Elsewhere in this special issue, you’ll find a full list of “official” Pride weekend-related events. But those aren’t the only places (or ways) to celebrate Pride Month, whether in Salt Lake City or elsewhere in Utah. Here’s just a jumping-off point for Pride-adjacent activities full of music, celebration, history, and fun, starting this week and running throughout June.
Hogle Zoo “Zoo Brew”: “Pride” takes on a double meaning at this event supporting the Niasa Lion Project. Enjoy a unique opportunity to experience the zoo at night, including animal training demonstrations, while enjoying live music and beers from local brewers including Kiitos, UTOG and Moab Brewery. Unique Pride Flag-themed animal artwork will also be on sale during the event. 2600 Sunnyside Ave., Wednesday, June 1, 6:30-9:30 p.m., $19.95 admission with individually priced drink tickets, hoglesoo.org
Aloud: kaleidoscopic @ Museum of Contemporary Art of Utah: Every year (despite major pandemics), the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art hosts a series of 12-week workshops for LGBTQIA+ teenage artists under the umbrella of the Out Loud program, pairing them with mentors to create works that transmit their experiences. This year’s exhibition, Kaleidoscopiconce again presents the resulting work, as young people use a wide range of media to capture self-discovery and exploration. 20 S. West Temple, through June 8, open Wednesdays. – Saturday, $8 suggested donation, utahmoca.org
The Colorful Collective @ Urban Arts Gallery: The gallery offers a new twist on its traditional June “SLC Queer” show with an exhibition paying homage to the distinctive challenges of queer experience in Utah. The art displayed is the work of queer-identifying artists on queer themes, including the importance of communicating queer history. 116 S. Rio Grande St., through July 3 with artists reception Friday, June 17, 6-9 p.m. regular gallery hours Tuesday-Sunday, noon-9 p.m., urbanartsgallery.org
Judith Blair Peterson: The Colors of Freedom: Local artist Judith Blair Peterson explores a personal journey that began when her family came out as gay over 20 years ago. Comprised of works created entirely during the pandemic, the exhibit features 50 LGBTQ-themed works, including the 12ft-tall rainbow-hued Lady Liberty that gives the exhibit its title (pictured) . Featured speakers will also be on hand on select days. Trolley Square 2nd Floor, 602 E. 500 South, through June 26, facebook.com/Judith20222
The Monarch Queer Prom/Rainbow Market: For anyone who hasn’t had the chance to be themselves at their prom – or for anyone who just wants a big formal party – join DJ Woodbury at The Monarch arts venue in Ogden for an evening of drinks and dance. With every ticket purchase, $5 is donated to Project Rainbow, which creates visible displays of love for LTBTQIA+ people. The following week, The Monarch hosts a Rainbow Market, featuring works from local makers and designers, as well as live musical performances. 455 25th Street, Ogden; Queer Prom Thursday, June 2, 7-10 p.m., $25, 21+, eventbrite.com/e/queer-prom-tickets-344329467707?aff=odeimcmailchimp&mc_cid=799f3cd72d&mc_eid=7de3ee9793; Rainbow Market Saturday, June 11, noon – 4 p.m.
City Weekly Pride Contest: The 11th incarnation of this publication’s Pride celebration spotlights Utah’s most talented drag personalities in an evening of pageant crown performances and competition, hosted by Sequoia. A curated list of competitors will be judged on personality expressed on stage and in interviews, through talent performances and in formal attire. And the public participates in choosing the winner. Metro Music Hall, 615 W. 100 South, Thursday, June 2, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., $15 advance/$20 day of show, cwstore.cityweekly.net
Green Pig Festival: A tradition once confined to the roof terrace of the venerable pub has since spread to an entire street. Princess Kennedy hosts a full day of music and celebration on Pride Sunday, featuring Retrograde, Nixbeat, DJ Latu, DJ Shiny Jacket, DJ Flex, DJ Braxton and DJ Geovante. It’s just the culmination of a full weekend of activities, including a party on Saturday and karaoke on Thursday night. 31 E. 400 South, Block Party Sunday, June 5, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., for other events visit facebook.com/greenpigpub
Lydia Conklin: Rainbow, Rainbow: The award-winning author presents her new collection of short stories exploring a wide range of facets of the queer and trans experience, including love in the time of COVID, a lesbian couple searching for a cum, a YouTube trans convention, and the challenges of sex addiction. Michelle Tea hosts the Crowdcast Virtual Conversation, sponsored by The King’s English Bookshop. Online via kingsenglish.com, Tuesday June 7, 6 p.m., free but registration required.
Wiseguys Pride Comedy Show: Utah’s premier comedy venue hands over its mic to some of the state’s top queer comedians, including headliner Ryan Erwin, Scott Fillmore, Daniel Spencer and more. Local drag queens fill the program for even more feisty hilarity. 194 S. 400 West, Thursday, June 9, 7:30 p.m., $25 general admission, 21+, wiseguyscomedy.com
Pride under the lights @ Loveland Living Planet Aquarium: The regular monthly outdoor event on the Ecosystem Exploration Craft & Observatory (EECO) structure at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium takes on a proud twist during this family celebration. Local organizations such as Encircle, Mama Dragons, and Utah Pride Center join in the festivities, including a light show, music, local food trucks, and activities. 12033 Lone Peak Parkway, Draper, Friday, June 24, 7 p.m., $10-$15, thelivingplanet.com