All-Ages Pride Events for Families and the Under-21 Crowd

Gay Skate at Oaks Park, the big party at Waterfront Park, and more!

By Conner Reed Illustrations by Dorothy Siemens June 8, 2022 Published in the June 2022 issue of Portland Monthly

Pride isn't just for the grownups. Festivities in June can get a little drink-heavy (which we celebrate), but it's also prime time to celebrate the under-21 queers in our community, or to gather the family and douse them in glitter. With that in mind, here's a handpicked list of 2022's most intriguing all-ages Pride events.

Gay Skate

For more than three decades, Oaks Park’s Gay Skate has been a spot for novices and pros alike to lace up, bust a move, and enjoy the occasional drag performance. Due to the recent TikTok-fueled explosion of roller-skating, it’s become a twice-monthly event, and its always-high energy tends to skyrocket during Pride. June 6 & 20, Oaks Park 

Pride at the Museum

Aside from its cardinal (and heterosexual) sin of evoking a family-friendly Ben Stiller franchise, this OMSI event looks like a blast. Drag queen story time in the planetarium! A Lady Gaga laser show! A rainbow elephant toothpaste demo(?)! Amid the fun, you can also peep OMSI's latest featured exhibit, about everyone's favorite bisexual renaissance painter: Leonardo da Vinci. June 10, OMSI

Hillsboro Pride Party

If you’re looking for something smaller-scale than the full-fledged waterfront bonanza (or you’re a suburb-dweller), fear not: Orenco Station’s bumpin’ annual food-and-fun fest has you covered. With Poison Waters headlining, you’re in good hands. June 11, Jerry Willey Plaza

LGBTQIA+ Improv Jam

This queers-and-trans-folks-only kickback (allies are appreciated but asked to stay home) encourages comedians of all ages and skill levels to try their hands at improvising, or sit back and watch others give it a go. June 12, Curious Comedy Theater

The History of Black Drag in Portland

Featuring a panel of Black drag artists from Portland's past and present, plus performances from Coco Jem Holiday, Alexis Campbell Starr, and Nay Nay Leakes Cartier, this event—timed to the weekend of Juneteenth—combines conversation, education, and fun. What's not to love! June 16, McMenamins Kennedy School

Portland Waterfront Pride Festival & Parade

Portland’s honest-to-goodness, in-person Pride celebration—which was canceled in 2020 and virtual in 2021—will return this year, with all the floats and music and corporate merch you’ve missed. The festival runs until 6 p.m. both nights, and the parade kicks off downtown at 11 a.m. on Sunday. June 18–19, Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park 

Let’s Get Proud

The Portland Gay Men’s Chorus staged an online concert for Pride 2021, and in 2022 they’re back in the flesh. They’ll hold down the Schnitz with new arrangements of tunes they sang last year, plus a host of other pop numbers—if you’re looking to make a day of it, the show kicks off shortly after waterfront festivities wrap. June 18, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Pride Pics

For the second year in a row, the folks at QDoc are teaming up with PrideNW to program a queer film festival that runs concurrently with the waterfront festival. Saturday and Sunday will offer different programs, with a mix of documentaries and narrative features that sport a variety of local connections. June 18–19