For its sixth year, WorldPride comes to the birthplace of the modern LGBT movement: New York City. In 1969, tension between gay men and police erupted in violence at the Stonewall Inn in NYC’s West Village. The “Gay Power” rally and other events that followed culminated in what we now know as the fight for LGBT rights—not only in the United States, but also around the world. An estimated 3 million people are expected to come to New York in June 2019 for WorldPride, or Stonewall50, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Although many events will celebrate Pride throughout the month of June, WorldPride will begin in earnest with the Garden Party celebration on Monday, June 24. Pride Week will culminate with the biggest Pride March in the world on Sunday, June 30. Read on for Pride events both prior to and during the official WorldPride Week in New York.
Anyone in marketing, PR, and advertising should put LGBT Week on their calendar. This week of talks, workshops, and networking event will occur throughout the city and provide executives resources for reaching LGBT communities worldwide. One exciting event will be the 12th Annual LGBTQ Marketing & Advertising Symposium @ Google on June 20. Monday, June 17 through Friday, June 21, 2019. Learn more about LGBT Week.
Chelsea Challenge 2019
Cool off at the ice rink during the heat of WorldPride. The NYCGHA stands for the New York City Gay Hockey Association, hosting its 19th annual hockey tournament at Chelsea Piers for Pride month. Teams from around the world can register today to compete on the ice, while beginners can drop in the weekend of the event. Players can socialize with other teams and attend a grand banquet for participating. Supporters are welcome to cheer from the stands! Friday, June 21 to Sunday, June 23, 2019. 61 Chelsea Piers, Learn more about the Chelsea Challenge.
Family Movie Night
Proud people of all ages are invited to the banks of the Hudson River for a movie under the stars. WorldPride’s Family Movie Night will be held June 21 at Christopher Street Pier near the West Village. Although the movie pick hasn’t been announced, last year’s screening of Beauty and the Beast during Pride Week attracted families from across the city to picnic blankets on the lawn and a gigantic movie screen. What could be better? Ticket sales (offered for a range of seating options) will benefit Heritage of Pride and other LGBTQIA+ organizations. Friday, June 21, 2019. Learn more about Family Movie Night.
Pride Luminaries Brunch
An exclusive event during Pride Week, join leaders of industry, government, and entertainment at the Pride Luminaries Brunch. This event, celebrating its eighth year in 2019, will be hosted jointly by NYC Pride and the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Last year’s brunch was hosted by David Burke Kitchen’s lovely bi-level patio in SoHo, although the 2019 venue has yet to be announced. Enjoy a four-hour open bar, VIP gift bag, and brunch buffet, as well as the chance to network with the best. Dress in your best “brunch chic,” as per the invite. Sunday, June 23, 2019. Learn more about the Pride Luminaries Brunch.
Human Rights Conference
At the core of all Pride celebrations is a call to human rights. Engage with the top thinkers leading the charge for equality at the WorldPride Human Rights Conference during Pride Week. Activists, artists, educators, writers, political figures, and many others will speak in seminars, panels, and talks you won’t want to miss. Educate yourself and have fun along the way this June for WorldPride! June 24-25, 2019. Learn more about the Human Rights Conference.
Eat fabulous fare and kick off WorldPride with some class at Garden Party. This outdoor event will feature a wide array of chefs serving seasonal cuisine at sunset, followed by dancing in the moonlight. Ticket sales will benefit the LGBT Center in Chelsea, which assists the NYC community with everything from family support to counseling to employment services. Monday, June 24, 2019. Learn more about the Garden Party
Pride Island is the music festival portion of New York Pride Week, and WorldPride’s version will be better than ever. Located on the banks of the Hudson River near Hell’s Kitchen, this three-day event will be filled with outdoor concerts brimming with pride. Performers have yet to be announced, but previous years have seen stars like Cher, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez, Tegan & Sara, and Whitney Houston. Ticket sales will benefit local NYC nonprofits, which will receive grant money from NYC Pride for their work. Your fun will go to a great cause! Ticket sales begin in January 2019. June 28-30, 2019. Pier 97 at Hudson River Park, Learn more about Pride Island
See cooking demonstrations, learn recipes, and—most importantly—eat yummy food at Savor Pride. Now in its second year, this event will be held on a sunlit terrace in SoHo. These are the NYC headquarters of God’s Love We Deliver. God’s Love feeds the hungry around the world, comforting the sick and malnourished with wholesome, quality meals. This special fundraiser will benefit both God’s Love and NYC Pride, the organization throwing WorldPride in 2019. LGBT chefs will be on hand to teach you how to flambe, souffle, and saute at this tasty fundraiser. Friday, June 28, 2019. 166 6th Ave., Learn more about Savor Pride.
Stonewall 50 Commemoration
In the spirit of the Gay Power rally after Stonewall in 1969, this show of solidarity will commemorate that historic uprising of the LGBT community. At that rally, 500 people joined in one voice in Washington Square Park then held a candlelight vigil in Sheridan Square across from the Stonewall Inn. For WorldPride, join demonstrators and speakers in the call for human rights and civil rights. The event is free for all. Friday, June 28, 2019. Learn more about the Commemoration
LGBT teens and allies alike are invited to Youth Pride, an outdoor event during WorldPride week. This youth celebration will feature live performance, interactive experiences, and games. While location and other specifics have yet to be announced, we do know that last year saw a selfie-worthy photo backdrop, live music, and a MAC Cosmetics station where visitors received makeovers and face-painting. Youth Pride is free for all. Saturday, June 29, 2019. Learn more about Youth Pride.
NYC Pride March & PrideFest
A civil rights demonstration, a celebration, and an invitation for change, the Pride March on June 30, 2019 is set to be the biggest in history. The year after the Stonewall Riots, the first Gay Pride March in 1970 demonstrated the solidarity of the LGBT community in New York, soon to be echoed in other communities throughout the country and the world. Organizers are still accepting applications for community organizations, bands, corporations, activists, and political candidates who will march next year. Get ready for over 100 floats, great music, and a constant party from noon till who knows when! The day of the Pride March, stop by the Learn more about PrideFest street fair for food, performances, and vendors celebrating all things rainbow. Sunday, June 30, 2019. Step off at noon. Learn more about The March.
Shut down the Pride March with a rooftop party for WorldPride! Femme Fatale celebrates all things female, inviting women from around the world to a rooftop (location to-be-announced) where they’ll meet, dance, and keep the party going strong. Stay tuned for more details. Sunday, June 30, 2019. Learn more about Femme Fatale
Cinephiles, get ready for OutCinema, the film-fest arm of WorldPride. Discover the new Tangerine or Priscilla Queen of the Desert at a slate of film screenings. Then stay awhile for after-parties with open bars and Q&As with the filmmakers. Details to be announced. Learn more about OutCinema.