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Your 2018 Ohio Pride Guide

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BY KAYLEE DUFF
(Photo courtesy of Emily Hirzel)

How will you be spending your 2018 Pride season?

June is Pride Month, which means a month full of parades, festivals and friends. This year, Ohio is hosting Pride events in 16 different cities — a combination of new and old, big and small. Cincinnati is hosting their landmark 45th annual Pride. Newark and Sandusky will be hosting their very first Pride events . It’s bound to be Ohio’s biggest summer of Pride yet!

Here’s your complete guide to Ohio’s 2018 Pride season:

Pride in the CLE
May 31 – June 3
This year, Cleveland consolidated their two Prides into one large event. The parade and festival will be held on Saturday, June 2, at Cleveland’s Public Square. Headlining the entertainment at the festival will be a performance by singer-songwriter Pepper Mashay! Check out their Facebook page for more information. 

Dayton PRIDE
May 31 – June 3
Dayton’s PRIDE events start Thursday, May 31, with The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin: The Gay Pride Weekend Kickoff at the Dayton Public Library. The parade and festival will be held Saturday, June 2, in downtown Dayton. This year’s festival will include family-friendly entertainment, a car show and Spikes and Heels: A Greater Dayton Pride Kickball Tournament. More detailed information can be found on the Facebook page. 

Findlay Pride Picnic
June 2
Spectrum of Findlay will be hosting their annual pride picnic, from noon to 4 p.m., at Riverside Park. Attendees are asked to bring a side dish, desserts or appetizers to share. Meat will be provided. This family-friendly event will also include prizes, raffles, music, games and kids’ activities. Check out their Facebook event for more details. 

Lancaster Pride
June 2
This comm(UNITY) event has fun activities that start at noon and last all day! The Pride Walk will be at 3 p.m., followed by a drag race, hot dog eating contest, line dancing and more entertainment. There’ll be drag shows from 9 to 11 p.m. More information can be found here.

Athens Pride Fest
June 4 – 10
This week-long Pride Fest starts Monday, June 4, starts with SafeZone LGBTQ Solidarity and Queer Accomplicehood at the Athens Public Library. There’s education, entertainment and social opportunities for people of all ages throughout the week. Saturday, June 9, at 2 p.m., will be Athens’ first Pride parade ever, followed by more festival events on Sunday. Check out the full agenda on Facebook.

Newark Ohio Pride
June 9
In their very first Pride event, Newark will be hosting a festival in the Canal Market District. Starting at 4 p.m., this will be a free, family-friendly event with food, entertainment and vendors. The night continues at Thirty One West with live music, drag, comedy and burlesque, at 7 p.m. More information can be found here.

Zanesville LGBTQ Pride Night
June 11
This event is a Monday night full of Pride in Zanesville! Starting at 5 p.m., there will be a variety show with organizations tabling, guest speakers and drag entertainers at Weasel Boy Brewing. For the full list of performers, visit the Facebook event.

Stonewall Columbus Pride
June 15 – 17
Ohio’s state capital’s Pride starts on Friday, June 15, at 4 p.m. The festival will be held at Bicentennial and Genoa Park. The Pride Parade will be on Saturday, June 16, beginning at 10:30 a.m., followed by entertainment and fun at the Park. This year’s Pride has an all-star line-up of performers, including Chris Weaver (from The Voice 2017) as Nedra Belle with Stephanie’s Child. Check out their Facebook page for more details.

Columbus Community Pride Festival
June 16
This is a day-long festival at Mayme Moore Park that centers queer and trans people of color and those at the intersections of oppression. It will feature performances and visual art by queer and trans artists of color, a community resource fair, outdoor activities for children (and the young at heart), POC-owned food trucks and much more! More information can be found on their Facebook event page.

Sandusky Pride Festival
June 21 – 24
This is Sandusky’s inaugural Pride event, to be held at Jackson Street parking lot! There’s lots of fun planned, including a kids area, education, food, artisan vendors, DJs and entertainment. Jim Obergefell, a native of Sandusky and champion of the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision in 2015, will be speaking on Thursday, June 21. Check out their Facebook event for more details.

Cincinnati Pride
June 23
Celebrating 45 years of Pride, this year’s festival in Cincinnati is set to be the biggest one yet! The parade begins at 11 a.m., followed by the festival at Sawyer Point, from noon to 9 p.m. There will be food, drinks, vendors and entertainment fill your Saturday afternoon with fun. More information available on Facebook

Springfield Pride
June 30
This year’s festival will be held from noon to 4:30 p.m., at the City Hall Plaza in downtown Springfield. This family-friendly event will be full of fun, with entertainment, food trucks and booths hosted by local vendors and organizations. Learn more on Facebook.

Yellow Springs Pride
June 30
This is a community-building event with live music and featured speakers. Music and a beer garden will be at the Bryan Center, from noon to 5 p.m. The Pride Parade will go through downtown Yellow Springs at 5 p.m., followed by more festivities. For full details and a list of performers, check out the Facebook event. 

Youngstown Pride Festival
July 21
This year marks 10 years of Pride in Youngstown! The parade starts at 12:30 p.m., followed by the festival from 1 to 10 p.m. The festival will feature vendors, local non-profits, live bands, a family area, a beer tent, free HIV testing and a drag show! More detailed information is available on the Facebook event. 

Mansfield Pride Festival
August 4
Their 4th annual will be Saturday, August 4, from noon to 9 p.m. This family-friendly event will have entertainment such as drag performers, bands and solo acts. There will also be a kid zone and beer tent with food and entertainment. Check out their Facebook event for more information. 

Toledo Pride
August 17 – 18
The weekend starts on Friday, August 17, at You Will Do Better In Drag — a drag fundraiser for local charities. The Pride parade will go down Adams Street in downtown Toledo on Saturday, August 18, starting at noon. The festival takes place after the parade and will feature local performers, organizations, food and more. Details available on their Facebook page.

Akron Pride Festival
August 25
This will be an open celebration of music, entertainment and information focused on promoting equality and inclusion of ALL people. The March for Equality will take place at 11 a.m., from Highland Square to the festival in Hardesty Park. From noon to 6 p.m., food trucks, vendors, a children’s area, local talent and national acts will fill the park with Pride. More information can be found here.

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Dates, times and locations are all subject to change. Check out the event pages for up-to-date information. Have any information about Pride events that’s not included here? Contact us at kaylee@team-icsc.com.

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