Celebrate LGBTQ Pride in Baltimore

Baltimore Pride returns June 16-17, 2018

Baltimore Pride is one of the oldest pride celebrations in the country, celebrating 43 years this year. Pride Weekend is June 16-17, 2018, and events include a parade, block party and family-friendly daytime entertainment.

Baltimore’s diverse neighborhoods celebrate LGBTQ culture all year long, but residents turn up the fun for Baltimore Pride each June. The theme of this year’s Pride is “United We Shine,” an empowering message that will come true as more than 30,000 people join together in support of the LGBTQ community.

Pride Weekend, organized by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB), will feature a new parade route that stretches the party across 11 blocks of Charles Village and Station North. Join Saturday’s street festival for food trucks and must-see entertainment, including drag shows, musical performances and the annual High Heel Race. Then on Sunday, bring the little ones to Druid Hill Park for a day of Pride in the Park activities that the whole family will love.

Below find more information about official Pride events that give back directly to the GLCCB and help them fund more than 40 programs serving approximately 800 sexual and gender minority individuals each month here in Baltimore.

2018 Baltimore Pride Parade 
Charles Village
Saturday, June 16, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
A lively 11-block procession beginning at N. Charles and 33rd St. next to Wyman Park and concluding at N. Charles and 23rd St. The Viewing Stage is at the corner of N. Charles St. and 24th St. in the Brown Rice Parking Lot. 

2018 Baltimore Pride Block Party 
Station North
Saturday, June 16, 4 p.m. (Pre-Pride show at 1 p.m.)
Headlining musical entertainment features TT the Artist, Miami TIP, Taylor Bennett and Tish Hyman. Plus, spot artists such as Davon Fleming, Garek the Queen, Rue Pratt, Kotic Couture, Kourtney White and Spykey Van Dykey.

2018 Baltimore Pride Festival 
Druid Hill Park (between Swann Drive and Sundial Pavilion)
Sunday, June 17, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
The Pride Festival will celebrate families and children with a kid-friendly environment including music and entertainment stages, a Drag Stage, exhibitors, and local food trucks.

Wine’d Up Wednesday
Flavor, 15 E. Centre Street
Wednesday, June 13, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. 
Geared towards LGBTQ/SGL professionals and allies, this upscale event will feature a premium wine tasting, passed hors d’oeuvres and an amazing silent auction. The Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the OUTNetworking Loft on the third floor.  
Twilight on the Terrace: An Evening to Benefit the GLCCB
Gertrude’s at the Baltimore Museum of Art Sculpture Garden
Friday, June 15, 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. 
Twilight on the Terrace is a Pride tradition and spectacular night dancing under the stars while enjoying amazing food and craft cocktails from Gertrude’s and Hendrick’s Gin. Special guests include emcee WJZ-TV Anchor Jessica Kartalija, Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh, Gertrude’s Owner and Chef John Shields and one-of-a-kind performances by Baltimore Pride Parade Grand Marshall and “The Voice” finalist Davon Fleming, Miss Gay Maryland USofA Summer Knight and others. 

Day and night, the restaurants and bars come alive in Mount Vernon, the unofficial center of the LGBTQ scene and a must-visit neighborhood during Baltimore Pride. Use this neighborhood guide to explore the vibrant social hub, and bookmark this page to stay up-to-date on the full list of Pride Weekend events. Sign up for Visit Baltimore’s LGBTQ e-mail updates to receive additional information about Baltimore Pride and other LGBTQ events and offers throughout the year!