Newburyport Pride Celebration – North Shore Pride Month Events

By Jodi Coburn, Correspondent
Jodi is a freelance writer and former English teacher who has spent her entire life on the North Shore. She spends her time spoiling her dogs and children, doing craft projects, and thinking about Disney World.
Newburyport Pride Event with Governor Maura Healey

Newburyport Pride will feature a series of events starting on Wednesday, May 29th in addition to the Newburyport Pride Art Exhibit at the Peg Center for the Arts, a great opportunity for the city to show its true colors. All are invited to participate in these welcoming North Shore Pride Month festivities; a collective local effort designed to unite and expand the celebration far beyond the Newburyport community. In addition to the Newburyport Pride Events, many other local businesses and organizations are also hosting events throughout Pride Month.

For LGBTQ+ people, “community” might mean, at minimum, acceptance, inclusion, respect, and equality. In Newburyport, all people are valued, but Newburyport Pride in the Port goes beyond the mere minimums and truly celebrates the local LGBTQ+ community and welcomes visitors.

There is a plethora of ways that organizations and businesses are showing the love: restaurant events, dance parties, inspirational speakers, entertainment, store specials, music, teen activities, a parade, beach party, and even special NBPT Pride Merch. Newburyport Pride has something for everyone, so you can bring the kids, the grandparents, and even the pooches. Check out the Newburyport Pride events’ summary below and visit the Newburyport Events Calendar for more detailed information about these events.

Newburyport Pride Month 2024 Events: 

  • NBPT Pride How to be a LGBTQ+ Ally Wed. 5/29 at Nock School from 7-8:30 pm
  • NBPT Pride Sunset Club kick-off Thurs. 5/30 from 5-8 pm
  • NBPT Pride City Hall Flag Raising Ceremony w/music and special guests Fri. 5/31 from 4-5:30 pm
  • NBPT Pride Big Gay Comedy Show at Phoenix Room, Fri. 5/31 from 8-10 pm – SOLD OUT
  • St. Paul’s Church Pride Prayers & Blessing of the Parade at St. Paul’s Sat. 6/1 from 10:30-11:30 am
  • NBPT Pride Parade thru NBPT & Festival in Brown Square on Sat. 6/1 from 12-4 pm
  • Paddle Inn Pride Parade After Party Fundraiser at The Paddle Inn, Supporting The Point Foundation, Sat. 6/1, from 1-5 pm
  • NBPT Pride Melissa Ferrick Concert at the Firehouse, Sat. 6/1 from 8-10 pm
  • NBPT Pride Workout with Fuel in Brown Square, Sun. 6/2 from 9-9:45 am
  • NBPT Pride Drag Brunch Show at Barewolf Brewing, Sun. 6/2, from 11-1:30 pm – SOLD OUT
  • NBPT Pride Pawrty Hosted by Sweet Paws Rescue at Riverwalk Brewing Sun. 6/2 from 12-4 pm
  • NBPT Pride Its Only Life After All” presented by NBPT DOCUFEST and the Screening Room, Sun. 6/2 from 7-8:30 pm
  • NBPT Pride Queer Here Art Exhibit at Peg Center for Art Activism from Fri. 6/7 at 11 am – Fri. 6/28 at 5 pm.
  • NBPT Pride Makerspace Meet-Up at Tinkerhaus, Thurs. 6/13 from 7-8:30 pm
  • Amesbury Community Theater presents, Five Lesbians Eating A Quiche – 6/13 & 6/14 at 7 pm and 6/15 at 2 pm & 7 pm
  • NBPT Pride Drag Queen Story Hour at the Peg Center for Art & Activism, Sat. 6/15 from 11 am – 12 pm
  • Pride in the Port – Sunset Cruise – hosted by REsurge CoWorking on the Merrimack River – Sat. 6/15 from 7-10 pm

For quick visibility to Newburyport Pride Events, download the Newburyport App and select, Events Calendar. Just search, “Newburyport” in the App Store or Play Store and download the free app. If you are unable to make it to Newburyport in person, you can view some of the festivities on the Live Web Cams, also accessible through the Newburyport App.

Pride Month is meant to encourage LGBTQ+ people to be proud of who they are (in a world that can often make that difficult), and that’s certainly important, but the Pride in the Port event is also meant to show LGBTQ+ residents and visitors that Newburyport is proud to have them. As Mayor Sean Reardon said, “We are committed to being a city that is welcoming to all, and to creating…safe spaces and positive experiences for all…people.”

For more LGBTQ+ and Pride resources, check out: Newburyport Pride, Newburyport Public Library, Newburyport Youth Services, and NAGLY (North Shore Alliance of GLBTQ Youth).

2023 Newburyport Pride Speech by Governor Maura Healey at the Flag Raising Ceremony

2022 Newburyport Pride in the Port Celebration