Thursday, June 15
Juneteenth: Honoring Food, Traditions, and Histories: Local chefs and restaurateurs David and Tonya Thomas discuss the culinary history of African American cuisine and food traditions associated with Juneteenth. Registration required. 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Walters Art Museum, 600 North Charles Street. For more information, go to: thewalters.org or call: 410-547-9000.
Sweet Spot Pride: Aquaria, Arra, Baby, DDm, King Molasses, Mel 4Ever, Miss Toto, Sweet Spot, and more. Proudly benefiting FreeState Justice – a legal advocacy organization that seeks to improve the lives of low-income LGBTQ+ Marylanders. ($25-$75) 8 p.m. at Baltimore Soundstage, 124 Market Place. For more information, go to: sweetspotbmore.com.
Garden Hours with JaySwann: Come dance at Current Space’s inaugural DJ residency. Sounds by resident artist JaySwann featuring Special Guest: $corpie. 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Current Space, 421 North Howard Street. For more information, go to: currentspace.com or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, June 16
A Tupac Birthday Celebration: With Ray Winder, Bobby Woody, and Kay L.A. Hosted by John Doe with Sounds by DJ-Sun. ($10-$13) 6 p.m. at Current Space Garden Bar, 421 Tyson Street. For more information, go to: currentspace.com.
Twilight On The Terrace: An annual fundraising gala event for The Pride Center of Maryland, featuring fine food, an open bar, and great music. ($150-$175) 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Gertrude’s Chesapeake Kitchen, 10 Art Museum Drive. For more information, go to: baltimorepride.org.
Tromac & DJ-Sun: Come ready to dance to the sounds of Tromac and DJ-Sun. Free. 9 p.m. to close at The Royal Blue, 1733 Maryland Avenue. For more information, go to: royalbluebar.com or call 443-869-6111.
Unquantize at Owl Room: A showcase of Baltimore/D.C. House and club music talent. Featuring sounds by DJ Spen, Thommy Davis, John Morales, MicFreak, Abco, SPCLK, and Kade Young. (21 and up, $25) 9 p.m. at The Owl Room, 2007 14th Street Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia. For more information, go to: theowlroomdc.com.
Saturday, June 17
AFRAM: One of the largest African American festivals on the East Coast. National entertainment, local eats, and much more. June 17-18 at Druid Hill Park, 900 Druid Park Lake Drive. For more information, go to: aframbaltimore.com.
Union Collective Pride: A day of fun activities and performances for LGBTQ+ and ally youths, families, and adults to celebrate Pride month. Noon to 10 p.m. at Union Collective, 1700 West 41st Street. For more information, go to: unmatchedathlete.org/unioncollectivepride
PRIDE of Mt Vernon 2023: A community-focused event to gather and socialize and to appreciate the neighborhood. 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the 900 block of North Charles Street. For more information, email: email@example.com.
Sunday, June 18
No Tea No Shade: Pride Brunch: Join hosts Kayden Amore Chloe and Liyah Adams for another Sunday of shows, tea, and some slight shade. Noon to 3 p.m. at Dream Mega Lounge, 10 South Calvert Street. For more information, go to: sadbrunch.com.
Baltimore Pride Community BBQ: A celebration of Pride, Father’s Day, and Juneteenth. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at The Pride Center of Maryland, 2418 Saint Paul Street. For more information, go to: bdeebaltimorelove.org or call: 410-622-9519.
Monday, June 19
Baltimore Pride: The theme “One Heart, One Love, One Pride” honors the contributions made to society by sexual and gender minorities. Hosted by the Pride Center of Maryland. June 19-25 at various locations. For more information, go to: baltimorepride.org.
An Opulent Juneteenth: Special guest performance by Pinksiifu. DJ Sets By ThugPop & Dj Auntie Spice. A panel discussion moderated by Sharayna Christmas. Food, drinks, a tattoo bar, and more. 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Compound, 2239 Kirk Avenue.
Wednesday, June 21
Suga Cane: BLK ASS Karaoke + Pride Happy Hour: A sticky + sweet, good ass time. Brought to you by Alternative Union x BLK ASS FLEA MKT. ($15) 4 p.m to 10 p.m at Guilford Hall Brewery, 1611 Guilford Avenue. For more information, go to: blkassfleamkt.com.
