Pride month may be June, but Pride season, why should it ever end?
With a sparkling summer of parades and parties ahead, here are just a few of the best LGBTQI+ events around the country.
The best news?
The first is this weekend.
Risen Festival, Hackney Wick this Saturday
Risen is a day and night party of electronic music that takes place across multiple venues in Hackney Wick’s British maze of house, techno, disco and garages.
It celebrates female, transgender and non-binary talent in the electronic scene with over 80 artists including AG, Aletha and Emerald.
Tickets from € 34.50
Out & Wild, 9th-12th June, Lawrenny, Wales
The first ever wellness festival curated for queer, questioning and curious women and those who are not binary, featuring a relaxing program of yoga, meditation, walks and wild swim. Evenings are dedicated to live comedy, silent discos and campfire chats.
Day tickets from € 40,-
Pride in London, July 1, various stages
LGBTQ+ themed events, marches and parties, as well as performances on five stages. More than 500 groups and 30,000 participants will take part in this year’s legendary Pride in London parade.
Manchester Pride, August 25-28
Enjoy the glittering Pride Parade, Gay Village Party and Superbia Weekend Mini-Festival, which offers an alcohol-free cultural retreat and ends with a beautiful candlelight vigil.
Weekend tickets from £41
Mighty Hoopla, 3rd-4th June, Brockwell Park, London
This vibrant two-day festival features a lineup that includes R&B queens Kelly Rowland, Kelis and Beverley Knight on stage alongside old-school 80s comedy Diane Chorley. It features an anthem-style sing-along from the Big Gay Songbook.
Day tickets from € 49.50, weekend tickets from € 114.50
Sparkle Weekend, July 8-10, Sackville Gardens, Manchester
The world’s largest free celebration of gender diversity and a fun and safe place for anyone who identifies as gender non-conforming. The Wellness and Community Zone is a haven of peace to hear from trans artists, musicians and writers. The music reaches its climax at the magnificent Sparkle Ball – dress code: authentic and fabulous.
Brighton Bear Weekend July 6-9, Brighton
Browse gay-friendly booths from Buddhist groups to floats, choirs and vintage cars. The evening fun begins at the Camelford Arms as the weekend culminates in the coronation of Mr Brighton Bear – the strongest and most colorful festival goer.
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