Skip to Main Content

VisitErie Blog

Pride 2019 Dave Schroeder PACA

How to Celebrate Pride Month in Erie PA

Wednesday Jun 1st, 2022

The month of June is dedicated to celebrating and supporting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and Intersexed and Ally/Asexual (LGBTQIA) community. Whether you identify as LGBTQIA or are an ally, everyone is welcome to join in the celebration of love, acceptance and being proud about who you are. Show your pride all month long and come party in Erie! Main photo courtesy of: Dave Schroeder/PACA

Drag Bingo at Voodoo credit NWPA Pride

Wednesday, June 1 – Pride Drag Bingo

Kick off Pride month with Pride Drag Bingo, hosted by Alysin Wonderland at Voodoo Brewing. The doors open at 5:30 p.m., cast meet-and-greet will be held at 6 p.m. with bingo and cash prizes beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased here.  Picture courtesy of NWPA Pride Alliance

Wednesday, June 8 – Safe Space Social Hour

The Northwest PA Pride Alliance (NWPA Pride) and Underdog BBQ are hosting a safe space social gathering from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Underdog BBQ with friends, food and drink specials and stimulating conversation. The event is open to all ages.

Pride Night SeaWolves credit ErieGayNews v2

Saturday, June 18 – Rainbow Family Story Time

Join The Blasco Public Library from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. for a story time event celebrating LGBTQ+ families and their allies! The children's librarians will showcase LGBTQ-friendly picture books from the library’s collection and lead the group in upbeat music and movement activities. Children will receive a family photo frame to decorate and light refreshments will be served. All families with children are welcome to attend. No registration required.

Thursday, June 23 - Pride Night with the Erie SeaWolves

Cheer on the home team during a special Pride night celebration with the Erie SeaWolves at UPMC Ball Park!  A special section will be reserved for LGBTQIA family, friends and allies with a portion of ticket sales benefitting the NW PA Pride Alliance.   It’s also a Two-Buck Thursday night with $2 concession specials.  First pitch is at 6:05 p.m.  A special shirt and ticket package is available when purchasing a ticket through NWPAPride.org. The ticket and shirt combo will need to be picked up from the Will Call ticket window. Reserve your tickets and learn more here.

Photo courtesy of Erie Gay News.

Pride Parade 3 credit Erie Gay News v2

Saturday, June 25 - Pride Parade and Pride Festival

The 2022 Pride Parade and Festival will begin with a gathering in front of The Zone Dance Club at 11 a.m., followed by a parade to the festival (18th and State Street north to Perry Square) at Noon.  The festival will include information tables, merchants, food, local drag performances, guest speakers, free HIV/STI testing and other entertainment acts centered on the “Safe Journey” mainstage. New this year is the Erie Playhouse “Youth Zone” featuring inflatable children's rides, a story corner and more. This event is free to attend, family-friendly and smoke-free.  Photo courtesy of Erie Gay News.

DriveYourPride 2 2021 credit Erie Gay News

Sunday, June 26 - Drive Your Pride

Decorate your vehicle in Pride flags, rainbows, colorful streamers and signs and be a part of a pride-filled drive around beautiful Presque Isle State Park!  The group will gather in the parking lot of the Tom Ridge Environmental Center at 1 p.m.  The parade will step-off at 2 p.m. Please note that there is no stopping once the drive has started and all vehicle decorations must be properly secured.  Photo courtesy of Erie Gay News.


Sunday, June 26 - Pride Drag Brunch

Close out a fabulous Pride weekend with a Pride Drag Brunch at Erie’s only LGBTQIA dance club, The Zone Dance Club. Each admission ticket includes brunch from LaBella’s, a pitcher of mimosas and jaw-dropping drag performances from Alysin Wonderland, Rebecca Mae and others.  The event also features a tap take over from Voodoo Brewing.  This is a smoke-free, 21 and over event.   The show begins at Noon with brunch available during intermission.  Reserve your tickets here.

Pride Picnic

Saturday, August 13 – The 29th Annual Pride Picnic

Join the LGBTQIA family for a day filled with food, fun and friends!  The annual Pride picnic takes place from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Presque Isle State Park Rotary Pavilion near the Beach 7 waterworks area.  Hot dogs and all the fixin’s will be provided but please bring a dish to share.  Information tables, a huge raffle and the traditional LGBTQIA family group picture are also included in the fun!   Photo courtesy of  NWPA Pride Alliance.

