Bianca Del Rio at the Barefoot Wine Pride Kick Off Celebration
Arena, 135 W. 41st St., nr. Broadway; 212-278-0988; 6/25 at 7 p.m.
It’s glitz and glamour at this free celebration sponsored by Barefoot wines, featuring a performance by season-six Drag Race superstar Biance Del Rio. Also on the roster: a surprise celebrity appearance. Who could it be?
Sophia Urista at Manderley Bar
The McKittrick Hotel, 530 W. 27th St., nr. Tenth Ave.; 212-904-1883; 6/25 at 10:30 p.m.
Show up to the jazz lounge in the home of Sleep No More for free, open-to-the-public “specially curated queer programming,” with the bluesy stylings of Sophia Urista on Wednesday.
Mama Rice: Pride, Pride, Pride
54 Below, 254 W. 54th St., nr. Eighth Ave.; 646-476-3551; 6/26 at 11:30 p.m.
It’s campy stories, go-go boys, and songs by Cher, Janet, Ani, Nina, and more at this special Pride edition of the cabaret show. This month, Broadway actress Stephanie Umoh joins in for a rendition of “It’s Raining Men.”
Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Ave., at N. 11th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-460-8000; 6/27, 7 p.m.–1 a.m.
They Wythe has four days of celebration beginning on the 26th, with highlights including a pop-up chapel on the roof and a Pride Ball presented with Gayletter on the 27th, featuring an open bar from 7 p.m.–8 p.m., a performance by the House of Labeija, and Casey Spooner, Amber Martin, and Juliana Huxtable on the decks. Portions of the proceeds benefit FIERCE, which supports LGBT African American and Latino youth.
JD Samson’s EVERYONE Party
Ace Hotel New York, 20 W. 29th St., nr. Broadway; 212-679-2222; 6/28 at 10 p.m.
Samson’s traveling dance party lands in her home of NYC for Pride before going back on the road. On the roster are performances from Melissa Burns, W. Jeremy, Amber Valentine, Lauren Flax, Sveta, D’hana Perry, Roze Royce, Alexis Blair Penny, and more. RSVP on the hotel’s website.
The Spotted Pig’s Gay Pride Party
The Spotted Pig, 314 W. 11th St., at Greenwich St.; 212-620-0393; 6/29 at 5:30 p.m.
Refuel after the parade at the April Bloomfield spot which is offerings Pride Punch, drink specials, and a very interesting-sounding “adult luge.” Bring your swimsuit, maybe?
Burlesque Brunch Party
Ilili 236 Fifth Ave., nr. 27th St.; 212-683-2929; 6/29, noon–4 p.m.
Right on the parade route, Ilili is taking advantage of its location in the best way: by offering guests who brunch in the dining room a complimentary Qui tequila cocktail. There will also be performances by drag queens Shequida, Sherry Vine, and Eve Van Cartier, and music by Scotty Rox.
Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Ave., at Ashland Pl., Ft. Greene, Brooklyn; 718-636-4198; 6/29, 8 p.m.–2 a.m.
Besides having the best name, this party might be the most expansive, taking over the whole of BAM Fisher, from the basement to the rooftop, with installations, DJ sets, and performances by LGBT artists including Murray HIll, Justin Vivian Bond, Earl Dax, and more. Grab an advance ticket here.
The Robyn Party
Glasslands Gallery 289 Kent Ave., nr. S. 1st St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 6/29 at 11:30 p.m.;
Also known as “This Party Is Killing You,” this shindig features only the tunes of Swedish dance sensation Robyn. Tickets are five bucks, and don’t forget your glitter.
PhD Rooftop Lounge, 355 West 16th St., nr. Ninth Ave.; 212-229-2559; 6/29 at 2 p.m.
Take the celebration into the afternoon and beyond at this rooftop pool party, with performances by Candis Cayne and sets by Blacklow and Ryan Kenney. Entry is free. Just bring a party attitude.
Whitney Day Parade
Marquee, 289 Tenth Ave., nr. 26th St.; 646-473-0202; 6/29 at 5 p.m.
It may be Sunday evening, but the party doesn’t have to end. $25 admission gets you sets by Whitney, Miss Betty Ford, Mary Mac, and Sveta. Also, that scratch and sniff wallpaper.
For officially-sanctioned NYC Pride events, including the Dance on the Pier with Demi Lovato and the parade on Sunday, see the official website.