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The Complete Guide to Ohio LGBTQ+ Pride Events

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Ohio Pride events feature everything from parades and festivals, to proms and pageants, highlighting the importance of inclusion and acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community, providing opportunities for everyone to express themselves authentically. Check out our list of the biggest and best Pride events happening throughout the year in the Buckeye State, with our complete guide to Ohio Pride.

Akron Pride Events

The Akron Equity March – The Akron Equity March celebrates the community and all of its individual lives, demonstrating Akron’s support for equality and equity for everyone. Marking the beginning of the Akron Pride Festival in August, it takes place on Main Street in downtown Akron.

Akron Pride Festival – This family-friendly festival has vendors, LGBTQ+ resources, live music, drag shows, local entertainers, exhibitors, a kids’ area with interactive activities, food trucks, snacks and a whole lot more!

Akron Pride Night at the Akron Rubber Ducks – Akron’s pride month festivities conclude in Canal Park at the end of August by watching their minor league baseball team, the Rubber Ducks play. It’s a fun night of baseball, hot dogs, and the largest rainbow showing in the stands.

Athens Pride Events

Athens Pride Weekend – From a Thursday to Sunday in June, the Southeastern Ohio Rainbow Alliance hosts a jam-packed schedule of events to celebrate pride. The weekend gets underway with Pride Trivia Night at one of the local watering holes, with specialty-themed drinks and prizes for the winners. Friday is the Pride Shuffle Happy Hour and Dance Party, followed the next morning by the Pride Parade starting on Court Street adjacent to Ohio University. The last day of the weekend is the LGBTQ+ history walking tour around uptown Athens, followed by the always popular, family-friendly Pride Family Field Day with obstacle courses, field games, and vendors. Cap off the weekend at the Pride Pool Party at the Athens Community Pool.

Bexley Pride Events

Bexley Pride Walk – Grab your pride flag, dress in your best rainbow gear, and join Troop 1512 for Bexley’s annual June Pride Walk! Stroll down Main Street, swing by Bexley Public Library, and loop back to Capital. Then, stick around for the Main Event in Bexley, featuring musical performances, family activities, and food trucks, before watching an outdoor movie!

Bowling Green Pride Events

Bowling Green Rainbow Rally – Downtown Bowling Green is the spot for a fun-filled Pride celebration that’s open and free for everyone. Packed with music, live entertainment, and delicious food, festival goers can enjoy a day of love and support for the LGBTQ+ community.

Canton

Stark Pride Festival and Walk Rain or shine, the Stark Pride Festival takes over Centennial Plaza and nearby streets in downtown Canton in June. Open to everyone, the event is filled with live music, entertainment, food trucks, speakers, community groups, drag shows, dancing, vendors, and plenty of activities for kids and youth. Kicking off the festivities is a Pride Walk, setting the stage for the day’s celebration.

Chillicothe Pride Events

First Capital Pride Coalition Pride Weekend – This weekend in August gets rolling with the Festival, Walk, & Resource Fair featuring live entertainment, guest speakers, a walk to the courthouse, vendors, and food trucks. That evening, it’s Ohio’s biggest drag event of the year, the Pride Drag Show. End your weekend with the alcohol-free Pride Pool Party, an all-ages event where snacks and drinks are available for purchase or bring your own. 

Cincinnati Pride Events

Cincinnati Pride Parade and Festival – For more than 50 years, the LGBTQ+ community and its allies have celebrated Pride in downtown Cincinnati. The day starts with the annual parade, where thousands gather along city streets to watch floats, entertainers, and community groups parade down Vine Street, and finishing at the site of the all-day Pride festival. Enjoy live performances on three stages, food and beverages, and vendors at this June event.

Cincinnati Black Pride – This five-day-long series of events in June begins with a Town Hall Meeting of a panel of experts discussing a specific topic significant to the black community. Other events include the Black Alphabet Film Festival, the Vizazi Torch Awards and after party, the Blackout Dance Party, and culminates with the Shades of Rose Day Party. 

Wigs and Waffles Drag Brunch – Usually held in June, Wigs and Waffles is the biggest drag brunch in Cincinnati, combining great food, fantastic drag performances, and a lot of fun, all for a good cause. Proceeds from Wigs and Waffles go towards supporting Lighthouse Youth & Family Services, working to prevent and end homelessness among LGBTQ+ youth in Hamilton County.

Cleveland Pride Events

Pride in the CLE – The highlight of Cleveland Pride, and the signature regional celebration for the Northeast Ohio LGBTQ+ community is Pride in the CLE. A march showcasing the community’s strength and unity, followed by an all-day festival of vendors, live music, entertainment, and DJs.

