Big Sky Pride
Celebrating Pride in Montana

Events 2018

We have an amazing amount of fun planned for the entire weekend, and we can’t wait for you to join us! It’s going to be an amazing time, from the Comedy Show to the Parade to the Rally to the Bear Party to all the drag shows (there are THREE OF THEM) it’s going to be amazing! Check it out below!


Falsettos
Jun
17
2:30 PM14:30

Falsettos

This groundbreaking musical from the creative team of William Finn (Spelling Bee ) and James Lapine (Into the Woods ) tells the story of Marvin, a neurotic New Yorker who leaves his wife and son to be with another man. When his son’s Bar-Mitzvah looms on the horizon and his ex-wife marries his psychiatrist, it’s anything but smooth sailing for this untraditional family. Hilarious one moment and heartwarming the next, Falsettos is a brave and poignant look at the infinite possibilities that make up a modern family. Throw in the lesbians from next door and a Tony Award winning score and this game-changing musical is sure to wind it’s way into your heart.

“Brave and hilarious. A charming and deeply moving treasure.” —Newsday
 

All tickets purchased for this showing include an enamel Big Sky Pride pin.

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Recovery Brunch
Jun
17
8:00 AM08:00

Recovery Brunch

The fun isn't over, but you might need a bit of the hair of the dog that bit you, and why not have bottomless mimosas, Marys and caesars to fix you right up! The Smokejumper Station at the Helena Regional Airport has quickly become *the* place for Sunday Brunch, and after Pride, it's no different! All are welcome, and parking is plentiful.

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Neon Glow Party
Jun
16
to Jun 17

Neon Glow Party

Bring the brightest whites you own and then watch as you become the most colorful person in the world as the Rialto hosts the Neon Glow party for Big Sky Pride. Come clean, get colorful, and go home with the biggest smile of the summer as the creativity and colors flow from everyone with you!

This event is 21+

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Falsettos
Jun
16
7:30 PM19:30

Falsettos

This groundbreaking musical from the creative team of William Finn (Spelling Bee ) and James Lapine (Into the Woods ) tells the story of Marvin, a neurotic New Yorker who leaves his wife and son to be with another man. When his son’s Bar-Mitzvah looms on the horizon and his ex-wife marries his psychiatrist, it’s anything but smooth sailing for this untraditional family. Hilarious one moment and heartwarming the next, Falsettos is a brave and poignant look at the infinite possibilities that make up a modern family. Throw in the lesbians from next door and a Tony Award winning score and this game-changing musical is sure to wind it’s way into your heart.

“Brave and hilarious. A charming and deeply moving treasure.” —Newsday
 

All tickets purchased for this showing include an enamel Big Sky Pride pin.

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Block Party Drag Show
Jun
16
7:30 PM19:30

Block Party Drag Show

This is the drag show you've been waiting for!!! Come celebrate the 25th annual state Pride in Montana with Big Sky Pride's Block Party Drag Show!!!  

DETAILS:

Where: Last Chance Gulch in front of Bert & Ernie's - We're taking over the streets!
When: Saturday, June 16th from 7:30 to 10:30PM
Cover: It's free!!! - Don't forget some $1's to tip your favorite performers!
Age: It's all ages!! 

We will have the best performers from all over our state coming to perform and celebrate! The show will be hosted and produced by Hexx Shadow. This event is sponsored by Bert & Ernie's in Helena.

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Roller Derby Bout - Hel'z Belles
Jun
16
6:00 PM18:00

Roller Derby Bout - Hel'z Belles

Hel’z Belles host Heart Mountain Wreck on Wheels on Saturday, June 16 at the Helena Ice Arena.

Full concessions, drinks and family friendly fun!

Kids 10 and under are FREE. Advanced tickets are $10. Tickets are available at the door for $12. 

Doors open at 5:00 PM. Whistle blows at 6:00 PM. See you there!

Ticket link coming soon!

