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Your 2023 Michigan LGBTQ+ Pride Calendar

By |2023-05-29T16:36:38-04:00April 17th, 2023|Pride Guide|

Pride Season is in full bloom for 2023, and you’ll find all the important details right here. From small-town Prides in unexpected places to the big mainstay events happening in June and beyond, there’s something for every Michigan Pridegoer.

New this year is the Pride Source 2023 Pride Festivals Map. Click on events for dates and links for more information:

Help us keep our calendar up to date! Email [email protected] with details about fests we’re missing.  


Thursday, June 1

Trenton Pride

5:30 p.m. Trenton City Hall (2800 3rd St., Trenton).

Saugatuck/Douglas Pride

Through June 5. Known as neighboring LGBTQ-affirming vacation spots for decades, Saugatuck and Douglas will each host festivities. On June 1, head to Alley’s Classic American Diner (229 Center St., Douglas) for a drag bowling party at 6 p.m. The Saugatuck Douglas District Library (174 Center St., Douglas) will host a free presentation, “Book Banning and its Impact on the LGBTQ Community” at 4 p.m. On June 3, the annual Pride parade begins in Saugatuck High School (401 Elizabeth St., Saugatuck) at 12 p.m., commencing at Beery Field (8 Center St., Douglas), where the Pride fest will be held. Featured entertainment includes music by NIAH band, Tom Sandoval & The Most Extras and a DJ. Food provided by Chris Steel, Stack BBQ. Soft drinks, beer and mixed drinks will be available. Learn more at

Friday, June 2

OutFront Kalamazoo

Through June 3. The two-day festival features show-stopping drag performances, incredible music, exhibitors, food, dancing and more. June 2, 6 p.m.-midnight; June 3, 12-11 p.m. Arcadia Creek Festival Place (145 East Water St., Kalamazoo).

Ypsi Pride 

Featuring performances by DJ Myint, Amaretto and Baddie Brooks. 4-10 p.m., Depot Town, Ypsilanti.

Saturday, June 3

Ferndale Pride

Music, drag and more on two entertainment stages (including folk duo Nervous But Excited, J. Santino and Ferndale Drag Extravaganza featuring Motor City Drag Kings), a large vendor marketplace and plenty of entertainment for the whole family, Ferndale Pride has grown into a not-to-be-missed Southeast Michigan Pride event. 12:30-10 p.m., downtown Ferndale.

Keweenaw Pride

1-5 p.m., East Houghton Waterfront Park (1220-1298 E. Lakeshore Dr., Houghton).

Lowell Pride

10 a.m.-6 p.m., Lowell Riverwalk.

Muskegon Pride

Muskegon’s first ever Pride parade kicks off at 10:30 a.m. in downtown Muskegon, followed by an all-ages Pride fest (starting at 11:30 a.m.) at Unruly Brewing Company (360 W. Western Ave., Muskegon).

Ortonville (“Abigail’s Pride”) 

11 a.m.-4 p.m., downtown Ortonville.

St. John’s Pride

12-4 p.m., downtown St. John’s.

Saturday, June 10

Detroit (Motor City Pride)

Motor City Pride 2023 performers (left to right) Hayley “Crusher” Cain (of Haley and the Crushers), Siena Liggins and Anthony J. Fink. Photos courtesy of Motor City Pride

Through June 11. Michigan’s largest Pride festival draws more than 50,000 visitors each year to a two-day event featuring entertainment across three stages, plentiful food and drink options, and a wide variety of activities for all ages. This year, MCP welcomes pop singer-songwriter Jordy, whose new album “Boy” is out now; Detroit native and up-and-coming pop artist Siena Liggins; The Robyn Party, a tribute to Swedish dance-pop artist Robyn, and local drag favorite Sabin. You’ll also find “RuPaul’s Drag Race” stars like Robin Fierce and Jasmine Kennedie on the Pride Stage. The Riverfront Dance Stage is usually where the DJs like John Collins spin. The Festival Stage, where you can catch a performance by “poolside glitter punk” band Hayley and the Crushers, is predominantly punk, rock ’n’ roll and folk. Finally, the Pyramid Stage is for up-and-coming talent — don’t miss Robert Bannon on Saturday night. June 10, 1-9 p.m., June 11, 12:30-7 p.m., Hart Plaza (1 W. Jefferson St., Detroit). Pride parade June 11 at noon, downtown Detroit.

Grand Haven Pride

Grand Haven will hold its first Pride festival in 2023, featuring drag shows, a live DJ, drag bingo, food and drink, a kids zone and an adult friendship connection area. The all-ages event is set for 12-9 p.m. at Waterfront Stadium (1 North Harbor Dr., Grand Haven).

Holly Pride

1-6 p.m., Holly Lakeside Park (Holly Bush Dr. and Park Ave., Holly).

Howell Pride

Tiny Howell in Michigan’s Livingston County is a prime example of Pride persisting in an unlikely place. The Pride Alliance of Livingston will host the event, which includes swag, games, face painting, crafts, food trucks and a performance by a cappella group MaskEra on the lawn of the Howell Historic Courthouse from 12-4 p.m.

Marquette Pride

1-10:30 p.m., Ellwood Mattson Lower Harbor Park, (200 N. Lakeshore Blvd., Marquette).

Saturday, June 17

Grand Rapids Pride 

Grand Rapids Pride. Photo:

Grand Rapids will hold its 35th annual Pride celebration, themed “Unapologetically Me” in 2023. The bustling festival, one of the largest one-day events held in Grand Rapids each year, will offer 100+ vendors, a beer garden, entertainment on multiple stages, family and children’s activities, food trucks, local artists, a sensory space and teen/youth activities. 12-10 p.m., Calder Plaza (320 Ottawa Ave. NW, Grand Rapids).

