On June 29, 1969, the Stonewall riots took place. Police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City, and riots ensued all in service to gay liberation. On the 1st anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, the first Pride marches were held in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
We’ve come a long way since then (and in the same breath, we have a long way to go). Indianapolis’s history of celebration has grown, too. Our first Pride parade featured one float and lasted 15 minutes. These days, we feature 140 floats, and the parade is 2 hours long. But the city celebrates all month long, not just for a singular parade. You have a lot to look forward to in the month of June, and it’s listed below.
June 2, 2:00-9:00 p.m.
Smock Golf Course
A golf scramble followed by an after-party you won’t want to miss, featuring giveaways, drag queens, entertainers and the Pride Court! All proceeds will go directly to supporting queer youth and young adults through IYG’s programs, services and resources.
June 4, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Holding space for all LGBTQ+ folks of all faiths to celebrate the journey of our current or former faith tradition. This event absolutely includes people who identify as agnostic or atheist.
June 4, 6:00p.m
Enjoy a night of entertainment with a star-studded cast of performers, including Chablis Onassis, Vanessa Ryan, Ana Crusis, Stacia Onassis, Eric Rainbow, Heather Bea, and Sizzlin’ Sandra.
June 5, 6:00-10:00 p.m.
LUNA Language Services will provide American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters at the event for the hearing community. Join us to enjoy Deafies in Drag and more!
June 7, 1:00-6:00 p.m.
Indiana Youth Group
A carnival to celebrate Pride month with their peers in a safe space as they enjoy carnival food, snow cones, face painting, dunk tanks and more while playing a variety of carnival games.
June 7, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Each year, this family-friendly event serves as their Anniversary Concert, and they pull out all the stops.
June 8th, 7:00-11:00 p.m.
Celebrating the femme spirit, with a magical lineup of talented artists across the entire femme/gender spectrum consisting of burlesque, aerial burlesque, drag and spoken word.
June 10, 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Peace Water Winery
Come spend an afternoon in good company on Peace Water Winery’s patio to watch the Pride Parade. A ticket includes entrance to the patio and a glass of wine of your choosing.
June 10, 10:00 a.m -12:00 p.m.
Indy’s first Pride Parade featured one float, an antique truck, a few drag queens, some antique cars and a handful of walking groups. Back then, the parade barely lasted 15 minutes. Since then, it has grown to include well over 140 floats, vehicles and walking groups, lasting nearly 2 hours!
June 10, 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
A host of exciting events in store will highlight and uplight Indy’s LGBTQ+ community. Last year’s Festival attendance was around 35,000!
June 10, 9:00 p.m.
A dance Party to overthrow negativity, featuring Millenial with special guests J Warren and Joe Pacheco.
June 11, 12 p.m.-10 p.m.
Almost Famous on Mass Ave.
Presented by Indy Pride and Crispy Critters Productions, this is an eight hour drag experience that features all different types of drag. Free and must be 21+ to attend.
June 23, 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.
This celebration provides a safe space to represent and celebrate the intersectionality of Asian American Pacific Islanders and LGBTQ+ communities. As these communities face negativity from so many angles, it is imperative to come together to provide a life-giving and loving response to CELEBRATE joys and wins.
June 24, 7:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
This year’s theme? Generacion Orgullo. Early bird tickets and VIP tables available. General admission tickets available regardless.
June 24, Kickoff @ 11:00 a.m.
Over 20 participating businesses throughout the neighborhood. Kickoff starts at 11AM with a pet parade down the Pennsy Trail. Live music, bands, DJs, vendor village, beer garden, theatre, face painting, live entertainment, drag show & more!
But the celebrations and events don’t end there. Be sure to regularly check out Indy Pride’s Events Page for year-round programming.