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But I'm a Cheerleader Pride Party
Jun
16
5:30 PM17:30

But I'm a Cheerleader Pride Party

The best way to celebrate pride is to get involved! Join MHRN, HUB Coffee, and Big Sky Pride for our BUT I'M A CHEERLEADER PARTY. Join us in Helena, where it all began in 1993, to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Big Sky Pride. 

Come grab a drink, eat some food, play yard games, learn about all we've won, and getting ready for all we have yet to win.

BUT I'M A CHEERLEADER:
Seventeen-year-old Megan (Natasha Lyonne) is a sunny high school senior who loves cheerleading and is dating a football player, Jared (Brandt Wille). She does not enjoy kissing Jared, however, and prefers looking at her fellow cheerleaders. Combined with Megan's interest in vegetarianism and Melissa Etheridge, her family and friends suspect that she is in fact a lesbian. With the help of ex-gay Mike (RuPaul), they surprise her with an intervention.

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Bears & Brews at Big Sky Pride
Jun
16
3:30 PM15:30

Bears & Brews at Big Sky Pride

Once again the snuggliest group of gays around welcomes everyone to the Bears & Brews party at Big Sky Pride! Join us at the Rialto where Calvin Richards AKA "The DMT" will be spinning the greatest tunes ever, and beer and beverages will be flowing with specials all afternoon.

We'll have this year's Montana Bear t-shirts up and ready for purchase soon, too, so keep your eyes open!

This event is open to the public but you must be 21+ to drink booze, sorry, ti's the law.

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Last Chance Splash Bash
Jun
16
2:00 PM14:00

Last Chance Splash Bash

Because we always need more for families to do, you can join us from 2 to 4 pm at Last Chance Splash Waterpark in Helena for a pool party. It’s the first day the pool is open, and, of course, it’s all contingent on the weather, but it’s a great pool, a fun park, and who doesn’t want to spend a little time cooling off with their friends?

Registration is only a buck, and you’ll get a wristband that will act as your pass to get into the park. Space is limited, and all money from the wristbands will go to support local High School GSA’s. Get registered to secure your space there!

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Big Sky Pride Festival & Rally
Jun
16
12:00 PM12:00

Big Sky Pride Festival & Rally

Just 25 years ago a small group of amazing people took the streets of Helena and proclaimed their right to be treated fully equally regardless of who they love, and we're still fighting that fight. 

Join us right as the Parade ends for a quick informational rally featuring Governor Steve BullockMayor Wilmot Collins, and a whole host of amazing people, including our Grand Marshalls, who will be announced shortly, because we like surprises.

And also, the speaking will only take an hour. We promise!

The afternoon will allow you to see the awesome information from sponsors including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MontanaPacificSource Health PlansThe Painted PotThe Hawthorn Bottle Shop & Tasting RoomRialto BarMontana SurrogacyTen Mile Creek BreweryLewis & Clark Tap RoomMontana Human Rights Network - MHRNMontana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV)Human Rights CampaignPride Foundation, and many more!

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Big Sky Pride Parade
Jun
16
11:00 AM11:00

Big Sky Pride Parade

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Just 25 years ago a small group of amazing people took the streets of Helena and proclaimed their right to be treated fully equally regardless of who they love, and we're still fighting that fight. 

So we once again get covered in rainbows and proclaim ourselves in the biggest, gayest, glitteriest, and funnest* parade in Big Sky country! We'll be marching from the line-up area on Front Street, between Niell and 13th, all the way up Last Chance Gulch to Pioneer Park where we'll end with a presentational Rally and the Park Festival!

So bring your friends, your allies, and all your chutzpah, because this year especially, it's time to be out, loud, and proud!!

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Parade Line Up
Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Parade Line Up

Just 25 years ago a small group of amazing people took the streets of Helena and proclaimed their right to be treated fully equally regardless of who they love, and we're still fighting that fight. 

Now, after 25 years, it's not a small group, it's a movement! This year's parade promises to be the biggest the capital city has ever seen, and the most colorful, too! Bring your friends, bring your allies, bring your self and march along and show your support for equality for everyone in this very unequal world!

