Note: This section was produced in collaboration with ProudQueer.com, formerly known as PQ Monthly.
Portland’s LGBTQ+ community might consider June Pride month, but there are celebrations all year long. Here are some of the best LGBTQ+ film, music, drag and comedy events from March through October.
Fertile Ground Festival
Unlike “fringe” festivals in other cities, Portland’s Fertile Ground Festival only includes performances by local artists and theater companies, and it’s non-juried. The 11-day event provides a platform for underrepresented voices and gives audiences a chance to experience innovative multi-media performances, musical and traditional theater, dance and even comedy.
POW Film Fest
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.
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 Hollywood Theatre.
Portland Pride Festival
Portland’s official LGBTQ+ Pride Festival and Parade 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 concurrently with the Portland Pride Festival, Portland Black Pride provides opportunities for African-American members of the LGBTQ+ community to connect and celebrate their culture.
Portland Latinx Gay Pride
Since 2006, community volunteers have organized a multi-day Portland Latinx Pride festival to celebrate and honor the city’s Latinx community with performances, parties and the Mariposa Award.
Gay Oregon Pageant
The Imperial Sovereign Rose Court of Oregon, Oregon’s oldest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) organization hosts the annual Gay Oregon Pageant. The pageant crowns Mr., Mx. & Miss Gay Oregon every year and is held at CC Slaughters, one of Portland’s oldest gay bars and energetic nightclubs.
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Time-Based Art Festival
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Events Throughout the Year
Imperial Sovereign Rose Court
The Imperial Sovereign Rose Court, Oregon’s oldest LGBTQ+ organization, hosts two major events each year. The Gay Oregon Pageant in June and its annual coronation ball (crowning its emperors and empresses) every October. Members of the court serve as leaders in community fundraising efforts.
Portland Gay Men’s Chorus
Portland Lesbian Choir
This all-inclusive choir welcomes people of various gender identities, sexual orientations, and musical abilities. Portland Lesbian Choir strives to provide thoughtful entertainment at their semi-annual concerts and community performances.
Every June, the Portland Pride Festival & Parade makes a name for itself — and LGBTQ+ community members — all over town.
POW Film Fest
Every March, POW Film Fest returns to showcase films by female and non-binary directors from the Portland area, inviting attendees to experience cinema crafted by seasoned and up-and-coming filmmakers alike.
Time-Based Art (TBA) Festival
Portland’s Time-Based Art Festival (TBA) returns every September with 10 days of boundary-pushing performances, visual art and projects that defy categorization.
All Jane Comedy Festival
Portland's five-day comedy festival showcases nearly 50 female comedians each October.
Roll out with your friends and loved ones to our monthly Gay Skate Session, held the 3rd Monday night of the month from 7-9 PM. Everyone is welcome at this all-ages event at Oaks Bottom. Admission tickets allow access to the Oaks Park Roller Rink for the selected Gay Skate Session date/time. Includes conventional skate…
Celebrated photographer Elle Hygge offers professional portraits and headshots that celebrate the diversity of Portland at an 80% discount. LGBTQIA2S+ friendly and support animals welcome. This is an event sponsored by the gallery and the urban art hike to encourage everyone to come to the gallery and take pictures with art. pay the gallery @GalleryGoGoGo…
Drunk Herstory: Queer history as told by Portland’s most intoxicated drag performers. Come and enjoy live sketch comedy about the people, places, and events that shaped the LGBTQIA community into who we are today. Hosted by Shandi Evans and Dahlia Hearts. Starring Betty Poops, Bobby Lugosi, Carmen, Donna Stop Now, Ellie LeBlunt, Kisses Ash, Lala…
Following a string of sold-out shows, Rob Anderson is bringing his comedy show to 20 cities across North America with original music, comedic presentations, and personal stories he’s kept far away from the internet. The show comes highly recommended for anyone who’s had, witnessed, or smelled gay sex (or is doing serious research on the…
Drag artists Saint Syndrome and Nicole Onoscopi bring you live vocals and piano, mixed with comedy and storytelling. A perfect event for date night or a family night out. (All ages are welcome.)
Spectrum Art Market returns for a second season, starting off with an extra special TWO DAY market during Pride Month at the Q Center Parking lot, 4115 N Mississippi Ave in Portland, from 12-4 pm. Find ceramics, art, textiles, apparel, jewelry, accessories, and so much more. Each day features new artists. Please wear a mask
In celebration of LGBTQIA2S+ History Month and National Coming Out Day, Expensify is excited to host an art show in partnership with Pride Northwest. You’re invited to explore artwork from the LGBTQIA2S+ community with a special guest performance by Joaquin Lopez, one of Portland’s Creative Laureates. This event is open to all, but please RSVP…
The sky orb starts to retreat into slumber, and our veiled souls begin to appear in this, the most blessed of seasons. Join in a delicious reverie with a show that will delight your senses and ignite your passions… On Tuesday, October 11, Burlynomicon – A Darkly Decadent Burlesque Revue brings you another incredible, star-studded…
THE NIGHTCAP REVUE: Burlesque & Cabaret at the Swan Dive (formerly The Bit House) in Portland, Oregon Doors open at 7 p.m., Show at 8 p.m. Join in and raise a glass to the best Burlesque, Boylesque, and Draglesque Artists from here in the Pacific Northwest and around the world at The Swan Dive (formerly…
A femme-focused standup comedy showcase featuring a lineup of Portland’s finest and funniest comics that are NOT straight white guys. Can men even really BE funny? We’re not so convinced. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door only.
Dare to be different. Dare to be desirous. Dare to be DAPPER. Experience a stylishly seductive genderbending medley of burlesque and drag as Lacy Productions and The Alberta Rose Theatre present DAPPERLESQUE: A Gender Bending Burlesque Cabaret Bringing you the most smartly-dressed, dashingly sultry, and dare we say rakish performance artists from burlesque, boylesque, draglesque,…
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BOOKLOVER’S BURLESQUE: The Holiday Edition A Booklover’s Burlesque special edition at The Alberta Rose Theatre just in time for a most festive and flirty holiday season. Booklover’s Burlesque is the world’s sexiest literary salon which matches titillating, inspiring, and empowering book readings with burlesque, boylesque, and draglesque performances all in one show. Professional readers, actors,…
Visit pdxblues.com for more information or to pre-register your covid card. Barefoot is a POC and LGBTQIA safe(r) event. This means bigotry of any kind is not tolerated. If you experience or see anything questionable, please let someone on the PB&J team know. Thanks for helping keep our dance a safe and welcoming space for…
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