Every year, Albany celebrates Pride throughout the month of June. From parades and festivals to painting classes and drag shows scroll on for just some of the ways to celebrate Pride and the LGBTQ+ community in Albany this year.
Pride Cans at Nine Pin
Available Throughout the Month of June
For a limited time only sip on some Nine Pin cider from their Signature Pride labeled cans! The cans will be sold throughout the month of June. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to OutHudson, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the visibility and quality of life for the LGBTQ+ community in Columbia County.
In the Footsteps of Heroes, The Legacy of New York LGBTQ+ Activists
Exhibition on View June 7 to June 30, 2023
New York State Capitol
Throughout the month of June, view "In the Footsteps of Heroes, The Legacy of New York LGBTQ+ Activists" on the second floor of the Capitol Building. This exhibition showcases generations of LGBTQ+ activists who led the movement and still inspire change today. Trace important historical events and figures from the leaders of the Stonewall Uprising to organizations of today advocating for the furthering and protection of the rights of the LGBTQ+ community.
7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
LGBTQ+ youth and allies are invited to attend Alternative Prom hosted by The Pride Center of the Capital Region. Open to ages 13 to 18, the theme of the night is Four Seasons. Dress to impress in outfits inspired by Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring! Prizes will be awarded to the best of each season. There is a $10 cover fee.
9:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Not your everyday karaoke, join the Pride Center of the Capital region for Karaoke Wars! Donate cash to change a song or a singer or just to donate to a good cause. All proceeds benefit the Pride Center of the Capital Region.
Pride Drag Show at Nine Pin
Doors open at 6:00 PM, Show starts at 7:00 PM
Head over to Nine Pin for a Pride Drag show hosted by Typhoid Mary! Seating is on a first come, first serve basis so make sure you get there early to snag a good spot.
11:00 PM to 4:00 AM
Come dance, have a good time, and celebrate Pride at the VIBES Pride Ball at Waterworks Pub hosted by The Pride Center of the Capital Region! The event is 18+ to enter, 21+ to drink.
12:00 Pm to 5:00 PM
Celebrate Pride with In Our Own Voices at their 17th annual Pride event. Formerly known as Black & Latino Gay Pride, the inaugural Black, Indigenous & People of Color (BIPOC) Pride celebration is a fun, family-friendly event that recognizes the contributions, resilience, and struggles of BIPOC members of the LGBTQ+ community in the Capital Region. Head over to Washington Park for live music, food vendors and more.
Capital Pride Parade and Festival 2023
Parade Route: State Street, Lark Street, and Madison Avenue
Festival: Washington Park
11:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Known as the largest Northeastern Pride celebration outside of New York City and Boston, head out to the Capital Pride Parade and Festival hosted by the Pride Center of the Capital Region! Walk the parade route (starting at 11:45 AM) down State Street, Lark Street and Madison Ave, then enjoy the festival at Washington Park. The festival will feature live music, food, a Family Carnival Zone, and hundreds of vendors. Opened in 1970, The Pride Center of the Capital Region is the oldest, continuously operating Pride Center in the country.
CDTA Shuttle Service: To help minimize traffic, CDTA will provide complimentary shuttle service to Washington Park from 10:30 AM to 6:00 PM from the Elk Street Parking Lot behind the State Education Building (pick up at Elk and Hawk Street Stop Sign) and the Eagle Street Parking Lot on the corner of Eagle Street and Madison Avenue. Parking at both locations is free. The shuttles will run every 20 to 25 minutes.
Walk the Rainbow at Thacher Park
10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Enjoy a lovely morning walk around the Thacher Park Nature Center and attend their Pride Month event: Walk the Rainbow. Keep your eyes peeled for wildflowers in every color!
Registration begins at 9:00 AM
5k begins at 10:00 AM
Rainbow Fun Run begins at 10:30 AM
Join the Pride Center of the Capital Region for the annual Pride Rainbow 5K Run-Walk at Jennings Landing! This family friendly event, for runners of all levels, is held entirely on the Mohawk Hudson Bike Trail. Awards are available for the best gear and best use of "Rainbow," so break out your best and funniest rainbow Pride gear. Proceeds benefit the Pride Center of the Capital Region.
Paint with Pride with Artist Jamie Shields
Honest Weight Food Co-Op
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Create a masterpiece with a Pride themed guided painting event at Honest Weight Food Co-Op. This event will be led by local queer artist Jamie Shields. All attendees will receive a $10 gift card for the Co-Op. The fee for this class is $25 with all materials provided.
Drag Cabaret and Story Hour for Kids
New York State Musuem
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Attend an afternoon of songs and stories at the New York State Museum performed by drag artists Frieda and Carmie! Enjoy games, prizes, and sing-alongs at this fun-filled, family event hosted by the Pride Center of the Capital Region. Plus, the event is completely free!
Flow & Fizz: Outdoor Yoga
9 AM to 12 PM
Help support The Pride Center of the Capital Region and find your zen during Outdoor Yoga at Stuyvesant Plaza! Then head over to Jacob & Anthony's for a refreshing summer cocktail and music on the restaurant's outdoor patio. A portion of the proceeds for this lovely Friday morning event will be donated to the Pride Center. Tickets are $30, attendees must be 21+.