The Garden State is also the State of Pride. Check out the great stuff coming up this summer for the hippest and funkiest ways to express yourself.
Jersey Pride Parade and Festival – Asbury Park, N.J.
Taking place on Sunday, June 2 in the hip shore city of Asbury Park, this parade and festival is the state’s largest Pride celebration. Last year’s event was attended by more than 20,000 people and featured, more than 200 artisans, merchants, community organizations, and food. This year’s lineup includes the parade, performances, speakers, food and rallies.
North Jersey PrideFest—Essex County, N.J.
On Saturday June 9 at the Memorial Park Amphitheater in Maplewood, North Jersey PrideFest will feature a live stage showcasing incredible talent of singers, bands, performers and choirs, 100+ merchant vendors, and a famous five-star food court, featuring local culinary artisans. This family-friendly event features a Rainbow Kids Zone, with a live kids stage, and the opportunity for guests to learn more about the LGBTQ and ally nonprofits that are doing important work in the community.
Jersey City LGBT Pride – Jersey City, N.J.
The Gayborhood Jersey City will host the 19th Annual Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival on Saturday, August 24. This year the theme is “Honoring Our Past…Creating Our Future” in recognition of the Stonewall 50 Commemoration & WorldPride 2019. The festival includes main stage performances, a market of local vendors, speakers and more, all conveniently located near public transportation. The Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival is recognized as one of the largest festivals in the Northern New Jersey region.
Photos in this slideshow are from 2018 events. Photography by Tomato Peña and Zoltan Suhay.