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Family-Friendly Philly Pride Month Events

Learn about, celebrate, and support the LGBTQ+ community at these kid-friendly events.

In June, we celebrate Pride Month, highlighting Philadelphia’s LGBTQ+ community with so many opportunities to learn, celebrate, and build connections. From storytimes to family-friendly festivals, there are ways for even the smallest kids to participate. Here are our top family picks for Philly Pride Month.

Philadelphia Free Library of Pride

All month long, the Free Library of Philadelphia will be hosting over 30 Pride Month events for all ages—from storytime for little ones to crafts for teens, and so much more. We’re highlighting some big ones throughout this piece, but for the whole schedule, check out the library’s schedule.

Drag Queen Storytimes at the Free Library

June 2, 11 am; Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

June 12, 4:30 pm; Fumo Family Library, 2437 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

June 19, 4 pm; Lillian Marrero Library, 601 W. Lehigh Ave., Philadelphia

June 20, 10:30 am; Andorra Library, 705 E. Cathedral Rd., Philadelphia

June 25, 4 pm; Lovett Memorial Library, 6945 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

June 26, 10:30 am; Queen Memorial Library, 1201 S. 23rd St., Philadelphia

 

What could be more fabulous than having some favorite fairytales and other stories read by an actual queen? Kids will hear books that share messages of inclusion, anti-bullying, and embracing who you are in these unique, fun-filled hours that will leave everyone feeling uplifted and fabulous.

Identity, Empathy, and Awareness Workshop

June 6, 4 pm

Lillian Marrero Library, 601 W. Lehigh Ave., Philadelphia

 

This training for children and teens provides basic knowledge and insight on LGBTQ+ terminology and concepts, and generates empathy amongst students through self-exploration and firsthand recollections from LGBTQ+ young people regarding their experiences in school.

Pride Month Kickoff at City Hall

June 7, 5–8 pm

1401 JFK Blvd., Philadelphia

 

The Philadelphia Office of LGBT Affairs celebrates Pride Month with a City Hall flag raising ceremony and kickoff party. The official City of Philadelphia flag raising with Mayor Jim Kenney and City Council will occur from 5–6 pm, followed by a huge party in the City Hall courtyard from 6–8pm featuring food trucks, live performances, DJs, dancing, and more. These events are free, family friendly, and welcome all community members to attend.

Pride Family Festival at Please Touch Museum 

June 9, 9 am–5 pm

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Please Touch Museum is hosting a day of activities that celebrate individuality and family. There will be Drag Queen Storytimes with Brittany Lynn and Miss Aurora throughout the day, live musical performances, and art activities including a workshop with artist Sophie Strachan to finish a mural that highlights prominent LGBTQ figures and locations in Philadelphia.

Pride Day Parade and Festival

June 10, parade at 11:30 am

Parade begins at 13th and Locust streets at 11:30 am

 

Catch the parade– which features lots of fun and colorful musical performances– beginning at 13th and Locust in the heart of the Gayborhood, or along its route to Penn’s Landing, where there is a festival featuring six hours of entertainment, and headlined by Margaret Cho. Philly Family Pride will be sponsoring the Family Zone during the Pride Festival as a place for LGBTQ parents to stop by with their kids, and will have crafts and a rest area. Kids get into the festival free (adult tickets are $15).

Philly Family Pride Picnic and Arts Festival

June 23, 11 am—5 pm

Lovett Library Park, 6945 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

This event celebrates LGBTQ families and artists, and will have family-specific entertainment, fine art and handcraft, music, food, and resource tables from a variety of organizations and nonprofits that provide services and support to LGBTQ parents and youth. Admission is free and open to all ages, families, and community members.

Pride Month Family Night

June 26, 6:30 pm

Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library, 125 S. 52nd St., Philadelphia

 

Kids age 11 and under and their families are invited for an evening of stories, songs, rhymes, music, movement, and creative play, along with a fun art project at this LGBTQ+ themed family night.  You are welcome to wear your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal!

Free Library of Pride Drag Show

June 27, 6 pm

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

Returning for its second year, this all-ages drag show features local Philadelphia performers.

Phillies’ Pride Night Celebration

June 28, 7:05 pm

1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia

 

The Phillies invite you to celebrate Philadelphia’s rich LGBTQ culture at their second annual Pride Night Celebration. The event features a $4 discount if you use the promo code PRIDE, and the first 1500 fans to purchase tickets with this promotion will receive a coupon for an exclusive Phillies Pride Night Rainbow Flag giveaway.

 

 

Photographs by Laura Swartz.

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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