Saturday, September 16
Set sail with Charleston Pride and kick off our 2017 festival! You’ve heard of our harbor cruises before…. Well, this one will be bigger, better and longer than ever before! The evening will feature hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, and DJ K spinning the beats. This boat features three levels with an air-conditioned floor and an open air top deck. This is an event you won’t want to miss!
Time: Saturday, September 16, 2017 – 7:00-10:30 PM (Cruise departs at 7:30 PM)
Location: Spiritline Cruises at the Aquarium Wharf (360 Concord St, Charleston, SC)
Tickets: Tickets available for $45.
Sunday, September 17
Come kick back with us and sip mimosas, gulp bloody marys, and watch a fabulous drag show hosted by Symone N. O’Bishop. Enjoy Tabbuli’s fabulous brunch buffet, listen to beat from DJ Beck Danger and take in all the sights and sounds of the Haus of Tabbuli. FREE admission.
Time: Sunday, September 17, 2017 – 12:00-3:00 PM
Location: Tabbuli Grill (6 N Market St, Charleston, SC)
Join us for Charleston’s Interfaith Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Service. The service is open to Charlestonians of every faith and philosophy. Welcoming and affirming religious leaders will be there as we celebrate or diversity and commit ourselves to work for equal dignity and justice for all. All are welcome.
Time: Sunday, September 17, 2017 – 6:30 PM
Location: Unitarian Church in Charleston (4 Archdale St, Charleston, SC)
Monday, September 18
Sarah McBride, Transgender Activist
Sponsored by Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the College of Charleston Gender and Sexuality Equity Center. Nationally known transgender activist and National Press Secretary for HRC, Sarah McBride will share her story, reflect on the current state of the LGBTQ movement, and our path forward. Sarah will also lead a discussion with local activists around the current LGBTQ movement in the Lowcountry. FREE admission.
Time: Monday, September 18, 2017 – 7:00 PM
Location: College of Charleston School of Sciences and Mathematics building, Auditorium 129 (202 Calhoun St, Charleston, SC)
Tuesday, September 19
Join us for an evening of poetry and spoken word. Members of the LGBTQ community will take a stage and share their wisdom, wit and humor. FREE admission.
Time: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 – 8:00 PM
Location: Purple Buffalo (2702 Azalea Dr, North Charleston, SC)
Wednesday, September 20
SC Senator, Marlon Kimpson
The year ahead will most likely be a challenge LGBTQ community. Join the Alliance for Full Acceptance (AFFA) as guest speaker, Senator Marlon Kimpson, shares what will be coming out of the SC State House this year and what you can do about it. FREE admission.
Time: Wednesday, September 20, 2017, Reception at 5:45 PM (cash bar), Presentation begins at 6:30 PM.
Location: Downtown Charleston Marriott (170 Lockwood Blvd, Charleston, SC)
Thursday, September 21
BEAU Magazine hosts their annual happy hour in downtown Charleston. FREE admission.
Time: Thursday, September 21, 2017, 5:00-7:30 PM
Location: Gentry Bar & Room (276 King Street, Charleston)
Show your PRIDE by coming out to a night of comedy featuring nationally known stand-up comics, who also just happen to be members of the LGBTQ community.
Shawna Jarrett is a stand-up comedian based in Charleston, SC who came to the stage with over a decade of experience as a humor writer, cartoonist, and essayist. She was a semi-finalist in the 2016 Charleston Stand-up Comedy Competition, and has featured with such comics as Rob Haze (Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing) and Tim Northern (CBS, Just for Laughs festival). You may know her around town as the host of the 2016 We Are Family Iron Mary competition, and she also writes/produces sketch comedy, hosts the monthly Frothy Beard Comedy Night, and produces a variety of showcases and concept shows. Her material ranges from confessional to broad, including topics like gender and sexuality, Venn diagrams, Kmart, and her home state of Florida.
Sampson McCormick is an experience. A down to earth comedic force of nature and for well over a decade has been one of the most celebrated LGBT comics working. He’s been named “One of the Funniest” LGBT Comics by Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, The Daily Californian, OUT.com & the Advocate. He’s appeared on MTV, BET, VICELAND, his acclaimed comedy special and the new documentary “A Tough Act To Follow”. His comedy offers riveting and honest takes on race, religion, politics and sexuality– you know, all those things you aren’t suppose to talk about in polite company.
