50 Things to do in New York During Stonewall 50 and WorldPride 2019

by Kelsy Chauvin

The City and State of New York are showing full support with an extraordinary lineup for Stonewall 50 and WorldPride 2019, together serving as this year’s NYC Pride extravaganza.

Kelsy Chauvin

PARTIES

NY Pride photo by redswept

NY Pride photo by redswept

COSPLAY & PRIDE (June 21)
Break out your favorite cosplay costumes for this special event. The party is hosted by NYC Pride, together with Geeks OUT, the LGBTQIA+ nonprofit that founded FlameCon, the world’s largest queer comic con. Pier 40. 6-10 P.M. 2019-worldpride-stonewall50.nycpride.org/events/cosplay-and-pride/

FOLSOM STREET EAST FESTIVAL (JUNE 20-23)
Raise your kink to the next level with this four-day fetish festival, happening on W. 27th Street (between 10th and 11th aves.) in Chelsea. For more than two decades, FSE has maximized the erotic, with the 2019’s fete coming out as the “S.L.U.T.S Fantasies Fulfilled Fetish Weekend.” For specific times and locations, visit www.folsomstreeteast.com

GARDEN PARTY (June 24)
Descending on Pier 97 before it transforms into Pride Island, this annual culinary affair entices foodie guests with bites from several NYC restaurants and chefs. Proceeds will support The Center’s programs and vital services, so plan to book your ticket in advance. Pier 97. For specific time, visit 2019-worldpride-stonewall50.nycpride.org/events/garden-party/

SOLIDARITY: HUSTLABALL WORLDPRIDE (June 27)
Part one of three for the Solidarity party Pride series is Hustlaball, sure to be one of WorldPride’s most hedonistic gay dance parties. Brooklyn’s 3 Dollar Bill club will welcome house and techno fans who will turn out in sexy droves to dance in this massive raw warehouse space. Expect to find an erotic mix of kinks and fantasies to rule the night. 3 Dollar Bill, 260 Meserole St. For specific times, visit 2019-worldpride-stonewall50.nycpride.org/events/hustlaball/

FOREVER TEL AVIV: ONEWORLD OPENING (June 28)
Kick off the weekend party with this blowout by Forever Tel Aviv. Taking over the giant Hammerstein Ballroom, the throwdown will bring 4,000 guys front and center under the spell of superstar DJs. Book your general ticket in advance, or snag a VIP weekend pass to Masterbeat’s four OneWorld events. Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W. 34th St. For specific times, visit 2019-worldpride-stonewall50.nycpride.org/events/oneworld-opening

SOLIDARITY: DIES3L MAIN EVENT (June 28)
The world’s largest muscle-bear party is headed to the recently overhauled Webster Hall over Pride weekend. Building on its epic success at WorldPride Madrid in 2017, DIES3L will blast its house and techno across all three stories of the East Village’s famous party venue, with world-famous DJs playing for thousands of burly fans. Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St. For specific times, visit 2019-worldpride-stonewall50.nycpride.org/events/solidarity-die3l-main-event/

USS MASTERBEAT: ONEWORLD DAYTIME (June 29)
Part two of the OneWorld series is this exclusive daytime event at Terminal 5’s indoor/outdoor spaces. Dancing will rule the day and into the night here, with thousands of proud dudes taking over one of Manhattan’s last mega clubs. Terminal 5, 610 W. 56th St. For specific times, visit oneworldpride.com/uss-masterbeat-tea-dance

NYC Pride Photo by Kobby Dagan

NYC Pride photo by Kobby Dagan

VIP ROOFTOP (June 29)
Happening at a sleek indoor/outdoor space in Hells Kitchen, join this ninth-annual rooftop party on Saturday afternoon of Pride weekend. It’s also a fundraising event, so you can feel extra proud about attending such a swanky soiree. Your VIP status comes with the ticket, so get yours early. Hudson Terrace, 621 W. 46th St. 2-10 P.M. 2019-worldpride-stonewall50.nycpride.org/events/vip-rooftop/

BROOKLYN ULTRA DAY PARTY (June 29)
Cross to the other side (Brooklyn) with the Ultra Day party. The frolic invades the massive Brooklyn Warehouse in Bedford-Stuyvesant starting at 2 P.M., with DJs on point from Ibiza, Brazil, the U.K., and beyond. The Brooklyn Warehouse, 1260 Atlantic Ave. 2-11 P.M. www.eventbrite.com/e/brooklyn-ultra-day-party-world-pride-new-york-city-2019-tickets-49208357522

TEAZE (June 29)
In NYC, “fitting in” often just means finding the right party. Head to The DL on the Lower East Side to join this inclusive queer party that proudly welcomes all proud bodies (21 and older). Bonus: Teaze is also a fundraiser for NYC’s many free events. The DL, 95 Delancey St. 5 P.M.-12 A.M. 2019-worldpride-stonewall50.nycpride.org/events/teaze

SOLIDARITY: BRÜT WORLDPRIDE (June 29)
The finale of Solidarity WorldPride’s party trio is NYC’s largest underground leather/fetish party of the year. Descending on the gigantic, high-tech (and rather innocent-sounding) Playstation Theatre in Times Square, expect international DJs to unleash an unforgettable night on a mix of like-minded women and men. Playstation Theatre, 1515 Broadway. For specific times, visit 2019-worldpride-stonewall50.nycpride.org/events/solidarity-closing-party/

MATINEE PERVERT: ONEWORLD CLOSING (June 30)
The party ends with WorldPride’s Matinee party, injecting European house sounds and sensibilities into Terminal 5. Expect a raucous night of dancing and debauchery (to say the least) at this take on one of the world’s most infamous dance parties. Terminal 5, 610 W. 56th St. For specific times, visit 2019-worldpride-stonewall50.nycpride.org/events/oneworld-closing-party/

FEMME FATALE (June 30)
Lesbians: Save some strength for the official rooftop party for women that caps off the weekend’s Pride festivities. More than a thousand ladies will join the lofty event for drinks, food, dancing, and mingling (and advance tickets are recommended). Hudson Terrace, 621 W. 46th St. 4 P.M.-12 A.m. 2019-worldpride-stonewall50.nycpride.org/events/femme-fatale/

BUSHWIG (September 2019)
Celebrate Pride all year long! If you happen to be visiting New York in September, make sure to attend the annual Bushwig Festival. The extravaganza of “drag, music and love” returns to Bushwick, Brooklyn with its shiny, sassy lineup of non-stop gender-bending virtuosos. For specific times and locations, visit bushwig.com

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