June is Pride Month, and Dutchess County is leading the celebration with fun and exciting events for the LGBTQ+ community all month long! June is also a wonderful time to visit us here in the heart of New York’s Hudson Valley. The weather is beautiful and the views are breathtaking. Here is a sampling of what is on the schedule. Take lots of pictures, and feel free to share them here.
Check back often, as events are being added regularly. In addition to plenty of one-time events, there are also several ongoing events you won't want to miss.
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Friday, May 26, 6-11 p.m. at Reason & Ruckus, Poughkeepsie
Saturday, June 3, 1 to 4 p.m. at BangallWorks, Stanfordville
The inaugural Stanford Pride celebration last year was a tremendous success — and this year’s is shaping up to be even bigger! All are welcome to connect with friends and neighbors at the BangallWorks Coworking and Community Building, a repurposed 19th-century horse stable on the banks of the Hunns Lake Creek that now serves as a hub of enterprise for the local workforce and a charming venue for special events such as this. Enjoy activities for all ages and plenty of food and ice cream. For more information, click here.
Saturday, June 10, noon to 5 p.m. at Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie
Celebrate Pride Month in Poughkeepsie as the Dutchess Pride Center hosts its annual Pride Parade and Festival! The parade will meet up at 11 a.m. at the corner of Main and Market streets and will start marching toward Waryas Park on the Poughkeepsie waterfront at noon. The family-friendly festival runs until 5 p.m. There will be local queer-owned businesses, food vendors, music and activities for children and families. The Dutchess Pride Center is a safe space for LGBTQ+ youth, young adults, families and allies where they can feel comfortable and free to express themselves; for information on the Pride Center’s programs and events, click here.
Sunday, June 11, 9 a.m. at Fleet Feet, Shoppes at South Hills, Poughkeepsie
“Running is for everyone” is the theme as the Fleet Feet running shop and the Dutchess Pride Center join forces to present the first Pride Fun Run. Lace up your sneakers and get ready to run — or walk — in this low-key, untimed 5k event, which will benefit the non-profit Dutchess Pride Center. The course goes around the Shoppes at South Hills parking lot. Click here to register.
Sunday, June 11, 1 p.m. at the Dutchess Pride Center, Hopewell Junction
The Dutchess Pride Center hosts an art party led by Art Party by Toni, a mobile art class based in Pleasant Valley. This class is open to youngsters ages 8-18. No experience necessary. Mandatory RSVP by email (email@example.com) or text (845-380-6549). The Dutchess Pride Center is a safe space where LGBTQ+ youth, young adults, families and allies can feel free to express themselves. Click here to see a list of all the wonderful programs and events they offer.
Sunday, June 11, 2-5 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Messiah, Rhinebeck
This free first-time event kicks off with a nonsectarian gathering of celebration and affirmation in the church at 2 p.m. Stick around for food, music, dancing, crafts, a clothing swap and much more! All ages welcome. Trans Closet of the Hudson Valley will be on hand providing clothes, gender-affirming supplies and other resources without question or cost. Click here for updates.
Thursday, June 15, 8 p.m. at Revel 32°, Poughkeepsie
International drag icon Sherry Vine is back at Revel 32° with a brand-new show featuring her signature parodies, stunning costumes and more! Hear her new parodies of Lady Gaga, Barry White, Eartha Kitt, Cher, Gloria Estefan and even The Ramones. Tickets are sure to sell quickly; click here to reserve yours.
Saturday, June 17, 6:30-10 p.m. at Industrial Arts Brewing, Beacon
Celebrate well into the night as Industrial Arts Brewing hosts a dance party complete with a DJ, drag performers, snacks and more. Hang out in the Taproom or outside on the Brewdeck and enjoy some of Industrial Arts' signature beers, including the Pocket Wrench hazy pale ale and the Torque Wrench hazy double IPA, as well as some of their small-batch and non-alcoholic brews.
Saturday, June 17, 7-9 p.m. at Edgewater, Barrytown
Gather on the lawn at Edgewater for an unforgettable evening featuring performances by Jonathan Cable (Jersey Boys, Babes in Toyland) and Liam Forde (Much Ado About Nothing, Big) under the artistic direction of Mason Griffin (Bound for Broadway, Broadway Classroom). The event will benefit ArtsIgnite and the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project. Click here to reserve tickets. Built in 1824 as one of several riverfront estates constructed by the Livingston family, Edgewater holds a special place in queer history spanning from the 1950s, when writer Gore Vidal owned the home, through its transition as the home of Dick Jenrette and Bill Thompson, who remained lifelong committed partners. Edgewater is open to the public every third Saturday, April through October. Click here to book a guided tour.
