Going to the Seattle Pride Parade? That's a no-brainer; it's always a must-see. With so many options, it's making plans for the rest of the weekend that's a struggle.

By no means are we saying you shouldn't go to the Seattle Pride Parade, but there is a plethora of other Pride-related events to partake in, and the possibilities seem endless. We have taken the liberty of writing up a suggested weekend-spanning itinerary. Happy Pride weekend! 

Fri, June 27
Seattle Storm Pride Party Game
Have you noticed all those Storm fans walking around sporting some fresh-looking Nike tees that read "BE TRUE" in rainbow font? Yeah, you can thank the WNBA for that one. The WNBA is the first professional sports league to be direct with their marketing efforts which celebrate and promote the inclusion of the LGBT community. So of course the Seattle Storm is kicking off Seattle Pride Weekend with their game against defending WNBA champion, the Minnesota Lynx. DJ Ricki Leigh will play before and during the game, and the first 3,000 fans get free Storm rainbow beads.

Fri, June 27
Pride Shabbat

Temple Beth Am is a welcoming synagogue that not only accepts people of all sexual orientations and gender identities into their congregation, but actively aids LGBTQ organizations and even participates in the pride parade. This year it hosts a city-wide Pride Shabbat, including a free kosher dinner and a small exhibit of nationwide same-sex marriage contracts. 

Image courtesy Cakes Da Killa


Fri, June 27
Dickslap featuring Cakes Da Killa
Despite its nondescript outer appearance, Pike Street’s The Eagle hosts some of the wildest, lewdest parties of any bar in Capitol Hill. And with Pride weekend kicking off this Friday, its popular monthly event Dickslap will reach its greatest heights (and will probably reach capacity as well). Joining the party is up-and-coming New Jersey rapper Cakes Da Killa, who mingles New York ballroom culture with aggressive rap, here to welcome Pride with a modern bacchanalia. 
 


Thru Sat, June 28 
Pride Comedy Tour: Chuck Roy & Cameron Esposito 
Cameron Esposito is an up and comedy writer, a regular on E!’s Chelsea Lately, has done standup SXSW, on Late Late with Craig Ferguson, and hosts her own standup show, Put Your Hands Together in Los Angeles. Now she’s teaming up with fellow comedian Chuck Roy for a joint show during Seattle Pride weekend.  You may have seen Chuck Roy playing the part of Popcorn Vendor on the comedy sitcom Will and Grace or as Alien Hunter on 3rd Rock From The Sun. You can see them this pride weekend at Parlor Live Comedy Club.

Image courtesy Capitol Hill Pride Festival.

Sat, June 28
Capitol Hill Pride Fest
Free party alert! The Sixth Annual Capitol Hill Pride Festival will be raging from 11am-10pm on Broadway. The festival will facilitate live performances by local artists such as The Nasty Habits, a multitude of food booths and vendors, and new this year – an honest to god pony party. Plus, more than 100 non-profits, restaurants, artists and businesses will be set-up, making a street-wide shindig out of Capitol Hill’s activist spirit.

Sat, June 28
Cruise on the Islander

Ahoy, sailor! Don your sea legs, grab a bottle of champagne (or two), and board the Islander for an afternoon cruise down Lake Washington. The boat sets sail with a crew of DJs, bartenders, and cocktail servers, keeping you cool and refreshed while you dance, mingle with those on nearby boats, and acquire a nice mesh-pattern tan. 

Image courtesy Cher

Sat, June 28
Cher and Cyndi Lauper

Death, taxes, and Cher comebacks; these are life’s only certainties. Since rising to fame in the ’60s with Sonny and Cher, she’s reinvented herself as a solo pop star three times. She even holds the record for the longest span between no. 1 hits (24 years) with 1974’s “Dark Lady” and 1998’s “Believe.” Her stadium tour comes to the Key Arena this Saturday, where a nearby Cher and Cyndi Lauper welcome party waits, featuring a Cher/Cyndi drag competition and chances to win tickets to the show. 



Sun, June 29
Capitol Hill Family Day
Now here is a G-rated event the whole family can appreciate. In its annual Family Day, Cal Anderson features fun for kids as well as their adult counterparts: arts and crafts, magic shows, and all-day drag queen story time—oh, and lots and lots of bubbles. 

Sun, June 29
Kairos
Lena Simon might be the busiest musician in Seattle. Currently, she juggles her time co-fronting Pollens, playing bass for La Luz, and drumming for Thunderpussy. Oh, and there's her new solo project Kairos. After the May release of Kairos's self-titled debut EP—a stellar collection of wafting dream pop tunes—it's safe to wonder if Kairos might be the best of all her endeavors (the record was Seattle Met's May Album of the Month, after all). Catch her in action at this Pride afterparty.

Thru Wed, July 2
Hairspray
Did you miss out on seeing Hairspray on the big screen back in 1988? Well here’s one more pro of Pride season: being able to enjoy full menu service while you kick back and watch this classic at Central Cinema. Besides, this will be showing until the Wednesday after pride; if you tend to experience PPD (post pride depression), reminisce about how far we’ve come since Hairspray came out.

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