At 5’2, comedian Jenn Snyder packs a whole lot of funny in her one-two punch style of comedy. Topics ranging from her days growing up as a lesbian in a “good ol’ boy” town, to her dealing with the public on a daily basis, this comedian will pull you in with her stories and leave you wanting more with her quick wit and hilarious observations. Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina her ultimate goal is to unite all people through laughter.
A Seattle-based comedian and writer, El Sanchez has been performing all over the country since 2010. They have appeared on NPR’s Latino USA, featured in LGBTQ documentary short, “Oh, I Get It,” and have performed at Bumbershoot, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Emerald City Comicon and Autostraddle.com’s annual LGBTQ event A-Camp. El has been called “a grumpy nugget of delight” by writer/activist Lindy West and in 2016, HelloGiggles.com listed them as one of “4 Latinx Comics You Need To Know Right Now Before They Blow Up.” Their debut comedy album “Hard Femme/Soft Butch/Werewolf” will be released in the fall of 2017.
Ian Aber is a writer and stand up comedian out of Atlanta, Georgia, His comedic style mixes stand up and fast paced story telling, drawing the audience into his outsider view of the world. Smart. Engaging. Energetic and Sweaty are all words used to describe him. Ian was a finalist in Stand Up NBC and is a part of their NACA college tour and performs in clubs, colleges, music venues, basements, living rooms around the country as well as attending Laughing Skull, Orlando Indie, Accidental, Scruffy City, Cinderblock and Limestone Comedy Festivals
Mimi J Benfield, also known at the “Gay of Sunshine,” is the funniest/only lesbian comedian in Charlotte, NC. She first graced the stage in 2012 and has been performing all over from Florida to Toronto, Washington, D.C. to Las Vegas and even all the way to Maui. She’s shared mics with comedy greats such as, Margaret Cho, Carlos Mencia, and Jen Kirkman. She was the taco in the “Sausage Taco Comedy Tour” of 2015 and is about to embark on a multiple city “Pride Tour” in the summer of 2017.
Time: Thursday, September 21, 2017, 8:00 PM
Location: Charleston Music Hall (37 John St, Charleston, SC)
Patti O’Furniture is the camp queen of the Carolinas. Her mix of drag, comedy, quirky costumes and quick wit have been entertaining audiences since 1998. Welcome to the world of comedy couture that is the “Yard Sale with Legs!” FREE admission.
Time: Thursday, September 21, 2017, 11:00 PM
Location: Dudley’s on Ann, 42 Ann St, Charleston
Friday, September 22
Come out for a great time with drink specials, great food, and music. You won’t want to miss Takeover Charleston Pride!
Time: Friday, September 22, 2017, 6:00-10:00 PM
Location: Taco Boy (217 Huger St, Charleston, SC)
Saturday, September 23
This is a Pride parade like no other. Join crowds of people lining King Street as our parade runs right through the middle of downtown Charleston. Stepping off at 9:00 AM, the parade route goes from Ann Street down King Street to Broad Street, and then to Colonial Lake.
Time: Saturday, September 23, 2017, 9:00 AM
Location: King Street, Downtown Charleston
Headlining Big Freedia and David Hernandez. Head to Brittlebank Park, beside the beautiful Ashley River, to walk among vendors, food trucks, and beer and alcohol sales, all while taking in entertainment and speakers from the stage. Nothing says Pride like a day in the park. Show your Pride and plan to celebrate! Hosted by the one and only, Patti O’Furniture and featuring entertainment by DJ Beck Danger and Bridgette Pharaohs, Empress of Charleston Pride! FREE admission.
Time: Saturday, September 23, 2017, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Brittlebank Park (0 Lockwood Blvd, Charleston, SC)
Sponsored by Dudley’s on Ann. We painted the town every color of the rainbow this year and it’s time to show Charleston how beautiful life can be when those colors come together. You won’t want to miss the Charleston Pride Prism Party as we close out a fantastic day of celebrating our pride.
Time: Saturday, September 23, 2017, 9:00 PM-1:30 AM
Location: Music Farm (32 Ann St, Charleston, SC)
Tickets:Tickets available for $20.