Pride 2021 sees the LGBTQ+ community reuniting after more than a year separated by the forced social restrictions of the pandemic. Queer bars are making a slow comeback, while digital events are still crucial parts of the creative ecosystem, especially for spectators who can’t attend in person. Here’s your guide to Portland’s virtual and in-person Pride events—those sanctioned by Portland Pride Festival’s organizers, those held in Portland’s surviving queer and ally bars, and those beyond the club circuit. Many venues were still finalizing their calendars at press time, so continue to check websites and social media.
Thirsty Thursday at CC Slaughter’s
Drag queens Sheniqua Volt and Diva Dott Platinum host a variety show with an all-trans cast. CC Slaughters, 219 NW Davis St. 8 pm. Free. 21+.
Darcelle XV & Company
Darcelle XV, the record-holding legend herself, is back onstage, bringing five shows each weekend with a rotating cast of showgirls, each staples of our local drag community in their own right. Also taking place Saturday night at the same listed times. Darcelle XV Showplace, 208 NW 3rd Ave. 7 and 9 pm. $20. 21+.
Thank God I’m Fab at CC Slaughter’s
The statuesque Miss Inanna brings back her weekly Friday night drag and talent revue. CC Slaughters, 219 NW Davis St. 7 pm. $5. 21+.
Sunday Funday Drag Queen Brunch at Darcelle’s
Brunch is a relatively new undertaking for Darcelle’s, but the girls have served hearty plates and classic drag illusions for decades, so trust them to know what they’re doing. Darcelle XV Showplace, 208 NW 3rd Ave. 11:30 am. $20. 21+.
Double Dipped Brunch at Local Lounge
Coco Jem Holiday hosts Local Lounge’s weekly drag brunch with a roster of local favorites and a vegetarian- and vegan-friendly menu. Local Lounge, 3536 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 2 pm. $10-$20. 21+.
Superstar Divas Megashow
The titanic trio of Bolivia Carmichaels, Isaiah Esquire and Honey Bea Hart bring back their long-running weekly drag show, doing what they each do best: self-expressive takes on ginger-haired comediennes, Hollywood starlets and Disney villains, among other icons. CC Slaughters, 219 NW Davis St. 8 pm. Free. 21+.
Catch a Rising Star
Darcelle’s weekly revue dedicated to new nightlife entertainers is back. If you want to support budding talents, or show off what you learned while in lockdown, this is the place for you. Darcelle XV Showplace, 208 NW 3rd Ave. 7 pm. $5. 21+
Saturday, June 5
The city of Hillsboro celebrates its third-ever Pride party with its second year of in-person events. The CJ Mickens Band, singer-songwriter Olivia Klugman, and drag queens, including Poison Waters, headline the show’s outdoor concert. Gordon Faber Recreation Complex, 4450 NE Century Blvd. 4 pm. $5. All ages.
DJ Action Slacks hosts a laid-back outdoor dance party set to vintage soul and pop music. Whether this is your first post-vaxx dance party or not, the atmosphere is designed to let people ease back into dancing and being in public. World Famous Kenton Club, 2025 N Kilpatrick St. 6:30 pm. Free. 21+.
Drag queens Coco Jem Holiday and Autumn Rainz Hart lead a revue of way-off-Broadway babes paying tribute to our memories of live musical theater. Local Lounge, 3536 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 7:30 pm. $10. 21+.
Tuesday, June 8
Poison Waters reads books to children of all ages. Advance registration through Hillsboro Parks & Recreation’s ActiveNet portal is encouraged. Hidden Creek Community Center, 5100 NE Hidden Creek Drive, Hillsboro. 4:30 and 6 pm. Free. All ages. Register at apm.activecommunities.com/hillsborooregonparks.
Wednesday, June 9
Summer Rainz Hart and friends host an outdoor bingo party with fabulous prizes. Local Lounge, 3536 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 7 pm. Free. 21+.
