Pride

PRIDE is a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community. It is held to commemorate the Stonewall Riots, which are often viewed as the catalyst that began the modern LGBTQIA+ rights movement.

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When is Dayton Pride?

The Greater Dayton LGBT Center celebrates PRIDE each year on the first weekend of June. It kicks off with Affair on the Square Friday night followed by a parade and the PRIDE Festival on Saturday. 

Why have Pride?

The PRIDE celebration creates a safe environment for members of our community to express themselves without fear of hate and to experience homosexuality as being the default as opposed the the exception while helping to raise awareness and support for the LGBTQIA+ community.

Ohio Pride Events 

provided by The Buckeye Flame

https://thebuckeyeflame.com/2022/05/11/2022-ohio-lgbtq-pride-guide/

 

Friday, June 10

Pride Shabbat (Beachwood)
When: 5:30 (Pre-oneg), 6pm (Services)
Where: Suburban Temple-Kol Ami (22401 Chagrin Blvd, Beachwood, OH, 44112)
Info: All are welcome to this annual tradition. Please join us at 5:30 p.m. for a pre-oneg gathering and services at 6 p.m. A beautiful evening of worship and reflection guaranteed. More info on their website.

New Richmond Pride Festival (Day #1)
When: 6pm – 9pm
Where: New Richmond Bandstand on the River, 116 Susanna Way, New Richmond, OH 45157
Info: Day #1 of New Richmond’s first ever Pride Festival, featuring a bar crawl, a corn hole tournament, and live music. More info on their Facebook event page.

Saturday, June 11

Westerville PRIDE
When: 9am – Noon
Where:  Westerville City Hall Green, 21 S State St, Westerville, OH 43081
Info: Celebrate Westerville’s 2nd annual PRIDE event at City Hall Green in conjunction with the Westerville Farmers Market! Bring the little ones for PRIDE story time, participate in community art, and enjoy performances from the Westerville HS theater students. More info on their Facebook event page.

Central Ohio Reconciling Ministries PRIDE Festival (Columbus)
When: 11am – 2pm
Where: Bethel International UMC, 1220 Bethel Road, Columbus, Ohio
Info: Bethel International UMC is hosting their 2nd Central Ohio Reconciling Ministries PRIDE Festival. They Pride Month is a time to break down barriers of judgment and exclusion, and celebrate Christ’s inclusive love of all people. Bring a blanket or chair for music and food on the lawn. The festival will go on rain or shine, so come prepared to have fun in any weather. More info on their Facebook event page.

2022 Lake County Pride
When: 11am – 4 pm
Where: Lake County History Center 415 Riverside Dr, Painseville, OH 44077
Info: The LGBTQ+ Allies Lake County is hosting their second annual, family-friendly Pride celebration, complete with food trucks, drag queens, performers, bands, and vendors. Other forms of entertainment for all ages will be present, including stilt walkers, magicians, balloon animals, bubbles, and a foam party. More info on their Pride website.

New Richmond Pride Festival (Day #2)
When: 11am – 7pm
Where: New Richmond Bandstand on the River, 116 Susanna Way, New Richmond, OH 45157
Info: Day #2 of New Richmond’s first ever Pride Festival, featuring vendors, live music and family fun. More info on their Facebook event page.

Hilliard Pride
When: Noon to 3pm
Where: Station Park, 4021 Main Street, Hilliard, Ohio
Info: Live music, activities, booths, family fun, and more!! Music headliner is The Shaun Booker Dammit Band. Tons of family-friendly activities for everyone!

Fayette County PRIDE
When: Noon to 6pm
Where: 216 E Court St, Washington Court House, OH 43160-1302
Info: A wonderful celebration with music, vendors, and *SO* much community joy. More info on their Facebook event page.

Marysville Pride Fest
When: 4:00 – 9:00 pm
Where: Memorial Health Pavilion, E 6th St, Marysville, OH
Info: A Family-Friendly gathering to support our LGBTQ+ kids and residents and to make a stand against discrimination and bullying in Marysville. More info on their Facebook events page.

