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Every Party, Parade, and Drag Show Your Proud Heart Can Handle

A complete calendar of this weekend’s LGBTQ events.

Wednesday, June 21

Sounders Pride Match The Seattle Sounders go head to head against Orlando City FC. Fun fact: Orlando’s women’s soccer team is called the Pride, and the men’s team is nicknamed the Lions—a pack of which is called… a pride. WHOM DO YOU ROOT FOR? CenturyLink Field. $21–$189. 7:30 p.m.

Women’s Prideoke Night West Seattle hosts its Pride version of karaoke night, featuring drink specials and no cover. “It’s Women’s night, but all are welcome!” OutWest Bar. Free. 4 p.m.–1 a.m.

Purr Pride Tonight marks the beginning of Purr’s five-day Pride party. Things kick off with a free performance from RuPaul’s Drag Race season 7 winner Violet Chachki, followed by fellow Ru contestant Katya on Thursday and DJ nights through Sunday. Purr Cocktail Lounge. Free–$25. Times vary.

Wildrose Karaoke Seattle’s pre-eminent lesbian bar hosts its regular Wednesday karaoke, except this Wednesday, it’s Pride week. Free. 9 p.m.

Thursday, June 22

La Bouche Tonight’s ’90s club night features a very special appearance from the legendary La Bouche, the dynamite duo that brought you “Be My Lover,” “Sweet Dreams,” “Fallin’ in Love,” and more. Practice screaming along your “la-di-das” and “ah-ah-yay-ays” before you attend this one. Chop Suey. $27.50. 8 p.m.–2 a.m.

Dragapalooza Sharon Needles, Trixie Mattel, Robbie Turner, Derrick Barry, Rhea Litré, and Biblegirl bring you this live musical revue: “equal parts rock concert, variety show, and musical theater.” The Egyptian, $25–$500. 7 & 9 p.m.

Kremwerk/Timbre Room Pride For five days, Seattle’s destination basement techno den and new above-ground counterpart will turn into an all-out Pride party, featuring 10 events over three separate spaces and four different bars, including dance nights, drag shows, and more. $75 weekend pass, individual event prices vary. Times vary.

Queen4Queen Dance all night to the sounds and go-go grace of Cookie Couture, Jade Dynasty, Strawberry Shartcake, Khloe5x, and Hydrangea Strangea. Pony. Free. 9 p.m.–2 a.m.

Pride Night at Safeco The Tigers play the Mariners at tonight’s Pride game, featuring a performance of the National Anthem from queer local singer Mary Lambert, Mariners Pride Night hats, and more. Safeco Field. $48–$57. 7:10 p.m.

Fierce Queen Pride Edition Come if you want drag that pulls no punches. Competitors will be subjected to live readings, and the judgment—courtesy of Shitney Houston, Mona Real, and Urethra Franklin—is guaranteed to be extra, extra judgy. Whoever survives the shade and reigns the fiercest will make out with a $500 prize. Re-bar. $12. 8 p.m.–2 a.m.

Qu-Art Seattle’s pre-eminent hub for comix art transforms into a queer community art night every fourth Thursday of the month. Come for free light refreshments, and bring your own supplies. Push/Pull. Free. 6–9 p.m.

Junk Yard The title of this all-male revue at Can Can isn’t lying—if you want to see some junk, tonight will deliver plenty. Sit back and enjoy the “masculine magic” while you wine and dine. The Can Can. $30–$40. 9:30 p.m.

Real Talk: LGBTQ Conversations for Change This town hall-style talk will “focus on critical, frank discussions of Seattle’s community perspectives, including conversations about pride, racism, and nationalism in LGBTQ communities, access to safety and spaces, and LGBTQ experiences with local law enforcement.” Guests include Monica Beverly Hillz and Jade Sotomayor. Frye Art Museum. $5. 6 p.m.

Friday, June 23

Trans Pride Seattle Organized by the Gender Justice League, this event will begin with a march and end with a celebration at Cal Anderson Park, featuring trans speakers, activists, dancers, and poets. Cal Anderson Park. Free. 5 p.m.

Trans Pride Afterparty at Vermillion Keep the festivities going with this fundraiser at art gallery and bar Vermillion, with sets from Falon Sierra, MMMelt, and Gag Reflex. Donations benefit the artists and the Gender Justice League. Suggested sliding scale $0–$10. 7 p.m.–2 a.m.

Summer of Love: Pony Pride All you need is this “love-in” extravaganza at Seattle’s premier queer bar, with a DJ lineup that spans Friday through Sunday and “the world’s tiniest tea dance.” Pony. Free–$5. Times vary.

Rapture Pride Edition Come ready to slay the curated runway at this avant-garde drag fete with “overall dark techno dance vibes,” hosted by Arson Nicki and featuring performances by Evah Destruction and Ursula Major. DJ Mark Servito will provide the soundtrack. Kremwerk. $10–$20. 10 p.m.–3 a.m.

Slay Pride Edition West Coast DJs Automaton and BreezyEZ will spin for the Pride edition of this monthly hip-hop dance party for LGBTQIA and allies, with partial proceeds going to Planned Parenthood. Neumos. $10. 9 p.m.–midnight.