Friday, June 11
[VIRTUAL] Bingo with SAGE and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
Portland’s SAGE USA and Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence chapters host a virtual bingo and dance party for queer seniors and seniors at heart. RSVP at tinyurl.com/sagepridebingo. 6 pm. Free. All ages.
Gaybaret! with Anna Sinatra
Nationally touring singer and comedian Anna Sinatra is bringing three shows to Portland—the first at Local Lounge on June 10—with Siren Theater’s Friday and Saturday shows including a supporting roster of Portland cabaret stars. Siren Theater, 315 NW Davis St. 7:30 pm. $15. 21+.
Saturday, June 12
Diva Drag Brunch at Bit House Collective
Bit House Collective’s inaugural drag brunch is currently selling seats in sets of two to six. Local dolls Jayla Rose, Nay Nay Leakes Cartier, Alexis Campbell Starr, Devlin Lynn Phoénixx, and Boujee Cherry are supported by Seattle’s Amora Dior Black and Las Vegas’ Babie More. Bit House Collective, 727 SE Grand Ave. 11 am. $20 per person. 21+.
[VIRTUAL] Breaking the Silence: Stories of Oregon’s LGBTQ Veterans
A documentary featuring five queer service members was filmed after the Oregon Department of Veteran Affairs launched the country’s first-ever LGBTQ veterans outreach position in 2016. This event features an after-film Q&A about veterans’ benefits, and a round of virtual bingo hosted by Poison Waters. See portlandpride.org for streaming information. 12:30 pm. Free. All ages.
Drag queens Devlin Lynn Phoénixx and Coco Jem Holiday host a live monthly revue of premier Black drag queens. Local Lounge, 3536 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 7:30 pm, $10, 21+.
Sunday, June 13
Drag Brunch at 10 Barrel Brewing
Atlas Marshall hosts a rooftop patio brunch and leads a cast of vivacious drag queens. 10 Barrel Brewing, 1411 NW Flanders St. 10:30 am. $10. 21+.
Trans Strip Night at Stag
Stag transitioned ownership during the pandemic, but the cis male-centered strip club is bringing back its popular all-trans and nonbinary night for Pride. Stag PDX, 317 NW Broadway. 5 pm. $5. 21+.
Wednesday, June 16
Having a Laugh with Granny Bea
Honey Bea Hart, the long-reigning “Evil Queen of Portland,” debuted Granny Bea and her standup comedy and variety show shortly before lockdown, restarting on St. Patrick’s Day earlier this year. Local Lounge, 3536 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 7 pm. $10. 21+.
Pride NW and the QDoc Film Festival debut 12 feature-length and short films over two days at Zidell Yards’ new socially distanced entertainment venue. Wednesday’s screenings include Swan Song, Taffy, My First Summer, Wings and Fanny: The Right to Rock. Thursday’s screenings include No Ordinary Man, Giselle’s Story, In France Michelle Is a Man’s Name, No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics, Kapaemahu, and Potato Dreams of America. Prices reflect pod seating for two to six people. The Lot at Zidell Yards, 3121 S Moody Ave. 11 am-7:30 pm through June 17. $70+. All ages.
Friends With Benefits
If you’d rather party than debate where kink belongs at Pride, karaoke maven Atlas Marshall is hosting a live show for you. There will be drag performances and hotties of all genders dressed to the nines, along with the type of entertainment you might watch or join in at cruising clubs like Velvet Rope or Steam. Sanctuary Club, 33 NW 9th Ave. 7 pm. $10. 21+.
Friday, June 18
Pride Party 2021 at The Big Legrowlski
Little Lioness Productions, which gave a start to many of the Rose City’s newbie burlesque dancers and drag kings and queens, hosts a daytime patio party with pop-up performances, along with an evening cabaret show going as late as legally allowed. Witch Prince, Tox!c and other artists supply live music. The Big Legrowlski, 812 NW Couch St. Noon. $10-$50. 21+.
