I have been wearing a number of hats lately. Not the physical kind of hat since they tend to exacerbate male-pattern baldness. But the different roles kind of hat in that I am involved in a number of ventures and organizations here in our lovely Salt Lake City community.
One of those roles, and one that I am most proud to fill, is as a Steering Committee member of the Utah Pride Festival. I also serve as the Logistics director over the vendors and zones at the annual festival which draws nearly 25,000 people and last year raised about $180,000 which was used to support the nearly 35 vital programs and services offered by the Utah Pride Center.
While most sanctioned “pride” festivities happen during the day, nightlife during Pride season is hoppin’. Besides the allure of a continued party after drinking all day in the sun, out-of-town guests, out-of-closet visitors and a general sense of good times all make going to a bar or a club during this time seem like a lot of fun.
And recently, there has been a little twist to the availability of the programming from some of your favorite dance and drinking spots during the Pride season. And it was born out of a certain necessity to answer one question: Why do folks leave the festival early on Sunday afternoon? The answer: To drink and dance. And so the Dance Zone, complete with the Effen Vodka bar, which allowed festival-goers to purchase a hard liquor drink without being a festival VIP or Utah Pride Center member.
So, in an effort to increase community involvement, the Utah Pride Festival reached out to Salt Lake City clubs and made an offer: come to the festival and offer entertainment in the new Dance Zone for a 2 ½-hour shift and in return you can promote your club and give party-goers a taste of what you’ll be offering during the Pride weekend. The result was a resounding success in both promotion and programming for both the clubs and the festival.
This year, the offer has been extended again and was accepted by Karamba, JAM, Pure and Metro clubs to provide DJs, dancers and entertainment in the Dance Zone during the Pride Festival with the following schedule:
Saturday 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Karamba
Sunday 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Club JAM
Sunday 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m Metro
Sunday 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Pure
I wont give too much away but I can tell you that these clubs go all-out to provide quality entertainment and programming during their time slot at the festival. And, of course, they will be hitting you up with plenty of information about what to expect in their club as the weekend continues.
As for nightlife outside of the festival grounds, whether you’re an experienced club-hopper or just looking for a place to drink and socialize after the lights have faded from the Utah Pride Festival, there will be plenty to do.
Most of the nightclubs will be full-up with activities on their regular slated nights i.e.: Pure on Friday and Metro on Saturday. The other bars, which operate gay on a daily basis like Try-Angles, JAM and The Trapp will be very busy through the entirety of the weekend.
The special treat to look forward to, however, will be the Sunday post-festival BBQs and outdoor activities which are also slated with big fun and big surprises at JAM, Try-Angles, Metro, Pure and The Trapp. Please party hard. Drink as much as you’d like. Love freely but for the love of God, don’t drive!