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Pride takes centerstage in Atlantic City starting this weekend

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Many venues will be celebrating Pride throughout the month. 

Be sure to check your favorite spots to see what’s happening. 

Atlantic City is hosting its first Pride Festival and Hard Rock hoisting the colors in its first annual Pride Flag raising.

But even smaller businesses like Hayday Coffee and Good Dog Bar are putting on Pride social events too.

Atlantic City's first fest


Be part of Atlantic City history this Saturday at the Inaugural Great Pride Festival. 

Thanks to the Office of LGBTQ+ Affairs, the Great Pride Committee and AC Pride, there is a whole day of events and celebrations. 

The free festival is the first of its kind in city limits. 

There is something for everyone. It all culminates with music, food and fun 2:30 p.m. at Brighton Park.

To keep up with everything, the Office of LGBTQ+ Affairs is doing for June and beyond, visit the office’s Facebook page. 

More Pride in Atlantic City

In conjunction with the Great Pride Festival, AC Pride, the nonprofit organization dedicated to the LGBTQ+ community in Atlantic City and the surrounding area, has several events going on Saturday.

At 10 a.m., cyclists can bike from Ventnor to Atlantic City for the third annual Rainbow Ride. 

The ride ends at the Tropicana, where riders can step off at 11 a.m. to join the Equality March. 

Marchers will head to Rainbow Beach for a flag-raising ceremony at 11:30 a.m. 

Finally at noon, Hard Rock welcomes everyone for a reception.

And that is just what AC Pride has on the books for Saturday! 

CLICK to mark your calendar for all their great listings this summer. 

Here's ... Jay 


The big headliner coming this weekend is Jay Leno. 

He’ll be At Caesars Palace on Friday.

You may know Jay from hosting "The Tonight Show." Or maybe you know him from retiring from "The Tonight Show" and then taking the host spot back. 

Poor, Conan O’Brien. 

Tickets to the Circus Maximus Theater show are still available.

Fists up! 

There are two opportunities to see combat sports on the Boardwalk this weekend.

Get to the Tropicana for a half-dozen fights at Ring of Combat 84. 

Don’t worry. I think you still will be able to follow what’s going on even if you didn’t see the other 83. 

When one of the fighters is named Drago, you know you’re going to have a good time. 

Anybody else hearing Dolph Lundgren’s voice saying “I must break you” in a thick Russian accent? 

Get your tickets here.


Bally’s is hosting the World Boxing Association Gold Middleweight World Championship on Saturday. 

Thomas Lamanna will fight Juan Carlos Abreu for a scheduled 12 rounds. 

Two fun facts: LaManna is nicknamed Cornflake and is undefeated (21-0) at Bally’s Atlantic City. Will Abreu not let him get to 22?

A Jersey boy out of Newark, Emmanuel Rodriguez will go up against bantamweight, Brooklyn bomber Khalid Twaiti for 10 rounds. Twaiti is also undefeated looking for the world ranking that Rodriguez already has. 

Another undercard bout is an eight-round lightweight battle between Terell Bostic and Carlos Rosario from Somerdale.

Tickets are available here.

In the coming weeks ... 

We are just two short weeks away from the second annual North to Shore festival from June 17 through 23.

Both local artists and national headliners are going to wow Atlantic City with performances. 

You can get the entire Atlantic City line up here. 

What is North to Shore? It’s a three-week, three-city art festival. 

Atlantic City along with Newark and Asbury Park plan to wow their communities with unique performances. Local acts went through a lengthy and competitive application process to secure their spot and their grant.

Expect the unexpected. 

Sure, you’ll see music, comedy and dance. But there’s also a life drawing class, E-sports, a white chocolate party and a two-day, showcase stage and artist village. 


This is in addition to the B-52’s and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons!

There are both ticketed events and free ones. Let your budget be your guide to the arts, food, entertainers and plain old fun this summer!


Michelle Tomko

Michelle Tomko is a classically trained performer with a bachelor in fine arts, a five-time winner of Atlantic City Weekly’s Nightlife Award for “Best Comedian,” a North to Shore grantee and a Stories of Atlantic City Arts fellow. She is also an accomplished home chef with years of restaurant, catering, bartending, wine and cocktail experience.

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