End of Summer Pride Events 2022 Last Updated: September 2022
In Connecticut, Pride Month isn’t the only time to celebrate Pride. From LGBTQ festivals to drag queen brunches, concerts and more, here are some end of summer Pride events for 2022. (Photo courtesy of Megan McGory-Gleason)
Join the monthly live singing and comedic Pink Eggs & Glam Drag Brunch with funny “woman” and performer Robin Fierce! Quick wit, with the voice of an angel – come prepared to be shocked, appalled, and stunned!
An all-inclusive, fun, beautiful weekend filled with dancing in the middle of the woods, sleeping under the stars, and more. Immerse yourself in the dreamlike interactive environment of creators, artists, and party goers.
Bushnell Park, Hartford
PRIDE Festival & Concert at Bushnell Park is a family-centered event showcasing entertainment, food, local vendors, giveaways, activities, and numerous community organizations.
Hartford Pride After Party featuring Alyssa Hunter from Ru Paul’s Drag Race. Hosted by Kiki Lucia & Josh O’Connell.
3:30p | The Ninth Square
Join us as we kick-off PRIDE New Haven in style with a block party on lower Orange Street! Enjoy sets by the fabulous DJ Chris Gallo and the genre-defying rock band Semaphora, while you explore the Ninth Square! Barcade will be offering some special deals on drinks, food, and games! FREE.
The nonbinary group is a peer support group for adults. It is a safe space for expressing non-binary, fluid, or genderqueer identities among like minded peers. Discussion of gender, including its evolving role in our society, will factor heavily into meetings. Participants are able to define what sort of community this program will build.
6:30 – 8:30p | The Tavern on State
Join us for an evening of culinary art with lesbian chef and Tavern on State owner Emily Mingrone. Enjoy a family-style three course dinner celebrating local ingredients. Guests will be able to sample several different dishes each course, paired with either wine, beer, cocktails, or non-alcoholic beverages.
Tickets are $125 and do not include gratuity.
6:30 – 8:30p | Blue Orchid (130 Court St.)
Join us for an evening of culinary art with gay chef and Blue Orchid owner Natthawut “Kyu” Tipjak. Enjoy a family-style dinner of pan-Asian delights that celebrate the history and culture of our chef, including cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages.
Tickets do not include gratuity.
7:00 – 9:00p (doors open at 6:00p) | Gotham Citi (84 Orange Street)
Drag on the Edge celebrates Connecticut drag artists whose art exists outside of the boxes of mainstream drag. Featuring performances by Chai, Midnight, Ambrosia Black, Ill Ell, Paxx Headroom, Iridessa Søul LaFlare, Rory Roux Lay, Ram Shackle, Giri Spades, and Glass Staine and hosted by Maddelynn Hatter from The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula, this explosive show highlights the subversive and expansive nature of drag as an artform.
$20 Tickets in advance / $25 Day-of Tickets
Doors open at 7:00p; Show starts at 8:00p | The State House
Join us for a concert featuring nonbinary rappers pink navel and Indigaux. A self-proclaimed Nintendo and Disney collector, navel blends the carefree cadence of cartoons with introspective lyrics on gender identity and mental health. Black nonbinary rapper and Punq Noire festival founder Indigaux brings an experimental lens to the rap genre for a high-energy show you don’t want to miss!
$20 Tickets in Advance / $25 Day of Tickets
10:00p – 1:00a | Partner’s Cafe
We are looking for drag artists, divas, go-go dancers, burlesque performers, activists, and everyone in between to compete in the 6th Annual PRIDE New Haven Pageant! Competitors will compete in three different categories (talent, interview, and fashion) to win our amazing prize package and the title of Mx. PRIDE New Haven. Who is going to take the crown? This year’s pageant will be hosted by Miss Gay New Haven 2018 Mia E Z’Lay and will be judged by Miss Gay New Haven 2019 Mz October May-Lay and Empress 22 of Connecticut Miss Frank Borrelli. FREE.
12:00 – 7:00p | New Haven Green
At PRIDEfest, hours of LGBTQ+ entertainment and family fun await you on the NEW HAVEN GREEN. Hosted by Miz October May Lay and Crystal Starz, enjoy family activities, live music, drag performances, street artists, food vendors, info booths, and so much more! FREE.
8:00 – 10:00p (doors open at 7:00p) | 168 York Street Cafe
Featuring a powerhouse cast of burlesque artists from throughout the tri-state area, Burlesque Night Out is a celebration of femininity and queer bodies in a safe and fun environment. Burlesque Night Out will be hosted by Connecticut Burlesque Legend and Operalesque performer Dot Mitzvah and will feature performances by Harley Foxx, Miss Cherry Jackson, Kendall Marie, and Leona Star.
$20 Tickets in advance / $25 Day-of
12:00 – 2:00p (doors open at 11:00a) | Te Amo Tequila (182 Temple Street)
Join us for a hair flippin’, heel kickin’ Drag Brunch at local lesbian-owned bar and restaurant, Te Amo Tequila! This show will feature an incredible roster of entertainers including Astra S’Lay, Summer Haze, Lucia Virginity, Klitz Jenner, and Casey Fitzpatrick and will be hosted by local drag legend, Kiki Lucia, with music by DJ Edgewood.
There are no tickets to this event, although a $10 per person charge will be added to your final bill. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made here.
4:00 – 7:00p | 168 York Street Cafe
Closing our PRIDE New Haven, as always, is the PRIDE Tea Dance. Join us for an afternoon of socializing, music, and dancing at New Haven’s oldest LGBTQ+ establishment. With both indoor and outdoor patio space, 168 York Street (formerly The Pub) is a homey end to a week of celebration and fun. Throughout the afternoon, enjoy the DJ stylings of NEUBODY, a queer New Haven based DJ collective. FREE.