Pride Ashtabula County 2022
When: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Ashtabula County Fairgrounds, 127 N Elm St, Jefferson, OH 44047
Info: The LGBTQ+ Coalition of Ashtabula County is celebrating the second annual Pride of Ashtabula County this year! For more info, go to their Facebook page.

Stark Pride Festival (Canton)
When: 3pm – 10pm
Where: Canton Centennial Plaza, 330 Court Ave NW, Canton, Ohio
Info: This inaugural festival will bring together the LGBTQ+ community of Stark County and surrounding areas to celebrate our diversity and rich cultural history, promote visibility and belongingness, educate, entertain, and welcome people of all ages and backgrounds. More info on their Facebook event page.

Sunday, June 12

Chillicothe First Capital PRIDE Coalition: Drag Brunch!
When: 11am – 12:30pm and 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Where: Fifty West Brewing Company, 1 N Paint St, Chillicothe, OH 45601
Info: Chillicothe’s first ever drag brunch. Tickets are priced at $10, and include one free drink. More info on their Facebook page.

New Richmond Pride Festival (Day #3)
When: 11am – 7pm
Where: New Richmond Bandstand on the River, 116 Susanna Way, New Richmond, OH 45157
Info: Day #3 of New Richmond’s first ever Pride Festival, featuring vendors, live music and family fun. More info on their Facebook event page.

Portsmouth Pride
When: 11am – 2pm
Where: Tracy Park , 9th Street, Gay Street, Portsmouth, OH
Info: Portsmouth Pride is back after a two year hiatus. Join in for some family friendly fun and a few hours of great music, dancing and fabulous drag performances! More info on their Facebook event page

Coshocton LGBT+ Pride
When: 3pm – 8pm
Where: ArtPark, 325 Main St, Coshocton, OH 43812
Info: Most definitely come on over for this inaugural celebration of Coshocton and the surrounding areas LGBT+ community! More info on their Facebook event page.

Dublin Pride Walk
When: 8:30pm
Where: Riverside Crossing Park (6635 Riverside Drive, Dublin, OH)
Info: Gather at 8:30 PM for a brief Pride program to be followed by Dublin’s annual Pride Walk across the Dublin Link Bridge. More info on their Facebook event page.

Tuesday, June 14

Medina Pride Picnic and Chalk Art
When: 6pm – 8pm
Where: Medina Square, Downtown Medina
Info: Grab your picnic basket and blanket, and friends and family, and join OutSupport in their Pride on the Square! All are welcomed! Bring your own picnic, or grab some takeout from any of the restaurants on the Square and enjoy dinner together! Also, Chalk the Square! Show your artistic PRIDE! Dessert and chalk provided! More info on their Facebook event page.

Wednesday, June 15

Black Wellness is Black Pride: A Cincinnati Black Pride Town Hall
When: 6pm – 8pm
Where: e19 Lounge Bar & Discothèque, 1905 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Info: Co-sponsored by Equitas Health. More info on their website.

Thursday, June 16

Black Alphabet Film Festival
When: 5pm – 10pm
Info: Facilitated discussion of feature films. Discussing Feature Selection: BLACK AS UR. More info on their website.

Friday, June 17

Stonewall Columbus Pride Community Festival & Resource Fair 
When: 4pm – 10pm
Where: Gooddale Park, 120 W Goodale St, Columbus, OH 43215
Info: Music, food, vendors, and community all come together for one of the biggest Pride celebrations in the Midwest. More info on their Facebook page.

 

Saturday, June 18

Columbus Pride March
When: Step-off at 10:30 am
Where: Broad Street & High Street, traveling north on High St. toward Goodale Park
Info: The first Pride march in Columbus, Ohio was held in June 1981. This year, we celebrate 41 years of PRIDE in Columbus and everyone is encouraged to get their feet a’walking. More info on their website

Colors+ Youth Center 3rd Annual Pride Walk 2022
When: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Colors+ Youth Center Parking Lot, 21430, Lorain Rd Suite 400 Fairview Park, OH 44126
Info: Walk or run for one mile in person, or participate in virtual walks or runs, during this fundraising campaign! Proceeds will support Colors+ Youth Center and its programming to support LGBTQ+ youth. Register here for this exciting event!

