It all started simply enough. A local mother of four, thinking about the community where she was raising her family, asked why there wasn’t a Pride Festival in Traverse City. Five years (and countless hours of tireless planning) later, Up North Pride Week has become one of the Midwest’s premier celebrations of the LGBTQ community. Every year in June (which is Pride Month) the festival draws a diversity of people from across the Midwest for a week of song, storytelling, special celebrations and Michigan’s largest participant-driven pride parade. With so much happening then, how do you get plugged in? Never fear. The highlights are here.

June 17th – Here:Say Storytelling

Everyone has a story to tell. And for one special evening at Workshop Brewing Company, scheduled performers share their true, LGBTQ-themed stories. You’re even invited to share yours. Storytelling begins at 7:00 (come early for eats) and runs until 9:30. A suggested $5 donation to Up North Pride can be made at the door. For additional details click here

June 18th – LGBTQ+ Shorts

Laugh, cry, smile, think…all while enjoying comfy seats and affordable drinks and snacks. The State Theatre hosts an evening of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender films curated to entertain, educate and celebrate.

June 19th – Pride Ride

Up North Pride joins with Norte, a local group promoting walk/bike friendly communities, for a short bike tour through downtown Traverse City. This family-friendly event starts at 6:00 pm at F&M Park downtown. Pride-themed decorations and costumes are encouraged. Don’t have a bike? Rent one from Brick Wheels

Prism - Up North Pride

June 19th – Sign Making

Have an artistic flair? Want to help get a message out? Head to Rare Bird Brew Pub for this sign-making party. Art materials are supplied, so you can make your own or extras for others. The event starts at 7:00 pm and runs until 8:30 pm and participation is FREE.

June 20th – Prism > A Pop-Up Gallery Experience

Experience an evening of queer art and fresh local treats at BLK\MKT in the downtown Warehouse District. The event runs from 5:00 – 9:00 pm and admission is FREE.

June 21st – Drag Night

Drag Night is one of the week’s premier and most popular events. It’s an evening of live performances, cocktails, and an amazing line-up of drag talent, including national headliners and local and regional queens and kings. Peppermint, a season 9 runner-up on RuPaul’s Drag Race, will be performing. The event takes place at Little Fleet and on Wellington Street (shut down for the event) and runs from 8:00 – 10:00 pm. 

Up North Pride: Drag Night

June 22nd – Pride Picnic

This family-friendly event takes place at F&M Park from 3:00 – 6:00 pm. It includes live music, fun activities for the kids, food vendors, and a whole lot of neighborly love. It’s FREE and open to the public.

June 22nd – 2019 Visibility March

Front Street will be shut down for this year’s Visibility March; Michigan’s largest, participant-driven pride parade. The parade starts at 5:30 pm and will run along Front Street to the Open Space with a concluding Visibility Celebration. Bring your posters, rainbow flags and Pride spirit and join the march through downtown Traverse City.

For additional information about Up North Pride click here