The 29th annual Grand Rapids Pride Festival hosted by the Grand Rapids Pride Center (GRPC) is taking place this week!
Events will take place everyday this week leading up to Saturday’s headlining concert featuring Billy Gilman, star of The Voice, at Calder Plaza. Opening acts include Bonnie McKee, DJ Citizen Jane, Liptick Jodi, DJ Keller Shaw, Dymond Denae Rumors House Divas, and more. Admission to the event is $8.
Event proceeds will go towards Grand Rapids Pride Center’s efforts to empower West Michigan’s LGBTQ community through supportive services and awareness. The GRPC encourages the community to use promote the Grand Rapids Pride Festival by using the hashtag “#OneGR” on social media. Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are available.
Events throughout the week-long celebration include:
- Pulse Nightclub Candlelight Vigil on Monday, June 12 from 9 to 9:30 p.m. at The Apartment Lounge located at 33 Sheldon Ave., Grand Rapids, Mich. 49503.
- Family and Children Story Time on Tuesday, June 13 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Books & Mortar Bookstore located at 955 Cherry St., Grand Rapids, Mich. 49506.
- Celebrating Pride Month with Speak EZ & Circle Theatre on Tuesday, June 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Speak EZ Lounge located at 600 Monroe Ave., Grand Rapids, Mich. 49503.
- Pride Fundraiser at Garage Bar on Wednesday, June 14 from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Garage Bar & Grill located at 819 Ottawa Ave., Grand Rapids, Mich. 49503.
- 3rd Annual White Party on Friday, June 16 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Rumors Night Club located at 69 Division Ave., Grand Rapids, Mich. 49503.
- 3rd Annual Pre-Pride Rally: Hand-in-Hand, hosted by David Watt on Saturday, June 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Ah-Nah-Awen Park located at 220 Front Ave., Grand Rapids, Mich. 49504.
- 29th Annual Grand Rapids Pride Festival on Saturday, June 17 from noon to midnight at Calder Plaza located at 300 Ottawa Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, Mich., 49503.
“Pride Festival is our organization’s largest fundraiser of the year. The proceeds from the Festival allow our organization to offer year round support to the West Michigan community. Additionally, the purpose of Festival is to unite the West Michigan community, and provide awareness of our LGBTQ community through educational and inclusive events throughout the week’s festivities. ”
– Mike Hemmingsen, Grand Rapids Pride Center Board President
For more information on the 29th annual Grand Rapids Pride Festival, or to purchase event tickets, visit: grpride.org/fest. For more information on the Grand Rapids Pride Center, visit: grpride.org.