Pier 26; 6/28 at 7 p.m.; West St. at N. Moore St.
The first Pride Rally happened a month after the Stonewall riots in 1969, as a call to arms. Today, this free and open to the public event kicks off the weekend's official festivities and features hosts Pandora Boxx and Keith Price, and entertainment by comedian Pam Ann and singer-songwriter Vicci Martinez.
VIP Pride Rooftop Party
Hudson Terrace; 6/29; 2–10 p.m.; 621 W. 46th St., nr. Eleventh Ave.; 212-315-9400
Dance on three levels of the Hudson Terrace rooftop at the VIP rooftop party to the sounds of D.J.'s Serving Ovahness, Marco Da Silva, and Frankie Knuckles. Tickets are $79 in advance, and includes an open bar from 2 to 3 p.m. to get the afternoon started off right.
Rapture on the River
Pier 26, Hudson River Park; 6/29, 4–10 p.m.; West St. at N. Moore St.
Miami party-starter D.J. Dimples and D.J. Whitney Day headline this post–Dyke March event at its new location. The party for all lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer-identified women, the new venue allows for more room to dance, drink, or both (read: multitasking). Tickets are $25 in advance, with VIP tickets available. Ballers can shell out $1,500 for a private cabana and bottle service for them and up to ten of their friends.
6/30, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Hudson St., nr. Abingdon Sq. and W. 14th St.
The twentieth annual street fair takes over Hudson Street with vendors, entertainers, and activities, including a concert lineup, which you can check out here. This is the place to score your Pride gear, if you forgot to stock up.
6/30, noon; Starting Fifth Ave. at 36th St., ending Christopher St. at Greenwich St.
Edie Windsor, Harry Belafonte, and Earl Fowlkes are the grand marshals for Pride Fest's main event, which has grown into a full-blown civil rights demonstration and memorial to those affected by AIDS. Also in the parade: soprano Sarah Joy Miller, star of the upcoming U.S. premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera Anna Nicole at BAM. She'll be dressed as—who else—Anna Nicole Smith.
Dance on the Pier
Pier 26, Hudson River Park; 6/30, 3 p.m.–2 a.m.; West St. at N. Moore St.
Oh, this is a big one. None other than Cher is performing at this year's outdoor bacchanal, closing out the week along with Deborah Cox and D.J.'s Dave Audé and Oscar G. The night ends with a fireworks display on the Hudson. Tickets are sold out, but c'mon: Where there's a will, there's a way.
Hotel Americano; 6/30, noon–6 p.m.; 518 W. 27th St., nr. Tenth Ave.; 212-525-0000
Celebrating wears you out, doesn't it? Wind down at this rooftop pool party with house music, cocktails, and no doubt some very skimpy Speedos. Tix are $49 and you can snag one here.