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A Month of Pride: Art Events Celebrating the LGBTQ+ Community

Updated: Jun 7, 2023

By Sara Winick

Photograph of community gathering during Pride month in Asbury Park.

As Pride Month begins, many events, performances, concerts, and more are happening all across New Jersey in celebration of the LGBTQ+ community. At Monmouth Arts, we wanted to take the time to celebrate and promote the art and events happening in this area in celebration of Pride. Whether you’re looking for parades, performances, interactive activities, concerts, or something else entirely, we have a little bit of everything gathered here for you. Let’s celebrate Pride with the LGBTQ+ artists, performers, and supporters that make up our creative community!

 

Jersey Pride 2023: Celebrate Pride in Asbury Park at New Jersey’s 31st Annual Statewide LGBTQ+ Pride Celebration. (June 4)


Long Branch Pride in the Park: Join the City of Long Branch to celebrate Pride Month with music, entertainment, and a flag raising. (June 10)


Red Bank Pride: Check out Red Bank Parks and Recreation 4th Annual Pride in the Park, with live music, giveaways, vendors, and more. (June 10)


New Jersey Repertory Pride Festival: New Jersey Repertory Company is hosting PRIDE from June 3 to June 25 with performances, art shows, and a photography exhibit to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and LGBTQ+ artists.

  • What Doesn’t Kill You: A play that includes “a heart attack, an obsession with Cher, a trip to a concentration camp," so yes, it's a comedy! Written and performed by James Hindman. (June 8-11)

  • The Silver Bell: Join Mico and James as they tell you their reality-bending story of love, loss, and trying to find decent sausage rolls in a universe that never invented them. (June 8-18)

  • Miss Delta Township: A one-woman show “kicking off in the 1960s and then moving at warp speed through several decades of life and longing in a 'typical' suburban American family. Except that this family, as it turns out, is anything but typical.” (June 15-18)

  • Democracy Sucks: In order to get great teacher ratings from his students at Upper Michigan State University, Democracy Sucks follows Professor B as he goes back to his theater kid roots to give his students the best last class on democracy in university history. (June 22-25)

  • Sister Mary’s Playtime: Join Sister Mary in Sister Mary’s Playtime as she battles the blues with her unique style of comedy. No pulpit. No psalms. No prayers. She's not that kind of nun! (June 22-25)

  • "Our Way" Exhibit: Curated by Mare Akana, artists from the LGBTQ+ community share their views on life, love, and the world they live in through the exhibit Our Way. (June 3-25)

  • "Out" Photography Exhibit: Out features a collection of portraits from Andrea Phox Photography showcasing members of the LGBTQ+ community. (June 3-25)

Pride On The Plaza: In honor of Pride Month, Two River Theater’s Pride on the Plaza drag show returns for the fourth year! Emcee Lady Celestina turns the party once more, with special guests Octavia Anyae and Roxie Chanel and music by DJ Samurai. (June 23)


Drag Queen Story Time & Pride Crafts: Celebrate Pride with the Asbury Book Collective as they host a Drag Queen Story Time and Pride-themed craft table for all ages. (June 17)


Agita and The Key: An LGBTQ+ Short Film & Stage Play: The Jersey Shore Arts Center presents a screening of the short film The Key and the one-woman play Agita. (June 3)



The Annual Pride Brunch: Join the Monmouth County Democrats LGBTQ+ Caucus & NJDSC LGBTQ+ Caucus for the Annual Pride Brunch. (June 4)


Pride Bash: Check out Belmar Arts for a fabulous night of music and merriment in celebration of LGBTQIA+ Pride month and Caitlin McGarry’s birthday. (June 10)



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