FRIDAY, JUNE 4
ReStore Thrift Store (open until 7 pm)
Coastal Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore thrift store begins summer hours – open later until 7 pm every Friday. All styles of new and used furniture, housewares, appliances, books, collectables and more for sale, with prices starting at $.10. The store is located at the northwest corner of Third Avenue at Memorial. Saturday hours are 10 am to 4 pm, closed Sunday.
Swell (8 pm to 2 am)
Be one of the first to play in the latest incarnation of the former Cruisin bar location on Kingsley Avenue. The new management promises “house music dripping with sensuality and a deep, dark sexy night.” Grand Opening party all weekend.
Mixer at The Berkeley (9 pm till 2 pm)
Start your Jersey Pride weekend off with MIXER “The Gay Pride Opener.” MIXER will be held in the The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel’s grand ballroom with gilded ceilings and crystal chandeliers. “Sexy DJ Rico will be spinning and cocktails will be poured on the balcony and in an oval room overlooking the ocean,” said Aaron Coleman, Pyramid Productions. Tickets are $10 Advance/$20 Door. pyramidproductions.info
Dating Game at Asbury Lanes (10 pm to 2 pm)
The Asbury Lanes Dating Game is back again, and now it’s the first half of the weekend’s best 1-2 punch. After a debut that was received with critical acclaim, hosts DJ Values and Gentleman Jim once again don polyester sport jackets and break out a deck of cards with R-rated questions for another set of eligible bachelors and bachelorettes. “Some will squirm, most will laugh, all will have an experience worth telling their friends about later,” said Jenn of Asbury Lanes. “And then as if that wasn’t enough – and it is, trust me, the party continues until closing time with another Guilty Pleasures Dance Party. Join DJ Sweet Sweetersen, and DJ Values as they spin all the songs you won’t admit you love.” $5 Cover. Doors at 8 pm, show starts sometime later. AsburyLanes.com.
Tyra Sanchez at Paradise (10 pm to 2 am)
The winner of Season 2′s “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Tyra Sanchez will perform with Sahara Davenport and all the regulars. Also, DJ Mark Picchiotti spins in the main room at Friction Fridays. Absolut Drink Specials. That is just the beginning to the Gay Pride Weekend at Paradise.
SATURDAY, JUNE 5
Ride with Pride (8 am)
Come cycle with friends on the 11-mile bike ride from the Asbury Park boardwalk (ride begins on the boardwalk at Fifth Avenue) to Pier Village and back. Breakfast will be served at Langosta Grill (Third Avenue Pavillion) on the boardwalk upon your return. The ride takes place rain or shine. $20 registration. Click here to register.
Ocean Grove “Giant” Flea Market (9 am to 5 pm)
Giant Spring Flea Market in Ocean Grove on Ocean Pathway will feature 370+ vendors selling antiques, collectibles, new items, old stuff, food and more. “There is something for everyone. It is asolutely the best Flea Market on the Jersey Shore,” said an organizer. Sponsored by the Ocean Grove Area Chamber of Commerce. Rain or shine. Free admission.
Langosta Lounge, Trinity and the Pope and Dauphin Lounge [Berkeley Hotel] (all weekend)
The trio of Schlossbach watering holes will offer $5 Stolichnaya cocktails “all day and night, all Gay Pride weekend long,” said Marilyn Schlossbach.
Fifth Avenue Beach (all weekend)
The gayest beach on the New Jersey shore – named a “NJ Top 10 Beach” for the third year in a row!!! [The Fifth Avenue beach is immediately south of Convention Hall.] Daily beach badge is $5. APBoardwalk.com.
Foreplay Block Party (noon to 6 pm)
Kick off Pride with a little Foreplay. Join friends for Foreplay New Jersey’s Annual Block Party for the leather and bear community in downtown Asbury Park (Bond Street, between Cookman and Lake Avenues). Beer and Cigar garden, entertainment including Carl Chesna & Co, vendors, bootblacks. 4PlayNJ.com
Trinity and the Pope (noon to 4 pm)
The new restaurant will honor Gay Pride with ”Mardi Gay”, an outdoor grilling fiesta on Trinity’s sidewalk. Mardi Gay will feature a New Orleans-style grill menu, rainbow cocktails, and an array of $5 Stoli vodka concoctions. TrinityandthePope.com.
Swell “Day” (noon to 7 pm)
Grand Opening party continues in the daylight with patio BBQ reigned over by the culinarily talented ladies from Sea Grass in Ocean Grove.
“Leather Shorts” at The ShowRoom (2 pm)
In conjunction with New Jersey Foreplay, The ShowRoom [Cookman Avenue] screens “Leather Shorts”. Take a break from the sun and fun at this Anjelica-like theatre. The ShowRoom is the best morphing of cushy living room, high-tech media room and fancy-pants big-screen cinema. TheShowRoomAP.com.
