In New York State, LGBT special events mean Pride--and a whole lot more. From LGBT film festivals in Rochester and Long Island to the Fire Island Dance Festival, and from the annual LGBT Expo at New York City's Javits Center to an Oz-Stravaganza in the Wizard of Oz author's hometown of Chittenango, there is always an excuse to have a gay old time all year long.
Pride in New York is a statewide celebration too big to be contained in one city. New York City is clearly the mother of all Prides, with its unparalleled Pride March and other events. The boroughs celebrate in their own inimitable style too, as do communities all across the state from Long Island to Buffalo - there are almost 20 Pride celebrations running from early June through mid-July! Parades and marches, festivals, picnics, dances and big-name entertainment provide plenty of additional reasons to explore the parts of New York you've always wanted to visit.
In June of 2019, World Pride comes to New York City to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. Millions of visitors will be coming to the city to celebrate – and there will be exciting commemorative events all across the state. It’s the perfect opportunity for an amazing LGBT NYS vacation, with unforgettable sights like the beaches of Fire Island and the sculptures of Storm King closer than you think in places like Long Island (a quick ride away from NYC on the LIRR) or the Hudson Valley and the Catskills, just north of the city. A more extensive vacation gets you hiking in the Adirondacks, sipping wine in the Finger Lakes, standing under Niagara Falls and so much more!