Grosse Pointe

WE GP will feature a short march, music, activities for kids, a selfie station and activism opportunities. Attendees are encouraged to bring signs, joy and Pride. 1-3 p.m., downtown Grosse Pointe at the corner of Kercheval Avenue and St. Clair Street.

Lansing Pride

Michigan’s capital city boasts a long, influential history as the birthplace of several modern LGBTQ-influenced movements and organizations, including the long-running Women in the Arts Festival (held in neighboring East Lansing each November). The annual Pride event will include more than 100 vendors, live entertainment all day long and a beer tent. 1-11 p.m., Lansing’s Old Town neighborhood (centered on the 1200 block of Turner Street).

Livonia Pride

Livonia’s very first Pride event runs from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Livonia Civic Center Park (15218 Farmington Road).

Saturday, June 24

Bay City (Great Lakes Bay Pride)

11 a.m.-6 p.m., Wenonah Park (801 N. Water St., Bay City).

Benton Harbor

12-6 p.m. Dwight P. Mitchell City Center Plaza (127 Pipestone St., Benton Harbor).

Flint Pride 

2-8 p.m., Riverbank Park (100 Saginaw St., Flint).

Holland Pride 

Holland Pride 2022. Photo: Facebook

Out on the Lakeshore, the host organization for Holland’s annual Pride fest, faced an unfriendly local county government this year when it came time to plan the popular event. Ottawa County, which has made national headlines driven by the actions of a vocal anti-diversity county commission, withdrew funding, but the organization pushed ahead to create a family-friendly festival complete with food, entertainment and a renewed commitment to support and affirm the region’s LGBTQ+ community. 12-5 p.m., Centennial Park (250 Central Ave., Holland).

Monroe County Pride

12-6 p.m., St. Mary’s Park (111 W. Elm Ave., Monroe).

Rochester Pride

1-4 p.m., Rochester Municipal Park (400 6th St., Rochester).

Three Rivers Pride
12-9 p.m., downtown Three Rivers.

Sunday, June 25

Berkley Pride (Block Party)

The second annual Berkley Pride Block Party is set for 12-4 p.m. at 12 Mile and Robina Avenue.

Port Huron (Blue Water Pride)

10 a.m.-3 p.m., 701 McMorran Blvd., Port Huron.

Big Rapids Pride

The second annual Pride Big Rapids Festival, themed “Live with Pride,” will feature a beer tent, live music, a drag show, food vendors and more. 12-8:30 p.m., Northend Riverside Park (North 4th Ave., Big Rapids).

Saint Clair Shores Pride March

Organized by the Saint Clair Shores Residents for Equality group, the second annual St. Clair Shores Pride March will feature speakers starting at 11 a.m. behind the Chapoton Pump Station (23001 E. Nine Mile Road, Saint Clair Shores). The march route follows Jefferson to Blossom Health Plaza to the end of the pier and then back to the start.


Saturday, July 8

South Lyon (Pride in the Park)

12-5 p.m., McHattie Park (S Lafayette St., South Lyon).

Friday, July 14

Hotter Than July

Big Freedia. Courtesy photo

Through July 16. Hotter Than July, the world’s second oldest Black LGBTQ+ Pride, is celebrating its 27th year in 2023. Hosted by LGBT Detroit, this three-day event focuses on entertainment, education and Black LGBTQ+ culture. Throughout the week, LGBT Detroit will host a candlelight vigil in remembrance of community members who have died, a book festival, a testing zone, an awards brunch, a worship service and a concert on July 15 at Motor City Casino featuring “Queen of Bounce” Big Freedia and Detroit’s Amber Chene and Nuandré.

Thursday, July 20

Battle Creek Pride

Through July 23. Battle Creek Pride’s four-day event features an LGBT Q&A on July 20 (6:30 p.m. at Miller Stone Building), a Pride parade on July 21 (7 p.m. along Michigan Avenue, from Washington Avenue to Commerce Point), a festival on July 22 from 1-7 p.m. at Leila Arboretum (928 W. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek) and a candlelight vigil on July 23.


Friday, Aug. 4

Allegan Out Loud

A Pride Flag adorns the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Allegan. Photo: Tom Buchanan

Through Aug. 5. Allegan’s second annual Pride festival, Allegan Out Loud, will feature an adults-only drag show on Aug. 4 at Griswold Auditorium (401 Hubbard St., Allegan) and a festival on Aug. 5 offering food, vendors, music, a drag queen story time and an all-ages drag show at Riverfront Plaza in Downtown Allendale.

Royal Oak Pride

Through Aug. 5. Details TBA.

Saturday, Aug. 5

Ann Arbor Pride

12 p.m., downtown Ann Arbor.

Sunday, Aug. 13

Hazel Park Pride

Green Acres Park (620 W. Woodward Heights Blvd., Hazel Park). Details TBA.

Saturday, Aug. 26

Transgender Michigan Pride in the Park (Ferndale)

Transgender Michigan is celebrating the 24th anniversary of Transgender Michigan Pride in the Park in 2023. The event, which features a vendor area and a bring-your-own picnic is a chance to socialize, learn about local organizations and businesses serving the Michigan transgender community and more. 12-6 p.m., Martin Road Park (1900 Orchard Ave., Ferndale).


Thursday, Sept. 14

Mackinac Island Pride

Through Sept 17. Community Hall (7358 Market St., Mackinac Island). Details TBA.

Wednesday, Sept. 27

Traverse City (Up North Pride)

Through Oct. 1. Downtown Traverse City. Details TBA.

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