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Anchorage Pridefest 2019 is here, and the celebration goes all week

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: June 19, 2019
  • Published June 20, 2019

Alaska PrideFest participants carry a 50 foot rainbow flag during the parade in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, Jun. 25, 2016. (Loren Holmes / Alaska Dispatch News)

Anchorage Pridefest starts this week, with events celebrating the LGBTQ+ community from June 22-29. See full details at

Screening of “Stonewall Uprising” This documentary film examines the events surrounding the Stonewall riots of June 28, 1969. A panel of Alaskans will share their experiences about what it was like to be open about their identity in Alaska. $5-$10 suggested donation. 7-9 p.m. Friday June 21, Alaska Experience Theater, 333 W Fourth Ave. Ste. 207

Beyond the Closet 5 This event features narratives about breaking boundaries in Alaska and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Proceeds fund youth programs at Identity, Inc. Online tickets $15-$25. Door tickets $20-$30. 7-9 p.m. Saturday June 22, Out North Gallery, 333 W Fourth Ave.

Queen’s Coffeehouse Confessions Hear stories from some of your favorite ladies from Queen’s Coffeehouse Confessions. All ages are welcome. Free for those under 18. $6. 6 p.m. Saturday June 22, Uncle Leroy’s Coffee, 701 W 36th Ave.

Gender Expansive Grooming WorkshopJoin the Anchorage Transgender Community for a workshop on clothing, grooming and other needs for the transgender, non-binary and gender expansive community. Free. 12-3 p.m. Saturday, June 22, Identity, Inc. 336 E Fifth Ave.

MGA Pageant: Nuclear Fallout Kick off Pride festivities by helping choose the winner of this post-apocalyptic-themed pageant. $10. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, June 22, Mad Myrna’s, 530 E Fifth Ave.

Vib Cycle Pride RideMove your feet during this indoor cycle class and celebrate Pride Fest Week. $10. 10:15-11:15 a.m. Saturday, June 22, Vib Cycle. 160 W 91st Ave. Ste. C

Y.A.S! Mixer!Attend this all ages event and celebrate Pride and LGBT youth. There will be musical, dance and drag performances, as well as a youth art gallery. $5. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday, June 23, Church of Love Spenard, 3502 Spenard Road

Pride Memorial Service Remember the heroes who fought for LGBTQ+ freedoms. This event is open to all people. Free. Noon-1 p.m. Sunday, June 23, LGBT Cemetery, 535 E Ninth Ave.

Pride Worship Service and Ice Cream Social Join members in the community for this Pride-style Christian worship, which will be followed by an ice cream social. All ages are welcome to join. Free. 11:30 am.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 23, St. John United Methodist Church, 1801 O’Malley Road

Pride Kickoff BBQ Enjoy good food in the company of even better people to start Pride celebrations. Free admission. 4-8 p.m. Sunday, June 23, The Raven Bar, 708 E Fourth Ave.

Anchorage Pridefest, 2013. (Loren Holmes / Alaska Dispatch News)

Drag Storytime for Families Celebrate creative expression, identity and all things fun with this special storytime featuring drag performers. Everyone is encouraged to come dressed up or in a costume. This session is geared for children and families. Free. 3 p.m. Sunday June, 23, Loussac Library, 3600 Denali St. (907-343-2975)

Drag Storytime for Teens and Adults Join drag performers for story time, and dress up in a costume or anything sparkly. This session contains mature content. Free. 4 p.m. Sunday, June 23, Loussac Library, 3600 Denali St. (907-343-2975)

Queefs Against Humanity Join Queef Sativa and friends for a game of Cards Against Humanity. Only 21 and over. $5. 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, June 24, The Raven Bar, 708 E Fourth Ave.

Bear Tooth Pride Film Fest See the 20th anniversary screening of “Boys Don’t Cry” at 8 p.m. or the new feature “Giant Little Ones” at 5:30 p.m. $4-$11. Monday, June 24, Bear Tooth Theatrepub, 1230 W 27th Ave.

