PrideFest returns June 2-4, celebrates 25 years with 'throwback' prices
After canceling its June festival in 2020 and 2021, PrideFest will return to its usual dates this year, kicking off festival season on the Summerfest grounds June 2-4.
PrideFest will be have a noticeably "different" footprint, according to a press release. The festival will use primarily the north part of the park spanning from the midgate all the way north and will offer new experiences, including new stages, food vendor buildings, an expanded health and wellness area, children’s and family programing.
And, as always, PrideFest will feature a fireworks show.
“I couldn’t be happier to make this announcement,” said Wes Shaver, President, Milwaukee Pride, Inc. “It’s time to push forward and bring back the events and community functions that make Milwaukee so special; celebrating people is something this city does better than anywhere else…and it’s an honor to once again kick off festival season. Let’s get back to strengthening our social fabric and raising a glass together!” he added.
This year marks the 25th PrideFest to occur in June since the LGBTQ pride festival moved to Henry Maier Festival Park in 1996. To celebrate, the festival is planning a lineup of "Throwback Thursday" entertainment, including '90s themed musical and drag performances, plus 1996 prices on beer, wine, cocktails and soda 4-8 p.m. on opening night. Guests can also get in free 4-6 p.m. by bringing four canned, non-perishable food items on June 2.
Organizers will announce acts, programming and online ticket sales in the weeks to come, according to the release.