Saturday, June 17, 9 p.m. at The Roosevelt Bar, Hudson Valley Food Hall, Beacon
DJ Jimmy Prada spins your favorite electronic dance music to keep the party hopping as Out Loud Hudson Valley and The Roosevelt Bar present "Afterglow," a free Saturday night glow stick party. The Hudson Valley Food Hall & Market showcases a variety of cuisines and local chefs from the Hudson Valley in the former Roosevelt Theater.
Tuesday, June 20, 7 p.m. at the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory, Poughkeepsie
Story Screen presents its first "Drag Me to the Movies" live event featuring the iconic queer film "But I'm a Cheerleader," starring Natasha Lyonne, along with an amazing assortment of drag performers. Enjoy snacks, along with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Feel free to bring your own comfy chair, beanbag or cushion. To reserve tickets, click here. Proceeds will benefit Trans Closet of the Hudson Valley.
Thursday, June 22, 6-9 p.m. at Happy Valley Arcade Bar, Beacon
What better way to spend a night out with friends than by playing video games and raising money for a good cause? Hudson Valley Community Services is hosting its second-annual Pride Month mixer at Happy Valley Arcade Bar, a one-of-a-kind venue featuring vintage arcade games. Test your skills at games like Frogger, Pac-Man, Galaxian, Space Invaders and Mortal Kombat, and every quarter you play will benefit HVCS to support its queer health initiatives. A portion of sales of the special “Rainbow Road” and “Blinky’s Revenge” cocktails — created by Happy Valley’s expert mixologists and available only at this event — will also benefit HVCS programs. Enjoy a casual, family-friendly event complete with finger foods and drinks, including local brews. Hang out in the open-air courtyard. HVCS will be playing safer-sex and harm-reduction quiz games all night and giving away lots of prizes. No cover charge. Kids 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
June 22-Aug. 13 at the Fisher Center, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson
Bard College is a hotbed of creative energy, and its 20th-annual SummerScape Festival will feature two months of unforgettable performances the Fisher Center and the adjacent Spiegeltent. In one such performance, set for July 14 in the Spiegeltent, Erin Markey and Jasmine Rice LaBeija will share the stage in an event that will highlight the vast spectrum of contemporary queer performance. Erin Markey conjures up a comically elaborate alternative to the 2016 U.S. election results in their new musical work titled "In the Most Shocking Presidential Election in the History of the United States of America, Erin Markey’s Mother Emerges as First Lady." The Juilliard-trained Jasmine Rice LaBeija — who has sold out the Guggenheim Museum, Lincoln Center and countless queer clubs around the world — combines her devastating wit, razor-sharp timing and commanding tenor voice with the artistry of pianist Lachlan Glen to present a program ranging from Handel to Copland. To see a complete schedule of this summer's performances and to purchase tickets, click here.
June 25-July 30 at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie
Vassar’s Powerhouse Theater summer season features an assortment of insightful plays, workshops and works-in-progress — including "We Start in Manhattan: A New Queer Musical." Written by and starring real-life couple Ariella Serur and Sav Souza, "We Start in Manhattan" is a romantic comedy filled with humor and heart and describes how a one-night stand turned into a month-long road trip. Directed by Ellie Heyman, this two-person musical explores relationships with looming expiration dates and the ways that brief intimacy can profoundly impact our lives. Performances are scheduled for July 14 and 15 in Vassar's Powerhouse Theater. The Powerhouse summer season, now in its 37th year, has been the proving ground for several major Broadway hits over the years, including “Hamilton” and “Hadestown.” Who knows? Perhaps we will witness the humble beginnings of the next blockbuster on stage this year! To see the complete summer schedule and to purchase tickets, click here.
Celebrate Pride Night with the Hudson Valley Renegades baseball team, the High-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, as they take on the Wilmington Blue Rocks in a South Atlantic League game. It’s Dollar Dog Thursday at Heritage Financial Park (formerly Dutchess Stadium), so Sahlen’s hot dogs are a buck apiece. Enjoy beer specials all game long, including fresh draft pours from the Sloop Brewing Co. bar down the right field line. To purchase tickets, click here.
And who says Pride events can only happen in June? After all, LGBTQ+ Pride is a year-round thing. Be sure to check out these ongoing LGBTQ-friendly attractions here in Dutchess:
Second Thursday of each month, 6 p.m. at the Gravity Vault, Poughkeepsie
Select dates throughout the summer at various locations
Out Loud Hudson Valley continues its popular Hudson Valley Summer Tea Dance Series at several Dutchess County locations this summer. Open to all ages. Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Click here for a schedule of events.
Fridays, 9 p.m. at the Roosevelt Bar, Hudson Valley Food Hall, Beacon
The Hudson Valley Food Hall provides a communal environment in which you can find delicious food from all over the world. Enjoy this weekly event featuring the Hudson Valley’s own Andramada at the Roosevelt Bar, which has also hosted a weekly viewing party for RuPaul's "Drag Race."
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