During last year’s virtual Pride Week, many Oklahomans were able to interact in the online festivities, and while it was a good solution for 2020, it is no match for the explosion of celebration this year. Featuring parades, music, pop-up bars, shops, and partnered events, OKC’s 2021 Pride will be one to remember. The basis of Pride serves as a celebration of LGBTQ+ liberation and equality, and along with enjoying this month’s upcoming events, it is important to recognize those who paved the way for this wonderful exclamation of love. Oklahoma City would not be what it is without the LGBTQ+ community and its allies, so let’s kick off this June with the best festivities yet!
Pride on the Plaza
Check out the Plaza District on Friday, June 11 for some exciting Pride programming, interactive murals, and a panel Q&A. This event starts at 6:30 p.m. in the courtyard and alley. Round up your crew and get a head start on the Pride celebrations.
OKC Zoo Sip and Stroll
On Thursday, June 24, from 6-10 p.m., gear up for a Pride-filled safari as OKC Zoo welcomes 21 and older guests to venture into an exotic world. To celebrate Pride, the Zoo presents a $30 drink passport that features 5-ounce specialty drink samples at six stations along the route. This Pride-themed drink-around-the-world event also has its perks if you’re attending for the animals and not simply the booze. Access to the Dino Safari, Stingray Bay, and Lorakeet interactive exhibit is included, as well as an exclusive sea lion presentation.
Check out this link for more information regarding prices and times: https://www.okczoo.org/our-events#collection=1503
OKC Pride Alliance Festival
From June 25-27, head over to Scissortail Park for the best festival yet! Music, film, and local artwork are just a sampling of what is in store. The festival begins at 10 a.m. and reoccurs daily with no entry fee. For those who are uncomfortable with attending in person, a virtual option is provided.
Check out this link for more information regarding the virtual choice:
OKC Pride Alliance Parade
Celebrate Pride Month with your favorite friends and family during OKC’s Pride Alliance Parade on June 26th, located at Scissortail Park. Dress up in your rainbow gear and fill the streets with love at 10 a.m. sharp. There is no entry fee, as your festive self is the only requirement!
Pride Block Party
On June 26th from 8-10 a.m., kick off the OKC Pride Alliance Parade in OKC’s Art District! Head to Fred Jones Avenue for Pride decor, live music, specialty drinks, and satellite bars hosted by The Jones Assembly and Mary Eddy’s Kitchen x Lounge. There are a multitude of exciting offers from local businesses.
- The 21c Museum Hotel will be offering featured Pride items in their gift shop, as well as a packaged “Love is Love” deal, where you’ll receive a one-night stay at the hotel, a $50 credit to Mary Eddy’s Kitchen x Lounge, a 21c Pride swag bag, and a $10 donation to Freedom Oklahoma. This will be available the entire month of June.
- The Jones Assembly is pulling out all the stops with a street bar starting at 8 a.m., with additional brunch options beginning at 10.
- A limited Pride tart will be offered at Stitch, and the Plant Shoppe will be bursting with other celebrations.
- Mary Eddy’s presents a brunch every Sunday of Pride Month. On Saturday, June 26th, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., a unique Pride Cocktail will be on special. A dollar from every cocktail sold will benefit Freedom Oklahoma for the month of June.