Thanks to our awesome East Bay community for helping us to assemble these great family-friendly Pride Month activities. Here are some tips for straight allies looking to join the rainbow, glittery festivities.
Share your favorite 2021 Pride Month ideas for young families in the comments!
Weekends in June (all four!) Porch Pride 2021 is a month-long virtual, multimedia festival, featuring 13+ hours of music, programming, and community engagement. The goal of the event will be to highlight and uplift LGBTQ+ roots musicians and fans – especially Black, Brown, Indigenous, and/or Asian folks – while also financially supporting the artists as they recover from the many economic burdens from the ongoing COVID pandemic. Find out more!
All month, Pride cookies at Arizmendi, Emeryville. The most cheerful (big) rainbow shortbread cookies will bring smiles to faces of all ages. 4301 San Pablo Ave, Emeryville.
Virtual, (almost) Anytime. Drag Queen Story Hour. The Drag Queen Story Hour project is exactly what it sounds like. While the non-COVID experience is live, in-person stories, lively, and diverse, these live streams have the benefit that you can enjoy them from home. Find a Livestream via Facebook.
Friday, June 11, starts at 6:40 pm. Oakland A’s play the Kansas City Royals and celebrate Pride. The free fan giveaway is an A’s rainbow rally towel. See the schedule.
Thursday, June 24, 4 pm. Downtown Berkeley throws a drag show for Pride and we wonder whether it is good for families or not. See details.
Friday, June 25, 10 am Pineapple Project, a play about Gender Creativity for Young Children from Habitot. Recommended for children 3 to 8, this original play celebrates gender expression and helps broaden the conversations at home. Big siblings will like it, too. RSVP for free tickets.
Saturday, June 26, 10 am Lady Rainbow and the Big New Family from Habitot. Recommended for children 3 to 8, this puppet show celebrates being different and also special. RSVP for free tickets.
Saturday, June 26, 10 am Baby Rave by BACT, San Francisco. Family-friendly Pride dance party with DJ ET kicks off the larger Fort Mason Block Party from 10 am to 10:30. All ages welcome, dress up in rainbow outfits. RSVP for limited free tickets.
Sunday, June 27, 10 am to noon, Family PRIDE bike ride. Join Rich City Rides for a family-oriented bike ride in Richmond. It is free to join but RSVP is requested. Gather at Unity Park, 1605 Ohio Avenue, Richmond, CA.
All month long, read books that teach and celebrate LGBTQ Pride from the Berkeley library >
September 11&12 Oakland Pride Parade & Festival. Save the Date! Lots more details to come.
[Photo Credits: Heather Flett and Sharon McCutcheon]