Stonewall Columbus Pride Community Festival & Resource Fair 
When: 11am – 8pm
Where: Gooddale Park, 120 W Goodale St, Columbus, OH 43215
Info: Music, food, vendors, and community all come together for one of the biggest Pride celebrations in the Midwest. More info on their Facebook page.

West Liberty Pride Parade & Celebration
When: Noon – 6pm
Where: The corners of Detroit & Columbus Streets (to watch the Parade), Lion’s Park (the Celebration)
Info: The Parade across town kicks off at noon, immediately followed by a celebration at Lion’s Park (76 Township Rd 174, West Liberty, OH 43357) with vendors, music, food, and love. Join in to celebrate LGBTQ+ visibility and Pride right there in Logan County! More info on their Pride Parade and Pride Celebration Facebook event pages.

Full Spectrum Pride in the Valley Festival
When: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Courthouse Square, 161 High St. NW, Warren, OH 44481
Info: Full Spectrum Outreach (Mahoning Valley’s LGBTQIA+ Center) is hosting Pride in the Valley, a festival complete with vendors, live entertainment, a pride parade, inflatables, carnival games, drag shows, food and drinks, and more! This festival will bring people of all ages together to have fun and support the community. More info on their website.

Mx. Juneteenth
When: Noon – 6pm
Where: Blk Punx Press – 4701 Perkins Ave, Cleveland, OH
Info: Mx. Juneteenth: A Black & Queer Liberation Celebration is back! Mx. Juneteenth will feature live music, drag performances from local talent, art, free community, and harm reduction resources, local vendors, food, and educational workshops. More info on their Facebook event page.

Geauga Pride
When: 2-8pm
Where: Chardon Square, 100 Short Ct. St, Chardon
Info: Dancing, vendors, mom hugs, face painting, food, free speech forum, speakers, voter registration, and even a marriage ceremony will all be offered at this Pride event. E-mail geaugapride2022@gmail.com for participating in the marriage ceremony or with any questions.

Sunday, June 19

35th Bat-N-Rouge (Columbus)
When: Noon – 6pm
Where: Dodge Park, 667 Sullivant Ave, Columbus, OH 43215-4478
Info: Spend your Pride Sunday with CLGSA as Bat-N-Rouge returns for their 35th(!) year, which promises to be their biggest, draggiest, most fun game yet! Come cheer on CLGSA players turned drag queens as they play a softball game to fundraise for their league and raise money for charity. THey’ll have beer+food trucks and plenty of entertainment. Information on the event can be found on their website or Facebook event page.

Tuesday, June 21

Inclusive Fairborn: How to Be an Ally to Your LGBTQ+ Child
When: 7pm
Where: Virtual Event. Click here to register.
Info: A discussion panel focused on the importance of LGBTQ+ affirming behaviors and concrete examples of how to support and affirm LGBTQ+ youth, how to use LGBTQ-inclusive language, and how to build skills for talking about sexual orientation, gender identity and expression comfortably. More info on their Facebook page

Thursday, June 23

Multifaith PRIDE Celebration (Cincinnati)
When: 6:30pm – 9pm
Where: Hebrew Union College Temple in Clifton, 3101 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220-2404
Info: Cohosted by over 30 faith-based/belief-based organizations from the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area, this event features a service and  the featured guest for the evening is Pastor Lesley Jones from Trust & Destiny. More info on their Facebook event page.

Friday, June 24

Sandusky Pride Festival
When: 2pm – 11pm
Where: 108 E Water St, Sandusky, OH 44870-2524
Info: Music, Shows, and Competitions on the Main Stage until 11:00pm. Visit their Facebook event page for more info.

2022 Middletown Pride
When: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Governor’s Square Park, Central Ave and, S Broad St, Middletown, OH 45042
Info: Middletown’s 4th annual Pride celebration will give the community a chance to celebrate Pride and support the LGBTQ+ community! Glitter is optional, but amazing attitudes and kind spirits are mandatory. More info on their Facebook event page.

