As our community honors the recently departed Chris Harris, who revitalized the queer entertainment scene in New England over the last decade and a half, it is a fitting tribute that Pride@Night, Boston Pride’s nightlife and clubbing program, expands to encompass more events than ever.
Annual highlights for Pride@Night include Queeraoke (June 6), where singers are invited to join a packed crowd at the Midway Café to belt out their favorite tunes; the “If You Can Feel It, You Can Speak It” Open Mic at Bella Luna & Milky Way (June 13), the only monthly open mic dedicated to the LGBTQI community of color and its allies; and the Family Movie Night, which will feature this year a screening of Spider-Man™ Into The Spider-Verse (May 31) on the Common.
Several new events grace this year’s program, providing fun and entertainment for everyone and every taste. Bowlers of all ages rejoice, as Boston Pride is delighted to introduce a new Family Bowling Night to be held at Lucky Strike/Jillian’s (June 3). Both trained artists and amateur painters are welcome to showcase their skills at this year’s Pride Paint Night at Brandy Pete’s (June 4). Beer-lovers (and their supporters) will relish special and seasonal ales at the Samuel Adams Love Conquers Ale Beer Garden Takeover at the Sam Adams Tap Room & Brewery (June 5). Comedy returns to Pride Week with a special event at Laugh Boston, the Pride Comedy Night with Guy Branum (June 5).
Revel at sea this year with two thrilling cruises: The Pride Community Boat Cruise will celebrate Black and Latinx Pride while advancing HIV prevention and education in our communities (June 8); the Mass Bears and Cubs Harbor Cruise will feature a new underwear dance party aboard the Provincetown II (June 9).
Furthermore, the program includes many staples of Pride Week, including Pride Lights, a remembrance of those in our community lost to HIV/AIDS (see page 40); the Boston Pride Youth Dance, a celebration for our community’s youth (see page 68); the JP Block Party, an outdoor, fun-filled intersectional event in the heart of JP (see page 74); the Back Bay Block Party, Boston’s largest annual outdoor dance party (see page 70); and Pride Night @ Fenway Park, the annual queer outing to Fenway Park (see page 42).
As of press-time, fourteen Pride clubbing events round up the Pride@Night clubbing series, starting with the brand new Latino Wednesday @ Legacy (June 5). Because Pride is about ensuring that everyone can celebrate in style, no less than four parties will kick off the weekend on June 7: Silent Disco at Assembly Row, Rooftop at the Revere Hotel, the Official Dyke March After Party at Bella Luna & Milky Way, and the Blend Pride Party at Blend. On Saturday (June 8), your faves are back, with the Pride Festival Bar on City Hall Plaza, the ESME Women’s Block Party in the Back Bay, the Liberty Hall Mega Women’s Pride Party at the Revere Hotel, The Donkey Show @ Pride experience at Oberon, EPIC Saturdays’ Boston Pride Main Event at House of Blues, and Lush: The Official Womxn Pride Party at ICON Nightclub. After the Sunday block parties (June 9), queer party-goers will continue the celebration at Pabllo Vittar Live in Concert at Royale and the Wicked Huge Pride Finale at Candibar and Legacy. The Pride partying comes to a close a week later with EN-ER-GY X at Oberon (June 14).
Finally, a new addition to the program in 2019 is Pride Plates, for foodies and gastronomes in our community. Boston Pride is partnering with friendly restaurants in the area to offer a 20-percent discount (mention “wicked proud!”) when you visit Coda (Back Bay), Bella Luna & The Milky Way at The Brewery (JP), Stella (South End), Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe (Back Bay), Victoria’s Diner (South Bay), LoLa 42 (Seaport), and plenty more to come.
For a listing of all Pride@Night events, see the calendar on page 82 or visit www.bostonpride.org/calendar for the latest information and additions to the program. •