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Spending Pride Week in New York? Here’s a Start on Where to Go

Marches and movies and Satanic bingo!

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New York’s Pride Week is a ridiculous smorgasbord of cultural and political events, official and unofficial, and no listing could ever hope to be complete. That said, here are some of the biggest can’t-miss occasions over the next week-plus, with special attention to those that Voice staffers are gearing up for.

Saturday, June 16, 7:30 p.m.: Big Queer Pod Fest
Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn

The Bell House in Gowanus will host a showcase of four major New York–based queer podcasts, including WNYC’s frequently touching Nancy, which explores the nuances of queer identity, and Food 4 Thot, a hilarious four-man podcast that focuses on sex, relationships, and “Marxist rants.” Each of the hosts will lead a performance or conversation, so get there early, as seating at the bar is limited. — Jake Bittle

Sunday, June 17, 11 a.m.: 1 Bronx Pride Festival
East 149th Street and Third Avenue, the Bronx

The 1 Bronx Pride Festival kicks off with a march down 161st Street to 149th Street and Third Avenue — after Times Square, maybe the city’s busiest intersection. This year’s hosts include Dominique Jackson and Ryan Jamaal Swain from Pose, the hit FX series that celebrates the Eighties ball scene. Steve Canals, the show’s Bronx-born co-creator, calls it “a love letter…to the miraculous queer and trans, black and brown souls who managed to create community in the face of a plague, violence, and familial rejection.” 1 Bronx Pride’s tagline sends much the same message: Resist. Be heard. Be Valiant. Indeed. — Coco McPherson

Monday, June 18, 6–10 p.m.: Garden Party, a Benefit for the LGBT Community Center
Pier 84, Hudson River Park, West Side Highway at 44th Street

Monday, June 18, 7:30 p.m: OutCinema, Ideal Home
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street

Tuesday, June 19, 7:30 p.m: OutCinema, Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street

Tuesday, June 19, 7:30 p.m.: Pride Week at the Joyce, Madboots Dance
The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue

Tuesday, June 19, 8:30 p.m.: Family Movie Night, Beauty and the Beast
Pier 45, Hudson River Park

Families looking to celebrate Pride Week together need look no further than the outdoor Family Movie Night, which this year is screening Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, at Hudson River Park’s Pier 45. Miss Richfield 1981, the drag alter-ego of Minnesota’s Russ King, will be making a repeat appearance as host. While the event is free, movie passes, which offer reserved seating (and goodie bags!), are also available for a fee; all proceeds will go to Heritage of Pride / NYC Pride and other LGBTQ organizations.  — Nina Pearlman

Wednesday, June 20, 6 p.m.: Big Gay Roller Skate
LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park, Brooklyn 

LeFrak Center, the skating rink on the east side of Prospect Park, will host a come-one-come-all roller-skating bash featuring hours of music and drag performances on skates. If that doesn’t sound impressive to you, or if you’re too scared to step out on the rink, get boozed up at the pre-skate cocktail hour (skating starts at 7 p.m.) and then give it a try. Skates will be available for rental. — Jake Bittle

Wednesday, June 20, 7:30 p.m.: Pride Week at the Joyce, Sean Dorsey Dance, “The Missing Generation”
The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue

Wednesday, June 20, 8 p.m: OutCinema, From Selma to Stonewall: Are We There Yet?
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street

Wednesday, June 20–Saturday, June 30: Hannah Gadsby: Nanette
Soho Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street

After a successful run of shows earlier this spring, Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby is back with her explosive stand-up special Nanette — the winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Award at that city’s famous Fringe Festival in 2017 — just in time for Pride Week. Nanette finds Gadsby, who is gay, reorienting our view of who gets to be angry onstage and make people uncomfortable; who gets to dish it, and who has to sit there and take it. The special is very funny, but it almost feels inaccurate to call it a comedy show. It’s more like a humorous treatise on comedy and how it can normalize the status quo. Nanette will be released on Netflix on June 19, but don’t miss your chance to see this powerfully compelling show live. — Lara Zarum

Thursday, June 21, 5 p.m.–Sunday, June 24, 4:30 p.m.: Outsports Pride
Various Locations

For the third straight year, the sports news website SB Nation is hosting a conference for queer athletes and allies of all ages and levels, from high school junior varsity to major-league professionals. Workshops and panels led by speakers including former NFL player Ryan O’Callaghan and the NFL’s only out assistant coach, Katie Sowers, will promote a message of empowerment and give LGBTQ athletes space to build community. — Jake Bittle

