June is a time for extra celebrations in Seattle this year as in-person Pride Month celebrations events are planned for the first time since 2019.
For a full list of events (and Pride-themed Zoom backgrounds!) check out Visit Seattle’s Pride 2022 webpage.
Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Brent Jones put out a statement this week acknowledging the start of pride month and the contributions to SPS by LGBTQIA2+ staff, students and families.
Jones noted that the pride and transgender flags are flying at district headquarters and that “we recognize the struggles of the past and present, the victories won, and the work to be done.” More from Seattle schools here.
Pride Month events
Seattle Pride in the Park: June 4, Volunteer Park. Free festival will include local LGBTQIA+ performances, activities, food trucks and more.
Seattle Pride Parade: June 26, downtown Seattle from Fourth Avenue to PrideFest at Seattle Center. The Seattle Pride Parade attracts an estimated half-million people and is the fourth largest in the country.
Seattle PrideFest: June 25-26 in Capitol Hill and at Seattle Center with the theme, “We’re Still Here.”
Trans Pride Seattle’s celebration takes place Sept. 2 (save the date!) The march and festival organized by Gender Justice League take place in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.
Queer/Pride Festival runs June 24-26 in Capitol Hill, with a star-studded entertainment lineup.
The Capitol Hill Pride festival takes place from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at Cal Anderson Park. The celebration includes a march, a doggie drag costume contest and barbecue all day.
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park are celebrating with Pride weekend events June 25-26. Animals at Point Defiance Zoo will enjoy rainbow-themed enrichment like food treats, rainbow popsicles, and heart-shaped bamboo. And don’t miss the goats in rainbow bandanas! Guests may join the Animal Pride Parade beginning at 1:30 p.m. each day. At Northwest Trek, animal enrichments will include rainbow paper chains and rainbow ice treats. Some animal exhibits will feature Pride flags representing different sectors of the LGBTQ+ community.
Pride Month: sweet treats
The Flora Bakehouse and Cafe Flora are offering goodies and will donate part of the proceeds to the Trans Justice Funding Project. Flora Bakehouse has a full rainbow cake (available by preorder only) and will have a supply of rainbow cake cups and unicorn horns each day throughout June.
Cafe Flora is selling rainbow cake by the slice, and part of proceeds from cinnamon roll sales also will be donated.
Pride Month: related
Seattle Public Library is featuring a new Rainbow Story Time on its Kids’ YouTube channel with Children’s librarian Jesse, who takes a road trip and reads “All the Way to Havana,” by Margarita Engle. SPL will be on hand at both PrideFest and the Seattle Pride Parade, too. More resources, including reading lists, can be found here.
First Thursday: Pride Family Fun at MOHAI. The Museum of History and Industry offers a special welcome to LGBTQ families on Thursday, June 2 for its First Thursday event (where general admission to its permanent exhibits is free) from 5 p.m. -8 p.m. Families can enjoy queer films from Three Dollar Bill Cinema and make their own memorabilia with flag-making and a photo booth.
Seattle Men’s Chorus with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra: Pride Pops! A special weekend music event June 24-25 at Benaroya Hall. Pride outfits are encouraged.
“The Prom” at The 5th Avenue Theatre. This hit Broadway musical runs through June 19. In the satirical plot, four narcissistic Broadway performers travel to Indiana to help a lesbian high school student who was banned from bringing her girlfriend to prom.
Published June 1, 2022. Note: We will be adding to this roundup as we learn about more events. Thanks to Visit Seattle, the official destination marketing organization for Seattle and King County, for getting us started.