Columbus Pride Events

Stonewall Columbus Pride – Hosting events the entire month of June, Stonewall Columbus Pride’s two biggest are the Pride Festival & Resource Fair and the Pride March. Typically on Saturday, the festival features over 200 non-profit and corporate vendors, two performance stages, a community wellness area, and a dancing spot. The march follows on Sunday with nearly 17,000 marchers and over 700,000 onlookers. You can also find smaller pride events sprinkled throughout the month.

Franklinton Pride – “An unapologetic celebration of queer identity and authenticity” in June, featuring vendors, non-profit organizations, and entertainment, Franklinton Pride is a day of non-stop celebrating. Enjoy craft stations, food trucks, a pop-up bar, and two stages of live music and performances.

Grove City Pride Fest – Pride in Grove City is a weekend-long series of events in late September, early October culminating in its main event, the Grove City Pride Fest at Grove City Town Center Park and Stage. With games, a resource fair, food and entertainment, it’s a day to be authentically you in every way. 

Hilliard Pride – Bring your own chair or blanket and head over to Station Park in Old Hilliard for the family-friendly Hilliard Pride Festival in June. Listen to live tunes, embrace the community’s diversity, and connect with new friends while supporting local businesses. 

Reynoldsburg Pride Celebration – The Reynoldsburg Pride Celebration focuses on empowering and raising awareness for all of the lives within the LGBTQ+ community. The celebration includes music, food trucks, arts and crafts vendors, community group stalls, and even a pet parade.

Upper Arlington Pride – This festival, open to all and free, has music, entertainment, resource booths, and guest speakers. There’s also a best-dressed pet contest, a dedicated tent for teens, and a community art initiative, along with local food trucks, LGBTQ+ vendors, and activities for family members of all ages.

Worthington Pride – The Rainbow Love Worthington Pride Festival invites everyone to join in celebrating diversity and love. The June event features booths showcasing LGBTQ+ organizations, interactive activities and crafts, food, and local shopping deals. Enjoy live music, along with complimentary popcorn and rainbow bracelets in Old Worthington.

Dayton Pride Events

Dayton Pride Weekend – The highlight of Dayton Pride Weekend in June is the Parade and Festival, Miami Valley’s biggest and longest-running LGBTQ+ celebration. Every year it grows in size with the number of vendors, parade groups, community sponsors, and attendees who come to express themselves and share in the spirit of unity.

Dayton Black Pride – Dayton Black Pride kicks off at the Montgomery County Administration Building, where one of the popular drag performers leads the Pride march. The celebration continues with a full day of events at McIntosh Park and wraps up with an official afterparty at a local watering hole. 

Dayton Pagan Pride Day – Everyone, regardless of age, spiritual background, sexual/gender orientation are welcome at the Dayton Pagan Pride Day celebration. This day of celebration in October includes workshops, food, entertainment, vendors, and a lot more. 

Fairborn Community Pride – Inclusive Fairborn hosts its pride month celebration in June, starting with Walk With PRIDE! and continuing at Fairborn Community Pride. This family-friendly event has music, entertainment, shopping opportunities, food trucks, booths, and complimentary photos by local photographers. Finish your day at The Fairborn Phoenix with Pride Night, featuring drag shows and drinks for those 18 and over.

Hillsboro Pride at the Park – Hillsborough Pride in the Park is an alcohol free, family-friendly, one-day festival in June.

Middletown Pride – This evening event in June features vendors, activity stations, adult only rainbow bar crawl, pride bingo, a pride ride, and drag show. 

Delaware Pride Events

Delaware Pride Festival – A June gathering of the LGBTQ+ community and its allies, where music and rainbow decorations create a welcoming atmosphere, the Delaware Pride Festival is an event for all ages with a family-friendly focus. There are plenty of free giveaways at different vendor booths, including stickers, rainbow-themed items, water bottles, and popsicles. 

Findlay Pride Events

Findlay Pride: Love Keeps Us Together – Findlay’s Pride celebration is a four-day, weekend-long event in June, beginning with a Pride mixer. The main event unfolds on Saturday with vendors and performers in Riverside Park, capped off with an after-party for the +21 crowd. Pride wraps up on Sunday with drag bingo during brunch and a tattoo and piercing fundraiser. 

Fremont Pride Events

Fremont Pride Festival – Fremont Pride, typically held in July, starts with a parade in downtown Fremont, followed by a shift to Walsh Park for a nine-hour lineup of entertainment. The festival showcases performers including drag artists, singers, and dancers, along with participants in the Mr., Ms., and Mx. Fremont Pride pageants.

