Whether it’s International Pride Month in June, LGBT History Month in October, or beyond, Pennsylvania and its vibrant LGBTQ+ communities invite you to share your pride and pursue your happiness all year long at these places and events across the commonwealth. From fun-filled parades and festivals to LGBTQ+ community groups and events, Pennsylvania is always celebrating Pride!
1. Northeastern Pennsylvania Rainbow Alliance
NEPA Rainbow Alliance has hosted pride parades, 5Ks to support the region’s LGTBQ+ community, drag shows, discussions groups, and other events. Take a look at their events to find out how you can participate and where the alliance will be next.
2. Lancaster Pride
Join the celebration of Lancaster County’s LGBTQ+ and ally communities at Lancaster Pride’s annual festival and other pride events. The festival takes place at Clipper Magazine Stadium in downtown Lancaster and in the past has included live performances, arts and crafts, pride regalia to purchase, and delicious food options. Booked for the day? Check out Lancaster Pride’s events on their website and Facebook to see what else they’re doing to celebrate pride each year, including events such as movie showings and a “Dine Out with Pride” day.
3. Reading Pride
Residents of Reading can show their pride all with events all throughout the summer, highlighted by the Reading Pride Celebration festival. The festival takes over Reading’s Centre Park and features exciting live performances. The atmosphere and diverse crowds are inviting to everyone — but the festival is just the beginning of the fun! Take a look at Reading’s other pride offerings on the organization’s homepage or Facebook, such as LGBTQ+ group meetings and brewery events.
4. Pride Franklin County
For our friends in Franklin County, the local LGBTQ+ and allies community comes together to host various pride events. Many join in the celebration held each year at locations across the county. In the past, the event has incorporated a beer garden for visitors 21 and older, drag performances by local entertainers, a kids’ area, and a food truck corner. Keep an eye out for other events promoting inclusion from the program and its parent organization, the Franklin County Coalition for Progress.
5. Rainbow Rose Center
The Rainbow Rose Center supports York County’s LGTBQ+ community and holds numerous events annually, including events for Pride Month in June and events for LGBTQ+ History Month in October. One of their largest events is the annual York County Pride celebration, formerly known as Equality Fest York. The festival has featured live performances, strolling performers, a children’s area with games, workshops and activities, retail vendors, informational displays, and a variety of international foods. Other events include a Valentine’s Day celebration and community discussions. Keep yourself updated on everything at the Center’s events homepage and Facebook.
6. NW PA Pride Alliance
The NW PA Pride Alliance has a slew of fun events celebrating the region’s LGBTQ+ community. Each year, the Alliance hosts the Erie Pride Picnic, where all are welcome to gather at beautiful Presque Isle for an afternoon of scrumptious food. The fun continues with Pride Day at Waldameer, where those who join will enjoy the rides and slides at Waldameer Park and Water World! If you still just can’t get enough, the NW PA Pride alliance continues to share event and community information on its webpage and Facebook page.
7. Pride Picnic at Knoebels Grove
This one-of-a-kind event brings participants to a day of pride celebration and fun at the largest free admission amusement park in America. The Pride Picnic at Knoebels Grove brings the LGBTQ+ community together with a free picnic, which has featured speakers, information tables, door prizes, and raffles. Those who come are encouraged to wear a red t-shirt to show that they are “part of the family”! Also, don’t forget to meet up for the “Gay Ride of the Day"!
8. Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
The Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center provides an inclusive space for the Lehigh Valley’s LGBTQ+ residents. The Center offers arts and culture programs, health programs, and after-school programs. Also be sure to look out for Allentown’s Lehigh Valley Pride, which celebrates achievements and progress made in and by the area’s LGBTQ+ community and beyond. In the past, the event has featured tons of fun attractions, including the LGBTQ+ Artist Promenade, a DJ tent with a dance floor, a space by and for teens, and an area showcasing locally brewed beers and mead. Through the rest of the year, you can join the Lehigh Valley community as they join local partners for “Pride Nights.” Past pride nights have included “Night at the Phantoms,” an event promoting inclusion and diversity in sports with the Lehigh Phantoms, the top minor league affiliate for the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers. Beyond celebrations, you can check out the Center’s calendar and Facebook page for even more events, discussions, programs, and support.
9. Pride in Pittsburgh
For the Happy Travelers of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, there are lots of ways to celebrate pride throughout the year. The PGH Equality Center serves the Western Pennsylvania LGBTQ+ community to promote education, advocacy, and social justice. You can visit their James Fischerkeller Library, one of the nation’s largest libraries focused on LGBTQ+ issues, check out their Youth Program that hosts a virtual book club, and their wealth of LGBTQ+ resources. The Center’s events calendar promotes events it hosts and other organizations’ events celebrating diversity and inclusion through the year. For even more events in Pittsburgh, check out Pittsburgh Pride, a pride celebration organized by the Pittsburgh Pride Group, a consortium of local LGBTQ+ organizations, and TransYouniting, a non-profit providing resources to Pittsburgh’s Trans Community. Take a look at TransYouniting’s Facebook for even more events from LGBTQ+ organizations across in the area.
10. LGBT Center of Central Pa
Harrisburg and Central PA Locations
The LGBT Center of Central PA serves more than 2,000 people each year across Dauphin, Cumberland, York, and Lancaster counties. They hope to foster inclusive communities for LGBTQ+ people, and they have a variety of programs working to realize that goal! These include Youth groups, an advisory group, a transgender and non-binary group, an arts program, and a space for older adults in central PA. To find other programs, events, and celebrations, check out their community calendar or Facebook page. Another great way to celebrate pride in central PA is to check out the Pride Festival of Central PA, which hosts a festival each June. While the event was cancelled in 2021, planning has started for 2022 and, as the organization says, is sure to be “fabulous!”
11. Pride in Philadelphia
Pride is abundant in Philadelphia! While the 2021 pride parade was canceled, the city’s LGBTQ+ community can still find other ways to meet and celebrate. The William Way Community Center is an LGBTQ+ community center that serves the greater Philadelphia are through arts, culture, empowerment, and connection. You can find social groups, trans groups, and book talks on their website or Facebook page. Another great resource for celebrating pride and finding community in Philadelphia is the Attic Youth Center, Philadelphia’s only independent LGBTQ+ youth center. Celebrate your pride at the center’s Youth Program or join their virtual piano group and youth travel club. You can find these groups and other events from the Attic on their calendar or Facebook page. Don’t forget to visit the Gayborhood in Philadelphia, an LGBTQ+ centric neighborhood with clubs and cafes that cater to the community!
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