec for a Saturday night post-parade party with a Studio 54 theme, including shot and drinks specials, live DJs, and tons of games, as always.

When: June 24, 9 pm

Where: Park & Rec

Drag Brunch at The Avenue

What: Already one of downtown’s best brunches, The Avenue is taking it up a notch for Pride weekend with a massive drag brunch sure to delight and entertain, including bottomless mimosas and bloodys from 11 am – 3 pm.

When: June 25, 11 am

Where: The Avenue

‘Pride in Grand Central’ Street Fair presented by CAN Community Health

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 25, 12 – 5 pm

Where: Grand Central District

Drag Bingo at No Vacancy

What: The EDGE District’s “Sinners paradise” is going with some hair of the dog for Sunday recovery, hosting a drag bingo with live music, a live DJ, and $20 “sink or swim” bottomless mimosas and bloodys from 12-3 pm.

When: June 25, 12 pm

Where: No Vacancy

Burlesque Pride at Dirty Laundry

What: Our favorite speakeasy is hosting a Sunday afternoon burlesque show and is going all out for the Pride celebration. Enjoy drink specials, live DJs, and an incredible show hosted by Tigress Entertainment.

When: June 25, 12 pm

Where: No Vacancy

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

Queer-E-Okee

What: The newest addition to the St Pete Pride event lineup will bring hundreds to The Palladium Theater for a hilarious and love-filled evening of music and camaraderie. Celebrity host Carson Kressley will introduce a roster of local queer musicians who will perform some of the LGBTQIA+ community’s most-beloved songs while the audience sings along with the help of karaoke-style lyrics projected onto a large screen. This will be an unforgettable evening!

When: June 30, 7 pm

Where: The Palladium

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