Our Top 7 Gay Events this year – It seriously looks like the year 2020 is going to be a great year for celebrating LGBTQ+ events worldwide! We chose seven great LGBTQ+ events for the first year of the twenties that caught our attention and which we would like traveling to this year. Are you ready for the first edition of the Pride of the Americas or the EuroPride in Greece? Or would you rather scream and sing along with 42 new songs that will compete for the European Song Contest crown in Rotterdam? What about an international festival in Germany featuring LGBTQ+ artists from all over the world?
Our Top 7 of the best Gay Events 2020
Or did you always dream about the magical moment holding hands in front of Mickey Mouse wearing some rainbow colored ears? Let us inspire you with some extraordinary queer and gay reasons to travel in 2020! We are certain our bucket list choices will help you to decide where you want to celebrate freedom, acceptance, equality, and love with the LGBTQ+ community in 2020. And don’t forget to comment or drop us a line if you know any other gay travel-worthy things to do around the world this year. And now, join us on our gay travels around the world supporting the lesbian, gay, trans and queers around the world and enjoy the best Gay Events 2020 through a couple of men‘s eyes.
#1 Pride of the Americas 2020
Dates: 21st to 26th of April 2020 | Fort Lauderdale – USA
Yes! We are going to Florida! It is time for our long overdue trip to Florida, USA. After visiting Orlando a couple of years ago, it is time to hit the beach and join hundreds of thousands of individuals in bringing global attention to the inequalities LGBT+ communities face in Latin America and the Caribbean. In partnership with Pride Fort Lauderdale, events will include runway shows, an arts festival, an LGBT+ Health and Wellness Conference, a Travel Symposium, a Business of the Americas Conference and a Transgender Summit. And no festival is complete without daily sunset concerts, a beach party, a parade, and other social activities at various venues around Greater Fort Lauderdale. All are welcome to fly your flag high, make an impact and radiate life — CELEBRATE YOU — because who you are is worth celebrating. See you in Florida in April 2020!
#2 Euro Pride Thessaloniki 2020
Dates: 20th to 28th of June 2020 | Thessaloniki – Greece
From the 20th till the 28th of June 2020, Greece will be colored in rainbows during EuroPride. The second biggest city of Greece will become for nine days Europe’s headquarters for everyone who wants to party and fight for equality and tolerance. This year the EuroPride will be held under the motto Welcome to the future, where everyone can join celebrating in a series of art exhibitions, outdoor parties, concerts, open air film screenings, a human rights conference and, of course, the big EuroPride Parade on Saturday, 27 June 2020, on the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.
#3 Queer Festival Heidelberg
Dates: 1st to 31st of May 2020 | Heidelberg – Germany
We are super excited about this one! You might have heard from Heidelberg, one of the picturesque German cities located in the south German state of Baden-Wurttemberg. What many do not know: It is also the hosting city of the internationally known Queer Festival featuring international stars, musicians, artists and Drag Queens. And we will test their 12th edition for you visiting Heidelberg and the neighboring city of Mannheim in May 2020. Get ready for some German Instagram Realness paired with some great LGBTQ+ and queer stars from all around the world. Join us for the Queer Festival 2020!
#4 Eurovision Song Contest 65th Edition
Date: Eurovision Week 11th to 17th May | Rotterdam – Netherlands
Eurovision will celebrate its 65th song contest edition in our home country, in the city of Rotterdam, from May 11 to May 17, 2020. The grand final will take place on the 16th of May 2020. After choosing the Dutch winner Duncan Laurence with his song Arcade in 2019, Europe will be watching and voting yet again to decide who will win the Grand Prix of catchy beats and over the top outfits in 2020. We are super happy and proud that the hosting city Rotterdam and the Eurovision Song Contest Location Rotterdam Ahoy Arena is just about one hour by train away from our home city Amsterdam. So make sure to combine your visit with some additional days in the Dutch capital city Amsterdam!
#5 Magical Pride at Disneyland Paris
Date: 6th of June 2020 | Paris – France
Always wanted to celebrate Pride at the most magical place on earth and you didn’t get the chance last year? Well, Disneyland Paris is hosting its second official LGBTQ+ Disney event ‘Magical Pride’ this year on June 6th 2020. After a full day of surviving spinning teacups, hugging princesses or riding “the wildest train in the wilderness” the Walt Disney Studios® Park will invite you to experience their special Pride party with Meet ‘n’ Greets, DJ’s, karaoke and the Magical march of Diversity Parade. Being big Disney and Theme Park fans we can’t wait to ride a rainbow color projected Tower of Terror and make some playful jumpy pics with Tigger!
#6 EuroGames Düsseldorf 18th Edition
Date: 5th to 9th August 2020 | Düsseldorf – Germany
We have talked about the Eurogames before, explaining the huge LGBTQ+ culture with lesbian, gay, and queer sports people participating from all around the world. This year, the sports event will take place in Düsseldorf, Germany with the 18th edition of the EuroGames. The LGBTQ+ sports event is therefore open to everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or age. After the great success of the sports event in Helsinki in 2016, and the Italian capital city Rome in 2019, Düsseldorf will host athletes from Europe and the rest of the world united in sports in favor of civil rights of everyone, particularly the LGBTQ+ community. The EuroGames 2020 will include 30 sports which means about 12 more sports than in Rome! See you in Düsseldorf, everyone!
#7 Pink Lake Festival in Southern Austria
Date: 27th to 30th August 2020 | Wörthersee – Austria
It will be our 4th time to visit the Pink Lake Festival in 2020 in Austria. We had so much fun celebrating the LGBTQ+ summer event in 2017, 2018, and 2019 at Lake Wörthersee with hundreds of gay men, lesbian, trans, and queer people from all over Europe! From beach days with games, chill out music and fun in the water to Lederhosen parties and club nights – Pink Lake Wörthersee has it all and is going to organize their 13th edition in August 2020. Get inspired with our photos, videos, and tips for the four-day summer event Pink Lake Festival Austria for the LGBTQ+ community and make sure to bring your friends along. See you in Southern Austria!
Interesting Posts for your Gay Travels:
- Read all about our Gay Pride Trips around the world >
- All about our Gay Travels around the world as openly Gay Couple >
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Our Top 5 Gay Events 2020
Did we make you just as excited about 2020 as we are already?! We cannot wait to start our year and to pack our bags to depart to our next destination. But before ournext trip, we would like to know which LGBTQ+ event would you like to go to most and why? Have you ever been to an open minded sports event or celebrated Pride at one of the Disney parks? And do you have a tip for an additional LGBTQ+ and gay event for this year? All tips and tricks are welcome so let us know your thoughts and maybe we will meet each other at one of these awesome gay events 2020 around the world!
Karl & Daan.