Pride Night with the Lake Erie Crushers
When: 7pm – 10pm
Where: Mercy Health Stadium, 2009 Baseball BoulevardAvon, OH, 44011
Info: Join LGBTQ+ Lorain County at Mercy Health Stadium on Friday, June 24 starting at 7:05 pm. Arrive early to see local drag queen Kaydence Jayne sing the national anthem and throw the first pitch! Bring cash to participate in a 50/50 raffle, connect with LGBTQ+ Lorain County and more! More info on their website.

Saturday, June 25

First Annual Defiance Pride Walk
When: 10am
Where: Start at UCC, 950 Webster St, Defiance, OH 43512
Info: An inaugural event for this northwest Ohio city. Streets will be closed for this walk that starts and ends at the UCC. And there will be a resource fair as part of the experience. More info on their Facebook event page.

Minerva Park Pride
When: 10am to Noon
Where: Minerva Park Pool, Valley Rd, Minerva Park, OH 43231
Info: A first annual event! Event will have food, entertainment, resources and community groups, and of course, a pool party! The event is free and open to all. More info on their website.

Clobbered!  (Mayfield Village)
When: 10am
Where: St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church, 435 Som Center Rd, Mayfield Village, OH 44143
Info: This is the first annual Pride event for St. Bart’s Episcopal Church in Mayfield Village. How should you respond when someone weaponizes the Bible against the LGBTQ+ community? Join Russ Tripi, a professor of Queer Theology at John Carroll University, for this free workshop on how to deconstruct the biblical passages that are often used to combat gay and lesbian people. Register at www.SaintBartOhio.org

Yellow Springs Pride Annual Parade
When: Parade Line-up is at 11:00 for a parade that starts at Noon
Where: Yellow Springs, Ohio (parade route TBD)
Info: Check out Yellow Springs Pride to learn more about its Pride parade, complete with decorations, floats, and an array of contests!

Celina Pride
When: 11am – 8pm
Where: The Red Tent on Lakeshore Avenue & the Ash St. shelter house
Info: music, vendors, drag queens, food, dancing, testimonials, a march through town, speeches, and more. More info on their Facebook event page.

Lorain County Pride Picnic
When: Noon to 3pm
Where: Oberlin Recreation Complex, 225 West Hamilton Road, Oberlin, Ohio 44074
Info: Join LGBTQ+ Lorain County for a 2022 Pride Picnic event! See vendors, hear music, connect with your neighbors. This event is free to attend and free giveaways will also be available. More info on their website.

Cincinnati Pride Parade & Festival
When: Noon to 9pm
Where: Sawyer Point, 705 E Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Info: From its first Pride event in 1973 to now, Cincinnati has had a strong history of serving the community with Pride events. Come join this free, family-friendly, fun event for EVERYONE. Food, vendors, and performances from headliners Shea Diamond, Jordy, Alex Newell, & Daya. More info on their Facebook event page.

Pride Youngstown Festival
When: Noon to 9pm
Where: Youngstown Amphitheater in Downtown Youngstown
Info: An all-day extravaganza of entertainment, food and vendors. The Pride Youngstown Festival prides themselves in having social vendors, so if theres a question on a particular issue, they will more than likely have someone set up to answer those questions for you. (ex: PFLAG, health department, etc). More info on their Facebook page.

Sandusky Pride Parade and Day #2 of Festival
When: Noon to Midnight
Where: 108 E Water St, Sandusky, OH 44870-2524
Info: Parade kicks off the day. Then on the main stage, expect a rotation of over the top live performances! From our All Star Performers and live bands. (Including a performance by ShaVazz the Weirdo ft. DJ Chosen). From 10:00pm-12:00am, there is a Downtown Block party with DJ Sammijo! With light performers! More info on their Facebook event page.

Reynoldsburg Pride Celebration
When: 4pm – 8pm
Where: Huber Park 1640 Davidson Drive, Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Info: The Reynoldsburg Pride Celebration is a community celebration to empower and bring awareness to the intersectional lives of the LGBTQ+ community. The event features music, food trucks, arts/crafts vendors, community groups, and a pet parade. More info on their Facebook event page.