First Night Pride (6 pm to 10 pm)
The gayest First Night of the year. Explore downtown Asbury Park and all that the fab shops, restaurants, galleries, etc. have to offer. Free parking at the Bangs Avenue garage.
words! Bookstore (6 pm to 8 pm)
Photo Exhibit Reception. “Revel in the beauty of Asbury Park through my camera lens,” said Steve Herman. Free t-shirt or free copy of Bounding Down the Stairs, by Scott Asalone with every $20 or more purchase.
Pride Jubilee Dinner Dance (6 pm to 10 pm)
The third annual dinner dance by Jersey Shore QSpot, this time in the Berkeley Hotel’s fabulous Crystal Ballroom, featuring a lavish buffet and dancing. $65 per person. Call for tickets 732.604.1791. JSQSpot.org.
Flag Dance (6 pm to 7 pm)
NOT flogging… flagging. Flag dance, often referred to as flagging, is the spinning and waving of weighted flags in a rhythmic fashion to music. Doug will touch on the basics of flagging… holding the flag, getting it moving, and a variety of tricks and sequences; culminating with flagging to different types of music and creating a short flagging performance piece. All levels are welcome. Flags will be provided. Clothes that you can move in are recommended. Pre-registration required. $30.
“Xanadu” with Hedda Lettuce @ Asbury Lanes (7 pm)
After her sold out appearance at Jersey Pride last June and a mid-winter visit, Hedda Lettuce returns to Asbury Lanes with the 1980 camp cinema classic “Xanadu” starring the fantastic Olivia Newton-John, an aging Gene Kelly and all those fabulous Electric Light Orchestra songs. The fab Hedda starts the night with a 15 minute stage show with music and song and gets the crowd ready for this night of badmouthing bad acting. When the lights dim and the movie starts Hedda keeps her microphone wide open and the hilarious barbs start flying. Advance tickets $20 at AsburyParkEvents.com.
Judy Gold at the Annex (7 pm)
Comic Judy Gold, winner of two Daytime Emmy Awards for her work as a writer and producer on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show, performs in the Brick Wall’s Annex. ”There is gold at the end of the rainbow,” reads the advertisement. $30 BrickWallTavern.com.
Pride at the Stone Pony (7pm)
Starring Christine Martucci Band, Aster Pheonyx, Virago, Deepa Soul & Kelly Carvin Band. A night of gay & lesbian performers. Advance tickets $20 from any of the performers or at The Stone Pony box office. StonePonyonline.com.
SUNDAY, JUNE 6
Yoga with Phil (9.30 am)
Being your pride day with an amazing Yoga experience at Parlor Gallery on Cookman Avenue. $15.
Pride Parade Brunch at Restaurant Plan B (10 am until 3 pm)
Devour TheBPlot’s absolute favorite brunch meal – the Bacon, Egg and Cheese – with a front-row seat to the parade staging and march. Staging starts at around 10 am. Plan B is the only restaurant downtown with front windows that fold away, weather permitting – bringing the parade inside and making every seat great for priceless people-watching. “Plan B is one of two gay owned restaurants downtown,” said Jeffrey Haveson, owner. RestaurantPlanBAP.com.
19th Annual GLBTI Pride Parade (noon)
The parade, complete with floats, decorated vehicles, motorcycles and hundreds of marchers will step off at Main Street and Cookman Avenue, travel north on Grand Avenue and east on Sunset Avenue to the festival grounds.
Pride Celebration (noon to 7 pm)
More than 100 artisans, crafters, merchants and community organizations as well as over a dozen food establishments will have goods, services and information available. The “Family Zone” offers games and rides.
T Dance (4 pm to 10 pm)
After the festivities on the lawn, walk over to the Beach Bar (south side of Convention Center) for more fun. DJ meatnmore starts the party and DJ Baraness keeps it moving at 7 pm. STOLI drink specials and give-aways await you while you enjoy one of the most scenic venues in Asbury Park. AwwMama.com.
Laila’s Restaurant (5 pm)
After the festival, treat yourself at this cozy storefront restaurant which offers Latin-infused cuisine with Puerto Rican, South Beach and Cuban influences in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. A surprise for Pride, Laila’s [Fifth Avenue between Main Street and Memorial Drive] is not usually open on Sunday. Mention “The Coaster and TheBPlot” to Wanda, the owner, and receive 10% off your bill.
Langosta Lounge (7 pm to 10 pm)
Enjoy $8 pu pu platters for two, $5 Mai Tais or Pina Coladas, and $21 pitchers of both. “Staff music pick Sunny Daze will perform live at 7 pm,” said Marilyn.