Thursday, June 22
Brandee Younger: A leading voice of the harp, Brandee Younger made history at the 2022 Grammy Awards as the first Black female solo artist nominated in the Best Instrumental Composition category for her song “Beautiful Is Black.” ($22-$25) 7:30 p.m. at Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue. For more information, go to: creativealliance.org or call: 410-276-1651.
Friday, June 23
Ridin’ the Rail: Baltimore Pride at the B&O: Hop aboard the Pride Train with one-of-a-kind drag performances, followed by an epic Baltimore Pride Party filled with music, food, and drinks. ($25-$85) 6:30 p.m. at B&O Railroad Museum, 901 West Pratt Street. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
HAUS PRIDE: Hosted by Washington Heights, with special guests Detox and Laila McQueen. Performances by Stealya Manz-Blue and Cake Pop, with music provided by Vodkatrina. Ticket includes premium open bar, meet and greet, and drag show. ($50-$75) 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Topside, 101 West Monument Street.
Concrete Oppressionism: Join for an enlightening discussion centered around the remarkable work of Esteban Whiteside, whose art is currently on view as part of the exhibition, “Think Tank!”. Facilitated by Teri Henderson, Arts and Culture Editor of Baltimore Beat, this engaging talk will delve into “Concrete Oppressionism,” a term coined by Whiteside to describe his unique artistic style in response to the tragic police murder of Mike Brown. Departing from the self-centered tendencies of Abstract Expressionism, “Concrete Oppressionism” emphasizes the creation of artwork with a powerful and direct political message, leaving no room for misinterpretation. Free. 7 p.m to 8 p.m at at NoMüNoMü, 709 North Howard Street. For more information, go to: nomunomu.org.
GRL PWR Presents Yes! A Pride Rave: Hosted by Amy Reid and Pangelica. Featuring sounds by DJ Amsies, DJ Aave, and TRQPiTECA (Cqqchifruit + La Spacer, Chicago, IL). ($20) 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., location to be announced. For more information, go to: ra.co/events/1672184.
Saturday, June 24
Satur-SLAY Pride Comedy Show: A he/she/they-LARIOUS night of comedy for pride season. ($10 – $15) 8 p.m. to 10 p.m, at Zissimos Bar, 1023 West 36th Street. For more information, go to: zissimosbar.com or call: 410-467-4707.
Beyonce vs. Rihanna Summer Dance Party: It’s the return of the Beyonce vs. Rihanna Summer dance party battle. ($15) 10 p.m. at Ottobar, 2549 North Howard Street. For more information, go to: theottobar.com or email: email@example.com.
VERSION: A Dance Party for Queer People: Sounds by Trillnatured, hosted by Kotic Couture, and documented by Sydney Allen. ($10) 10 p.m., The Crown, 1910 North Charles Street. For more information, go to: thecrownbaltimore.com or call: 410-625-4848.
Sunday, June 25
Drag Brunch with Brooklyn Heights: Hard Rock Cafe Baltimore and Brooklyn Heights proudly present Drag Brunch for Pride. ($35) 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Hard Rock Cafe – Baltimore, 601 East Pratt Street. For more information, go to: hardrockcafe.com.
PRIDE 2023 Dance Stage – Sunday PRIDE in the Park: Move your body and dance like no one’s watching. Music from King Tutt, Chris Brooks, Jerry Haley, and Byron B-Note Brown. Noon to 6 p.m. at Druid Hill Park, 900 Druid Park Lake Drive.
Wednesday, June 28
Jungle Brothers: With Saleem & The Music Lovers, DJ Mills, and DJ S5. ($22) 7 p.m. at Baltimore Soundstage, 124 Market Place. For more information, go to: baltimoresoundstage.com or call 410-244-0057.
Writers Live! Christian Cooper: Science and comics writer Christian Cooper, also an expert birder, will reflect on his life leading up to and following his interaction with a dog walker in Central Park in May 2020. Mr. Cooper’s video of the encounter went viral and contributed to the national conversation about race in America. Christian Cooper will be joined in conversation by Baltimore Beat editor-in-chief Lisa Snowden-McCray. Free. 7 p.m. at Enoch Pratt Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium, 400 Cathedral Street. In-person and virtual. For more information, go to: prattlibrary.org, or call: 410-396-5430.
Friday, June 30
Art After Hours: Enjoy interactive activities, live entertainment, specialty cocktails, appetizers by H3irloom Food Group, and music inspired by The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century. 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. For more information, go to: artbma.org.