13 events to dance, party and sashay the weekend away

The biggest weekend for Denver’s LGBTQ community is here.

PrideFest is set for Saturday and Sunday and has an array of events and shows to check out. But as always, there are a bunch of other Pride events around the city, ranging from crosswalk strut-offs to dance parties (and at least one without booze).

Don’t know what to check out? We’ve got a crash course. So play some Troye Sivan or Hayley Kiyoko, put on your best Pride look and hop in a rideshare to one of these Pride parties this weekend.

Friday

Although PrideFest doesn’t officially kick off until Saturday, several places are starting early.

Drag queens will be strutting Broadway’s newly minted rainbow crosswalk from 6 to 9 p.m. for Buffalo Exchange’s sixth annual Crosswalk Walk Off. Queens compete against one another by strutting across the street at Broadway and East Irvington Place as if it were a runway — but only during the walk signal.

After, head over to Tracks Denver at 3500 Walnut St. for PrideFest’s official Women’s Party put on by Babes Around Denver. Last year, more than 1,900 guests attended. The 21-and-older party includes DJs, burlesque, acrobatics and drag performances. Doors open at 7 p.m. with a $10 cover until 10 p.m., when it bumps to $12.

Or, you can head over to Blush and Blu at 1526 E. Colfax Ave. for a Pride edition of the bar’s monthly queer dance party, Sass Capacity. The party’s host, L.A. Zwicky, will DJ, along with Buddy Bravo. Drag queen Charlie LeFever will be performing. You can also have a photo taken at the artistic photo booth installed by Secret Love Collection. (Warning: This won’t be your grandma’s photo booth.) This party is for 21 and older. Doors open at 8 p.m., and there’s a $5 cover.

Charlie’s Nightclub kicks off its weekend dance parties Friday. The entire weekend has an Island Oasis theme so, yes, flip-flops are allowed. Charlie’s is located at 900 E. Colfax Avenue.

Saturday

The annual Denver Dyke March has a rally on the west steps of the Capitol at 2 p.m. followed by a march at 4 p.m. The event started nine years ago as a breakaway march from PrideFest, which organizers felt was too male-centric. Before the rally, Blush and Blu will be hosting a Denver Dyke March brunch from 8 a.m. to noon with food trucks and entertainment.

The Triangle, one of the newest gay bars in Denver at 2036 N. Broadway, is hosting a ’90s dance party. The bar is opening a new basement dance floor to go along with its main level dance floor, deck and patio. The party has a $10 cover and is 21 and older.

Pride & Swagger, another of Denver’s new gay bars, located at 450 E. 17th Avenue, is hosting Electra Dupri’s weekly FemmeBots drag show, which starts at 10 p.m. There’s no cover. There are $3 drafts, $4 wells, $4.50 Smirnoff and $6.50 Ketel One.

Trying to avoid booze this Pride? No worries. Peer Coach Academy Colorado is hosting a free Sober Rave with DJ Rooze at The Phoenix at 2233 Champa St. starting at 7 p.m.

Sunday

The annual Coors Light PrideFest Parade leaves Cheesman Park at 9 a.m. and is expected to end around 11 a.m. The parade exits the park at 13th Avenue and Franklin Street, heading down Franklin to Colfax Avenue. It then heads down Colfax Avenue to Lincoln Avenue at Civic Center Park.

X Bar at 629 E. Colfax Avenue is opening at 7 a.m. Sunday and offering people a chance to check out the parade as it passes by. Afterward, the bar hosts its regular Beer Bust on the patio.

The Denver Wrangler is hosting a Pride edition of its charity beer bust from 4 to 8 p.m. It’s also a farewell event, since the longstanding bar is set to close June 25. Cups cost $12 while the cover is an additional $10. DJs will be playing from 2:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Hamburger Mary’s at 1336 E. 17th Ave is hosting Mary’s Last Call For Pride at 10 p.m. The event is hosted by Khloe Katz and includes performances by Menaje E’toi, Anka Shayne and Willow Pill. Make reservations at 303-993-5812.

Don’t want to say goodbye to Pride just yet? The official after-party will be at Temple Night Club at 1136 Broadway from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. The 21-and-older event features performances by Grammy Award Winning DJ and producer Dave Audé and Orange is the New Black’s Taryn Manning. Drag queens Jujubee, Lacey Vanderpump, Kyile V. Norell, Kelela Cortez and Yazmeen Staxx will be there. Tickets bought in advance run $20-$35. Day-of tickets cost $40. Reserve bottle service by calling 720-607-4000.

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