Denver PrideFest

When is Denver PrideFest?

Denver PrideFest will take place June 15-16, 2019 in downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park, located at the intersection of Colfax and Broadway. Because of City of Denver permit regulations regarding use of Civic Center Park, the festival regularly takes place on the third weekend of June.

Is there a cost to attend Denver PrideFest?

There is no charge for admission to Denver PrideFest. However, to purchase food and beverages you must buy tickets, sold at ticket stands throughout the park. Tickets can be purchased with cash only. There are ATMs on site.

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs are permitted in public parks in the City of Denver. Denver PrideFest cannot prevent people from bringing their pets to a public park, but we strongly encourage pet owners to leave their animals at home. It is likely to be very hot and uncomfortable for your pet. For their comfort and safety we ask that you think twice before bringing your animal. If you choose to bring your dog, they must be on a leash. Please make sure your pet is hydrated and be aware of their paws on extremely hot pavement.

Dogs are not allowed in the Coors Light Denver Pride Parade. The only exception to this rule is service animals.

Where can I find information about ADA Accessibility at Civic Center Park?

Visit the “Information for People With Disabilities” page on our website to learn more about ADA accessibility at Denver PrideFest, including maps and information on barriers to accessibility, ASL interpretation at the festival, and the designated ADA accessibility area at Center Stage.

What are the rules of Denver PrideFest?

The festival rules are posted at all gates, published on the Denver Pride website, and included in the on-site Denver Pride Guide. Our festival rules are based on similar rules used at sporting venues and other major events:

  • All bags, containers and packages are subject to search.
  • No coolers allowed.
  • NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL ALLOWED.
  • Only factory-sealed, non-alcoholic beverages allowed in the park. No open beverage containers allowed. No glass containers. This includes water bottles. There are free water fountains inside the park at Colfax & Bannock and at 14th & Broadway.
  • Guests will not be allowed to carry alcoholic beverages through the exit gates.
  • No weapons of any type allowed in the park.
  • No marijuana use allowed in the park. Public marijuana use is illegal in Denver.
  • No bicycles or unicycles allowed in the park.
  • Pets should be left at home for their comfort and safety.
Where is Lost & Found?

Lost and found items can be turned into The Center on Colfax’s Information Booth on Sponsor Row. After the festival, lost and found items will be brought to The Center on Colfax at 1301 E. Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80218.

Call 303-733-7743 or email info@lgbtqcolorado.org to inquire about lost items.

How do I get to Denver PrideFest? Where do I park? Which streets are closed?

Information about parking, street closures, and bicycles is posted on the Transportation & Parking page.

Where should I stay for Denver PrideFest?

Each year we partner with downtown hotels that support our community. Make sure to check out our Hotels page for more information and special rates.

Why does Denver PrideFest take place on Father’s Day?

Denver PrideFest must apply for a permit from the City and County of Denver each year to use Civic Center Park for the festival. Due to city regulations about when and how the park can be used, Denver PrideFest has been granted a permit on the third weekend of June which happens to coincide with Father’s Day most years.

Can I bring a tent?

No. Guests are not permitted to set up tents on festival grounds.

How do I get an exhibitor space?

No matter what type of organization or business you have, you must fill out an application to purchase an exhibitor space to sell items at the festival.

I don’t have a exhibitor space. Can I hand out fliers, sign people up to support my cause, or sell merchandise?

No. Unless you have an exhibitor space at Denver PrideFest, you cannot solicit or sell anything in any way on festival grounds. Protest or demonstration activities will be directed to the free-speech zone near Broadway and 14th, open to anyone who is not selling a product. Violation of these rules will result in immediate and permanent eviction from the festival by the Denver Police Department.

Sales of any merchandise outside of booths are prohibited.

Do you accept exhibitor applications from marijuana dispensaries?

Denver PrideFest is grateful for the support of the cannabis industry. Unfortunately, we have made the decision to no longer accept applications from marijuana businesses. New rules for public festivals are extremely strict and do not allow marijuana business to publicly display marketing materials at festivals, making participation at the festival impractical as well as unnecessarily risky for business licenses.

Can I smoke marijuana at Denver PrideFest?

For those looking to support Colorado’s marijuana businesses, please be aware that the law forbids smoking in public and it remains illegal to remove marijuana products from the state when you depart. Your employer may also have a policy addressing marijuana use, so it’s best to know your company’s policy, if applicable.

How can I sign up to serve food or beverages at Denver PrideFest?

There are a limited number of food vendor spots available at the festival, and your business must apply to become a food vendor.

