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Pride Month Events in Essex County + Beyond 2021

by Victoria Marie Moyeno
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Essex County, Hudson County, and New York City are celebrating the LGBTQ+ community and amplifying their voices through hosting numerous events this year. From educational talks to networking mixers to parades, and flag raisings, there’s a ton happening. Keep reading to find out all the ways to celebrate Pride in the Essex County, Hudson Couty, and New York City area. 

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NJ Events


Out Montclair + Planned Parenthood Spring Stir 

June 2nd | 7PM

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The Ivy at Chatham

Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan New Jersey will be joined by Out Montclair to kick off Pride Month with a virtual celebration of the strength and resilience of the LGBTQ+ community. Other event sponsors include the Human Rights Campaign, Garden State Equality, and Hudson Pride. Keynote speaker Jodie Patterson is a nationally recognized activist and acclaimed author of The Bold World: A Memoir of Family and Transformation. Learn more here.

Montclair Town Hall Pride Flag Raising

June 4th | 3PM

The township of Montclair in partnership with Out Montclair will raise an inclusive pride flag in honor of Pride Month.

Pride Shabbat + Open Mic Concert

June 4, 7:30PM-9PM

Join the Ner Tamid Community in celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride with a joyous evening of music, poetry, and community. The “Open Mic” concert will feature LGBTQ+ artists and allies, including Out Montclair President Peter Yacobellis. Each participant will need to register separately. RSVP here.

Out at Night

June 16 | 7PM

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Out Montclair’s is hosting an “Out at Night” gathering to celebrate Pride at Egan & Sons. RSVP required, here.

Fleet Feet Pride Stride

June 17th | 6PM

Fleet Feet Pride Stride

The 3rd annual Fleet Feet Montclair Pride Stride Run + Walk is taking place in partnership with Montclair Brewery and Diadora. Funds raised and registration fees will be donated to OUT Montclair.

Luna Stage – Gay History for Straight People

June 18 | 8PM

Gay History for Straight People

The in-person, outdoor performance by Will Nolan and his comedic alter ego Leola guides audiences through the complexities of the “LGBTQYMCA community – everything from GAY to Z.” In addition to being named the 2020 Outstanding Cabaret Performer by BroadwayWorld, Leola has appeared across the country in fringe festivals, regional theaters, and at middle-aged birthday parties, winning the Long Island City Flying Solo Festival two years in a row. Tickets are pay-what-you-wish and available here.

RISE 1969! at Guerrilla Fitness

June 20th | 10AM

Guerrilla Fitness

Guerrilla Fitness has always been proud of its inclusive community. It is partnering with OUT MONTCLAIR to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

Montclair Film Summer – To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar

June 26th

Montclair Film Summer

Presented in partnership with Out Montclair, Montclair Film Summer hosts a movie night at the Lackawanna Plaza parking lot behind TD Bank at 233 Bloomfield Avenue.


Verona Flag Raising

June 1st | 6:30PM

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The Progress Pride flag raising will take place at the Verona Civic Center. The Rain date is June 3rd.


Going to Pride for Kids

Jun 22 | 5:30PM

Going to Pride for Kids

Join Children’s Librarian Aly and LGBTQ Librarian Lena for storytime to learn about Pride Month – including: Why do we celebrate Pride? When did it start? What should kids know about going to a parade or festival with their adults?



June 8th | 5PM – 8PM


LGBTQ+-owned lifestyle boutique, UNJOMBOLD is hosting a pride celebration that will be hosted by Joe Mode and John Forslund, and Vincent Tropepe.

Every Woman Wellness Event

August 7th | 4PM-8PM

This event hosted at the Hoboken University Medical Center is a healthy living event for lesbian, bisexual, cis, and trans women. The event will discuss free yearly medical exams, safe sex resources, guided meditation, and have food, music, and prizes.

LGBTQ Networking Mixer

August 9th | 7PM-9PM

This social event will offer wine and cheese pairings. A$20 donation with proceeds going to Hudson Pride Center.

