Bellingham Admin | 06/04/2024 | Updated | Fairs, Festivals & Parades |   

Bellingham Pride Activities

Show your pride in Bellingham every June and July! There are plenty of pride activities to help you and your loved ones celebrate, from film festivals and parades to picnics and dance parties. The main pride parade takes place in July and travels through Downtown Bellingham, culminating in a pride celebration for locals and visitors alike. 

You can also check out the Bellingham Queer Collective's event calendar for pride events all year long!!

June 1, 2024

The Whatcom Youth Pride Coalition proudly presents the 2024 Youth PRIDE Parade and Festival on June 1, 2024 - an opportunity for LGBTQIA+ youth and youth allies to walk together through a short parade route while the community stands along the sidelines and cheers them on!

The parade culminates in a festival at Bellingham High School where there will be tables for community organizations to share their resources, music and performances, and food trucks for lunch!

June 8, 2024

The story of the fight for LGBTQ+ equality is linked to music, which evokes the struggles, heartache, and liberation of queer lives then and now. From Donna Summer and Queen to George Michael, Erasure, Madonna, Lady Gaga, and many more, these essential songs take us from disco to the present day.

Pride Anthems creates a vibrant musical experience that celebrates, inspires, and commemorates the legacy and power of the Stonewall Riots, and takes you on a musical and cultural journey through the past 50 years to today. With Brian J. Nash as Musical Director, and starring Natalie Joy Johnson, Kevin Smith Kirkwood, and Jon-Michael Reese, Pride Anthems is a show for all ages to come together in song and celebration of where the LGBTQ+ community has come from and how far it has come since Stonewall!

July 6 & 7, 2024 

Pride IN Bellingham attracts guests from all walks of life and of all ages who come together from Bellingham and across Washington State to celebrate the Pride Movement and LGBTQIA+ rights together. 

Located in the heart of Downtown Bellingham these events are centered around Depot Market Square and bring folks to further explore Bellingham and the Downtown District. 

Learn how to get involved at https://prideinbellingham.org/

June 7, 2024

June’s Access for All Free First Friday events are celebrating Pride! More details about each activity and performance can be found on whatcommuseum.org. Join us for: 

BABY & TODDLER MUSIC CLASSES WITH TABER DARLAND 11 – 11:30 am & 11:30 am – noon 

QUEER ANALYSIS: A LIVE TALK SHOW WITH MX 3 – 4:30 pm 

COMMUNITY ART WALL 12 – 8 PM 

DRAG QUEEN STORY HOUR WITH BETTY DESIRE 5 – 6 PM 

PRIDE SILENT DISCO 5 – 8 pm 

COMMUNITY PRIDE TABLING 5 – 7 PM 

BELLINGQUEERSTORY WITH THE GOOD TIME GIRLS AND BETTY DESIRE 7 – 8 PM

June 9, 2024

📍 Location: Community Boating Center! 

Let's celebrate being loud, proud, and loved on Bellingham Bay! Bring your friends, family, and fabulous selves for a FREE day of face painting, paddling, pride, and joy! We will be departing from the CBC as a group via paddlecraft with a safety boat guide. 

We have an arrangement of paddle options, including: 🏄🏼‍♂️Paddleboards 👯‍♀️Tandem Kayaks 🌊 Sit-On-Top Kayaks 🚣‍♀️ Sit inside Kayaks 🪩 Our 8-person MEGA SUP! OR Bring Your Own Boat! All ages welcome! (14 and under must be accompanied by a guardian)

Pre-camp Pride kickoff: The Wizard of Oz - in partnership with Whatcom Youth Pride - May 27

Jennifer’s Body - June 6 - intro from Greg Youmans

All About Eve - June 13 - intro from Greg Youmans

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? & Mommie Dearest - June 20 - intro from Chris Vargas

Showgirls - June 27 - intro from Chris Vargas

June 18, 2024

This Purride Month Party is the Cats’ Pajamas! NEKO Bellingham's cat room is getting comfy for a cause! Join NEKO's 20+ kitties as they donate 100% of their 2024 Purride merch purroceeds to Bellingham Queer Collective to help them open a commewnity center! 

Swing by and donate through adorable Purride stickers and patches featuring the cats in the cat room. Plus, if you come in wearing pjs, you get a fur-ee rainbow kitty sticker! Reserve a cat room session for June 18th to get time with the kitties, or pawp in any time just to shop for Purride merch! Get a sneak peak of the Purride merch here: nekocatcafestore.square.site/shop/purride-2024/32

2024 info to come! 

Explore Bellingham’s Queer History with a walking tour around downtown. From early 20th century vaudeville “impersonators” to the first “pride” events we’ll share the stories from the LGBTQ+ archives that have shaped the city we know today.  

21+ tickets include drink specials and a performance by Bellebrity Drag Queen Betty Desire at the end of the tour at the iconic Rumor’s Cabaret. Under 21 welcome for the main tour.

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