Each year, more than 80,000 participants engage in one of Long Beach’s most celebrated events: The Long Beach Gay and Lesbian Pride Festival. This year the festival has big names on its music stages such as Neon Trees, Kristinia DeBarge and DeJ Loaf.
However, away from the big names, big stages, and big crowds, there are some smaller events supporting Long Beach’s LGBT community going. With help from LongBeachPride.com, here are a bevy of fun things to do to celebrate LGBT pride.
Cocktails for a Cause
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
525 E. Broadway Ave.
Cocktails for a Cause benefits the AIDS Food Store. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Food Store and proceed to feel good at this all-inclusive social event.
Long Beach Dyke March
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
130 Cherry Ave.
The annual march empowers the LGBT community. Support and march!
Long Beach Dyke March AFTER PARTY
8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Paradise Bar and Restaurant
1800 E Broadway Ave.
You just finished the march and now you’re ready to RAGE. Unwind in Paradise (Bar and Restaurant). After party will feature a performance by the band Doll Parts.
The Pink Party
7 p.m. – midnight
205 E. Anaheim St.
The new WE Labs at the Packard throws a Pride week kickoff dance party. Food trucks, cocktails, a body painting booth, and . . . plenty of parking?!; is there a better way to kick off Pride Week?
Pride Party Movie courtesy of PREPA (Pride Real Estate Professionals Association)
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The Art Theater
2025 Fourth St.
ET the Extra Terrestrial! For free!
The Rainbow Reel Pride Party: Do These SHORTS Make Me Look GAY?
Door open at 1:30 p.m.
The Filmmakers’ Gallery
2238 E. Broadway Ave.
Fun short film festival showing web series and short films with an LGBT theme.
Tickets available online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2544812
Healing Through Creativity: A Creative Warrior’s Journey
3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Hellada Art Center and Fine Art Gallery
117 Linden Ave.
You’ll engage in therapeutic writing and art with moderator Richard Harvey with prompts aimed at letting go of “sick, challenged, or impaired” identities. Numerous local artists, musicians, and dancers will perform.
Long Beach Pride 2016 Overboard at the Queen Mary
9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway
DJs, models, and drinks, oh my! Overboard is an annual staple of Pride Week and this year promises to be bigger than ever. With the longest full bar in Long Beach and a midnight underwear fashion show, how could you say no?
Ocean Boulevard, between Cherry and Junipero Avenues
A mass LGBT wedding ceremony celebrating the 2015 Supreme Court ruling in favor of gay marriage.
MEGAWOOF LA – Long Beach Pride Closing Party
Doors open at 9 p.m.
The Federal Bar
102 Pine Ave.
After the Pride festival, walk a few blocks over and keep the party going inside The Federal Bar Vault. Two dance floors, two deejays, one damn good night.