The home of the Providence Downtown Improvement District

Downtown Directions

Our blog featuring news, info, recommendations, and more!

RI Pride Fest’s 40th anniversary: this weekend

2016+parade+mapCelebrate Rhode Island Pride this weekend! Kick it off on Friday night, June 17th, at Countdown to Pride: the official Pre-Pride Block Party at The Dark Lady and Alley Cat, 17-19 Snow Street.

On Saturday, June 18th, Pride Fest runs from noon to 8 PM on South Water Street, featuring 120 vendors, youth activities, live performances, and a beer, wine & spirits garden.

Schedule highlights include:

  • 4:20 PM: Glenn Stewart with Joslyn Fox
  • 5:00 PM: National Anthem and PrideFest Rally
  • 5:50 PM: Nina Sky
  • 6:30 PM: Sarah Potenza
  • 7:30 PM: Ephraim Adamz

At dusk, pick a prime downtown viewing spot for the Illuminated Night Parade! It starts at the intersection of Dorrance and Weybosset streets and heads north before continuing onto Washington and then turns left on Empire Street.

Rhode Island Pride Fest organizers want all visitors to have a safe, happy and healthy experience. Find essential information about parking, transportation, and more here.

Rhode Island Pride’s mission is to create opportunities for integrating and promoting visibility for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community; promoting equal rights and diversity through public education and the arts; provide safe opportunities and venues for people to come out with the ability to express and celebrate their sexual identities. Like Rhode Island Pride on Facebook for more details.