LGBT Pride Celebrations & Festival Calendar Across the Country

From September through November festivals celebrating the LGBT community are scheduled to take place across the country. Such gatherings draw large varied crowds, and will give you a chance to see a new city, meet new people or check-in with old friends. Coinciding a vacation with such a festival in turn fosters local economies, gay businesses, and non-profit organizations supporting LGBT individuals. It’s a fabulous way to show your pride!


Honolulu Pride Festival

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Honolulu, HI

You can go to Hawaii for a classic honeymoon, or go for a recently legalized same-sex civil union on a Pacific beach and celebrate Pride in one trip. How’s that for multi-tasking?


Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Dallas, TX

Everything is bigger in Texas, so even if all your exes, aren’t from Texas grab your boots, your “pard’ner” and celebrate pride in the Lone Star State.


San Gabriel Valley Pride

Sunday, October 8, 2011

Pasadena, CA

“Community and unity, they both begin with you,” is the theme of this year’s Pride in the San Gabriel Valley.

IRIS Pride Festival

Weekend of September 16

Lincoln City, OR

Oregon is one of the greenest, most progressive states in the country, so the 4th Annual Iris Pride Festival is an ideal time to visit the Pacific coast of the state. They make some pretty good wine, or so I’ve been told!


Delaware Pride Festival

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Rehoboth, DE

Rehoboth is the gay beach town of the Mid-Atlantic States, by mid-September the weather is cooler in the north, but won’t chill your Floridian bones! Given their location look up friends in the Northeast and extend your stay.


Pikes Peak Lavender Film Festival

Weekend of September 23, 2011

Colorado Springs, CO

Not all gay festivals are…pride festivals, specifically. The 12th Annual Pikes Peak Lavender Film Festival in Colorado Springs is a full-scale event, bringing quality LGBT-films to the screen.


Pride in the Park

September 18, 2011

Roanoke, VA

Since 1989 RoanokePride, Inc., has celebrated the LGBT community with the largest pride celebration in Western Virginia. The organization leading the celebration is a non-profit and supports gay organizations throughout the state.

North Carolina Pride

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Durham, Raleigh, & Duke University East Campus, NC

Southerners love an excuse to have a party. In North Carolina they celebrate in three locations on the same day. Organizers promise parties, friends, floats and – of course – some campy Southern drag.


Rainbows Festival

Phoenix, AZ

Weekend of October 1, 2011

Described as “Arizona’s greatest street fair” the Rainbows Festival draws crowds of over 25,000 attendees to their Heritage Square location and is one of the largest LGBT events in the state – something not to be missed!


Pride in the Desert

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Tucson, AZ

Pride, in Tucson, means “People Representing Individuality Diversity & Equality.” To further that mission the organization has given more than $45,000 to Tucson-based non-profits supportive of the LGBT community! Head to the desert for some dry heat, and hot times!


Atlanta Pride Festival

Weekend of October 8, 2011

Atlanta, GA

Obsessed with Scarlett O’Hara? Then get on your hoop skirt and head to the 41st Atlanta Pride Festival in Piedmont Park. The October celebration is one of the most anticipated in the Southeast, and in such a cosmopolitan city there will be enough to do to extend your stay!


Outfest Festival

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia loves throwing LGBT events, but of their three annual festivals this is the only one to take place in the “gayborhood” of Center City. It’s also the largest National Coming Out Day in the country – not to be missed!


Mid-South Pride

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Memphis, TN

Pride by the Riverside is the largest LGBT gathering in the region and takes place in Robert Church Park on Beale Street, in downtown Memphis.


Greater Palm Springs Pride

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Palm Springs, CA

“One heart, one world, one pride,” was 2010’s slogan for Greater Palm Springs Pride. This legendary oasis in the desert always serves up hot fun under the palms.

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