The Very Best of NYC Special Events

ESPA’s Fall Dinner, GLAAD Media Awards in Advertising, MENY’s Wedding March and more…

Bryan Batt hosts the 2nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Advertising on Sept 29 at the Grand Hyatt New York. The awards honor individuals and projects in the advertising and marketing industries for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Nominees include Absolut Vodka, Levi Strauss & Co., Progressive Insurance and Givenchy Wells Fargo, and Bravo’s Andy Cohen and The Real Housewives of New York City‘s Bethenny Frankel will make appearances.

Celebrate the Empire State Pride Agenda’s continued progress and success toward winning equality and justice for LGBT New Yorkers and our families at the 2010 Fall Dinner, Oct  14 at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers. The event, hosted by Sarah Jessica Parker and Andy Cohen, with remarks by U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, marks ESPA’s victories and thanks the people who have helped the organization—and the community—,get closer to a better New York for all LGBT people.

The annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction, held on Sept 26 in Shubert Alley, brings out the biggest and brightest stars from Broadway, Off-Broadway, dance and daytime television to greet fans and sell memorabilia. Casts and company members of dozens of shows are joined by theatrical unions and guilds, producing organizations, local merchants, and many other groups to sell costume pieces, autographs, original scripts, rare photographs, and so much more. The highlight of the Flea Market is the Grand Auction, in which singular items and opportunities such as walk-on roles in Broadway shows, television programs and films are available to the highest bidder.

Six Flags Great Adventure goes rainbow for "Out at Night VII" on Sept 24. Take a bus from The Center for the annual LGBT pride night at the famed amusement park in Jackson, N.J. Join your community for roller coasters, water rides, bumper cars and DJs Seth Gold, Corey Craig and DJ Rhino Starr. Don’t forget to invite friends!

Pedal your bike from Boston to NYC the weekend of Sept 24 in Braking the Cycle, the annual ride that benefits The Center’s HIV/AIDS services programs. The three-day, 285-mile spectacular route is fully-supported and clearly-marked, with abundant support vehicles and rest stops every 15 miles. All riders must arrive in Boston by 5pm on Sept 23, and all meals, snacks and lodging are included from Friday morning through Sunday afternoon.

Sept 26, join your community in supporting same-sex marriage and HIV/AIDS prevention as thousands of New Yorkers stand up for equality in the 7th NYC Wedding March across the Brooklyn Bridge. The march, rally and community festival is organized by Marriage Equality New York MENY) to raise awareness about the 1,324 protections denied to same-sex couples and their families because of a lack of marriage equality. The event is a collaboration of over 30 community organizations, including the Center, HRC, ESPA, GLAAD and MCCNY, as well as individuals like Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Speaker Christine Quinn.

Celebrating its 5th anniversary, the Hetrick-Martin Institute’s Fall Fest is an opportunity for Hudson Valley and New York City residents to come together and celebrate the start of a new school year and a better life for the over 1,200 LGBTQ youth HMI serves annually. HMI’s signature fall cocktail party happens on Sept 25 at the Hudson Valley Home of Harlan Bratcher and Toby Usnik in Red Hook, N.Y.

The Ali Forney Center invites you to its inaugural dinner, A Place at the Table, hosted by Dennis O’Hare on Oct 7 at 91 Horatio St.  The event, which benefits the center in its mission to serve homeless LGBT youth, features a live and silent auction as well as a special guest performance. Enjoy a festive evening of community as the Ali Forney Center honors Mitchell Gold, blogger Joe Jervis of Joe. My. God., and one of their extraordinary graduates, Ksen Pallegedera.

The New York Burlesque Festival, now teasing its way into its eighth year, remains the largest burlesque event in the world and has attracted sold-out crowds since its launch in 2002. This year’s performances, which take place Sept 30–Oct 3 at four red-hot venues throughout the city, feature a plethora of burlesque luminaries such as Miss Astrid, Scotty the Blue Bunny, The World Famous BOB, Albert Cadabera and a slew of others.

Catch screenings of a truly eclectic range of films from the U.S. and all over the world, including a number of "made in Coney Island” productions, at the 10th Annual Coney Island Film Festival. The oh-so-Brooklyn event hits the famed seaside ‘hood Sept 24–26  at Sideshows By The Seashore and The Coney Island Museum, and will honor Darren Aronofsky in a special event on the 26th.


What Do You Think?