Calder Plaza has been pretty busy so far this month with Festival of the Arts happening at the start of the month. Now, June is wrapping up with one of Grand Rapids' largest festivals.


Grand Rapids Pride is taking place this weekend, June 22nd from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. I have been going to Pride for a few years now, and it's always a great time (minus the protesters standing on the street corners).


Photo by Norbu GYACHUNG on Unsplash
Photo by Norbu GYACHUNG on Unsplash


But in case you've never been before or have and want to know what to expect this year, here is what you can look forward to.


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Grand Rapids Pride

Celebrating its 36th year, Grand Rapids Pride will have a full day of events planned from start to finish (full schedule below). This year's theme is "Queer Is Natural". On top of a day of events, the festival will feature over 100 different vendors (full list here), a beer garden with non-alcoholic drinks also available, food trucks, family-friendly activities, and more. Admission is free but donations are encouraged.




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Full Event Schedule

12 - Opening Ceremony

12:20 - DeeDee Chaunte

12:30 - K Voice Studio

1:05 - Drag is Art LLC

2:00 - Zeal Aerial Fitness

2:30 - Charissa Huang

2:40 - Giza Was Here

2:55 - Luz De La Rica

3:10 - BAM Talent

3:35 - Sydney Smith

3:45 - Mark Totten

3:50 - Metamorphis (Independent Drag)

4:25 - MI LGBTQ+ Commission

4:30 - Mamser

4:$0 - Nicko da Great

5:00 - DJ Werkout

5:45 - Beauty Beyond Drag

6:40 - Baddie Brookes

7:30 - Rumors Night Club

8:10 - The Chroma Experience

9:05 - Big Freedia

9:50 - Closing Ceremony



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Drew Born, Re/Max


You can find all the details at Have a happy and safe Pride everyone.


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