Wed. 1 Whole Foods 5% Day. Three Whole Foods locations will donate 5% of net sales to Options Magazine, Rhode Island Pride, and AIDS Care Ocean State. 601 North Main Street, Providence, 8am–10pm; 261 Waterman Street, Providence, 8am–9pm; 151 Sockanosset Cross Road, Cranston, 8am–9pm.
Wed. 1 Rhode Island Pride Events Committee Meeting, 7pm. 1055 Westminster Street, Providence, Floor 2. A meeting to continue planning RI PrideFest. All are welcome. For more info, www.prideri.com or 467-2130.
Fri. 3 Lust, a Countdown to Pride event, 10pm. The Providence Eagle, 124 Snow Street, Providence. A night out to support RI Pride while partying with friends from the communities who call the Eagle home: leather, kink, bear, jock, and more. Full event details at www.facebook.com/Eagleprovidence.
Sat. 4 Concordia Coffeehouse presents singer/songwriter Jan Luby with special guest Ken Richard, 8-10pm. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 West Shore Road, Warwick. $8. Doors 7:30pm. Alcohol-free event.
Sat. 4 Countdown to Pride at The Village. Come early for dinner and participate in a raffle/auction featuring state-of-the-art tablets and TVs. $10 cover to benefit RI Pride. www.thevillageri.com.
Sun. 5 Imperial Court of RI presents Investitures 1 – Reign XXIV, 9pm. The Dark Lady, 19 Snow Street, Providence. Stage open to all performers. $10 donation to benefit Rhode Island Pride. www.icriprov.org.
Thu. 9 Sweet Little Variety Show, 8pm. Aurora, 276 Westminster Street, Providence. A queer-produced potpourri of entertainment including comedian Rich Hite, singer/songwriter Gianna Botticelli, Girls 2 Men, and more. $10 to benefit Rhode Island Pride. Visit Sweet Little Variety Show on Facebook or www.sweetlittlevarietyshow.com.
Thu. 10 Pride Rainbow Flag Raising and Reception, 5:30pm. Providence City Hall steps, 25 Dorrance Street. Mayor Jorge Elorza and the City of Providence officially kick off Pride season. Free cheese fondue reception and cash bar at Melting Pot Providence, 6:15-7pm. 199 Providence Place.
Thu. 10 Melting Pot Providence hosts Pride Dinner Night, 7-10pm. 199 Providence Place. Mention Rhode Island Pride and 25% of your total bill, including drinks, will be donated to RI Pride.
Sat. 11 Boston Pride Parade and Festival, 11am-6pm. City Hall Plaza. Free for all ages. www.bostonpride.org.
Sun. 12 Skate Into Pride, 5-8pm. Forest Family Fun Center Skating. 1 Lawton Avenue, Taunton, MA. $15 benefits AIDS Care Ocean State and RI Pride; includes rental and three hours of skating.
Sun. 12 RI Prime Timers, 4:30-7pm. Social, dinner, and networking group for older gay and bi men on second Sundays. For more info, www.riprimetimers.org or call Steve at 996-3010.
Tue. 14 & Wed. 15 RI PrideFest Volunteer Orientations, 7pm. The Dark Lady, 19 Snow Street, Providence. Learn about and register for PrideFest 2016 volunteer opportunities. Refreshments served. All are welcome.
Wed. 15 Queer Book Club, 7-9:30pm. Books on the Square, 471 Angell Street, Providence. Happiness, Like Water by Chinelo Okparanta. Discount if book is purchased at Books on the Square. For more info, email email@example.com.
Thu. 16 Drag Bingo, 6-9pm. Riviera Bingo Palace, 1612 Elmwood Avenue, Cranston. $20 gets you in all games with over $2000 in cash and prizes awarded monthly. Hosted by Haley Star and LaDiva Jones. AIDS Care Ocean State raises funds to benefit Rhode Island Pride.
Fri. 17 SAGE LGBT Café, noon-2pm. Church of the Transfiguration, 1665 Broad Street, Cranston. A delicious, low-cost lunch in a gay-friendly setting sponsored by Meals on Wheels, the Department of Elderly Affairs, and SAGE-RI. Programming after lunch. A $3 donation is suggested for LGBT people 60+ and people with disabilities; a $6 donation is suggested for all others. Reservations required: Call Pauline at 351-6700.
Fri. 17 Gay Pride Sabbath Service with special guests Hunter Keith and family, 7:30pm. Temple Habonim, 165 New Meadow Road, Barrington. This Reform congregation is the only synagogue in the state to hold a Gay Pride Sabbath. All welcome.
Fri. 17 Official Pre-PrideFest Block Party with Presenting Sponsor Dark Lady & Alley Cat, gates at 7pm. Hoedown at Dark Lady, starring Steve Grand, hosted by Kitty Litter with Lili Whiteass. Rodeo at Alley Cat, starring Dolf Dietrich and Hugh Hunter with hosts Yolandi Fizzure and Kandi Dishe. The Dark Lady & Alley Cat, 17-19 Snow Street, Providence. Open til 3am.
Sat. 18 Rhode Island PrideFest Interfaith Service, 11am. South Water Street Greenway, Providence. Service lead by faith leaders from various denominations. All are welcome. Free for all ages.
Sat. 18 40th Anniversary Rhode Island PrideFest: Pride XL: Progress, Celebrate, Excel, noon-8pm. Presented by Dark Lady & Alley Cat. South Water Street Greenway, Providence. PrideFest features a Kids Zone, Youth Center, over 100 vendors, a beer/wine/spirits garden, and performances by The Voice’s Sarah Potenza, out and proud country star Glenn Stewart, Joslyn Fox from RuPaul’s Drag Race, Lulu Locks, Jodi Jolt & The Volt, and more. Free for all ages. Donations suggested.
Sat. 18 Rhode Island Pride’s Illuminated Night Parade, 8:45pm. Presented by Dark Lady & Alley Cat. Starts at Dorrance and Weybosset Streets in downtown Providence and travels west on Washington Street and South on Empire Street. Reviewing stand on Empire Street at Westminster Street. Free for all ages.
Sun. 19 If/Then, 6:30pm. Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street, Providence. Reception and discounted performance tickets benefit Rhode Island Pride. For more info, www.prideri.com.
Sat. 25-Sun. 26 Boating on Buzzards Bay with Yankee Cruising Club. For more information or to join, visit www.yankee-cruising.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 508-423-6123.
Wed. 29 PrideFest debrief, 7pm. Dark Lady, 19 Snow Street, Providence. PrideFest volunteers and attendees are encouraged to attend to talk about what worked and what could be improved to help plan for next year’s PrideFest.