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Pride Week has officially started in Baltimore, and it’s time to celebrate our LGBTQA+ community. With so many fabulous events it can be hard to manage your calendar, but don’t fret. We’ve narrowed down a few choices for your convenience so let the games begin! 

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1. Rainbow Fest – July 28-30

The thing that I’m most excited for is undoubtedly Creative Alliance’s Rainbow Fest, an LGBTQA film festival that’s ripe with colorful parties and diverse art. Occurring over three days, the event celebrates Baltimore’s LGBTQA artists and activists, including filmmakers and directors. This year’s festival is also hosting Isaac Oliver, author of Intimacy Idiot, a collection of essays that was named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2015.

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2. Double Down at the Crown – July 24 @ 8 PM

What’s a festival without a What Weekly party? Join What Weekly, Rahne Alexander, and Abby Higgs along with stellar musicians and rad readers for a free night of PRIDE fun at The Crown. The lineup includes local LGBTQ bands Guided By Wire, Bed Death, and Maxine along with Anthony Moll, Saida Agostini, and Danielle Ariano. With no cover and a packed lineup, you can’t miss this.

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3. Kuntfest – July 22-24

Also at The Crown is Kuntfest, a two-day Pride festival celebrating the diverse music and art scene in Baltimore. Included in the lineup are SupaBent and Queerology as well as Dai Burger, Abdu Ali, TYGAPAW, and more! Kuntfest has been on our radar for a while, and it’s finally here!

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4. Guerilla Wordfare – July 22 @ 7 PM

This Friday, join The Black Rainbow for Baltimore Pride’s first ever open mic and poetry slam, hosted by local poets Da Truth. Show up and spit rhymes to compete for a cash prize, or just enjoy the poetry and the live performance by The Coolots.

5. Baltimore Pride Art Show – July 21-24

For a quieter evening, check out Give & Take: An Artistic Experience for the Baltimore Pride Art Show. Featured artists include Bryson Tullis, Brittany Scott, Jazz Jordan, Reese Clark, and Bruria Hammer. The opening night reception on July 21st will include all artists along with pop-up poetry performances by special guests all evening.

Tropic Pride Kickoff Flavor Baltimore Pride 20166. Tropic: Baltimore Pride Kickoff Party – July 22 @ 9:30

For some lighthearted fun, go to The Attic at Flavor for the Tropic Baltimore Pride Kickoff Party. With music by $LDP, DJ Panama Bomb, and a special guest along with glow-in-the-dark body painting and a photo booth, this party is the perfect way to begin your Pride week.

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7. Erotic as Power – July 21 @ 6 PM

While Pride is a time for celebration, it’s also a time for reflection and discourse on the issues surrounding the LGBTQA community. Erotic as Power: Black and Latinx Reflections After Pulse seeks to create a dialogue about the impact of violence in spaces of liberation, and how clubs can help with healing and resistance. Panelists include Lilian Amaya, co-organizer of IRIS Baltimore, a Latinx LGBTQ support group, Gabe Cazares, a gay Latino with a disability as well as a Government Affairs Specialist for the National Federation of the Blind, and more.