Foam N’ Glow Dance Party on the Pier

August 11th | 6PM-11PM

The dance party will feature live music and foam cannons. There will be a performance by Felipe Rose, a founding member of the Village People. It was hosted by drag queen Harmonica Sunbeam. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Jersey City

26th Annual Jersey City Caribbean Festival

July 24

Jersey City Caribbean Festival 

JC Pride celebrates the 26th Annual Jersey City Caribbean Festival with an LGBTQ+ twist. There will be island-inspired music and performers.

Pride Divas Salsa Brunch

August 1st | 12PM – 3PM

The 4th Annual Pride Divas Salsa Brunch will be held at Hard Grove.

Pride Men’s Party

August 6 | 8PM – 11:30PM

Pride Men's Party

Hudson Pride hosts the 4th Anniversary + Pride Men’s Party. Stay tuned for further details

Pride With Your Pup

August 7th | 2PM – 6PM

Pride With Your Pup

Hudson Pride hosts the 4th Annual Pride With Your Pup at Corgi Spirits at the Jersey City Distillery.

Lillian Bustle’s Rainbow Review

August 12th – 8PM – 11PM

Get into the festivities with Lillian Bustle and friends at The Rainbow Revue – Drag and Burlesque. Stay tuned for further details.

Light Up Pride Night

August 13 | 7:30PM – 10PM

Light Up Pride Night

Come celebrate JC Pride with Bike JC and the Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival in this special ride celebrating the 20th Anniversary Jersey City LGBTQ+ Pride Festival. Riders are encouraged to decorate and light up their bikes in honor of the festivities. Ride gathers at 7:30 and rolls at sunset.

Jersey City Pride Bar Crawl

August 15th | 6PM – 11PM

Join Hudson Pride as they visit some of their favorite downtown watering holes. Stay tuned for details.

Karaoke Pride Night

August 18th | 5PM – 10PM

Karaoke Pride Night

Join Hudson Provide for the Pride edition of Karaoke Wednesdays at Headroom’s front bar stage. Stay tuned for further details.

Pride Drive-In Sing-Along

August 19th | 7:30PM – 10:30PM

Pride Drive-In Sing Along

Hudson Pride hosts a drive-in sing-along screening of Yentl at Congregation Bnai Jacob of Jersey City.

Jersey City Pride Flag Raising

August 20 | 12PM – 1PM

The township of Jersey City will raise the pride flag in honor of Pride Month.

NYC Events

NYC Pride Family Movie Night

June 17th

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The return of its two annual LGBTQIA+ film events making its debut in the digital space. In partnership with Tribeca, the Pride Presents digital film festival experience that will feature trailblazing shorts, documentaries, a feature film, and a live talk back to end the evening. Also making its return this year is Family Movie Night, back with family-filled fun for all ages. For more information about NYC Pride’s 2021 roster of events including Pride Presents and Family Movie Night, see here.

Playbill Hosts Glimmer of Light Live Concert

June 17th

Glimmer of Light

This coming June, Playbill will team with Cadillac and The Neon Coven to produce its first-ever live concert event in celebration of Pride 2021. Presented by Cadillac and Playbill Pride, Glimmer of Light will be an inclusive virtual and in-person concert event. One hundred percent of in-person ticket sales will go to benefit Born This Way Foundation and its mission of working with young people to build a kinder and braver world. In-person tickets for Radial Park are now available here.

NYC Pride 2021 Human Rights Conference + Rally

June 21-23

Human Rights Conference and Rally

NYC Pride is hosting its fourth conference from June 21 through June 23, and the Rally on Friday, June 25. The Human Rights Conference, NYC Pride’s annual symposium of transformative changemakers in the queer community, focuses on developing new ideas and approaches to activism and community.

NYC Pride Youth Pride

June 26th

Youth Pride

NYC Pride is excited to bring back Youth Pride, a celebration of and for LGBTQIA+ and ally teens, as a virtual gathering in 2021. For this year’s experience, NYC Pride has partnered with youth-focused LGBT centers, organizations, and programs nationwide to present the iconic annual Youth Pride virtual event. This program follows 2019’s unforgettable event at which 10,000+ LGBTQIA+ teens came together for a day of performances, appearances, activations, and dancing at Central Park’s Summerstage. Learn more here.

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