From: Thursday, Aug 12th, 2021
To: Sunday, Aug 15th, 2021
Antwerp Gay Pride 2021
Antwerp Gay Pride takes place every August and hosts some of the best after parties we have visited this year! Don’t miss a trip to the gay village after the parade. Circuit Parties and special events at Antwerp’s legendary clubs and bars make this one pride festival something to remember.
Antwerp Gay Pride 2021 Packed full of parties, parades and politics!
Antwerp is probably one of the most open and tolerant cities in the world concerning gay rights and acceptation of the gay lifestyle. Although it’s a rather small city (population 600.000) it hosts numerous gay shops, venues and events, among them the famous Red & Blue night club, cruising bar The Boots.Antwerp actually staged Belgium’s first GLBT Pride Parade in 1979
Highlights of the week-long Antwerp Pride festival include a Pride Opening Reception on Thursday, queer city tours, several gatherings related to various fetishes (jockstraps, chaps, naked, boots, etc.), a Tranny-Oke sing-along, and myriad parties and mixers at clubs and venues throughout the city.
On Thursday night a series of open-air parties will take place in the colourful Zurenborg neighbourhood. The Draakplaats and Café Den Draak are transformed into one big party area. Friday sees the official “Extravaganza” party at Saints and Sinners while on Saturday, the Antwep Pride Parade will start at Sint-Jansplein and will follow a new route. The parade departs at Sint-Jansplein, via the Paardenmarkt, the Scheldt quays to the Gedempte Zuiderdokken as part of an effort to build a bridge to other neighborhoods and communities. from 13:00h on and the parade kicks of at 14:00h.
Don’t miss, Wave, the Pride afterparty based in the center of Antwerp, at the famous Steenplein, right on the waterside, next to Antwerp prettiest castle: het Steen. Supergays takes place on Saturday night at the Badboot Party Complex, a spectacular party boat complex with indoor and outdoor dance decks.The venue even has a heated outdoor pool which access is included in your ticket!
The closing festival takes place on Sunday, from 2pm at Grote Markt followed by a series of parties and events around the city including Drama Queen and Pink Sunday.
The gay bars and clubs in Antwerp are a little spread out; we have marked on the map where the gay village will be, which is where most of the major events will be held,
Here are the hotels we recommend that have good reviews and keep you close to all the action
Gay Map of Antwerp
Antwerp is small and compact having a beautifully preserved old town in the centre. Having said that bars and clubs (more than 30) are spread out around the city, so its best to find a hotel close to the centre and journey out to your preferred destination. The main club, Red & Blue is located in the harbour. Famous gay monthly parties Studio 54 and Café de Love attract guys from all over Europe so book your accommodation in advance.
Recommended Apartments in Antwerp
Sleeps 2 Guests
This corner apartment is on the first floor in a beautiful historic building in the heart of Antwerp. It has authentic elements & a terrace with a view on the lovely neighborhood. Its within walking distance of shopping streets
Sleeps 2 Guests
The apartment is historical but has all modern amenities (huge rain shower, kitchen-big fridge, freezer, dishwasher , Nespresso coffee machine). convenient to all the tourist sites and main shopping boulevard. Very central location
Sleeps 4 Guests
The location is ideal for a trip to the Eilandje or if you want to experience culture in the Historical Center. After an evening out, you can relax in this stylish loft with a view of the river. Fabulous apartment in an amazing location
Sleeps 4 Guests
Right in the center of Antwerp on the best possible location. Just next to the famous shopping street Meir, surrounded by revered coffee bars and fashion stores. 2 beautiful bedrooms with broad windows
Video Of Antwerp Pride
Antwerp Pride 2018 – Love United!
Recommended Hotels in Antwerp
We recommend booking a hotel in the heart of gay Antwerp in the old town, close to all of the cities amenities and a quick journey to all the gay bars, clubs and restaurants.
Hotel Julien, 4 Star
Located around green patios in the centre of gay Antwerp, the guest rooms are situated in 2 historic buildings.
4 Star, Very Central
Hotel Rubens-Grote Market is situated less than a 1-minute walk from the lively Market Square
Hilton Hotel, 4 Star
Shopping & Partying
Located right in the centre of Antwerps gay area and next to De Meir Shopping Street and the local gay bars.
Hotel Matelote, 3 Star
Boutique & Central
This elegant boutique hotel offers luxurious design with 16th century architecture in the gay area.