City of Pride

Make the most of Seattle’s Pride celebrations this summer, from top-notch LGBTQ establishments to rainbow crosswalks and lively festivities.

Isabelle Johnson

Home to one of the oldest Pride celebrations in the country, Seattle hosts a seemingly endless variety of LGBTQ festivities each June. From the annual Pride Parade to Seattle Center’s PrideFest to the Dyke March around Capitol Hill, there are plenty of ways to join the action. Discover all that Pride month has to offer with these entertaining activities and colorful eats.

Pride Performs

It’s not Pride until you’ve seen a drag show. On Sundays, start your day off right with a drag and brunch combo at the award-winning Mimosas Cabaret (recurring), featuring Glamazon Goddess and Queen of the Pigs, Izzy Access, at Unicorn. Or pair a sassy cocktail like “Bitchy Queen” with the elaborate costumes and songs at Julia’s on Broadway. Prefer a later start? Check out Unicorn’s Gayme Night every Tuesday at 8pm for a drag queen bingo extravaganza. Grab some fried rainbow cheese and a bright “Unicorn Jizz” cocktail and join these queens for a chance to win prizes galore. And for a performance with a side of history, don’t pass up Seattle Men’s Chorus.

Family Festivities

Venture outside and explore Capitol Hill’s Queer Art Walk (second Thursday of July). A full map of the walking route and a vendor list will be released the week before the event; past vendors have included The Factory, Vermillion, and Gay City. Finally, watch the laser show at the Pacific Science Center’s Laser Pride (June 25, in 2023) featuring brilliant visuals and the music of Beyonce, David Bowie, Elton John, and Queen.

Queer Eats

In between parades, you’ll need some tasty snacks to keep your energy up. Spend with Pride with the Intentionalist by frequenting LGBTQ-owned small businesses. Visit Wildrose Bar, the oldest lesbian bar on the west coast, for tasty bites like buttered popcorn, nachos, and panini sandwiches. Finish out the day with one of Cupcake Royale’s two rainbow cupcake options. Each June, Cupcake Royale releases the regular-sized Gay Cupcake and the mini “Gaybie” cupcake, both of which are topped with vanilla buttercream and sprinkles. For an even wider variety of Pride-themed desserts, swing by Bakery Nouveau, home of such delicacies as melt-in-your-mouth rainbow macarons.

Party with Pride

Still eager for more? Seek out for and updated calendar of colorful events through the month of June.


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