Sunday, August 14 - Pride Day at Waldameer Park and Water World

Enjoy unlimited rides and slides at discounted admission prices and spend the day with your family and friends at Waldameer Park and Water World, an Erie summertime favorite.  More information and tickets can be found here.   

 

NWPA Pride t shirt

Show off your pride year-round with a 2022 NW PA Pride T-shirt!  Shirts can be purchased here.
Photo credit: NWPA Pride Alliance

Partner Spotlight

partner mazza vineyards

Mazza Vineyards and the South Shore Wine Company

Local wine is great for holiday entertaining, plus it makes a great gift! Stop by to try (and pick up) award-winning wines at Mazza Vineyards and the historic South Shore Wine Company, both located in North East, PA.

Learn More

Untitled design 1

When you have an opportunity to fly, give Erie a try - support your hometown airport!

Direct Daily Flights to Charlotte and Chicago.
Erie International Airport is serviced by American Airlines and United Airlines with daily flights to Charlotte and Chicago with connections across the country and around the world. Book your flight today at www.aa.com or www.united.com

Learn More

spotlgiht the cove

The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern

Join us today! The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern is sure to give you an unforgettable and care-free dining experience. Enjoy a nautical atmosphere with a beautiful view of Presque Isle Bay.

Learn More

dobbins landing

Dobbins Landing

Located on the southeast shore of Lake Erie, the Port of Erie has been promoting industrial, commercial, and recreational opportunities on the waters of Lake Erie since 1959.

Learn More

bayfront grille

Outdoor Dining at the Bayfront Grille

The Bayfront Grille Restaurant at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel is excited to announce that our Bayside Patio is open for Lunch and Dinner. Please check Open Table for reservations or contact the restaurant directly at 814-454-2005.

Learn More

PortFarmsSpotlightAd

Make memories all year at Port Farms!

Bring your family to Port Farms this summer, fall and winter! Port Farms is a fun-filled family destination located in Waterford, PA (30 minutes outside of Erie). The farm features many activities for all ages including a NEW Flower Festival, animal exhibits, slides, pedal carts, wagon rides, 8-acre corn maze, jumping pillows, pumpkin picking, Christmas tree picking, visiting with Santa, and much more. Options for wedding venues, corporate events, birthday parties, and school field trips are also available. To learn more, purchase tickets, or book an event visit www.portfarms.com.

Learn More

Untitled design

John Russell Brewing Company Brew House & Restaurant

Local Craft Beer Brewery & Pub in Erie, PA! Featuring a large selection of craft beers, a wood-fired brick oven featuring fresh dough specialty pizzas & our open-view brewing environment makes for a unique experience! Reservations // Call 814.866.BEER (2337)
:: Full Menu, Wood-fired Brick Oven & Casual Pub Dining
:: Brewery & Craft Beer Pub
:: Craft Beers on Tap & Beer To-Go
:: Indoor & Outdoor Dining & Bar
:: Online Ordering & Takeout
:: Beer To-Go
:: Conveniently located of I-90 on Peach Street

Learn More

millcreek mall

Millcreek Mall

The Millcreek Mall features more than 160 stores, restaurants, and fun for the whole family on Upper Peach Street, Erie’s most popular shopping district! Shopping in Erie means no sales tax on clothing or shoes. Choose from a variety of hotels located on the Mall property and just minutes away at the intersection of Peach Street and Interstate 90.

Learn More

the cork

The Cork 1794

The Cork 1794 is the perfect spot for a date night or special occasion! Indoor and outside seating available with amazing food.

Learn More

u pick 6 spotlight

U Pick 6 Craft Beer Pubs & Restaurants

Erie’s own local craft beer pubs are a must-visit! With 4 great locations, just pick one that’s convenient for you! A casual, family friendly dining experience with something for everyone! To view our menu, check out what’s on tap, or get to directions to our pubs, learn more now!”

Learn More

upmc

UPMC Hamot - See What Makes Us Different

UPMC Hamot is a 423-bed hospital in Erie, PA, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services, and serves as a regional referral hub and Level II Trauma Center.

Learn More