June 1 kicks off Pride month, and Nashville has numerous celebrations for Nashville’s LGBTQIA+ population.
Here are some of the can’t-miss events taking place throughout the month for students who are still in town.
All information about the events listed can be found here.
Are you a fan of Lady Gaga, Lizzo, Disney Villains or Dolly Parton? Or do you just want to be entertained while celebrating drag queens? Well, The Electric Jane has you covered! Tickets are $18 as Jaidynn Diore Fierce from RuPaul's Drag Race will host all events. The brunches are held at 11 a.m and 2 p.m. and are guaranteed to be a blast, with music from the featured artists. So, if you’ve worked 9 to 5 the day before and want to feel good as hell while having fun, these drag brunches are a great choice that’ll make you just dance.
PRIDE615 is an event to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community hosted by Proud To Be In Baseball, an organization that empowers and advocates for the next generation of LGBTQ people in baseball. It will be held at Eastside Bowl on June 5 and will feature musical acts including Gwen Levey, Kevin John, Bradford Loomis and Sarah Peacock. It’s also free, so PRIDE615 is a great choice to relax and enjoy some live music while supporting a great organization.
Decades of Pride
Decades of Pride is a chance to rock out to the music of the 1970s, 1980s and 2000s while celebrating the stars who changed history for the LGBTQIA+ community. On June 20, 21 and 22, W Nashville, a place for self-expression that gives marginalized voices a platform, will host these free events. Decades of Pride is a safe space where you can be your true self and party with other people while Freddie Mercury, Elton John and Lady Gaga play in the background.
RNBW Writer’s Round
Want to listen to and support some up-and-coming LGBTQIA+ songwriters? Well, on June 23, the W Nashville and RNBW have you covered! RNBW is Nashville’s premiere queer music community organization that supports the progress of LGBTQ+ music in Music City and beyond and sets to create a community of queer performers via live music, events and social connections. It’s a free event that will surely feature some talented artists.
2DP: A Two Night Pride Celebration
Queer Dance Party is an organization in Nashville that creates events that serve as safe spaces for the LGBTQIA+ to celebrate their culture. The events usually take place on the third Friday of the month, but this year, QDP is two nights, June 23 and 24 at Brooklyn Bowl. $20 will get you a ticket into a celebration of the community that will leave you dancing and partying the nights away.
Nashville Pride Parade
The Nashville Pride Parade will kickstart your fun-filled weekend while spending no money. At 10 a.m., the parade takes place on Broadway between 8th Avenue and 2nd Avenue while celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community as the streets are filled with color. It’s a great way to relax and enjoy the fun before heading over to the Nashville Pride Festival.
Nashville Pride Festival
The Nashville Pride Festival, at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park on June 24 and 25, features food trucks, local vendors, and various activities all for $10. But the main attraction is the three stages of live music featuring performances from acts such as FLETCHER, Fitz and the Tantrums, Saucy Santana and LÉON as well as drag queens. The Nashville Pride Festival encapsulates all that the Nashville LGBTQIA+ has to offer, making it the must-see event of Pride month.
This article was written by Ty Wellemeyer