Granville Pride Parade & Festival
When: 4:30pm – 7pm
Where: Denison University, Campus Green on west Broadway
Info: At 4:30pm, speakers address the crowd before the parade takes to the street at 5pm. Groups are encouraged to create themes, costumes and signs! Anyone with any marching or musical talent??? They would love some music in the parade. Small floats and art cars, dancing and drag strongly encouraged!!! After the Parade (around 5:30pm), they’ll have music, performers, booths, and experiences for the entire family! More info on their Facebook event page.

Sunday, June 26

Pride in Geauga County
When: 1pm – 5pm
Where: Century Village, South of Burton Square, 14653 E. Park Street, Burton, Ohio
Info: Geauga SOGI Support Network is pleased to announce Geauga Pride in Burton! This family-friendly event will include games, music, and food! Come to learn, obtain resource information, engage, and celebrate! More info on their website.

Sandusky Pride Concert
When: 3pm
Where: 108 E Water St, Sandusky, OH 44870-2524
Info: New this year is this amazing concert with featured performers Paula Cole, Sophie B. Hawkins and Ohio’s own Diana Chittester. More info on their Facebook event page.

 

Saturday, July 9

Dayton Black Pride Parade & Festival
When: 11am – 6pm
Where: McIntosh Park, Edwin C. Moses Blvd. and W Riverview Ave
Into: They are back for year #2! The day includes a lively parade starting at Courthouse Square at 11:30am, hosted by the world-renowned Cheery Poppins! The festival will include live entertainment, vendors, food truck, and fellowship! More info on their Facebook event page.

Fremont Ohio Pride and Festival
When: Parade starts at 11am with the Festival to follow at Noon
Where: Walsh Park, 610 Morrison St, Fremont, OH 43420
Info:This year will be the second annual Fremont Pride Festival. Join the community for local and out of town entertainment, food, drinks and more! This is an all ages event and ALL are welcome. More info on their Facebook page.

Saturday, August 13th

Mansfield Pride Parade & Festival
When: 11am (Parade), Noon – 7pm (Festival)
Where: Park Avenue East to Main Street (Parade), Central Park in downtown Mansfield (Festival)
Info: Parade kicks off at 11am, followed by a Festival which includes: Multiple drag show performances, Music by DJ Doug, Kids Zone, Bands, and Vendors: shops, food, education. More info on their Facebook event page.

Friday, August 19th

Toledo Pride – Kick-Off
When: 6pm – 10pm
Where: Promenade Park 400 Water St, Toledo, OH
Info: Join us for Toledo Pride – Kick-Off held at Promenade Park with live music and drag shows. More info on their Facebook event page.

Saturday, August 20

Toledo Pride Parade & Main Event
When: Noon (Parade)
Where: Adams Street in Downtown Toledo (Parade), Promenade Park at 250 Water Street (Main Event)
Info: After the parade marches down Adams street, join the main event festival for vendors, live music, entertainers, and more at Promenade Park. More info on their Facebook events page.

Sunday, August 21

Toledo Pride Big Rainbow Brunch Crawl
When: 2pm – 5pm
Where: Adams Street
Info: There is a one-time fee of $5 for a wristband, which gets you food at each of the participating bars. Each bar/restaurant has a special drinks and dish with a rainbow color theme. More info on their Facebook event page.

Saturday, August 27

Akron Pride Festival & Equity March
When: 10am – 10pm
Where: Downtown Akron Main Street
Info: Join in on one of the biggest Prides in Ohio as the Festival & Equity March take over downtown Akron. Enjoy local and national entertainers, exhibitors, interactive children’s area, food trucks, nosh and so much more!  More info on their Facebook event page.

September 22-25

Columbus Melanin Pride
When: September 22-25
Where: Columbus, OH
Info: A 3-day event created by and for LGBTQ+ people who are Black and POC. Organizers say it’s Pride celebration that “amplifies Black/POC LGBTQ+ and puts our Melanin Magic on display.” More info on their Facebook page.

