After taking a full week to recover from the Utah Pride festivities, pack up the car and pool together some gas money. Each year the festival grows and last year more than 10,000 people attended the event. This year’s planned activities include various parties, pageants and movies. Be sure to check out The Balcony, Lucky Dog Tavern and Club Sin.
For more information and a complete calendar of events, go to BoisePride.org.
Bisbee, Ariz. recently challenged state law and legalized civil unions for gay couples. The town is an artist’s haven and rated in the top five rural gay Pride festivals in the country by Gay.com. The town’s population is about 6,000 strong, and the festival attracts hundreds of people each year. Events include a lingerie pub crawl, belly dancers and a leather night.
For more information, go to bisbeepride.com.
The Denver PrideFest is one of the largest in the Western United States. After 35 years, this festival now attracts more than 250,000 people each year. With more than 200 booths, four stages and more bar sponsors than Lindsey Lohan could hop in a night, this festival routinely makes the list of the top 10 Pride festivals in the country.
For more information, go to DenverPrideFest.org.
The ‘Pride in the Pines’ festival is expected to draw thousands of attendees to the parade and other activities. The first Pride festival in Flagstaff in 1996 drew about 300 people, but now it’s one of the most popular events in Northern Arizona. Several local bars will be hosting events throughout the week. This year also features the premiere of a queer-themed music festival.
For more information, go to FlagstaffPride.org.
Four Corners Pride
The festival in Durango, Colo. is designed as an outreach for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people and allies in the surrounding community. Festivities include food, music, a children’s booth and an information area to raise awareness and create a stronger sense of community within the Four Corners. The Four Corner’s Pride Council will also sponsor a campout July 18-22 at McPhee Reservoir.
For more information, go to 4cglad.org.
Reno celebrates 17 years of Pride festivals this year with the biggest anticipated crowd ever. The event kicks off with a celebratory party in the park on Friday night and the party continues through Sunday. Reno has several gay bars and is very welcoming to the gay community.
For more information, go to renogaypride.com.
With two extremely successful festivals, Moab Pride is starting to gain a reputation as an important Utah event. The festival helps raise awareness in scenic Central Utah. Moab Pride is a perfect weekend getaway with hiking, biking, climbing, rafting, Jeeping and much more.
For more information, go to moabpride.org.
Las Vegas Pride
Las Vegas is the perfect destination for many Utah queens, queers and party-goers. But of course the opportunity to party in the town that never sleeps with thousands of other gays descending from around the world is just too good to pass up.
Go to lasvegaspride.org for a calendar of events and more information.