The Inland Northwest has a range of events lined up for Pride Month, from baseball games to drag shows and more. The celebrations continue beyond June, with year-round events listed on Inlander.com/events. The events are open to all, whether part of the LGBTQ+ community or allies. Some of the events include the Spokane Pride Parade and Rainbow Festival, PFLAG Moscow Pride Picnic, and Sandpoint Pride Fest. There are also discussions on LGBTQIA+ inclusive healthcare and the annual Gay Spokane Pageant. The events are organized by local LGBTQ+ organizations and are a great way to celebrate equality and love.
Revel in Pride: Celebrating 31 Years of LGBTQ+ Pride in the Inland Northwest
As June begins, so does the onslaught of Pride-themed corporate logo profile photos and rainbow capitalism. If you want to get offline and celebrate Pride with the local community and LGBTQ+ organizations, the Inland Northwest has plenty of events lined up to celebrate Pride Month in style.
From Pride Night at the baseball stadium to drag shows and more, there’s something for everyone to enjoy whether you’re a part of the LGBTQ+ community or just looking to support your friends, family and neighbors as an ally.
The festivities kick off with a Big Gay Dance Party at nYne Bar & Bistro on June 9th from 9 pm to midnight. The following day, the Human Rights Education Institute hosts a CDA4Pride Tie-Dye Party from 9 am to noon, where you can create your own tie-dye shirt and show your support for the LGBTQ+ community.
On June 10th, the Spokane Pride Parade & Rainbow Festival takes over Riverfront Park from noon to 9 pm. The parade is always a highlight, with colorful floats, costumes, and music filling the streets of downtown Spokane. The Rainbow Festival features live music, food vendors, and community booths, providing a fun and inclusive space for all.
If you’re interested in learning more about LGBTQ+ inclusive healthcare, the Human Rights Education Institute is hosting a discussion on June 14th from 6-8 pm.
On June 15th, the Spokane Indians host their annual Pride Night at Avista Stadium. The game starts at 6:35 pm, and there will be special Pride-themed activities and giveaways throughout the night.
If you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate Pride, consider joining the Coeur d’Alene Lake Pride Cruise on June 17th from 9 am to 3 pm. Meet at the Globe Bar & Kitchen and enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene while supporting the North Idaho Pride Alliance.
On the same day, PFLAG Moscow is hosting a Pride Picnic at East City Park in Moscow at 1 pm. The event is a great opportunity to connect with other LGBTQ+ individuals and allies in the community.
Later that evening, head over to nYne Bar & Bistro for the 44th Gay Spokane Pageant from 5-8 pm. The pageant is a beloved tradition in the Inland Northwest, featuring drag performances and a competition for the title of Gay Spokane.
If you’re looking for a night out, join the Pride Bar Crawl on June 17th from 4 pm to midnight. The crawl starts at the Globe Bar & Kitchen and makes its way through several LGBTQ+ friendly bars in downtown Spokane.
For a more active celebration, join the Pride Ride at CycleBar CDA on June 24th from 8-9:30 am. The high-energy cycling class is a great way to kick off your Pride weekend.
Later that day, head over to South Perry Business District for Pride in Perry from noon to 5 pm. The event features live music, food trucks, and a beer garden, providing a fun and festive atmosphere for all.
Looking ahead to the end of the month, the Coeur d’Alene Pride Alliance is hosting Pride on the Runway on June 29th from 6-10:30 pm. The event features a fashion show, silent auction, and live music, with all proceeds benefiting the North Idaho Pride Alliance.
If you’re looking for a night of entertainment, don’t miss Space Queers: A Pride Spectacular on June 29th at Lucky You Lounge. The event features drag performances, live music, and more.
Finally, Sandpoint Pride Fest takes over the Granary Arts District on July 14th and 15th, with live music, vendors, and community booths providing a fun and inclusive space for all.
And because the celebration of equality and love doesn’t cease to exist once the month is over, keep up with other Pride happenings by checking out our year-round community calendar at Inlander.com/events where you can keep up with local drag shows, queer comedy performances and much more. Happy Pride to all!
– Madison Pearson