Frolik Kitchen Pride Kickoff Party Set the tone for your Pride weekend with cocktails and dancing on Frolik’s rooftop deck. Free. 8:30 p.m.–12:30 a.m.

Seattle Storm Night With Equal Rights Washington Watch the Seattle Storm vie against the Phoenix Mercury in this Pride kickoff game. A portion of every ticket will fund LGBT advocacy through Equal Rights Washington. KeyArena. $20. 7–9 p.m.

HouseQuake Seattle Quake Rugby presents the Pride edition of this house-music party with DJs Spaceotter, MrLinden, and James Sorrell. Timbre Room. $8–$13. 10 p.m.–2 a.m.

Pride Friday 2017 and SuperSquare The electronic-music trio SuperSquare will provide tunes for this bash, which includes a beer garden. Neighbours. $15. 9 p.m.–4 a.m.

Dickslap This cheekily named soirée has got go-go dancers, Jell-O shots, and a “whore d’oeuvres” table to boot. Seattle Eagle. $10. 8 p.m.–3 a.m.

Saturday, June 24

Pridefest Capitol Hill The Hill’s main event is an all-day lineup of music, dancing, and drag, with a competition judged by the Boulet Brothers and an appearance from electro-rock dance duo Mirrorgloss. Cal Anderson Park. Free. Noon–8 p.m.

Family Pride & Queer Youth Pride All ages and families are welcome at this festival, which will feature children’s stories told by drag queens, a water-balloon toss, a performance by rapper Cakes Da Killa, and more. Cal Anderson Park. Free. 1–7 p.m.

Doggie Drag Contest Deck out your pooches in their Pride finest for this competition benefitting Seattle Humane’s Pet Project, which provides food, vet care, and supplies for the pets of cancer and HIV/AIDS patients. Registration begins at 1 p.m. at Seattle Humane’s table at Capitol Hill Pridefest. May the fiercest Fido win! Cal Anderson Park. $10 entry per dog. 2:30 p.m.

Seattle Dyke March & Rally This event aims to celebrate and uplift “queer women and dyke-identified people across the gender spectrum” and invites allies of all genders and orientations to march in solidarity. The rally will feature performers and speakers from Rain City Rock Camp for Girls, Seattle Womxn’s March, Youth Speaks Seattle, and more. Seattle Central College. Free. 5–7 p.m.

Capitol Hill Pride Block Festival This Wizard of Oz-themed festival, hosted by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, will offer six blocks of food, vendors, and entertainment. Link Light Rail Capitol Hill Station. Free. 10 a.m.–10 p.m.

Queer Geeks & Gamers Convention Geek out at this two-day convention with a cosplay contest, panels about gaming, console gaming stations and arcade games, and panels about cosplay and comics. Join host Abie Ekenezar for Sunday’s all-ages Pink Party, with costumes, dancing, games, and a 21+ bar. Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center. Free. Times vary.

Pride: Divine With DJ Grind Channel your inner deity for this bacchanal: Dress as a god or goddess or mythical creature, or take your style cues from the late, legendary queen Divine. Foundation Nightclub. $30. 9 p.m.–3 a.m.

Aperture Nonprofit film production company Blanket Fort Films presents this showcase of new work created over six months by students from queer, POC and women filmmakers as part of the MoPic program. The show will be accompanied with a live performance from local musician Claire-Michelle. Northwest Film Forum. $10-$15. 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 25

Pride Sunday With Betty Wetter Fuel up for the day’s activities by partaking in brunch with queen Betty Wetter. Saint John’s Bar & Eatery. Free. 9 a.m.

Seattle Pride Parade The theme for this year’s parade is “Indivisible.” As the official website puts it, “Inclusion and intersectionality make us stronger.” The appointed Grand Marshals for 2017 include PFLAG Seattle, Gender Justice League, the Seattle Sounders, author Sherman Alexie, the University of Washington’s Q Center, and Youthcare. Attendees are encouraged to come early to nab a prime viewing spot on the sidewalk; the parade will last around two and a half hours. Westlake Park. Free. 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

PrideFest 2017 at Seattle Center Seattle Center’s PrideFest will boast three performance stages running all day long. Highlights include singers Mary Lambert and Ultra Naté, comedian Deven Green, drag performer Joey Arias, New York rapper Dai Burger, and local acts Sashay, DoNormaal, and Pink Parts. Seattle Center. Free. Noon–8 p.m.

KEXP PRIDE Party KEXP DJs and Five Point Cafe team up to keep the beats and beer flowing throughout the day at Tilikum Park, conveniently located at the end of the Pride Parade route. Tilikum Park. Free. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Dear Queers A stacked lineup of queer punk tunes from Your Heart Breaks, Sundries, Moon Palace, Creature Hole, and Man Repellant. Barboza. $10. 5–8 p.m.

Escape!! All-Ages Queer Dance Party Plot your getaway to this post-Pridefest shindig, where you can bop the night away to jams from DJs Reverend Dollars, Toya B, and Queermo from the Darqness Seattle Crew. The Vera Project. $5. 8 p.m.–midnight.

The Make Out Party Pride Edition Will you pay a visit to this party’s infamous make-out photo booth, which rewards your boldness for snogging a stranger with a free Jell-O shot? Seattle Eagle. $10. 8 p.m.–2:30 a.m.

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