LGBT festivals & events

Portland shows its pride all year 'round with these LGBT community celebrations.

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    March

    POWFest

    Held at the Hollywood Theatre, the Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest) celebrates the work of top female filmmakers as well as those just starting out.

    May

    Red Dress Party

    As the name implies, a red dress is required for entry to the Red Dress Party — no matter the gender of the guest. This annual soiree started in 2001 as a basement party and has grown into a large-scale event attended by more than 2,000 people and raising upwards of $30,000 for local LGBTQ organizations each year.

    QDoc

    Portland’s queer documentary film festival, QDoc, was co-founded by David Weissman (“We Were Here”) and attracts filmmakers from across the country to screen their works at McMenamins Kennedy School.

    Homo’s Got Talent

    The Homo’s Got Talent dance-off competition features the best, brightest (often literally) and most bizarre of the community’s performance artists. A panel of celebrity judges determines the Top Homo Dancer.

    June

    Portland Pride Festival

    Portland’s official LGBTQ pride parade and festival includes three days of festivities in Waterfront Park in addition to the annual parade. The weekend-long celebration attracts visitors from up and down the West Coast as well as big-name performers.

    Portland Black Pride

    Typically running concurrent with the Portland Pride Festival, Portland Black Pride provides opportunities for African-American members of the LGBTQ community to connect and celebrate their culture.

    Peacock in the Park

    Beloved LGBTQ variety and drag show Peacock in the Park returned to the Washington Park Rose Garden Amphitheater in June 2014. Founded in 1987, the production went on hiatus in 2004, during which time, the popular Peacock After Dark event carried on the tradition of family fun and fund-raising for the Audria M. Edwards scholarship fund.

    BearTown

    Bears gather from across the country to celebrate their culture with dance parties, day trips and more at BearTown — all while raising money for LGBTQ charities.

    July

    Portland Latino Gay Pride

    Since 2006, community volunteers have organized a multi-day Portland Latino Gay Pride festival to celebrate and honor LGBTQ Latinos with performances, parties and the Mariposa Award. Events are held at the Jupiter Hotel, Q Center and Embers Nightclub.

    August

    Portland Queer Music Festival

    The Portland Queer Music Festival attracts musicians from near and far for a celebration of queer musical talent at Southeast Portland’s Crush Bar.

    September

    Time-Based Art Festival

    The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art brings together artists from around the globe for the not-to-be-missed 10-day TBA Festival of contemporary performing and visual arts.

    October

    Portland Queer Film Festival

    Portland’s annual Queer Film Festival highlights the cinematic contributions of LGBTQ artists from near and far at Northwest Portland’s Cinema 21.

    Imperial Sovereign Rose Court Coronation Ball

    The Rose Court, Oregon’s oldest LGBTQ organization, holds its annual coronation ball (crowning its emperors and empresses) every October. Members of the court serve as leaders in community fundraising efforts.

    Eden PNW — Beaches, Babes, & Bonfires

    Held the first weekend of October, women come from around the country to gather in Seaside, Ore., for comedy, clamming, hiking, Dykes On Bikes®, shopping, wine tasting and more at the annual Eden PNW event.

     

    Find more Portland events in the events calendar.


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