End of Summer Pride Events 2021 Last Updated: September 2021
In Connecticut, Pride Month isn’t the only time to celebrate Pride. From LGBTQ festivals to drag queen brunches, bingo and more, here are some end of summer Pride events for 2021. (Photo courtesy of Megan McGory-Gleason)
Ocean Beach Park, New London
Join OutCT for its annual Pride Festival at Ocean Beach Park in New London CT. Music, Vendors, Games, Youth Pride, and so much more. They will also be offering COVID-19 Vaccine appointments and HIV testing. The festival begins at noon!
Witchdoctor Brewery, Southington
Enjoy an amazing morning of performance, bingo, delicious brunch, and more! Featuring six games of bingo, top-shelf prizes, and an amazing brunch, you won't want to miss this amazing event! Included in your ticket is six games of bingo, three live performances, two mimosas, and your meal of choice for brunch.
Join the monthly live singing and comedic Pink Eggs & Glam Drag Brunch with funny “woman” and songstress Vanna Deux from New York City! Hilarious, with the voice of an angel – come prepared to be shocked, appalled, and stunned!
Featuring vendors specializing in a wide array of services including reproductive health, personal trainers, massage, primary care and more! There will be live demonstrations in this COVID-safe, indoor, wheel-chair accessible event. This event is a must for the whole family!
Bear's Smokehouse (New Haven), New Haven
Details to come.
Bushnell Park, Hartford
PRIDE Festival & Concert at Bushnell Park is a family-centered event showcasing entertainment, food, local vendors, giveaways, activities, and numerous community organizations — this year featuring Vincint & Steve Grand.
Continue Hartford Pride festivities at the After Party at Chez Est. with performer Jessica Wild.
Historic Pratt Street, Hartford
Pratt St. transforms into Hartford's most unique and most spacious dance club, for one night only! When you arrive you'll be set up with a pair of headphones, giving you direct personal access to whatever our live DJ beams your way, and complete control of the volume. Join us starting at 8:00pm on Saturday, the 11th of September and dance til the stroke of midnight, for a unique experience in the open air under the star!
Join for a fabulous LGBTQ+ women and femmes-centric street festival just outside the New Haven Pride Center on the closed portion of Orange Street. Check out some of the amazing LGBTQ+ owned and managed businesses of 9th square, enjoy the fun of Barcade and Elm City Games, and get some delicious food at one or more of the 9th square restaurants! The festival will also include a musical performances by Sister Funk and Baby Kitty. Free program.
Enjoy a PRIDE classic family-friendly event – Drag Artist Story Hour! Come down and enjoy some stories, songs, and arts & crafts together with two of Connecticut’s fabulous drag entertainers in the Center’s Great Room Gallery. Our drag artists, Ram Shackle and Kenya Mone Heart, will be reading books from GLSEN Connecticut’s Rainbow Library collection for schools and libraries! The amazing drag artists will be reading and leading our activities for the day! Free program.
Drag brunch is always a blast of fun! Big hair, high heels, amazing talent, and delicious food – what could be better way to kick-off your 2021 PRIDE New Haven! Drag brunch will feature performances by Ivanna, Frankie M. Cyanide, Midnight, and Xiomarie LaBeija. Drag Brunch host will be announced soon. 10% of all sales support PRIDE New Haven and our artists. No tickets required; reservations strongly encouraged! Find on Open Table.
The New Haven Pride Center’s Great Room Gallery exhibits talented LGBTQ+ artists from across Connecticut throughout the year and has featured the works of more than 30 artists since it was launched at the end of 2017. Drawing in Spanglish features the artwork by two New Haven Latinx artists, Juancarlos Soto and Jesús Abraham Morales Sánchez. Free program.
Join for the first of three weekday concerts at the North Haven Fairgrounds. The first concert will feature some of Connecticut’s most recognizable Lesbian musicians for a lovely night of music under the evening sky. Free program.
Elm City Party Bike, New Haven
Take a ride on the Elm City Party Bike in style through downtown New Haven, with a stop at one of New Haven’s historic LGBTQ+ bar spaces. The Party Bike is New England’s first pedaled party and sightseeing bike and is a fun, social and relaxing way to experience the city while exercising! Joining you on the bike will be one of Connecticut’s most fabulous drag entertainers who promises to keep you entertained as you pedal your way through town. $50 Ticket – includes access to the “Drag on the Edge” show at 8:00p and complimentary tastings during the ride.
Connecticut Sun, Uncasville
Join the Connecticut Sun as they head to compete against the New York Liberty on Pride Night. The night will encompass a special anthem and halftime performance, a number of special video board features and an after party at novelle, one of Mohegan Sun's premium lounge experiences. This 21+ event hosted by Bacardi will require a $10 cover charge that will support the Connecticut Sun foundation in giving back to the community throughout the year.
Join for an explosive exploration of the art of drag. Every style and form of drag is valid as performance art and we are bringing together some of Connecticut’s most incredible drag artists to showcase the vast variety of drag art. From edgy performances and political statements to drag of many genders and expressions – drag can be anything and everything. The show will include performances by Chai, Lotus Qween, Glass Stain, and Ram Shackle and will be hosted one of New England’s most recognizable drag artists, Rhode Island’s Complete Destruction. Additional performers to-be-announced. $10 ticket.
