Not feeling the whole being shoulder-to-shoulder with crowds of people sweating off their rainbow glitter from the June heat? Columbus understands. That’s why all around the city you can find pride events happening all weekend. From chill brunches to air-conditioned parties, 1870 is hooking you up with all the deets to do pride the way you want to do it.
• June 9
Columbus Arts Festival – Sunday Pride Celebration
@ Scioto Mile
If the allure of local art and tantalizing fair food weren’t enough to persuade you to come to the Arts Festival, Sunday’s day-long Pride celebration will be sure to put you over the top. The Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus will kick things off with an 11 a.m. performance, followed by the Capital Pride Band of Columbus at 12:15 p.m. Other highlights for the day will be shows featuring singer/songwriter Kelly Vaughn and a special production from Virginia West and the Flaggots, Central Ohio’s LGBTQ+ Color Guard. A free event this jam-packed is not something you want to miss.
• June 13
Loud and Proud Tour – Columbus 2019 Pride After Party
Even before parade festivities kick off on Pride weekend, you can get the party started at one of campus’ most popular event spaces for a party raging from 9 p.m. Thursday night to 2 a.m. Friday morning. Join hosts Karin and Skyler and hit the dance floor for an LGBTQ+ DJ lineup that includes Kandy, Cristy Lawrence and Skyler Madison. Tickets are just $10, so get yours quick.
• June 14
Columbus Pride Tea Dance
@ BrewDog in Franklinton
What other Pride event offers the opportunity to bump shoulders with a Grey’s Anatomy star? Join the hit show’s Ohio-born Jake Borelli on the breathtaking rooftop bar at Brewdog’s Franklinton location for drinks and dancing. The Tea Dance is a reference to secret afternoon speakeasy meetups among the LGBTQ+ community in the 1950s and 1960s, but make no mistake, this event is all about letting your pride be seen and heard from the highest reaches of downtown.
• June 15
At Axis’s 18th annual Unity Ball, you can have a blast celebrating Pride without feeling guilty about the money you blew through when you wake up hungover. The last 17 years of the event have raised over $1 million for local charities and LGBTQ+ civic groups. The $20 tickets also include admission to Dragapalooza, making this one of the hottest tickets in town over Pride weekend.
• June 16
Columbus Pride Brunch
@ Greater Columbus Convention Center
We know you’ll be getting hammered for Pride weekend, so why not start your Sunday recovery by getting some quality food in your system. Brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Convention Center while Andrew Levitt, aka Nina West, will be honored. Levitt, a Columbus-native, placed sixth on season 11 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. What better way to wind down Pride than a hearty meal and the chance to meet a local celeb? •
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