Ways to Celebrate Pride Month in Denver

If you want to participate in this year's festivities, here's what you need to know. Updated 06.09.22

Photo courtesy of Denver Pride.

Time to throw on those rainbows and let your colors shine at Denver Pride, the largest LGBTQ celebration in the Rocky Mountain region! The two-day schedule of events, June 25-26, includes PrideFest, the Coors Light Denver Pride Parade and the Pride 5K race. The festival is hosted by The Center on Colfax and will take place at Civic Center Park, celebrating the beginning of the LGBTQ movement. All proceeds from the event support vital programs and services that positively impact the LGBTQ community in Colorado.

And this year we even created a mini roundup of local breweries and restaurants with specials to celebrate pride all month long.

Celebrate with Denver Pride

PrideFest

Head to Civic Center Park for PrideFest, which will include live entertainment on three stages, 250+ exhibitors, and lots of food and beverage vendors. Events will take place throughout Saturday and Sunday, and admission is free. Center Stage at PrideFest will feature performances by acts like Betty Who, Kylie Sonique Love, Cazwell, Yvie Oddly and Silky Nutmeg Ganache.

Pride 5K

The Pride 5K will take place on Saturday morning, with registration opening at 8 a.m. and the race starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Colorado State Capitol Building. Runners, walkers and rollers can create individual teams to raise money, with 100% of the proceeds directly supporting the LGBTQ community of Colorado—assisting youth centers, health services and social support groups. After the race, prizes will be awarded to top finishers, fundraisers and the racer with the best costume.

Coors Light Denver Pride Parade

Head to Cheesman Park at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday for a celebration like no other—the Coors Light Denver Pride Parade. This year’s parade will be the biggest in the city’s history, with nearly 250 floats. The route spans 14 blocks along Colfax Ave and culminated at Civic Center where celebrations continue at day two of Denver PrideFest.

Getting To Civic Center Park and Other Events for Denver Pride

While the safest bet may be Uber or Lyft, there are still plenty of options for those who want to drive. Denver Pride has organized a way to reserve parking spots for the weekend through their SpotHero page. Or pick up a Lime or Lyft scooter and quickly avoid traffic jams. Denver Pride has also created a map to help those in wheelchairs navigate the park to make the experience easy and enjoyable for everyone.

Celebrate with Denver’s Local Breweries and Restaurants

Goldspot Brewing Company and Lady Justice Brewing – Big Queer Beerfest

Saturday, June 18 from noon to 5 p.m. at Town Hall Collaborative
Celebrating its second year, Big Queer Beerfest is back with 30+ participating breweries (hint: most of the breweries mentioned in this roundup will be pouring at the fest too). Twenty percent of drink sales will go back to queer nonprofits that were chosen by the participating breweries.

Call to Arms Brewing – PrideFest

Saturday, June 25 at Call to Arms Brewing
CtA’s PrideFest will include specialty tappings, live music and a Pride Parade that starts at 2 p.m. on the SW Corner of 38th and Tennyson. The small batch tappings include Narnia of Partya, CtA’s official beer for Pride Month, You’re Not Gay, I am, a Double Dry Hopped West Coast IPA, among others. There will be food truck eats from noon to 7 p.m. and live music at 4 p.m. from Hey Lady!, a B52’s tribute band. Ten percent of sales from the day will be donated to the Transgender Center of the Rockies.

Glo Nooble House

Glo Noodle House has created a Pride Month cocktail with light and dark rums, Brovo Spirits falernum, Chareau aloe liqueur, Grove Street Alchemy orange liqueur, lime, pineapple, cucumber and angostura bitters. All proceeds from the $10 drink will go to The Center on Colfax.

The Urban Cookie

The Urban Cookie celebrates people of all flavors and offers a limited edition pride cookie the week of June 20. Ten percent of all pride sales will support The Center on Colfax’s youth program, Rainbow Alley.

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery will be serving Pride Pancakes filled with white chocolate and rainbow sprinkles. One hundred percent of proceeds go to The Trevor Project specializing in suicide prevention for LGBTQ teens.

Whole Sol Blend Bar

Whole Sol Blend Bar’s Pride Bowl has a pitaya and dragonfruit base with granola, strawberries, mango, kiwi and blue chia pudding. $1 from every bowl will go towards One Colorado, a leading advocacy organization dedicated to advancing LGBTQ rights.

Birdcall

Birdcall will donate $1 from every Pride Shake sold to The Transformative Freedom Fund, which provides financial assistance for transgender healthcare. The special shake is a pineapple and mango milkshake topped with edible glitter.