5 things to do this weekend to celebrate Pride

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We have arrived in June and the second weekend of Pride Month! Massachusetts has a special role in LGBTQ+ history as the first state to legalize same-sex marriage, and this weekend, the city of Boston is celebrating in a big way with events like gay-experimental plays at the Pao Arts Center, the Big Gay Dance Party and the Rainbow Route 5K. While not billed as a Pride event, I would be remiss not to share one of the fastest growing music festivals in the state, which is also happening this weekend. Check out the celebration roundup below.

From Friday 10 June to Sunday 12 June

Two central themes of Sophocles’ “Antigone” are civil disobedience and family responsibility. In this new reimagining of Greek tragedy, Adil Mansoor weaves into narrative history to create a play that explores the intersection of love and faith. Using recordings of Mansoor’s conversations with his mother, discussions of various adaptations of the original play, and teachings from the Quran, the playwright explores homosexuality and the afterlife. The show will be presented for one weekend only at the Pao Arts Center.


Sunday June 12

Celebrate Pride on the Boston Commons during Pop-Up Pride on Sunday. This is a one-time, community-organized event that honors all LGBTQ+ identities. Pop-Up was organized to fill the void of the disbanded Boston Pride. The Pop-Up’s goal is to reclaim the celebration for the entire LGBTQ+ community. It kicks off at 11 a.m. and the lineup includes a rally, gourmet music, and other jaw-dropping shows.


Saturday June 11

Join ArtsUnion in the celebratory movement at the Big Gay Dance Party at Union Square in Somerville on Saturday. There will be music from DJ Live and drag performances by Amanda Playwith and Karisma Geneva Jackson-Tae. If dancing isn’t your thing, you can check out ART By Omayda’s homemade earrings and jewelry, art from Colectiva Wellbeing and more. This event is free for all LGBTQ+ people and allies.


Saturday June 11

Want to sweat this weekend? If so, this is the perfect event. The Boston Theater Company will host its second annual Road of Rainbows 5K this Saturday at the Boston Commons. This is an inclusive 5K for the whole family. Get to the start line early for a pre-5K festival with drag queens and local musicians that starts at 12 p.m. The race starts at 2 p.m.


Saturday June 11

The beloved Boston Art & Music Soul (BAMS) Fest returns this weekend to Franklin Park. It’s one of the fastest growing arts and music festivals in the city, and this year’s lineup is particularly striking. Catherine Morris, the founder and executive director of BAMS Fest, says it’s one of their most eclectic to date with musicians like Jonathan Swasey playing Latin jazz, Paul Willis delivering new hip-hop and Simply Whitney, a military vet, bringing his singles charts to the festival. There will also be soul food, live art installations and crafts for sale. Morris says BAMS Fest is “a black wonderland that anyone can experience.”

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