Beyond the Parade

Ways to Celebrate Pride 2021 in Seattle

This year’s celebrations mix the virtual with the IRL.

By Stefan Milne June 7, 2021

Image: Levi Hastings

Though Washington is set to reopen more fully on June 30, mere days after Pride celebrations usually engulf the city in rainbows, many events will remain online this summer, or be postponed until later. But there’s still plenty to show up for, however you get there. (We’ll update this list as more events are announced; if you know of an event that should be considered, send any information to [email protected])  


Festival-ish Events

Seattle Pride

Jun 26 & 27 The city’s staple Pride will remain all online this year, but the fest brought in a solid music lineup: Big Freedia, along with Perfume Genius, mxmtoon, and Mary Lambert. Beyond that expect speakers, panels, and group activities (some of the most popular aspects of last year’s online Pride, says executive director Krystal Marx) with a variety of subjects, from policing to ending conversion therapy. See the full schedule hereFree

Seattle Dyke March

Jun 26 The annual walk to honor “queer women and dyke-identified people” is a virtual performance showcase this year. Organizers are also considering an in-person event later in the summer. Free

Taking B(l)ack Pride

Jun 26 This event aims to center Black and Brown queer and and trans voices. It'll feature movies, food, performances, art healing spaces, music, a vaccine clinic, and socially distanced dancing. White attendees are welcome but will be charged a $10–$50 reparations fee to keep the event free for the Black and Brown community. Jimi Hendrix Park,  free–$50

Columbia City's First Pride Block Party

Jun 27 Just off Rainier Ave, the neighborhood will host its first, in-person Pride bash. Expect a DJ, raffles, miniature ponies, drag, and food and drink. Ferdinand St. Patio, free

Alki Beach Pride

Aug 14 & 15 This West Seattle celebration splits its in-person proceedings between two days: the first dedicated to a car parade, the second to roller skates and bikes. Free

Seattle PrideFest

TBD This event won’t happen in June, but organizers are planning a two-day in-person event for "late summer 2021." 


Other Options

Crossing Boundaries: Portraits of a Transgender West

Thru Dec 12 This exhibition illuminates the stories of transgender people in the West between 1860 and 1940. Washington State History Museum, $14

Queer Prom

Jun 12 Split between online and a (limited seating) live performance at Ballard’s Give Inn, Queer Prom features a dance party, an online auction, and drag and burlesque by performers such as Ms. Briq House and IZOHNNY. It’ll raise funds for What the Funk?! An All BIPOC Burlesque Festival in August. The Give Inn, $10 (virtual), $40 (live)

Bothell Pride Rally

Jun 18 At 3pm, Aeipathy Patisserie will start a rally that walks through downtown Bothell, with two speakers: Han Tran and Jenne Alderks, both running for Bothell city council. Bothell, free

TUSH Pride!

Jun 24 The Beacon Hill drag show is back and online to celebrate Pride. Cookie Couture hosts and TUSH regulars like Arson Nicki and Beau Degas will perform, along with guests. Online, $5–$20

Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement

Opens Jun 26 Most major Pride events commemorate the Stonewall uprising in New York in 1969. This museum exhibition looks back on that moment and where LGBTQ+ rights have gone since. Museum of Pop Culture, $29–$30

Run/Walk with Pride

Jun 25–28 This charity event  that benefits Seattle Area Support Group and Youth in Focus. leaves you with plenty of options: You can walk or run. You can do a 5k or a 10k. You can show up in person on June 26 or participate virtually (by picking your own run) another day. Magnuson Park or online, $20–$35

Pride Dinner with Jason Stratton and Zoi Antonitsas

Jun 26 Aug 28 Georgetown's Mezzanotte will host a five-course dinner from the two local chefs. Expect, among other things: oysters, chilled spaghetti with cod, shawarma spiced trout, braised rabbit, and a jello shot. Mezzanotte, $175

All Together Now

Oct 9 & 10 While Seattle Pride will be online in June, the organization behind it (also called Seattle Pride) is putting on this in-person event leading up to National Coming Out Day. It’ll be a “self-guided route” through Capitol Hill and other neighborhoods.

Consider a Donation

Whether you want to attend an event or not, you can still support the community this year. “This Covid pandemic hit a lot of LGBTQIA+ service organizations really hard,” Pride executive director Krystal Marx says. She recommends people see what organizations are in the area—Lambert House, for instance, or Camp Ten Trees—and donate if they're able.  

Editor's note: Seattle Met has removed a mention of Capitol Hill Pride from this story. 

Thumbnail courtesy Nate Gowdy / Seattle Pride Parade

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