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Family-Friendly Events in Philadelphia for Pride Month 2022

Celebrate and support the LGBTQ+ community at these family-friendly events in Philadelphia for Pride Month 2022

Pride Month is observed every June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Riots and work to achieve equal rights for members of the LGBTQ+ community. It comes with many opportunities to learn more about LGBTQ+ history, raise awareness about current issues that the community faces, recognize the positive influence that LGBTQ+ individuals have had on the world, celebrate diversity and inclusiveness, and build connections. 

This June, there are more chances than ever before for the whole family to participate in Philadelphia’s Pride Month festivities. In fact, this year’s PHL Pride Festival will even feature an expansive Youth and Family Programming space curated by several local organizations. The Please Touch Museum, The Franklin Institute, The Free Library of Philadelphia, and more of the city’s staples are also hosting Pride-themed events to educate and entertain audiences of all ages. 

Here are some of our favorite family-friendly events taking place in June for Philly Pride 2022:

Month-Long Pride Exhibits & Festivities

LGBTQ Hall of Flags and Philly Gay Pride Flag Exhibit

June 1 – 30

Sofitel Philadelphia – 120 S 17th Street, Philadelphia

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Sofitel Philadelphia invites the community to celebrate Philadelphia’s Pride rainbow flag on the outside of the building in June. An oversize rainbow flag, with Philly’s addition of the brown and black stripes to honor diversity in the community, greets visitors as they enter to the left of the front doors. Inside look for the lobby to be renamed Philadelphia’s LGBTQ Hall of Flags. Look for Philadelphia’s locally designed and newsmaking rainbow flag to also have a center spot in the lobby, showcasing the diversity of our local community. The Philadelphia rainbow flag will be joined by host of LGBTQ flags flying high inside the lobby to celebrate the different facets of the local gay community, including, Lesbian Pride Flag, Gender Fluid Pride Flag, Binary Pride Flag, Pan Sexual Pride Flag, Transgender Pride Flag and the Bisexual Pride Flag.

Gay Pride Month at Philly AIDS Thrift

June 1 – 30

Philly AIDS Thrift – 710 S 5th Street, Philadelphia

Philly AIDS Thrift celebrates June as Philly Gay Pride Month with a colorful, Queer-centric wowing window display celebrating the diversity of our city and region’s queer community. Come get dressed up for Pride Month by supporting Philadelphia’s largest and gay-owned thrift store where you can find a rainbow of fashions all month long! Whether you want to celebrate with the eight colors of the Philly rainbow, or add to your own personal style, Philly AIDS Thrift has shirts, pants, dresses, shoes, accessories and more for each and every person – and each and every taste. Don’t forget to stop by the vintage jewelry room to add some extra sparkle and bling to your pride outfit. Additionally, support one of our community’s most important non-profits by shopping for home goods, games and other thrift items. Donate and do-good in June by donating gently used items to the thrift store. Pride month and June is a great month to clean out those basements, shore houses and closets. Philly AIDS Thrift turns yesterday’s treasures into tomorrow’s grants to help provide life-saving services for dozens of HIV/AIDS service organizations. Add this to your Pride Month itinerary when visiting South Street!

Gay Pride Month Essentials at Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room

June 1 – 30

Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room – 345 S 12th Street, Philadelphia

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Celebrate Gay Pride Month at America’s oldest continuously operating LGBTQ bookstore! For Philly Gay Pride Month, stop by Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room in the gayborhood for all of your gay pride month essentials – including ramped up selections of the special Philadelphia edition of the Gay Pride Flag, other LGBTQ flags, pride t-shirts, magnets, buttons and other queer ephemera. Pick up your recently published copy of queerbook anthology – a collection of fiction and non-fiction work by LGBTQ people from all over the world that was published by PAT during the pandemic. Add this must-do stop to your Gay Pride Month itinerary!

Upcoming Philly Pride Events for Families

Gone and For Ever – Art Exhibition

June 21 – 24

William Way LGBT Community Center – 1315 Spruce Street, Philadelphia

William Way LGBT Community Center and artist/entrepreneur Alex Stadler have teamed up to collaborate on a special exhibition and public memorial service for those lost in the early AIDS pandemic in the city of Philadelphia. Gone and For Ever will remember and honor those who died in our region dating back to the early 1980s, particularly those who were abandoned in their dying or death in the early crisis years. Stadler and collaborating artists have created a one-of-a-kind artist-made exhibition to be displayed at the Center (1315 Spruce Street) during Philly Gay Pride Month, from June 21-24, leading up to the piece’s culminating public memorial on June 25.

Drag Queen Storytime!

June 24, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Queen Memorial Library – 1201 S 23rd Street, Philadelphia

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Friends 0-12 are invited to join special guest Navaya Shay for stories, songs, and movements that center on themes of diversity and inclusion.

This will be Navaya’s fourth year joining us for Drag Queen Storytime! For additional information, please call the Queen Memorial Library at 215-685-1899.

Pride Night at Urban Axes

June 24 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Urban Axes Philadelphia – 2019 E Boston Street, Philadelphia

Pride Night at Urban Axes is back! Join in celebrating love, diversity and bullseyes at this upcoming charity event!

Family Pride Day

June 25, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

The Franklin Institute – 222 N 20th Street, Philadelphia

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month (LGBTQ Pride Month) is celebrated annually in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots and works to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for LGBTQ+ Americans. 

On Saturday, June 25, from 12-4 pm, join for a special day of programming that highlights the contributions of some of the amazing Philadelphia organizations that help uplift, educate, and nourish our LGBTQ+ community, especially our young members and their families. Celebrate with one-of-a-kind experiences that blur the line between science and performance for some of the most whimsical shows and demonstrations you have ever seen. 

Pride Day at Philadelphia Zoo

June 25, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Philadelphia Zoo – 3400 W Girard Avenue, Philadelphia

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Philadelphia Zoo celebrates Philly Gay Pride Month with the return of Pride Day at Philadelphia Zoo. This all-ages experience is a great opportunity to get outdoors with family, friends and/or significant others and enjoy the animals and celebrate the awesome diversity of the LGBTQ community. Local LGBTQ organizations have been invited to give away literature and talk about their services. Guests are invited to show off their Gay Pride by wearing their most colorful rainbow and pride-themed threads for a chance to win Zoo tickets for a future visit. Zoo Admission is $24 for ages 12+ and $19 for ages 2-11, children under 2 are free, plus entrance for Big Time $6 (adults and children ages 2+). Food and drink is pay as you go. Ticket reservations are available at www.PhiladelphiaZoo.org.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves: Pride Night

June 28, 7:05 pm – 10:00 pm

Citizens Bank Park – 1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia

The Phillies invite you to celebrate Philadelphia’s rich LGBTQ+ culture at our annual Pride Night presented by The GIANT Company. The event will take place at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday, June 28 at 7:05 p.m. when the Phillies host the Atlanta Braves.

All members of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as family, friends and organizations are invited to come out and show their pride at this event.

The first 1,000 fans to purchase tickets for this event will receive a voucher for an exclusive Phillies Pride Night hooded T-shirt!


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Writer for Philadelphia Family. Email tips to lani@familyfocus.org.

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