rainbow croissant at black box bakery

Celebrate Pride Month With Creative Confections, Drag, And Colorful Events

Restaurants, bars, and food purveyors support the LGBTQ+ community through good eats, drinks, and fun events.

BY Gabriela Reyes


Pride month 2024 is here. So, rock it in style with delicious food and drinks at some of the best spots in town. From vibrant brunches and themed cocktails to special events and markets, these venues aim to honor the LGBTQ+ community. Whether you’re looking to join a lively parade, enjoy a drag show, or simply savor some rainbow-inspired treats, there’s something fun for everyone.

Rainbow Pastries

For an out-of-this-world treat, visit Black Box Bakery, a sponsor of the Edgewater Pride Parade. Owners Arielle Israel, Ty Webb and Megan Read have released rainbow-themed croissants, filled ($7) or unfilled ($6.50). Located inside Edgewater Public Market, it’s the perfect spot to grab one, or a box to share. 5505 W. 20th Ave., Edgewater, blackboxbakery.com

F(L)AG Day Drag Show

A year-round house of drag, Honor Farm will be hosting their F(L)AG Day Drag Show on Friday, June 14 starting at 9:00 p.m. Hosted by Jill Literate, dive into a special cocktail menu featuring four special drinks with appropriate names. For example, the vodka-forward Genderfluids. Or, a tequila and mezcal combo used to make the Bearded Pony. Stop in for a show and a drink where “ghouls” just want to have fun. 1526 Blake St., Denver, honorfarmdenver.com

Big Pride Energy

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Head to this Berkley hotspot for Big Pride Energy. | Photo by Call to Arms Brewing

Call to Arms Brewing is known for its over-the-top and simply wonderful themed decorations, and this month it’s no different. Dubbed Big Pride Energy, rainbow flags and special events abound. Kicking it off is World’s Tiniest Pride Parade on Saturday, June 15 at 4:00 p.m. During the event, businesses along Tennyson Street in Berkeley host a miniature rainbow extravaganza. Led by the Guerrilla Fanfare Brass Band, the neighborhood parade starts at Natural Grocers and continues to Call To Arms Brewery, which is fully decked out in pride decor. Enjoy their special India Pride Ale, with sales benefiting The Alexander Foundation, which provides financial support to Colorado LGBTQ+.  4526 Tennyson St., Denver, calltoarmsbrewing.com

Pride at Ace Eat Serve

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Party for pride month. | Photo by Ace Eat Serve

Ace Eat Serve has your Saturdays covered with a month full of exciting events of activities on the patio. Many events help supportThe Center on Colfax’s Rainbow Alley Program, which offers a safe space for LGBTQ+ youth, ages 10 to 17, and their allies kind find support and acceptance. Make sure to attend the Pride Flash Tattoo event on June 15. Or, take a dip during the Pride Pool Party Weekend and chef grill-out on June 22 and 23. Finally, test your knowledge at Drag Trivia Night on June 26. 

While enjoying the festivities, indulge in food and drink specials and classic favorites including the spicy chili mayo Lucky Dragon Wings ($15), Cantonese Claypot Chicken ($22), and Kalbi Beef Lo Mein ($24). Next door, sister restaurant, Steuben’s serves up dessert and drink specials starting June 19. 501 E. 17th Ave., Denver, aceeatserve.com

Rainbow Marketplace

City, O’ City invites you to a Pride Market on Sunday, June 16, in the back parking lot from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Browse a variety of vendor goods, including doggie portraits, tattoos, plants, jewelry, clothing, and more. Plus, enjoy a 20-percent discount on your vegetarian meal with proof of a market purchase. Treat yourself to fan favorites like the Breakfast Burrito ($13) or the Caprese Pizza ($22), while keeping both your wallet and tummy happy. 206 E. 13th Ave., Denver, cityocitydenver.com

Dairy Block Pride Extravaganza

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Enjoy a glass of Kachina Glitter-ita during pride month. | Photo by Dairy Block

Dairy Block is turning June into a full block party, featuring specials from various vendors and several exciting events. Festivities kick off on June 16 with youth-friendly Drag Queen Bingo from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

On June 22, enjoy a Drag Queen Show in the alley from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All month long indulge in a Pride Cotton Candy and Macaron Flight ($30) from Blanchard Family Wines, a Glitter-ita from Kachina, or a P.S. Love is Love cocktail from Poka Lola Social Club. Also look for Make It Work RuPaul Drag Race Trivia, The Ultimate Drag Revue, Drag Bingo Brunch, and Pop Diva Karaoke. More information here. 1800 Wazee St., Denver, dairyblock.com

A Special Drag Brunch 

If you are looking to go all out for pride weekend, the Drag Brunch showcasing in FIRE at The Art Hotel provides entertainment, good food, and plenty of drinks for everyone involved. Choose from two dates, June 22 or 23; two times, 10 a.m. or 1 pm; and two ticket packages that work best for you. Tickets run $100 per seat, or book a private cabana for up to six people for $300. If you want to stay at the hotel, reserve the Denver Pride Package. Proceeds will be donated to OneColorado supporting the LGBTQIA+ community. The SMASH Spritzer, which brunch attendees can enjoy, is available all month long to support the organization. 1201 Broadway, Denver, thearthotel.com

Pride Chocolates

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Colorful confections at Temper Chocolate. | Photo by Hard Knoch PR

Satisfy your sweet tooth with a pride bonbon box from Temper Chocolates, featuring flavors including: Born This Way, a Fruity Pebble infused ganache with a Valrhona milk chocolate shell; Girls, Girls, Boys, a mixed berry and cinnamon white chocolate ganache with a Valrhona milk chocolate shell; and Dance Fever, with mango Tajin fondant and a Valrhona dark chocolate shell. The shop is located inside Denver Central Market, and the confectioner will donate a portion of the bonbon box sales to The Center on Colfax. 2669 Larimer St., Denver, tempercolorado.com

PrideFest Headquarters

The Sheraton Hotel Downtown, the official hotel sponsor of the 2024 PrideFest, is hosting three exciting events for you to enjoy. Visit the new event space Parlur, which hosts the Pride Market from 12 to 7 p.m. on June 22 and 23. In the Sheraton Lobby, there’s a variety show for all ages on the 22nd starting at 7:00 p.m., followed by an after-party in the cocktail lounge, Bezel, starting at 9:00 p.m. These events will feature drag performers, music, and pride-inspired food and beverages for your enjoyment. 1550 Court Pl., Denver, sheratondenverdowntown.com

Happy Pride Hour

Celebrate love and enjoy a special, all-day happy hour in honor of pride month from 2 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 22 at Infinite Monkey Theorem. Savor a glass or two of wine on the patio or inside lounge, and if you’re hungry, go ahead and bring your own food inside. Bonus, Lala Links Denver will be there to provide permanent jewelry from 4 to 9 p.m. 3200 Larimer St., Denver, theinfinitemonkeytheorem.com


Gabriela Reyes

Gaby has been part of the Denver/Boulder food scene since 2015 when she moved to Colorado. While gradually losing her ability to eat due to six years of misdiagnosed food allergies, she became fascinated with the culinary scene. Gaby, aka The Restaurant Encyclopedia, has been DiningOut’s restaurant coordinator for food festivals since 2017 and joined the editorial team in 2022.