Beverage service is handled by our Nonprofit Beverage Partners (NPBP). If your nonprofit organization is interested in becoming a NPBP at Denver PrideFest, please fill out the application. Please contact John White, Volunteer & Events Manager, at jwhite@lgbtqcolorado.org with any questions.

I want to lend a hand (or a dollar)! How do I volunteer or donate to support Denver PrideFest?

Every year, we rely on hundreds of volunteers to support the festival. Please visit the Volunteer page for more information on how to get involved and apply to be a volunteer.

To donate in support of Denver Pride and vital services for Colorado’s LGBTQ community throughout the year, visit The Center on Colfax’s website. You can make a donation to support our work or contact us to find out other ways to get involved.

Coors Light Denver Pride Parade

When is the Coors Light Denver Pride Parade?

The Coors Light Denver Pride Parade steps off from Cheesman Park at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 16. It marches down Colfax Avenue to Civic Center Park.

How can I (or my company/organization/group) be in the parade?

Whether there are 2 people or 200 in your parade contingent, you must fill out a parade entry application to join in the fun. Parade contingents can register as Corporate, Commercial, Nonprofit, or Political entries. Student entries are eligible for special discounted pricing, but must first obtain a registration coupon code prior to submitting the parade application.

How can my student group obtain a coupon code to register in the parade?

If you wish to register a student group or organization, please email Carol Hiller, Denver Pride Operations Manager, at CarolHiller97@gmail.com to obtain your student registration code.

Do I have to attend the mandatory meeting prior to the parade?

Only applicants outside of a 50-mile radius of Denver, CO are exempt from attending this meeting. For everyone else, the mandatory meeting is, well, mandatory. Before applying to participate in the parade, please make sure that a representative from your contingent can attend one of the mandatory meeting dates. Non-compliance results in removal from the parade and forfeiture of entry fee(s).

Can I distribute materials along the parade route?

No parade participant or contingent may throw any item from a float or other unit in the parade (and, yes, this includes even super fun things like beach balls and water squirt guns).

However, parade contingents that wish to distribute items (i.e. beads, flowers, condoms, etc.) can do so IF they have paid the distribution fee up front. To reduce waste, we ask that you keep distributions to a minimum. Please make sure to review all guidelines regarding item distribution in the Full Parade Rules & Regulations (PDF) before applying as a parade entry to make sure you aren’t assessed an additional clean-up fee or, potentially, barred from participation in future parades for failing to adhere to the rules and regulations.

Pride 5K

When is the Pride 5K?

The Pride 5K race will take place on Saturday, June 15, 2019. It begins at 9:30am.

How do I register for the race?

Online registration will be opening in March of 2019. Stay tuned for more information.

50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots

Is Denver PrideFest doing anything to honor the 50th anniversary of the uprising at the Stonewall Inn?

Yes, we’ll be working with artist Lonnie Hanzon at Denver PrideFest for a special art installation honoring the legacy of activism that grew out of the Stonewall Riots.

In addition, The Center on Colfax is honoring the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots with a series of free exhibits and events that will take place all year long, which you can learn about on The Center on Colfax’s website, as well as find online resources and lesson plans about Stonewall.

Isn’t World Pride going to be in New York City this year to mark the anniversary of Stonewall?

Yes, and Denver Pride will be there, too! If you are interested in marching with the Colorado contingent in the World Pride Parade in New York City or gathering with fellow Colorado queers at the Stonewall Inn to mark the anniversary of the uprising on June 28, 2019, please contact John White, Volunteer & Events Manager, at jwhite@lgbtqcolorado.org to get involved.

Supporting Denver Pride

Can I volunteer to help with Denver PrideFest?

Yes! We need lots of volunteers to make Denver PrideFest happen—more than 400, in fact. Learn more about how you can get involved or fill out a volunteer application to get started.

I’m hosting an event to celebrate Denver Pride. How do I promote my event?

Businesses and organizations looking for additional visibility for their Denver Pride events can pay to partner with Denver Pride (and its hosts, The Center on Colfax) as an Official or Featured event; however any business or organization is welcome to post a Denver Pride Community event free of charge. We invite you to learn more about promoted events or submit an event to our website event calendar.

I love Denver Pride. How can I do more to support Colorado’s LGBTQ community?

Denver Pride is hosted by The Center on Colfax, a local nonprofit providing programs and services for the most vulnerable folks within Colorado’s LGBTQ community all year-long. On The Center on Colfax’s website, you can make a donation to support our work or contact us to find out other ways to get involved.