The Gainesville Pride Festival is Saturday, October 21, 2023 from 12-8pm at Bo Diddley Plaza, 111 E. University Ave.
Be a Vendor at the Festival!
The Gainesville Pride Festival is a fabulous opportunity for vendors to support the LGBTQ+ community in North Central Florida. Over 5,000 attendees are expected to visit Bo Diddley Plaza for food, fun, and festivities.
We invite nonprofits, community organizations and groups, businesses, artists, food and beverage operations, and food trucks to apply for one or more spots at this year’s festival. Even though we are expanding the festival to an additional street and adding thirty more vendor spaces, we expect vendor spots will go fast. Please register early!
2023 Pride Days Schedule
Friday, Oct. 13, 7pm: Spooky Pride Drag Show at First Magnitude
Consider yourselves lucky this Friday the 13th as we kick off Gainesville Pride Days with a STUNNING, STUPEFYING, and SPOOKTACULAR — Spooky Pride Drag Show! Hosted by the one and only Emma Gration, this sultry and spooky show will also feature special guests Violet PrimaDonna, Shauntel St.James Black, Aurora Whorealis, and Inertia Summer Darling. These QUEENS will be dripping with gore-geousness. This event runs from 7-10 pm and the drag show itself will run from 8-10 pm. First Magnitude will be singing delicious beverages and food trucks Eddy’s Patty and Soul Spice will be on site with yummy food. Be sure to dress to impress, bring cash and enjoy the spookiness — we’ll see you there!
Saturday, Oct. 14, 6pm: Spirit of Pride Community Awards Dinner and Silent Auction
The 22nd Annual Spirit of Pride Community Awards Dinner and Silent Auction is from 6-9p at Sweetwater Branch Inn. 625 E University Ave. Our featured speaker will be Florida House Representative Anna V. Eskamani. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to find out will receive the 2023 Spirit of Pride Awards and check out our fabulous silent auction items! Update: Ticket sales have closed.
Saturday, Oct. 14-28: Alachua’s Queer History Gallery
From October 14-28 (Wednesday-Saturday, 11am-4pm), the Matheson will set up a temporary exhibit in the Main Gallery interpreting the history of the LGBTQ+ community featuring our recently acquired collection from the Pride Community Center of North Central Florida. The gallery will take a broad view of Gainesville’s queer community and its important institutions during the long fight for equality while displaying memorabilia and artifacts from that time.
Sunday, Oct. 15, 1pm: Drag Yoga at First Magnitude
Come relax, flow, and flex those laughter muscles with Drag Yoga in the beautiful First Magnitude beer garden. Led by Kardiya Yoga with special guests adding some levity and laughs. Open to all experience levels and ages. Bring your own mat, flexibility not required. Come for the stretch, stay for a pint — the taproom will be open following class at 2pm with alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments! Class is a minimum $5 donation to the Pride Community Center. Come for the stretch, stay for the laughs and a pint!
Sunday, Oct. 15, 10am: 2023 Pride at Prairie Creek
Join Alachua Conservation Trust for the third annual Pride at Prairie Creek! An outdoor celebration of the LGBTQ+ community for family, friends, and allies to come together and enjoy a day at Prairie Creek Preserve. Join us on guided hikes, watch live wildlife demonstrations, learn about the conservation and queer inclusivity work being done in our community from the organizations themselves, shop local vendors, and enter a drawing of chance for some REI Pride goodies and more!
Sunday, Oct. 15, 11am: Queer Makers Market at 4th Ave. Food Park
Market to uplift Queer makers & artists in our community. One hundred percent of the vendor fees go to PCCNCF.
Tuesday, Oct. 17, 6pm: Screening and Discussion of “Yes I Am: The Ric Weiland Story”
The Pride Community Center of North Central Florida is pleased to announce a private screening of the award-winning documentary “Yes I Am: The Ric Weiland Story,” which celebrates the life of an influential queer pioneer, activist and philanthropist; the co-founder of Microsoft, Ric Weiland. We will host a live screening of the film, followed by a panel discussion featuring the project’s director, Aaron Bear who will tune into the conversation virtually. The Hippodrome Theatre, 25 SE 2nd Place, Gainesville, FL 32601, Box Office: (352) 375-4477 or email@example.com. Cash bar opens at 5 pm.
