Gearing Up For Portland Pride

As the saying goes, “Put a rainbow on it!” And come June, that’s exactly what Portland does. It’s Pride Month, a time when Portland shines its brightest, welcoming all with open arms and a spirit of inclusivity that’s as infectious as it is inspiring. The city’s annual LGBTQ+ community celebrations are a kaleidoscope of joy, advocacy, and unabashed self-expression. From raucous street fairs to poignant marches, Portland Pride Month is a celebration like none other.

At the heart of this radiant tapestry lies The Hotel Zags, a hip urban oasis in the pulse of Portland’s West End. With our chic design, eco-friendly ethos, and commitment to community, The Hotel Zags is more than just a place to stay, it’s a beacon of acceptance and celebration — especially during Pride Month.

June Pride Events

As June unfolds, Portland comes alive with a whirlwind of Pride events, each one more exhilarating than the last. The festivities kick off early this year with the Portland Thorns hosting their annual Pride Northwest Fundraiser on June 8th at Providence Park. Cheer on the reigning NWSL champions while supporting an amazing cause. The following night, get glammed up for the Portland Gay Prides Pageant at the Melody Event Center Ballroom (June 9) and witness fabulousness reign supreme.

But the celebrations don’t stop there. On June 22nd, Ankeny Alley transforms into the colorful backdrop for Rose City PrideCon, a day of panels, workshops, and community building. And on June 29th, join the Portland Timbers for their Pride Northwest Fundraiser at Providence Park, where soccer and solidarity collide in a sea of green and gold.

July Pride Events

As the calendar flips to July, the events really start heating up. The Hotel Zags and Pride Northwest join forces to present the inaugural Pride Night Market on July 12th from 6 – 9 pm. Expect an evening of food, drinks, local vendors, live entertainment and tremendous community vibes. We couldn’t be more excited to help bring to life what’s certain to be the first of many iterations of a landmark event. Click here for more information.

Following that is the ever-popular Portland Pride Waterfront Festival & Parade. On July 20th, Tom McCall Waterfront Park hosts the massive day-long festival with multiple stages, vendors galore, and the wildly popular Portland Trans Pride March kicking things off. The celebrations continue that evening with Buzzcut’s Summer Fest Alcohol-Free Pride Party at For Bitter or Worse and the iconic Portland Dyke March — a community celebration and demonstration of all who identify with their take-no-prisoners cause. 

Then on July 21st, the pièce de résistance – Portland comes alive with the vibrant colors and jubilant energy of the Portland Pride Parade. The massive, colorful, and joyfully raucous procession takes over the streets of downtown with electric energy. Wave those rainbow flags high as this beloved annual tradition makes its way through the city center; a joyous display of love, acceptance, and community spirit.

When you need a break from all the festing and marching, Portland’s LGBTQ+ nightlife scene has you covered. Grab a drink and show your colors at beloved queer bars like ScandalsPDX, Silverado, Eagle Portland, CC Slaughters, Darcelle XV, Doc Marie’s, and Crush, among many others. There’s simply no shortage of places to raise a glass and toast to equality. And with The Hotel Zags just a stone’s throw away, you can paint the town red (or rainbow) knowing that a cozy crash awaits you at the end of the night.

The Hotel Zags is Your LGBTQ+HQ

No matter how you choose to celebrate Pride in Portland this year, The Hotel Zags is the perfect place to stay. Our modern boutique hotel in downtown’s West End is just steps from all the major festivities. Plus, As a proud supporter of LGBTQ+ rights and representation, our close collaboration with Pride Northwest helps us give back to the community. The team at The Hotel Zags does our utmost to ensure that every guest feels welcome and valued. We’re proud to be a sanctuary for all who seek acceptance, belonging, and a damn good time. Book your room with us today and let the vibes of Portland Pride wash over you!