This June, drag shows, live music performances and pageants featuring members of Arizona's LGBTQIA+ community are taking place across metro Phoenix in honor of Pride Month.
Fans of "The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City" and "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" have the chance to meet stars from the shows at two drag performances. If live sports is more your vibe, some of the city's teams are hosting special Pride nights. To see who's going to compete on behalf of Arizona at Miss Gay America, grab some tickets to Miss Gay Arizona America 2023.
Here's your guide to Pride Month events happening around metro Phoenix in June and July 2023.
Pride Party 2023 in downtown Tempe
Tempe's inaugural Pride event will feature drag queen Barbra Seville as MC, a silent disco, a drag show and food and drinks on June 3. The festivities will take place at the Centerpoint plaza off Mill Avenue.
Details: 7-10 p.m. Saturday, June 3. 730 S. Mill Ave., Tempe. Free. https://www.downtowntempe.com/events/pride-party-2023.
Phoenix Gay Men's Chorus: Born to Be Brave
The Phoenix Gay Men's Chorus is performing "Born to Be Brave," "a high-energy musical production about five people auditioning for the Phoenix Gay Men’s Chorus," on the afternoon of June 3. Joining them on stage are more than 70 singers and three dance troupes.
The group will perform songs that span a range of pop culture favorites, such as "Dear Evan Hansen," "Hamilton," Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, My Chemical Romance and Cyndi Lauper.
Details: 2-4 p.m. Saturday, June 3. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway. $30, $25 for age 65 and older, $15 for age 12 and younger; plus fees. 480-350-2822, https://www.tempecenterforthearts.com.
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'Glow: Neon Party' with Kahanna Montrese of 'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars'
Pride at Night AZ will host "Glow: Neon Party Featuring Kahanna Montrese" — who's among the current Season 8 cast of "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" — at Charlie's Phoenix. General admission for the 21-and-up event will be available at the door; VIP ($100 plus fees for table; includes four meet-and-greet passes) and meet-and-greet tickets ($15 plus fees) can be purchased ahead on Eventbrite.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, June 10. Charlie's Phoenix, 727 W. Camelback Road. https://www.eventbrite.com.
Pride Night at Phoenix Rising
Phoenix Rising FC's Pride Night — in partnership with ONE Community, the Phoenix Gay Flag Football League and Rewined Beer and Wine Bar — will take place during their home game against Oakland Roots SC on June 10. According to the team's theme night schedule, there will be a pregame happy hour during the PGFFL all-star game.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 10. Phoenix Rising Soccer Stadium, 3801 E. Washington St., Phoenix. From $24, plus fees. 623-594-9606, https://www.phxrisingfc.com/schedule.
Desert Overture's celebration of music from LGBTQ+
Desert Overture, Phoenix’s LGBTQ+ wind ensemble, "will be taking a look at some of the most distinguished LGBTQ+ composers from the past to the present," according to the group's website. This year's performance, called Composed with Pride!, starts at 3 p.m. June 11 at Tempe Center for the Arts.
They are named after "an LGBT band of the same name that performed in Phoenix in the 1980s, which was among the first LGBT bands in the country," according to Desert Overture's website.
Details: 3-5 p.m. Sunday, June 11. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway. $20 plus fees, $15 for seniors and students with ID, free for children 12 and younger; there is a $5 surcharge at the door. 480-350-2822, https://desertoverture.org/performances.
LGBTQ virtual film discussion
The Phoenix Public Library's monthly LGBTQ film discussion on June 15 will focus on the 2000 film "Sordid Lives," starring Olivia Newton-John, Leslie Jordan and Beau Bridges. The virtual gathering will take place over Webex; registration is required to receive a link. "Sordid Lives" is free to view on Kanopy; the library has a page on how to register for an account with your library card.
"It's all about watching films, sharing stories and having an honest conversation about the tough issues faced by the LGBTQ community," reads the event description.
Details: Noon-1 p.m. Thursday, June 15. 602-262-4636, https://calendar.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/event/10394233.
Arizona Diamondbacks Pride Night
The Arizona Diamondbacks are up against the Cleveland Guardians for the MLB team's annual Pride night on June 17. Tickets start at $25. The first 15,000 fans will receive a Pride bag.
Details: 7:10 p.m. Saturday, June 17. Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. From $27, plus fees. 602-514-8400, https://www.mlb.com/dbacks/tickets/promotions/2023.
Pride drag brunch with Whitney Rose from 'Real Housewives'
The Drag Bus is hosting a drag brunch starring Whitney Rose of "Real Housewives of Salt Lake City" fame alongside performers Paris Amour-McKenzie, Benaddiction, Kelly Rivera, Mynx Demilo, Salem Vee, Camilla Grandé, Lola VanHorn and Chanel Douglas.
Doors open for the 21-and-older event at 10:30 a.m. June 18 at Almost Famous in Old Town Scottsdale. There are VIP ($600 for six people or $1,000 for 10 people, plus taxes and fees) and Whitney Rose meet-and-greet ($25 plus taxes and fees) options; all admission has a two-drink minimum.
Details: 11:30 a.m. Sunday, June 18. Almost Famous, 7419 E. Indian Plaza, Suite A, Scottsdale. From $35, plus taxes and fees. https://www.eventbrite.com.
Phoenix Pride Festival Launch Party
Phoenix Pride will announce its 2023 festival theme and logo as well as its headlining acts and parade grand marshals at a June 20 launch party at Kobalt Bar in Phoenix.
Details: 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, June 20. 3110 N. Central Ave. #175, Phoenix. Free. https://phoenixpride.org.
Phoenix Pride Awards Reception and Mx Phoenix Pride Pageant
The Phoenix Pride Awards Reception is back this year to honor exceptional individuals and organizations in the community. Miss Phoenix Pride 2011, Olivia Gardens, will host throughout the evening and will be joined by Aimee Justice for the Mx Phoenix Pride Pageant, which begins at 6 p.m.
A welcome cocktail and appetizers reception begin at 4 p.m., with the award presentation beginning at 4:30 p.m. Guests can stick around to see contestants compete for the title of Mx Phoenix Pride during the pageant, which has the theme of "heritage" this year.
Details: 4-9 p.m. Sunday, June 25. From $20 for reception only, $30 for reception and pageant, plus fees. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway. 480-350-2822, https://www.tempecenterforthearts.com.
Phoenix Mercury Pride Night
Phoenix Mercury's annual Pride night — sponsored by Hornitos Tequila — returns on Thursday, June 29, when the WNBA team plays the Indiana Fever. This year's giveaway is Mercury bucket hats.
Details: 7 p.m. Thursday, June 29. Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. From $25 plus fees. 602-379-7800, https://mercury.wnba.com/themenights.
Miss Gay Arizona America 2023: 'Gothic Gala'
The contestants who won their respective district pageants are on their way to Miss Gay Arizona America 2023, which takes place in downtown Phoenix on July 1 this year. Guests are invited to watch preliminary winners compete in various categories for a chance to make it to the national level at Miss Gay America, which is scheduled for January 2024.
This year's event, which has a "Gothic Gala" theme, will also honor Miss Gay Arizona America 2022, Janeé Starr. Time and admission will be announced later.
Details: Saturday, July 1. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Tickets start at $25. https://www.missgayarizonaamerica.com.
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