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.
June 9, 4 pm
118 Fountain St.
Galaei’s SPLAT program works to support the empowerment and leadership development of queer youth of color through individual coaching, group support, and community engagement. The organization moved into a brand new space and building over the pandemic and as they prepare for a giant grand opening, they invite LGBTQ teens to a free SPLAT and Spray event to make the youth lounge their own by painting it. Through this event, teens can come together and find community, and learn new artistic skills. For ages 13-18.
FDR Park, 1500 Pattison Ave.
Reserve your tickets NOW at www.PHSonline.org using coupon code RGWWCC21 to save $5 on adult tickets for June 10. The Flower Show moves outdoors this year to South Philly’s FDR Park for a unique iteration of this annual tradition.
June 10, 10:30 am
Shakespeare Park, 1901 Vine St.
Join Mx. Kate in Shakespeare Park (right across Vine Street from the library) for an outdoor rainbow story time with a make-your-own-edible-rainbow food craft at the end, including water ice. This program is geared towards children ages 5-11, but all families are welcome.
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 Drag Queen Brittany Lynn throughout the day, plus art making and other projects. Throughout the museum, children can find books centered on self-empowerment and acceptance. Admission to the Please Touch Museum continues on a timed-session structure with advanced registration required.
June 11, 3:30-5 pm
The Philadelphia Office of LGBT Affairs celebrates Pride Month with a City Hall flag-raising ceremony, plus more planned. Stay tuned as they release more details.
Virtual Drag Queen Bedtime Storytime
June 11, 6 pm
Brittany Lynn joins Tildie’s Toy Box to celebrate Pride and share stories before bedtime!
June 12, noon–1:30 pm
6452 Greene St.
Philadelphia School of Circus Arts celebrates Philly Gay Pride with a free circus workshop for LGBTQIA teens. In this 1.5-hour workshop, PSCA’s LGBTQIA Staff and LGBTQIA Staff Allies will introduce teens to the Circus Arts by teaching the basics of Aerial Sling, Static Trapeze, Tumbling, Juggling, and Tightwire. The last half hour of the workshop will be dedicated to a Cyr Wheel performance and Q&A with a recent graduate of Circadium School of Contemporary Circus, Alexandra Feit. Teens will leave feeling inspired, empowered, and connected to new circus friends. Masks are required to be worn at all times, and social distancing will be in effect in the space. This event is free, and space is limited to 15 participants so registration is required. All skill levels and abilities welcome.
June 12, noon–6 pm
Parks on Tap Trails End, 27th and South streets
Enjoy sweeping river views, delicious food and drink, and comfortable seating with your family and friends during this all-ages outdoor event. Philadelphia out and proud celebrity DJ Robert Drake will provide music from 2–6 pm. Local LGBTQ organizations have been invited to greet guests at the entrance and share information about their services. Plus, you can support four local LGBTQ charities with your purchase of Pride Punch: $1 from each Pride Punch sold during Pride in the Park, and all June long, will be combined and split between the William Way LGBT Community Center, Philly Asian Queer, The Attic Youth Center, and Galaei.
June 12, 5–7 pm
Head to various businesses in Northern Liberties for a celebration that features local artists showcasing and making their wares, including several featured LGBTQ artists. Gay-owned, female-owned, Black-owned, and Veteran-owned boutique and gift store Trunc will kick things off with live music outside the shop featuring Justus Riveria, Justusviolin, playing music inspired by disco and Studio 54. Trunc also invites families, dog dads, dog moms, and everyone to bring their furry friends for a free digital image by Justin Timins. Hudson Table will feature Artist at Work Vincent Marc, more publicly known as Marc, a Black queer creative director, stylist, and photographer.
Begins June 14, noon
Kingsessing Library, 1201 S. 51st St.
Starting Monday, June 14, Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love will be featured as a story stroll around the Kingsessing Library and Rec Center. Take a walk in the park and celebrate Pride with this summertime tale of underwater creatures, parades, and the affirmative love of an abuela. Take-home craft kits to celebrate Pride Month will be available in the sidewalk library in front of the Rec Center while supplies last. Julián is a Mermaid starts in front of the library, by the bike racks, and continues through the park.
June 15, 11 am
Join the Free Library of Philadelphia and Drag Queen Brittany Lynn for a delightful and uplifting storytime over Zoom. Free; pre-register online for the link.
June 17, 4 pm and 5 pm
904 S. Ninth St.
Maria TopCatt is back at Mister John’s Music for stories, lipsyncing dance parties, catwalk time, and togetherness, in a special outdoor event! Tickets available online.
June 18, 5–8 pm
3400 W. Girard Ave.
To make our summer even more dino-riffic, the zoo has extended Friday night hours, and on June 18 you can celebrate Pride along with the dino-themed food and fun of Big Time! Out and proud celebrity local DJ Robert Drake will provide family-friendly tunes for the night, and local LGBTQ organizations have been invited to give away literature and talk about their services. Guests are also invited to wear their most colorful rainbow and pride-themed threads for a chance to win zoo tickets for a future visit. Tickets available online.
June 19, 9:30 am
613 Wharton St.
Rise and shine for outdoor storytime in the park with Miss Brittany Lynn! Bring your own blanket for stories of love, acceptance, and individuality.
June 25, 3:30 pm
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
LGBT+ youth and their allies (ages 12-18) meet outdoors to socialize and discuss issues affecting the queer community. Contact TeenCenter@freelibrary.org or call 215-686-5395 for more info.
June 26, noon–4 pm
222 N. 20th St.
From the science of sound to explosive demos, the Franklin Institute gets loud to celebrate diversity and inclusion with experiences that blur the lines of science and performance. Museum guests will experience an afternoon of LGBTQIA+ inspired performances where Franklin Institute science performers join forces with local drag queens for whimsical shows and dissections. Expressive coloring, roving demos, the science of bubbles and rainbows, photo ops, colorful lights, and themed music add to a community celebration designed to offer LGBTQIA+ people and allies an opportunity to experience visibility, solidarity, and joy. Included with museum admission.
710 S. Fifth St.
Philly AIDS Thrift celebrates June as Philly Gay Pride Month with a colorful, queer-centric window display celebrating the diversity of our city and region’s LGBTQ 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. You can also donate and do good in June by donating gently used items to the thrift store.
Photographs by Laura Swartz.