Tuesday, Oct. 17, 6:30pm: Pride Trivia at First Magnitude
Join us for a special Pride edition of Brainaholics team trivia starting at 6:30pm. Win $25 in FM Bucks for first place, $15 FM Bucks for second, and $10 FM Bucks for third place, plus prizes for winning select rounds including the BEER! round. Food will be available from one of our daily food trucks or you can bring your own. All ages welcome, arrive early as seating is limited. Be there and/or be square.
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 8pm: Drag Bingo at First Magnitude
Bring your besties and enjoy a fun and fabulous game of bingo fit for a Qween with Drag Bingo hosted by the extraordinary Emma Gration in the First Magnitude Beer Garden! The Pride Center of North Central Florida will be selling bingo cards, and you’ll have the opportunity to win some killer prizes! Bingo will begin promptly at 8:00 pm, so arrive early to get situated, grab a beverage and bingo cards!
Thursday, Oct. 19, 6pm: Ride with Pride
Stonewall Sports Gainesville is hosting a “Ride With Pride” from Depot Park to Cypress & Grove at 6pm. Meet at Depot at 5:45pm for a leisurely bike ride through the scenic UF Campus and the charming Duckpond area. It’s the perfect opportunity to embrace the spirit of Pride Days in Gainesville. Don’t forget to deck yourself and your ride out in your best Pride gear to make this event as colorful and vibrant as possible. Before joining the ride, please complete the online waiver by visiting https://forms.gle/37hmk1TuAKYDEQdj6. This will help streamline the check-in process and ensure a smooth start to the event. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, Oct. 20, 3pm: Pride Walk and Talk
Join Alachua Conservation Trust for a community hike at Tuscawilla Preserve!
Friday, Oct. 20, 7 – 10pm: Queer Joy Street Party
Join us for Gainesville’s Inaugural Queer Joy Party at the Bull on October 20th! It will be a night of connection and celebration on the eve of Gainesville’s Annual Pride Festival! We are inviting local queer-owned businesses and entrepreneurs to bring marketing materials so we can support our local queer community. Speed Friendship Dating and Networking is from 7-8 pm, followed by a street party from 8-10 pm with music, raffle prizes, and costume contests, including Most Pride Spirit, Best T-Shirt, and more! The event is free, and all LGBTQ+ folks and allies are welcome! Proceeds benefit the Pride Community Center.
Friday, Oct. 20, 6 and 7:30pm: Pride Sip N’ Spin at T/M Ceramics
Have you always wanted to get your hands muddy and give wheel throwing a try? Join us for an extra special pride Sip n’ Spin! Learn a little wheel throwing skills! No experience necessary! 18+ only. If you are 21 and up, BYOB! Enjoy your beverage and an evening of making with one of our amazing artists who will guide you through the steps! Each person will keep one object they make and pick a color from our shop glaze selection to create a finished product. 50% of all proceeds go to PCCNCF!
Saturday, Oct. 21, 12-8pm: Gainesville Pride Festival 2023
Don’t miss the annual Pride Festival in Downtown Gainesville’s Bo Diddley Plaza and on the surrounding streets. The Festival is sponsored in part by Visit Gainesville/Alachua County, City of Gainesville, and Gainesville Community Reinvestment Area (GCRA), and will have entertainment from various LGBTQ+ performers including Dragula’s Season 3 Winner LANDON CIDER and Morphine Love Dion from the House of Dion in Miami, FL and 100+ vendors.
Saturday, Oct. 21, 8pm: Rhinestones & Rust: A Queer Country Showcase at the CMC
Rhinestones & Rust: A Queer Country Showcase, featuring performances by Brooklyn-based artists Paisley Fields and Wiley Gaby, alongside Gainesville’s own Wax Wings and Cooper. Get ready to strut your stuff with line dancing instruction with Alice Hix. Doors swing open at 8p, and admission is on a sliding scale from $10 to $20 at the Civic Media Center. Presented By Respite Events.
Sunday Oct. 22, 11am-1pm: Pride Brunch
Come celebrate with us at Paramount Grill (12 SW 1st Ave, Gainesville) and bring the 2023 Pride Days celebration to a savory and sweet end. This is a closed ticketed event.