DENVER – June is LGBT+ Pride Month not just in the United States, but across the world. Celebrations worldwide commemorate the legacy left behind following the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York, and seek to raise awareness of the fight still ahead for the LGBT+ community.
While the Mile High City is recognized as one of the top 10 pride events in the country, it isn’t the only one taking place in Colorado. Here are other events taking place this month you should check out if you don’t want to make the drive to the capital.
1. Four Corners Pride Festival - Durango
Dates: June 21- 25, 2017
There are several events taking place starting Wednesday, June 21 with a movie night. A cocktail reception, dinner and queer therapy comedy night follow the next day and Friday welcomes the LGBT community and allies to a night of art shows and dancing followed by Pride Procession on Saturday.
The Durango Pride Festival takes place on Sunday, June 25. For more information about the location, email them directly.
2. Longmont Pride
This is the first Longmont Pride that will be planned and conducted by Out Boulder County in conjunction with KCP Gallery. Come celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally community.
Longmont Pride will take place Saturday, June 25 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 4th Avenue between Emery and Main Street. More information can be found here.
3. Denver PrideFest
Dates: June 17-18, 2017
Where: Civic Center Park
On Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., enjoy activities and entertainment for kids, adults and pets; browse health and wellness booths, the youth interactive area, retail and commercial booths; and recharge at food and beverage stands while watching the famous Dogs in Drag Parade. Guests will enjoy a full day of programming on three stages: the center stage, Latino stage and dance stage, which features cutting-edge DJs spinning beats
On Sunday, the annual Coors Light PrideFest Parade makes its way down Colfax Avenue. The parade starts a 9:30 a.m. sharp at Cheesman Park and heads west directly to Civic Center Park. Make sure to arrive early so you get a good spot.
- Women's Pride presented by Babes Around Denver. You can find full details on all they're doing here.
- Big Gay 5K: This 5K run goes from Cheesman Park to Civic Park and back -- it starts at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome to run or walk).
- Denver LGBT History Tour by AARP Colorado: Take an audio tour right from your smartphone to learn about Denver's LGBT history. The 10-point tour includes Cheesman Park, Charlie's, and Smiley's Laundromat. Download the Geotourist app from Apple or Android to take the tour. Tours happen Tuesday, June 13, Thursday, June 15, Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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