Best gay events in North America this summer
May 23 2019
by Lachlan

Best gay events in North America this summer

The sun is out, summer has arrived, and we’re truly ready to come out to play and experience our pride for the warm season. As can be expected, summer is host to loads of different gay events and parties in North America. After all, Pride Month is in June which already says enough! But aside from all the incredible gay prides taking place over the course of summer, North America also welcomes a tonne of other gay parties. So in between waving your rainbow flag at Chicago Pride and dancing the night away during Montreal Pride, why not also attend some of these other great gay parties in North America this summer?    


What? Masterbeat One World

Where? New York

When? June 28 - 30


If you’re going to be in New York during WorldPride, we know things are going to get hectic - in the good sense of the term of course! While we have to say the highlight of World Pride will arguably be the incredible pride parade procession, Masterbeat One World will also pack a punch during the last weekend of June. One World will comprise four incredible parties taking place at Terminal 5 in Hell’s Kitchen and the Hammerstein Ballroom. Parties include USS Masterbeat Tea Dance and Matinee: Pervert - enough said! More on top gay parties during WorldPride here.   


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What? Prism Festival 

Where? Toronto

When? June 30 - July 4


See summer in a different light with Prism Festival. Taking place during Toronto Pride, Prism is North America’s largest Circuit Party, hosting six different events with an expected 15,000+ attendees. The parties will transpire in different venues across the city, including the newly renovated Rebel Nightclub. You can look forward to an aqua pool party, a military-themed bootcamp party, and the main event, Revival, just to name a few. If you love dance music, go-go boys and buff dudes, Prism Festival is the perfect party for you this summer. 


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What? Pines Party

Where? Fire Island

When? July 26 - 28

©Facebook/Pines Party

One of the highlights of the American Gay Circuit Party calendar, Pines Party is not to be missed this summer. Taking place at the iconic Fire Island Pines, this will be the 21st edition of Pines Party, and it will include three fun-filled days of entertainment. For 2019, the theme will be ‘The Island of the Lost Boys’, convinced yet? Enjoy a series of different gay parties, including a VIP sunset party, a pool party, and a beach party. For all those party goers who aren’t ready to call it quits, there will also be a morning party, which will take place on the Sunday morning from 6:30am right through to 12pm.    


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What? Outfest

Where? Los Angeles 

When? July 18 - 28


While we have to admit that summer beckons long days out in the sun at rooftop parties and garden festivals, Outfest surely justifies a bit of time indoors. Outfest is Los Angeles’ largest and longest-running gay and lesbian film festival, which helps to strengthen the community by connecting diverse populations to discover, discuss, and celebrate LGBTQ stories. Outfest operates on four founding pillars: inspiring storytellers, building community, promoting equality, and changing lives. So in between experiencing your pride at different gay parties of the season, why not witness pride on the big screen, with the year’s best curated selection of LGBTQ films?    

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What? Provincetown Carnival 

Where? Provincetown

When? August 15- 24


Provincetown has already cemented itself at gay hotspot in the USA, and during the city’s annual carnival in summer, LGBTQ life hits an all-time high. Attracting roughly 90,000 people each year, Ptown Carnival is a week-long event of gay and lesbian celebrations, which all culminate to a parade. The theme for 2019 is ‘Enchanted Forest’, so be sure to embrace your most fantastical side, and get ready to experience something magical this summer in Provincetown. Highlights include the Carnival Parade and the Enchanted Pool Party, which will be hosted at legendary local LGBTQ venue, The Crown & Anchor.    


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What? Ptown Cruise

Where? New York to Provincetown

When? August 11 - 18


Cruise into summer like a pro this August and secure yourself a spot on the Ptown Cruise. When you think of summer, your first thoughts likely orient towards sun, sea, and bathers, so why not bring this vision to life with a gay cruising experience to remember? The Ptown Gay Cruise 2019 will be the inaugural all-LGBTQ cruise brought to you by Vacaya, offering seven unforgettable days of gay and lesbian travel aboard the 5-Star Celebrity Summit. Departing from New York, the cruise will head north as far as Saint John in Canada, before arriving in Provincetown for the opening of the town’s annual Ptown Carnival. Like the idea of cruising through summer? Check out our dedicated page on the best gay cruises.


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What? Gay Days Orlando

Where? Orlando

When? August 13 - 19

©Facebook/Gay Days Orlando

Ready to experience the enchantment of Disney this summer? You need to get yourself to Gay Days in Orlando. Taking place at Walt Disney World this August, get ready for seven days of events centered around the local theme parks. But don’t despair, you don’t need to be a Disney obsessive to enjoy Gay Days Orlando. Along with Mickey Mouse and Aladdin encounters, you can also enjoy pool parties, city parties, hotel events, and expos. In fact, roughly 200,000 gay and lesbian party enthusiasts are said to attend Disney Gay Days each year, so you are sure to be in good company.    


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What? Southern Decadence 

Where? New Orleans

When? August 29 - September 2 

©Flickr/Infrogramation of New Orleans Photostream 

During the Labor Day Weekend in New Orleans, the LGBTQ crowd comes out to play for the city’s annual Southern Decadence Festival. What started out as a small-scale going away party amongst a group of friends in 1972, has now evolved into an incredibly popular six-day festival that continues to draw an LGBTQ crowd each year. 2019 marks the 48th edition of Southern Decadence, and as per usual, you can expect DJs, live performances, and one momentous street parade through New Orleans’ French Quarter. With 48 years under its belt, attending Southern Decadence is surely bucket-list-worthy this summer.       


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What? Folsom Street Fair 

Where? San Francisco

When? September 29

©Facebook/Folsom Street Events - Gooch 

Want to attend the world’s biggest leather event this summer? You can do just that at San Francisco’s iconic Folsom Street Fair. For one day, this city on the bay comes alive with 250,000+ fetish enthusiasts. Taking place on Folsom Street, the fair covers 13 blocks of the city, and welcomes more than 200 exhibitor booths showcasing fetish gear and toys. Folsom Street Fair is a big party after all, so you can also look forward to live performances, DJs, and one epic dance floor to get kinky on. Things might be warm in San Francisco in September, but Folsom Street Fair takes the temperatures to another level on this special day.


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Cover Photo: Facebook/Folsom Street Events - Kee Yip


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