Join for the second of three weekday concerts at the North Haven Fairgrounds. This concert will feature some fabulous family-friendly music and performance acts, circus performers and kid-friendly food. Free program.
Queer Drinks Bar Crawl, Starts at Barracuda Bistro & Bar with stops at Partners Cafe and 168 York Street Cafe, New Haven
Before there was pride centers or LGBTQ+ health centers there was our community’s social bar spaces. These spaces were sanctuaries for members of our community to connect, fall in love, and express themselves. Join us on a tour of some of New Haven’s LGBTQ+ hot spots – Barracuda Bistro & Bar, Partners Cafe, and 168 York Street Cafe! With drink specials and a specialty drink for each stop, this social event will be a fabulous evening of fun. Free program. (Photo courtesy of Megan McGory-Gleason)
Join for the final weekday concerts at the North Haven Fairgrounds. This concert will feature some of the incredible Black & Queer artists from across Connecticut with music, dance and spoken word performances! Free program.
Join for a slow-paced early evening PRIDE bike ride around New Haven with our friends from Bradley Street Bicycle Coop! Deck out your bike in your best rainbow fun lights and flags and help us create the best parade of LGBTQ+ folks that downtown New Haven has ever been seen! Free program.
Hartford Yard Goats, Hartford
It's Pride Night at Dunkin' Donuts Park — an inclusive celebration with the LGBTQ community. Presented by the Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Chamber. Fans through the gates will receive a pride wristband to show their support. The Yard Goats host the Red Sox affiliate Portland Sea Dogs at 7:05pm.
We are looking for drag artists, divas, go-go dancers, burlesque performers, activists, and everyone in between to compete in the 5th Annual PRIDE New Haven Pageant. At the 5th Annual PRIDE New Haven Pageant, competitors will compete in three different categories (talent, interview, and fashion) to win our amazing prize package and the title of Mx PRIDE New Haven. This year’s competition will be hosted by Miss PRIDE New Haven 2019 Mia E Z’Lay. Who is going to take the crown? Free program.
LGBTQ+ women of all orientations and gender identities are invited to join us for an evening of delicious food, fabulous drinks, and a great opportunity to come together and meet new folks and connect with old friends hosted at the amazing Lesbian-owned Te Amo Tequila! Free program.
Join for at the North Haven Fairgrounds where 6 hours of PRIDE entertainment and activity await you! Family-fun activities, food vendors, artist booths, information booths, and whole lot of LGBTQ+ performers take center stage for one of Connecticut’s largest annual events. Hosted by Connecticut’s plus size Latin Diva Xiomarie LaBeija. Free program. (Photo courtesy of Megan McGory-Gleason)
Join for one of the biggest events of PRIDE – the PRIDEfest after party. The evening features amazing live performances, special guest apperances, dancing, and an opportunity to come together as one community in celebration. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and entertainment starts at 10:00 p.m.. Evening will be hosted and MC’d by drag artist Miz Destiny. Cover at the door.
In this deep dive, we we will further discuss concepts from our first conversation including nonbinary gender identities and terminology as well as explore the relationship between the Transgender community and the Nonbinary community that are both interconnected but uniquely distinct from each other. How can we create the spaces our nonbinary siblings need and want? What does being inclusive of all gender identities really mean? FREE program – Registration required (limit to 20 guests each tour) (Photo courtesy of Megan McGory-Gleason)
Únase a nosotros para un evento familiar clásico de PRIDE: ¡Hora de de cuentos con Artista de Drag! Venga y disfrute de algunas historias, canciones y manualidades junto con dos de los fabulosos artistas drag de Connecticut en la Great Room Gallery del Centro. ¡Nuestros artistas drag estarán leyendo libros de la colección Rainbow Library de GLSEN Connecticut para escuelas y bibliotecas! Programa GRATUITO.
Soul de Cuba Café, New Haven
Drag brunch is always a blast of fun! Big hair, high heels, amazing talent, and delicious food – what more do you want on a Sunday early afternoon! TropiSoul La-La Drag brunch will feature performances by saxophonist Marc Esposito, and drag artists Barbara Joan Streetsand, Sparkle A. Diamond, and Bonnie Petit and will be hosted by Center Board Member Dolores Dégagé Hopkins. $35 Tickets (includes brunch and one mimosa)
168 York Street Café, New Haven
Closing out PRIDE New Haven, as always, is the PRIDE Tea Dance, relaxing easy going social event with live music. Join in on the fun at New Haven’s oldest LGBTQ+ space for a late afternoon social event. $5 ticket at the door. (Photo courtesy of Megan McGory-Gleason)
Mount Southington Ski Area, Southington
Wigged! - A Drag Queen Cabaret Performance is a fully scripted and choreographed performance, part of Southington PRIDE's Hallo-Queen Celebration lineup. The show features the heart warming and hilarious journey of two unlikely friends who realize that not everyone is exactly how they seem at first glance. Located in Mt. Southington Ski Area's Mountain Room, it's the perfect backdrop for an amazing night full of performance, drinks, and drag! Appetizers, Dinner, and Drinks will be available for purchase from the Mt. Southington Ski Area's Mountain Room Kitchen and Bar. A 50/50 Raffle will also be available for purchase at this event.