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.
Know Before You Go
To slow the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant, effective Aug. 27, a statewide mask mandate is in place. Oregonians and visitors ages 5 and up are required to wear face coverings in all public indoor settings, as well as crowded outdoor public spaces where physical distancing is not possible, regardless of vaccination status. This rule does not apply to individuals actively eating or drinking.
Additionally, some event organizers and venues may require proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID test, for admission. Other events may be canceled, postponed or held virtually. Please check individual event websites for the most up-to-date information.
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.
Pride Northwest and the Directors of QDoc are hosting PRIDE PICS: An Outdoor Film Experience June 16–27. The event includes six new feature-length films and several shorts, all celebrating diverse queer stories.
Portland has no shortage of LGBTQ-owned and queer-friendly bars and clubs. Whether you're looking for a relaxing night with friends, a high-energy dance party or a drag show, Portland delivers.
Portland abounds with LGBTQ-friendly sports and recreation opportunities.
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Time-Based Art Festival
Portland Queer Film Festival
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 (TBA) Festival, returning Sept. 16–Oct. 3, 2021, unites visual artists, musicians and performers from around the world every year.
All Jane Comedy Festival
Portland's five-day comedy festival showcases nearly 50 female comedians each October.
SheBrew is an all genders, all ages fundraising event to show support for female-identified members of our community, while supporting LGBTQ people here in Oregon and across the Nation. Come try local female craft beer and cider accompanied by musicians, comedians, games, raffle and community celebrities. Join us for our 3rd annual festival while celebrating…
Come join us for a spooktacular night of drag performances at The Pharmacy. Halloween will never be the same once Devlin Lynn Phoenixx and her cast of talented queens take over our stage for a night of thrilling tricks and treats.
Stylishly sensual. Decidedly sultry. Uniquely seductive. Enjoy the view with us as Lacy Productions presents… THE CABARET SOCIETY: A Rooftop Burlesque Revue Bringing you the very best burlesque, boylesque, and draglesque artists from the Pacific Northwest and visiting performers from around the world– situated on the Lovejoy Rooftop at The Botanist in the heart of…
The veil is at its thinnest, and more ghoul-la-la is needed in your soul to ease the oncoming dread of winter. Burlynomicon – A Darkly Decadent Revue is here to provide the needed respite from your dreary doldrums! Join Burlynomicon – A Darkly Decadent Burlesque Revue for a spectacular spellbinding show at our beloved venue,…
Shop the Willamette FLEA for a delightful adventure supporting local micro-businesses. Discover a mix of vintage, collectibles, makers, and artists. Have a cup of coffee from Barista Brews and get some amazing Missionary Chocolate vegan truffles. The Willamette FLEA is a small indoor market held in NE Portland dedicated to creating an interesting market for…
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…
21+ drag brunch in the heart of North West. Doors at 10 am with the show at 12 pm. $25.00 gets you your meal, a mimosa, and the best drag show in town. The event is hosted by PDX’s best queens with a rotating cast for each event that’s sure to dazzle you with their…
Celebrate the winter season and PGMC’s return to the live stage with music that celebrates being together and finding joy. With a mixture of holiday favorites and winter tunes perfect for times like these, PGMC is sure to brighten your season with cheer and wonderful music.
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