Friday, September 30

Pride in GC Weekend – The Block Party!
When: 5pm – 11pm
Where: Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123
Info: Friday night of Pride in GC is a block party on Broadway! More info on their Facebook event page.

People’s Lighting of the Licking County Court House
When: 7:30pm
Where: 20 S 2nd St, Newark, OH 43055-5602
Info: Join in to light up the Licking County Court House in preparation for the 2022 Newark Ohio Pride Festival. Meet on the west side of the building at 7:30 PM. Bring your own high-powered flashlight and organizers will provide the color gels! More info on their Facebook page.

Saturday, October 1

Pride in GC Weekend – The Passport
When: 10am – 10pm
Where: Grove City
Info: All Saturday, participating businesses and organizations will have activities, discounts, events and more in both family and adult categories! You get to choose your own adventure! More info on their Facebook event page.

Newark Pride Festival
When: Noon to 6pm
Where: Canal Market District at 36 E Canal Street, Newark, Ohio
Info: This family-friendly pride festival will feature live music and performances, guest speakers, local artists and vendors, community resources, local food, beer garden, dance party, and much more! More info on their Facebook page.

Saturday, October 8

Columbus Community Pride Festival
When: Noon to 8pm
Where: Mayme Moore Park, 835 Mt Vernon Ave, Columbus, OH 43203
Info: Columbus Community Pride is an annual LGBTQIA+ Pride celebration that truly centers QTIPOC, fights state-sanctioned violence, and takes no corporate sponsorship. Community Pride is by and for the most marginalized in the LGBTQIA+ community. There will also There will be Community Pride events throughout the month of June, and after Pride Month, events will resume in September & October right before the festival! Keep up with all of their events by following them on Instagram and Facebook.

Cleveland’s Pride Ride
When: TBD
Where: Edgewater Park
Info: Pride festivities will continue into October with the Pride Ride! Through this event, people are encouraged to decorate their cars and drive through the city of Cleveland.  

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2022 Pride Schedule

Friday, June 3rd

Affair on The Square 

Courthouse Square at 6pm

Saturday, June 4th

Parade 

Downtown at noon

Pride Festival

Courthouse Square at Noon

Sunday, June 5th

PFLAG Running with Pride 5k Eastwood Park at 9am

Rubi Girls 

Top of the Market at 1pm

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AFFAIR ON THE SQUARE
2022

Friday evening's event is the kick off to the LGBTQ+ festivities in Dayton. Affair on The Square is a casual evening of live entertainment featuring local LGBTQ+ youth, dueling pianos, Kyleen Downes, and The Rubi Girls! We'll have food trucks and beverages available for purchase. This great evening event is the official kick-off to Dayton Pride 2022!

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Pride PARADE 
2022

We are going back to our traditional parade this year! Saturday begins with the PRIDE Parade stepping off at noon from Cooper Park before winding through downtown and arriving at Courthouse Square. With marching groups, floats,  and of course lots of PRIDE, what is not to like about this yearly Parade. 

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Pride Festival
2022

The Pride festival continues after the PRIDE parade. With live entertainment, vendors and of course food, this is an event you cannot miss! We encourage you to bring the whole family, and provide a section just for kids that includes activities for all ages. 

How can you support PRIDE?

Participate - One of the best this you can do to support PRIDE is the show up!  Simply by being a part of our festival, whether a part of the LGBTQIA+ community or not,  you are telling the Greater Dayton region that you are here and you support the LGBTQIA+ community as a whole. 

Volunteer - PRIDE is a huge undertaking every year and is primarily pulled off by volunteers. Whether it is helping organize parade participants or setting up, or helping during the festival, volunteers are what make PRIDE happen.

Sponsor - The PRIDE Festival could not be what is is today without our sponsors. It is not just about a big party. It is the LGBT Center's largest fundraising event of the year.  In other words, PRIDE lets the Center help others show their pride throughout the year. 

Make a Donation - Donations from the community, not only during PRIDE but throughout the year, help the Center continue programing that benefit the community as a whole.