Now in its 3rd (4th? I dunno, I’m getting old) year, Queerlandia is becoming the traditional kickoff for Portland Pride and also a reminder that Embers, the only gay bar still sporting prominent rainbows in a very visible area downtown, is still a thing. It’s a particularly great start because it features not only the club vibe dance party but also a craft fair, performances and 2 rooms to give you room to create the Pride that’s right for you.
Host Serendipity Jones will guide you through a stage that is bound to be energetic with performances from Carla Rossi + the Gays of Future Past and there are so many DJs you’ll be exhausted dancing (yeah on a Thursday) through the sets of:
Riff-Raff (Shade | Seattle’s Opulent Queer Empire)
Sappho (Turnt Up!/Chicken Strip/Hard Yes)
HOLD MY HAND (Bridge Club/Polari)
Orographic (Queerlandia/Bridge Club)
Huf N Stuf (Queerlandia/Bridge Club)
And in the chiller corner are caricatures by Tuna Doodle and goods to quench your local shopping thirst by Scrafts, Bang Bang Crafts and more.
And lest you forget that being gay wasn’t always (and still isn’t always) just a big party, it is also a benefit for Bradley Angle’s LGBTQ domestic violence services.
9pm, Thursday June 12th
110 NW Broadway
Note: This is already sold out. Crazy! And it’s a boat so that’s a pretty solid capacity. But maybe there will be a ticket contest somewhere or something? I’ll keep you posted.
When Portland gets get on the boat your trapped in the most wonderful way, partying on the high seas (or the Willamette, whatever) with host Carla Rossi, DJs Mr Charming (Gaycation), Kasio Smashio (Blow Pony) and Travis Blue (Ceremony). You’ll want to pay attention to performances by Pepper Pepper, Isaiah Tillman and Lulu Luscious. But the lady everyone will want to be closest to is RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6 star Bianca Del Rio. And those of you who dig just a little deeper into your packetbooks will be able to chill with her at a celebrity meet and greet after deboarding.
$50.00 VIP (featuring a meet & greet, exclusive merch and a pass to Branx Pride w/ Sam Sparro at 8pm directly following the boat ride)
Buy tickets online
Boarding 2:30, Boat leaves at 3 SHARP and return promptly at 5pm
Celebrity meet and greet until 6:00PM!
Sunday June 15th
Portland Spirit River Cruises
110 SE Caruthers
Yet another Season 6 RuPaul’s Drag Race performer to make your Portland Pride weekend a true pop drag fest. This time Adore Delano ushers in your party that organizers promise will be a “…let loose scenario for boys and girls and more boys… a wonderland full of free beard rubs, slick hands and magical dancing gogo men, where the whiskey shots go down easy and the sounds of the discotheque parade around and intoxicate you until you finally wake up from the dream, potentially next to someone you don’t remember…”
Hosts Shitney Houston and Carla Rossi. Tunes by DJs Nark (Bottom Forty), Roy-G-Biv (Control Top), JenIrish, portraits by Michael Horwitz, photography by Nark Magazine, disco by Moroder, Fuzzy gogos created by moms everywhere (guest gogo woof Rich Kelly).
Buy tickets online
9pm Sunday June 15th
1001 SE Morrison