6 wonderful queer events happening in Ireland this July

Whether you are looking for a festival, film premiere, protest, or drag show, here are five LGBTQ+ events happening this month. 

Three panels including a drag queen, moon drawing, and protestor representing queer events happening in Ireland this July.

The festivities of Pride in June may be coming to an end but this Saturday marks the first weekend in July, which promises to be another month full of queer events! Whether you are looking for a festival, film premiere, drag show, or you are ready to bring Pride back to its radical roots, here are some of the essential LGBTQ+ events happening in Ireland this month.

Coca-Cola Summer of Music



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This summer, COKE STUDIO™ is collaborating with some of Ireland’s most electrifying festivals to highlight local queer artists and give away unforgettable music experiences at Longitude on July 1-2, and at Electric Picnic on September 1-3.

Coca-Cola has teamed up with GAY TIMES to help four unsigned ‘Breakthrough’ LGBTQ+ musicians gain the recognition and broader support they deserve. Here are their names:

  • Celaviedmai (aka Mai or Cela), a Galway artist who is one of the most exciting names in the Irish hip-hop and rap scene;
  • Keanan, a singer, songwriter and rapper who was named ‘BBC Radio 1Xtra STEP UP Artist’ and ‘GAY TIMES Artist To Watch 2023’;
  • Callum Crighton, a London-based DJ and queer music artist who has already modelled and entertained crowds around the globe;
  • Lleo, who’s work aims to open the conversation around mental health by sharing their experience as someone living with bipolar disorder.

Coca-Cola has officially kicked-off its 2023 Summer of Music, and anyone who scans the QR code on promotional Coca-Cola cans could win tickets to a summer festival including this phenomenal line-up of Irish musicians and access to the Coke Studio VIP area.


July 3


In honour of the Claiming Moon which will happen on July 3, Lunacy is hosting a queer outdoor event featuring some of Ireland’s queer and neurodiverse superstars.

The Celts named the Claiming Moon as the time of year to claim who you are, and Lunacy boasts: “You’re all cordially invited to howl under the moon with our queer and neurodiverse superstars and what an event we have lined up!”

The event will feature a range of talented queer musicians and performers, plus a Rat Walk where everyone is encouraged to strut their stuff down a runway that is, “like a catwalk but it’s a little more ratchet despite all the glam!”


Trans Pride
July 8


Dublin’s Trans and Intersex Pride is happening at 2.00pm on July 8. Participants will gather at the Garden of Remembrance and march through the streets of the capital to the Dáil to “bring Pride back to the radical roots of protest”.

This year has seen a dangerous rise in transphobia with global attacks on trans people and trans rights. Trans and Intersex Pride Dublin are encouraging everyone, regardless of gender identity or sexuality, to join the march and rally for a world where trans and intersex lives are accepted, valued, and celebrated.

The incredible folks behind the Mother Pride Block Party announced their support for this year’s march. Commenting on this collaboration, Trans and Intersex Pride Dublin said: “Trans and Intersex Pride are incredibly grateful and proud to have the support of Mother Pride Block Party for this year’s March. ‌Mother Dublin have always been amazing allies to Trans and Intersex Pride Dublin and to the trans community in general.”

And if you’d like to support the trans community in Ireland even more, you can also attend this year’s Trans+ Pride Cork, happening this Saturday, July 1.


In The Cards
July 14


two people sit in car advertising queer film premiering in July

In The Cards is an irresistible romantic comedy that will premiere at Galway Film Fleadh’s Town Hall Theatre on Friday, July 14.

The film, written and directed by Leah Moore, is about two best friends grappling with their futures. After Ash’s going away party, she agrees to drop her best friend, Naoise, to a fortune teller. Before parting ways, the two realise they might have more to say to each other than they thought. Their story celebrates queerness, disability, and working-class lives.

Leah said, “As an autistic, queer, working-class artist, this short has themes that are very close to my heart. I want to represent the world as I see it. This is a story with queer people, disabled people, working-class people. Not a story about or concerning those groups. I think this is where real inclusion happens and that’s what I hope I’ve achieved by making this piece.”

Tickets are €10 including fees.


Born This Way drag show
July 27


Born This Way poster advertising the queer event happening on July 27

EXOH Promotions are staging a drag show at The Workman’s Club on Thursday, July 27, featuring all of the queer performers from the original Seven Oaks drag show!

Expect a fun-filled night of lip-syncs, comedy, and live music from a variety of queer Irish artists. The LGBTQ+ Drag Show was originally scheduled in May in Carlow, but the event was cancelled due to homophobic threats.

The three originally booked queens, Kara Kalua, Coco Ri and Sofia Good, will perform on the Workman’s Main Stage. The Cellar stage will offer live music by queer musicians including Zapho, Elkae, and Dollface for this double show extravaganza.

Tickets are €25 if booked in advance or €30 at the door.


House of Cards workshops


Kicking off on July 13, House of Cards is a new series of workshops exploring LGBTQ+ homes and housing. Taking place in the Living Commons space in Cork, the sessions will run for five concurrent Thursdays from 6 to 7:30pm.

Ideally, participants should be able to attend each of the workshops, and free tickets can be reserved now on Eventbrite.

These are just some of the queer events happening around Ireland this July. If you have an event you’d like us to share, get in touch at [email protected]. And for more events, be sure to check back later this month!

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