The Pride-related celebrations this year have an extra significance, as 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City, widely considered to be the catalyst for the modern LGBTQ rights movement.
One of the places that locals will be celebrating both Pride Month or the anniversary will be at local bars and clubs. Numerous music and nightlife events will happen during June in honor of Pride, including special dance parties, drag shows, and concerts.
‘80s Night with VHSFriday, June 14
4835 North 15th Avenue
Caravan’s house band, VHS, which serve up energetic covers of ‘80s favorites, will perform at the midtown Phoenix bar. The jams start at 9 p.m. and there’s no cover. Call 602-274-7756.
Give It Everything Saturdays' Pride PartySaturday, June 15
Cash Nightclub & Lounge
1730 East McDowell Road
A special edition of Cash’s weekly “Give It Everything Saturdays” affair, this Pride party will include hot sets by Miss DJ MJ and DJ Torch, a performances by drag queen Carnita Asada, and drink specials like $5 well cocktails all night, and more. Doors open at 9 p.m. and promoters recommend arriving early since “it will be packed.” You can also get in cheaper since there’s a $5 cover before 11 p.m., $7 thereafter. Call 602-244-9943.
Pride Month at KarambaSunday, June 16 to Sunday, June 30
1724 East McDowell Road
Karamba will feature a number of special events over the next couple of weeks during Pride Month. On Sunday, June 16, for instance, Ruby’s Father’s Day show will take place starting at 10:30 p.m. Admission is free. A few nights later on Wednesday, June 19, local drag artists will re-create Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman Show. Start time is 10:30 p.m. and there’s no cover. Aubrey’s Male Turnabout happens on at 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, and is also free. Later on in June, you can catch the Skin Tight Beach Party featuring male dancers, giveaways, and after-hours until 4 a.m. (There’s a $5 cover.) The month wraps up on Sunday, June 30, with the Queen of Karamba performing at 10:30 p.m. Admission is free. Call 602-254-0231.