Asbury Park has always been the place to party for Jersey Pride Weekend, but with the event marking its 25th anniversary this year, the bashes at the bars, dance clubs, community centers and hotels around the city are sure to be even more intense.
There’s even a new hotel, with a pool and bar, for the 20,000 to 30,000 revelers who converge on this city by the sea to check out. Here’s a sampling of the events that will be taking place in Asbury Park during Jersey Pride Weekend, June 3-5.
The Asbury, 210 5th Ave
This new hotel kicks off the weekend with a rooftop tea dance on Friday. DJ Lina will headline the weekend with nightly performances in the rooftop bar, Salvation. You can start the day with morning rooftop yoga and enjoy gay cult classic movies throughout the weekend in the hotel’s outdoor movie theater, The Baronet. One of the movies planned is Priscilla, Queen of the Desert as a benefit for Project REAL, an LGBT youth drop-in center in the city. A pride picnic and pet drag show are also planned, which will include great food and cold beer. All profits go to Seer Farms, a pet sanctuary for families in crisis, in Jackson.
For more information, visit www.theasburyhotel.com or call (732) 774-7100.
Georgies, 810 5th Ave.
The gay “Cheers” of Asbury Park, as this bar is affectionately known, will be offering its selection of draft beers and refreshing cocktails.
Thursday, June 2: Pre-Pride kick-off party during Lady Marisa’s “Glitter & Glam” Show with special guest Pissi Myles, music by DJ Stanley Stylez and drink specials all night plus shot boys. The kitchen is open and there is no cover.
Friday, June 3: Pride weekend kick-off party with a meet and greet from 7 to 9 pm for everyone, especially the people who have been coming to Jersey Pride in Asbury Park for the last 25 years, and even the new ones experiencing it for the first time. It is a chance for people to make new friends and see their friends from the past. You can hang out after for DJ Stanley or even explore the town together. So much to do in Asbury Park! Following the meet and greet, Georgies will be having a dance night with DJ Stanley Stylez with more drink specials and shot boys and girls, and the kitchen is open.
Saturday, June 4: Free hot food buffet during happy hour from 4 to 8 pm with karaoke dance party at night with DJ Ted Smits. The kitchen will be open as well as the Tiki Bar and there is no cover.
Sunday, June 5: Gay Pride Sunday! Check out Georgies in the parade. Then afternoon Tea with DJ Mick Hale plus male and female dancers. The Tiki Bar and outside grill will be open on the patio. Drink specials and happy hour prices available until 8 pm with the shot boys and girls. There is free parking and a $5 cover after 3 pm.
“We are excited to be a part of it again this year,” says manager Joe Cole. “We will be in the parade again this year; last year was our first time. It’s amazing to see all the love that everyone has for everyone! This will be my second Jersey Pride as the manager of Georgies.”
The bar can be reached at www.georgiesbar.com or call (732) 988-1220.
Hotel Tides, 408 7th Ave.
On June 5, after the festival, this established boutique hotel will host a pool party and beer blast geared toward the leather community, but all are welcome to enjoy the great food and cool drinks. Also check out Tides’ beer truck during the Jersey Pride festival on the Bradley Park festival grounds.
For more information, visit www.thehoteltides.com or call (732) 897-7744.
Paradise & The Empress, 101 Asbury Ave.
Friday, June 3: NJ’s ultimate club complex kicks off Pride weekend with DJ James Anthony.
Saturday, June 4: the Empress Hotel pool plays host to the DIP pool party, 1-7pm. “Powered by” Scruff with music by Jared Connor and Gabe Manzon. DIP doors open at 1 pm. Get your tickets online for $15, or $20 at the door. Later on Saturday, enjoy DJ/producer legend Hex Hector and Tea Dance from 10 pm-5 am.
Sunday June 5: Paradise’s Tea Dance from 5pm-10pm
The club can be reached at www.paradisenj.com or call (732) 774-0100.
Project REAL, 805 4th Ave.
This LGBT youth drop-in and HIV/AIDS outreach center has several events planned:
June 3: Pre-Pride Blacklight GLOW Party. Let your pride glow! A free blacklight glow party for LBGTQ young adults ages 18-29 at Project REAL. The event will run from 8 to 11 p.m. with DJ Mick Hale spinning.
June 5: Project REAL will be marching in the parade. Anyone wanting to march may email the center at ProjectRealAP@gmail.com for details. After the parade, the center will have a table at the Bradley Park festival grounds. There also will be free rapid HIV testing from the Prevention Resource Network’s mobile unit. The center’s phone number is (732) 455-5516.
Q-Spot LGBT Community Center, 66 S. Main St., Ocean Grove
The center provides vital services, including education, advocacy and support for LGBT youth, LGBT seniors, parents and families of LGBT people, individual and group mental health counseling, an HIV support group, a transgender support group, 12-step recovery groups, a job resource center, a book club, a women’s discussion group and more. The center is also a meeting place for other LGBT organizations and individuals looking for a welcoming place to hold important professional and personal events. Here are the center’s events for Pride weekend:
June 4: Community Awards Jubilee Dinner, Riverview Pavilion, 7 p.m., Belmar. For more information: www.qspot.org/events/qspot-community-awards-jubilee-dinner
June 5: The center will be marching in the parade along with the Q-Spot Marching Band. They will also have a table at the festival and will be hosting the Q-Spot Pride Lounge all day at the Berkeley Hotel, 1401 Ocean Ave., next to the festival grounds. Free coffee and water. In addition, the center will be hosting a major fund-raising dance called “Back to Basics” from 6 to 11 pm at the Berkeley Hotel, with music by John Michael Di Spirito. For more information about the event, check out www.Back2BasicsPrideDance.org or call (732) 455-3373.