A guide to Pride events in the Great Lakes Bay Region

June is Pride Month, a time dedicated to honoring and celebrating the LGBTQ+ community. The Great Lakes Bay Region is preparing a month-long celebration featuring a series of events to raise awareness, educate, and promote equality. Here are a few highlights of what the month will offer. 

Pop Up Pride in the Park
Pop Up Pride in the Park at Broadway Park in Mount Pleasant kicks off the month on Saturday, June 1. The event runs from 2 to 5 p.m. and features food trucks, a Two-Spirit presentation, local vendors, and various community resources. The festivities continue with an open house at the Mount Pleasant Pride Center from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by an After Party Drag Show and a film screening at Broadway Theatre.

Great Lakes Bay PrideThe Loons host Pride Night on June 7Great Lakes Loons Pride Night
Join the Great Lakes Loons and Great Lakes Bay Pride for a special Pride Night on June 7 at Dow Diamond in Midland. Gates open at 5 p.m., and the game starts at 7:05 p.m.

Communion Service
In collaboration with St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Trinity Episcopal Church is offering a communion service on Jun 9 at 4 p.m. This event provides a safe and welcoming place for LGBTQ+ individuals. 

Pride Month Tea Dance
On Sunday, June 16, from 2 to 6 p.m., Great Lakes Bay Pride and Drydock Beer Garden will host a Tea Dance in Bay City.
Featuring DJ Club Kid, the event is a “pool party without the pool” and is open to those 18+ (21+ will get a wristband). Admission is free, but advance registration is required.

Great Lakes Bay Pride Festival
The highlight of the month is the Great Lakes Bay Pride Festival on Saturday, June 22, at Wenonah Park in Bay City. Running from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., this family-friendly, free event welcomes the LGBTQ+ community, allies, friends, and families across the region. Attendees can enjoy retail vendors, community resource partners, live entertainment, health screenings, and a children’s activity area.

After Party Drag Show
The After Party Drag Show on June 29 at the Dow Event Center in Saginaw concludes the month's festivities. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the show starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 if purchased before June 15 and $25 thereafter, with availability at the door. The event features performances by Queens and Kings from across Michigan and attracts over 450 attendees.
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Misty Barron is a Mid-Michigan native who has proudly called Midland her home for the past six years. She served as Editor-in-Chief for the Delta Collegiate, where she earned various awards for her writing, including Journalist of the Year in 2023 from the Michigan Community College Press Association. In her free time, Misty enjoys spending time with family and friends and enjoying all our beautiful state has to offer.