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Where to Eat, Dance, and Drink For Portland Pride 2019 [Updated]

Everything from drag performances to sober EDM parties

LA Pride 2019 Photo by Sarah Morris/Getty Images

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, a series of violent protests between the New York queer community and police in response to a raid at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village. That moment in history is often described as the crux of the queer rights movement, and since then, LGBTQ people across the world see June as a celebration of queerness, often involving parades, dances, and parties.

Fifty years later, Portland has lost some of its gay bars, but Pride rages on. The Oregonian reports that 60,000 people are expected to attend this year’s Pride parade, and the city is throwing parties, brunches, and drag reading hours across town throughout the month.

There are countless roundups of the various official and unofficial events in Portland this year from basically every outlet in town; the thorough should get the whole shebang by reading them all. Below, however, readers will find events that directly fund queer organizations, dance parties, parades, doughnuts, and more. They won’t find tacky appropriations of queerness solely designed to make a profit, any events involving rainbow mouthwash, or events over $25, for the sake of accessibility. Note: The official Pride parade and festival is over, but there are still pride events throughout Portland this month. We’ve removed the outdated events and stocked the list with fresh things to do, just in case you still have some dancing in you.

The Major Events

Beaverton’s First Pride Parade

What is it: The suburb’s first Pride parade, celebrating the LGBTQ+ community in Beaverton
When is it: 11 a.m. June 23
Where is it: 12375 SW 5th Street
How much is it: Free entry
Where do I learn more: Facebook

Peacock in the Park

What is it: An outdoor drag show and picnic in the Washington Park Amphitheater, featuring Maria Peters Lake and Poison Marie Waters
When is it: Noon picnic, 2:30 p.m. show on June 30
Where is it: Washington Park Amphitheater, 410 SW Kingston Avenue
How much is it: Free entry
Where do I learn more: Pride Northwest

Brunches, Beverages, and Bites

Punch Bowl Social

What is it: For the month of June, Punch Bowl is selling a Sip & Support Pride cocktail made with vodka, Velvet Falernum, and Angostura and 1821 Havana & Hide bitters. $1 of each drink purchase goes to the Trevor Project, which provides crisis interventions and suicide prevention services to queer people under 25.
Where do I get it: 340 SW Morrison Street

Pride Celebration Hummus Hang

What is it: A wine and hummus event with Kaylie Barfield of Mediterranean restaurant Tusk, serving as a fundraiser for the Q Center’s farmer’s market. Barfield will serve dishes like labneh, hand-made breads, and hummus (of course); 100 percent of wine sales and 10 percent of food sales will directly fund Q Farmer’s Market SNAP matching program.
When is it: 6 to 9 p.m. June 21
Where is it: Bar Norman, 2615 Southeast Clinton Street
How much is it: Free entry
Where do I learn more: Bar Norman

Rooftop Rainbow Jubilee

What is it: A rooftop party featuring drag icon Poison Waters and unlimited rosé. All of the drink proceeds go to Pride Northwest.
When is it: Noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 23
Where is it: Xport, 1355 Southwest 2nd Avenue
How much is it: Free entry
Where do I learn more: Pride Northwest

Where do I dance?

Detox Pop-Up Nightclub’s Pride Dance Party

What is it: An all-ages, all-inclusive EDM show and dance party, with a full mocktail bar for non-drinkers
When is it: 8 p.m. June 22
Where is it: Bossanova Ballroom, 722 East Burnside Street
How much is it: Starting at $15
Where do I learn more: Eventbrite

Daybreaker

What is it: The Pride edition of the popular sober morning dance party, complete with a morning yoga session, free kombucha and breakfast bites,
When is it: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 23
Where is it: Blockhouse, 1988 Northwest 18th Avenue
How much is it: Starting at $20
Where do I learn more: Eventbrite

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