[VIRTUAL] Chasing Rainbows
The Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, accompanied by the Low Bar Chorale’s house band, debuts a new program of standards from gay pop heroes, including Whitney Houston, Gloria Gaynor, Cher, Dolly Parton, Lady Gaga and Carly Rae Jepsen. Chasing Rainbows streams again on Father’s Day at 3 pm should you and your dad want to stan the greats together. See portlandpride.org for streaming information. 8 pm. Free. All ages.
Saturday, June 19
Portland Frontrunners’ Pride Race
I get that we’re not all back in the gym and might want some social exercise opportunities, but running on pavement is absolutely homophobic. The tattered remains of my shins are sitting this one out, but I support you if this is the lifestyle you choose to embrace. Eastbank Esplanade. 9 am. Free. All ages.
[VIRTUAL] We Hold Your Names Sacred
Vocal group Resonance Ensemble premieres new work honoring slain transgender women of color and features an after-show panel with queer and trans leaders, including composer Mari Esabel Valverde and librettist “Lady Dane” Figueroa. See portlandpride.org for streaming information. 5 pm. Free. All ages.
Juneteenth Party at Local Lounge
Local Lounge celebrates Juneteenth—the holiday marking the date the Emancipation Proclamation was fully enforced in Texas, nearly two and a half years after President Lincoln signed it—with music, cocktails, and a celebration highlighting queer members of the Black diaspora. Local Lounge, 3536 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 8 pm. Free. 21+.
Sunday, June 20
[VIRTUAL] Second Annual Digital Pride Parade & Dykes on Bikes Rally
This year’s digital Pride Parade and Dykes on Bikes Rally are being recorded on June 4 at Portland International Raceway. Whether that’s because of downtown doom mongers or the ongoing pandemic is unknown, but it’s at least a fresher take on a pre-recorded parade than last year’s Zoom talent show and archival footage of the Gay Pride 1999 parade. See portlandpride.org for streaming information. 11 am. Free. All ages.
Tea dances can trace their pre-Stonewall history back to the 1940s, but think Hot Girl Summer II when formulating your look, not victory curls and croquet. Atlas Marshall and Flawless Shade host this one on the Impala rooftop. Impala Bar & Grill, 1900 NW 27th Ave. 11 am. $10. 21+.
Drag on Demand 2: Let the Games Begin
Last year, drag queen Kimber Shade—aka queer historian and creative manager Henry Felton—organized a digital show that helped sustain several local queens through the pandemic’s driest financial months. This year ups the ante, with in-person and remote screenings of local drag numbers, making for an entirely new type of drag watch party. Local Lounge, 3536 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 5 pm. Ticket price TBD. 21+.
Burlesque superstar Isaiah Esquire was recently appointed the long-running cabaret revue’s co-producer. He’s curated an all-queer lineup of go-gos, drag queens, fire dancers and circus artists to close out Pride Week, making it one of Pride’s hottest live events. Dante’s, 350 W Burnside St. 8 pm. $5-$15. 21+.
Thursday, June 24
Hunter Presents QueenS
DJxAnimal and DJ Trashleigh host drag queens not yet in RuPaul’s cinematic universe. Local girls Leilani C. Glamazon, Brit Neon, Babylon Brooks, Touché Douché, Tony J. Carmichaels and Starlite Safari help close out Pride Month. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave. 7:30 pm. $15. 21+.
Saturday, June 26
Eagle’s monthly Leather, Uniform, Rubber, Etc. kink party gives you a spot to bust out your best fetish gear and really dress to impress. Eagle Portland, 835 N Lombard St. 5 pm. $2-$3. 21+.
Sunday, June 27
Sir Cupcake’s Queer Circus puts on three shows headlining Beaverton’s annual Pride party, which also features artisans, food vendors and a “queer beer garden.” Pre-registration is encouraged. Beaverton Library Green, 12375 SW 5th St. 11 am. Free. All ages. Register at beavertonpride.org.