All weekend

  • Queer Takes:
    The GLBT film series showcases provocative films about those who reject the status quo, with films by Walker regulars and new talents who have been recognized by Sundance and the Oscars. Films screened Thursday are included in Walker's Free Thursdays. -J.P.

  • Scorch Fireball:
    The Bolt/Eagle's outdoor tent opens at 5 p.m. Friday and goes through the weekend. There's live music all weekend in the Underground: Floggapalooza at 8 p.m. Fri., Chi Chi LaRue at 9 p.m. Sat. and Boogie Wonderland at 6 p.m. Sun. (Fri.-Sun.) -T.H.

Friday

  • Uptown Pride Block Party:
    Pride's hippest block party, this zero-waste event will have emcee Foxy Tann, live music from Venus DeMars & All the Pretty Horses, Black Blondie, Dykes Do Drag and Tina Schlieske, plus the North Star Roller Girls, a flea market and beer and organic food from Bryant-Lake Bowl. -J.P.

  • The Big Gay Pride Party:
    New York producer and house music DJ Joe Gauthreaux headlines this club party. -J.P.

  • "Queertopia":
    Now in its third year, this cabaret night features nine acts from various disciplines at Intermedia Arts. Expect break dancing, spoken word, ballet, a drag king, a youth theater group and even a hula troupe. A mock newscast called "YXY News" will report on life from the scene of this utopia. -T.H.

  • Miss City of the Lakes:
    While the Gay 90's new owner is still mapping out remodeling plans, the club has spruced up the sidewalk patio and is hosting the popular Miss City of the Lakes drag pageant in the La Femme room. (8 p.m. Fri.) -T.H.

  • Pride Revue:
    The Minnesota GLBTA Campus Alliance (the "A" is for Ally) presents its first revue. The alcohol-free event features music by Sick of Sarah and folk singer Ellis, comedy writers Curt Lund and Laura Bidgood, and more. (7:30 p.m. Fri. Whitney Fine Arts Center) -T.H.

  • Fruit Bowl:
    Organizers have rented out all 16 lanes at Elsie's. Games are free and there will be food and karaoke. Prizes will be given out for everything from high score to "most fabulous bowling attire." An alcohol- and tobacco-free event. -T.H.

Saturday

  • Splash Bash II:
    This annual music, fashion and celebrity event will feature the Village People, a West Coast-inspired swimwear fashion show, and a performance by ultimate drag icon RuPaul. New York rapper and songwriter Cazwell and local R&B musician Oryan will also perform. (9 p.m. Sat., $35-150, 18-plus. Trocaderos.) -J.P.

  • Leather Pride:
    If you're looking for leather, check out this event at Innuendo in St. Paul. The Minnesota Storm Patrol and the rest of the leather community will be there, with music by DJ Naughty Boyy. (10 p.m. Sat. Rumours-Innuendo.) -T.H.

Saturday-Sunday

  • Twin Cities Pride Festival:
    The biggest festival of the weekend is headlined by '90s R&B girl group En Vogue, plus Deborah Cox, Sunshine Behavior, Sick of Sarah, the Red Flags and DJ Red Richard. There's more entertainment on five stages, hundreds of exhibitors and vendors, and fireworks. -J.P.

  • Nick and Eddie weekend:
    New York nightlife luminaries Chi Chi Valenti and Johnny Dynell will host the two-day event, with music by All the Pretty Horses, Faggot, Jean Bardot, Le Cirque Rouge, Foxy Tann and more. It all goes down in the funky Loring alley alongside buzz bar Nick and Eddie. (2 p.m. Sat. and Sun. Nick and Eddie.) -T.H.

Sunday

  • Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade:
    Make sure you save some energy for Sunday's annual parade. The mammoth endeavor attracted 125,000 spectators last year, Pride officials say. -T.H.

  • The Saloon's Block Party:
    Eighties pop singer and gay icon Taylor Dayne will perform "Tell It to My Heart" plus new songs at what is the longest-running local Pride block party. Emceed by Lady Bunny, the block party will also have Pride karaoke, DJ Lady Miss Kier, DJ Kio Kio, Orange-Whip and Sunshine Behavior. -J.P.