Family-Friendly Philly Pride Month Events
Learn about, celebrate, and support the LGBTQ+ community at these kid-friendly events.
In June, we celebrate Pride Month, highlighting Philadelphia’s LGBTQ+ community with so many opportunities to learn, celebrate, and build connections. From storytimes to family-friendly festivals, there are ways for even the smallest kids to participate. Here are our top family picks for Philly Pride Month.
All month long, the Free Library of Philadelphia will be hosting over 30 Pride Month events for all ages—from storytime for little ones to author visits, and so much more. We’re highlighting some big ones throughout this piece, but for the whole schedule, check out the library’s schedule.
June 2, 11 am–5 pm
4231 Avenue of the Republic
The Please Touch Museum is hosting a day of activities that celebrate individuality and family. There will be Drag Queen Storytimes with our 2019 LOVE Awards Community Builder Drag Queen Brittany Lynn throughout the day (with new puppets!), plus art making, live music, and much more. Speaking of the Please Touch Museum, did you know that their new mascot Squiggles is gender non-binary? Could we possibly love PTM more?
Drag Queen Storytimes at the Free Library
- June 5, 10:30 am at West Oak Lane Library, 2000 E. Washington Lane
- June 5, 4 pm at Wyoming Library, 231 East Wyoming Ave.
- June 6, 11 am at Falls of Schuylkill Library, 3501 Midvale Ave.
- June 8, 11 am at Fumo Family Library, 2437 S. Broad St.
- June 8, 2 pm at Independence Library, 18 S. Seventh St.
- June 10, 10:30 am at Kensington Library, 104 W. Dauphin St. with Bearded Ladies Cabaret’s John Jarboe doing the songs of Mister Rogers.
- June 12, 10:30 am at Andorra Library, 705 E. Cathedral Rd.
- June 15, 3:30 pm at Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St. with Bearded Ladies Cabaret’s John Jarboe doing the songs of Mister Rogers.
- June 21, 11 am at Queen Memorial Library, 1201 S. 23rd St.
- June 26, 5 pm at Lovett Memorial Library, 6945 Germantown Ave.
What could be more fabulous than having some favorite fairytales and other stories read by an actual queen? Kids will hear books that share messages of inclusion, anti-bullying, and embracing who you are in these unique, fun-filled hours that will leave everyone feeling uplifted and fabulous.
June 6 and 7
Various branches of Free Library of Philadelphia
Picture book author and illustrator duo Christian Trimmer and Jessie Sima share their stories and books in a special Pride month storytime. Christian and Jessie worked together to create Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies and are individually responsible for many other books, all of which are inclusive and celebrate being true to yourself.
June 6, 5–8 pm
City Hall (1401 JFK Blvd.) and LOVE Park (15th St. and JFK Blvd.)
The Philadelphia Office of LGBT Affairs celebrates Pride Month with a City Hall flag raising ceremony from 5–6 pm. Then, head across the street to LOVE Park for the first annual Pride at the Park celebration: a huge party featuring food trucks, live performances, DJs, dancing, and dedicated youth space! These events are free, family friendly, and welcome all community members to attend.
June 9, parade at 11:30 am
Parade begins at 13th and Locust streets at 11:30 am
Catch the parade– which features lots of fun and colorful musical performances– beginning at 13th and Locust in the heart of the Gayborhood, or along its route to Penn’s Landing, where there is a festival featuring six hours of entertainment. Philly Family Pride will be sponsoring the Family Zone during the Pride Festival as a place for LGBTQ parents to stop by with their kids, and will have crafts and a rest area. Kids get into the festival free (adult tickets are $15).
June 11, 5:30 pm
Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library, 125 S. 52nd St.
Celebrate Pride with your family! The party includes a Pride-themed storytime with books, music, movement, and more. Stay after to make your own pride flag decoration or genderwheel to continue the discussion at home.
June 15, 1:30–4 pm
Tacony Library, 6742 Torresdale Ave.
This monthly get-together is a great opportunity for teens to meet, play games, eat snacks, and just be themselves.
June 16, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm
4231 Avenue of the Republic
Missed out on June 2? The Please Touch Museum is bringing Drag Queen Storytime back for another day!
June 22, 10 am–3 pm
222 N. 20th St.
Throughout the day, beneath the rainbow lighting of the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, experience live demonstrations related to visibility and the color spectrum. Plus, local artist Lauren Cat West and Franklin Institute science interpreter Paul Taylor collaborate to create a dynamic art installation that shows the rainbow of colors within the spectrum.
June 22, 11 am—5 pm (Rain Date: June 23)
Lovett Library Park, 6945 Germantown Ave.
This event celebrates LGBTQ families and artists, and will have family-specific entertainment, fine art and handcraft, music, food, and resource tables from a variety of organizations and nonprofits that provide services and support to LGBTQ parents and youth. Admission is free and open to all ages, families, and community members.
June 22, noon—2 pm
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
Teens (ages 12-18) will explore topics including coping with coming out, finding local LGBTQIA resources, sharing tools and techniques that will help participants thrive when dealing with daily microaggressions and macroaggressions, and the emotional labor of supporting and uplifting LGBTQ+ friends, partners, and peers.
June 26, 6 pm
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
Returning for its third year, this all-ages drag show features local Philadelphia performers.
June 26, 7:05 pm
1 Citizens Bank Way
The Phillies invite you to celebrate Philadelphia’s rich LGBTQ culture at their fourth annual Pride Night Celebration. The event features a $2 discount if you use the promo code PRIDE, and the first 1000 fans to purchase tickets with this promotion will receive a coupon for an exclusive Phillies Pride Night wearable flag.
June 29, 11 am
Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St.
Martha Graham Cracker is doing a special show for the kids out there — and the kid inside of you. She’ll sing with her band. She’ll tell stories about her childhood. She’ll read a book. She’ll take questions from the kids in the audience. The run-time for this performance will be approximately 60 minutes. Martha says that if this show were a movie, it would be rated somewhere between G and PG. Tickets available online.
Photographs by Laura Swartz.