5th Annual Rainbow RunWalk or run to the end of the rainbow in this 5K. Colorful costumes are encouraged, and prizes will be awarded to those who participate by wearing a costume. There will be free BBQ and lots of vendors. $30. 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, Comfort Inn, 111 W. Ship Creek Ave.

Lube Wrestling Fundraiser See people wrestle in a pool filled with lube to raise money for Identity, Inc. Bid on participants as they try to win their slippery match. Free. 8-11 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, Alaska Center for Alternative Living, 233 E Fifth Ave.

Beats Messiah and Beat Roots Patio Takeover Join KONR DJs for a dance party and win raffle prizes. Suggested donation $10. 8-11:55 p.m. Thursday, June 27, The Raven Bar 708 E Fourth Ave.

Drag Queen Bingo: Viva La Drag-olution Dress in drag and win prizes during this three-hour bingo session. There will also be a live auction. Online tickets $35. Door tickets $40. 7-10 p.m. Thursday, June 27, Williwaw Social, 609 F St.

Charlotte Vilce cheers while playing Drag Queen Bingo at Williwaw in downtown Anchorage on Thursday, June 22, 2017. The Anchorage PrideFest event is a fundraiser for Identity Inc. where bingo winners have the chance to be made up as a drag queen and compete to collect the most dollar bills from the rest of the audience. (Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News)

Queer as Hell Drag Show Keep the Pride momentum going with this drag show featuring performers like Freeza D’Lust, Dela Rosa, Golden Delicious and more. 10% of all sales go to Volunteers of America and homeless youth programs. Ages 21 and over. Free. 9-11:55 p.m. Thursday, June 27, Van’s Dive Bar, 1027 E Fifth Ave.

Transcending Tales Hear members of the Alaska transgender, gender nonconforming, gender expansive and non-binary community speak about moments when they challenged their perception of comfort. This event is for all ages. Free. 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 27, Out North Gallery, 333 W Fourth Ave.

Anchorage Cycle Pride Ride Join instructors from Anchorage Cycle in this biking class and support the LGBT community. All donations from this event go to benefit Identity Inc. Suggest donation $20. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, June 28, Anchorage Cycle, 2610 Spenard Road

Pants Off Dance PartyParty your heart out at this two-part event, which will feature a dance off and dance party. There is no entry fee for the contest either, so give it a whirl. Proceeds will be donated to Identity, Inc. $10. 8 p.m. Friday, June 28, Koot’s 2435, Spenard Road

Equality Parade Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Stonewall in this colorful parade alongside 50 LGBT groups. Free. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday June 29, Ninth and G

Kaitlyn Gilley, wearing a flower crown, waves a rainbow flag during the Alaska Pride equality parade Saturday, June 24, 2017. (Loren Holmes / Alaska Dispatch News)

Pride Festival — Wrap up Pride week with this festival on the Delaney Park Strip. There will be live performances, over 150 vendors and plenty of giveaways. Free. 12-5 p.m. Saturday, June 29, Delaney Park Strip

Pride Block Party Join Queer Happenings Alaska and enjoy family friendly festivities, food, music and peek into the outdoor beer garden. Free. 4-8 p.m., Saturday, June 29, The Writer’s Block, 3956 Spenard Road

Brick Bash Enjoy music by Lardi B followed by a performance by Thorgy Thor, a queen who has appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Afterward there will be a dance party featuring music from DJ Hottpants. This is a 21 and over event. $40-$60. 7:30 p.m.- 2 a.m. Saturday, June 29, Williwaw, 609 F St.

DJ Hottpants For those who can’t or don’t want to attend Brick Bash, you can still buy tickets for the DJ Hottpants after-party. $15-$20. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, June 29, Williwaw, 609 F St.

End of Pride BBQJoin those at Mad Myrna’s for BBQ and bring a side dish and your favorite Pride stories. This is a 21 and over event. Free. 4-8 p.m. Sunday June 30, Mad Myrna’s, 530 E Fifth Ave.

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