Granville Pride Events

Granville Pride Parade & Fest – Nearly 1000 people flock to Granville in June to celebrate Pride at the Granville Pride Parade and Festival. Kicking off in the late afternoon and snaking its way through the streets of downtown, the parade is a sea of marchers, pride flags, and glitter. Immediately following is the festival of music, drag performances, vendors, and food trucks.

Hamilton Pride Events

Hamilton Pride March, Festival & Concert – Typically in June, start your day with the Pride March where signs, flags, and rainbows are welcome and the route is on sidewalks through downtown Hamilton. Immediately following is the family-friendly Pride Festival with vendors, food trucks and lots of kids’ activities including karaoke, games, a splash pad, arts and crafts, and a bookmobile. The day wraps up with the Pride Concert of local bands and drag performances.

Lima Pride Events

Bellefontaine Pride Fest – Bellefontaine’s Pride celebration is four days in June, beginning with a BBQ cookout and color run, plus trivia and pop-up drag at a local bar. On Friday there’s a Pride Street Fair, while Saturday features the opening ceremony downtown, and an all-day street fair with performances, music, food trucks, and contests. The weekend concludes with a ticketed Pride Gala event.

Mansfield Pride Events

Mansfield Pride Parade & Festival – The Mansfield Pride Festival in August starts with a parade leading to a city square festival that includes live performances, food, vendors, and a kid’s zone. The festival also includes family-friendly drag shows and drag story times. The day finishes up with an 18+ after-party, followed by a Drag Brunch the following morning.

Newark Pride Events

Newark Ohio Pride Festival – The October Pride festivities begin with a ceremonial rainbow lighting of the Courthouse on Friday evening. On Saturday, the Canal Market District, located just south of the courthouse, becomes a hotspot of activity with vendors, food trucks, live music, drag performances, dancers, singers, and speakers all in support of the LGBTQ+ community.

Portsmouth Pride Events

Portsmouth Pride – In June, the Portsmouth Pride Festival draws nearly 500  people of all ages to acknowledge and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. This annual event features a parade, where attendees march to Tracy Park. Here, you can enjoy music and a drag show, listen to speakers, and gain insights into the local LGBTQ+ community.

Sandusky Pride Events

Sandusky Pride – The festival in Sandusky, held in June, features vendors, food trucks, and a beer truck, with downtown businesses also participating. On Friday, the Main Stage lights up with performances by popular drag entertainers. On Saturday the Sandusky Pride Parade leads into the Main Stage, which showcases live local music and renowned drag performers. The festival wraps up with the Downtown Dance Block Party.

Springfield Pride Events

Equality Springfield Pride Festival – With a weekend full of events, including a silent disco block party to kick things off, the highlight is certainly the Pride Festival held in downtown Springfield. You can find food and local vendors, live entertainment, and a kid’s area, as well as health and mental health resources. Drag brunch the following morning caps off this weekend-long celebration in June.

Toledo Pride Events

Toledo Pride Parade & Festival – Toledo Pride gets started with its pride parade, turning Adams Street into a display of community support. After the parade, the fun shifts to The Main Event, the Pride Festival, where live performances, food trucks and vendors keep the party going. The fun continues the following morning with a playful Big Rainbow Brunch Crawl featuring themed treats from local eateries.

Warren Pride Events

Pride in the Valley Festival – The Pride in the Valley Festival takes place at the Courthouse Square in downtown Warren typically in June. The day gets started with a pride parade that morphs into two stages of entertainment, vendors, health screenings, food trucks, a kids’ area and family-friendly activities. The day concludes with a drag show extravaganza.

Yellow Springs Pride Events

YS Pride Parade – Grab your glitter, your rainbow flag, and come be a part of the Yellow Springs Pride Parade in June. Whether a participant or a spectator, it’s all about representing yourself, your company or organization on Dayton Street in downtown Yellow Springs.

Zanesville Pride Events

Zanesville Pride – Zanesville Pride is all about family-friendly fun, bringing the community together in a welcoming space. The day is packed with live music, performances from drag queens, and food trucks serving up treats. Kids can enjoy activities set up around the park, making it a perfect day out in June for everyone.

Ohio Pride Events: Where Everyone is Free to Come as They Are

Ohio pride events create spaces for the LGBTQ+ community to come together and express themselves. These festivals and parades are visible statements of solidarity and support, offering a sense of belonging to individuals who might otherwise feel marginalized. They create environments where everyone can freely express their identity, while also providing an opportunity for education, discussion, and advocacy. By inviting everyone from every community to participate, Ohio pride events contribute to building a more inclusive and accepting society.


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Events are subject to change. Please check the events webpage for updates and schedules.

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