Thursday, June 21, 6–10 p.m.: Savor Pride, a New LGBTQ Culinary Experience
God’s Love We Deliver, 166 Sixth Avenue

Thursday, June 21, 8 p.m.: Pride Week at the Joyce, Madboots Dance
The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue

Friday, June 22, 5–7 p.m.: The Rally
Stonewall National Monument, West 4th Street

Friday, June 22, 7–10 p.m.: Cosplay & Pride
Pier 40, Hudson River Park, West Houston Street and Clarkson Street

Friday, June 22, 8 p.m.: Pride Week at the Joyce, Sean Dorsey Dance, “The Missing Generation”
The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue

Friday, June 22, 10 p.m.: Fantasy: Leather Edition
Slate, 54 West 21st Street

Get those boots and harnesses ready: The fourth annual Pride megaparty will be leather-themed this year, a significant improvement over last year’s theme of “Men at Work.” The bash will be hosted at Slate, a massive bar in the Flatiron district usually known for its billiards, and will feature multiple DJs plus “secret acts,” as well as VIP seating and bottle service for the big spenders. Must be 21 or older. — Jake Bittle

Saturday, June 23, 12–6 p.m.: Youth Pride
14th Street Park, 14th Street between Tenth Avenue and West Side Highway

Saturday, June 23, 2 p.m.: Pride Island
Pier 97, Hudson River Park, 57th Street and West Side Highway

Pier 97 in Hell’s Kitchen will transform into a “central hub” for the city’s Pride Week festivities, including a two-day music festival, “Pride Island,” featuring artists from various genres. The Sunday concert, headlined by Kylie Minogue, has already sold out, but tickets are still available for Saturday’s show, which will feature Swedish pop artist Tove Lo (of “Habits” fame) and the fantastic Minnesota alt-hip-hop artist Lizzo, known for her sex-positive jams. — Jake Bittle

Saturday, June 23, 2 p.m.: Pride Week at the Joyce, Sean Dorsey Dance, “The Missing Generation”
The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue

Saturday, June 23, 2–10 p.m.: VIP Rooftop Party
Hudson Terrace, 621 West 46th Street

Saturday, June 23, 5 p.m.–midnight: Teaze HER
The D.L., 95 Delancey Street

Saturday, June 23, 8 p.m.: Pride Week at the Joyce, Madboots Dance
The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue

Saturday, June 23, 10 p.m.–6 a.m.: Masterbeat Masterbuilt
Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th Street

Sunday, June 24, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.: PrideFest
University Place between 13th Street and Waverly Place

Sunday, June 24, noon: The March
Seventh Avenue and 16th Street

Sunday, June 24, 4–10 p.m.: Femme Fatale
Hudson Terrace, 621 West 46th Street

Sunday, June 24, 7 p.m.; Tuesday, June 26, 9:30 p.m.: Becca Blackwell: They, Themself and Schmerm
Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street

Back in February, the trans writer and performer Becca Blackwell brought their one-person show They, Themself and Schmerm to Joe’s Pub, where it promptly sold out and earned enthusiastic notices for its melding of forms (memoir-ish stand-up, audience-participation segments) and its frank unpacking of gender fluidity. In a 2012 interview with the Voice, Blackwell remarked, of their experience of being a performance artist in New York, “As someone who doesn’t fit into a binary of male or female it can be very frustrating because most work is based in those two categories only.” Six years on, Blackwell’s wrestlings with these matters are still just as politically urgent and comedically lively. (“I’m trans,” they say in one segment posted to YouTube, “but I’ll let you figure out which one.”) So after a week of outdoor-heavy Pride events, cozy up in the confines of Joe’s Pub, where two encore performances of They, Themself and Schmerm await audiences. —Danny King

Sunday, June 24, 7 p.m.: Pride Week Satanic Bingo
Bizarre, 12 Jefferson Street, Brooklyn

If you’ve never heard of Satanic Bingo, you’re welcome: It’s a regular event in Bushwick that combines bingo, typically seen as a more sedate activity, with raucous sideshows, burlesque performances, and tarot readings. The organizers are upping the ante in honor of Pride Week with an especially eccentric show; a bevy of prizes including paddles and wax will be on offer for bingo winners. — Jake Bittle

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