We ask that you register on our site at http://bigskypride.com/register and if you have a group, please pay the group registration fee, in the store at http://bigskypride.com/swag to help us offset the fees and insurance for this event.

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2018 Pride Service
Jun
16
9:00 AM09:00

2018 Pride Service

This service is designed to be one of reflection, support, and a call to all to act on the side of justice for all people. Greg Smith will offer our message, and their will be an anointing service to bless all to go march in downtown Helena.

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Big Sky Pride Hot Yoga
Jun
16
8:00 AM08:00

Big Sky Pride Hot Yoga

Hey all of you Big Sky Pride Parade go-ers! Get your yoga in before the festivites. $5 drop-in price if you show your Pride pin, or get $15 off a 10 Class Card. We are located right at the start of the parade route so you won't have to go far. Come get sweaty with us!

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Hike Up Mount Helena
Jun
16
6:00 AM06:00

Hike Up Mount Helena

Helena has so much to offer, and one of the best ways to see it all is to hike up Mount Helena and catch the breath-taking view of the entire city. This is a no-host hike, with open trails for most levels of activity. And once you're done it's a short drop down to Last Chance Gulch for most of the events going on through Pride weekend.

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Friday Night Foam Party
Jun
15
to Jun 16

Friday Night Foam Party

After our welcoming party, the opening night for Falsettos at Grandstreet Theatre, and the The Mister Sisters Present: Victoire shows at the Myrna Loy Center, you might want to just get down and yet stay clean. So the fine folks at the Rialto have decided to host a Foam Party in celebration of all things Pride!

So get to town, get settled in, get razzed up and then get to this party because you know you want to shake your groove thang, and shake it off all night long!!

This event is 21+

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Falsettos
Jun
15
7:30 PM19:30

Falsettos

This groundbreaking musical from the creative team of William Finn (Spelling Bee ) and James Lapine (Into the Woods ) tells the story of Marvin, a neurotic New Yorker who leaves his wife and son to be with another man. When his son’s Bar-Mitzvah looms on the horizon and his ex-wife marries his psychiatrist, it’s anything but smooth sailing for this untraditional family. Hilarious one moment and heartwarming the next, Falsettos is a brave and poignant look at the infinite possibilities that make up a modern family. Throw in the lesbians from next door and a Tony Award winning score and this game-changing musical is sure to wind it’s way into your heart.

“Brave and hilarious. A charming and deeply moving treasure.” —Newsday
 

All tickets purchased for this showing include an enamel Big Sky Pride pin.

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Potty Mouth Pottery Night for Pride
Jun
15
6:00 PM18:00

Potty Mouth Pottery Night for Pride

Join us for a night of of naughty fun during Big Sky Pride right here in Helena! Let your dirty mind run wild for this filthy event. We will have a variety of potty mouth silk screens and designs available or we can help you make your own design a reality. We will provide snacks and you can bring your own drinks. This event is for adults and mature teens with a parent. 

All Attendees Must Be Registered

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Pride & Politics
Jun
15
5:30 PM17:30

Pride & Politics

Join us an exciting PRIDE event to meet your LGBT Legislators and find out how you can support their campaign to ensure LGBT voices are represented in the halls of Montana's Capitol.

Celebrate the progress we have made for LGBT Montanans and the work ahead to battle discrimination and ensure full equality for everyone in Big Sky County.

We'll have food, drinks, and your chance to help lift up and elect LGBT voices. Stay tuned for the announcement of our venue in Helena!

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Stonewall Democrats Annual Meeting
Jun
15
4:00 PM16:00

Stonewall Democrats Annual Meeting

The Stonewall Democrats of Montana will hold their annual meeting on Friday on Big Sky Pride to elect new leadership to help our community face the continued attacks on our equality. This meeting is open to all members of our community, and we are a recognized partner organization of the state Democratic Party, so it's important we show up and use our voice.

We'll be meeting on the patio of the Lewis & Clark Brewery.

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