Tiny Bisbee may only have fewer than 6,000 residents, but this artsy enclave that became popular as a hippie hideaway in the '60s and has remained diverse and gay-friendly ever since hosts one of the more sizable Gay Pride festivals you'll ever find in such a small town. Bisbee Gay Pride takes place in mid-June - the dates this year are June 17 to 19, 2016.
Note that Bisbee, aka "Copper City," is on the border with Mexico in the southeastern corner of the state - it's about a 90-minute drive from Tucson, a three-hour drive from Phoenix, a 4.5-hour drive from El Paso, Texas, and a 6.5-hour drive from Albuquerque.
The many events that make up Bisbee Gay Pride include a lingerie pub crawl, a burlesque show, a "miners and madames street dance" (can you tell they know how to have a good time in Bisbee?), a beer garden and street fair, a lingerie pub crawl, a psychic fair, a pool party and barbecue at the snazzy and historic Copper Queen Hotel, a parade, drag queen bingo, a dance, a pajama brunch, and a special GLBT edition of the Old Bisbee Ghost Tour, which is a very fun thing to do any time that you happen to be visiting this historic former mining town. For details on times and venues for all Pride events, check the Bisbee Gay Pride events calendar.
Bisbee Gay Resources
Although Bisbee has no specific gay bars, it has a number of saloons and restaurants that are popular with the town's many gay visitors - here's our guide to gay-friendly Bisbee. Also check local gay papers, such as Echo Magazine and Ion Magazine (both sponsors of Bisbee Pride), for details on the area's gay scene, as well as the handy AZ Gay Pride Guide, GoGayArizona.com. The town's official tourism organization, Discover Bisbee, operates this helpful travel site.