Pride 2023 Events Throughout Michigan

Shandra Martinez

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Pride events are filling the 2023 calendar across Michigan this summer and into fall. Whether you’re looking to celebrate the talents and successes of the LGBTQ+ community for yourself or with friends and family, these events will offer a variety of options. From parades to music to pet- and family-friendly activities, there is something for everyone.
Here are some of the biggest events slated for this summer and beyond, according to Pride Source. For a complete listing, check here.
Saugatuck-Douglas Community Pride: Thursday, June 1 through Monday, June 5. Long a welcoming place for LGBTQ+ guests and community members, a big roster of activities awaits this year. These include brunch festivities, a drag bowling party, and a day-long Pride in the Park event on June 4. For more details, check the website here. 
Kalamazoo Pride: Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3. This two-day festival is celebrating this year with an #AlwaysProud theme. It’s billed as a big, family-friendly party with lots of music, dancing and food. Both two-day passes and single-day tickets are available. Find more information here.
Ferndale Pride: Saturday, June 3. This free-admission event is billed as being both pet-friendly and family-friendly. A Children’s Area is being sponsored by Blue Care Network. At least 10 food trucks are already slated to attend. For more information and tips on where to park, visit the website. 
Muskegon Pride: Saturday, June 3. Downtown Muskegon will be the place to be for this packed, one-day lineup. The mayor plans to kick off the festivities, which will include music, a Pride Ride, a Drag Queen Story Hour and lots of food truck action. For more information, check here.
The Motor City Pride Festival at Hart Plaza in Detroit: Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11. This is the big one, the grandmother of all of Michigan’s Pride fests. Motor City Pride in Detroit is known as the state’s largest Pride festival. It relies on a network of hundreds of volunteers and typically attracts more than 40,000 people. Its big parade kicks off Sunday at noon. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is an event sponsor. Admission this year is $5. Anyone younger than 12 gets in free. For more details on hours, parking and activities, check the website.
Grand Rapids Pride: Saturday, June 17. This year’s festivities will mark the festival’s 35th anniversary. Over the last few decades, this event has become one of the biggest single-day celebrations in the city. To see this year’s lineup, check here.
Flint Pride: Saturday June 24. Live music, lots of good food and a pin-up contest are on the roster this year. For more details, check the organizing group’s Facebook page here.
Holland Pride Festival: Saturday, June 24. Holland’s gorgeous Centennial Park will be the backdrop to this year’s festival. This family-friendly event will feature food, music, kids activities and entertainment. More details will be released before the event. Check here for the event’s lineup.
Other Pride events around the state this year will include:
Great Lakes Bay Pride in Bay City: Saturday, June 24
Hotter than July/Detroit: Friday, July 14 – Sunday, July 16
Battle Creek Pride: Thursday, July 20 – Saturday, July 23
Allegan Out Loud: Friday, Aug. 4 – Saturday, Aug. 5
Royal Oak Pride: Friday, Aug. 4 – Saturday, Aug. 5
Ann Arbor Pride: Saturday, Aug. 5
Hazel Park Pride: Sunday, Aug. 13
Mackinac Island Pride: Thursday, Sept. 14 – Sunday, Sept 17.
Traverse City (Up North Pride): Wednesday, Sept. 27 – Sunday, Oct. 1.
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