At TARRA, we celebrate Pride all year long, but June is the month when we shine the rainbow light on celebrating and supporting the local Denver LGBTQ+ community. As a company, we strive for equity in the business community, starting with our dollars and your dollars — vote with your wallet, so they say.
Although we’re already halfway through Pride month, some of the most exciting events in Denver have yet to happen—from Denver Pridefest to the Queer Cookout. Ahead is your comprehensive guide to Pride in Denver for the rest of this month — and keep scrolling to learn more about how you can show your support to Denver’s LGBTQ+ community all year round.
June 16 – An Evening with Nic Stone
Photo Credit: Nic Stone
As Pride month also seeks to celebrate Juneteenth, there are several events specifically focused on amplifying the black LGBTQ+ community in Denver. Black Pride Colorado has teamed up with Empower Community High School to host this special conversation with author and mental health advocate Nic Stone. Tickets can be purchased here.
June 17 – Strange Fruit of Black Excellence
The second annual Strange Fruit of Black Excellence gala celebrates the Harlem Renaissance with dramatic fashion inspired by what this gala considers “the golden age of one of our most creative times in history.” Consider it the Met Gala of Denver Pride! Snag your tickets here.
The fun doesn’t stop there, though: If you want to keep partying once the gala draws to a close, head to The Loft at Temple for the Rent Party: After Party with Front Magazine!
June 17-26 – XFest at X Bar
X Bar is hosting different events and performers each night throughout their own Pride celebration known as “XFest.” This 10-day celebration is the place to discover local LGBTQ+ bands, drag artists and other performers. Check out the full lineup here.
June 18 & 19 – Juneteenth Music Festival
Photo Credit: Juneteenth Music Festival
Enjoy the amazing lineup of Black artists at the Juneteenth Music Festival, headlined this year by Dave East and Twista! June 19th — or “Juneteenth” — is the day African Americans in Texas learned of their freedom two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Today, Juneteenth is recognized by the Denver City Council as a commemorative holiday. RSVP here.
June 19 – Queer Cookout
The Queer Cookout is a Denver Pride favorite, and it’s the perfect Pride event to bring your kids to! Hosted by premier LGBTQ+ nightclub, Tracks, the Queer Cookout will have food, drinks, events and activities for all ages, plus performances from local artists. The best part? Admission is free! Save the date here.
June 22-25 – Camp Tracks
Tracks also hosts the annual Camp Tracks, the ultimate Pride summer camp! This four-day event is packed with entertainment and fun, from a burlesque show to light shows and aerialists, and features The Largest Women’s Pride Event: Campy Girls as a separate 21+ event. Learn more and register here, and don’t forget to purchase your tickets for Campy Girls separately!
June 23 – Tea Dance
Pride isn’t just for the young! This classy pride event caters to the 50+ crowd, but anyone over 21 is welcome. Dress up, dress down, or come as you are for drinks, dancing and drag! RSVP here.
June 25 – Queer-idleness: A Mild-Wild Pride Event
Adolescents who are just exploring their gender and sexual identity — or those who are eager to embrace the local LGBTQ+ community — will love this teen-centric event! Anyone 13 years or older is welcome to attend this alcohol-free event and explore their queer side. For those looking to try out drag, you’re in luck: This event will give you the chance to walk the runway! Purchase your tickets here.
June 25 – Number Thirty Eight’s PRIDE Party
With a volleyball tournament in the afternoon and live music in the evening, this party is another great spot to celebrate, drink craft cocktails and have fun! While VIP tickets are sold out, you can still score General Admission ones. Alternatively, sign up for the volleyball tournament here.
June 25 & 26 – Denver PrideFest
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Support the Denver LGBTQ+ Community All Year Long
This two-day event at Denver’s Civic Center Park is the third-largest Pride festival in the United States. It features some of our favorite Denver Pride events, including Volleypalooza, the Denver PRIDE 5K, the Denver Dyke March, the Coors Light Denver Pride Parade and the One Colorado Pride Rally. While folks of all ages are welcome, leave the pets at home for their safety. Learn more and save the date here.
Although June is an exciting time for the Denver LGBTQ+ community and its allies, Pride is not something we should only honor one month out of the year. To celebrate Denver’s LGBTQ+ community the rest of the year, you can actively seek out businesses through the Colorado LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce. From restaurants and personal care to legal, healthcare and specialty retail, the Chamber has the most comprehensive list in the 303 so that you can show your support on a local level.