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Celebrate Pride in the Finger Lakes

Celebrate Pride in the Finger Lakes

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising – the LGBTQ community’s response against police raids at the Stonewall Inn in New York City that acted as the catalyst for the modern gay rights movement. We’ve gathered Pride celebrations across the Finger Lakes Region throughout May, June, and July that will bring the fun, festivities, and sense of community!

Rainbow Sunset Cruise – LGBTQ PRIDE Month Kickoff

805 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca, New York 14850

On June 2nd, board the Rainbow Sunset Cruise to kickoff LGBTQ PRIDE Month in Ithaca. Part of the Ithaca festival, the boat ride features special appearances by Ithaca’s very own Tilia Cordata and Veruka Dagger! Bring your own refreshments and enjoy music from DJ Gundz underneath one of Cayuga Lake’s breathtaking sunsets.

NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center

25 South Street, Auburn, NY 13021

Participate in the Center’s free social book club, Monday Nightcap Book Chat. On Monday, June 3rd, they will be discussing “Stonewall: The Riots that Sparked the Gay Revolution” by David Carter.

NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center Book Club

Photo by NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center & Auburn NY Visitor Center

Pride Weekend at the Smith Opera House

82 Seneca Street, Geneva, NY 14456

The Smith Center for the Arts is celebrating Pride Weekend June 6-9 with a full slate of programming, including a concert and films that honor the LGBT community. Events include:

Thursday, June 6

Friday, June 7

Sunday, June 9

Stonewall Uprising Movie

“Stonewall Uprising” Movie, provided by Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

2019 FLX Pride Festival

Seneca Lakefront, Geneva, NY 14456

The annual FLX Pride Festival will take place on Pride Weekend in Geneva June 7–9. The weekend will be filled with entertainment and activities focusing on the diversity of the Finger Lakes region and celebrating the LGBTQ community. Events include:

Friday, June 7

Saturday, June 8

Sunday, June 9

FLX Pride Festival, Geneva

Photo provided by Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

Auburn PRIDE Week

Downtown Auburn will be celebrating PRIDE from June 22-30 with a variety of artistic and cultural events. To kick off the week, the Auburn Public Theater is hosting comedian Jen Kober on Thursday, June 20.

Pride Picnic 2019

701 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca, NY 14850

Finger Lakes Pulse is hosting their second annual Pride picnic on Sunday, June 23rd in downtown Ithaca. There will be games for all ages, great company, and the Ithaca Children’s Garden will be open!

Ithaca LGBTQ+ History Walking Tour

Ithaca, NY 14850

Bars and public spaces have been sites of LGBTQ resistance and resilience for decades. But many of the people and places that make up our history’s shared past have been forgotten, erased, overlooked, or ignored. Students of Ithaca College along with Luca Maurer, director, The Center for LGBT Education, Outreach & Services created a LGBTQ+ walking tour throughout the city of Ithaca with 32 stops over 7 miles. The tour is available as a self-guided experience through the free app Pocket Sights, with options for users to customize their experience. 

On Saturday, June 22 during Ithaca Pride, there will be a special guided LGBTQ History Tour. The tour begins at 3:00 p.m., and will be led by the tour’s creators who will offer their own reflections as the group proceeds to select sites in downtown Ithaca. Participants will learn about local, historic LGBTQ spots and happenings that played important roles in the community and nation. Register to reserve your spot on the tour.

Visitors can search Purple Roofs for gay and lesbian-friendly accommodations across Tompkins County.


ROC Pride Parade

Photo by Official Rochester, NY Pride

ROC Pride Week

100 College Ave, Rochester, New York 14607

The second largest Pride celebration in New York State, Rochester’s Pride Week runs July 13-21, 2019 with a full schedule of fun activities, including:

Saturday, July 13

Wednesday, July 17

Saturday, July 20

Sunday, July 21