June 22, 2024

Calder Plaza

Since 1988, the Grand Rapids Pride Festival has celebrated local LGBTQ+ residents and their contributions to the fabric of our city. Today, it is one of the largest single-day events in the city – bringing LGBTQ+ community members, LGBTQ+ businesses, allies and supportive organizations together for a day of diversity, inclusion, fellowship and fun.  

There will be a dedicated children and family area, food court, beer tent, vendor booths and more, all coming together to create a safe, open and welcoming environment for every member of the LBGTQ+ community to be who they are, without apologies. Come join the most fabulous celebration of the year – admission is free!

The Pride Festival is organized by the Grand Rapids Pride Center, the area’s most comprehensive resource for LGBTQ+ individuals. The Center also offers a slate of special programming throughout June.

PRIDE Events

Other Area Pride Festivals

Lowell Pride takes place on the banks of the beautiful Flat River in downtown Lowell, about 20 minutes from downtown GR. Expect a dedicated kids area, vendors, a pride walk, drag performance, inspiration from keynote speaker Graci Harkema and more. June 3.

The Muskegon Pride Festival is an all-day street party featuring 100+ vendors, live music, drag performances, poetry and children’s activities. June 3.

The first-ever Grand Haven Pride Festival takes place at Waterfront Stadium on June 10

The Holland Pride Festival celebrates its 20th year with music and dancing, a family and kids’ area, food trucks, games and more. At Centennial Park June 24.

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Grand Rapids is home to many locally owned and operated LGBTQIA+ businesses. The city is now a destination to live and work for people of all ages and identities as more inclusive businesses open within walking distance of the urban core. You’ll notice many bars, restaurants, and businesses…

Plan Your Stay

June is a great time to visit Grand Rapids. Why not turn your trip to the Pride Festival into a mini-vacation? Take a look at the wide range of hotels options available. Looking for something cozier? Our Bed and Breakfasts will not disappoint. Do you love the outdoors? Then check out our campgrounds.

History of Grand Rapids Pride Festival

The first Grand Rapids Pride Festival took place on June 19th, 1988. It was organized by a group of local residents who had attended the March on Washington for Lesbian Gay Rights on October 11, 1987. They wanted to bring the sense of pride, security and belonging they experienced in the nation's capital to the LGBTQ community of West Michigan.

That first festival was hosted in the metaphorical heart of Grand Rapids – the Monroe Amphitheater (now Rosa Parks Circle) – a rightful place for a community that contributes so much to the city’s vibrancy and creativity.

The Pride Festival has grown in size and scale over the years and is now held in Calder Plaza, which can accommodate the dazzling lineup of local and national entertainers, 100+ vendors, and thousands of attendees that flock downtown to celebrate diversity and inclusion each year.

Grand Rapids Pride Center

The Pride Festival is a program of the Grand Rapids Pride Center, which empowers the local LBGTQ community through supportive services and awareness. The Pride Festival helps generate funds to further the Center’s invaluable work.