The thirteen best PrideFest 2013 events (both family-friendly and adults-only)

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Emily Driskill
For more photos, visit our PrideFest 2013 slide show.
With the "Focus on the Families" theme setting the tone for this year's PrideFest, there will be celebrations all over the city this weekend. While the official focus of the all-inclusive family fun is The Center's Denver PrideFest 2013, which will be at Civic Center Park this Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16, there are many more events around town. Here are some of the best, from fantastic family-oriented gatherings to adults-only throwdowns that will last all night long.

See also:
- Five things NOT to do at Denver PrideFest
- Denver PrideFest 2013 announces headliners Taylor Dayne and Martha Wash
- Taking pride in Pride: Here's what it means to be an ally

Thursday, June 13
Follow the Yellow Brick Road at Tracks (18 and up, 9 p.m., $5-10)
Starting off a four-day weekend of Pride festivities at Tracks, this party kicks off the "There's No Place Like Home" theme. Tracks (and sister bar Eden) have been outfitted like Oz for the weekend, and guests are encouraged to dress up accordingly. DJ Markie and DJ Blaque Gurl will be holding down the turntables. Cover is $10 for those 18 to 21, $5 for those over 21 -- or purchase a weekend-long wristband for $50 tonight and get a no-waiting in-line VIP pass. For more information, visit the Tracks Nightclub website.

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Emily Driskill
For more photos, visit our PrideFest 2013 slide show.
Friday, June 14
Keshet's Pride Shabbat at Cheesman Park Pavilion (Friday, June 14, 5:30 p.m. services, all ages, donation)
Rabbi Evette Lutman and Sariel Beckenstein are leading the musical Shabbat service again this year; open to all denominations, the event brings LGBTQIA folks and allies together for a celebration in the park. Families are welcome to bring their own picnics and blankets for the gathering; Keshet just asks you to RSVP through its website.

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Drag Nation: The Witches of Oz at Tracks "Tracks (Friday, June 15, 9 p.m., $15-$20)
Named Best Ongoing Drag Event in the Best of Denver 2013, Drag Nation will go all out for this year's Wizard of Oz theme at Tracks. Hosted by the glamorous Nina Flowers, the not-to-miss drag show will feature Roxxxy Andrews, Alaska, Jinx Monsoon, Chad Michaels and more. Ruby at Emerald City, an adjoining women-centered party, will also be going on at Tracks. Check the Tracks website for more details.

HipChicksOut Second Friday Pride edition at The Living Room (Friday, June 14, 5 p.m., 21 and up, free)
HipChicksOut is sponsoring an early-evening mixer that's a women-centered, all-inclusive gathering. Meet, greet, check out the Living room's wine selection and enjoy music from DJ Sinna-G. For more on the monthly party, visit the HipChicksOut site.

Show Me Your Pride at Eden (Friday, June 14, 21 and up, 8 p.m.)
Eden will play off the "There's No Place Like Home" theme by celebrating the best women's-centered events in the city. Kicking off Eden's Pride festivities will be the Show Me Your Pride party, a peep show extravaganza featuring burlesque variety troupe Vanity Dollz and DJ DMX. For more information, visit the bar's website.

Continue reading for more events.

Location Info

Eden - CLOSED

3090 Downing St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Tracks

3500 Walnut St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Sam's Bar & Lounge

6801 Leetsdale Drive, Denver, CO

Category: Music

Civic Center Park

Broadway and Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: General

Blush & Blu

1526 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Elitch Gardens

2000 Elitch Circle, Denver, CO

Category: General

The Living Room

1055 Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: Music


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4 comments
Steven M Palmer
Steven M Palmer

God, I can remember having to drive through Cheeseman Park to get from my place to Queen Soopers and having to see the boys playing Frisbee in Speedos. What has been seen cannot be unseen...

Jeff Johnson
Jeff Johnson

^ thanks for reminding us all why we still need PrideFest. One event this list didn't include is the Pink Party at Casselmans on Saturday night.

thefemaleofthespecies
thefemaleofthespecies

@Steven M Palmer  are you crazy?! i say, MORE men in speedos and short shorts! whats more manly then showing off your front bump? even if they dont swing my way, its still nice on the eyes. 


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